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Getting into Wars Easier than Getting Out of Them

Why can’t we remember the lessons of getting in and out of wars? We’ve had a tough time getting out of other countries’ wars, and we still haven’t figured out how to do it effectively. One option is not getting involved in these hostilities in the first place, either as advisors or combatants, but that’s not the American way. It’s become even worse as we sink deeper into the War on Terrorism, which is really the enemy [...]

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By |2021-08-18T19:51:40+00:00August 18, 2021|Afghanistan, Biden, Evacuation, War|

A Night of Ultimate Sacrifice at the Plum Farm

Uncle Sam’s call became more of a challenge during the Vietnam War. Frederick Richard “Rick” Ohler’s name is just one of about 58,000, mostly men and barely old enough to be treated as adults had they avoided military service. They are all dead. Rick, at 24, was one of the older soldiers in the 519th MI Battalion and, like many of us, he was an intelligence analyst. Our compound was in a rather rural place known as [...]

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By |2021-08-11T16:55:52+00:00August 11, 2021|Bravery, Sacrifice, Uncategorized, Vietnam, War|

Here’s to That Quiet Minority of Real Heroes

Talk is cheap and real heroes typically have little to say. I’ve come to learn, as a Vietnam vet, that the real heroes of that ill-advised war are a silent, almost invisible group. The guys who do all the talking, all the bragging, their license plates personalized and their vehicles papered with stickers trumpeting their veteran status and affiliations, aren’t necessarily the real heroes. This is not only true of Vietnam, but of Korea, World War II [...]

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By |2021-03-31T23:24:26+00:00March 31, 2021|Hero, Mortality, Sacrifices, War|
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