What was the Vietnam War really like? Russian Soldiers in Ukraine Can’t Compare to Vietnam Veterans – Defending the Reputation of Vietnam Veterans by Jack Billups, Veteran and Author

WILMINGTON, NC, Nov. 12, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — A recent article in “Current Affairs” by Nathan J. Robinson draws parallels between the conduct of Russian soldiers in Ukraine and that of American soldiers during the American war in Vietnam . Although he agrees with some of what was written, Jack Billups, best-selling author of “My Vietnam,” “got upset when a 1971 New York Times article was used to substantiate Robinson’s similarities”. This 1971 article started in part:

“The men themselves are fed up with war and conscription, questioning orders, deserting, dumping, smoking marijuana, shooting heroin, robbing their buddies, throwing racial epithets and stones at their brothers Their leaders, trained to handle a different kind of crisis, often seem as bewildered as the rawest recruits, compromising, innovating, ordering strategic retreats from tradition, throwing away the training manual, all with a unusual flexibility Desertion rate skyrockets, so they remove bed checks and allow psychedelic posters on barracks walls Troops are bored, so they take them skiing and put beer dispensers in the common room The troops refuse to advance, so they discuss it with them and try to find another way.

Billups had this to say:

In my book, “My VIETNAM – A gift for my daughter”, I addressed the subject of a one-sided, biased and exaggerated view propagated by the media; and is still perceived as the truth to this day. There is a very different assessment once the facts are presented, the flip side so to speak.

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Vietnam veterans made up 9.7% of their generation.
They have a lower unemployment rate than the same non-vet age groups.
Their personal income exceeds that of our non-veteran age group by more than 18%.
There is no difference in drug use between Vietnam veterans and non-Vietnamese veterans in the same age group (Source: Veterans Administration Study).
Vietnam veterans are less likely to be in prison – only half a percent of Vietnam veterans have been imprisoned for crimes.
85% of Vietnam veterans have successfully transitioned to civilian life.
97% of Vietnam veterans have been honorably discharged.
91% of Vietnam veterans say they are happy to have served.
74% say they would serve again, even knowing the outcome.

Then there’s this, from We Are The Mighty:

• The project did not unfairly target the working class or minorities.
The demographics of the troops deployed in Vietnam were close to mirroring the demographics of the United States at the time. 88.4% of troops deployed in Vietnam were Caucasian, 10.6% were African American, and 1% were of other races. The 1970 census estimated the African-American population of the United States at 11%.

• The majority of men who fought in Vietnam were not conscripted.
they volunteered. More than three quarters of the men who fought in Vietnam volunteered to join the army. Of the approximately 8.7 million soldiers who served in the army between 1965 and 1973, only 1.8 million were conscripted. 2.7 million servicemen fought in Vietnam at that time. Only 25% of these 2.7 million were conscripted and only 30% of combat deaths during the war were enlisted.

• Most Vietnam veterans are not crazy, homeless and drug addicts.
There is no difference in drug consumption between Vietnam veterans and non-Vietnamese veterans in the same age group. 97% of Vietnam veterans hold honorable discharges and 85% of Vietnam veterans have successfully transitioned to civilian life. The unemployment rate for Vietnamese veterans was just 4.8% in 1987, compared to 6.2% for the rest of America.

• No American unit ever went into combat during this 10-year war.
It reflects the character and pride of our soldiers despite the negative aspects we have faced.

“Thus, the cowardice implied in the article is contrived.

“As they say, ‘the proof is in the pudding.’ Thus, the referenced 1971 New York Times article was debunked as Vietnam veterans lived their lives. I am serious in expressing that journalists, political commentators and editors need to be questioned and examined from the same way as politicians.The promotion of a false narrative is subject to all humans, and we should have learned by now that they have not been assigned, nor earned the title of “Truth”.

“The comparison between Ukraine and Vietnam has limited truth, however, when it comes to comparing the conduct of Russian soldiers to that of American soldiers who fought in Vietnam, it should be done lightly, not recklessly. .”

