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Denis A Grover USS Wainwright DLG-28 66/67 nam vet
Gerald, I tried bringing up the site, and could not get it to load. Is there another link?
Hello Mates, the most recent VFW MAGAZINE has several extraordinary articles in it about VIETNAM and the end of the war. Some amazing writing and worth the time to read. Peace to all.
Below is the link and if that doesn't work, copy and paste.
Gerald Hannah - thanks so much for posting the memorial video, it was very moving.
But for the grace of God, my dad's name could have been on the wall...
Beautiful tribute to our Vietnam Vets.
I really appreciate your tribute to all of these fine people affected to this day by Vietnam. I served in country with VAL4 from '70 to '72. I, like some, was very naive. I volunteered for the dumbest of reasons, and an unintentional slap in the face to those who had no choice and payed the price be it death or injury. I wanted some excitement. I still feel the guilt. I was wrapped up in my own world and obviously didn't consider those sacrificing themselves. It surely wasn't because I didn't watch Walter Cronkite on the evening news every single night.
I am afraid this war will be forgotten. I had a young man at work ask me a most disturbing question. He overheard a conversation between me and a fellow vet and he asked me if I had been in the service. I said I had been in Vietnam and he said, "Was that one that Hitler was in"? Now, he either thinks I am really old or he didn't even know when WWII was. Our young people are so clueless.
I did have the opportunity to go to the Vietnam memorial Wall in DC several years ago. The absolute saddest experience of my life. To try and fathom the sheer numbers of names is mind numbing. All those lost souls that left so many broken hearts. As a last entry, I would like to leave this quote:
"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.
Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not have always. Take what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own.
And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind.
Major Michael Davis O'Donnell
1 January 1970
Dak To, Vietnam
Listed as KIA February 7, 1978
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