In Iraq for 365

About my experiences in Iraq... the frustrations, the missions and this country... and the journey home

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Vietnam vets

This is a wonderful story I highly recommend. Thanks, PA, for the tip. Your pops seems like a real hero!

4 Comments:

At 12:07 PM, Anonymous Trish said...

Wow, Smink. . .

You sure brought a smile to our faces! All of us who read your posts are used to a wide range of emotions, but whoa... we are honored to see this link on your site. Thank you!

The program was indeed wonderful, and having the Vietnam Vets there in person was something I will never forget. There were some older gentlemen present as well, who have served in various wars; how touching it was to see their response to the program- also something I will never forget.

We 'introduced' you to everyone there, Mr. Sminklemeyer. There is a display board bearing your writings and a few pictures as well - the author of this post had a grand old time putting it all together.

Thank you very much for a glimpse into your life...thank you for your service to and for our country. Thank you for being you. It is people such as yourself who we are proud to say make up the blessed nation we love: the United States Of America.

 
At 6:31 PM, Anonymous ram said...

And I'm fowarding that link on to my dad, too, a very proud Vietnam vet. Thanks for sharing, Smink.

 
At 7:15 AM, Anonymous kbug said...

great story, casanova, thanks for posting it. So much is written about the bond formed between soldiers or marines during combat, but only those that have "been there done that" can really understand it. Dad still keeps in touch with his buddies, at least the ones that made it back and are still around after all these years. But, he's never forgotten the ones that didn't make it back. As he would say......semper fi.

 
At 7:19 AM, Anonymous Bonnie said...

Smink,
I have a man in Baghdad right now who I plan to marry when he returns. I told him before he left that I loved him and planned to wait for him if he let me. He did and expressed his feelings for me as well. We would both like to spend the rest of our lives together but as confident as I was then, that confidence has now been tarnished.
Now that we have hit around the one year mark I am worried about him. HIs attitude marks the change in him. Where I was once eager, anxious and excited for his arrival home, I am now worried. What will he be like? Will he still love me? Will he allow himself to dispell of any feelings that could hold him back from swinging back into a normal life? Will he share with me what he could not tell me in letters and phone calls? I know you may not have experience in this situation, but I don't know anyone else who could tell me what to expect when he comes home. What can I do? He has his two week leave coming up in a month, but he may not get it because "there aren't enough slots left" If he does receive this leave, I will see him for two brief weeks. How should I behave, what will he be feeling? He has already said to me that he has begun to enjoy being out there because he has access to a gym, stable workout buddies, all the bottled water he can drink, a fairly comfortable bed, etc., whereas before, he absolutely hated it. Am I losing him? I'm worried. I would love to hear from you Bonnie8302@yahoo.com

 

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