Must watch video: Never too late to say welcome home

My older brother served in Vietnam and needless to say, his return home from the combat zone was hardly celebrated. I remember him hanging up his Marine Class Alphas, the green uniform, way back in the closet. I used to take it out and look at it, dreaming of the day when I could possibly wear a military uniform. Today we take the time to express our gratitude to our combat veterans, but as you look at this video, remember, it is never too late.

When you see a Vietnam veteran, look them in the eye, and simply say, “Welcome home.” Those were the two words many of them never heard years ago. Have your moment of truth.

Welcome home, brothers and sisters!

Leave a Reply

81 Comments on "Must watch video: Never too late to say welcome home"

avatar
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
TheTaterMan
Guest
Words my Dad never heard after living through the Tet Offensive 68-69 and coming home permenantly damaged both physically and mentally. The mental part he hid until his death 6 years ago. It wasn’t until I saw his military medical records of what he went through. I do remember him describe getting spit on at the airport in Seattle when he came back and called a baby killer. That was all he every said about Vietnam other a couple of mumblings when he heard something on TV. He served as First Sergent of his Squadron and put up with alot….in… Read more »
urbanvrwcmom
Guest

Even though I have not met your father, he’s my hero as well as yours. God bless you, Mr. Tater Man!

Jessie Phillips
Guest

First shirt of his squadron? was he an Air Police at thahn sun nhut AB?

TheTaterMan
Guest

He was First Sergent of his squadron at Phang Rang AB. Eventhough they were surrounded by mud marines, army artillary and the 7th fleet behind them, they still got shelled and booby-trapped constantly.

beaks
Guest

this is so sad, sure would be nice if we could go back in time and fix this. things sure would be different if we could.

beaks
Guest

SO Sorry your dad had to go through all the crap he went through. he was a hero then and now still.

TheTaterMan
Guest

Thank you. He didn’t what hundreds of thousands did and returned home. I remember watching my Dad watch Sgt Yok on TV when he thought everyone was in bed and crying when they gave him a parade coming home. That is the only the second time I can remember my Dad crying. It broke my heart.

beaks
Guest

that is so sad taterman – i can only imagine how you must have felt seeing your dad cry like that

sassymisslika
Guest

I would like to thank your Father now and welcome him home, and thank you for sharing, sorry it took so long, I was not an American then(just green card) but always felt the vets where treated badly. I am now a proud American and apprigiate what they did for us

Claire Garcia
Guest

Oh my. This brings tears to my eyes. No soldier that did his duty deserved this–ever.

beaks
Guest

me too Claire, ever since i started reading this article this afternoon

SupportOldGlory
Guest

Your father embodied what an American hero is. God bless him and your family.

TheTaterMan
Guest

Thank you ….from your penned words to my fathers ears in heaven….I am sure he is saluting you and a gentle nod of thank you. Prayers to all that serve everywhere….all are needed.

SupportOldGlory
Guest
Please take the time to remember our Vietnam vets. As horrific and difficult as war has been on our current veterans since 9/11, these men and women have been spit upon, screamed at and generally forgotten and their needs not adequately addressed. I had the honor of meeting a Merchant Marine last December as we laid wreaths on graves at a national cemetery. I thanked him for his service and we parted our ways. Later as I was walking towards my car he came barreling towards me with arms opened wide, enveloped me in a bear hug and whispered in… Read more »
urbanvrwcmom
Guest
Whenever I see a Vietnam veteran, I thank them, hug them and welcome them home. In one of those instances, a big, burly Vietnam veteran cried like a baby. He said that he had not heard “Welcome home!” in forty years. In a scenario like yours, I had a vet dip and kiss me like the WW2 sailor and nurse in that famous picture! Again, I thank all the veterans reading my posts for your service and welcome you back home! I am dreadfully sorry for all the nastiness that you were subjected to from those cowards. You are heroes,… Read more »
Pastor Fred Gillett
Guest

Thanks, Vietnam 1968-69

SgtMike
Guest

Thnx, Col. West…..Whew!!…..The ‘tat’ showed ’11th CAV’.
This was America’s forgotten war.
lA Drang Valley..Sept.14.1965
SgtMike…7th CAV

Charles Thomas Galbraith
Guest
Charles Thomas Galbraith

Thank you, Sir. Semper Fi! In memory of my elder brother, Sgt. Arthur G. Galbraith, U.S. Army, Vietnam 1967-69.

beaks
Guest

RIP Sgt Arthur G Galbraith US Army Vietnam 1967 1969 Thank you for your services. I am sorry charles for your loss

susandaytoday
Guest

May God bless you !!!!

