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Vietnam War Memorial
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Our Second Civil War, By Richard Holbrooke
Saturday, August 28, 2004
Americans under 40 can be excused if they think that the presidential campaign went a bit nuts recently. After all, why has campaign coverage been dominated by a war that ended 29 years ago, even as a dozen Americans were dying and more than 130,000 fighting in Iraq?
Well, kids, welcome to an encore presentation of our Second Civil War. The anger and viciousness of the Swift boat debate provide just a brief reminder of how Vietnam divided our nation for a decade. One of my best friends in high school wrote me a furious letter in 1966, saying that since I was then in Vietnam, I must be a war criminal, and he would never speak to me again. And he never did.
Since most of the media covering the election remember the Vietnam era, it fascinates them still, and thus they tend to overdo it. For Americans of a certain age, Vietnam is the war that will not die — until they do. On one side are those who believe that Vietnam was a war we could have won if not for the congressional doves, the left-wing press and the long-haired antiwar demonstrators. On the other are those who turned against the war in the mid- and late-1960s and never forgot the drama of those days.
"Vietnam cleaves us still," President Bush said so eloquently in his inaugural address. Of course, that was George Herbert Walker Bush, in 1989. He worked with men such as John McCain and John Kerry to try to end the divisions Vietnam had caused in our society. Not so for the Swift boat veterans — the group that the current President Bush refuses to repudiate — who have revived the sort of charges that were such a bitter part of the Vietnam era itself.
Anyone who was in Vietnam knows that "the fog of war" was more than a cliche. I remember visiting destroyed hamlets in the lower Mekong Delta in the mid-1960s, sometimes only hours after the fighting had stopped, and hearing different versions of what had just transpired from survivors who had been right next to each other during the attack. Is it any wonder that memories would differ on details of events 33 years ago? But the timing of the attack by the anti-Kerry Swift boat veterans is rooted in politics and personal vendettas; on examination their charges are sloppy and self-contradictory.
I did not know John Kerry in Vietnam, but I knew the area he was in, having served in the same area as a civilian. I’ve talked to him often about Vietnam in recent years, and there is no question in my mind that it was the defining experience of his adult years, just as it was for me and hundreds of thousands of other Americans, including those now attacking him.
His personal saga embodies the American experience in Vietnam. First he was a good hero in a bad war — a man who volunteered for duty in the Navy and then asked for an assignment on the boats that were to ply the dangerous rivers of Vietnam — when most of his college-educated contemporaries (including George W. Bush and Dick Cheney and Bill Clinton) — found easy ways to avoid Vietnam. Then, carrying shrapnel in his thigh, he became an eloquent but moderate member of the antiwar movement.
John Kerry introduced his Vietnam record into his campaign because it is a central part of who he is. But stirring up the embers of our Second Civil War was not his intention. Younger people I have talked to tell me that this past week it seemed to them nothing more than a silly, irrelevant argument about a distant war; to a certain extent, I agree. All those who served in Vietnam put their lives at risk, and at this distance from the war they all deserve respect. Those of us who survived should show younger Americans that we learned something from the war; John Kerry clearly did, but the same cannot be said of his Swift boat critics. To have a sterile debate about the minutiae of his service, when the basic facts of his heroism are undeniable — and while Americans are again in a war that seems to have no exit — is particularly grotesque.
Watching this debate over Vietnam while a new generation of Americans are risking their lives in Iraq, I had a sudden vision: a television talk show in April of 2025, on the 50th anniversary of the end of the war in Vietnam. After being pushed into the studio in wheelchairs, the ancient veterans suddenly come to life with still another round of name-calling. How long before the lessons from Vietnam can be absorbed into our national life without resurrecting a civil war that cleaves us still?
Viet memorial advocate battled early resistance
Friday, April 2, 2004
By Howard Wilkinson
The Cincinnati Enquirer
When the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was raised 20 years ago in a corner of Eden Park, the war it captures in bronze was a fresh and painful memory. Today, the sculpture of a black soldier and a white soldier looking out to an unseen fallen comrade still stirs emotions.
"As long as our generation is still around, and even after, people will debate the war in Vietnam," said Earl Corell, the 55-year-old Vietnam veteran who spent nearly three years in the early 1980s raising money, lobbying public officials and overcoming criticism and bureaucratic roadblocks to have the memorial built.
The ceremony will take place in front of the artwork sculpted by artist Ken Bradford and cast by Cincinnati bronze specialist Eleftherios Karkadoulias and a 60-foot flagpole, erected in the 1930s to commemorate Cincinnati’s Civil War veterans.
Corell, a 1968 graduate of Western Hills High School who was drafted in early 1969 and served in Vietnam driving a truck carrying jet fuel, began the push for a Vietnam memorial in 1981, when he was president of the local chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America. It was a difficult task, given the still widespread anti-Vietnam war sentiment at the time and the wish of many that memories of Vietnam would go away.
"It was a battle; there was resistance at every turn," said Corell, now a corrections officer in the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.
Bill Fee, now general manager and vice president of WCPO-TV, was a Vietnam veteran who helped Corell with the project in the early 1980s, helping manage a weekend radio marathon that raised ,000 for the project.
In the end, ,000 was raised, and Corell, Fee and then-Mayor Thomas Brush, also a Vietnam veteran, pushed the Cincinnati Park Board to agree to give space for the monument across from the Eden Park overlook, just north of Krohn Conservatory. It was a hard sell, Corell said.
The then-president of the park board didn’t want the memorial in the park. Cincinnatians who had opposed U.S. involvement in Vietnam showed up at public meetings to protest its placement in a public park.
Corell said that for two years after the memorial was dedicated, he avoided visiting it, saying he was "just too burned out from the whole experience.” But today, he says, he comes by often and almost always sees someone sitting on one of the stone benches surrounding the bronze sculpture. Most of them, he said, are Vietnam veterans.
"They come here to reflect, to remember what happened and the friends they left behind," Corell said. "I’m glad there is a place in Cincinnati for them to do that.”
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