How did they treat soldiers from returning home from the Vietnam war?
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They were spit on and called "baby killers" and "war mongers" along with murderers. Some hippies burned the American flag in protest to the war. The hippies often taunted the soldiers and blamed them for the war by saying if it wasn't for them fighting, the war could have been avoided.
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African American soldiers were taken off buses with their uniforms on,beaten and many were killed. They fought a two front war: Racism in the military and the old Jim Crow Laws in America. Sad to say but they were treated as second class citizens after fighting for our Country.
Treatment of Returning Veterans WW2 veterans were respected by the public, Vietnam veterans and were looked down upon by the public, mostly because the media was where it shouldn't have been. Untill several years latter of course, now the veterans of Vietnam are respected as well WW2 Veterans were …greated with parades. Vietnam Veterans as well as Vietnam Era Veterans were spat at and called 'baby killers'. ( Full Answer )
The returning soldiers were generally respected and loved. During World War II, the jobs of the men at war where taken by women, and there were less people. When they returned, there was housing shortages and the soldiers didn't not know what to do. The solution to this was the GI Bill. The GI Bi…ll funded education and housing for all people returning from the war including minorities and women. This stimulated the economy because young men where learning, buying and starting families (and people had to build the houses; it offered more jobs). African Americans who had fought in for the US came home to be treated unequal. They were typically denied the right to vote. They had separate facilities than whites that had insufficient resources and quality which resulted in poor education for African Americans. They were forced to sit on the back of the bus. The civil rights movement began in the 1950's when Rosa Parks refused to sit in the back of the bus. ( Full Answer )
There was a very strong anti-war movement during the Vietnam War,and many people believed that it was wrong for the US to meddle inthe affairs of Vietnam, which was not a threat to the US and hadnever attacked the US. Soldiers who fought in Vietnam did notnecessarily agree that the war was a good id…ea, since soldiers areobligated to follow orders and they do not get to pick and choosewhich military campaigns they wish to join, however, if they trulyobjected to the Vietnam War they did have the option of not joiningthe army, or of evading the draft, as many young men did. Those whoallowed themselves to be drafted did not do enough to oppose thewar, in the judgment of the anti-war movement. These soldiers werecomplicit in what was seen as an immoral war. ( Full Answer )
What was the public's opinion of the Vietnam War and how did it affect Vietnam veterans when they returned home?
Many of the young soldiers that came back home came back with not only broken bodies, but broken minds and were met with ridicule; people spitting at them for being 'baby killers'; not being able to find work; their own government turned their backs on them and many never got the medical or psycholo…gical care they deserved. There are many Vietnam Vets to this day that suffer from nightmares, night sweats and a myriad of other maladies. They fought for their country and were considered scum! The U.S. government wasn't even going to honor them until the Black Wall was put up with the names of the dead soldiers (this is all some other Vietnam Vets had and families had left of their buddies, husbands, sons, grandchildren. Just to feel their names!) Then there was some of society (and the government) that felt Black Americans didn't deserve to have their names etched on the Black Wall, but thankfully there were enough people who had their heads out from under their rocks that realized no matter what color your skin is if you give up your life for your country you deserve the Royal Treatment in spades!!!!. The Vietnam War was a grave and embarrassing mistake for the U.S. Government and like many other things they just wanted to cover it up, forget it as if it never happened. Unlike WWI and WWII or even the Civil War it was the first time in American History that young American Soldiers were not respected or honored in the ways they should have been. Little was taught in the schools about the history of the Vietnam War, but thankfully that is changing.. Answer . America was nin Vietnam as a police action. American opinion was against this action. America was not at war with Vietnam which leads to the biggest reason that public opinion was against this action, American soldiers did NOT fight for their country in this action. Public opposition to Vietnam was brought about by young and old not wanting to stick their noses in someone else's business. This sticky nosing by the U.S. Government caused the deaths of many who did not believe USA should even be there. That is the reason that not much is taught about the "Vietnam war" BECAUSE AMERICA WAS NOT AT WAR. ( Full Answer )
