Re "Wall stirs memories of Vietnam War" (Our Region, May 23): A traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall engraved with 58,195 names came to Fair Oaks. The soldiers I served with would think it a disgrace to have their names on display for having served for a cause they did not understand -- and to add insult to injury, being killed to boot..
I, like my buddies, was in Vietnam not because I wanted to be there but because I had to be there. I had no choice. I was ripped away from my family, pregnant wife and school so that I could go killed little guys in black pajamas whose only mission in life was to kill American GIs, eat their C-rations and smoke American cigarettes.
Did I learn anything from my Vietnam experience? You bet. Good men died in Vietnam for nothing. Don't ever trust anyone in government. The only way I would ever be involved in combat again would be if an enemy set foot on American soil.
-- Richard K. Thompson, Roseville