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Marine Vignette #129, "NVA In U.S. Hospital..., By Anonymous

April 27 2000 at 5:34 PM
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Dick Gaines  (Login Dick Gaines)
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Via GyG'sMailbag...
Short Marine Story
(forwarded to me on the internet through a string of Marines)

Last year I was assessing a new patient for a vascular problem.
was male, early 70's, of oriental persuasion. I'll call him
Nguyen X. In
listening to his accent and by the spelling of his name it
became obvious
that he was Vietnamese. During the examination he cautiously
raised the
right sleeve of my scrub top, just enough to expose the USMC. I
raised the
sleeve up further to sate his curiosity and allowing him to see
with the WWI style helmet.

He stated, "Marines, huh?" I answered, "Yes sir, a long time
ago" He
"Did you have to be sent to Vietnam?" I replied in the
affirmative and
him when and where I had served or seen action. He smiled up at
me and
said, "Very strange that we meet like this. I was a Medical
Officer in the
Vietnam Army" and he went on to tell me his outfit and how he
happened to
be here now, etc. He made a point to tell me how 'bothered' the
would get when they had to move out against Marines. "We were
told many
things about you Marines and about your history and especially
you would fight...we weren't so worried about the Army
soldiers. But we
were very respectful of you Marines."

I really didn't know what to say, and then he continued, "We
knew we could
win our war against America by just wearing the soldiers down,
but we
sometimes made jokes about maybe not being able to hold out too
long if
Marines were in Vietnam. This was a very unhappy thing to think
of. We did
not like to have to fight Marines. Marines don't run, America
is very
honored to have Marines."

I thanked him and continued with his assessment. He shook my
hand and
"I'm very sorry Marines had to die for Vietnam but all Marines
are good
honorable. All Marines are heroes..... Marines made my job very

Ambulatory Care Coordinator
Name withheld for patient confidentiality purposes

Semper Fi!

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