None of them received a hero’s welcome

In World War II the average age of the combat soldier was 26

In Vietnam he was 19
After World War II the men came home together on troop ships

But the Vietnam vet often arrived home within 48 hours of jungle combat

Perhaps the most dramatic difference between

World War II and Vietnam was coming home

None of them received a hero’s welcome
(Vet’s Voice)

“You’re eightteen years old and you’re wearing somebodies brains around
on your shirt ,
because they got their heads blown off right next to you
.. and that’s not suppose to affect you”

“I could never understand”

“What would scare me ? … is that we were to send a group of eightteen
year olds 12.000 miles away,
and subject them to in a year of that
obsanity, and have them not be affected …”

“That’s what would frighten me”
You
see a lot of destruction. You see a lot of villages being burned;
you
know, people are being killed, You shoot into the bushes and you hear
screams,
and you know people have been hit. But to see someone get hit

with a high-veocity stell jacket round – – 

designed by people to kill other people, there is no more obscene way
to
die”

.

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