Smith was part of the medevac unit and with every injured or dead American life he saw his anger toward the Vietnamese increased. Smith realized while attending a Vietnam veterans group that all his hatred for the Vietnamese was from all the pain that he saw the young soldiers go through when they were hurt. Smith saw no reason for fighting and the American lives lost in the conflict were for nothing. People were killed and fought for this country to achieve nothing in the end. The Vietnam War affected millions of veterans and showed the United States that even though they had the most powerful and best military in the world they could still lose a war.
Some of these include death of others around them Vietnamese men, women, and children. Also they saw many of the people in their platoon get killed or die. Men tried to close themselves off from what was going on “they carried shameful memories” (482). “Men killed, and died, because they were embarrassed not to. It was what had brought them to the war in the first place, nothing positive, not dreams of glory or honor, just to avoid the blush of dishonor.
Aiming to win back support from the American’s, as many people did not support the Vietnam war due to the bad media that was publicised. This was the first War to be so publicised and it shocked many of the people back home. This lead to Anti-War protest, which became one of the US governments aims to stop. However they still stuck to the aim to try and contain Vietnam from the spread of communism and supporting the SV defeat the VC in nearby country Cambodia. On the other side the aims of the NV government and their terrorist organisation the VC did not alter as they still aimed to persuade the SV government to vote for Vietnam to become a communist country.
Morphine allowed doctors to perform surgery on injured soldiers and not just amputate their body parts. Doctors didn’t realize that morphine was an addictive drug and as a result many soldiers suffered from addiction. The lack of laws to regulate drugs caused hardship upon U.S. society, misuse of narcotics, and showed the people
1919-The year of Savage Peace The year 1818 was the year of ‘savage peace’ even though the world thought that the United States was a peaceful and prosperous nation. There were many reasons it was considered ‘savage’. People were fearful of communism. Terrorists’ bombs were exploding on the doorstep of the U S Attorney Generals Office, J. Edgar Hoover had just established the ‘FBI’ which was initially used to spy on suspicious people, and the League of Nations failed among other things that went wrong. One problem that caught my eye was the Spanish Flu pandemic that killed so many during that time.
His unwavering and at times ruthless tactics, however, have brought him both praise and staunch criticism from around the world. Many have even gone as far as condemning him as a war criminal. The most common outcry against Kissinger’s policies has been in relation to the war in Vietnam and his realpolitik principles. The anti-war sentiment that had been created by an increasing number of US casualties and the “Peace by Honor” slogan that many felt was extending America’s involvement in Southeast Asia were just the beginnings of Kissinger’s criticisms. They blame him for the deaths of millions in the Indochina region by way of indiscriminate bombing campaigns to help influence local regimes (Branfman).
Every night American family saw graphic pictures of Zippo raids, bombings and killings. Almost every town and village in the America faced the problem of their young men being either killed or wounded in Vietnam * Others faced physiological problems such as post-traumatic stress * President Johnson ordered heavy air force bombing raids which led to deaths of thousands of Vietnamese civilians including women and children * More than 11 000 died in 1967 a further 16 500 died in 1968 ( American soldiers) * The My Lai massacre resulted in the murder of 397-504 civilians mainly women, children and the elderly. Many of the victims were raped and tortured * The horror of death maiming, burning, terror and unthinkable destruction of a small country on the evening news, coupled with the threat of the draft made it feel like nothing
1. The Vietnam War was a very costly war. It not only affected those in battles, but it also left behind long term effects on people everywhere in the world. It was an extremely costly war with over 58,000 Americans dead and over 150,000 wounded in battle. North Vietnam was victorious over South Vietnam and allied forces.
Michael French Anwar Jamison ENGL 1010 2 December 2013 The Price of Negligence When you hear the word concussions today I would venture to assume that quite a few things may float through your mind. You may think about someone being knocked unconscious and possibly losing their memory. Maybe you think about the tragic deaths of many sports stars who have been linked to having brain trauma caused by concussions. Chances are good, due to the uproar in recent years, that you will think about the NFL and the concern many have about the safety of its players. Those concerns have raised many questions which have still yet to be answered.
History on the United States' Involvement in the Vietnam War This paper will examine the history of united states Vietnam involvement during 1964 to 1968 it will emphasize the evolution of the national policy and objectives during that period. The Vietnam War twisted out to be Americans longest war with massive commitment of men and material, but most consider it a failure for the United States. The Vietnam War resulted in the deaths of more than 50,000 American and serious loss national reputation. Vietnam had an intense and negative effect on American’s view of the military. It was not until desert storm that the military regained the trust of the American people.