Proud to serve our country
I read the recent article about Jim Arneson and his refusal of induction into the military service with interest – and disgust. The tone of the article seemed to broadly hint that his was a brave act. Many would disagree. Further, an endorsement by his co-worker, an Air Force weatherman who served “in support of combat operations” is not very credible. As a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, I can tell you that few non-combatants have the same perspective as the line troops, regardless of branch of service.
Many disagreed with the Vietnam War, but recognized that their duty was to serve when called. A far more heroic figure than Mr. Arneson is one of my high school friends who was not only drafted, but was drafted into the Marines. He served at the DMZ, fought in Operation Buffalo as a machine gunner and survived intense combat, hand to hand at times. I’ve lost contact with Duane, but at our last contact, he was proud of his action.
My all Marine children and son-in-law have participated in numerous deployments, Marine Expeditionary Units, Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom (twice) and the War in Afghanistan. I cannot imagine any of them refusing to serve, even if they disagreed with the politics.
Dave Leonard, USMC