The Vietnam War???? Women of The Century?????

janefondajanefonda2The article I have attached below came via an email. You know the type, the sender asks you to read and then forward to as many people as possible. I sometimes forward if I find them funny or worthy to share, I hate the inane ones that do not qualify as either funny or interesting, those are quickly sent to trash. The letter here has me a little confused, not sure if its completely accurate or true. I do know the Vietnam war was protested on a huge scale all across the USA. I know that many young men fled north into Canada to avoid the draft. The loss of life was dreadful,you just have to visit the Vietnam Wall memorial. What did it achieve? nothing that seems to have been recorded in history. Just a terrible waste of lives and a destruction of a country. One high profile protester was Jane Fonda and I have added two photos of here sitting in an enemy anti air craft gun emplacement in Hanoi. I’m not sure how this was supposed to help the POW’s or end the war. However, it clearly places her in the enemy camp and hardly sitting at a table for peace talks. I’m not sure who is right or who is wrong, though I tend to lean in favour of the veterans. The question I’m posing is this, Should Jane Fonda be given the honour of USA “100 Women of the Century”, as is rumoured at the White House????Because of so much doubt, My vote would be NO. What do you think??


I  am sending this one out because so many do not know this  truth…

Barbara  Walters said:   Thank you all. Many died in Vietnam for our  freedoms.  I did not like Jane Fonda then and
I  don’t like her now.
She  can lead her present life the way she wants and perhaps SHE can forget the  past, but we DO NOT have to stand by without comment and see her  “honoured” as a “Woman of the  Century.”

For  those who served and/or died. . .   NEVER FORGIVE A TRAITOR.
and now President Obama wants to honour  her……!!!!
In  Memory of LT. C.Thomsen Wieland who spent 100 days at  the
Hanoi  Hilton [Famous North Vietnam  Prison]
This  is for all the kids born in the 70’s and after who do not remember, and  didn’t have to bear the burden that our fathers, mothers and older brothers and sisters had to  bear.
Jane  Fonda is being honoured as one of the  ‘100 Women of the  Century.’

Unfortunately,  many have forgotten and still countless others have never known how Ms.  Fonda betrayed not  only the idea of our country, but specific men who served and sacrificed  during the Vietnam War.

The  first part of this is from an F-4E pilot.  The pilot’s name is Jerry  Driscoll, a River Rat.
In  1968, the former Commandant of the USAF Survival School was a POW in Ho Lo  Prison the ‘ Hanoi Hilton.’
Dragged  from a stinking cesspit of a cell, cleaned, fed, and dressed in clean  PJ’s, he was ordered to describe for a  visiting  American ‘Peace Activist’ the ‘lenient and humane treatment’ he’d  received.
He  spat at Ms. Fonda, was clubbed, and was dragged  away.
During  the subsequent beating, he fell forward on to the camp Commandant ‘s feet,  which sent that officer  berserk.
In  1978, the Air Force Colonel still suffered from double vision (which  permanently ended his flying career) from  the  Commandant’s frenzied application of a wooden  baton.

From  1963-65, Col. Larry Carrigan was in the 47FW/DO  (F-4E’s).
He  spent 6 years in the ‘Hanoi Hilton’…the first three of which his family  only knew he was ‘missing in  action’.
His wife lived on faith that he was still alive. His group,  too, got  the cleaned-up, fed and clothed routine  in preparation  for a  ‘peace delegation’  visit.
They, however, had time and devised a plan to get word to the  world  that they were alive and still survived.
Each  man secreted a  tiny piece of paper, with his Social Security Number  on it, in the palm of his hand.
When  paraded before Ms. Fonda and a cameraman, she walked the line, shaking  each man’s hand and asking little encouraging snippets like: ‘Aren’t you  sorry you bombed babies?’and  ‘Are you grateful for the humane treatment from your benevolent captors?’  Believing  this HAD to be an act, they each palmed her their sliver of  paper.
She  took them all without missing a  beat.
At the end of the line and once the camera stopped rolling, to  the  shocked disbelief of the POWs,  she  turned to the officer in  charge and handed him all the little pieces  of paper…

Three  men died from the subsequent  beatings.Colonel Carrigan was almost number four but he survived,  which is  the only reason we know of her actions that  day.

I was a civilian economic development advisor in Vietnam , and was captured  by the North Vietnamese communists  in  South Vietnam in 1968, and held prisoner for over 5  years.
I spent 27 months in solitary confinement; one year in a cage in Cambodia ;  and one year in a ‘black box’ in Hanoi  ….
My  North Vietnamese captors deliberately poisoned and murdered a female  missionary, a nurse in a leprosarium in BanmeThuot , South Vietnam , whom I  buried in the jungle near the Cambodian border.  At  one time, I weighed only about 90  lbs.   (My normal weight is 170 lbs)

We  were Jane Fonda’s ‘war  criminals….’

When  Jane Fonda was in Hanoi , I was asked by the camp communist political  officer if I would be willing to meet
with  her. I said yes, for I wanted to tell her about the real treatment we POWs  received… and how different it was  from  the treatment purported by the North Vietnamese, and parroted by her as  ‘humane and lenient..’
Because  of this, I spent three days on a rocky floor on my knees, with my arms  outstretched with a large steel weight  placed  on my hands, and beaten with a bamboo  cane.
I  had the opportunity to meet with Jane Fonda soon after I was released. I  asked her if she would be willing to  debate  me on TV..    She  never did answer me.

These first-hand experiences do not exemplify someone who  should be  honoured as part of ‘100 Years of Great  Women.’
Lest  we forget….’ 100 Years of Great Women’ should never include a traitor  whose hands are covered with the blood  of  so many patriots.
There  are few things I have strong visceral reactions to, but Hanoi Jane’s  participation in blatant treason, is one of them.
USAF  716 Maintenance Squadron,
Chief  of Maintenance DSN: 875-6431 COMM:  883-634


There it is folks! Do you think Jane Fonda should be so honoured? It seems to me if there is even the slightest doubt about her actions the answer must be a firm NO

God Bless and keep reading.

About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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