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Sunday, June 19, 2011


How was life like for soldiers in Vietnam?

        Going to a place where you are unfamiliar. Going to a place where you don’t want to be. Going to a place where you may never come back. Life for soldiers is hard knowing they have the chance of never coming back. Fighting somewhere away from the ones you love. Going somewhere unsafe somewhere you won’t feel like at home. That is the horror and risk for the soldiers in Vietnam.

        You arrive in Vietnam you see forest and jungle around you. You are scared you miss your family, your home. You may never be able to go back to where you are. You are in the war zone the place where you will fight. You are ordered into groups separated to different missions. You are assigned to go into the jungle to destroy a Vietcong camp. You have in mind how you may die from sudden ambush. You have heard stories of people dying in these jungles.

        You walk step by step forward through the jungle. It’s so quiet where am I where are they. “Rustle, Rustle” The bushes rustles. You see people disappearing, disappearing into the jungles. “Ambush” your commander screams. You run to find cover. Your heart is pounding hard. You wonder “am I going to die”? You hear gunshots from the neighboring tree. You shoot knowing you are taking someone’s life.

        The ambush is over what I should do. Where are they should I chase them. You run through the jungle to meet your comrades. You complete your mission wishing you could accomplish it faster. You hold in tears knowing from experience one bad step is your death. You are afraid to lose who you are and what you have. You are afraid of this place wishing to go back. You are in this battlefield where you will die any minute. You want to go home you want to leave this scary place. You want to never come back to this hard life.


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