By: Dick Rose
Editor's Note: The following was written in December 1993, with references to Somalia, Bosnia, and Operation Desert Storm. To those, we can possibly add Iraq and Afghanistan. Twenty-one years later, the question remains relevant.
Has the Vietnam War Been Forgotten?
The first reaction is to say, “Of course, not. No way? Can’t happen!” That’s the first reaction. But after that, after the surprise, after the shock, the question repeats itself: Has the Vietnam been forgotten?
It’s a valid question. Has it been forgotten as a war? Has it been forgotten as a personal experience? It hasn’t been - not by us, not by the guys who served and hurt and survived there. It never will be.
Editor’s Note: The following was written in 1967 when the author was a patient in the 247th General Hospital at Camp Drake, Japan. He was in charge of the News Department for the Armed Forces Radio Far East Network, Tokyo.
It is one of the entries in his book, Vietnam Through Rose Colored Glasses, published in 2013 and winner of an IPPY Bronze Medal in the Current Events Category for 2013. You can contact Mr. Rose by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By: Richard S. “Dick” Rose Master Chief Journalist, US Navy (Ret.)
Jr. Vice Commander, Sgt. Manny Peven Post 65, Jewish War Veterans of America
When I was still at the Far East Network Newsroom, I expressed my disappointment with the feature news coming out of Vietnam in the “Stars & Stripes.” One of my co-workers, a Marine sergeant, asked me if I could do better.
I didn’t know. However, in June I was in the Army’s 249th General Hospital, where wounded were sent before being sent back to the States. I talked to many of the troops, from some paratroopers with stomach wounds to helicopter pilots, when I was moved to the Junior Officers’ ward.
This gave me the chance to write the following. The Marine sergeant agreed I could do and did better than what was in “Stars &Stripes.”
By: “Lenny Musings”
The other evening, Governor Sandoval called me.
I was eating dinner and was very surprised by the call. I immediately thought what a great opportunity to ask him a couple of questions as some things had been bothering me lately.
However, he went on and on, seeming to ignore me, until I realized it was just another political recorded phone message.
Then just today, I received a robo call from the wife of a candidate who started by saying, “I don’t like robo calls either so I’ll make this brief.” I guess that’s one way to apologize for interrupting me, but a better way would be not to call at all.
This all got me thinking about the Federal Do Not Call List. I thought it was a great idea when it was started a few years ago - with the exception that politicians could still call.