Marty the1Nam Vet

middle-age American living in New Jersey near the Lincoln Tunnel «« Tony’s jaw drops creating an expression of man smitten by a woman that the internet will love eternally. With Manolo driving home that night Manny reminds Tony, “a year ago we were in cages”. Manny is referring to their immigration from Cuba to Miami, and in this text I’ll draw a connection to US Veteran’s of the Vietnam War. Tony replies, “you [Manny] remember I’m tryin’ to forget that”. In that Hollywood moment it is crystal clear why Manny wants to remember hardship, and Tony wants not to remember hardship. From the Nam Vets I know some are like Manny, and most are like Tony. Marty Werenski is the only Nam Vet who recalls and talks about Nam voluntarily and clearly. Marty was a supervisor of the Nabisco bakery in Philadelphia that employed us just before its change to Kraft, and later closed. I split during the Kraft switch, and Marty probably stayed to the end. The pleasure of being able to wish Marty a Happy Nam Vet’s Day today would feel good, but he’s out of reach. Marty told of being kids with no service goals of their own. With hand radios they called coordinates to a ship, and the ship launched missiles based on those coordinates, and then Marty and his comrades would listen as the missiles would pass overhead. Tony and Manolo have good reason to selectively remember hardship as do all Nam Vets, so I don’t wish more people were like Marty about Nam. ¿Wish? no, rather a feeling of gratitude to have that one moment with Marty Werenski. »» about me 302-990-2346 contact us

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middle-age American living in New Jersey near the Lincoln Tunnel
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