What is your opinion of what is a Vietnam Vet?
Do you consider only those who served in country Vietnam as Vietnam Vets?
I never set foot in Vietnam, yet have the VSM and VCM. I supplied fuel to aircraft that flew missions to North and South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia out of Thailand. Most people who hear the word Thailand think of Bangkok. We were in Northeast Thailand, 300 miles south west of Hanoi and 350 miles east of Danang. We lived in Vietnam style hootches, ate field mess, shit in drums that we burned every morning and had liberty to a town 50 miles away every 4-6 weeks for 36 hours. Our units would have been at Danang if were not for the Vietnamisation program and troop withdrawls. The North Vietnamese Easter Offensive which started in March 1972 and caused MAG-15 to deploy from Iwakuni and with support of 3rd FSR, 3rd MarDiv. from Okinawa to help the RVN forces beat back the NVA until 1975.
I do not like to admit that I am a Vietnam Vet because of the funny looks when I say Thailand. I would think that it would be comparable to be fighting the Iraq War from Kuwait. What do you think?