Guest
Guest

God bless you <3

homerbjenkins
Guest

I went in right after Nam and didn’t see action. What killed us was that although we weren’t there we were called baby killers and got the whole nine yards of crap. It still infuriates me to this day to think about the people of this nation and how they treat a soldier. I served peacetime and didn’t earn a thank you. We just earned the title baby killer.

The_Patriot
Guest

Honestly you know who you can thank for that? John Kerry Sec. of State, Jane Fonda. The Main Stream Media, Bill Ayers and other Saul Alinsky types.
They got the headlines and the coverage by the news.
As for the true conservatives,(the silent majority) You never heard from, It wasn’t that they didn’t care, It wasn’t that they didn’t support you or the rest of the troops. They were called silent for a reason.
No one can change the past, only the present for the future. Change, get barry out of office and you will change the world

susandaytoday
Guest

May God bless your heart of hearts . I remember the times very well. It was a flat out mess. I am sorry ignorant people treated you or any veteran in such a way. I hope you will heal from the memories and live with the honor in your heart you deserve . Semper Fi

MotherBatherick
Guest

You served and made sacrifices for the rest of us….thank you.

TheTaterMan
Guest

Welcome Home soldier, you did what you were called to do and you know the difference and more importantly, so does God. Stand tall, be strong….be courageous. Thank you for your service.

sassymisslika
Guest

Well I would like to tell you now Thank you for your service

SHOman89
Guest

11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, other wise known as the Blackhorse Regiment. Alans!!! This video is on the Blackhorse association website. It is a great one.

I am proud to have served as a Blackhorse trooper.

Keep up the good work LTC West.

Vets need to take care of each other. We can not trust the government to do it. After all it isn’t the government we serve it is our Country and each other.

SHOman89
Guest

Thank ya’ll for your support.

I mentioned the 11th ACR because the tattoo on the Vietnam Veterans arm is that of the 11th ACR.

TheTaterMan
Guest

Thank you for your service and that of your brothers you left behind.

elizabeth cohen
Guest

Thank you for your service.

MotherBatherick
Guest

“They didn’t burn no draft cards down on main street, they like livin’ right and bein’ free.” And many didn’t wait to receive a draft card, much like our soldiers today, they VOLUNTEERED AND WANTED to serve.

sassymisslika
Guest

THANK YOU FOR REMINDING ALL OF US! THEY GAVE THERE ALL

Claire Garcia
Guest

Thank you ALL for your service and Welcome Home!

Sharron Frey
Guest
Thank you to all of the veterans of Vietnam. You did what your country asked of you. I am sorry that you were not welcomed home properly. I was born in 1963, so I was a little girl and remember watching the helicopters over the embassy getting everybody out on the evening news, and I wondered what was going on. Many years later, after having studied history, I now know. You were all fine men and women doing one of the toughest jobs on the planet. I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and I weep for those… Read more »
MotherBatherick
Guest

I, too am glad Col West keeps Guardians of our Republic “front and center”. If we did not have the military that we have and pay them respect, no one would be free to type their comments here. Amen for people like Col West!

rowdygirl726
Guest

Nothing like a good cry first thing in the morning.. oh my goodness. Love our soldiers and appreciate them so much.

Richard Craig
Guest

Welcome home?? I guess you forgot the American people called us baby killers and spit on us. You can keep your welcome home bull crap……………..

