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I salute your Dad, Sandy.
My grandfather died in the trenches in WWI. My father missed WWII because of age limitations. I on the other hand was at a prime age for service in Vietnam. While I understand your aversion to fighting an unpopular war, I was among those who "made another choice" and saw action at Cam Lo, Hue, Khe Sahn, and the A-Shau Valley. While I was given a chestful of medals and a monthly disability check in the amount of $475 for leaving several body parts in Vietnam, the real pay-off came when I got off the plane in Houston. A few minutes after the below picture was taken, while standing at the curb waiting for my brother to bring the car around, a group of teens drove by in a convertible, called me "babykiller" and peppered me with several Big Gulps of their favorite beverage.

A few yards later they got caught in traffic and I had an opportunity to kick some major booty. I didn't. Getting thrown in jail for assault on the day I returned home would have been no way to honor the two med-evac pilots who flew into living hell to lift me and the other wounded out. Two days after they rescued me, they lost their lives while attempting to rescue someone else.

CWO Cook and CWO Koenig, I salute you wherever you are.

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