The Vietnam vets Vietnam Vets were often treated Badly and unfairly due to theunpopular nature of the war. The Vietnam Vets The decision to enter the Vietnam War was at first received withmuch support from the Australian public. However, it soon dividedthe nation with the introduction of conscript…ion . As mediacoverage soon began to show the true nature of the war, Australiansbegan to change their minds. They felt that the war was unnecessaryand the mood soon turned sour. In 1969 Prime Minister Gorton madethe decision to stop sending troops into Vietnam, and by 1972Australian troops were pulled out altogether. The reason thatVietnam Veterans were received and treated so badly is that the warwas undesirable and Australians did not want to associatethemselves with it. Canada as well didn't enter the war becausethey didn't trust the reasoning for the Vietnam War given by theAmerican Government. The American soldiers believed in their government and servedbravely to protect those back home. They were unaware of the mediacoverage of sit-ins by students with 'Love Not War' signseverywhere. It was the first time in American history that the ahigh percentage of the people of the U.S., used freedom of speechagainst the war that they felt was unnecessary and the media did agreat job of propaganda showing pictures of soldiers crying,holding children, bodies of American soldiers, and then in anothermedia coverage showing the ugly side of what the American soldierswere doing. The soldiers were simply doing their duty and no onecould understand the horrors of what these men were going through.They saw their friends blown to hell and wondered when their ownnumber would be up. Many of them became drug addicts, alcoholicsjust to survive. There was also unrest between the blacks and whites in some unitsbecause the blacks felt they were getting the most dangerous jobsbecause they were considered lesser than the whites. This did nothappen in all units, but many. When Martin Luther King, Jr., wasassassinated this was the straw that broke the camel's back and theblacks/whites were again at each other's throats and the blacksdidn't trust the whites to protect their backs. In time, and ontour of duty they were often too busy fighting to care if it wasblack or white and just were trying to stay alive. Citizens of theU.S. didn't realize that the Vietcong were using villagers ashostages and the American soldiers had no choice but to mow downwomen, children and the elderly. The media was quick to pick thisup and the title 'Baby killers" soon arose from the public back inthe U.S. Those young men that hadn't been drafted (some that came home afterone year of duty often come to Canada so they wouldn't be draftedor sent back and we welcomed them with open arms. Draft cards werebeing burnt in the U.S. and well as the American flags. Many of theolder war vets from WWII especially looked their nose down at theyoung men who either refused to fight or had done one tour of dutyand refused to go back, but what these older vets didn't realizewas this was a war based on lies and deception and far removed fromthe causes of war with Hitler and Japan. Agent Orange (called RedRain by the Vietnam people) and Agent White were sprayed fromplanes and the American soldiers were part of this and used asGuinea Pigs. They became ill just like the Vietnam people. Thesetwo chemicals soaked the farming land and rendered it useless. Once the Vietnam War was finally over and the U.S. soldiers couldcome home they came back to hysterical crowds of 'Baby Killers' tobeing spit on. This was a great shock to the soldiers and a sad oneto think they had come back not only with broken bodies in manycases, but in mind and spirit. It was difficult for them to getjobs and they didn't even get the medical care they so deservedfrom their country. The most disgusting thing I found regarding the soldiers fightingthe Vietnam War was the fact that they were ignored after losinglimbs, having horrific nightmares, being hooked on drugs or simplytrying to get through a normal day. Many just took to the streetsto survive on those streets, others travelled to try and forget,while others committed suicide, but others did survive. It was a 4Fgentleman that got the plans for the Black Wall to put the names ofall the soldiers that had died in Vietnam just so their buddies andtheir families could touch the engraved names. Even during thistime there was a problem with the black's names going on this wall,but again that was ruled out (thankfully) because any man thatloses his life in a war where he is sent by his own governmentshould be treated with the highest of honor. Sadly it was the U.S. government that didn't want a black mark onthe history books and many of the truths didn't come out for someyears. This war had disgraced the U.S. Government and they didn'tcare about the many young men that gave up their lives for thiswar. ( Full Answer )
Compared to Korea, WWII, and WWI, and especially the US Civil War (1861-1865), Viet War casualties received excellent medical treatment, for those times.
