Brother Eddie "Gato" Castillo and myself have so much in common: Mexican, Imperial Valley, born ‘45, graduate ‘64, Viet vet, 25th Infantry, EOC, MECHA, MAPA and Democrat. But my views on the Vietnam War/conflict are somewhat different.
First of all, now we know that the Tonkin Gulf incident never happened. This was the excuse to escalate our involvement in Vietnam.
During my three-day in- country orientation, the lifer instructor told us, "Men, we are here to defend and protect the South Vietnamese population from the tyranny of godless communism."
Then he gave us tips on survival. He said, "Follow the same route/steps that the civilians/children take, because they know where the booby traps are." So I asked, "If we are here to defend and protect the South Viets from the bad communists, why is it that they know where the booby traps are?"