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Officer in Vietnam

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by casmith07, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. casmith07

    casmith07 I'm the best poster in the game!

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    Someone sent my family this over facebook a month ago or so...it's one of the coolest things I've ever seen - live footage of my grandfather in Vietnam.

    [youtube]l2bChg3y8PA[/youtube]
  2. Faerluna

    Faerluna I'm Complicated

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    I can't see it. :(
  3. MarionBarberThe4th

    MarionBarberThe4th Well-Known Member

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  4. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    I tried reposting it but it won't show up for some reason. I was able to watch it on youtube though.

    Very cool.
  5. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    This seems to work. :)

    [youtube]l2bChg3y8PA[/youtube]
  6. ologan

    ologan Well-Known Member

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    Grandpa "DaiWi"? What rank did he get out with?
  7. Hostile

    Hostile Tacos are a good investment Zone Supporter

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    Oh man, that is awesome. Is he still alive? If so, has he seen this?
  8. Faerluna

    Faerluna I'm Complicated

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    Very cool!
  9. Venger

    Venger Well-Known Member

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    Sweet. Sure hope he made it home...
  10. casmith07

    casmith07 I'm the best poster in the game!

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    He's still alive. I've gotten him to open up about Vietnam only twice. He hasn't seen this video but he does know that it exists. He said he doesn't want to look at it.

    He's a two-time Purple Heart awardee.
  11. SaltwaterServr

    SaltwaterServr Blank Paper Offends Me

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    Very cool video. The scars from his time there must run inconceivably deep.

    I got a small chuckle from the M202A1. I read somewhere that they quit issuing them because the incendiary rockets would spontaneously ignite because they contained a sodium catalyst. Not exactly the thing you want on your back in a high humidity environment like, say, Vietnam?
  12. trickblue

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    Cas... how cool is this...

    I am happy for you...

    God bless you and yours... and I truly appreciate your family and their service to our country...

    Amazing stuff...
  13. Hostile

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    My uncle Mike doesn't talk about Viet Nam either. The only clue I have to his time there is a poem he wrote when he got back. I memorized it because it was so haunting.
  14. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    It was a tough time... my (late) uncle was captured and tortured by Russia...

    He was one of the spies that got caught... beaten to a pulp...

    He was a really cool guy... and a bonified bad-arse...

    War is hard...
  15. WarC

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    Awesome! Thanks for the posting the link to this, it was a good watch knowing the history behind it. Much respect to your grandfather!
  16. WarC

    WarC Active Member

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    That seems very common among combat veterans I've met and heard about. Sometimes curiousity gets the best of us and we lose sight of the price they've paid.
  17. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    They will talk about it among themselves but very rarely to someone who was not there.
  18. Aikmaniac

    Aikmaniac Well-Known Member

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    This is true.

    My dad, however has told me many stories and will share to those whom inquire (or care). He still carries a large burden of what happened back then and will never forget how he was treated when he returned.

    Some of the stories are very interesting though. He was a tank commander for the Big Red 1.

    casmith, glad to see you found something this special for you and the family.

    These are the real heroes.
  19. casmith07

    casmith07 I'm the best poster in the game!

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    Granddad is the same way, actually...I think he felt like it was okay to talk to me because I'm in the service as well.

    We took him to the Infantry Museum at Fort Benning for his 75th birthday a couple years ago, and he didn't want to go in the Vietnam exhibit even though it was only an exhibit - nothing really harrowing in there. I think that said a lot.

    On the other hand, he freely talks about his time spent in Airborne School, working as an Officer/instructor for the Mortar Course, and his time in Korea. Vietnam isn't really up for discussion unless you ask. Some of the things he told me are pretty horrible.

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