Friday, March 5, 2010
VIETNAM SECURITY POLICE REUNION
Here is our 2008 picture. Undoubtedly, we will be more handsome this year. Right? That's the Security Police statue in the background dedicated to all the Defenders of the Force. I'm the one right in front of the statue.
I am off to the reunion of a group of old guys who saved western civilization. Our group of United States Air Force Security Police who served in Vietnam are getting together tomorrow at the US Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio. I'm excited that my friend, Pat, has arranged a great time for us. The curator wants to get our input on the Vietnam era display. He wants to find out if we think it is realistically portrayed. How cool is that?
There are some things in my life that I'm proud that I've done, but this is at the top of the list. This is the reason that I post with the Security Police badge. As did my brothers, we did our part.
I can say this about my time. I was very much affected by my family history, but really I went in because I thought it was the right thing to do. That may sound trite, but it was my thought process. Every influence in my life was to go in this direction. But let's get this straight. When I decided to enlist, my dad was not thrilled, to say the least. He tried to talk me out of it, but I persisted. He ended by telling me he was proud of me, but he wanted to tell my mother. When it's all said and done, I'm good with what I did and I went on with my life.
My time was many years ago and a lot of it is a fog. I remember the rockets, the noise and the fear, but I also remember that I didn't pay much attention to it. I think because I was 18 I was a little oblivious to the danger.
I think that's really like most soldiers, isn't it?