Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Their Sacrifices

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Their Sacrifices

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My heart cries out upon reliving the memories of Marine George Haught (Feb. 25, "Return to Vietnam"). What they went through ... and what their families went through (Feb. 25, "Wives of Combat Learn to Cope With Husbands' Pain, Their Own Anxiety") then and still today - the deaths, the destruction of lives, the crying, the anger, the "bloody battlefields." With that said, throw into the mix the commandment from God: "Thou shall not kill."Of course the dilemma - kill or be killed. Not much choice for our military then and now.

Having lost high school classmates to the war, I have kept for 50 years a letter dated Feb. 20, 1968, from my close friend Trevor Williams, a Marine, written from Chu Lai, 50 miles south of Da Nang: "While you were giving your love an engagement ring in a nice place celebrating New Year's Eve, I was in a bunker with 5 inches of water and freezing. …

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