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VIETNAM: ‘Mourning soldier’ addition is appropriate

Letter by Kenneth V. Benesh, Colton, Calif. on Oct. 9, 2011 at 10:45 am with 18 Comments »
October 9, 2011 10:46 am

Re: “Should Olympia’s Vietnam memorial include Vietnamese soldiers?” (TNT, 9-29).

I understand the feelings of Hal Lymus and those who share his view of the proposed “Mourning Soldier” addition to the Olympia memorial. I too lost friends. My brother lost friends. I have had to put the remains of dead GIs into body bags.

I know many former ARVN soldiers, their families and friends who left the Republic of Vietnam to come to the U.S. I have talked with and listened to their now-grown children who share even if they cannot fully comprehend what their parents feel. For all intents and purposes, they lost their country as well as comrades-in-arms, friends and family. I cannot begin to imagine what that feels like.

Yes, you built your memorial to honor and mourn your fellow citizens who died or remain MIA in Vietnam. But you must not forget that others honor and mourn them as well. Is it too much to ask that you share a little of your space with them?

(Benesh is a retired Air Force chief master sergeant.)

Leave a comment Comments → 18
  1. They fought with us, they died with us, they deserve to be remembered with us in the same memorial.

  2. Thank you, Sargeant.

    Before this thread is over, I’m betting you will be called a traitor

  3. KARDNOS says:

    Sorry Roff……I’m too honest……

    Ask John Kerry and Max Clelland about being called “traitors” after serving their country with honors.

    On second thought…I’m not sorry.

  4. theglovesRoff says:

    Okay. I take it back.

    John Kerry the traitor.

  5. The original memorial was funded and built as a memorial to Washinton State combat vets, an additional seperate memorial for others is appropriate.

  6. harleyrider1 says:

    I need to underscore hoffie’s point: The idea for this memorial, seeking its approval, and its funding was specifically for Washington State combat veterans. That’s the statement.

    The other arguments; the other’s memories; other’s “moments” in that action, will not be represented here. They are free to apply and work towards a similar process representing their ideas, anywhere. This is not taking away anything from any of that.

    Our monument is a salute to the youth, women, and men of our home state that were called up or volunteered to serve in this conflict. God bless their souls.

  7. Once again the mighty right shows its ignorance of our U.S. Constitution, specifically Article III, Section 3.

    ”Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.”

    Kerryspoke out about the misconduct of U.S. personnel in Viet Nam, thus he did not comment treason.

  8. frosty says:
    October 10, 2011 at 8:31 am
    KARNAL, I’m not surprised to see you posting comments on another subject that you know absolutely nothing about. There should be a law that prohibits draft dodgers from commenting on military issues.”

    That would make “Herb” Cain unqualified to run for President

  9. xring…what is really sad is that frosty thinks a constitutional issue is “military”….

    Probably “military intelligence” getting in the way of logic…….

  10. LarryFine says:

    Kooky … a self fullfilling prediction.
    Hoffie, I’m with you on this one.

  11. LarryFine says:

    … so, since wallpaper introduced the drift and xring double downed on it…

    What qualifies J. F. Kerry guilty of treason is that in 1970-71 he violated UCMJ (Article 104 part 904) and U.S. Code (18 USC Sec. 2381 and 18 USC Sec. 953)
    The U.S. Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment, Section 3, states: “No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President … having previously taken an oath … to support the Constitution of the United States, [who has] engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”

    But who really cares ?

  12. How, Pray Tell, did John Kerry engage in an insurrection or rebellion against the US, or give aid or comfort to the enemies thereof?

    And how is John McCain allowed to serve after knowing making a propaganda statement for the North Viet Gov. that he (McCain) deliberately attacked schools, hospitals, and other non-military targets?

  13. LarryFine says:

    Google it numbskull…

  14. KARNAL, thanks for re-posting my comment that some limp-wristed sissy had removed.

  15. xring are you really that dense? Could you stand up to the torture that McCain was subjected to? I’d bet that you would go belly-up if you missed your morning coffee.

  16. L-F,
    “google it” = don’t bother me with the facts.

    Most American’s held captive in North Vietnam held up well enough to avoid making propaganda statements for the North.

    Silly Smurf did not.

  17. xring, most POWs didn’t have a father who was a Navy Admiral and a high prize captive, wise up.

  18. Silly Smurf made his propaganda statements to obtain special treatment for a fellow POW not because he broke under pressure.

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