One of the primary purposes of this podcast, The Vietnam Veteran News, is to point out the greatness of the Vietnam Veteran Generation. For too long the veterans of that war have been portrayed as despicable misfits who deserved only condemnation. Many were unfairly abused verbally and physically upon their return home to an ungrateful nation. This confused and misguided mindset toward the veterans was engendered by dubious and questionable policies and actions by the US Government. For some strange reason the public dislike toward the Vietnam War was directed toward the veterans when it should have been heaped on the politicians who created the situation in the first place. The veterans were only doing as they were told under the threat of being sent to jail if they failed to comply.
To help set the record straight a story from The Cleveland Plain Dealer titled: Vietnam veteran returning to old battlegrounds by Brian Albrecht, is featured in this episode. It tells the story of Vietnam Vet Dale Canter, another tremendous representative of the great Vietnam Veteran Generation. The writer of the article Brian Albrecht does a great job of relaying Canter’s story. He points out how this veteran did all the right things.
After high school he entered the US Army early on in the war and served with the 25th Infantry Division in one of the most difficult zones of conflict. That was near Chu Chi where the Division deployed directly on top of a giant tunnel complex where the VC and NVA had set up a major combat facility including ammo caches, hospitals and troop stations. Despite all efforts the Chu Chi tunnel complex remained a thorn in the military’s side for the duration of our time in country.
In the story Canter described the terrors and hardships he encountered during his year with the 25th Division and the tremendous feeling he felt at the plane took him away from that man made hell. He also told how his experiences in Vietnam made him a better man and police chief he later became. Now he is returning to his old battle grounds with nine other veterans.
We wish him the best and thank him for his service to his country.
Contact Brian Albrecht of The Plain Dealer at: email@example.com