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A Historical Perspective  

History is the social genetic code of who we were, who we are, and ultimately, who we will become.

Few public figures, in the last half of the twentieth century, have commanded as much world-wide attention as the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.
Few public figures, in the last half of the twentieth century, have commanded as much world-wide attention as the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
A heart warming story about Ann Margret and her Vietnam gentlemen.
 
A pet peeve of mine has long been how poorly we treat history in our school system, and, subsequently, the periodicals that represent who we are.
A pet peeve of mine has long been how poorly we treat history in our school system, and, subsequently, the periodicals that represent who we are.
 
I am not a veteran. I only have the greatest respect for those who have served, unsurpassed by all professions that keep America safe and strong.
I am not a veteran. I only have the greatest respect for those who have served, unsurpassed by all professions that keep America safe and strong.
 
In remembrance of the day that will forever seer the concept of 'evil' in our minds, let's look back at that fateful morning, exactly 11 years ago today to that series of horrific events which unfolded before our unbelieving eyes......
In remembrance of the day that will forever seer the concept of 'evil' in our minds, let's look back at that fateful morning, exactly 11 years ago today to that series of horrific events which unfolded before our unbelieving eyes......
 
The origins of labor Day are rather dubious, born from congressional guilt of Americans shot down, by the Army and U.S. Marshalls, while exercising their first amendment right to congregate and protest during the Pullman Strike in Haymarket Square in Chicago on may 4, 1886.
The origins of labor Day are rather dubious, born from congressional guilt of Americans shot down, by the Army and U.S. Marshalls, while exercising their first amendment right to congregate and protest during the Pullman Strike in Haymarket Square in Chicago on may 4, 1886.
 
Happy Anniversary America !! This year, 2011, celebrates 218 years since the British signed the Treaty of Paris in 1783, formally abandoning any claims to the United States.
Happy Anniversary America !! This year, 2011, celebrates 218 years since the British signed the Treaty of Paris in 1783, formally abandoning any claims to the United States.
 
We all recognize the 4th of July as Independence Day - as the day we declared our independence from England. We celebrate the Declaration of Independence has since become our nation's most cherished symbol of liberty.
We all recognize the 4th of July as Independence Day - as the day we declared our independence from England. We celebrate the Declaration of Independence has since become our nation's most cherished symbol of liberty.
 
If you've ever traveled abroad you are asked this often. It's as if you are given an opportunity to "come clean" and "lay it all out on the table."
If you've ever traveled abroad you are asked this often. It's as if you are given an opportunity to "come clean" and "lay it all out on the table."
 
Every year on June 6, our nation pauses to remember the thousands of brave Americans and American allies who stormed the beaches of Normandy to launch the campaign to liberate Europe from the oppression and extermination by the Nazi regime in World War II.
Every year on June 6, our nation pauses to remember the thousands of brave Americans and American allies who stormed the beaches of Normandy to launch the campaign to liberate Europe from the oppression and extermination by the Nazi regime in World War II.
 
It was discreetly referred to as Operation Overlord - the final push into Fortress Europe through the inflexible sea wall, built by the Nazi overlords, just a spare few miles from the free shores of Great Britain, where the entire United States Expeditionary Force was stationed.
It was discreetly referred to as Operation Overlord - the final push into Fortress Europe through the inflexible sea wall, built by the Nazi overlords, just a spare few miles from the free shores of Great Britain, where the entire United States Expeditionary Force was stationed.
 
This is what I call making a difference. If you are or have ever had a teacher like this, say a private or public thank you if they are still around.
This is what I call making a difference. If you are or have ever had a teacher like this, say a private or public thank you if they are still around.
 
A BB only weighs .349 grams, but each is a heavy load for many families.
A BB only weighs .349 grams, but each is a heavy load for many families.
 
I am writing my most difficult book report ever at 70 years old. It is about another GI I did not know, and an enemy I never wanted to know. Yet we were all in the same place forty-eight years ago along with a bunch of others, with us trying to kill him and his comrades and him trying to kill us
I am writing my most difficult book report ever at 70 years old. It is about another GI I did not know, and an enemy I never wanted to know. Yet we were all in the same place forty-eight years ago along with a bunch of others, with us trying to kill him and his comrades and him trying to kill us
 
Most people will remember April 4, 1968 as the day that Martin Luther King was assassinated. While that was a more histrionically important event, that date will always seired in my mind as the date of a battle we fought in Vietnam. I was only in country for a couple of months and the loss of comr
Most people will remember April 4, 1968 as the day that Martin Luther King was assassinated. While that was a more histrionically important event, that date will always seired in my mind as the date of a battle we fought in Vietnam. I was only in country for a couple of months and the loss of comr
 
Thomas Wolfe is famous in part for a book published posthumously in 1940: You Can't Go Home Again. I am slowly coming to grips with that fact as I watch old friends, acquaintances and companies Fold Up their Tent and go home (or wherever if you wish).
Thomas Wolfe is famous in part for a book published posthumously in 1940: You Can't Go Home Again. I am slowly coming to grips with that fact as I watch old friends, acquaintances and companies Fold Up their Tent and go home (or wherever if you wish).
 
