'Vietnam Vet' really wasn't

Thursday, January 24, 2019

A caller this morning pointed out that a caption on a photo on page 3 of Wednesday’s edition is apparently incorrect. Omaha tribe elder Nate Phillips, involved in a video recording of a confrontation with a Catholic boys school student at a demonstration in Washington, has described himself as a Vietnam vet. Since the incident put him in the spotlight, however, critics have determined that while he was a Marine during the Vietnam war, he was never actually deployed to Vietnam. Calling him a Vietnam vet is disrespectful to actual Vietnam vets, the caller said.

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  • Actually Nathan Phillips served in the US Marine Corps during the years of the Vietnam Conflict. According to the rules of the Department of Defense, he is entitled to be called a "Vietnam Era Veteran." Your editorial did a disservice to an American patriot.

    -- Posted by Virginia B Trail on Wed, Jan 30, 2019, at 1:44 PM
  • Um, sure. His most important job was to keep AC and refrigeration units going. And by his records, he was AWOL most of that time.

    -- Posted by Dudley Dawson on Thu, Jan 31, 2019, at 6:17 PM
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