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A Memorial Day reflection by a Vietnam Veteran who returned home to a country in an undeclared war against itself. A war without civility. A war without bounds, where even children are considered "fair game." And the prize? Money. Elected Office. The power to control. The power to dominate. The… Read More
A dark fantasy short story featuring a commander in The Simachian Empire. He makes demands of his god. Instead, he receives new orders. Orders that could change everything. Read More
When I left Edinburg (Texas) in 1968, at the age of 18, on a Greyhound Bus to San Antonio to join the Army, I was not just leaving behind my childhood and my childish dreams, I was also headed to adulthood, or so I thought. Unfortunately, I found that adulthood… Read More
The book includes 20 women heroes who were leaders and pioneers in the fields of military, science, medicine, and social reform. The book is very easy to read, and people of all ages would enjoy it. Read More
Lost to the past with unfinished lives and incomplete souls. Lost to the days that never come -- soldiers of fate, and warriors without cause, forever stilled. Casualties of war and victims of deceit, forever shadows of the days that never come, but last forever. Read More
Seeking shelter from the sweltering humidity and the overpowering heat of the burning sun, soldiers seek refuge beneath the shade and shadows of the bamboo trees alongside rice paddy fields or village ponds along the Vietnamese countryside. A respite from the intensity of war. A reprieve for the body and… Read More
I served in Vietnam as a combat journalist. I was 20 years old. Every time I went out on an assignment, I felt like Jimmy Olsen, the cub reporter and photographer of Superman fame. Read More
Looking back at my tour in Vietnam in the late 1960s, I now realize that as American soldiers there, we were perceived like “bowling pins,” to be knock down to win a kewpie doll at a carnival. And when we were knocked down, a Mom or Dad somewhere back home,… Read More
In 1965 The Animals had a hit song entitled “We Gotta Get Out of this Place.” A specific verse in the song quickly became an anthem for soldiers serving in Vietnam. That particular verse or stanza from the song was almost certainly the ending lyrics sung by most performers entertaining… Read More
War is always ugly and unclean. The Vietnam war was no exception. However, there was one major difference with this particular conflict. There never was, nor had there been, an intention to win. And, unfortunately, it was evident to the boys and men in the fields, swamps and jungles of… Read More
In an atmosphere of high anxiety, vulnerability and exposure 24/7, military men and women in a war zone immediately find themselves stripped naked of their individuality, privacy and intimacy. Service in Vietnam was no exception. Read More

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June 03, 2021

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There is a profound sadness and sorrow within me on Memorial Day. For to have known my friends you would have seen the promise and the passion that they had. To have known my friends you would have seen the sparkle in their eyes and the radiance of their hearts. Read More
Although young and innocent, I had seen how death comes and takes away the soul. And left behind were tears and loneliness and sorrow. I was too young when my grandmother passed way and I felt an acceptance and acknowledgement of what it meant to die. And there was closure. Read More
A fellow combat journalist who served with me in Vietnam confided in me not long ago, about how absolutely nothing could have prepared him or probably other young soldiers, for a place called Vietnam. Read More
I do not know the exact time or date that the first strike occurred or when the first barrage of deadly salvos were fired, or how. I do not know the name of the first casualty of the war, nor the place where they are interred, or who they left… Read More
Church bells ring, and a new born day rises in the east. It is the dawning of Christmas Day. It is the birth of new hope in the midst of the unaccustomed disquiet that plagues the American spirit. It is the ghost of the distant sound of Christmas past, wrapped… Read More
I saw the creature that is war, and I saw it devour and consume the innocence that was me. It was ruthless and pitiless, brutal and unfeeling. It was the hidden fiend within the hardened heart of the human beast within. Read More
I remember the many days and endless nights. I remember friendships and bonds that only a war can make. And I remember after all these many years, the emptiness that forever shrouds a human soul at having seen and heard the suffering, the agony and the death of dreams that… Read More
We were soldiers in an undeclared war, afraid to die, and afraid to cry. We were no heroes or brave young warriors. We were just innocent and naïve young boys and men, caught in a maze of entangled webs of lies and deceit. Read More

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In the mist of the fading wisps of smoke that drapes the darkening expanse of jungles and swamps along the desolate road to hell, he stands alone, grasping his M-16, depleted of rounds and hot to the touch. He is alone. The last man standing. The man with the golden… Read More
I was one of the lucky ones. I did not earn, nor do I deserve gratitude. I, and so many others, who experienced Vietnam, were just lucky. And now, we cope and hide the tears as best we can, and try to sleep through the night, and through the memories… Read More
I found it painful and profound to visit Arlington Cemetery when I returned from Vietnam. There, I saw the shallow graves that time could not conceal, and I saw and felt the brevity of life, as I recalled the atrocities and cruelties of war. Read More
So long ago, when I was young. When I still had innocence in my soul. I saw the face of war up close, and it destroyed the boy in me, and the dreams once dreamt that burned inside of me. Read More
I remember when I was a boy and then a young man, with promise, and with potential. I was idealistic. I was a poster boy for America – a Valley boy from the Rio Grande -- bright, strong, determined. Those were the days of my innocence. Read More

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We were soldiers in an undeclared war, afraid to die, and afraid to cry. We were no heroes or brave young warriors. We were just innocent and naïve young boys and men, caught in a maze of entangled webs of lies and deceit. Read More
Mourning the loss of friends and total strangers, American GIs serving in the wastelands and vastness of the Mekong Delta of Vietnam are quickly confronted with the reality of war. Read More

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Looking back in time I remember all the fallen soldiers – husbands, fathers, sons and friends. Brave young soldiers each and every one. Afraid to die, and afraid to cry. Brave and innocent, and too young to die. Read More
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