"Vietnam Wall" -- An Amazing Image...

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"Vietnam Wall" -- An Amazing Image...

#1 Post by Old No7 » Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:58 pm

I only got near The Wall once, but it was at night and we only had 10 minutes... Still, it was a humbling moment even in the darkness and cold.

But this image is simply amazing...

We're on the right side, while all those souls who made the extreme sacrifice are on the left...

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#2 Post by Pete44ru » Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:54 pm

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A lot of buddies there...…… :cry:

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#3 Post by AJMD429 » Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:26 pm

A sad thing but a beautiful image of it.
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#4 Post by earlmck » Thu Oct 17, 2019 10:48 pm

Wow! Now that's a helluva picture. As an occasional photographer I am :mrgreen:

I was a Navy guy -- first the ship Navy and then the boat Navy. No buddies ended up on the wall. I suppose the kid who, first day on the ship, walked too close behind one of the jets and got blown off the flight deck wearing a backpack full of aircraft tie-down cables: he's there on the wall but I never knew him. The pilot who was coming in wounded, lined up perfect for landing on the carrier but was still going 400 knots and became a splatter of matter across the deck. He'll be on the wall but I was a ships electronics guy and didn't know any of the pilots. The boat crew loaded with ammo that took a mortar and she all went off and vaporized -- they'll be on the wall but I just knew them as faces to say hi to. Couple guys from my high school class on the wall but not any of the gang I hung with: of that old high school gang I was the only one who ended up in the military. But the sight of the wall still gets the old eyes to get kinda' watery. And that's an amazing shot of the wall. Thanks for finding that one, 7.

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#5 Post by piller » Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:11 pm

Funny how the girl who designed the wall wanted it to be something to cause negative feelings. It turned out that she did something good in spite of her bad intentions. E'en the best laid plans of mice and men aft gang agly.

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#6 Post by jeepnik » Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:31 am

I’d like to be see the un-shopped original(s).
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#7 Post by Carlsen Highway » Tue Oct 22, 2019 5:58 am

It's the idea that counts I suppose.
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#8 Post by M. M. Wright » Tue Oct 22, 2019 10:12 am

Thank God my names not on it. But then they kept me stateside where we kill as many each year in car wrecks as were killed in all those years in Nam. If I'd only signed that extension and gone to helicopter flight school then I too would most likely be on the wall. Long time ago.
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#9 Post by piller » Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:14 am

It may have been a long time ago, but we should never forget. Whatever we think of it, either good or bad, it needs to be remembered. Without a memory of where we have been and what we have done we are lost.
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#10 Post by Ysabel Kid » Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:34 pm

I've been to The Wall several times, and it is always very moving. Last weekend one of the "traveling walls" was in the town next to mine. I took my wife on the last day, as she has never seen either (the real one or one of the moving displays). We saw the closing ceremony, and it was incredible.
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#11 Post by COSteve » Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:50 am

The Wall is a powerful experience; one it turns out I was not fully prepared for. After I was wounded, I lost track of the rest of my tank crew. Years later, my wife and I visited the wall; a humbling experience that had significant effect on me. While there I asked a gentleman at a podium there if my 3 crew member's names were on the wall. Luckily, none were and for that I'm grateful while still saddened at the sight of the 58,000 names.

Maya Lin, a student at Yale University, lead a privileged life. Her design for the Wall may have been a protest, however, if so, it backfired as many of us who served there see it as a powerful symbol of the war. A war like many that was such a waste on both sides. I had an epiphany one day there where I realized the whole effort was a waste of time. We were there to install a government based upon the most sophisticated political philosophy in the history of the world on a largely stone age people. What a stupid, stupid waste.
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#12 Post by FWiedner » Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:58 pm

piller wrote:
Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:11 pm
Funny how the girl who designed the wall wanted it to be something to cause negative feelings. It turned out that she did something good in spite of her bad intentions. E'en the best laid plans of mice and men aft gang agly.

Thank GOD for such things.
A little girl working on an art project which she hoped would cause "negative feelings" would have no concept of how deeply men feel about such things.

My understanding is that she worked with a vision of a deep, black, scar in the earth, not quite a grave, with men's names all over it.

IMO, it is a thing impossible to view without tears welling. I dunno... Maybe that's what she meant by "negative feelings."

It is a stirring tribute to those men whose names are preserved and made immortal upon it.

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#13 Post by Ysabel Kid » Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:02 pm

FWiedner wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:58 pm
IMO, it is a thing impossible to view without tears welling.
I've never managed to see it without getting something in my eye...
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#14 Post by jeepnik » Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:21 pm

Not shopped. Not even a really great photo. But means more to me than any pretty picture.
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#15 Post by Old No7 » Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:23 pm

jeepnik wrote:
Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:21 pm
See ya buddy. A lot sooner than later now.
Sorry for your loss -- and their losses.

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#16 Post by Dave James » Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:54 am

Been to it once, it was all I could handle, as others too many bud's there 67-69 was nasty

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