Brian Tweed really made my head spin... Because I understood most of what he is saying !!! I spent most of the 60's on Okinawa, Japan as a military depedent teen. I stood on Hwy one and watched the 101st Air Bourn leave for Vietnam... a nieve 8th grader not knowing where they were going or why. My tears still well up and my throat gets tight now when I think of it. Those young men. On my way up to my school I looked down on Naha Port and saw them being loaded onto the ships. Men, equipent. Many men out on an open deck. Not knowing where they were going or why. Never even imagining that it was to war. I cry for them. I saw what few in this coutry saw or knew then or will ever see. Okinawa, Japan was a staging point for Vietnam throught the war. Thousands of young men there. By the time that I graduated from Kubasaki High School there, Many were younger than I. By then I knew where they were going, but I didn't know why. Was it for oil? Was it for gold? Was it for Rice? Was it for Freedom? Was it to make our politians wealthy and pompus full of themselves and their power? I am no longer that nieve 8th grader. My Uncle went from Omah Beach all the way in and made it home safe body intact. He talked it all out with his wife of 19, when he got home. My other Uncle served in France and he too came home. God blessed us as God Blessed George Ray Tweed.MY Grand Parents were emigrants from Norway that went through Ellis Island. I know that emigrants do make contributions and great sacrifice. If I am to get a letter, please be kind and don't make me cry to much. I remember the many days the convoys went by and as young school girls we waved to them. They waved back. Perhaps we were the last Americans that some may have seen.