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And later today Defense Secretary Leon Panetta -- the ceremony to thank our Vietnam veterans.
Fox's Shannon -- recently sent spent some time with the very special veteran.
Our own Fox's contributor lieutenant Oliver North.
And he told our he told about the man he credits with saving his life decades ago.
Looking at fifty years since the Vietnam War joined by two of our distinguished veterans who have served our country and saved a lot of lives along the way.
I'm Scott how alert us what it was like coming back from Vietnam and how the country felt at that point how you felt that you -- your fellow soldiers.
Well coming back from Vietnam was a great relief I must say that many of -- -- came off the back she won 41.
Came -- kind of kiss the ground we were glad to be home when he gets back from war like that.
He kind of -- back initially that was tough that was tough but now I'm home I have a sense of home -- despite.
And it was a wonderful feeling now.
We hear so much about the way the Vietnam.
Vets were treated when they got back from war either ignored naturally -- by the time.
That should -- never really bothered me because what I've figured that sometimes the greatest compliment is to be rejected by certain people.
And that gets -- over that pretty quickly -- that work for you same -- -- and of course I stayed in the military Jack came back in the book very.
Had he not been next to me.
Several big battles when I got her I wouldn't be here today.
And I get to see Jack regularly now treating patients from this war period is more than four decades later and I see that kind of commitment that was built.
On the battlefields in Vietnam were guys who like those on this wall behind this were hurt her.
And I see a remarkable commitment that was made by this man and others like him.
To continue servers -- Two point seven million people served in Vietnam men and women on many issues.
Remarks more than 50000 names on the wall didn't make it back.
Finally there will be some recognition on Monday the secretary of defense Leon Panetta is going to honor.
Those and their families from Vietnam as well what does that mean -- -- review.
-- -- -- Well it certainly means a lot to me not so much for myself the first.
And those who are still up and around we're all getting kind of old now.
-- -- -- very dry pet but I like I think it's very important I think who.
Coming back from Vietnam and treated the way we were where that was the beginning of the growth.
And we have grown and grown and grown so that.
Are combatants who were coming home today aren't faced with the types of things we -- faced with -- -- I I think it's a matter to a lot of.
You know there's there's a reason why.
This is the most visited memorial.
In all of Washington's.
Part of it.
There's -- guilt trip.
Part of it is because the American people know how poorly.
The veterans of this world were three.
Part of its because.
It has those of us.
The connections president system.
It's it's very difficult for me that.
To stand there and I know which handles the guys -- united sort of where it and that rifle company Q 03 -- -- -- It's very powerful to stand there and I know where the I.
Elusive but we've come and we've been here probably.
A hundred times since it was -- -- services and ceremonies and -- reunions.
In this in this guys don't come to these reunions just to.
To have to be maudlin about it and take home because they remember the heroic sacrifice of those -- here.
They come because.
Too many of them the defining moment.
The war it was a defining moment for them.
And most of us.
-- a perfect example of moved on he was an enlisted medical form.
He's now retired navy commander -- still treating.
Patients from this war.
And all those that I know my radio operator who knows well Jim when -- official search.
-- hot headed dropouts -- they've been depicted in the press and you're gonna see the moral here gathered.
On Memorial Day.
Recognized for what they really did not the way they were depicted by Hollywood and by the me.
What do you think -- mean to folks who are Vietnam veterans and the families of those who didn't make it to have this recognition on Memorial Day from the defense tech.
I think it'll be absolutely wonderful for those who remain.
With us today and their families I think it's absolutely wonderful.
And I ask you got your work now Walter Reed with the young men and women who are coming back now what are you seeing what we could we as the American people be doing better to welcome them home.
Well I I think what's being done now which is very very well done by many people and the I think our our -- coming home today feel very welcome.
The injuries -- -- are all kind of specifics of the war.
We had our very bad injuries as if you recall from the Vietnam War.
But there's a different type of injury today with the high level explosives -- -- EV.
And we're literally working with people -- 1234.
Limbs and more blown off at a time -- You never ceases to amaze me the spirit of these guys.
Have him coming back.
And it's our job to put them together both body mind and soul.
To get them moving forward in life again the one thing we don't want to see them do is just sit back.
And and reminisce and gloat over the war and feel bad about the war -- -- -- return them to life just as quickly as possible so they don't.
Waste their next 203040.
Well they are heroes as are both of you thank you for your service and your continued service the country.
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