In line with American servicemen, but on a smaller scale, in relation to Australia's population.
As was, and still is, the situation in which husbands are absent for extended periods of time, can cause personal difficulties at home (family). This has been true for all absences, whether they be for military reasons, extended civilian business trips, extended medical reasons, or extended pleasure… vacations...absences for too LONG of periods can cause a possible "break" down of the marriage. These same effects applied to returning Vietnam War servicemen too. ( Full Answer )
Many returning servicemen did not tell anyone they were veterans because of discrimination. Discrimination might come from his girlfriend (she would leave him), an employer (would not hire him or fire him), a neighbor (might trash his front yard), a school instructor (teacher) (purposely give him a …lower grade), or a family member (would criticise him, or belittle him), when eating out in a restaurant and a young man had a crew cut (short hair) people knew he was in the military, and he would not get served, the waitress would be too busy of course, but all the "long hairs" got served. In 1974 (?) the U.S. Government passed a federal law specifically prohibiting discrimination against a Vietnam Veteran. ( Full Answer )
Servicemen returning home from Vietnam were often given a "dirty look" of disguist, or had a "smart remark" made to them. Many returning veterans would NOT tell people that they were veterans of the Vietnam War.
In general, they were treated as outcasts and demonized by many whom they encountered back here in "the world."
Finding a job was difficult. Most employers didn't trust Viet Vets. They believed what they heard from rumors/news media, etc. The average US citizen believed the same information. Rejection from friends (who considered returning GI's to be "not smart" for going-even if he was drafted), family membe…rs who sometimes thought along those same lines, and people in general simply believed that if a man went to Vietnam, drafted or volunteered, he was supporting the war. In essence, he was blamed for the war, then blamed for the losing the war. When in reality, he was forced to go, facing prison if he didn't go to war (approximately 4,000 US males were imprisoned for draft evasion). ( Full Answer )
Back in those days (60's/70's) when people found out you were a Viet War vet, they'd either walk away from you; or give you a sneer . . . then walk away from you, or start an argument with you . . . or spit on the ground with their eye on you. Or, in some stretched examples, start a fist fight. Unti…l the US Government passed the Veteran Non-Discrimination Act in about 1974 (specifically listing Vietnam Vets)... SOME employers would not hire you . . . thinking you might cause problems at work, etc. So, it was best to keep quiet about the war. Which is why, again...it's puzzling to Vietnam War Veterans why so many people are claiming to be Viet War Vets today . . . they didn't want to serve their country then . . . why the interest now . . . especially since it's been close to 40 years. Today there are MILLIONS of fake Viet Veterans, which is a little puzzling, since very few men wanted to admit he was in Vietnam (in some case even the military) back in the 60's and 70's. ( Full Answer )
Most of us did not. I drank a lot but havn't now for many years. Most of us were busy working and raising families after our tours. The vast majority of us Vietnam veterans were everyday working people that were unrecognized for our sacrifice but were mostly silent about our service because we and t…he cause were so unpopular. A US Army (CIB) Vietnam Combat Veteran. ( Full Answer )
US Servicemen (US Marines, US Soldiers, US Coast Guardsmen, US Airmen, US Sailors) returned home after the Armistice was signed in July 1953.
Australian and New Zealand Servicemen mirrored it's US counterparts in entering and leaving the Vietnam War; early 60's & early 70's.
