Tribute to My Country Boy Soldier
As I search my heart for what to post I just keep thinking of the country life and because of my interest in reading and the the types of books I have been reading I thought I would enlighten my readers about my husband the country boy. My Tribute to My Country Boy Soldier my husband Ray grew up in Cable, WI., the 5th of 11 children. We met the summer of 1970 just before he left for Viet Nam, where he spent 11 months serving on the DMZ: Demilitarized zone – Neutral area separating North Vietnam from South Vietnam. We were both just kids 18 years old and so in love that the thought of Ray going off to fight in a war was just baffling.
It is very hard to understand what one goes through while fighting in a war and in a war that didn’t welcome our young men back home. So many times we hear about how these guys would come home and as they departed the plane would get down and kiss the United States ground. I can’t imagine what it is like for any soldier who has fought in a war, to come home and just live a normal life, much less come home from one where people called them horrible names, “Baby Killer,” “War monger.” And because he didn’t really write home to me about what he was doing over there or day to day battles, I was really unaware or I should say naive about it all, I guess I didn’t even watch the news, I had/have a desire to learn more about the time he spent in Viet Nam. So this year I have been reading a number of biographies of Viet Nam experiences, I have gained a great amount of knowledge of what took place for different battles at different areas of South Viet Nam. I want to warn anyone that would read any of the books that I will list under Reading Apps., that there will be offensive language, not that it is right but it is the way of a large percentage of the soldiers.
I hope I haven’t bored you and that if you know anyone that has served over in Viet Nam you can do them a great justice just by telling them “Thank You.” One of the greatest vacations we took as a family was to Washington D.C., it has been many years ago now, but is an everlasting memory. The most moving part about the whole vacation was the Viet Nam Memorial Wall, it was a very difficult time for my husband as I am sure for all Viet Nam Vets. The photos are of my husband Ray while in Viet Nam and then of course the next photos is of the Viet Nam Memorial Wall. I would encourage you to go to my book list in a few days and take a look at the biographies I have read, maybe read one yourself or share one with someone who had a soldier that served in Viet Nam.
The Virtual Wall: http://www.virtualwall.org
Visiting the Vietnam Veteran Memorial: https://washington.org/DC-guide-to/vietnam-veterans-memorial
DC National Park Service: https://www.nps.gov/vive/index.htm