Another Brick In The Wall
RayzRealm (c) August, 2003
"All in all it's just another brick in the wall"
"Come on all of you big strong men,
Uncle Sam needs your help again.
He's got himself in a terrible jam,
way down yonder in Viet Nam.
So put down your books, pick up a gun
We're gonna have a whole lotta fun."
-Country Joe and the Fish
I'll start by saying that I am an honorable discharged Viet Nam era war veteran. I served in the United States Navy as a carrier based Aviation Electronics Technician from 1967 to 1971. The conflcit in Southeast Asia was at it's zenith, and like countless others, the draft was breathing down by neck. I ate and slept high tech, the Air Force had a waiting list, you had to have political influence to get into The Coast Guard, and basically being a peaceful sort, I could not see myself in the Army or Marines. The Navy came along and offered me a Navy career as an electronics technician, that is, if I could cut the mustard.
My Dad had served during WWII as a Sea Bee, and was part of the landing force in Normandy. My grandfather had been a sailor during WWI. Dad convinced me that the Navy had a long proud tradition that was unique among the armed forces. Most of the friends I had at the time got government deferments, applied for conscientous objector status or just plain skipped town. A few called me a baby killer for deciding to enlist, and spoke to me again.
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