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Vietnam War Veteran Series
A jrd Stat on 6/23/17.
Stat by jrd on 6/28/17.
The United States of America, good old USA, just like people, is not perfect. For
the record, none of us are perfect, just some people are more perfect than others.
Our country has to be governed by people and as just stated, people are not perfect,
thus mistakes will be made in all forms of government. In this day and time, our
country is being protected by the greatest Armed Forces that has ever existed and
all of the military personnel are strictly volunteers. Young men are required to
register for the draft, but for the last several years, no one has been drafted. When
mere mortals, serving on the Draft Board, have to select soldiers from a registered
list of young men, fairness is considered, but impossible to govern by. Rules and
regulations are followed and a certain group of young men are selected and another
group of young men get to stay home. Impossible to please most that are concerned
and affected by their selection. Regardless, in March of 1971 Billy Brown was married
and was drafted. Some other young men, that were not married, right or wrong, were
not drafted. Those were just the rules at that time. None-the-less, Billy Brown
reported to the draft board and was inducted into the Army. There was a war going
on in Vietnam and teenager boys were called to serve their country and Billy was
called and sent to Fort Knox for Basic Training and then to Fort Rucker for his AIT
Training. He was selected to go to school to learn how to repair "Attack Helicopters."
After graduation from tech school, most of the Attack Helicopters were located in
Vietnam, so Billy was sent to Vietnam and to where he was needed.
Meanwhile, Billy's brother Bucky had been in service for several years and was on
his way of becoming a career soldier. Bucky had served one tour in Vietnam and
seemed to be enjoying military life. Bucky did get upset when Billy was drafted
and thought his married brother should not be sent to Vietnam. Bucky volunteered
for another tour in Vietnam, thinking that would allow Billy to serve his tour of
duty stateside and not be sent to Vietnam. By then the wheels were in motion and guess
once rolling, it takes time to get them stopped. I am not aware of any rules or laws
that prohibits two brothers from serving in a particular war zone in the same time
frame, especially if there is a brother or brothers back home. Yes, Billy was sent
to Vietnam and just a few weeks later, Bucky was also sent. It did not seem fair
that two brothers should be serving in Viet Nam at the same time, but most all agree
that sometimes life is not fair. Bucky and Billy's mother, Cora Mae, started a campaign
to get one of both back home and was eventually successful, but not before Billy
served almost a year in that war torn country. Finally going all of the way to the
top of he ladder, Cora Mae corresponded with the then president, Richard M. Nixon
and after many letter exchanges, and almost a year later, Bill was sent back
Thanks, you two brothers for serving our country honorably and successfully.
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Bucky Brown's Web Page.
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Billy Brown's Web Page.