“The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does , and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does ; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility while the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to a war .”


I actively protested against the war in Vietnam.

I actively served in the US Air Force while doing so...

I wasn't proud of what my country was doing then, but I am proud of having served as an executive officer and assisting others and their families in living through the experience...

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Comment by Dicky Neely on November 11, 2018 at 9:01am

Well put Ron. I enlisted in the Marines in 1968, even though I, too, opposed the war. My military career was cut short because of an injury. I also took part in anti war protests and engaged in a letter campaign to my elected officials. I drew fliers opposing the war and Nixon and handed them out on the streets. If I can find copies of any of these I will post them on by blog.

Your story, and many others I know, show one can be patriotic and still stand up for what's right. The two sentiments are not mutually exclusive.

Comment by Tom Cordle on November 11, 2018 at 10:04am
I also protested the war, but thanks to a motorcycle accident and a resultant bum knee, I was fortunate to not have to fight in it. I was rejected twice during physicals, and I honestly don't know what I would have done if I had passed.
I know this much, attitudes about the war changed drastically between my first physical in 1966 and my last in 1968. Indeed, things had gotten so bad by '68, that the Marine Corps resorted to the draft. I know that for a fact, because I was standing in line in my skivvies holding a brown paper bag with my personal possessions, as people were told to count off by fives. Then came the dreaded announcement: "All you fives, follow the Marine Corps officer."
No one can understand those days who didn't live through them. Strikes me, though, the country may be more divided now then it was then. God help us.


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