I do not believe that the men who served in uniform in Vietnam have been given the credit they deserve. It was a difficult war against an unorthodox enemy.
War is fear cloaked in courage.
Militarily, we succeeded in Vietnam. We won every engagement we were involved in out there.
They're asking women to do impossible things. I don't believe women can carry a pack, live in a foxhole, or go a week without a bath.
We have reached an important point when the end begins to come into view.
I see battlefields that are under 24-hour real or near-real time surveillance of all types. I see battlefields on which we can destroy anything we can locate through instant communications and almost instantaneous application of highly lethal firepower.
Television is an instrument which can paralyze this country.
Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.
As the senior commander in Vietnam, I was aware of the potency of public opinion - and I worried about it.
Anytime it was advertised that I was going to be at a particular place, the radicals would be there, the cameras with TV news.
We'll blast them back into the stone ages!
This was a type of war that we'd had no experience with before. Some of our policies were kind of trial and error in character.
The military don't start wars. Politicians start wars.
The last man in the world who should have been criticized was the American soldier. They should have criticized me.
The military lead turbulent lives, but they are people like everybody else.
The Vietnam memorial is a masterpiece. The names of the dead are listed there, chronologically. Just the names.
When the soldiers came home from Vietnam, there were no parades, no celebrations. So they built the Vietnam Memorial for themselves.
My wife was my greatest asset. I didn't marry her until after World War II, but she has complemented me in every job I've ever had
When I took command in Vietnam, I gave great emphasis to food and medical care - and to the mail
I don't think I have been loved by my troops, but I think I have been respected.
I've made this statement many times: If I would have to do it over again, I would have made known the forthcoming Tet Offensive.
I have no apologies, no regrets. I gave my very best efforts.... I've been hung in effigy. I've been spat upon. You just have to let those things bounce off .
I haven't yet figured out how I was made first captain, because I was not an outstanding student. I was an adequate student.
I don't take criticism lying down.
By the end of the summer of 1973 I thought it was virtually impossible for South Vietnam to survive. How in the heck could they?
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