On this day, 29 March, U.S. troops leave Vietnam.

Many served their country just as their father had….

Many served because that’s what American men do…

They believed in our country and principles….

They never shirked their duty…

They fought heroically…

They lost “brothers” there…

They weren’t given time to mourn…

Then…

They were told, ‘don’t wear their uniform home’…

‘Don’t tell anyone you are a soldier’…

There was no band at the airport…

They were not recognized as a “great” generation…

And not all of them came home…

It was the first time US troops did not come home to victory parade…

It was 50 years ago, but to many of them, just yesterday…

Many still won’t or can’t talk about their time in ’nam’

It’s unlikely their wounds will ever heal.

They deserve our thanks and eternal gratitude…

They don’t wear uniforms today,  so it’s hard to pick them out of a crowd…

When you see that old, crumpled VIETNAM VETERAN cap, 

Give them your heartfelt thanks.

 -J. Higgins, March 2022

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Please contact the St. Charles County Veterans Museum Oral History project at sccvetsmuseum@gmail.com or call 636-294-2657 for more information and lets’ talk. We want to hear from you because we know…Every Veteran has a story.