I sure did a lot of TV watching these days as that war that I thought would never end (I figured we'd still be there) was actually coming to an end. I did a lot of discussing about it with my classes (as I was teaching at the time).
And, this is a war I very nearly served in as my draft lottery number was 22. That meant you went to Vietnam or Canada. I would have much more been willing to go to Vietnam if I thought we were actually trying to win the war. I didn't think we were trying to win. When at war, you do everything and anything you can to win it as fast as possible. We weren't.
I even joined the USMC Platoon Leaders Class figuring I'd have to go sand if I did, I'd go as an officer.
Fortunately, the war ended before that came to pass.
Sgt. Albert Husband, USMC
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