Kudos to Mr. Fritz Johnson for his letter ("No U.S. apologies in order for Vietnam War," May 14) about the comments of Rabbi Harold Caminker in his commentary on March 9.
Having lived in Vietnam, I think I can speak for many at this point. Those "apologies" were totally uncalled for.
The Bradenton Herald did a wonderful write-up (by Jim Jones) about our stay in Vietnam, published in 2011.
I joined my husband with our 8-month old baby in 1959-1961. I also taught English to very smart and happy Vietnamese and Chinese students.
My husband was sent back to Vietnam on a combat tour in 1966-67. It was a very difficult year for those of us left behind.
Unfortunately, as a combat engineer, he was defoliating jungles to build airfields for our air force. He was then diagnosed with lung cancer caused by the Agent Orange. Many others were also affected by this killer.
Yes, North Vietnam invaded the South and the South called on us to help drive them back. It could have been done, but for the regime in charge of our country at that time. No one listened to the military. Hmm. Seems history is repeating itself.
Thank you, Fritz Johnson. Semper Fi!