By Frank Fox
A hand salute to all who served.
From a different perspective, I didn't realize until I had children of my own what parents go through, especially the Moms out there, when a child is away and fighting in a conflict.
My brother and I were both serving at the same time in Vietnam.
I didn't realize how what was going on in Vietnam affected Moms and Dads at home, until I got home in 1968. At the time, my brother was still in country.
In the evenings, you just couldn't get away from bad news in Vietnam. The war was on the front page of the newspaper and on TV nightly, the first conflict where reporters and film footage could virtually get stories and film footage home the same day.
My Mom might not have been dressed up in the latest fashion, maybe only a flower print dress most days, but I watched her wring her hands and pace the floor, chewing on her lip. It ate on her every day. I can only imagine what she went through with both sons away from home.
When both of her sons were finally home, Mom got back most of her former personality. I can only imagine the prayers that went up, then and now.
Young men and women new to conflicts don't get to see that until they get home. Then unfortunately, the cycle repeats itself with the next generation, when they replace their parents anxiously waiting at home, because we get involved in a conflict somewhere else.
God bless all Mom's, they need medals and ribbons -- they've earned them.
US Navy with USMC
August 1964 – August 1970 (6 years 1 month)
“I am only one, but I am one. I can't do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do, and by the grace of God, I will.” ~Everett Hale
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