Passionate Soldier Reveals What He Saw In Vietnam

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Scrambled Greg : This is why i love youtube. I get to watch interviews with people who lived through history. Just imagine in one hundred or two hundred years people looking around and listening to the ordinary perspectives of everyday people. Stories like this man's really make an impact on me. Thanks for uploading.

Randy Phillips : Vietnam vets have amazing stories

Daniel Andre : My Uncle volunteered 2 terms in Vietnam. He was a platoon leader and refused to take his men up the famous Hamburger hill and got reprimanded for it. They even took his metals away from him. He said he refused and disobeyed orders because it would of led to the slaughter of his entire platoon. But see, the politicians didnt care how many of our guys died, they were strategically sending their own men to their deaths and my uncle knew this and is why he refused to go. While he was out there in the jungle, he told me stories of how they would walk through areas that were sprayed with agent orange and it would glop together in big white patches on the tree branches. So on their time off, they would take some and pound it together in their hands like you would a snowball and they would take branches and use that as a bat and play baseball with the stuff. They didnt know it was that bad for you at the time. He eventually came home had children and lived another 30 years but he developed cancer from the agent orange taking out a kidney in the late 80's and came down with lung cancer and had a brain tumor. He died in 2003 from cancer. The military and the government will send you into a chemical polluted area to use you as a Guinea pig

RedZeshinX : I'm a Vietnam vet's son. Didn't understand that my dad's episodes of rage weren't actually normal until I got into college and with some distance gradually realized we didn't have a normal family. I eventually figured out my dad had hidden the fact he was a Vietnam vet from all of us because of the horrible pain, terror, shame and sorrow he still suffered and relived every day. The things these young teen soldiers were subjected to were absolutely horrible, at times having to kill women, children, babies, even their fellow Americans (fragging officers was a thing if they were deemed dangerously inept) just in order to survive, their only escape from the nightmare lying in alcohol, drugs, prostitution, the cruel satisfaction of empowering vengeance and sometimes.... suicide. Even after the war, haunted by its phantoms sometimes suicide becomes their solace. The vigilance against constant unknown threats they experienced, sometimes staying constantly awake for days at a time moving through jungle, in a hostile environment where the line between survival and death demanded stressing every sensory perception to its utmost limit, it all penetrates deeply into their psyche until it becomes practically foundational, breeding a deep psychological animosity and suspicion of the world that completely upends a person's sense of normalcy in society. To this day my dad still sometimes wakes up in the middle of the night as though he were in the middle of a firefight or struggling in a knife fight to the death. War totally screws people up in the head. I can never fully comprehend what he went through but trying to understand has only made me love my poor old man more deeply. He survived hell on earth, and although he refuses to believe it I know that at heart he's a good man.

ZerkleJerk : I found this video randomly, but I'm so happy I decided to watch it. This guy talking about his perception of the war from before he joined the army to the end of his service there was chilling and fascinating to hear. His analogy of only having 27 cards and trying to understand the full 52 card deck was incredibly poignant.

Cod3Thr33 : Where's the rest of it?!!!!!! I need to know what happens when he gets home!!!!

Bull Falls : My dad was a Vietnam Vet stationed on a hospital ship called the USS Repose. He never spoke of what he saw in Nam, and it wasn't until recently that I've found out just how badly his soul was robbed from him because of what his duties on the ship were. He was constantly unloading the wounded from choppers landing on the ship. September 15th, 2001, only four days after the towers fell, my dad took his life. I found him dead with a self inflicted gunshot wound to his head. The horror of our nation involved in more war was something he could not stand to see. Some men and women were never trained to unsee what they witnessed. PTSD just doesn't go away over time.

paulh123456 : Why wasn’t this shown to me in History class? 😂

Cuba 76 : My deceased father law said the hardest thing he had to do was shoot children that were walking into the US camps strapped with bombs. He was 19yrs old. I can't imagine the mental impact that puts on an individual that young much less at any age. So sad...

C O N S T A N T V A R I A B L E S : Fine YouTube, I'll watch this video.

Trevor Philips : He said "Im wasting your film". No sir you didn't. You said exactly what needed to be said.

Ronnie Pirtle Jr : I am truly sorry you had to go through that bullshit our government created and put you in.... you have my utmost respect and sympathy! :-(

brightbite : That moment when you realize you've been holding your breath just listening to someone's story..

Gigi44 : I was a boy born into the Vietnam war. My life was what this soldier described. I was starving everyday, had no fresh water to drink, sick all the time, angry for the fact that I was alive and born into the war. The American soldiers spent a year tour of duty in Vietnam, I spent 8 years lived in the war before I, my two older sisters and mother escaped aa refugees. War is hell brother.

Justin : This was the best Vietnam-related content I’ve ever seen in my life. What a fantastic interview, very sobering.

Max Brazil : Sharp guy with lots of courage.

Joseph van Wyk : These are the things that needs to go into HISTORY books. Personal diaries. Not the patriotic BS conjured by state. History in schools would be much more effective if students study and listen to personal accounts from war.

PedroMM193 : To anyone interested his name is Bill Ehrhart. After his time in Vietnam he joined the anti-war movement and became a writer.

