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Silence Kills Okay class an authorative voice sounds out today we are going to talk about the Vietnam War A sea of dumbfounded faces stare the teacher down Does anyone know anything about the Vietnam War the voice continued to ask The sea of faces is motionless no true sign of coherence or understanding of the teachers words A hand is slowly raised and then called upon Thats when Pearl Harbor was bombed wasnt it answers an anonymous student Yeah Yeah voices out another student without raising a hand D-day was part of Vietnam too only vaguely knowing of what D-day is No No comes a voice from the back of the class Thats all from World War 2 A nod of agreement is shown by the teacher I know about Vietnam continues the student I saw a movie on it I think it was called Full Metal Jacket Todays students and young adults do not have the knowledge of the years that the Vietnam Conflict occupied Stories of what happened in the United States during that time are common and plentiful however those stories of what actually happened over seas in the trenches in the fields are not Students are forced to learn of these times through reading regular classroom history textbooks of which the author may be biased on one side of the war or another not giving a true sense of history Not to mention the typical textbook is not exactly the easiest of things to read thus influencing students to become uninterested With this in mind it is no wonder why there is so much confusion so many questions about the Vietnam Conflict And this is only part of one reason why the Veterans of Vietnam should tell their war stories No single experience can ever be completely passed on to another person by a story especially if the teller or author has not had the
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