Thursday, December 07, 2006

Lying Legion Chief Claims to be Vietnam Vet

It used to be that the membership of the American Legion consisted of veterans who were actually in a war on foreign soil. I don't know exactly when that changed, but you'd at least think that the Supreme Kommandant of that fine organization would be an actual war veteran.

But not one Paul Morin, who ran for the office using the statement in his official bio as "Morin is Vietnam veteran of the U.S. Army".

The closest Morin got to Vietnam was ... Fort Dix, NJ.

I've been a stickler over the years about who is and who is not a Vietnam veteran. To my way of thinking, if you weren't boots-on-the-ground, butt-in-the-air or feet-in-the-water, then you really can't call yourself a Vietnam veteran. Period. You are a Vietnam-era veteran. Not that there's anything wrong with that, let me make that perfectly clear. Those of us who were drafted had a chance to be sent anywhere. Several friends of mine who were drafted around the same time as me spent their time stateside, and a lucky few got to go to Germany. We were all in the service and we all served honorably. But they don't describe themselves as "Vietnam veterans".

Wannabes like Morin make a mockery of the service of real Vietnam vets and he ought to be ashamed of himself. This is yet another in a long line of reasons why I have never joined -- and will never join -- the American Legion, the VFW, etc.

4 Comments:

Vicki said...

Boo hoo, how hateful you sound.
Here is the apology website,
http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=77219
and here is a message I left elsewhere on another Veteran's blog who thought about his membership:

to the Legionnaire Zero Ponsdorf,
Sir, please keep your membership with The American Legion Family.
This organization not only represents our Veterans, such as yourself, but The American Legion AUXILIARY, including Senior members as well as the junior members who are the daughters and granddaughters of veterans and the SONS of The American Legion (SAL. The good we do is for our children, communities and our veterans. Please do not allow one man to speak for what we stand for and what we are committed to. The grants and donations to worthy causes help everyone, (including vfw veterans) and we need you to continue your membership in the world's largest patriotic organization in the world. Morin only has 8 months left as Commander. I feel sad that he has been demanding apologies from Kerry and Rangel and now our Veterans will need one from him.
My google alerts on The American Legion have been going crazy over this breaking news. Being the daughter of a retired USMC and very active in the Legion Family, I hope you consider to keep your membership and help make it a better place for all of us. Thanks.v.

Farnsworth said...

"Boo hoo how hateful you sound"???
Lady, get a clue: the name of this blog is One Pissed Off Veteran.
Screw Morin and the rest of the Legion. It was started after WWI by a bunch of rightwing racists and hate-mongerers intent on suppressing free speech and individual expression (see for example this article on the Red Scare) and hasn't done much in the way of relieving itself of that reputation over the years.
So what if it does some good work? Big deal. Mussolini made the trains run on time.
There are plenty of other veterans-oriented organizations out there that deserve my time and money much more than the rightwing Amerikkan Legion.
BTW, your link to the "apology" doesn't work; here's one that does. Read it and tell me if this is really an apology.

The Future Was Yesterday said...

I've been a stickler over the years about who is and who is not a Vietnam veteran. To my way of thinking, if you weren't boots-on-the-ground, butt-in-the-air or feet-in-the-water, then you really can't call yourself a Vietnam veteran.

Wish I could have given you your one free cruise up the Danang in the Tuna Cans (swifties), before you had to decide.:)

But I agree with what you are saying, and it's a G.D. disgrace of monumental proportions! And the A.L. and VFW can kiss my ass, as well. Good work here, pissed off or not.:)

UH1Charlie said...

Farnsy,
It's always been my understanding that membership in the American Legion did not mean you set a boot in a war zone. Here's what it says on American Legion National web site:"If you are on active duty today, anywhere in the world, or have served during any eligible war eras, you are a veteran and you're eligible to become a Legionnaire!"
To join the VFW the you would have to been there and done that. Nuff said.
I a member of the NRA myself, and a card carrying member of the American Civil Liberties Union, as well as being on the 'Terrorist Watch List'
Fucking ironic.
UH1Charlie
RVN 66-68