Born and Died – In the USA | Veterans Today
…..The song walks a tightrope between the greatness and the harsh realities of America. It is a mirror held to our collective faces. It asks, “How long are you going to let this go on?”
Gordon Duff is the only person here at VT who has endured more bayonet charges than he can remember during his visit to Vietnam in 1969. His retrospection of these events has an analogy to Springsteen’s message in Born in the USA.
In Gordon’s case, he is and always will be proud to be a Marine.
But if you asked him what did he while he was in Vietnam he might tell you with his truth scalpel that he killed impoverished, illiterate, oriental agricultural workers who were deemed a national security threat to the United States.
And why?…so a lot of politically connected and corrupt defense companies could make a fortune. There is no pride in the delivery, only the truth.
Author and fellow Marine William Manchester touched on this mental juggling art in his Goodbye Darkness, literally a personal exorcism book he wrote to purge his own WWII demons. I highly recommend it, only $12 now, and simply riveting.
He quotes F. Scott Fitzgerald’s test for a first rate intelligence: ‘The ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” Gordon can also hold forth on this magic trick, also……….
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