Veterans recalling the Tet Offensive, 50 years later

By Michelle Yi

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Even after 50 years the Tet Offensive still remains in the minds of the veterans who served our country.

On January 27, 2018, several veterans went to the American Legion, Vegas Post No. 8 to commemorate the tragic event of the Tet offensive. A couple of those veterans were Bob Haygood and Mike Nole. Haygood, a veteran that was on active duty during the Tet offensive, organized this event honoring and commemorating the victims lost during the Tet Offensive. Through this event, he, along with several other veterans recall the moments they experienced during that time. He recalls how three months into the attack, him and a couple of his allies hit a landmine hidden underwater, where after he was thrown overboard to fight, but was sucked under the boat, due to the strong current the explosion created. Luckily, he managed to resurface, despite having dozens of pounds of equipment holding him down. He advises on telling the story of the Tet Offensive every 10 years.

       (BOB HAYGOOD ON THE LEFT)

Mike Nole another veteran that was on active duty during the Tet Offensive looked at the memorabilia quietly before expressing his feelings and experiences. Nole recalls the time at the war when he really wanted to come back home but couldn’t because they needed soldiers to fight for our country, at one point Nole, after hearing about protests happening in the U.S. he says “I just wanna go home.” After Nole came back to the country and started to work again he began to realize how he wouldn’t be celebrated for all the fighting he has done for our country. He recalls the time back when the governor just mailed a letter to him saying ‘Thank you for your service.’ Eventually when he went back to work the co-workers at his job didn’t even know that he was gone.

Veterans who served our country should receive proper praise and proper care. They should be praised for fighting for our country and should be acknowledged for their achievements.

After reading about the struggles these veterans faced, I felt pretty shocked. Reading various articles on how the veterans who served our country were forgotten about angers me. Since they served and protected our country they should receive the praise they deserve through other forms of recognition, rather than just receiving, one mail saying ‘Thank you for your service.” I also believe that instead of just forgetting about this event we should take into consideration how this may affect our future. If we teach and tell the stories of the lives of these veterans we would be able to learn from our mistakes and would not make the same mistakes again. In addition to that, we should bring more awareness on the Tet Offensive and should bring more awareness on praising and helping veterans who come back from the war.`

 

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