I served in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division as a field artillery forward observer with A Company, 2nd Battalion, 501st Airborne. I was there from December 1967 to December 1968. I was there for the 1968 Tet Offensive.
I, and my brothers in arms, served with honor at the behest of our nation. The majority of those who served in Vietnam, like me, volunteered to fight against the communist incursion.
A good friend sent me the video below, a tribute to our Vietnam veterans narrated by Mr. Sam Elliot. The video tells only part of the story.
The story that I know is that the media was against the war and supported our enemies. They printed everything bad they could find, some true, most lies. I personally witnessed a reporter wanting to get on a helicopter to report on a story about how our unit suffered casualties from a friendly fire incident. The helicopter was sent to evacuate the wounded. The embedded correspondent wanted to take the place of one of our wounded so he could file his story. The company commander had a different view point. While the story did get filed we save our wounded.
This was the first time in U.S. history that the media began using “fake news” to bring about the defeat of U.S. wartime policy in a foreign land.
It began when Walter Cronkite visited Vietnam during the 1968 Tet Offensive and upon his return to the United States declared on CBS Evening News that the Vietnam war was “unwinnable.’
This was a total fabrication and ignored the fact that our troops decimated the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese units during Tet.
To this day the names of Jane Fonda and John Kerry will live in infamy. They colluded with the communist regime, which allowed South Vietnam to fall to our communist enemies.
It seems we are seeing the same thing happening today with North Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Iran.
To this day I believe our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines won the Vietnam war on the ground.
We lost the Vietnam war on the streets of America and in the halls of the U.S. Congress.
Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.