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War Opinion Letter

April 18, 2011
By PaRaNoRmAl627 GOLD, Mountainside, New Jersey
PaRaNoRmAl627 GOLD, Mountainside, New Jersey
15 articles 0 photos 296 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Do what you want. If it's something you'll regret in the morning, sleep late."

My Dearest Darling Evelyn,

I love you so much. More than you can ever even begin to fathom. The day we said our vows was the happiest day of my life. Second only to the day your letter came telling me about the birth of our beautiful daughter Isabella. Seven pounds, eight ounces. I remember. Aren’t you proud of me for remembering? Please be proud, darling. No one is proud of me here. No one is proud of anyone fighting this pointless, pointless war.

Today I saw my first death. It was Adam. Yes, Adam from down the street. Adam from church. Amelia’s husband, Adam. He’s gone, Evelyn. He’s never coming back. God, he was so full of confidence. He thought he was going to be the last one standing. We all believed him too. Why wouldn’t we? He was always so strong. Even on the worst of days, he could find a reason to smile. I’m gonna miss him so much. How will the rest of the platoon get by without him? Why should I even bother going on, Evelyn? If Adam couldn’t make it through this war, none of us will. It’s over for me, baby. I’d rather die on my own terms than be brutally murdered by an enemy who doesn’t even understand why we’re here.

You see sweetheart, they told us at home that if we went into this war, we would come out heroes. They didn’t tell us that we would watch our friends and neighbors be blown to bits by hateful, wicked weapons of unimaginable force. They didn’t tell us that we wouldn’t be able to go home for our mothers’ funerals. No one said that we would be killing innocent people just because they lived in the same barely-habitable village as someone who might be Vietcong. No one told me that mothers would hand me their children strapped with bombs. Think about the look on a child’s face in that instant before the bomb goes off. Think of the desperation of the civilians. It makes me sick to my stomach. I can’t do it anymore, Evelyn. I’m not fighting for America anymore. I’m fighting for my sanity. Darling I haven’t slept in weeks and weeks. The dreams I have aren’t nightmares. They’re night terrors. I wake up screaming, sometimes sobbing, drenched in sweat that I can’t wash away because there’s no lake to bathe in nearby. All of my terrors are soaked in my skin. Even if I could wash them off, where would they go?

And after all that, no one is proud of us. I got a letter from a friend who went on R&R for a few days. He said he got spit on at the airport. Someone threw food at him and yelled obscenities at him. What kind of country do we live in? What kind of world is this, honey? I’ve killed people. There are people who have died; there are families who are in mourning because of a gun that I fired. I went through that mental torture for my ignorant, selfish country. I hope they’re happy. This is the end for me. Tell Isabella that I love her, and I wish I could’ve gotten to meet her. Don’t tell her about the horrors of war. Don’t let her ever find out. Protect my little princess no matter what.

Most importantly, Evelyn, please don’t ever doubt that you are and always were the love of my life. I don’t want to put you through the mental anguish that I’ve gone through when I get home. There’s a condition called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that would keep me from living a normal life after I got home. You have a brand new baby to take care of. You can’t be responsible for me too. I’ll be there looking down on you every single night. I’ll keep you and Bella out of harm’s way. But by the time you get this letter, it’ll be too late. The gun that my dad gave me on our first hunting trip is sitting right on my left. Remember? I had you send it to me because the ones that they gave us were so unreliable. America is also unreliable. But my dad’s gun was always there when I needed it. I love you darling, and I hope you and Isabella live a very happy and fulfilling life. I can’t wait to watch it from heaven.
All my love,

The author's comments:
This was a piece for English. The assignment was to convey our opinions about war through a form of creative writing. I chose to write a letter from the point of view of a soldier in the Vietnam War.

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on Jul. 28 2011 at 5:00 pm
SammyMarshall SILVER, Moreno Valley, California
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the story i wrote is still pending but when it comes out itll be a hit, nothing like yours though

on Jul. 28 2011 at 4:53 pm
PaRaNoRmAl627 GOLD, Mountainside, New Jersey
15 articles 0 photos 296 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Do what you want. If it's something you'll regret in the morning, sleep late."

thankss! :)

on Jul. 28 2011 at 4:18 pm
SammyMarshall SILVER, Moreno Valley, California
5 articles 0 photos 12 comments
what a wonderful story, you know how to write for sure, check out my story youll love it rate it 5 please thanks to all

. said...
on Jul. 24 2011 at 11:22 pm
i did ;) she said it was "haunting" but the assignment was only worth 24 points lol. thanks for reading :) glad you enjoyed itt!

on Jul. 24 2011 at 9:46 pm
MonaLisaSmile GOLD, North Liberty, Indiana
19 articles 1 photo 15 comments

Favorite Quote:
Reality is a lovely place, but I wouldn't want to live there. --Adam Young

Oh my goodness. Gorgeous. I hope you got an A+++++++ on that English assignment! Love this. Adding to favorites right now.

