When has The Times ever, and I mean ever, gotten a story about veterans right?
Thursday’s article titled “Vietnam veterans get certificates of honor, finally welcomed home” is yet another that, by both commission and omission, portrays Vietnam Veterans in the prefabricated, negative, veteran-as-victim role that has been continuously trotted out by our media since the 1960s. However, writer Jeff Gill did manage to hit them all: Agent Orange, PTSD, VA ineptitude, etc.
What would have been refreshing is seeing an article that showed how successful, productive and patriotic the majority of Vietnam veterans have been, and still are. I know this because my father was a Marine Corps officer there.
Lastly, I would like to address the comments made by (or perhaps misquoted from) Charles Stallcup when he described his return home, telling of a Marine Corps lieutenant who supposedly said, “I’ve got a squadron of Marines here locked and loaded. If you even act like you’re going to go toward civilians, we will shoot you.”
Mr. Gill, Mr. Stallcup and The Times, I am supremely confident in saying that event did not happen.
Al Harris, Lt. Col. USMC, retired