It Was All About Someone Loving Another

The war had been going on for more than ten years and Jacob was on his last tour of duty. This would be his final year of fighting an enemy that just couldn’t be defeated. Three tours in the rugged mountains had brought him two purple hearts and numerous other injuries, but he asked to be reassigned to the war torn region for the third time. He felt like he had not accomplished what he had set out to do even though his country was pulling out. There was something in his heart that would not allow him to leave without saying good-bye to someone he loved so much.Towards the end of his first tour his company had been walking through a village when he spotted a young child sitting by the trail. There were no parents around to guide him away from the passing group of soldiers that were on their way up the mountain to engage with the enemy. Jacob pulled out a candy bar and gave it to the four year old boy. The candy bar was gone within seconds and it lead the soldier to believe that he had not eaten for days.With permission from the platoon leader he was allowed to clean the filthy little boy and clothes him with a long army green t-shirt he had packed in his back-pack. The nude child embrace the American soldier with such a warm feeling that it brought tears to a man that was known by the nickname of “Solid Rock”.“Leave him where you found him, Solid Rock!” ordered the sargent. “His parents will show up later and claim him. They are up there in the mountains fighting with the enemy that awaits us. This child is here in-case they don’t make it. They know that we will take care of their son if they are killed in battle. It’s their way of life.”Solid Rock just couldn’t believe that the child’s parents were the enemy and he just might be the one who would have to fire his weapon and kill the parents of the child he had just cleaned up. It was a confusing thought, but so was the Vietnam war that had waged on for more than then years.The platoon of American soldiers reached the mountain side that was known as Virgin Mountain. Rumor was that a child had been killed many years earlier and that later on a figure of her appeared out of rock. She was an innocent little girl that had been killed by the undeclared war and there was much respect for the story. Many soldiers were reluctant to fight there because of religious believes, but it was not in their hands to make that choice. Orders were orders and not following orders only meant a court martial if they disobeyed.The fighting was intense and there were no winners. Many lives were lost and the purpose of the enemy was to fight and inflict as many deaths as possible and then run. The American side called if a victory if the enemy ran, and the Vietcong called it a victory if they could inflict pain to the much stronger equipped enemy. Reports back in the United States called it what ever our government wanted it to be, but those in battle knew the real truth.Those that witnessed the figure of the little girl made of rock had their version of what they really saw. Not everybody had the same opinion, it was in the eyes of the beholder. The heart of a man can sometimes change the thought in the brain, but then who am I to make that judgement. If you were there, then you believe in what you saw, that is the only opinion I can make.After the battle Solid Rock took the young lad and made him part of him. When we reached the base he made sure the boy stayed with him. Everybody welcomed him and he slept and ate with the unit. Nobody told Solid Rock what to do or not, he was a big man from Hawaii. He could lift any man and throw him over his shoulders. He was a man amongst men and his battle skills were unsurpassed. Even though it was not allowed to keep a child within the unit, he made it happen. He told all of us he was going to adopt him and bring him home with him.The adoption took many years to happen because of the red tape. We knew the parents were dead after the clash in the mountains, but the government works at their pace and within reason. Solid Rock toured three times in Vietnam trying to clear the airways for him to bring that boy home. When we went to battle the boy would wait at the base until we all came back. It really was like a father and son relationship as he took care of him with our help.He promised us not to tell the boy about the death of his parents. He wanted to tell him at a later date when he was back in the states and old enough to understand what the war was all about. Sadly enough, it just didn’t happen. One day Solid Rock made a heroic venture as he often did and was killed in the line of duty. It was a terrible blow to us as friends and to the boy. It is a true story and he stayed in Vietnam because it was about someone loving another, I think you understand what that means.

It Was All About Someone Loving Another


Harlingen, United States

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Another story from notes I took from the time I was in the war. It’s amazing how some people don’t know all the things that happened. I hope you read it because it’s the only way we can share. It’s about a young child waiting to be adopted and finding a new father, but you have to read it because the tears in my eyes will not allow me to say more.

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