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Man in the Door - The men who flew helicopters during the Vietnam war by Larryh86GT
Started on: 03-29-2011 03:48 PM
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Very thought-provoking.
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That was excellent
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I have known several of these men over the years.

One of them told me how about when their bird was shot down in enemy controlled territory.
All of his crew was killed.
He evaded capture for two days and walked out on a broken ankle.
He healed and went back to being a door gunner.
He survived the war and grew old in America.
God Bless You John, I will never forget you.

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A sad and courageous poem for the era.
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Truth that should never be forgotten.

My thanks to all who served, and serve today.
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That was powerful.
It gave me just a hint at how much of a clue I don't have, having never been in a combat zone, but you can hear the weight of it on his soul.

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Report this Post03-31-2011 10:48 AM Click Here to See the Profile for bristowbSend a Private Message to bristowbDirect Link to This Post
Am here and live in this country because of the likes of"men in the doorway" I was born in Siagon as was all my brothers and sisters. Most of us were late 60's early 70's. My father was a civilian contractor for U.S. government. Thats how he met my mom. ( my father was in WWII). I thank a Vietnam Vet every time I meet one. That is the respect I was taught growing up. That is the respect I teach my kids when we see a soldier in uniform. So I thank you veterans.
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Report this Post03-31-2011 11:00 AM Click Here to See the Profile for maryjaneSend a Private Message to maryjaneDirect Link to This Post
Thanks for posting!!
I stood in the starboard door of a CH-53 nearly every day for 13 months behind a m60 or 50 cal. It was an "interesting" way to spend the 20th year of my life.
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Originally posted by maryjane:

Thanks for posting!!
I stood in the starboard door of a CH-53 nearly every day for 13 months behind a m60 or 50 cal. It was an "interesting" way to spend the 20th year of my life.


Thank You.

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That was interesting. My dad was a crew chief on a Huey around that time. He has only talked about it when he's had a few drinks and he doesn't drink much anymore. He's only talked about Okinawa and one time he mentioned firing that gun but didn't answer when I asked what he was firing at. I'd like to think of him as that guy in the doorway in the poem.
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Report this Post03-31-2011 01:45 PM Click Here to See the Profile for acemanSend a Private Message to acemanDirect Link to This Post
My father-in-law was the man in the door during his time in Vietnam. He manned that position physically unscathed while over there. It was the mental wounds he couldn't escape and it was 35 years later that Vietnam killed him by way of Agent Orange.

Thanks for posting. It gave my wife a bit more perspective and insight into her father that refused to talk about his time in Vietnam.
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