Packmule & Bomose,
Thanks for posting. You know, since I wrote this thread, I've been contacted, not only by inmates haunting the ADV forum, but some people with whom I haven't seen or spoken to in years. Also, I've been contacted by local civic clubs and have made several speeches about my time in Vietnam. It has been pretty interesting . . . cathartic.
Bomose, you made a comment about speaking to some of your RVN veteran friends about their good times while they served. In my case and I suspect in their experiences, too, it took a while to "process" what had happened half a world away. We were really just kids at the time; the same as it is in all wars, I suppose. When I got back from Vietnam, I remember home seemed almost surreal. Nothing had changed during the year I was away and it just seemed like I no longer belonged there. The fact was, of course, I had changed. Bomose, I expect your friends who served there might have had the same or similar experiences.
Thank you, again, gentlemen, for your responses.