Here goes nothing-
As I am writing this, I am imagining the reader and can't help but think I'm full of ****-- or nuts. I promise that I am not crazy, but I cannot verify anything with times, dates, or names. I read a lot of stories here that have dreams of the war. Not me. Not one. What I do have and always have had since I was a child, is an weird fascination/obsession with the Vietnam war. I could not get enough of stories, footage, movies, history classes, etc. My obsession goes beyond that, though. I have, sometimes more than others, a real desire to go back. I know it's impossible, but I SO wish I could. This feeling was especially prominent as a teenager and through my 20s. Gradually it faded.
Fast Forward to 2011 when I met my future wife's father (My father in law now). He, being a Nam vet in the Army's 1st Cav, came back home with 3 purple hearts and a silver star for valour. When I met him and seen a few picture of his tour in Vietnam, that extremely intense feeling of being connected to that war came flooding back; this time, with a vengeance. I can go some months without thinking of the war at all. Other times, I sit for hours scouring the internet for more photos or videos. I have seen a lot of them several times. I just can't seem to shake this feeling of wanting to go there. I know it sounds crazy, (trust me!), but I have this pull to go back to Vietnam in the late 1960s. Khe Sanh, Heu, herever.
I'll end this post with a disclaimer. I, in no way, mean any disrespect to the men who fought and died in that war. I feel trepidation even posting something like this, thinking I may be upsetting someone who doesn't understand. But I came across this page on a search and I want to just get this off my chest and share it with someone other than my wife. She's is aware of my connection to that place and time, but I never told her of my deep desire to go back. I don't know why I want to go back. I just do. I want to fight and be "in the ****" again. The heat, the smell, the noise, the camaraderie. I want it all.
Thanks for reading.