For Those Who “Walked the Walk”
By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor
BLT 1/26, RVN 69/70 – 0311
The video is a conversion of a Powerpoint I received from Jimmie (Col. Jim Hanke, USA SF), an A Team Leader in Vietnam. I served with a Marine Special Landing Team.
Enjoy the video and the music. Note a few things also:
- Anyone over 140 lbs was not engaged in regular combat. Vietnam wore us down to human skeletons.
- Check for body armor and helmets. You will find they weren’t used 80% of the time, and then for “staged” photos. In Vietnam, flak jackets could cook you to death.
- Look for “fancy gear,” expensive custom boots, glasses, custom made combat gear, some costing hundreds, even thousands of dollars that we see today. Typically, what you wore was replaced when it rotted off you. You got your “new gear” by stripping the dead. (If only I were making this up.)
- Note the total lack of folks with big muscles. We didn’t have any protein drinks, steroids and weight rooms, not near combat anyway.
The photo gallery below is taken from some of my photos from Vietnam. The last three are Afghanistan, recent vets working for military contractors protecting drug shipments.
I am not saying that many in Vietnam didn’t protect those drug shipments also, after all, what would a war be without drugs, oil or arms profiteering.
What you will see in Vietnam was the reality of war, a war where more Marines were killed than in World War II, a casualty ratio 400% of that seen in the Pacific War against the Japanese.
If you were there and are, from time to time, thanked “for your service,” never let them know how totally stupid and insulting that sounds.
It wasn’t “service.”
It was “Vietnam.”