Terrror Hunter
Guest

That was over 40 years ago at least. Don’t let the past bring you misery today. Everyone has something they could look back on and pout over. But it they do it is up to them. I left it behind me, and try not to think about it anymore. What is done is done.

The_Patriot
Guest

Amen

hawk144
Guest

Semper Fi

John Queue
Guest

Don’t you DARE lump the whole country into one, nice little ball of CONTEMPT! Though I was not old enough to serve during Vietnam, I have WEPT for you and yours who have! So get over yourself, SIR! Welcome home… and know you are VERY MUCH appreciated and even loved for your service by MILLIONS like me! Stop feeling sorry for yourself! That’s an ORDER!

Terrror Hunter
Guest

Brought tears to my eyes. Even though it brings up deep seated emotions to see people thank service men and women for their service these day, I NEVER want it to be like it was in our days when we came back. We may feel jealousy and resentment, but the troops of today do not deserve any less credit because we did not get it.

Terrence Jackson
Guest

After my 1st Vietnam cruise I came home on a 15 day leave. Still had to wear “Dress Blues” to fly on the “military discount” back then. I was spat on so many times walking through the airport, (St.Loius) I had to have my blues cleaned. The next time I took leave, I didn’t tell anyone, paid full price, wore my civies, and wore a ball cap to hide my haircut. I don’t know what I’d do if someone looked me in the face and said “welcome home”.

urbanvrwcmom
Guest

It’s the anti-war protesters and their enablers who should be ashamed, NOT YOU! Welcome home, sir and thank you!

Sarah Frances Hendricks
Guest
Sarah Frances Hendricks

I wish I could look you in your eyes and tell you exactly what I think of you. You are a real hero and I thank you so very much for your service. Welcome home and God bless.

MotherBatherick
Guest

Thanks to traitors like Hanoi Jane and hippies on college campuses, some grew their hair and wore beards after getting home so they would blend in and not be singled out. Still hate hippies and for that matter, Hanoi Jane.

RichardandJan Bawol
Guest

I was also in the Marines and came home from Nam twice through San Fran in full uniform and nobody ever said anything nor spit on me. If they had, I’m not so sure they’d be around anymore. Chu Lai & Danang 66 & 67!!

beaks
Guest

Welcome home terrence jackson and thank you for your service to your country. I know it is pretty late to say/do this but i never really saw an article like this before. My brother served in nam as helicopter mechanic and my x-husband also served in viet nam but he was not a mechanic. he had the most horrible experiences between what was actually happening while there, Agent Orange and the lack of welcome home. it was very difficult for him to get his Veterans benefits.

The_Patriot
Guest

Welcome home and thank you for your service. The year before my eligibility for the draft my birth date was number 1. The year of my eligibility my number was 289. I wasn’t drafted.
I wasn’t very brave when I was a kid. You were. I have known many Vietnam Nam Vets, I was honored to each and every one of them.

Terrror Hunter
Guest
I always flew regular fair. It was worth the extra money to not be tagged and confronted by the ungrateful. I do have to say it was not all Americans that made an issue of anyone in the military back then. Especially anyone known to have served in country. But the ones that did were the outspoken ones. Those that supported us never made an issue out of it to avoid the ungrateful from picking on them too. When I got back I flew into Travis AFB, and had to fly out from San Fran Cisco airport. I spent all… Read more »
urbanvrwcmom
Guest

Welcome home and walk tall, sir!

Sarah Frances Hendricks
Guest
Sarah Frances Hendricks

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. I hate it that so many of you were treated so harshly. You are my hero. Thanks so much and “Welcome home”!

beaks
Guest
I am sorry that you too had to go through the same thing that terrence jackson had to go through. welcome home and thank you for your service Mr Hunter. I know it is pretty late to say/do this but i never really saw an article like this before. My brother served in nam as helicopter mechanic and my x-husband also served in viet nam but he was not a mechanic. he had the most horrible experiences between what was actually happening while there, Agent Orange and the lack of welcome home. it was very difficult for him to get… Read more »
The_Patriot
Guest

Welcome home and than you for your service

Rick Dupuis
Guest
About 40,000 Canadians fought in Vietnam under the American flag. It is incredibly rare to meet a Canadian Vietnam Vet. One day a couple of summers ago, I pulled into a parking spot at a Nova Scotia Walmart and noticed the front plate on a pick up. “VIETNAM VETERAN.” So.. I went to the front doors of the store, bought a bottle of water from a machine and went back and sat on the hood of my car and waited. Probably 20 minutes later and older man and his wife approached. I stood up and said, “Is this your truck?”… Read more »
namvet
Guest

You did the right thing Rick.

