The Vietnam Conflict sounds like eons ago. Probably because it took place before I was born. I studied the time period in school, all the way through, given my major and my graduate degree. But you don't learn everything out of a book.
Uncle Randy was there with the Coast Guard on a Point boat. Other Coast Guard units were also participants. People tend to believe all we do is local and we aren't a "real" military service. No so.
Today we're present in several places around the globe and active in efforts to stop acts of piracy in the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean.
I could go on about the Coast Guard, but I promised to stick to Vietnam. Mostly :)
First I want to talk about the Vietnamese people. Rockport, Texas, the real Rock Harbor, was a relocation point for many Vietnamese families in the 1970s. About ten percent of Rockport's population today is of Vietnamese ancestry.
One former NFL player grew up in the area and played for Rockport-Fulton High School. He was the All Pro linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys - Dat Nguyen.
And don't get me started on Vietnamese food. Uncle Randy made his own versions, and I naturally assumed it was the real deal. Randy taught me to be open about food, so I like almost everything. With Vietnamese food, I especially like Pho and summer rolls.
Do you like Vietnamese food?
What's your favorite?