Morally Surviving America’s War On Vietnam
In a more high-profile example, there’s Larry Colburn, who died this week. With Huey pilot Hugh Thompson, Colburn was the young door gunner who turned his M60 toward US troops about to massacre a group of terrified Vietnamese peasants in My Lai. (Fellow door gunner Glenn Andreotta died in Vietnam.) In the remaining years of their military careers, these honorable men suffered great indignity and abuse for the decision they made in the heat of the moment that day. There's no denying that real sacrifice, real honor and real heroism could and did flourish within the cruel confines of our terrible war in Vietnam. I’m not sure how that old lifer sergeant major at Gettysburg College would feel about Thompson, Colburn and Andreotta. They're all dead now. For me, they were the best of us.