Aleksandre Mzhavia : Amazing, one solider understood a simple thing better than a whole bunch of more or less educated American politicians did at the time. /: War is sickness, we should evolve past it.

ALLNEWSUX : America's plan for perpetual war makes me want to vomit. Modern day wars are propagated in order to make the rich even richer...the United States spends more on war (cleverly disguised under the department of DEFENSE) than the next 27 countries combined!

Mh R : and then heroes like this guy finally get to come home and are spat upon by Hollywood elites like Jane Fonda.

jerry garcia : My sociology teacher in hi-school was straight out of Nam special ops. I would always arrive early to class as a senior to talk with him, he was By far one of the most intriguing men Ive ever met. It was less than a decade and I could sense his spiritual pain and emotional pain . By far some of the most courageous un-sung heros…..

Curtis Loveland : The Government feeds us lies and we just eat it up. So many lives wasted because of the rich who put our children in harm's way to be slaughtered for their benefits. This was a great interview.

Darkskin Asian Man : I watched this interview in college yrs ago. Interesting stuff. US military was and still is being used by corporations to wage wars for profit

Blargenfladibblenohip ! : This guy does not give himself enough credit. He is much more intelligent and on point than he thinks he is. It seems like he almost thinks his story is not worth telling...could not be farther from the truth..even all these years later.

emm Castillo : I’m glad he said this because ppl who served never talk of it

Speed Bag Boxer : This guy is extremely intelligent. The way he talks you can see he’s reliving it. Recalling every important detail perfectly, very eloquent. It’s horrible what happened to him and all the soldiers who were sent over there. War is hell.

Izzys Mom Tattoos : I do tattoos for a Vietnam vet. Hes been coming to me for 10 years. His stories are so good. It's so cool to get these first person accounts of what he seen and went through. It's a win/win he gets to tell his stories, I ink him up and listen. Crazy old man wants his hole body tatted up before he dies. That's his goal.

Uncle Bill : TET is where we lost my cousin I believe - what a waste. Hard working mid western farm kid. Mortar falls on him - Done.

Charles Mascari : Wow, there it is. No propaganda, no Hollywood rendition, just the plain truth from a soldier who was there.

Unconditionally Guaranteed : I'm not english native speaker, but this guy speaks so logical that I get the whole sense of the interview. It's amazing! I've experienced a catharsis.

Metal Mack : I love and respect Our Military. I just don't trust any government's. Ever since WW2, Our own government is trying to kill us, using slow kill biological warfare, on it's own Citizens. Look at the Georgia Guidestones. Read Albert Pikes book. They came back from Germany, our government and started the Eugenics process. It's all very easy to see, if you know what to look for. Thank you for serving our country. Peace, love and respect. Every blessing to you.

Eddie Caplan : A very true courageous guy, speaking honestly, eloquent, and obviously a guy of good character, not damaged and disturbed by the experiences he survived. In that era, american servicemen returning home were treated like lepers, despite what they had tried to achieve, despite their sacrifices and efforts, he speaks candidly about what the government ordered them to do to the indigenous population, in order to break them, and still retains his self

o o : Deep... My Father did two terms there and one in Panama... He didn't like to talk about it... He told me one time some of what he saw men shouldn't see... He told me he lost a lot of friends

Josh Patterson : If this guy was around to see Afghanistan he'd be so pissed to see the pretty much the exact same war repeat itself

Peter Martin : Thank you. Everyone would benefit from listening to you.

Joe Sigrist : That door analogy was one of the most impactful things I've ever heard.

Garage Autonomist : I believe I've seen him before or this footage in the old PBS series, "Vietnam" that ran back in the 80s. Is this the same guy, but different footage? Anyway. He spoke so well on the truth of our occupation in Vietnam. Thank you for this footage.

M J Kay : the Vietnam vets were treated like dirt when they came, IF they came home,,jane fonda kept yelling "shame on them" people threw garbage in their face, benefits denied & they still suffer from agent orange, gov refused to admit they used it, but it is hard to see the enemy in a thick dense damp jungle

baba7231 : “I am wasting your film” sir you are not. History keeps repeating yet no one listens to this wise man

MupsinNation : I heard Vietnam was really really bad but I never knew how bad it actually was and what the soldiers had to do. Love and respect to everyone and anyone who is willing to risk there life and mental stability for the country they love

amsterdamsel : Oh, Mr. Ehrhart - Never a waste of film. Thank you for your service and I am sorry you all got so screwed by our own gov't. Thanks, Davide Hoffman, for sharing these with the rest of us.

Wil Netz : Why did so many people dislike this video?

Michael : The sign of a great interviewer is when he knows to shut up and just let his subject tell his story...

J M : When's he said"im wasting your film" I wanted to cry. NO buddy you are not wasting anything.

Phoenix Rich : I survived Hamburger helper Hill....

dat boi : Imagine being hated for giving years of your life to protect the people who hate you

La jack : Semper Fi Marines 1971 3 MarDiv Fleet Marine Force Amphibious Assault

Ducking Around : The end about his gf

The Warrior Song Project : he did not waste one frame of this film.