Lots of letters lately are writers boasting of their service in Vietnam. All miss what that unfortunate event was about.
It was not about saving anybody from communism nor was it about bringing democracy to that country. It was simply about trying to save Western imperialism. The French had failed and had been booted out of the country, so the U.S. made up an excuse to try and preserve Western exploitation of yet another country. There was nothing grand, good or glorious about our involvement. It was wrong then and remains so until this day.
William Eisentrager, Fowler