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Re: Through the Eyes
Reading your “Through the Eyes of an Infantryman” web site has made me stop and think about my Father. I’ve wanted to write many times before, but never knew exactly what to say. Growing up it wasn’t said but implied that Vietnam was a taboo subject. Your site has actually given me more information and answered a lot of questions that I’ve always wanted to know and ask. I can’t possible fathom what the experience was like even after looking through my Father’s photo album. (As a business man now in a suit, it’s even harder to image him walking in a jungle and as gentle as he can be, to be carrying a gun) What tremendous and painful memories to carry in your mind for a lifetime?! I think it’s great that you have been able to reach your Father on a level of inquiry that has allowed him to open up and hopefully express some of his suppressed (repressed) memories. I wish I would’ve been able to “understand” what my Father must have gone through at an earlier age, but after reading this, I guess “understanding” late is better than never. I have (somewhat) recently taken on an interest in the Vietnam war and after reading some other Veterans web sites have a new found respect as well as a better comprehension of what the war was truly about. History class never expressed the true essence as the web-sites I’ve read have. You are very lucky to have a Father (as I am) who made it home “safe and sound”. I will NEVER understand the homecoming (or lack of) that these Veterans received. I know I probably don’t tell my Dad enough how much I love him, I hope you do! And if not, it’s never to late to start. As you say, “…and (he) still is a Hero”.