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Vietnam Plus-50

Oilpatch Mercenary Wrote: Dec 27, 2012 2:08 AM
My experience thus far has shown that Vietnamese born after the war are rather delighted to meet and American who was in that war. I'll check things out for sure when I make that Grand Tour next year. May even run into some bo doi and we can rehash old times in a manner more amicable than our previous engagement. T'would be a minor miracle though if I could find any of the Vietnamese comrades that I once knew. But one can hope, not to mention pray. I may try that Rosetta Stone bit to brush up on my dormant tieng Vietnam capabilities.
d2lv2 Wrote: Dec 27, 2012 10:36 AM
Viet Nam language is tonal in nature. One word can have as high as seven different means depending on the inflection. If i remember right nuc dah could be ice water or urine. Boy did I get some awful tasting drinks while stationed there in 65-66.
Nam65-66 Wrote: Dec 27, 2012 2:08 PM
d2..where were you in Nam?What corps?
nimh2 Wrote: Dec 27, 2012 4:17 PM
"nuoc mam" and "ba mi ba" . . . :)
Steve of CA Wrote: Dec 27, 2012 5:57 AM
Thank you for your service in Vietnam
Oilpatch Mercenary Wrote: Dec 27, 2012 2:16 AM
Cal though is right on when he said that Americans did not die in vain. We presented our culture, warts and all, and saw the generality of Vietnamese adopt it as part of their own. That is why the nominal victors can never have the kind of regime they thought they were getting.

In addition, without our valor there could never have been a Reagan Presidency, the USSR would still be in business, ad infinium, ad nauseum. Me? If I had not gone and done as I did, I would have no self-respect at all. So would I do it again? Don't ask silly questions.
Cepat2 Wrote: Dec 27, 2012 10:08 AM
Agree with Seve of CA regarding your service. Thank you. I'm just not sure that the loss of life, will, and national resolve was worth the result. So many brave and wonderful men and women lost to us. So much rancor (ably assisted by other nations who are still enemies) injected into our national psyche which continue to sap our energies. And now we have a quisling coward who feigned honorable service in that conflict likely to become the Sec of State. I have a vision of the "rear guard" staring at us with tears in their eyes, and broken hearts, crying out "we fought and died for this?"

HANOI, Vietnam -- It has been 50 years since President John F. Kennedy ordered U.S. "advisers" to South Vietnam to help battle the communist North and 37 years since the end of that divisive war and the country's unification under Communism.

Today, Vietnam is fighting a war with itself.

A local TV program reminds a visitor of Chinese propaganda "operas" circa 1970. Performers, some wearing military garb with a backdrop of missiles and an American B-52 bomber going down in flames, commemorate the 1972 Christmas bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong ordered by President Richard Nixon. Banners and posters in...