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, at the American Legion, Vegas Post No. 8 couple veterans went to go see the remembrance of the Tet Offensive. Some veterans among the couple were Bob Haygood and Mike Nole. Haygood, a veteran, organized this event honoring and remembering the Tet Offensive victims and recalls the moments he experienced during that time. He recalls how three months into the attack, he was thrown overboard to fight. He advises on telling the story of the Tet Offensive every 10 years.

       (BOB HAYGOOD ON THE LEFT)

Mike Nole another veteran 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. 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 seeing and reading about the experiences these veterans faced had me pretty shocked.  Reading various articles on how the veterans who served our country were forgotten about anger me. Since they served and protected our country they should receive the praise they deserve not just one mail saying ‘Thank you for your service.’ I also believe that instead of just forgetting about this event we should take into consideration on how this may affect our future. If we teach and tell the stories of this 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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