By lex, on June 22nd, 2007
Sometimes decisions in international diplomacy are fraught with consequence and every action seemingly has as much going against it as it does to recommend it. Other times ** it’s easy:
When American GI’s returned from the Vietnam War, some tried to smuggle home the skulls of Vietcong and North Vietnamese soldiers. The graffiti-covered skulls served as ashtrays, candle holders and trophies. Six skulls were seized by the Customs Service. They remain in limbo, relegated to a drawer on the campus of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.
At a time when President George W. Bush plans to chastise the Vietnamese leader about human rights abuses, a question confronts his own administration: Should we return the Vietnamese trophy skulls?
Absolutely, we should give them back.
I mean, it’s a no-brainer.
** 08-09-2018 Original link gone; replacement found – Ed.
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This was sent to me by my retired friend, the Air Force test pilot. And it was confirmed by a Lexican who was a whale pilot…
Posted by Lex, on July 31, 2009
The flotsam and jetsam from things that have come into my scan. Updated throughout the day, maybe.
Welcome Ace of Spade readers! Consider signing this petition to name the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier after a fighting ship rather than a politician!
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Posted by lex, on April 16th, 2011
The Collings Foundation has a new war horse in the stable, and gave an old war horse a ride in her.
(05-14-18 – the video was embedded – here is the link – Ed )
Col. Day had 5000 hours in his log book, and 4500 of them in fighters before he volunteered for combat duty in Vietnam. He stood up the first “Fast FAC” squadron to fly high risk forward air control missions, and was shot down on his 65th sortie up north. Badly injured in the ejection, he nevertheless managed to evade his captors and cross the DMZ back in to South Vietnam, becoming the only American POW to escape from North Vietnam. Recaptured by Viet Cong just miles from a US base, Col. Day spent five years and seven months as a guest of the Hanoi regime, who broke his body but not his spirit.
He is the only person ever to have been awarded both the Medal of Honor and the Air Force Cross.
I hope you enjoyed the flight, colonel. And a tip o’ the tam to the Collings Foundation for setting it up.
Editors Note – 05-14-18 I wrote about the Misties awhile back. An amazing group of pilots.
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Posted by Lex, on August 5, 2010
Add the name “Lavelle” to the roll that includes Kimmel, Short and McVay:
During the summer of 1972, official Washington was dragging Air Force Gen. John D. Lavelle’s name and reputation through the mud. Multiple investigations by the Pentagon and Congress concluded that the four-star commander had ordered unauthorized bombing missions in North Vietnam and then tried to cover them up. He was demoted to major general and forced to retire, in disgrace.
Lavelle maintained his rectitude until his death, saying he was acting on orders. Nearly four decades later, it turns out he was right.
Just read an essay in the WSJ by Patrick Buchanan, entitled With Nixon In ’68: The Year America Came Apart.
I am a Baby Boomer, having come into the world in 1950. In fact, I arrived supposedly 3-4 weeks early as my father got called up for Korea and according to my mother, she was so upset – it was chaotic – she went into labor early.
Personally I delineate the 1950s era and the 1960s era with the Kennedy assassination. That was one of those dates where you could say there was a “before” and an “after”. With all of the scares of the Cold War, America seemed to have lost her innocence November 22, 1963.
There was the “Free Speech Movement” at Berkeley starting in 1964. With riots, which became familiar in the 60s.
Posted by Lex, on June 30, 2009
Might be useful as American combat soldiers fall back to rural encampments in Iraq and take on a support and training role.
Might not. Cultures vary.
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