Sometimes its hard remembering our Vietnam Veterans. It was a very tumultuous time in our country. The sixties were a time of “peace and love” according to some but for others it was a time of war. The United States was involved in a “war” it seemed like no one at home wanted. It was called Vietnam! But today how many of us really remember what those men and women sacrificed for a country that seemed so ungrateful. It would take decades for those who served to receive the recognition they deserved.
At home no one was thinking about recognition, they were busy with their daily lives. We had hippies that turned the world into a psychedelic haze. The British invasion was upon us and women found mini-skirts. The music and the pictures from home kept the Vietnam soldiers going.
Who doesn’t remember Woodstock, the Beatles and of course the mini-skirt!!
Unfortunately the music couldn’t save our soldiers. Here are a few sobering statistics for those who came home in a draped coffin, for those who came home and suffer to this day from battle injuries and those who never came home and are still missing. Here’s a few things to think about when remembering our Vietnam Veterans:
- 9.087,000 military personnel served on active duty during the Vietnam Era (5 Aug 1964 to 7 May 1975)
- 2,709,918 men and women served in Vietnam
- 7,484 women (mostly nurses) served in Vietnam
- Another 3,403,100 served in the Southeast Asia Theater
- Average age of an infantryman was 22 years old
- 240 men were awarded the Medal of Honor
- 61% of the men killed were 21 or younger
- 58,148 were killed
- 104,578 were wounded
- As of 16, 2015 there are still 1,637 official MIA’s
At the time there was no joy or humor for these service personnel. It would be 12 years before someone could take the horror of this war and make a humorous movie that would help us remember. There were over 75 movies made about the Vietnam War, some very violent trying to give the full effect of the war itself. And while they did a good job, like Apocalypse Now and Platoon. The one that stands out in my mind was Good Morning Vietnam.
It took a tough subject and showed the human side of war. It was the first movie to satirize the war effort while memorializing the soldiers. Robin Williams, as Adrian Cronauer, won a Golden Globe Award for his performance. It was also named one of the 20 greatest war movies of all time by AMC and was award the ASCAP Award for the film’s original music. It did have some great music!
So always remember, even when the men and women of the Vietnam era are gone, and most of them are now. What they did will never be forgotten – it will live on in the movies, music, and memories of the time. They deserve are heartfelt gratitude for their service. Some made mistakes, but they were human and we all make mistakes. But we should never forget them…that is the reason why we support Hope for the Warriors so no one gets left behind.http://www.lzcenter.com/Myths%20and%20Facts.html SOBERING STATISTICS FOR THE VIETNAM WAR Subject: [Chapter 61 DisabledRetirees] Fw: Vietnam War Stats.UPDATE] http://www.nationalvietnamveteransfoundation.org/statistics.htm Vietnam War: Facts, Stats & Myths Credit: Capt. Marshal Hanson, USNR (Ret.) and Capt. Scott Beaton, Statistical Source http://www.uswings.com/about-us-wings/vietnam-war-facts/