Some people in the US greeted a returning GI (men returning from Vietnam came home alone...they did NOT return with their units or as groups of men) with scowls and verbal threats, or when seeing a wounded veteran, stating that they were, "glad the man had his arm blown off", adding that "...he dese…rved it...". It was a good idea, when returning home, to travel with another GI...better yet, in a group, as people in the US could be just as dangerous as the communists were in Vietnam. The anti-war crowd in America OFTEN FLEW the Viet Cong Flag (Red and Blue with a Yellow Star on it).. After fighting the communists in Vietnam with guns, some returning GI's had to fight their fellow countrymen with fists. ( Full Answer )
Harry Houdini saved money and donated it to help the wounded soldiers after world war I
Returning GI's arrived home aboard a "freedom bird" (chartered civilian airliner). The men usually were all strangers to each other aboard the airliner; when landing in the US, they sometimes processed thru a military installation, received a steak dinner, there last pay-check, then went their own w…ays from there. In the early and mid sixties, the US Army sent their men to Vietnam by the UNIT. By 1967, 1968, and 1969, men arrived individually as individual REPLACEMENTS. When they departed Vietnam...they departed the same way...as individuals. In the steaming jungle one day, walking the concrete sidewalks of Los Angeles or New York city the next day. The "freedom bird" was like a time machine; in a world of jungle, wild animals, blood and killing...24 hours (or so) later, back into a world of sleek shiny new automobiles and traffic signals...with people all around wearing colorful clothing instead of drab green and not carrying weapons. With men and women all around you, instead of just men...none of them notice you...no one knows what you've seen, nor where you've been. It was like waking up from a one year coma, or dream, or nightmare, depending upon your experience...and luck. ( Full Answer )
Not being hired, or being fired, being dropped by their girlfriend, divorced from their wives, not spoken to by friends and/or relatives, called names...or a fist fight or two.
They returned to the US in 1973 when US involvement in Vietnam officially ended as part of a peace treaty.
From a figure of over 2 1/2 million US servicemen; over 300,000 were wounded, and over 58,000 were killed. Over 2 million men made it home un-injured; or, less than half a million men were killed or wounded.
The first Persian Gulf war, was the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988), in which nearly 40 US Sailors were killed when an Iraqi jet fired a missile at the US Navy frigate USS Stark. Sometime later, the USN warship, USS Vincennes shot down (accidently) an Iranian airliner with a surface to air missile. US Ser…vicemen returning home from this duty received satisfactory home comings. US Service personnel returning home from Operation Desert Storm (Jan/Feb 1991-a 45 day campaign) received a home-coming not seen in the United States since WW2; Parades, Television coverage, Presidential speeches ("...We have beat the Vietnam Syndrome!" President Bush Senior). US Service personnel returning home from Operations Iraqi Freedom (Iraq) and Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) are receiving positive treatment upon their return; according to TV newscoverage, mostly at airports. ( Full Answer )
They didn't want the military , they didn't want the war, and they weren't welcome, when they came home.
US Female nurses volunteered for the military; in most cases they also volunteered for Vietnam; where they were needed most. Volunteers looked at the war differently than draftees.
In what way were the soldiers returning from Vietnam treated differently compared to the soldiers from World War 2?
WWII vets returned to parades and cheers. Viet vets had to hide or fight (with their fists) upon their return.
GIs in Vietnam were authorized 30 day leaves if they extended for another tour, and were authorized to return (visit) to CONUS (Continental US). Married men could go to Hawaii for R & R. All other R & R servicemen were restricted to either Japan, Australia or SEA (South East Asia).