Sidney Smith
Guest

God bless you!

colsooonscoorner
Guest

Brought tears to my eyes. Remembering when my brother got home. We had a family gathering. I asked if it was really true that people disrespected his service, he answered yes. Well welcome home, God Bless all current and all our Veteran Military. Thank You for Your Service.

beaks
Guest

i too remember when my brother came home. i also remember sending him packages and home made tapes of the family

colsooonscoorner
Guest

Those days were so dark with people going to Canada to avoid the draft, calling our military filthy names and accusing them of heinous acts. Commies then and now, just different fronts and means of attacking our country our military and our vets. Their souls be damned !!!

beaks
Guest

that time was the beginning of the dumbing down and violence here in america. you were very brave and i am very glad you made it home safely.

Sharon Jeanguenat
Guest

That’s when America started to deteriorate as a country.

Sharon Jeanguenat
Guest

Made me cry! I remember how they were treated back then. It was horrible. And, I remember Jane Fonda’s treason, & then John Kerry’s treason & lies. I’m proud of any whoever served, & of those who are currently serving. God bless you, & welcome home!

rabbi josiah
Guest

upon my return 15-June-1975 at Laguardia i was spit on, feces thrown on me as i paraded by those protesters. but as a member of MAC-V-SOG 101st abn-1st bdg.502nd i still held my head proudly walked that straight line. But what really got to me was when i walked into my mother and father’s house, and my mother’s reply was “what the hell r u doing here!” with such venom i was shaken to my inner core. That is what is hard for me to this day to accept.

urbanvrwcmom
Guest

I’m so sorry to hear that. Thank you for your service and welcome home. ((HUGS))

Terrror Hunter
Guest
Welcome back Brother. I was in SOG (Strategic Technical Directorate Assistance Team 158 after May 1972) in 72. I was in country when Jane Fonda did her thing up north. And shook my head when John Kerry made us out to be baby killers. I was taken aback when I landed at Travis AFB, and they situated the plane so we had to walk by a fence with protesters on the other side. Everything happened so fast I was so zoned out to be home, and then facing people that acted like I was some illegal alien, I don’t really… Read more »
beaks
Guest

OMG Rabbi josiah — so sorry, i can only imagine the pain that must have cause you. something like that stays with you forever. i want to thank you for your service to our country and to say welcome home
Shalom

Sarah Frances Hendricks
Guest
Sarah Frances Hendricks

So much was misunderstood. I was so young and naive, but I fully understood Jane Fonda and despise her to this day. What I do understand is all the sacrifices people like you made. I appreciate your service and am sorry for the hell you went through in Nam, and when you returned home. Welcome home. You are a hero, and, again, thank you. Shalom. God bless.

urbanvrwcmom
Guest

It’s worth noting that those same ungrateful malcontents who called our returning military personnel “baby killers” jumped for joy, danced in the streets when Roe v. Wade was handed down. How pathetic! To all those who served on the battlefield, I thank you from the bottom of my heart and welcome you back home. Please know that for the handful of losers that taunted you, there are multitudes of us who deeply appreciate your military service. God bless America and you!

rabbi josiah
Guest
first but foremost i must here give all the accolades to Col. West for this web site as well as his service. I am still suffering from being a Nam vet. I have been homeless for 3 yrs now in Hutchinson Ks., but i shall survive as i did in that humid steamy jungle that was called Nam. I was living in my truck but on 7-May-2014 i was in a wreck leaving me partially paralyzed on my right side. That was my home. Yes before you even ask that proverbial question: i have been to all the vet groups… Read more »
Terrror Hunter
Guest

