Tag: Betty Tisdale
He described how, at the very last moment before the Midway left the South China Sea, a tiny airplane packed with a Vietnamese pilot and his family, landed on the deck of the Midway. He described how the captain of the Midway had ordered the Huey helicopters cluttering the runway to be pushed into the sea to make room for the little airplane, and how, upon its safe landing, the crew of the vast ship encircled the little family, shouting and cheering with triumph and relief.
For American children to understand who they are and why they have they country they do; a country that was purchased through installments of blood, they must understand the conditions of war, and they must appreciate the character of the warriors who fought it. When they comprehend the adversity heaped upon servicemen who fought the Vietnam War, and why certain men and women chose to intervene and fight for America, even when politicians, the popular culture, the media, and their friends despised them for it, then they will understand what it means to be a hero.