Fifty Years Ago This Day

Prisoners of war – Hanoi, North Vietnam

The last American soldiers left Vietnam 50 years ago, There are 58.318 names  on the Vietnam Wall.  These are the ones that didn’t make it home.  One third of these were conscripts, drafted off of the streets, given training at Fort Dix or elsewhere and then dropped in the Mekong.

They weren’t able to get into National Guard units like George W. Bush.  Or get college deferrments like Bill Clinton.  Or have “bone spurs” like Donald Trump. The state with the highest per capita casualty rate was West Virginia.

Why are you not surprised?

But today was the day they all came home. It was the day the prisoners of war were released.  It was all finally over.

By 1975 the North Vietnamese rolled into Saigon and an independent Vietnam appeared on the world stage.

Has it bothered anyone since?   Nah.  My bedroom set from Rooms to Go was made in Vietnam as well as some casual shirts I bought at Kohls.

But today was the day the war was over for us.  Seems like ancient history now.  Everone who remembers it is now my age.  And those my age who lost someone will think about this day and reflect on whether or not it was all worth it.


About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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10 Responses to Fifty Years Ago This Day

  1. beetleypete says:

    And all for nothing.
    Is anyone answering for that?
    Of course not. College kids are backpacking on holidays in Vietnam.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. GP says:

    I knew it was all for nothing and when I lost my friends….

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  3. I remember this day 50 years ago as if it were yesterday. And I still cry when I think of my friend who never came back.

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  4. Lakshmi Bhat says:

    It was all for nothing and the tragedy is it is happening now too.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Jennie says:

    I remember it like yesterday.

    Liked by 1 person

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