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Posted by on Jan 4, 2008 in Media, Military | 8 comments

God and Country…

… is now available globally on the official site.

The Daily Progress just ran a great article, and apparently I’m now a Viet Nam vet. The wife is still rolling on the floor, laughing.

[For the record, I was ten when we pulled out of Saigon. I served during the final years of the Cold War, and the early stages of Gulf I.]

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  1. Scott,
    I don’t you, as a matter of fact had never heard of you before the Viet Nam vet misquote in the Progress, but “Oh my gosh !” I wish I did know you. Getting ready to purchase God and Country for a veteran that is very close to my heart. He has voiced your same sentiments to me time and time again regarding the media’s representation of our soldiers. Keep up the great work, your spirit is inspiring.

  2. My apologies for the Vietnam reference, Scott.

  3. Thanks Kristin, for the kind words, and for the support.

    Mac- No worries on the Viet Nam thing. I sometimes feel like a Civil War vet these days, and my buddies have had a field day with the Agent Orange jokes.

  4. To ‘Rick’ in Southern California (probably Hollywood):

    You haven’t seen the film, so you have no business criticizing it.

    I re-read your post several times before removing it and came to the conclusion that you’re either a mindless Hollywood troll posing as a Marine, or simply mindless.

    Operation Soccer Ball was created as a joint initiative (that means all branches of the military, Bubba, including the USMC) to save the lives of Iraqi children. When exactly did it become politically correct to protect children? I’ve served with hundreds of Marines and interviewed dozens more for this film, and not one would consider this mission ‘too P.C.’ In fact, there were SAW gunners, Combat Engineers, Grunts of every MOS, Recon guys, and even bean counters from HQ jocking up for the mission.

    If you are a Marine, as you claim, and have issues with R.O.E. or other mandate, run it up the chain of command. Or write your Congressman. Or your Aunt Sally. I really don’t give a damn. Frankly, I think the R.O.E are way too restrictive, but that has nothing to do with the film, and if you had actually seen it, you would understand this.

    Aside from the humanitarian missions undertaken by the military, the film profiles a Marine that lost his life in Fallujah during a firefight. He was a noble warrior, and took the fight to the enemy. Off duty, he did community service and demonstrated character in every aspect of his life.

    And that’s the thesis of the film: Character.

    If you want to criticize the movie, see it first and then fire away. When you come on here claiming the military has no other purpose than ‘killing the enemy,’ you sound like a stereotype character from a bad DePalma film. Judging from your ISP address, I suspect you hold DePalma in high regard.

    Honor, courage and commitment are core values that go way beyond smoking insurgents. And for the record, I hope we smoke each and every one of them. But there’s other good work being done, and it deserves recognition.

    Finally, my technical advisor on this project is a USMC Colonel, with two purple hearts and thirty years in the Corps. He’s extremely proud of the humanitarian work that took place under his command, and would find your claims that ‘Marines are only good for killing the enemy’ absurd and insulting to the Corps.

  5. I don’t know what that guy wrote but we did dozens of HA missions with ARVN. We built water systems and bridges mainly. We also fought like hell, especially in ’68. I saw your poster and think I remember that 0-6. At least the name sounds familiar.



  6. Thanks Gunny. I believe my friend was in Khe Sahn in ’68, if that gives you any clues.

    For those of you wondering, ‘HA’ is Humanitarian Assistance/Aid and ‘ARVN’ was the South Vietnamese Army.

  7. Relative to the support of our military personnel, I appreciate it very much.
    Do you have a snail mail address? Thank you.

    Bill Bradshaw
    Cold War Sailor (Amphibs)

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