And it’s one two, three, what are we fighting for?

18 May

Tom Hanks also fought in Vietnam

According to the New York Times, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has, on multiple occasions, referred to himself as a Vietnam veteran despite the fact that he never served in Vietnam.

The article quotes Blumenthal as saying:

“We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam.”

“I served during the Vietnam era. I remember the taunts, the insults, sometimes even physical abuse.”

“When we returned [from Vietnam], we saw nothing like this.”

‘When we came back, we were spat on; we couldn’t wear our uniforms.”

The Times insinuates that Blumenthal is purposely exaggerating his participation in Vietnam when the closest he ever came to fighting the Viet Cong was a Toys for Toys drive that he organized to help underprivileged children. I don’t know what everyone’s so upset about. I have found myself in similar situations many times. For example, people are often confused when I call myself a survivor of Pearl Harbor. They think I’m referring to the event that caused the U.S. to enter WWII when I actually mean the boring historical tour my parents forced me to endure on our family vacation to Hawaii. When I speak of my time fighting in the trenches, I’m usually talking about a particularly lively game of capture the flag. (Usually.) And I can’t tell you how many times Molly has misunderstood my statement, “I fought in the cavalry during the Mexican-American War,” when all I’m trying to do is ask if she want a taco.


6 Responses to “And it’s one two, three, what are we fighting for?”

  1. molly May 18, 2010 at 7:11 pm #


  2. Cara May 19, 2010 at 1:50 am #

    I miss those capture the flag days…

    • Claire May 19, 2010 at 2:32 pm #

      me too, but the trench warfare was horrible

  3. mazz May 19, 2010 at 4:45 pm #

    omg, cleh. this post is why i love you.

    • Claire May 19, 2010 at 6:36 pm #

      that and my brief stint in the military during the Korean War.

      • Molly May 20, 2010 at 1:48 am #

        is this like how nicky worked on that boat in cuba?

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