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Guest blog: Vietnam vet reflects on Memorial Day
Pastor Bob Rogers Blog ^ | May 27 | Bob Rogers

Posted on 11/18/2012 8:23:39 AM PST by trussell

Guest blog: Vietnam vet reflects on Memorial Day

May 27

Posted by Bob Rogers .

(This guest blog is by my father, retired Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Robert H. Rogers, pictured here with my mother. Here my Dad reflects upon Memorial Day through the harsh experiences of his first days as a chaplain in the Vietnam War. I appreciate my father’s service to our country. It was a great sacrifice for him and our family, as we spent a year apart from him while he was at war, and my mom had to take care of me, in the sixth grade, and my younger brother, Todd, and sister, Nancy. It was 1969-1970.)

What does Memorial Day mean to me? It is a time to remember those who have served, but especially those who have given their lives in defense of our country.

I have many memories. Just a few days after I had arrived in Vietnam as a relatively young Army Chaplain, I was introduced to the reality of war. I flew out to a forward base in a helicopter and was dropped off with the expectation that I would come back to our base on the resupply helicopter later that day. But that helicopter never came because of a fire fight the company got into with a contingent of the North Vietnamese army. It was away from the compound where I and a few of the company waited. During this fight, the company commander and several others were killed. So after spending the night there I was asked to have a memorial service for those who had lost their lives. I did so even though I was totally unprepared both mentally and emotionally. That was the first of many memorial services I conducted during my year in Vietnam. I remember these and those who have died in all of our wars.

I also remember the sacrifice of those who fought but survived. I have some church friends who are veterans of Word War II. One of them spent about 24 hours floating with his life jacket after the ship he was on was shot out from under him. I remember his service and many others like him. I am grateful to them and to God for the free country we live in.

TOPICS: Chit/Chat; History; Military/Veterans; Religion
KEYWORDS: guestbloggerveteran; memorialday; pastorbobrogers
I did not excerpt this, but I would appreciate it my freeper friends would visit Pastor Rogers blog. He has several excellent blog entries I think many here would enjoy. He has a "Holy Humour" section that has some cute entries.

Here is his blog URL...please, give him a visit. Thanks!

1 posted on 11/18/2012 8:23:43 AM PST by trussell
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To: trussell
I ran this as its own post a few years ago. It's something I wish every Viet Nam vet could see:

Quang Nguyen: Thank you Viet Nam Veterans and all Veterans

2 posted on 11/18/2012 8:29:37 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack; trussell

Good reads, both.

3 posted on 11/18/2012 9:21:09 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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