Veterans for Peace Radio Hour

September 23, 2013

Boots on the Ground

Filed under: General Discussion — bobfunke @ 2:26

Let me begin this with the fact I never worked with a coward; scared, yes, but the men I worked with got the job done and never showed an ounce of fear during the mission.

A lot has been said about the American soldier in RVN, (some of it true), but I have never worked with abetter group of people in my life. We all knew we had each other’s backs, it is part of the military “mystique”. Even if you despised an individual in Base Camp, once out in the field, everything changed.  We were truly a brotherhood when in the field. Always waiting for that moment when all hell would break loose and we knew people were going down, we’d be there to protect them. At times, we’d even protect the dead rather than have them slashed, burned, skinned or beheaded.

Time takes it’s toll, and naturally, we try to forget things we had done, but I can tell you you that every man I fought with integrity and often in foolish ways. Drawing fire, by kneeling, Ed MacGuire, drew in a sniper; Ed didn’t get a scratch, but we counted 47 holes in the sniper. I stood on a rock behind a small bush, through hand signals, a machine gun nest was outflanked and blown to hell w/4 grenades. It dawned on me later, I was in their sights.

A coward runs when the shit hits the fan, soldiers move in and take the objective after we assess the situation. I worked with soldiers, we knew what we had to do, some of us were exceptionally proficient at what we did, but we were there for each other; that’s survival.

Before a firefight or ambush, one is tense, on edge, ready for anything. I find it odd that after action my knees would shake, my heart pound, get dizzy and a host of other things would happen, hands/fingers would shake, headaches would appear; it was time to be afraid. As I’ve said before, “you couldn’t drive a pin up my ass with sledgehammer”

Fear is an emotion, a normal emotion, cowardice does not need fear to be a catalyst. The bravest men I fought with stood their ground, followed orders, took advantage of enemy errors. They are my brothers, my heroes. We lose a few from time to time. In 2 years, back to back two of my men froze to death behind dumpters. I, and everyone else would have had their back. I had nothing, but I’d share a blanket, hell give the blanket away!

Today we need to treat our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coasties. We need to rise up and demand that those willing to put boots on the ground, bodies in the air and on the sea are treated with dignity, respect and damn good medical/physiological care. Every man and woman who has put on a uniform knows that the rest of us have their backs…now’s the time to prove it!




September 6, 2013

A suggestion, read “Johnny Got His Gun”

Filed under: General Discussion — bobfunke @ 2:26


It’s a relatively short book, and there is also a film that follows the book quite well, (you can find it on you tube).

I won’t add any spoilers, but both the book and film follow a WWI incident. If there was ever a reason to show people why they should never go to war.

I understand that so many things are happening now, but if people paid attention when this book was written by Dalton Trumbo, (September 1939), we may have saved so many lives. The eve of WWII with Germany attacking Poland.

Be Bold, deny war.




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