General Westmoreland said: "I do not believe that the men who served in uniform in Vietnam have been given the credit they rightfully deserve. It was a difficult war against an unorthodox enemy." I agree with General Westmoreland, especially in light of those events when, last month, Vietnam veterans were dishonored when outlaw vandals desecrated the memorial.
I want to thank my colleague, Judge Carter, for introducing this resolution that deplores this despicable act. I'm glad to be a cosponsor of it.
It has also been said that in this war, Vietnam War, "all gave some, and some gave all." And the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial lists the names of over 58,000 Americans who gave all for their country. And of course the men and women who sacrificed their lives in Vietnam deserve better than what happened to the memorial that honors them.
The thugs who desecrated the wall ought to be tracked down and be brought to justice because justice is the one thing we should always find. I certainly know what I would do to them if I were still on the bench, and I'm sure Judge Carter would like to do the same if he caught them. Be that as it may, they should be brought before the bar of justice.
Many of the friends that I grew up with in Texas served in Vietnam, and there are five of their names on that wall. We can honor them today by passing this resolution and demanding justice.
It has been said that in the Vietnam War it cost our troops everything, and it cost the American public almost nothing. It's time for the American public, by standing up for this resolution, to stand up for our troops and honor their memory in Vietnam.
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