Mango Salsa wrote:On day 1 of my junior year in high school my history teacher said "Open your book to page --- and read the paragraph at the top of the page." It was one paragraph on the Vietnam war. He then said "Close your book and put it away. You wont need it again." He, it turns out, was a former Green Beret who served in 'nam and we spent the first half of the year on nothing but Vietnam. The second half of the year we studied WWII.
I made sure to get him again my senior year and we spent THE WHOLE YEAR on the American Civil War. Mr Harris, you were awesome. :thumbsup:
I had two experiences like that in college. One was a Vietnam War history class that was taught by someone who was also a professor at the U.S. Army War College. She brought in a variety of combat veterans who spoke about their experiences, including one flag officer in the Army who began having a flashback while recounting the story of blue-on-blue air bombardment. That was..... intense. One of the other speakers was a Penn State alum, which was cool. But what was more cool was that he was the last new SEAL sent in-country in like 1972 or whatever it was. He was only a captain, because he had a penchant for speaking his mind, particularly in the way SEALs were mis-used in combat by Higher Authority. He had some particularly choice words for the way Operation: Just Cause was planned and executed. And keep in mind, this was only maybe five or six years after the fact. Anyway, he was awesome.
The other experience was in my history of Nazism and fascism class. The penultimate lecture was a Holocaust survivor. And I find that I'm having a hard time typing now that I am recalling his story in more detail, so I'll stop for now.