In regard to the letter from Charles V. Hearn (June 4) about the lack of a memorial for the Korean War veterans: I fought in both Korea and Vietnam and noted a few comparisons. In Korea our goal was to hold the invader, then push him to where he came from. In Vietnam there was no line to jump off from or drive the enemy to.
Korea was cold (the winds were born there), but Nam was just as cold up along the DMZ in the North. Summertime temperatures in both nations ranged from 85 to 118 degrees while I was there. And the food! C-rations, Chu Lai mystery meat, Spam, fruit cocktail (1919-Buy Liberty Bonds). The stuff gave us either the "Delta quick step" or the "bloats." At least it didn't kill us.
It took 20 days to return to the States by troop transport from Korea. In Nam, you turned in your gear, showered, got a fresh uniform, and in just 18 hours you were on a California freeway.
In both wars we gave as good as we got, and then some. Whatever came down the road or out of the woods, we hammered! I remember the "Inchon to Seoul Great Foot Races" and the "Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club Night Follies" of '50 and '66 respectively.