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I was drafted into the Army in 1967 and served until 1969. During those two years, I was stationed at Fort Jackson, SC, Fort Benning, Ga, and in 1968 I was sent to Vietnam. ing. A couple of the incoming rockets hit the two ammo dumps on a hill behind us. The explosion caused it to literally rain shrapnel all night. I can remember picking small pieces of shrapnel out of my hair the next morning. Needless to say, after the attack was over no one had to tell us to start filling sandbags and building bunkers. We didnâ??t want to be caught in that situation ever again.



 



 In my opinion, the biggest misconception about the Vietnam War is that all of us were baby killers and pot heads. The fact is that the vast majority of us were just young men who were drafted and were trying to serve our country as honorably as our ancestors did during previous wars. It did not take us long to realize that we were fighting a war and that our leaders had no plan for winning.



 



 As for the future generations, I would hope that they learn from history that war is a waste and should be avoided whenever possible. If we must go, we should only do it after our leaders establish a clear-cut mission to win in the shortest time possible. There is no such thing as a politically correct war and our soldiers deserve decisive leadership whose goal is to win quickly and get our soldiers home. Unfortunately, it seems because we are the guardians of freedom we are always getting pulled into the worldâ??s conflicts.



 



 Every combat veteran has a lot of memories, some good and some bad. One of the not so bad memories I have occurred not long after I arrived in Vietnam. When I first arrived in Vietnam I had to complete a week of jungle warfare training in Chu-Lai. The second night I was there, the North Vietnamese Army attacked our base camp at Chi-Lai. Being new troops, we had not been issued any weapons or gear other than a â??steel-potâ?ť or helmet. The training camp at that time was still under construction and there were no bunkers to speak of so we were all living in tents. All we had for protection was a long wall, 4 foot high and 30 feet long made of sandbags. During the attack we kept jumping over the wall from one side to the other depending on which side the rockets and mortars were land






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