|The Heavy Heart of War...|
by Keith Brown
'Tis the season to be jolly ... or at least that's what the song says ... I, for one, have a difficult time with the Christmas season.
I guess it's because during that time there was a lot of sadness for me:
Leaving home and being shipped to a hostile environment.
Seeing the body bags coming into Bien Hoa (69) and Pleiku (70).
Reports of other rotten stuff happening.
The almost race riot at Bien Hoa on Christmas Eve.
A couple of suicides that I can recall.
Bob Hope flying into Bien Hoa and then leaving in disgust. (It seems there was a dumpster under his 'Welcome Bob' sign).
The feeling of being by yourself, even with your 'friends' being around you.
The letters from home with pictures to show how happy they were.
Writing back home, "Yes, WE had a great time, too...."
|Christmas at The Wall|
In memory of over 58,044 brothers and sisters who never returned -- Republic of Vietnam 62-75.
“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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