It all started in 1967, with six Vietnam veterans marching together in a peace demonstration. Now, fifty-two years later, VVAW is still going strong-- continuing its fight for peace, justice, and the rights of all veterans.
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Six months ago, The Veteran called out President Chump. We joined progressive groups and individuals all over the US in puncturing Chump's latest bloody trial balloon; the invasion of Venezuela.
Now, we have to add to th...|
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Taken from Fifty-five Years Ago: Into the American War Against Vietnam by Joe Miller:
(An earlier version of this article originally appeared in The Veteran in 1989.)
I share with many thousands of others the somewhat dubious distinction of being a Vietnam veteran who never saw Vietnam. However, in late December 1965, our ship was a few miles off the Vietnam coast at Cam Ranh Bay, with the land in clear view. We had to move in close, not for any military purpose, but to bring Bob Hope's Christmas Show troupe out to us—Christmas in the tropics, 1965. Boy, it was war, and war sure was Hell!
We carrier-based sailors were recipients of the Vietnam Service Medal, combat pay (when the ship was operating in a "combat zone"), and the free mail privilege, along with any other "goodies" (ribbons) the government saw fit to throw at us to make us feel we were doing something worthwhile.
Joe Miller on the Tico, 1964.
Most of us had never been, nor would we ever be, directly involved in any sort of real combat.... Read More
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