I was thinkin about Memorial Day, and I just wanted to throw this out to the WP homies. WW2... all volunteers, pretty much ! It ended in 1945. Then for the Korean War that started in 1950, they just called back a lot of the WW2 people. CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE HOW IT MUST OF FELT TO GO BACK TO WAR ... after you just got home from WW2!! Jeeez !!
War was different back then. In ww2 a typical combat soldier saw direct action on average once every 30 days. Now granted, your engagement could be many days at a time but there tended to be down time in between. In Korea that number dropped to somewhere in the 21 day number. In Vietnam it dropped again to around 14 days between direct combat. In Iraq and Afghanistan that number was down to around a week and when you aren't in direct engagements you are worrying about a fucking IED. Combat today is a lot more stressful with less down time. The ww2 generation saved the world no doubt but I think their return to normal life was a little easier than returning troops today. Good topic!
I respect your opinion Rick and appreciate you standing in memory of all who have served (like myself) and those who have died. I think comparing is important because we wonder why so many who return from modern wars have so many lasting side effects like TBIs and unexplained cancers. The psychological traumas that modern warfare inflicts on those who serve is greater now than in passed conflicts because of the lack of downtime while in theater and the multiple deployments that this generation is asked to do makes warfare much harder on the soldiers today. War is a horrible thing and I hope future generations never have to experience it but we are doomed to repeat history if we do not learn from it.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TEXASBOB, this is a sad holiday for me. I have had the pleasure 3 times this month referring a Nam Vet to a retreat that is not well known that’s free. 1200 acres, horseback riding, fishing, and therapists, it is for any vet coming home , or is home and has PTSD and or brain injury. I have been involved in numerous events to help our vets , and have raised thousands for wish lists and boxes I’ve sent to the front lines. Some I’ve known as children. Most are complete strangers. It’s something I feel real good inside about ,and the least I can do for the sacrifices our soldiers have made. Good day to you.
That is really cool Smiley! I have three generations of our family who have served and I will tell you I have the biggest respect for my father and my son for their sacrifice and service and it is really appreciated when people like you help them and let them know their service ment something! Thanks brother
You bet!! once I went to a 600 motorcycle ride event that was raising money for the lost soldiers children. Called Legacy fund. Free college for child. It was thru the American Legion. I’m telling ya , I could HEAR those bikes comming for miles. When they arrived and every single one of them had a American flag on the back of there bike waving. And the roar of all those engines.... made the hair stand up on your neck. Ps. They raised 3 million.
My point is I see nothing that says 1 war or another has had more mental anguish than another...look @ what happened to the guys and gals that came back from Vietnam they were shunned and had no support from their country...Any way like Sherman said "War is Hell" We can agree on that! No disrespect meant!
I agree Lexstar, And I’m so sorry that happened to you. my partner also was a Nam vet and come home thru California and told me exactly the same thing. Such a horrific greeting , that was the bowels of hell. They sprayed agent orange right on top of them, in the jungle. My soul mate died of cancer. I MR LEXSTAR THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.
You did what the hippies were too scared to do brother. I survived the sandbox in 03-04 Marine infantry. I'm glad you made it back. We all fight our wars, some of us just sign up to do it because others can't. I miss my brothers and sisters everyday. I'll never be able to wash the blood from my hands. Shit, got myself all teary eyed now.