Paper: Souls of the Living Dead,Cries from the Vietnam War

Justin Massaro Period 4 5/5/00 Souls of the Living Dead The Vietnam War is truly one of the most unique wars ever fought by the United States or by any country. It was never officially declared a war. It had no official beginning or an Official end. It was fought over 10,000 miles away in a virtually unknown country. The enemy and the allies looked exactly alike, and may by day be friends, but by night become enemies. It matched the tried and true tactics of World War Two against a hide, run, and shoot technique known as “Guerrilla Warfare". It matched some of the best trained soldiers in the world against largely an untrained militia of untrained farmers. After my interview with Evan Massaro, | discovered many intresting details about Vietnam that | never knew before. Evan was born in Orange County in Southern California in 1955. He is now 44 years old and works as a massage therapist in St. Helena, Ca. While he was growing up, Evan witnessed Vietnam in full force. When he was in 6th grade, Evan did a report on Vietnam for a school project. The Draft ended when evan was 17. | was very nervous about being drafted, Because | REALLY didnt want to go to Vietnam. Although Evan wasnt affected physically by Vietnam, he witnessed the all of the bloodshead and gore on the daily news. One of the most horrific things about the reporters in Vietnam was the body count. So morale for the war would stay at a peak, the news agentcies would set up a kill ratio of U.S. soldiers: VC killed. The U.S.A. was in a political death match, and military struggle in Vietnam from 1959 to 1975. It began as a determined attempt by Communist guerrillas (the so-called Vietcong) in the South, backed by Communist North Vietnam, to overthrow the government of South Vietnam. The struggle widened into a war between South Vietnam and North Vietnam and ultimately into a limited international conflict. The United States and some 40 other countries supported South Vietnam by supplying troops and munitions, and the USSR and the People's Republic of China furnished munitions to North Vietnam and the Vietcong. On both sides, however, the burden of the war fell mainly on the civilians. Evan, like most people believed that the U.S.A. was fighting the war for the wrong reasons. The media had transformed Evan, like many other Americans into anti war activists, through horrific pictures that played daily on the news. The number of vets that commited suicide, equals the number of soldiers killed in Vietnam. Although Vietnam was fought for the wrong reasons, Evan believes that something had to be done to stop the spread of communism. ...