There must have been some organized spitting movement at the time, it happened to so many. Liberal "protestors", expressing themselves with their usual level of intelligence, venting brainless emotional froth by spitting on soldiers returning from Viet Nam. My husband was one of them - he was spit on, and called a baby killer, as he arrived home at O'Hare. There are tears in my eyes as I write this, because I know that of the emotional wounds of that war - wounds that would not heal - some of the worst were not delivered overseas. I will never, never forget the disgusting insult to those men, hurled by self-important idiots.
Rich Davis of West Chester, Pennsylvania, 20-year veteran of the Navy, remembers, too:
In 2001, Mr. Davis retired from the Navy and ended up settling in West Chester, where he spent 2006 and 2007 watching antiwar protesters rally each Saturday from 11 a.m. until noon outside the courthouse near his apartment. The Chester County Peace Movement, Mr. Davis would later learn, had been demonstrating at the site since March 2003, when the U.S. invaded Iraq. At first he hoped someone would challenge the protesters, speak up for the troops, and defend their mission. On Sept. 8, 2007 he decided that someone had to be him.Mr. Davis began a one-man protest of his own on that corner. Not this war. Not this time. He stood alone, at first. Predictably, "he was bumped, shoved and challenged", and insulted.
Mr. Davis had been building to such a decision for a long time. He was just a kid during the Vietnam War, but he is still bothered by the disrespect heaped on returning Vietnam vets in the 1960s and '70s. In part that is because, in 1967, Mr. Davis attended the funeral of a man he idolized – his sister's boyfriend, Marine Lance Cpl. Alan R. Schultz from Levittown, Pa. Schultz was killed by mortar fire in Vietnam.
"Al was a great guy," Mr. Davis remembers. "When we got the word that he had been killed, I felt the bottom fall out. I cried the rest of that summer."
Even today, Mr. Davis can't look at an antiwar protest without thinking that Schultz, his comrades and their modern-day counterparts are being disrespected. So after seeing the war protesters each week, Mr. Davis said to himself, "Not this war. Not this time."(WSJ Opinion, 5/24 - 5/25)
He isn't alone now. He's been joined by Gathering of Eagles, and has organized the Chester County Victory Movement. This time, the insults are met with an answer. No. Not this war. Not this time.
Today, we'll be adding a list to our sidebar, in honor of those who, today, volunteer to defend our freedom, and those who, like Mr. Davis, support them.