America’s “GREATEST GENERATION” Fought in Vietnam

Marines in Vietnam

The Gunner briefly gives his thoughts on the “protest” controversy in the NFL (he’s not watching any more) and then the Boys discuss their thoughts on watching the Ken Burns series that is airing on PBS entitled “The Vietnam War.”

There are things from the series that have made an incredible impression on them: (1) the lies that Cabinet Secretaries told, (2) the nobility of those who believed and fought, (3) a flaming B-52 falling from the sky at night, (4) POW reunions with their families, (5) Jane Fonda making broadcasts about American POW’s and called their execution justifiable, (6) the lies of three Presidents and (7) Richard Nixon’s criminality.

Mike Musselman and Mike McNamara agree on one thing, the American’s who fought in Vietnam, who came home to be treated terribly, who became our teachers and coaches ARE “THE GREATEST AMERICAN GENERATION” — no other group has been asked to give as much as they given.

With three combat deployment to Vietnam, Tom Draude watches with interest

Capt Tom Draude, USMC
Republic of Vietnam, 1970
Advisor to Vietnamese Marines
With 1stLt Tri (who had graduated from the The Basic School, Quantico VA)

Tom Draude, BGen USMC (ret) has watched each episode of the Ken Burns series “The Vietnam War” that is airing on PBS he joined us to share his thoughts on the series.  Like many, he has watched with interest the interviews with North Vietnamese Army soldiers and Viet Cong fighters; he’s also been keenly interested in how the experience of those who lost family members has been conveyed to the audience.

Draude also talks candidly about post-Vietnam Marine Corps life and how many officers put the experience away and didn’t speak of it, even with subordinates, which in retrospect was a mistakes.

 

FOODTALK: All Marine Radio Head Chef Talks Draft Cards, “1Y” Status and Vietnam

Kim Holmes
ALL MARINE RADIO
OFFICIAL CHEF

Kim Holmes is the ALL MARINE RADIO Head Chef and is also the son of a C-47 pilot who flew in the Normandy Operation on June 6, 1944.  We discuss his thoughts about his responsibility to fight in Vietnam, to registering for the draft and what life was like for a son of a World War II veteran during Vietnam.

MIKE ARCHER WAS A USMC RADIO OPERATOR AT KHE SANH, HE’S WATCHING “THE VIETNAM WAR” ON PBS

Mike Archer
Radio Operator
Khe Sanh Veteran
USMC, 1967-1970

Mike Archer’s father and brother were both Marines. His father fought in the Pacific during World War II and his brother is a fellow Vietnam Veteran. Mike was a Marine radio operator at Khe Sanh and was there for the entire battle.  As the author of three books (two on Khe Sanh) he’s also a storyteller.  We wanted to get his thoughts as a Vietnam Veteran and as a storyteller on the Ken Burns documentary — The Vietnam War.

You can find Mike’s books here.

 

IS KEN BURNS BEING TOO KIND TO ROBERT MCNAMARA IN HIS PBS SERIES ON THE VIETNAM WAR?

Robert S. McNamara
Secretary of Defense
1961-1968

I received an email from Ohio that asked if Robert McNamara being treated with kid gloves by Ken Burns?  He was the arrogant architect of the Vietnam War — is he being given a pass.

We’ll talk about it.

 

KEN BURNS’ DOCUMENTARY — THE VIETNAM WAR: Bob Nilsson reviews Part 3

Bob Nilsson
Capt USMC
Founder, 100 Entrepreneurs Project

Bob Nilsson was Captain of Engineers in the Marine Corps and fought in Vietnam 1966-1967.  He reacts to episode #3 of Ken Burns The Vietnam War documentary.

An interesting part of the series is how it has animated the community of Vietnam veterans.  Will this be a fair account of a complex war? Or, will it be another screwing-over of the their community?

VIETNAM ON PBS, FEMALE RIFLE PLATOON COMMANDERS & A SOLUTION TO OUR IMMIGRATION ISSUES: Montana Man & Mac

Montana Man
aka Rob Schwarz
LtCol USMC (ret)

Rob Schwarz joins us to talk about:

(1)  The Ken Burns PBS documentary The Vietnam War

(2)  The first female Second Lieutenant to get through the Infantry Officer’s Course, what does he think?

(3)  His solutions to “The Wall,”  “Dreamers” and the “parents of Dreamers”

THOUGHTS ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S SPEECH AT THE UNITED NATIONS: Tim Lynch

Tim Lynch
Maj USMC (ret)
Freerangeinternational.com
President Donald J. Trump 

Tim Lynch, Major USMC (ret), joins us to talk about President Trump’s speech to the United Nation.

We’ll also talk about Ken Burns’s series “The Vietnam War” on PBS, Tim is the son and nephew of Vietnam veterans, both Marine Officers and has read the book that accompanies the series.

IRAQ UPDATE, MUQTADA AL-SADR VISITS SAUDI ARABIA & THE MOST POWERFUL MILITARY UNITS IN IRAQ: Jerry Durrant

Jerry Durrant
Col, USMC (ret)

Jerry Durrant, Col USMC (ret) joined us to talk about his time as a LCpl in Vietnam in 1970 as well as his thoughts on Iraq today.

He is currently part of a private company that does military education for the Iraqi military.  He has interesting things to say about where Iraq is and what is next for the war-torn nation.

He raises concerns about Sunni’s being eliminated from the Iraqi military, the upcoming Kurdish referendum and genuine surprise at the visit Muqtada al Sadr made to Saudi Arabia recently.

Durrant is a great representative of the Marine Corps and a thoughtful guest.