Life for many U.S soliders coming back from Vietnam was hard. The public didn't support them which was no help for the PDMS that most suffered from. Alot of the returning soldiers ended up commiting suicide or developed severe Mental disorders such as Paranoid Skizophrenia. Others live out life as n…ormal functioning memebers of society still today. It truly depended on the mental state of the soldier when he returned. ( Full Answer )
GI's always came home on a continuous basis; after their 12 month tour, they rotated home. Draftees only served 24 months in the army; if sent to Vietnam, they often ETS'd after only 18 months in the army (6 months for training, 12 months in Nam). The US began leaving the war in about '73. Total eva…cuation occurred in April 1975 (when the South was over-run). ( Full Answer )
Normally US servicemen returned home alone, they might have had some fellow GIs on the plane arriving back into the US, but once it landed, each man went his own way. Being alone, he sometimes ditched his uniform to avoid trouble and took a cab home; or he might wear his uniform home. In some cases …he called on the pay telephone (no cells back then) for a personnel friend to pick him up from the airport. Bottom line: no cared, no one noticed.. If anyone did care...they were often trouble makers (angry parents, relatives of a Viet War casualty blaming you for their son's death or disability; a hippie; a protester; a dirty look from average John Q. Citizen (or a smirk...like you deserved it sucker!). So rather than go off at the airport, just change your clothes and grab a cab, or call a friend, no fuss, no mess!. The favorite tactic was to tell no one anything. Just land at the airport; catch a cab; knock on the window of a brother or sister, have them quietly open the door to let you in, then sack out on the couch. Waking up to mom's cooking!. No one knows nothing! Just return home. ( Full Answer )
Maybe a hundred or so dollars. Most GI's (the smart ones) saved their money thru the "Soldiers Savings" at 10% tax free (combat zone). An E-4 with two years in Vietnam could bring home $6,000.00 in 1972. Be advised, a new car in '72 was about $3000.00.
the soldiers that returned from the Vietnam war were treated with disrespect and people did not like what they had done. The people could see what they did over television because the war was being broadcasted.
The Black Vietnam War Veterans was treated like dogs. Most of them could not get a job and end up in prison with life sentence.
The war had divided the nation; additionally, the war was looked upon by many as a lost cause. Consequently, the returning American GI's were looked upon as losers; losers of a war, and fighting for a lost cause.
The movie is Welcome Home, with Kris Kristofferson, JoBeth Williams, Brian Keith and Sam Waterston. It was a 1989 made-for-TV drama. Lt. Jake Robbins (Kris Kristofferson) was supposed to have been killed in the Vietnam War. His wife, Sarah (JoBeth Williams), moved on with her life. But Lt. Robbin…s shows up in Thailand years later with a Cambodian wife and two children. The two families must struggle to unravel the situation. ( Full Answer )
Military History Companion: Demobilization In World War II, formal planning for demobilization began two years before the end of the war with http://www.answers.com/topic/germany . For the first time in American history, demobilization was done primarily by individual rather than by unit. Demobiliz…ation by unit had previously been the standard for the army, and had worked well with small forces, for it allowed units to retain their integrity and combat effectiveness. The individual method, however, allowed for faster mustering out with acknowledgment paid to individual service---both of which were popular in American society. A service score plan was devised whereby individual soldiers were assigned points as credit for length of service, time spent overseas, time spent in combat, number of wounds sustained, and number of children at home. America began partial demobilization of its ground and air forces in May 1945 with over 8 million men under arms. The navy began demobilization on VJ Day with a strength of approximately 4 million. Demobilization took from 1945 to 1947, and was characterized by upheaval, waste, and confusion. By June 1947, the total strength of the army was just over 900,000 . Demobilization of the British Armed Forces after World War II From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The release process began on June 18, 1945, about six weeks after V-E Day. During the next eighteen months about 4.3 million men and women returned to 'civvy street'. The process was not without controversy. Frustration at the allegedly slow pace of release led to a number of disciplinary incidents in all branches of the armed services in the winter of 1945-6, most famously the so-called RAF 'strikes' in India and South East Asia. Aside from the institutional problems of release, returning servicemen and -women faced all kinds of personal challenges on their return to civilian life. Britain had undergone six years of bombardment and blockade, and there was a shortage of many of the basic essentials of living, including food, clothing, and housing. Husbands and wives also had to adjust to living together again after many years apart. One indicator of the social problems this caused was the postwar divorce rate; over 60,000 applications were processed in 1947 alone, a figure that would not be reached again until the 1960s. ( Full Answer )
Written on a GI's steel pot (helmet) in Vietnam: "We the unwilling, led by the unqualified, are doing the impossible, for the ungrateful." Blamed for the losing the war (that they didn't want to fight to begin with); when they came home, the "ungrateful" met them at the door.
