Re: Vietnam War veterans, I need some responses, Please!
Posted by Dave Wright on 11/11/2009, 11:31 am, in reply to "Vietnam War veterans, I need some responses, Please!"
: Any Vietnam War veteran, please help me with
: my school project about the Vietnam War, by
: answering just a few questions about your
: experience! Thank you!
: 1. What were your view on the Vietnam war
: before you went? Did you think it was good,
: bad, or were you neutral? Why?
There was a great deal of fear about the expansion of Communism because of the Cold War shich had been going on since the end of WWII. I didn't want to fight in a war but felt obligated to serve my country.
: 2. Did you enlist, or did you get drafted?
I volunteered to be drafted a few months before my notice would be mailed out, I wanted to get it over with.
: Why did you enlist, or why did you wait?
: 3. What kind of position did you have? What
: did you do?
I walked point about every third day. Leading the column was terrifying.
: 4. What would be a daily, average schedule?
Wake up before sunrise, watch the trail we were ambushing, eat "C's" for breakfast, bring in my claymore and get ready to move out for the day. We moved throgh the jungle all day trying to make contact with the enemy and secretly hoping we wouldn't. Lunch and dinner were C's again. Set up ambush sites for the night, try to sleep, pull guard duty, wake up before sunrise and do it all over again.
: 5. What was the food like? How did you get
Canned and etable but not much variety. Peaches and pound cake were the best.
: 6. Where did you get stationed?
Lia Khe was our main base camp but we spent 90% of our time out in the jungle between Saigon and Cambodia.
: 7. Did you bring any kind of personal
: comfort with you? Why?
: 8. What kinds of things did you think about
: during your service?
Staying alive became a high priority.
: 9. What were living conditions like?
Primitive, carried everthing we would need for several days, slept on the ground in a nylon poncho liner (rain or shine). No showers or sanitary facilities, didn't talk above a whisper.
: 10. What was a most memorable moment that
: has stayed with you, after the war?
I lead my company into a terrible ambush that took the lives of my entire squad and we medivaced 50% of our campany. God had to intervein on several occations to save my life.
: Thank you, for your time! It's very