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Re: MacArthur [Was: Slow period for list]
In a message dated 12/23/02 3:21:13 PM Pacific Standard Time, email@example.com writes:
Sandy, I have the impression that you were not in Korea. I am under the impression that Vietnam may have been you war. It isn't an impression, it is a certainty that you should back off.
Thank you for your thoughts. Your impression is wrong. I was in the Marines from
1955 - 1959.
I don't get sharp with anyone unless I am attacked by that person. I don't know if you've been following the string of comments or not. But my integrity is being impugned by one individual.
I don't parrot what others have said, what I say is based on years of study in and out of academic circles. And what's more, I don't just say anything because I just read it. What I post on this board, I'm ready to back it up with background and surrounding events, and what the impact was. The amorphous attacks about what I know or don't know don't qualify as intelligent discussion. I was in high school during that war, and so was very interested in it, and had read many histories of it. I recall reading Martin Russ' The Last Parallel on the USNS General Mitchell in 1956 on my way to Japan.
Also I am currently writing a history of VMA-121 in the Korean War with the aid of a grant from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. I joined that squadron shortly after it left Korea in 1956, and so, have a vested interest in getting its history on paper. It had many unique attributes, but it gets too little ink on histories of the war. That is what led me to this board, to discuss the war and exchange ideas. And quite frankly to refresh and expand my knowledge about it. But I don't come here as a neophyte.
You seem to think that because you were there and I wasn't I don't have a right to my opinions and observations. There are many people on these boards who were not in the Korean War and they have knowledge which isn't "parroted" but based mostly on historical study and the interchange of ideas.
I've written many seminar papers on various subjects as a undergrad and grad student majoring in History. One of the them was on the Open Door Policy towards China another was on American cruisers in the Pacific Fleet in December 1941. I certainly wasn't there in those times, however, after researching Archival materials, and reading many publications and documents on the subjects, I was able to compose credible works.
Because you were there, doesn't give you or anyone else the right to impugn my comments and observations on a whim. Where I'm wrong, let me know, based on objective reasoning and an organized critique. Then we'll discuss it. Ad hominem attacks aren't appropriate on any serious discussion board. You are to be saluted for the service that you provided in that war, which I readily do. But just because you were there doesn't mean that you have any key to all of the knowledge about the war, its background and the various actions that occurred.