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jinelson
12-27-06, 04:41 PM
I never really gave President Gerald Ford the respect that I should have. After all he wasent elected and only came into power when President Nixon disgraced himself, then he gave him an uncondition pardon which made no sence to me. He was also the CIC that I could blame for losing Vietnam. Upon hearing of his passing I did some net reading about him and found a letter that he wrote to Marine MSgt Colin Broussard USMC. MSgt Broussard served as a member of the Ambassador Graham Martin's Personal Security Unit (PPSU) in Saigon, Republic of Vietnam during the Fall of Saigon, officially known as 'Operation Frequent Wind'. During 'Operation Frequent Wind' MSgt (then SSgt) Broussard was assigned as an escort and driver for Ambassador Graham Martin. He left South Vietnam at the side of Ambassador Martin on the third chopper out. Operation Frequent Wind was not what I believed to be an honorable mission back in those days but the years of time have softened my prespective some what. After reading how history remembers President Ford and his words to a Marine (below from
http://www.fallofsaigon.org/ ) I owe him an apology, he was only human and did the best that he could when thrust into a horrendous mess.

Rest In Peace Sir

Semper Fidelis

Jim


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thedrifter
12-27-06, 04:48 PM
Rest In Peace

Ellie

FistFu68
12-27-06, 04:55 PM
:usmc: S/SGT!YOU ARE ONE HONEST,SON;OF A GUN!!!S/F~FIST!!!:usmc:

thedrifter
12-27-06, 04:59 PM
:usmc: S/SGT!YOU ARE ONE HONEST,SON;OF A GUN!!!S/F~FIST!!!:usmc:

I agree...;)

Ellie

Camper51
12-27-06, 05:16 PM
:usmc: S/SGT!YOU ARE ONE HONEST,SON;OF A GUN!!!S/F~FIST!!!:usmc:

I'll second that motion...

FistFu68
12-27-06, 05:17 PM
:usmc: I DIDN'T FORGET YOU,PRESIDENT FORD!MAY YOU REST IN PEACE,SIR!:iwo:

greensideout
12-27-06, 05:53 PM
Good post Jim! I felt much the same as you back then. I even voted for the "peanut farmer".

May President Ford Rest In Peace

10thzodiac
12-27-06, 10:01 PM
Good post Jim! I felt much the same as you back then. I even voted for the "peanut farmer".

May President Ford Rest In Peace

Ditto !