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Anytime it was advertised that I was going to be at a particular place, the radicals would be there, the cameras with TV news.
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As the senior commander in Vietnam, I was aware of the potency of public opinion - and I worried about it.
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By the end of the summer of 1973 I thought it was virtually impossible for South Vietnam to survive. How in the heck could they?
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I do not believe that the men who served in uniform in Vietnam have been given the credit they deserve. It was a difficult war against an unorthodox enemy.
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I don't take criticism lying down.
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I don't think I have been loved by my troops, but I think I have been respected.
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I get a tremendous quantity of mail from all over the world. I get three or four invitations a week to speak.
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I haven't yet figured out how I was made first captain, because I was not an outstanding student. I was an adequate student.
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I was fascinated with the European countries.
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I was participating in my own lynching, but the problem was I didn't know what I was being lynched for.
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I was raised in a disciplined family. My father graduated from The Citadel and was on the board of trustees. I went there for one year.
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I wrote A Soldier Reports. I tried to tell a factual story.
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I wrote that book because a lot of the American people don't understand the military, don't understand the orientation.
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I've made this statement many times: If I would have to do it over again, I would have made known the forthcoming Tet Offensive.
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If by actions they realize you're the old man and dedicated to taking care of them, it takes on the aspects of a paternal relationship.
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In the end, we lost IndoChina to the communists. But we did not lose Southeast Asia.
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In World War II, you got people from across social and geographical sections of the country.
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It became very clear that Hanoi was in effect strategically running the Viet Cong operation.
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It's taken 20 years to reorient those attitudes, and I think we have come a long way toward reorienting that understanding.
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It's the first war we've ever fought on the television screen and the first war that our country ever fought where the media had full reign.
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Militarily, we succeeded in Vietnam. We won every engagement we were involved in out there.
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Most of the units called up in reserves are in a kind of support role and not necessarily on the front line.
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Mother was very religious. She read a portion of the Bible every morning at breakfast.
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My father wanted me to be a lawyer. He had aspired to be a lawyer.
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My father was never in the military, but he had an admiration for the military and an appreciation that it was not a narrow profession.
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My wife was my greatest asset. I didn't marry her until after World War II, but she has complemented me in every job I've ever had.
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Over a period of time you get an intuitive sense of judgment that evolves where you can spot leaders.
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President Johnson did not want the Vietnam War to broaden. He wanted the North Vietnamese to leave their brothers in the South alone.
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Television is an instrument which can paralyze this country.
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The education level of the troops was affected by our environment and our educational system.
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The last man in the world who should have been criticized was the American soldier. They should have criticized me.
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The military don't start wars. Politicians start wars.
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The military lead turbulent lives, but they are people like everybody else.
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The people in Washington understood from a military standpoint that a restraint was inevitably going to prolong the war.
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The political structure of South Vietnam was rather shaky at the time, because nobody knew from day to day who was running the country.
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The price that the enemy was prone to pay greatly exceeded our expectations.
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The strategy came from Hanoi. There was little we could do about it.
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The unit I was in before World War II, the men were basically illiterate.
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The United States moved into Saigon as the French were moving out. I don't believe there was a great appreciation in our country.
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The Vietnam memorial is a masterpiece. The names of the dead are listed there, chronologically. Just the names.
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This was a type of war that we'd had no experience with before. Some of our policies were kind of trial and error in character.
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Vietnam was the first war ever fought without any censorship. Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.
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War is fear cloaked in courage.
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We had advisers down to battalion level within the Vietnamese military structure.
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We had the best food any battlefield ever had.
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We moved in to help the Vietnamese defend their country and confront the Viet Cong.
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We were not the aggressors. We were not going to be party to enlarging the war.
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We were succeeding. When you looked at specifics, this became a war of attrition. We were winning.
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We're not tired of traveling. It's a way of life, there's nothing novel about it.
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When a man is injured, longevity is measured in minutes, and the quicker you can get him into the hands of medical personnel, the better.
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When I retired in 1972, my number 1 mission was to talk to veterans and the American public to get this matter in some perspective.
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When I took command in Vietnam, I gave great emphasis to food and medical care - and to the mail.
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When the soldiers came home from Vietnam, there were no parades, no celebrations. So they built the Vietnam Memorial for themselves.
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Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.
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You were always looking for young men who would be potential officers, who you would push to go to Officer Candidate School.
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