Re "A friend long gone, but never forgotten" (Dan Morain, March 30): You wrote that Gordon Smith said his obit for Rocky is "a condemnation of what they did to us." I hope Smith correctly identifies "they" as international communism, and not America, or the U.S. government, or the U.S. Army, which honored Rocky with a Silver Star. America had to make a stand. Vietnam was not of strategic interest to us, but it was necessary to fight there. Like most sacrifices, Vietnam had a purpose.
For those who sacrificed the most, may we always remember and honor them. To forget them would be cruel to their spirit, and bring shame to us.
-- Frank Wandell, Roseville