The Union Army were the victors; they had "preserved the Union!" The "Grand Army of the Republic" (GAR) was America's first large veteran's organization which disbanded on or about the 1930's when the last Civil War men began to depart this life. Note: The US Civil War (aka American Civil War) is o…nly called that term by today's people. To the men that fought that war, it was officially known as the "War of the Rebellion." It was not a declared war. As one cannot declare war upon himself. ( Full Answer )
Vietnam was a hugely unpopular and divisive war. Activists believed it was a pointless show of American imperialist hegemony. After the My Lai massacre, the legitimacy of the war and soldiers' actions was further tarnished.
Vietnam soldiers were treated quite differently than soldiers returning from previous wars. This is because the Vietnam war itself caused great controversy in the US over whether we should be involved or not an many opposed it. When the soldiers returned home they were not greeted with fanfare and e…xcitement. They were greeted with cold shoulders and no respect. Part of this is also due to the media that made the soldiers appear to be killers that destroyed entire civillian villages, which was not true. Many people even hated the soldiers that returned although there was rarely violence involved. ( Full Answer )
Are the soldiers that are in Iraq being treated better from the Americans than the soldiers that came home during the Vietnam war?
Any returning servicemember is and was treated better than a Vietnam returnee. With the one exception of Confederate soldiers returning home (the south) after the US War of the Rebellion (American Civil War/US Civil War/War between the states). But then technically, those Rebels/Confederates weren't… US servicemen either. Union/Federal/Yankees/Blue Coats/Northerners/etc. were actually US servicemen. ( Full Answer )
There were a number of reasons, some of them strictly personal. The reason which outraged all soldiers, and has echoed down the decades since WW1, is that many soldiers returned to find that they had lost their homes and/or farms to foreclosure. They had had no way to pay the mortgage on army p…ay, and no way to defend against foreclosure while kept overseas. It is to the credit of Congress that they introduced legislation to protect men serving in the military from this in future. Nowadays any attempt to foreclose must be preceded by a "Soldiers and Sailors Notice" published in local newspapers, asking if anyone affected is currently serving in the military. A 'yes' reply triggers protective action. One other reason there was much anger among the soldiers was the logistic problem of getting them home. The assembly point for the trip home was Brest, France, and many soldiers waited up to a year there for transport home. ( Full Answer )
They did not honor them. Instead the spit at the soldiers when they passed by everyone.
Why was it difficult for soldiers to return from Vietnam especially compared to world war 2 veterans?
The Vietnam war was not a 'popular war', especially on college campasses. Therefore when the soldiers came home, they were met at the airport by mob-protestors of the war..............and called baby killers. World War 2 soldiers returned home as heros, even tho they had undoubtedly committed atroci…ties themselves...............it happens in war. But in that era the whole country was behind the war. ( Full Answer )
They were treated like criminals. I was a a Vet of Viet Nam and can remember being cursed by people driving by in cars, throwing things at me and yelling murderer. We were ordered to do what we did thinking that it was in the best interest of the country. We hated it as much as the next person but w…ere ordered under law to fight. ( Full Answer )
The soldiers at Vietnam were not treated right. The American Soldiers get welcomed back to American, but when they get to Vietnam they don't get welcomed. They get treated bad by crows of people. kk
Losing a loved one thru death/MIA/POW. Having a loved one handicapped for life (e.g. amputee, wheel chair, etc.). Turning down offers of home buying, relocations, careers, marriages, children, college, etc. due to the uncertainty of the draft (not knowing when "your number is going to be called").
Many were treated with open hostility, some reported being spat upon and called baby killers, etc.
Many of these veterans were wrongly associated with many atrocitiese.g. the My Lai Massacre . The public transferred it's hostilitiesagainst an unpopular war by abusing many of these veterans , withmost serving honorably , upon their return .