. said...
on Jul. 24 2011 at 4:48 pm
thanks so muchh! glad you enjoyed itt :)

. said...
on Jul. 24 2011 at 4:47 pm
thank you so muuuchh!

on Jul. 24 2011 at 4:26 pm
Hazel-daisy GOLD, --, Other
19 articles 0 photos 324 comments

Favorite Quote:
It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else - Erna Bombeck

In three words i can sum up everything I've learned in life: it goes on -Robert Frost

Live, Love, Laugh - ______

Hope, Love, breathe <3 - Me

wow, this is actually amazing. Its so realistic and heartbreakingly sad. But this is soooo good and honestly this should be in the magazine so i wish you all the best of luck on getting published!!! 5/5 :)

on Jul. 24 2011 at 3:32 pm
just-another-url GOLD, Cannes, Other
16 articles 6 photos 151 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It's a good thing to be strange. Normalness leads to sadness." -Philip Lester

omg... *-speechless-* 

rated 5/5 :0 good luck on being published !

. said...
on Jul. 24 2011 at 1:39 pm
thanks! :)

on Jul. 24 2011 at 11:07 am
MidnightFire PLATINUM, Lincoln, Illinois
40 articles 6 photos 239 comments

Favorite Quote:
'Dream as if you will live forever, live as if you'll die tomorrow.'
for my sister: 'when life gives me lemons ... i eat them'
'do not be afraid, be faithful'
'God is not safe, but He's good'

Wow. that was writed so well. Its so sad and great (written wise) at the same time.  I hope it gets published :)

L. said...
on Jul. 22 2011 at 10:35 pm
thank youu!

L. said...
on Jul. 22 2011 at 10:35 pm
im flatteredd :D thank you so much for readingg!

on Jul. 22 2011 at 2:17 pm
DaylightDarkness SILVER, Littleton, Colorado
9 articles 0 photos 102 comments

Favorite Quote:
Everyone's crazy. You know why? We all want to be normal. Well, we cant define normal, and, the people you can point at and say, well isn't he/she normal are rare. Doesnt that kind of defeat the pupose of normal? -My Friend

I think this basically summs it up... I was teary by the end, and I've only ever cried because of something I've read twice before in my life.

on Jul. 22 2011 at 11:27 am
Delictious GOLD, Lubbock, Texas
16 articles 5 photos 151 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I would like to be remembered as a woman who did the best she could with the talent she had."

It was beautifully written, I really loved the line in the beginning : Aren’t you proud of me for remembering? When you were talking about how much the baby weighed. I could fell the sorrow and how much he wanted to know that baby. The whole piece was very sad, but very well written! Great job!

Nicole L. said...
on Jul. 22 2011 at 9:20 am
oh definitely lol i hate making up titles. all of my titles are awful. im glad you enjoyed it though, thanks for reading :)

on Jul. 22 2011 at 12:52 am
sophietle BRONZE, Houston, Texas
4 articles 3 photos 33 comments

Favorite Quote:
"As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters." - Seneca

Re the question about Vietcong vs. Viet Cong, both are actually valid. Most Vietnamese will say Viet Cong because Vietnamese is spoken in one-syllable words, but back in the day Americans strung the two words together into "Vietcong" and it sort of stuck. So either word works. Hope that helped.

leafy said...
on Jul. 21 2011 at 8:43 pm
leafy, City, Other
0 articles 0 photos 682 comments

Favorite Quote:
Gil: I would like you to read my novel and get your opinion. 
Ernest Hemingway: I hate it. 
Gil: You haven't even read it yet. 
Ernest Hemingway: If it's bad, I'll hate it. If it's good, then I'll be envious and hate it even more. You don't want the opinion of another writer. 

this is sad. but awesome, very well written. my only suggestion is a better title, but i can understand that, lol i've been known to make awful titles :) keep up the nice work! 4 1/2 out of 5

on Jul. 21 2011 at 7:55 pm
PaRaNoRmAl627 GOLD, Mountainside, New Jersey
15 articles 0 photos 296 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Do what you want. If it's something you'll regret in the morning, sleep late."

thank you soooooo muchh! i really appreciate itt!

on Jul. 21 2011 at 7:37 pm
Alex_Durham GOLD, Vineland, New Jersey
14 articles 1 photo 234 comments

Favorite Quote:
Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Awwwwww. This made me cry. I loved it so much, I'm favoriting it!!!! You're an absolutely AMAZING writer! The sentence fluency was wonderful and I loved how everything fit perfectly together. Great job!!!