Last Word on the Christmas spirit, Dec. 23

Last Word

Christmas spirit

Fifty years ago this month, I left the States to join the Ninth Infantry Division in Vietnam. My tour started on a high note, as I was able to watch the Bob Hope show on Christmas Day at the division base camp. Hope brought with him Barbara McNair, Racquel Welch and Miss Australia. I remember the reaction of the troops when we were asked to join the cast in the singing of “I’ll be home for Christmas if only in my dreams...” As a 23-year-old lieutenant, I was not much older than a majority of the soldiers sitting on the ground listening to the show. By the end of January, the Tet Offensive occurred and reality set in for the remainder of my tour. Would like to extend...