Fiftieth Anniversary – Vietnam

September 14, 2020 is a milestone for a kid who went to war and returned. Forever changed as a eyewitness to U.S. politic’s dictated by President Richard M. Nixon and  his decision to change the outcome of a conflict. I personally saw and experience only days before I read and heard about Earth Day in late April 1970. My thoughts what is that and what does it have to do with our society? Only to see the arrival of U.S. Army 4th Infantry Division elements at Pleiku airbase. Days later after U.S. Air Force airmen, did their best to provide support to those who would be part of the Cambodian Incursion and infamous shooting of anti-war students at Kent State, May, 1970. Little did I know that my viewpoint of world politics is a game and we the citizen are sacrificed for the “good” of the country.

Previous to that Monday, September 14, 1970, I received 3 days notice to pack, fly from Pleiku airbase to Cam Ranh Bay airbase where  this all started in November, 1970. My parents didn’t know I was coming home. I arrived on the same Monday 50 years ago. Little did they know I had become radicalize about American politics’ and would remain the skeptic forever more. As a child I always asked why and fifty year’s later. Having survived some experiences from being shot at, or friendly fire and everything else between. This was the start of a new life with hope  of the future of the good, the challenges, and the bad day’s struggling with PTSD.

Little did I know years after my discharge from the Air Force at Eielson AFB, November, 1975. I chose to call Alaska home for the next 12 years From taking a chance of so many other opportunities would present themselves. The opportunity to grow and learn new skill sets at Pump Station 5 and Punp Station 12 as accounting clerk employee for Fluror Alaska, 1976. I chose to be single and to live life I my terms after the war. That’s what many of us did. We paid our dues to our country, it was time for us to determine our futures.   The next stop was employment with British Petroleum Alaska and Prudhoe Bay, as trades helper that morphed into plant operator apprenticeship. That’s were I learned to think and use a new skill set. I was and am grateful for those 7 plus years. I had mentors along the way, that helped this man find his way.

The next chapter was about learning in 1984 after walking away from lifestyle that afforded me pretty much what I wanted. It didn’t bring me the Love I wanted to have in a relationship.  September, 1984, I returned to community college in Seattle, Washington this would be home for the next sixteen years. Still single, still yearning to learn and adapt to the changes that offered a real glimpse of the future. That future was about to unfold with learning, a better GPA than in high school.  Those early years of using computer and accounting classes that provided work as temporary employee to 1995 and Microsoft campus and Windows 95. Another new skill with my first web team with Van Waters  & Rogers, (Adobe PDF) would be born that stayed until after the dot com bust to the present. Thanks to Joan who was my bestie. Who made sure I could always find a job though it was low paying, yet provided me the opportunity to live and learn to sail. With Seattle singles Sailing club in 1991 into the early 2000’s.and new friendships.   Then around in late 2007, I had an idea. The idea was to produce a documentary film for those vet’s I meet in country and back in the world. November 11, 2007 Veterans Day, Washington D.C. and 25th Anniversary, Vietnam Veterans Memorial. This experience gave me more than the ability to heal from PTSD. While it helped me to connect with younger veterans regardless of the branch of service in Vietnam. That made the difference I think for many of us. To find a sense of peace. The film was finished in June 2012, went into online sales. Along with self promotion here in Denver, Colorado. Where it all started at Lowry AFB, security policeman with no infantry training in 1969.. During the past several years, volunteered for Homes for Our Troops of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Who suffered from IED experience that resulted in lost of limbs and limited mobility. Also with help Volunteers of America, especially the single moms for past few years. This is because of the suffering of all people in Vietnam, so it was natural that I be more compassionate

About pleiku1970

My service at Pleiku, 1970 is significient because of the Cambodian Incursion. Close proximity to exit routes from the Ho Chi Minh Trail and the "Tri-Border area of Laos,Cambodia and Vietnam. This Air Force assignment was different than most, because of the isolation.
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