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Paul Hardcastle – Nineteen – 1985


    In 1965 Vietnam seemed like just another foreign war, but it wasn’t
    It was different in many ways, as so were those that did the fighting
    In World War II the average age of the combat soldier was twenty-six
    In Vietnam he was nineteen
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    In Vietnam, he was nineteen

    The heaviest fighting of the past two weeks
    Continued today twenty-five miles northwest of Saigon

    I really wasn’t sure what was going on

    N-n-n-n-nineteen, nineteen
    N-nineteen, nineteenIn Vietnam the combat soldier typically served a twelve-month tour of duty
    But was exposed to hostile fire almost every day

    (N-n-n-n-nineteen) nineteen

    In Saigon a US military spokesman said today
    More than seven hundred enemy troops were killed last week
    In that sensitive border area
    In all of South Vietnam
    The enemy lost a total of two thousand six hundred eighty-nine soldiers

    All those who remember the war
    They won’t forget what they’ve seen
    Destruction of men in their prime
    Whose average age was nineteen


    According to a Veteran’s Administration study
    Half of the Vietnam combat veterans suffered From what psychiatrists call
    Post-traumatic stress disorder
    Many vets complain of alienation, rage, or guilt
    Some succumb to suicidal thoughts
    Eight to ten years after coming home
    Almost eight-hundred-thousand men
    Are still fighting the Vietnam War

    None of them received a hero’s welcome

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    N-n-n-n-n-ninteen, nineteen

    Purple heart, Saigon