The war in Vietnam to do this day has gone down as one of the influential and controversial wars in United States history. The war lasted from 1955 to 1975.The nation as a whole began to uproar over the war and the major consequences of the war. There were many reasons why so many Americans were against the war. Public opinion steadily turned against the war following 1967 and by 1970 only a third of Americans believed that the U.S. had not made a mistake by sending troops to fight in Vietnam (Wikipedia). Not to mention, many young people protested because they were the ones being drafted while others were against the war because the anti-war movement grew increasingly popular among the counterculture and drug culture in American society and
This connects to the theme by showing age can have an impact on somebody. As I kept reading, in the middle of the book RIchard Perry and his other soldier and friends who were older, began to get injured and killed in action from the war. Another quote from the book shows that Richard was happy that he hasn’t severly injured anyone or killed anyone else, “I’m not a killer,” I said. He looked at me and smiled. I hated him saying that.
During the Vietnam War, the Unitied States ' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) recruited General Vang Pao and trained about 35,000 Hmong soldiers to fight communist forces in the mountains of Laos in what is known as the "Secret War." Vang Pao 's involvement in the war divided many Hmong people, but he believed that it would lead to a better life for his people. Under Vang Pao 's leadership, Hmong soldiers stopped the North Vietnamese from bringing supplies into Laos through the Ho Chi Minh Trail, helped identify targets for American bombs, and saved the lives of many American pilots, When the Americans pulled out of the war in 1975, they abandoned General Vang Pao and all of the Hmong people who were now enemies to the communist Pathet Lao.
According to the National Public Radio, an estimated 8.7 million men served during The Vietnam War while only 2.2 million men serve in today’s military. While this is a good thing that we don’t have conflicts where we need men to serve, the young men and women of this generation won’t ever understand the effects of combat related PTSD where the world of those affected with it “became a cacophony of nightmares, flashbacks, depression, anxiety, and thoughts of suicide” and the number of Vietnam Veterans left are slowly dwindling (Price). This photograph shows the remorse
Summary: Many people know the Hmongs as “Migrants of the Mountains”, they received this title since they were thrown out of their original homeland, now they move from mountain to mountain inhabiting in the jungle. The Vietnam War started and the Hmongs were secretly recruited by the Americans. Soon after the war, many of those recruited Hmongs were then able to flee the country to America. Conclusion: The rich and vibrant culture of the Hmong people is slowing dying and its traditions will soon perish as well. The Hmong community have moved so far from their origin, and little at a time a piece of them were lost and some becoming distance to their own cultures.
Although I will most likely never experience what Tim went through, my grandfather did. I feel that listening to my Poppi's stories about the war have allowed me to connect with this story and feel sympathy for Tim. Just like Tim, Poppi was drafted into the war. At the time, my Poppi was married to my grandma, and had two kids. My Poppi was a doctor and had a lot of guilt going to the war and leaving his wife and two young children behind.
The Native American tribes and the United States have a very long and devastating past. The english came from overseas and started taking the Natives land which they didn’t like. The Colonies did barter with some tribes, but fought for territory with most other tribes. The French even became allies with the Natives to try to defeat us in war. We befriended the Cherokee and a couple other dangerous tribes though in defence of their tactics.
However in the end Doodle might have tried too hard because, when death comes knocking the door is usually answered and, sadly for Doodle he may have been strong but not strong enough, ¨ For a long time, it seemed forever, I lay there crying, sheltering my fallen scarlet ibis from the heresy of rain.¨ this symbolises the death of a bird called an ibis that Doodle had taken the care to bury just hours before, and his brother the narrator is now, remembering how just like Doodle the scarlet ibis had come so far from where is started only to die a tragic and sorrowful death, and how remarkable that it was the accomplishments they both made. Going more in depth in this his brother had never really shown compassion towards Doodle and sort of thought of him as a burden. THis is why some may see it as surprising that he felt so much emotion when his brother passed but, others not so much because, through the resentment there was always love only to be cut short by a short life. Taking a look back at the story it seems like everything lead up to Doodles death and it seemed as if there was a lot of death mentioned as it progressed too. There still could have been other symbols to connect to but, death definitely
In regards to the line of action LBJ took in relation to foreign policies, there were many controversies amongst the masses. When LBJ first started his first term as the president of the United States, he took things slowly, and fought communism in Vietnam from afar .The Vietnam War led students create various movements to protest against being drafted in the war. Moreover, most of the American citizens were discontent with how tardy and sluggish the government changes were, and they were frustrated with the issues the Vietnam War brought. Due to the opposition’s strong persistence, LBJ decided to change his ploy. Negations with Hanoi took place in Paris, where it resulted in a partial halting of the bombings.
My parents had many challenges for this new transition to moving to America. Especially leaving their family in Cambodia, but this never stopped them from handing down our family traditions to me and my siblings. My ancestors never got the chance to come to America, they stayed in Asia. My parents were the first to come to the U.S. My dad was the first and he came because of the War in Cambodia and his years of staying in camp. After years of being tortured during the war, he snuck out from Cambodia to Thailand.
No meat!” This tells how us soldiers have been starving for quite a while now, and most of us are done dealing with the hardships. As Waldo also questioned, “Why are we sent here to starve and freeze? I can no longer endure it (Doc C). I am willing to admit that I am a summer soldier, as Thomas Paine wrote (Doc D). I’ve already risked my life for this country; now it is someone else’s turn.
My own father actually remembers trying to escape the draft when he states, “I and so many other people were trying to get away from getting drafted, some kids retreated to the universities, because if you were in school you couldn’t get drafted, some actually fled to Canada. I made sure my butt was in school so I wouldn’t be drafted, but unfortunately your uncle didn’t do so well in school and was drafted into the war (Gregory Smith). The Vietnam War was truly a war that brought together and tore apart a nation, while also changing and questioning America’s role in the world. The Vietnam War had truly revealed to the world that America was not as strong a country they seemed to be as they were not able to conquer Vietnam. This war did indeed show America’s weak spot and had altered its
Article: When Veterans Protested the Vietnam War Song: We gotta get out of this place In the article, “When Veterans Protested the Vietnam War”, it talked in a first person point of view. Jan Barry, who wrote the article, described many reasons why war was not a good idea. In the song, “We gotta get out of this place”, it talked about how war was a waste of time and that you’ll eventually die before your time. In an odd way, these two actually relate to each other. The article described a firsthand experience of one person during the protests.
Vietnam had the same problems before America interfered and after America left. Soldiers went through the horrors of war and came home defeated. Bloods by Wallace Terry tells the story of African American soldiers were drafted into a war where they experienced racism, dealt with horrendous situations that tested their morality, and even though they achieved a high position in the Marines, they were treated with disrespect when they came home.
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman, tells the story of struggles suffered by a Hmong family, the Lees’, and what they had to endure when relocated from their origins of Laos to America. The Lee’s and Hmong in general are special when it comes to acculturation because they did not have an option to leave their country they were refugees. While fighting the Vietnam War the CIA recruited Hmong to get a leg up on the communist forces. After the United States pulled out from being a part of this war, around 150,000 Hmong families had to flee their homes to escape the Vietnam government. Forced to relocate in America, a place most never wanted to come in the first place.