Fading Memories


This old green “blouse”, as it’s called in the Marine Corps, hangs in the closet. Never seen; almost forgotten. It was a long time ago and I’m aging as are my brother Vietnam Veterans. There are six medals and three ribbons. They are from lower right to upper left:

1. Republic of Vietnam Campaign
2. Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Civil Actions, First Class)
3. Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross)
4. Vietnam Service Medal (1 Silver & 1 Bronze Star)
5. National Defense Service Medal
6. Good Conduct Medal
7. Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon
8. Presidential Unit Commendation Ribbon
9. Combat Action Ribbon

And the only one that means anything to me is the one at the top leftalmost hidden by the lapel and shadow―the Combat Action Ribbon. It shows that I did fight the enemy in personal close-up battles. That I killed the enemy I am proud. In my day it was Communists. And Communism means that one’s life belongs to the State. I performed my small role in eradicating this abomination. Look at Vietnam today. A Communist nation but with little power. Communism holds little sway with the citizens. They want what America invented―freedom of the individual. And they’re gaining it as time goes by with wonderful Capitalistic products.

Today it’s much worse. Today’s American warriors are killing religious killers. Our enemy now fights to make our lives belong not to the state, but to their God.

By the nature of man; according to the sanctity and independence of the noble soul of the individual human being, we fight this evil.

I’m too old to engage in the fight in a physical way. So I can only offer my thoughts on the matter.

In a nutshell, my life belongs neither to the state nor to any Goddamn religion.

Semper Fi!

Published in: on September 23, 2007 at 4:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

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