Letters to the Editor

No U.S. apologies in order for Vietnam war

Comments for Rabbi Harold Caminker regarding his piece published May 9 in the Faith section of the Bradenton Herald:

I am a United States Marine who served two tours of duty in Vietnam (1965-1969) and am combat wounded. I was airlifted to a naval hospital in Japan and then on to the Great Lakes Naval Hospital to recover.

This was my first tour and I signed a waiver to return to Vietnam for a second tour. As a Marine I felt was my duty.

Your going to Vietnam and apologizing to the Vietnamese people you met for the millions of Vietnamese killed during the war "in the name of America" is as pathetic as the cowards who fled the USA for Canada to avoid the draft, but when the smoke had cleared wanted to come home, the home they deserted.

We had a treaty in place with South Vietnam, a treaty we honored until we didn't honor it, and do you recall the words of President John F. Kennedy?

"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty."

North Vietnam invaded the sovereign country of South Vietnam.

Your protests while attending Michigan State embolden and aided our enemy, and the street demonstrations took what little backbone our national leaders had from them

A couple of "Harry Truman's" dropped on Hanoi would have quickly ended the conflict and saved thousands of American lives; these are the lives I care about, not the enemy lives.

Fritz Johnson