Donald Trump: Coward In Chief

Like Countless Thousands of Others, I Served In Vietnam Against My Will — But I Served Nonetheless

I served on this ship from 1970 to 1974: U.S.S. Dubuque (LPD-8): Image: navsource.org/archives
Video:youtube.com

Fathers Matter — Big Hub versus Fred Trump

My father (“Big Hub” — 1922–1989) and I sat at our kitchen table one Sunday morning and discussed my “situation.” Although he himself had not participated in the “D-Day” invasion of Europe, he later had been a combat infantryman in France during World War II. With the very real prospect of combat now staring his oldest son in the face, Big Hub explained what I could expect should I enter the Army as a lowly private. But not before he verbally chastised me (again) for not staying in school, saying that had I done so, I could at least have entered the service as an officer.

‘Join The Navy And See The World’

Judging from Walter Cronkite’s daily televised “Evening News”, newspaper and magazine reports (no Internet or “social media” back then), the Navy did not seem to have a heavy presence in Vietnam. And the Navy traveled all over the world.

That’s ME at about 0:24 carrying the “Colors” of Company 300 in Boot Camp, Naval Training Center, 1970. Video: Youtube
  • Manila, The Philippines
  • Yokuska, Japan
  • Osaka, Japan
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Hong Kong, China
  • Guam
  • Okinawa, Japan
  • Singapore
  • Acapulco
  • Sydney, Australia
This is the “Well Deck” of the Dubuque (and why she was called “amphibious”): Almost the entire aft end of the ship opened up and was lowered more than thirty feet deep into the water, allowing the Marines to float their own amphibious vehicles into or off the ship. Image: USS+Dubuque+pictures

Donald Trump and the Military

In college, I received “deferments” from military service every year. But even still, the draft loomed over my head like the Sword of Damocles. Initially, because of its basic unfairness, black and poor guys of all races seemed to get drafted and sent to the front lines way out of proportion to their numbers in the general population. In an obvious response to protests against this “poverty draft,” President Richard Nixon instituted a “lottery” system, which “selected” young men according to their birth date. My number came up — April 22. As stated, I did not want to go, had done everything I could think of not to go; but in the end, I figured I had no choice.

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