My Vietnam is, at its core, a love story, combined with a dramatic and searing account of the Vietnam War experience. This experience is shared with a family member, in the most intimate way possible – a round trip to the battlefields of Vietnam.

Billups’ memoir puts the reader in a pair of combat boots and allows them to see, hear, smell, taste and touch Vietnam’s combat experience in vivid detail. That’s only part of the story.

“Hey dad, please share your experiences in Vietnam?” Naomi’s request set off a journey, 50 years in the past, like a “grunt” into the scorching jungles of Vietnam. Four months later, after completing her memoir, Naomi asked, “Dad, let’s go to Vietnam, just you and me?” Could the ghosts of Vietnam’s past turn into a father and daughter blessing in the present?

George C. Colclough, US Army Colonel Inf (Retired), former President and CEO of Smith & Wesson, said in the book’s introduction, “Just another Vietnam War book? Definitely not, Jack takes you down two roads as he embarks on a remarkable journey with his daughter. First, Jack effectively articulates his story in a way that puts the reader in the boots of a grunt, making him feel what he felt and understand the daunting challenges of those who have walked the jungles of Vietnam.

“Second, Jack and his daughter continued this remarkable adventure as they returned to Vietnam to return to the places where her father had so many vivid experiences. A wonderful story!”

What really sets these bestselling memoirs apart is Billups’ writing style. There is no pretension; nothing seems forced or contrived, invented or embellished. Billups introduces his real-life characters in a way that makes the reader feel intimately familiar with each member of his fledgling band of brothers, warts and all. Billups tells it exactly as it was.

His style continues throughout the second part of the book, describing his return to Vietnam and the jaw-dropping changes now evident in modern Vietnam. One of the highlights of the book’s second half is reunion, bringing together these somewhat innocent young men decades later as grown men. Readers will get a vivid insight, from many perspectives, into how the Vietnam experience has changed the lives of those who have lived through it.

It’s also a compelling memoir that reconciles America and Vietnam, then and now, including the culture shock of seeing Vietnam as it exists today. It offers a heartfelt and heartwarming message to the people of both countries, and a better understanding of what the old song “Ruby” called “that crazy Asian war.”

Readers and critics praised “My Vietnam: A Gift for My Daughter.” It was titled “A Beautiful Journey to Healing” and “A Stimulating and Introspective Memoir of Vietnam.” A reviewer said, “The book was so good that I was sad when I finished it.” Another said: “Jack’s memory of his time in Vietnam was beautifully detailed in his book. Not everyone wants to relive such a terrible page in our American history, but Jack was able to do a wonderful job of speaking about the real events he experienced and returned home in one piece to deliver such a wonderful gift as he gave to his daughter. .”

Another wrote: ‘The book fulfilled my husband’s hopes for a healing response to what our armed forces faced there. My husband usually can’t read much Vietnam War material due to PTSD. He read this in just a few days; it was so good. Thanks to the author for undertaking this topic and telling his story.

The book will make interesting reading for veterans, spouses and children of veterans, and others who have been affected in any way by serving in any branch of the military, as the memoirs include the years before and after his service in Vietnam. , including the effects of his Vietnam tour on his family.

Jack Billups is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at [email protected]. “My Vietnam: A Gift for My Daughter” is available on Amazon in Kindle, paperback, and audio formats. More information is available on the Billups website at https://myvietnambook.com.

About Jack Billups:

As a 19-year-old Army volunteer, Sgt. Jack Billups was awarded the Bronze Star with Attachment V. He was awarded the Air Medal, which went to those who participated in combat air missions. Assigned to the 1st Air Calvary infantry as an M60 gunner, Jack served in the scorching jungles near the Ho Chi Minh Trail along the Cambodian border.

Jack grew up in the 1950s and early 1960s in a peaceful Southern California community populated by many senior citizens and dotted with chicken ranches. He is a reliable and talented “everybody” who does not claim his service in Vietnam, except that he is a patriotic American who did “the right thing” as he saw it. He maintained this attitude all his life. Invited to talk about his military experience by his daughter, he started writing it and ended up exposing forgotten memories and emotions of 50 years of jungle warfare, ending with a trip back to Vietnam with his daughter.

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