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Vietnam War66 of 120Photo Me 1967 Black Virgin Mountain, Vietnam  Tay Ninh And 1968 with my Triumph, Calif. and Ft. Carson Colo.  top of Pikes PeakWhat is this?  Anybody???
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Posted 4 years ago


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Hello, I put this photo for all nurses! This was a field hosp., Sand bags and roof was canvas, When air conditioner broke or stopped the nurses ran around with poles propping up the ceiling! So it would not fall! I was pretty dirty in photo with no shower for weeks! I had to wait a long time for help as many were hurt worse than me. One nurse got angry with me because I was upset because enemy soldiers were taken in front of me. I was 18 and we were in the field trying to kill them. I did not understand why they were in line ahead of me, but now I do. They were hurt much more than me. One night a nurse came and gave me a massage, something I will remember forever! I just drank some wine, is this a mistake to post this? Oh well my life is different! Vietnam was stressful! But now my house is full of collectables! That too is stressful! haha thanks for looking!! Don


  1. cindyjune cindyjune, 4 years ago
    I appreciate you posting this toracat. It is a part of history we should never forget. Many of my classmates were scooped up in the draft as soon as they left highschool.
    Thank you for your bravery and courage, and thank you for serving our country. We have the greatest country in the world. We may not always have the best government but the ideals this country was built on should continue to stay rock solid.
  2. musikchoo musikchoo, 4 years ago
  3. SEAN68, 4 years ago
    wow !!!!! Thankyou for sharing Don!!!
  4. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
    Hi Don the photo is close to my feelings about My time with nursing our guys . I will never forget nor should anyone what so many young people who were drafted went through over there . ( I knew it you remembered me taking your photo :-) The massage was for the 5 bucks you slipped me Don to get my hair done . Great Post ! and Thank you many times over for your service . !****
  5. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    Thanks to all my good friends here at C. W.!
  6. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    I think they liked me because I told them why I had to go into Army at age 17! Maybe they felt sorry for me a little? But yes I was happy to be with them!!
  7. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    Very Special Thanks to Manikin! Many nurses have PTSD, and during the TET Offensive it was overwhelming for them as wounded just kept coming in. Later I was in another Hosp. in Vietnam, and the Nurse said "GET up" it was early! "Why?" I asked She said the floor needs mopping! I said "I only can use one hand!, how can I ring out the mop?" She went and got a young man who lost an arm and we were a team mopping and wringing the mop in bucket together!
  8. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
    Thanks Don. I am not alwys sure that people know whata toll Nam took on nurse's . Many of us yes do have PTSD and were treated years later with the men becuase no one addressed what we saw . One never gets over flashbacks but we hope they only come once in awhile , a smell, anything . For me it is Bags . I can not see a black bag on road and I am back . We had a few times to laugh but it was not like Mash and fun and games . I really do not like that show ! xoxox
  9. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
    excuse typo's . Darn data mask on PC changes my letters . It scrambles them so they don't look like words to protect from any hackers or ect . But it does not help typing with it .
  10. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    Yes the hospital was not easy. There were young men or boys that lost arms and legs and burned, etc. I almost felt bad as I was not hurt so much. I went home from Japan to Travis AFB on Hosp. plane, most were on stretchers, I was sitting in a chair?! I was lucky with nerve damage as a few weeks later all my friends were killed and I would have been also. Life goes on! Don
  11. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
    Where do I start??? First of all WHAT A HANDSOME MAN looking out from the picture you posted. You are still very handsome but wow what a dimple! I hope you have had MANY people pinching it over the years and kissing you for luck - and just because. (my grandma used to do that) Thanks for your comments. This is the right place to post thoughts about serving and the right time - 4th of July. Thank you for your service.

