There’s always been that guilt

Written by Bob on July 12th, 2010

7 Comments so far ↓

  1. doug noble says:

    don’t feel guilty, feel lucky

  2. Bob says:

    I’ve always felt lucky and grateful to have what I have, while others died in combat on foreign soil never to experience the joys we all take for granted.

  3. Franklin Donahue says:


    I hope that you will lose that quilt, you did every thing that a true American hero could, it was their decision and not yours, you would have gone if they would have said so. I also had some guilt for awhile, I was turned down for having flat feet, could run faster than most who were drafted. I got to now some of the guys during the day long physicals before being drafted. When they told me to go home, they did not want me, I felt relief and knew my parents who were crying when I left would be happy, yet I felt that guilt that they were going and I was going home to a safe life. You at least served your country, you should be proud not guilty, I thank you for your service for all of us.

    I was a softball fast pitch pitcher for 26 years. at 69 years of age now I have a bad foot from the flat feet plus numerous other problems. I still have a good arm though, won the Worlds distance contest for disc golf distance throwing( 357ft. 10in ) for my age div. 60-69 . Competition can be addictive, I wish I could still play softball, but I would have to hit over the fence to get on at all.

    I want to wish you the best of luck in life and your sports, you have no reason to feel guilty, while I know that is not all that easy to do. I went to the traveling Vietnam wall to look up a team mate from school, stood there with tears streaming down my face, what a powerful emotional time that was. We should just Honor those that served and those that gave the supreme sacrifice and not let what we could not control play on our minds.

    God bless

    Franklin Donahue


  4. Jack Labor says:


    I too was a young lad of 18 that August of 1967. I found myself in Platoon 1061 and remember it as though it were yesterday, not 40+ years ago. I often wondered what ever happened to the rest of the Platoon. I recall Boots Turek, I ran into him ain Camp Pendleton after ITR. He’s the guy that gave me the nick name “Froggie”. Don’t feel any guilt about not making it to Nam. I did but waslucky enough to not end up in the bush the whole time. Take care.

    Your Fellow Boot Camp Alumni

    Jack Labor

  5. Bob says:

    Hi Jack, fellow 1061 alum, I hope all is going well for you. Pretty good here. Take care, Bob

  6. Roger and Lonna Beissel says:

    Bob Otto Kenyon MN I Just read something about you and the Vietnam War Just to let you know that we lost Whitie a year or so ago and today we just lost Boots today It would be great to hear from if you wish. ROGER Beissel

  7. Bob says:

    Roger and Lonna, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Whitie and Boots. As the years go by, that summer of 1967 was something special and that I will always remember. I will send you and email, and if you can give me your phone number, I will call you. Maybe next time I get home, we can get together for lunch. Hope all is well with you.

    Please give the families my sympathy when you see them.

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