On 18 July 1965, for Commander Jeremiah Denton, having his A-6 Bomber shot down was just the beginning of a bad day.
"Hell yeah, let's build a statue here" -No one in particular.
Roy P. Benavidez- Soldier, Patriot, Badass of the First Order. The Medal of Honor he was awarded is just part of Roy's story.
A veteran of World War Two, Korea and Vietnam, Basil L. Plumley was an Icon in the U.S. Army way before Sam Eliot portrayed him in the movie "We were Soldiers and Young". Debbie Kimble, Plumley's daughter, said her father died from cancer after spending about nine days at Columbus Hospice. Although the illness seemed to strike suddenly, Kimble said Plumley's health had been declining since his wife of 63 years, Deurice Plumley, died last May on Memorial Day.
During Desert Storm we got a lot of "Any Serviceman Mail". Letters from strangers back home who wrote to us. The single group biggest writing was from Veterans of Vietnam. To a man they said, "Get it done, We've got your back." They kept their word. Our homecomings were much different from theirs. No one spit on our uniform. No one called us "Baby Killers." While surfing the net I came across "Zippos from Vietnam". The lighters the men and women carried. Engraved on the lighters are messages from their hearts and souls.
I Did Not Write This
But Please read it. It was written by Colonel George E, "Bud" Day, USAF Ret.I had the privilege of meeting Colonel Day when he came to George AFB. I had an autographed copy of Return with Honor. Lost in transit over the years.
My Dad was Walter J. Chamberlain Jr. He served in the Army from 1937 until 1967. In 1967 his division at Fort Carson was alerted for Vietnam. He said, “I got clipped in Italy and then again in Korea. Some Shave-Tail Butter Bar is going to get me killed in Vietnam”. So with 33 years service (including time in C.C.C.’s) he retired.
The prelude to the "response" below, from Colonel Bud Day, Medal of Honor recipient - prisoner of war survivor - reads "I didn't expect to be reminded of my treatment some 36 years ago on this holiday weekend but our politicians find it worthy to ignore what some have tried to recount to them, who [...]