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By Lou Marzeles
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On Gettysburg, the Greatest Generation, and Vietnam



One hundred and fifty years ago this day, the river of fate of the United States shifted, overflowing its banks with the blood of some 51,000 casualties in three days of brutal warfare we know as the battle of Gettysburg.

The battle was fought July 1, 2, and 3, 1863. The next day, the Fourth of July, Robert E. Lee’s army began a sullen withdrawal from the battlefield in a heavy rain that almost seemed to reflect the awful aftermath of the engagement.

For a time I drove a tour bus at Gettysburg. Visiting the hallowed sites on the battlefield day after day as a tape in the bus delivered dramatized accounts of the activities at each location was overwhelmingly moving. Being able to stand a...

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Reader Comments

lummy46 writes:

I served in the Vietnamese War and now look back and knew then that it was a total waste of American lives and American assets. For the writer of this article to infer that America's greatness was served our involvement in the Vietnamese War is just total ignorance in my opinion. It was a civil war we had no business getting involved in. Communism is just another form of dictatorship oppressing the poor which always fails. We were attached on Septm 11 and I fully support the Afgan war, but not the Iraq war. Go get them, but then get out. Vietnam was a disgrace from the beginning until the end. We did however get some great new immigrants from Southeast Asia. Great New Americans they are.


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