Your P201 File??? Do you mean 201 file, or maybe your DD214? The 201 file is kept on you while in the Military, and the DD214 is given to you at separation. I could see maybe if you were in MACVSOG that some of the stuff was left off because of classification on missions, but not everything would be inaccurate. But I guess there is always a first time for everything.

rabbi josiah
Guest
First Mr. Hunter; thank you for ur service, have no idea your time of service. due to partial paralysis i have a very hard time typing. 2nd i join the army early 1972 so as far as document designations were totally different then as opposed to now. the letter “P” designated “. . .personnel. . .” file, the “P201” file when i was in for 20 yrs designated every stop i made in the military, even if that stop was for one hour. Now to Mr. Brendan: Thank you for your service to this country also???? again i have no… Read more »
Brendan
Guest

If you are claiming either MACVSOG or the 502nd Infantry of the 101st in 1973 or later… neither adds up as MACVSOG no longer existed and the 101st left Vietnam the year before.
Are you claiming you served with the 101st in Vietnam, or later in your career?

As to not being able to talk about your TDY, I am confused.
Everything from the Vietnam war has been declassified since the 90’s.

Terrror Hunter
Guest

Sounds like a bunch of Gibberish to me. It appears if what you say is true you have been living under a black cloud most of your life. From your return when your mother rejected you for God knows what reason, to the military screwing up your records. I don’t question your service or the lack there of. But VN was 40 years ago and to hold that much bitterness has to do more with your inner being and not others. Sorry you can’t recover.

Brendan
Guest

Excuse me… I would like to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that perhaps you mistyped some of those dates.

How did you serve in MAC-V SOG if you did not arrive in Vietnam until 1973?
MAC-V SOG stood down in 1972 after 5th Special Forces Group (not unit) returned to the states.
Elements from MAC-V SOG that were still deployed were renamed and attached to different units.

Also, wasn’t Camp Evans also abandoned by the US in 1972?

Terrror Hunter
Guest
That is what I was trying to say in a nice way to the good rabbi. That his claims were a little far fetched. Especially the MacVSOG part. I got in on the tail end of their time in VN as an RTO. I was not SF but I came over from ASA because of my sec clearance and PRC77 abilities. We more or less considered ourselves as MacVSOG, but were under the banner of Strategic Technical Directorate Assistance Team 158 after the May 1, 72 date. I served with some of the best trained and battle tested in the… Read more »
Bob Fiorito
Guest
I served in Vietnam 1969-70. 459th sig out of Na Trang which was heavily mortared and rocketed in 69. I was the only one in the bunker with a weapon a .45 as i was a courier at the time. All weapons locked up in supply. Guess what was one of the enemies target, Your right supply! What a mess. I also served at Camp Enri, Pleaku attached to the 4th infantry division. We were attacked mortar and rocket no alarm sound for near 20 min. Sapper came in. Me and another in our infiltration bunker were REFUSED permission to… Read more »
Bob Fiorito
Guest
The truth about Democrats are really never told to the American people. It was the Southern Dem. that caused the black man to be 2/3 of a person in our constitution. It was the Democrats who tried to stop civil rights. It was the Dem who demonstrated against the Vietnam war caring nothing about our military and those who returned. It is now those Democrats who have blown up the peace in the world to what our current president said change we can count on. It is those Democrats who want our country to be just like any other third… Read more »
namvet
Guest
After reading the comments, I thank all Vietnam vets. I returned home in 1968 from VN, I got the same lousy greetings. My youngest daughter is in the military, she spent one year on the ground in Afghanistan, she returned home safe. She has received welcomes from many people and places. Her group when leaving for the airport to go to Afghanistan had police and Veterans motorcycle escort with people along the streets waving our flag. I was so thankful that her and the others were treated so well. I’m glad many Americans today appreciate our military. I’m very proud… Read more »
republic
Guest

Bless the Vietnam vets indeed. View AmericaIdea for the 2016 Dream Candidate. Please also view the VA recommendations.