Guest Pearville Posted November 11, 2013 Share Posted November 11, 2013 For all of you on the forum who served, I wish you a wonderful day, and God bless you all for your service.In 1967 while in the Houston Fire academy, I came face to face with what it meant to be a veteran. There were two men in our class who had recently returned from Vietnam Mike, and Larry. Larry wore a jacket with "I have served my time in Hell" emblazoned on the back with his unit designation. Mike was quiet and didn't want to talk about his service. Larry had many stories to tell of how it was and all the things he had seen. Mike just listened, and politely refused our urging to tell of his experience. One day at lunch, Mike who lived in a small apartment close to the training ground, invited me to come home with him to make a sandwich for lunch. As we drove toward his home, I asked him, "was it so bad that you just can't talk about it". He said "I'll show you". When we arrived at his apartment, and as he was making our sandwiches, he allowed me to look at some personal photos that had been taken by someone in his front line unit as they carried on their operations. These were the photos that most of us never saw of the sad and hellish nightmare that was Vietnam. Some were of men collecting proof from the bodies of how many Vietcong had been killed, and believe me, you don't want me to explain further. Mike said he only kept them to remind him how fortunate he was to have made it back. Needless to say I could not eat the sandwich, Mike had made for me, and I never again wondered why Mike was so quiet about his service, or about what war was really like. By the way Mike also told me that the unit number on Larry's jacket told him that Larry was in a quartermaster unit. I was never drafted for Vietnam because of being married with children I suppose, but that day I realized how much we really owe those who served and are serving, yes even Larry, who we all knew was overplaying his role, went and served like the rest. God bless all the Mikes, and Larrys, and Davids (my family has two Davids who served). For my father who shooed mules at Fort Sill Ok, and my father in law who assembled planes in North Africa, to both Don and David Looper, and my son David may we and they all be proud of what they accomplished by saying Yes I will go through hell on earth to secure freedom for all. I salute you all. Mike. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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