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By Frosty Wooldridge
September 2, 2013

One of my friends from high school, a Vietnam Navy Seal, who lived through gruesome combat firefights and endless horrors of war, wrote me about America’s involvement in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and shortly, Syria.

He talked about how top officials “engineered” Vietnam and how they repeated the same for Iraq and still more of the same for keeping America engulfed in endless wars. He appreciated my last column on “Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria: America war-monger nation” published last week.

He said, “Frosty, I think you got it all figured out now. You definitely got it figured out about the Vets & the "real" casualties. I know firsthand about that. But, I have to say, nobody is listening.

“People are a strange life form. They will wait until they are ready to be shot dead before they try to do something and then, many will just stand there. Maybe it is because they know that dying will remove them from this planet sooner.

“I came face to face with an NVA "kid" who was wounded & standing in a shallow part of a river he just crossed to kill two of my buddies. My buddies were able to get some rounds into him, but he won out over them when they ran out of ammo. When I came across the position, the NVA "troop" was just standing there in his tattered clothes with blood running out of his leg and arm into the river. He couldn't move. He just stood there with his wounded leg bent to take the weight off of it and his good leg stiff - stuck into the water. He motioned me with his empty AK-47 to shoot him. He didn't know he was up against a "rookie" who hadn't yet shot anyone. Then my sergeant ran up to me and hit me in the back with his rifle to knock me down so he could shoot the hell out of the kid.

“To this day, all I remember of all of the fighting is that kid's face with his eyes looking at me as if to say: "I never wanted to do any of this but I just fell into it because of the misery and wickedness of the world. Won't you please end my suffering.”

“Ironically, a year later, I met that same "Gung Ho" USMC Sergeant in the Mountain View V.A. Hospital, California. He was in the "Psyche Ward" of "Building Five." We called it the “Nut House". When I saw the sergeant he was an emaciated emotional wreck. His skin was yellow and brown,which made it difficult to easily see he was Caucasian. Down from his "Lean Mean Green Fighting Machine" weight of 220 Lbs to a weak, feeble skeleton weight.

“Shivering with emotional and psychological shock and all the drugs they had him on. He looked out through the "feeding hole" of the locked door to his "cell" (so the people treating him could maintain their "proper no fault of mine" thinking) they referred to it as his “Protective Holding Facility.” As he tried to gather his thoughts, he stared at me in disbelief that it was really his "Crazy **** that he trained in the following three months after the "River Incident" where he just had to show me how to kill the enemy. Now his life had come around "Full Circle" and he had come to the realization that we all had done so much wrong to other people.

“After staring at me in disbelief that I was actually someone he knew, and that I was still alive. He asked me, “**** is that you? They didn’t get you?

“Trying to understand him, I answered: "No sarge they didn't get me, we (meaning he and I) made it out buddy." After the longest pause, he then corrected me: "No man, they got me, they got me for SURE". He died dead soon after that.

“And still the politicians are immune from any "fault, blame or prosecution." And that is just the kids that we used in the military. And still do. It doesn't even come close to the babies, young children, women, men that are dying all around the world every single day from the crap that our world-policing military does to the world’s population continuously.

“Wait, it is coming right back to us, soon enough. When it does, the American apathetic "Couch Potatoes" and "Silent Majority" that used to just sit back and turn over the channels on their TV sets when they were bored with watching the “Next popular war” will be saying, “How could this happen to me?”

“How? Attitude! Indifference towards their own humanity. Those "kids" in US Uniforms were "set up" in their minds so they could commit the slaughter. Since then, they have self-destroyed not only themselves but anyone that they tried to be "In the family with.” The real destruction came home to America in the suicides, spouse beatings, child abandonment, alcoholism, drug use and PTSD for millions of combat troops who served.

“And it raised the new generation of puppet slaughterers that is needed for the next engineered war. Yes, simply insanity. Watch the video.

My friend still suffers PTSD in 2013. In high school, he proved as normal and happy a young man as you could meet. Because of his experiences in Vietnam, he’s been in and out of marriages, in and out of Veteran psych wards, in and out of suicide trauma and worse. He said, “Vietnam changed my brain wiring and ruined any chance for me for a normal life.”

He described to me firefights where body parts from his fellow soldiers splattered all over him along with blood. He saw so much death, he cannot get it out of his mind over 40 years later.

BTW, several readers couldn’t believe the figures I gave for suicides from the Vietnam War of 200,000. I referred them to the book:

Chuck Dean, a Vietnam War veteran wrote a troubling book, NAM VET, published in 1990 by Multnomah Press. Out of the 2.7 million Americans who served in Nam, Dean reported 58,319 died. That proved small compared to the suicides! “Over 150,000 veterans have committed suicide since the war ended,” Dean said.

Dean served in the 173rd Airborne, arriving in Vietnam in 1965. Dean serves as the executive director of Point Man International, a Seattle based, non-profit organization dedicated to healing the war wounds of Vietnam Veterans.

A VA doctor estimated the number of Vietnam Veteran suicides totaled 200,000 men. He said, “The reason the official suicide statistics were so much lower was that in many cases the suicides were documented as accidents, primarily single-car drunk driving accidents and self-inflicted gunshot wounds that were not accompanied by a suicide note.”

The report added, “According to the doctor, the under-reporting of suicides was primarily an act of kindness to the surviving relatives.”

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As to my own story as an Army ROTC cadet, when I ran and crawled through Army Boot Camp (E-8-2) at Fort Benning, Georgia in the summer of 1968, terror clutched my chest as I struggled through the night machine gun course. Live bullets and tracers ripped through the air four feet over my head as I low-crawled under the concertina wire. Bunkers blew up that vibrated through my body as I scurried across the sand. Sweat bathed my body in fear. Drill Sergeant Pearce screamed at me to keep going. He yelled, “What is your purpose?” I screamed back, “To kill!” If I didn’t yell loud enough, he sent me back through the gauntlet again.

At some point, the American people must get off the couch and vote in men or women presidents who refuse the Military Industrial Complex and banker’s engineered wars around the world. If not, they will continue at a huge loss of life for everyone. (And huge profits for a few!) And, drive high school kids like my friend **** into a lifetime of misery even if he made it out of Vietnam war zone in one piece, but emotionally disabled for a lifetime.

[Join me, Frosty Wooldridge, with Dave Chaffin, host of the Morning Zone at 650 AM,, Cheyenne, Wyoming every Monday 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., as we discuss my latest commentaries on about issues facing America. You may stream the show on your computer. You may call in at: 1-888-503-6500.]

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Frosty Wooldridge possesses a unique view of the world, cultures and families in that he has bicycled around the globe 100,000 miles, on six continents and six times across the United States in the past 30 years. His published books include: "HANDBOOK FOR TOURING BICYCLISTS"; “STRIKE THREE! TAKE YOUR BASE”; “IMMIGRATION’S UNARMED INVASION: DEADLY CONSEQUENCES”; “MOTORCYCLE ADVENTURE TO ALASKA: INTO THE WIND—A TEEN NOVEL”; “BICYCLING AROUND THE WORLD: TIRE TRACKS FOR YOUR IMAGINATION”; “AN EXTREME ENCOUNTER: ANTARCTICA.” His next book: “TILTING THE STATUE OF LIBERTY INTO A SWAMP.” He lives in Denver, Colorado.













A VA doctor estimated the number of Vietnam Veteran suicides totaled 200,000 men.