    Thanks for telling about your memories. I won't forget the 2 man mop-up team. Also to you and Manikin for posting about what nurses went through. I never liked Mash either. Just seemed wrong when I knew full well war wasn't like that sitting down to supper and watching the news after Mash on TV. The nuns in my very conservative 150-population town did not support Vietnam in my grade school (71-74) I was old enough to wonder and ask adults other than my parents but they didn't openly demonstrate and were respectful since lots of sons had or were there. Now looking back I realize they were only 21 or so themselves! They seemed so old to a 11 yr-old! I'm from Iowa, most adults would not talk to us about any war. Your and Manikin's postings really mean a lot to me. I don't want to forget that time.
  12. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    Thank you! I was your neighbor until 11 yr. old! Next door in Nebraska!!
  13. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
    So you know about the adults who didn't talk about "those" things. I know they felt them....I love the Midwest and had a great childhood but I had to find things out by asking a lot of different grown-ups. I'm sorry you had to jump into the fire at 17.
  14. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    Thank you,
  15. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
    @ valentino97,I am glad you have got idea of what it was like and that Mash was not real life stories . I was behind toracat he is OLDER :-) But it was a long War and young men did not have choice as they do now to enlist . They had no choice and that made it very different than today when men and now woman can enlist and are mentally prepared as much as you can be . As I have told Don It was also my first exposure to drugs( I did not take them ) but many guys did to get through the tough times I guess . It was readily available there and back in USA I went to work in psychiatric hospital so many addicted to heroin and other drugs which I grew up never knowing or hearing about . I will always feel Nam was start of so much drug abuse coming into USA . It changed many life's and with little Thanks until recently to those who fought under some terrible circumstances .
  16. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
    PS Don wow you were so handsome I know I would have remembered that smile and face . Handsome as could be :-)
  17. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
    Thanks Manikin -yes - I remember those guys coming home addicted and the adults in our little town trying to explain that away too. (bless their hearts - they tried). Yes, the first exposure to drugs for me too and for them a long, hard time w/not much exposure ahead to prepare them for war. No war is good - we all know and talk about it now. Still, it hasn't changed - many terrible things that our men and women serving have to deal w/now.

    I agree - he is so gorgeous it would be hard to forget that smile and face....
  18. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    Thanks to both of you!
  19. tlmbaran tlmbaran, 4 years ago
    Thank you for your service and great story!
  20. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    you are welcome!
  21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    *°·`*~~ SEASON'S GREETINGS - DON!~~*`.°*
  22. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    And Happy Holidays to YOU, from Me, Simon, and Granny!!
  23. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
    Wishing you a blessed New Year and when I saw a photo a few weeks ago of a hollywood couple the man's face look familiar ! It was this photo of you that I now know I was thinking of :-) Were you ever in Hollywood LOL
  24. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    Not for a long time! One time with Simon, people thought we were Robert Redford and Paul Newman! Joking!
  25. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
    lol :-)
  26. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Look at them dimples!
  27. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    This guy went to charm school, Mani!
  28. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
    I think so vetraio :-) I know I would have remembered him from Nam if I had taken care of him . I bet he charmed all the nurses :-)
  29. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
  30. toracat toracat, 2 years ago
    Thanks Kevin!
  31. Celiene Celiene, 2 years ago
    M*A*S*H* lasted YEARS longer than the actual Korean 'conflict'. I thought that "China Beach" was a superb show about Viet Nam nurses. Females in war never get their due - CB seemed to rectify that. I'd cut out of one of my college classes to get home in time to see it every week.

    Thanks to you all. I wish that Viet Nam had been the LAST war.
  32. Virginia.vintage Virginia.vintage, 2 years ago
    Handsome! Beautiful photo dear friend!
    I wish you the best for the New Year, a big hug to you from my heart!
  33. brunswick brunswick, 4 months ago
    Toracat and Mani, What a Wonderful Post I have came upon!! First..Thank You both for your prior service to our country..right or wrong. My son is a Spc. Army Combat Medic. He is in the state's for now...But I worry..all different ways of going to war now and to fight in one, but one thing remains..The loss of life...Again, Loved the stories you shared here!!!


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