The VC did win, you know. They had it all the time. We were just visiting. The Americans would go gung ho. The Vietnamese philosophy was ‘Hey, we’re going to sit back. You go in and do your thing, but we’re not going to play this hero stuff. We have to live.’ It was hard trying to teach that to some of the young people that would be coming in, the green troops. 'Don’t go looking for booby traps, don’t go trying to be a hero, because all you’re going to do is get killed. And nobody gives a damn once you die. Life still keeps going.’
—  Luiz Martinez, USMC Combined Action Platoon team commander

Fleet Week in NYC     

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We must never forget the men and the women who fight and who fought for our right to freedom. God bless them all as we celebrate their bravery and their patriotism. I thank all our servicemen and women for their service to our country. They deserve so much for giving so much.

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