We will NOT forget!
Although veterans of all wars deserve our respect and gratitude for their service to our country, this site is dedicated primarily to the men and women who,
amid much civil strife and and discontent concerning our country's role
in the Vietnam War, quietly went--unsung heroes--and did their duty as they had
pledged, with honor and dignity.
A staggering number did not survive to return to their families and friends,
and the memories of fallen comrades dwell within the hearts of those who
did. Some who did come home brought with them scars, both physical and emotional.
They faced a welcome that was most often less than they deserved--It was
NOT our finest hour. But these men and women continue today to do their
duty with the same honor and dignity in peacetime as they showed in battle.
During the years encompassed by the war in Vietnam, I graduated from high school, earned a degree, started my first career, married, had a child, and began to raise him. He was seven years old when the war ended. I lost friends -- dead in Southeast Asia. I mourned them then, as I do now. But I didn't fight in the jungles and rice paddies, and so I asked my cherished
friend, journalist and author Howard Landon "Dutch" McAllister, who served with
great distinction in that war and was grievously wounded there, to write a few words about the Vietnam experience
from the viewpoint of someone who knows--really KNOWS--what it was like.
He responded so generously with his thoughts, some photographs to share
with you, and with a tale of one of "his boys" who fought and
died there, Doc Bates. I hope you will take the
time to read that account. Doc Bates, a young medical corpsman, is representative
of the bravery and selflessness exhibited by the many who went to war and
the many who lost their lives in the service of our country.
Dutch McAllister--December 1967
Fire Support Base Normandy I--30 Miles NW of Saigon
"When Americans talk
about Vietnam today, they like to use a two-dollar, clinical word--closure.
But when I think about Vietnam and my time there, I know there is no such
thing for me. My closure will come only when these eyes of mine close for
the last time. When my dearest friend, Rosie, asked me for a few words
about my experience, it all came down to--my boys. There were Jim and Pee
Wee and Daniel and Rick and Doc and many more. I spent parts of the four
years from 1967-1970 in Vietnam, and I came home--shot at and hit too many
times, but home, and most of my boys did the same. I sent Rosie a few of
my old, faded pictures, and I guess she will share some of them with you.
I hope so, because it means a lot to me."--Dutch McAllister, December
VIETNAM ALBUM--photos of my boys
SOME OF MY BOYS--EARLY
MORNING IN THE RENEGADE WOODS
Within a half
hour, we had all our gear on and were moving carefully
into the eerie quietness
of the artillery-blasted jungle.
"Artificial Tree, but the Man Was Real"--the story of DOC BATES as told by Dutch McAllister
The Wall on the Web--a complete listing of all the names inscribed upon the Vietnam War Memorial
Operation Just Cause--a proactive force dedicated to the cause of the MIA and POW
The Virtual Wall--an interactive replica of the Wall where messages can be left
The Navy Online--the official web site of the United States Navy
U.S. Army Homepage--the official U.S. Army web site
Air Force Link--the official site of the U.S. Air Force
MarineLINK--the USMC's home on the web
United States Coast Guard Home Page--facts, images, history, and more
Military Women--unofficial page for women in the Armed Services
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