It is my habit to write contemporaneous comments mainly for myself when someone who has influenced my life passes
It is my habit to write contemporaneous comments mainly for myself when someone who has influenced my life passes
 
Like most people, I have a few (???) artifacts from the past in the house.
Like most people, I have a few (???) artifacts from the past in the house.
 
In my opinion, all countries have a Military Industrial Complex with politics, economics, and military factions. Ken gives Cliff Notes on the Complex in the USA, North & South Vietnam.
In my opinion, all countries have a Military Industrial Complex with politics, economics, and military factions. Ken gives Cliff Notes on the Complex in the USA, North & South Vietnam.
 
The 1930's Depressions and WW2 produced some hard looking 1960s actors but most decorated Audie Murphy's good looks slowed his leading man acting career.
The 1930's Depressions and WW2 produced some hard looking 1960s actors but most decorated Audie Murphy's good looks slowed his leading man acting career.
 
Finding the strength to say goodbye,
 
Just two bad days in a long year
 
Long goodbyes have a finality that I have avoided most of my life.
Long goodbyes have a finality that I have avoided most of my life.
 
For many years, I have had a percolating theory hiding just below the surface of my mind.
For many years, I have had a percolating theory hiding just below the surface of my mind.
 
Most of my stories to the grandkids start with believe it or not. In 1963, believe it or not, my school was segregated and the only confusion was with two ethnic Japanese sisters.
Most of my stories to the grandkids start with believe it or not. In 1963, believe it or not, my school was segregated and the only confusion was with two ethnic Japanese sisters.
 
I do not understand the association of Marines to Navy except old wooden ships delivered soldiers for beach landings.
I do not understand the association of Marines to Navy except old wooden ships delivered soldiers for beach landings.
 
The war with France in 1946 and a final war with Cambodia in 1978 are like book ends to 30 years of conflict. Maybe West Point studies this one.
The war with France in 1946 and a final war with Cambodia in 1978 are like book ends to 30 years of conflict. Maybe West Point studies this one.
 
The Red Cross ladies were very welcome in Vietnam. These volunteers were very welcome.
The Red Cross ladies were very welcome in Vietnam. These volunteers were very welcome.
 
Mess line in a temporary Field Perimeter. The food was delivered in large insulated canisters.
Mess line in a temporary Field Perimeter. The food was delivered in large insulated canisters.
 
In 1960s Jungle, you could not call a taxi. You could radio base for a Chopper ride and mark your clearing with Smoke.
In 1960s Jungle, you could not call a taxi. You could radio base for a Chopper ride and mark your clearing with Smoke.
 
The Military has a simple 10 week method to determine mental health ... called boot camp.
The Military has a simple 10 week method to determine mental health ... called boot camp.
 
Compared to our other wars, 1200 MIAs are a small percentage of total combat veterans.
Compared to our other wars, 1200 MIAs are a small percentage of total combat veterans.
 
Cambodian Genocide (The Killing Fields) was the dream of Pol Pot to return Cambodia to an agrarian society by murdering the elite.
Cambodian Genocide (The Killing Fields) was the dream of Pol Pot to return Cambodia to an agrarian society by murdering the elite.
 
Vietnamese are not fond of mixed children and I am told the Chinese offered to send troops but got a 'thanks but no thanks'.
Vietnamese are not fond of mixed children and I am told the Chinese offered to send troops but got a 'thanks but no thanks'.
 
I truly wish that our founding fathers had been a bit more clear on what they meant when writing the 2nd Amendment but numerous contemporaneous writings clearly show their intent was for individual possession and ownership of firearms.
I truly wish that our founding fathers had been a bit more clear on what they meant when writing the 2nd Amendment but numerous contemporaneous writings clearly show their intent was for individual possession and ownership of firearms.
 
One of my Standard Operating Procedures when I hear of a Vietnam Veteran in the news is to research them to find the 'Story behind the Story.
One of my Standard Operating Procedures when I hear of a Vietnam Veteran in the news is to research them to find the 'Story behind the Story.
 
"BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL"
"BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL"
 
In the spirit of giving this year, it is perhaps appropriate to remember that some gifts cannot be bought or sold but earned.
In the spirit of giving this year, it is perhaps appropriate to remember that some gifts cannot be bought or sold but earned.
 
I am somewhat sensitive to the "a soldier" reference in most of the news articles. The result is now that we are embroiled in a donnybrook over the death of someone who is now being referred to in almost every account as "a soldier."
I am somewhat sensitive to the "a soldier" reference in most of the news articles. The result is now that we are embroiled in a donnybrook over the death of someone who is now being referred to in almost every account as "a soldier."
 
If you will bear with me, I will try to bring this post to a point. Memory triggers of past events are often disturbing, but they don't always have to be regardless of what the Google says.
If you will bear with me, I will try to bring this post to a point. Memory triggers of past events are often disturbing, but they don't always have to be regardless of what the Google says.
 
The recent hurricane Irma reminded me of one of the now primitive techniques we used during 1968-1969 in Vietnam.
The recent hurricane Irma reminded me of one of the now primitive techniques we used during 1968-1969 in Vietnam.
 
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