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“After 40 years the scream still lingers and I can not stop it with my fingers I cry and try to blot…”

After 40 years the scream still lingers
and I can not stop it with my fingers
I cry and try to blot out their faces
accusing eyes from so many places

As an Army Medic I failed to deliver a Duty of Care
to those now gone and to some who still wither
On the cross of dismissal and nails of deceit
a lingering despair I struggle to defeat

Too many slow deaths from deliberate neglect
whilst those in charge pontificate on bedecked
Dripping gongs for services so inadequately rendered
whilst those in need are ignored as intended.

“Why The Scream Lingers”, by John ‘Doc’ Mountain.
John ‘Doc’ Mountain served as a medic with Victor 5 Company in Vietnam, 1970-71. (via uss-edsall)

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Photograph of US Soldier Corporal Ralph Nicholls Searches Jungle for Viet Cong, 1/14/1966. NARA 66956458 

uss-edsall:Photograph of a UH1D Helicopter Landing at the…

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Photograph of a UH1D Helicopter Landing at the Battalion Command Post, 9/6/1967. NARA 66953625 

uss-edsall: Photograph of Henry I. Willey Firing a M-148 XM…

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Photograph of Henry I. Willey Firing a M-148 XM Rifle into a Valley, 9/8/1967.  NARA 66955094

uss-edsall:Photograph of UH1C Gun Ship Air Lifted and Evacuated,…

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Photograph of UH1C Gun Ship Air Lifted and Evacuated, 10/19/1967. NARA 66620965 

uss-edsall:New Zealand gunner in Saigon, Vietnam, being…

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New Zealand gunner in Saigon, Vietnam, being presented a garland of flowers by a woman from the South Vietnamese Army, during an official welcome ceremony for the artillery unit. Photograph taken by an unidentified photographer for the Associated Press Limited, circa 5 August 1965.

uss-edsall: Sailors from the HMNZS Taranaki in the foreground,…

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Sailors from the HMNZS Taranaki in the foreground, with police and anti Vietnam war protesters, at the opening of Parliament in Wellington, in 1969. The demonstrators hold signs, and banners, asking for the withdrawal of United States and New Zealand troops from Vietnam. Photograph taken for the Evening Post newspaper by an unidentified photographer.

uss-edsall: July 26, 1968. Two 1st Cavalry Division LRP teams,…

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July 26, 1968. Two 1st Cavalry Division LRP teams, Quang Tri, Vietnam.

“For Mrs. Na” by W.D. Ehrhart in From Both Sides Now: The…

“For Mrs. Na” by W.D. Ehrhart in From Both Sides Now: The Poetry of the Vietnam War and Its Aftermath edited by Philip Mahony.

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