Anti-War Protestors Attack Honorable Vets
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During the Vietnam War, it was common practice for small organized teams of Anti-War Protestors to insult and spit in the faces of uniformed military servicemen and servicewomen.  It didn't matter, if the military men and women had returned from serving in Vietnam or not.  All military uniforms were fair targets.
 
Most of these attacks occurred at our nation's airports as honorable Vietnam Veterans returned home.  These cowardly organized Anti-war teams usually made sure that the veterans were alone, so that each attack would go mostly unnoticed by the airport crowds.  However, the more the war dragged on and the Anti-War Protestors' message of Vietnam Vets being "Baby Killers" and "Village Burners", these attacks become more open and blantant. 
 
Towards the end of the war, open attacks on symbols of veteran honor, also became fair game.
 
In April 1970, a Vietnam Veteran Memorial in Rosedale, New York was attacked at night twice.  Although today's Anti-War protestors just brush off the Rosedale attacks as simple teenage fun or simple vandalism, their actual  message is clear.  The names of the honored war dead were their targets.
 
Below are two pictures of these attacks.  Please see the black paint and tar impacts on the four-sided memorial.  If it was simple vandalism, why were the names of the town's honored the clear targets.  (The names were the only areas of the memorial attacked each time.)
 
This website is dedicated so that these anti-war attacks do not happen to today's honored returning vets.
        Jack Cunningham
             Vietnam Vet
Combined Action Program (CAP)
             Sussex, NJ
 
 
 
 
LOOK  ON  THESE  NAMES
YOU  WHO  IN  THESE
TROUBLED  TIMES
DESPAIR
 
LOOK  ON  THESE  NAMES
AND  THANK  YOUR  GOD
OUR  NATION  STILL  HAS
GALLANT  MEN  WHO  CARE
Rosedale Vietnam Veteran Memorial April 1970
Rosedale Vietnam Veteran Memorial Attack 1
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Rosedale Vietnam Veteran Memorial April 1970
Rosedale Vietnam Veteran Memorial Attack 2
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Attack On Honorable American Veterans
 
I was born and raised in Rosedale NYC.  The Rosedale Vietnam Veteran Memorial was dedicated on Memorial Day 1968.  I was in Vietnam serving in the Combined Action Program (CAP), when the Rosedale Memorial was attacked (April 1970) twice by anti-war protestors.  Someone sent me the LONG ISLAND PRESS newspaper clippings and pictures through the mail.
 
In 1971, when I returned from living in and protecting a Vietnamese peasant-farming village, a New York City bus driver told me that I could get on the bus for free.  But I had to sit in the back of the bus.  He said that he didn't want any trouble, because I was wearing my Marine Corps uniform with my Purple Heart on it.   (At the time, John Kerry and his friends were busy in Washington DC,   America's Talk Shows and especially in American newspapers and television news reports.)
 
What or who was the bus driver afraid of?  Did the bus driver feel that too many people on the bus would give me a "Welcome Home?" 
 
I swore that it would never happen again!
    Jack Cunningham
Rosedale NY / Sussex NJ  
 
P.S.  The bus ride was the only time I wore my uniform in public.  
 
 
 

But  It  Is  Happening  Again.