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Visiting My Lai

June 2024
1min read


Although a little closer to the period than the author (meaning I grew up watching it on TV), I was not over there. But I’d like to make a comment on her outstanding piece.

I believe that the reference to this episode in our history should be the “Vietnam War,” not the “Vietnam-American War.” We were, after all, allied with the government of South Vietnam. No one ever refers to the Korean War as the Korean-American War. It’s not fair to those who honorably served over there to treat them any differently—in any respect. Personally I feel a great debt to those who were there, no more and no less than to those who served in any conflict that our nation has engaged in.

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