Sunday, October 5, 2008
Combat was a war show with a conscience. The characters thought about their lot in life and at times regretted. We played Combat as kids and always I was Vic Morrow, or Sgt. Saunders.
It made us think of war and it implications. It wasn't overly attractive to any of us. It was our duty and we felt it was necessary for us to go into the military. In my neighborhood, almost all my friends went in and most of them served in Vietnam. All of us returned, some worse for the wear, but all in one piece. In my neighborhood, we were heroes and were treated well when we came back. The adults had a party everytime one of us came home. We wore our uniforms, ribbons, and medals, and all of the little kids looked up to us. It's a great memory and I think about it often, especially since all of our dads our dying off. They too, went to war when it was their turn. It was what was done in my neighborhood. I am proud to have grown up that way. Flyover country, my ass.