General Zinni’s 2012 Salute to Vietnam Veterans

General Zinni’s 2012 Salute to Vietnam Veterans at The Marines’ Memorial Club on March 8, 2012.

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I am a United States Navy Veteran. I served during the Vietnam War from 1973-1975. I was an Aviation Structural Mechanic "E". I was raised in South Boston "Southie" Massachusetts and I now live in Lancaster, MA. My interests are photography, sailing, building and repairing computers, cars, the great outdoors, traveling and now website design. I recently graduated Mount Wachusetts Community College, I received an Associate of Science Degree in Automotive Technology. I have attended Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston State Collage and Massasoit Community College. I have a CompTIA "A+" Certificate and a CHDP title. I have retired from The Department of Revenue where I was a System Analyst. I have worked for HP under contract to The Bank of America as a Field Engineer.
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3 Responses to General Zinni’s 2012 Salute to Vietnam Veterans

  1. rdf67 says:

    June 6, 2012 – Vietnam Vets were turned away from the Wall due to a five hour delay while the President spoke to a select group of invitees. The news has not covered it – but it did happen. Tom Waskow, a retired USAF Lt General, posted “Thousands of Vietnam veterans gathering like us with wreaths in hand to recognize our fallen and turned away so that a politician could give a speech. Most of us had been there when Reagan spoke, Bush 41 and 43 had spoken, even Clinton, although most of us turned our backs on him in one of the largest, silent protests ever…seen by everyone…stinging in its impact…totally unreported by the media…but even then, we were not turned away.”
    “Shut out, we met next to a hot dog stand under a shade tree and held our semi-annual ritual for our fallen. Later that day, one of our men stayed behind and saw to it that the wreath was placed at that section of the Wall where we lost the most during the war. We won every battle in that war and were denied victory. We had to listen to an illiterate world say that we had lost our war. Our troops suffered more degradation, insult, hatred, and disgust from our countrymen than all other US troops from all wars combined. We came home to a country that didn’t want us…and to many countrymen who loathed us…but yet we persevered. Today…was just one more cut…but it was a cut that will not heal any time soon. Wayne”

    • jbarry says:

      There is much to be read about this incident. I googled it and there are quite a few hit and verifications of this treatment of Vietnam Vets on Memorial Day. I do want to point out that as far as I can see…there was absolutely NO network coverage of this. Not even the right wing news services reported this incident.

      Good post. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

    • jbarry says:

      A little info on LT. General Tom Waskow. Here’s his bio…(not mentioned was his 282 combat missions in Vietnam.)

      Lieutenant General Tom Waskow, USAF (ret)
      Previous Experience

      Commander United States Forces Japan and Commander 5th Air Force, Yokota AB Japan
      Director of Operations, Pacific Air Force Headquarters, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
      Commander 13th Air Force, Anderson AFB, Guam

      Lieutenant General Tom Waskow retired in 2005 from a 35 year career in the United States Air Force where he held a wide variety of command and staff positions. His last assignment was as Commander US Forces, Japan (USFJ) and Commander 5th Air Force at Yokota Air Base, Japan. Previously he was the Director of Air and Space Operations for Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) and was responsible for ensuring the combat capabilities of USAF assets assigned to PACAF. On the morning of the 11th of September 2001 following the terrorists attacks in the CONUS, he was one of three Air Force General Officers assigned the mission of command for the air sovereignty over the airspace structure in the United States, OPERATION NOBLE EAGLE.

      Lt Gen Waskow has extensive experience in all facets of strategic, operational and tactical planning and execution of air operations. He has a broad range of international experience having spent 19 years overseas with command assignments in Europe and Asia. As Chief of Staff of NATOs AIRSOUTH, he directed air operations in Bosnia, and as PACAF Director of Operations, he was responsible for standing up the PACAF Falconer Air Operations Center. He also has extensive experience in supporting Humanitarian operations in Europe and Asia. As Commander USFJ, he was the major force provider for the US support to the Indian Ocean Tsunami relief operation in 2004.

      A command pilot, Lt Gen Waskow has over 4,500 hours of flying time including over 900 hours of combat time and 2,200 hours in the F-15. Additionally, he was selected as a Senior Executive Fellow at Harvard and a Seminar XXI Fellow at MIT.

      After leaving active duty, he worked as Vice President for Strategic Development for an IT company where he was responsible for resource allocation, organizational restructuring, and human relations planning.


      Lt Gen Waskow has a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the US Air Force Academy. He also has a M.S. in Business Management from Central Michigan University. He attended the National War College prior to serving on the Joint Staff for the Pentagon.

      Here is another great man, that I would love to see run for President.

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