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"They had that thing going in Korea. That wasn't good. And then my brother, younger brother, was drafted in the Korean War. So he had an experience there. I wasn't involved in it, but my brother was. And then the Vietnam War, my son got involved in it, see. That's the way it goes."
     "But they had a slogan in World War I – 'The war to end all wars.' You probably heard that. And that's a good slogan to get us all psyched up you know so we'd go out there and fight for the country. But they shouldn't sell things that way. The human price is too great. I might sound un-American, but what I think they should do instead of settling their differences in combat and killing all the young people off – their young men, the cream of our crop – they should sit down at the table and negotiate. Do like we got Alaska and pay for it. And pay them so many million dollars. They go home happy and we go home happy. And we still have our young men alive. And we don't have the Veteran's Hospital all full of wounded individuals. That's terrible what these veterans put up with the rest of their lives. They have to live their whole life with one leg maybe. Or maybe even with the loss of two legs. That's a terrible life to live. And we can't put a price on that. You can't put a price on that."
     Question: "You didn't lose either your son or your brother?"
     "No. No, they all came home back again."
     Question: "That's good."

William Luebbe – Korea & Vietnam

   

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