For 20 years communist and anti-communist have fought in Vietnam over whether it should be a communist country. “President Harry S. Truman provided progressively increasing amounts of financial and military assistance to French forces fighting in Vietnam. From the spring of 1950, their involvement increased from just assisting French troops to providing direct military assistance to the associated states (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia). Eventually, U.S. missions was carried out at a more constant rate by sending out increasing number of military assistance from the United States. Their main intent was to restrict the Communist domination that was present in the government of Vietnam as it would soon lead to a chain of neighbouring countries adopting the same.” The United States was against communism if there was even someone who looked communist they were arrested and even killed. Our country and others like ours defended our country as best as they could but we still lost to North Vietnam (Communist). “The Vietnam War was a long, costly armed conflict that pitted the communist regime of North Vietnam and its southern allies, known as the Viet Cong, against South Vietnam and its principal ally, the United States. The divisive war, increasingly unpopular at home, ended with the withdrawal of U.S. forces in 1973 and the unification of Vietnam under Communist control two years later. More than 3 million people, including 58,000 Americans, were killed in the conflict.” Soldiers everyday sacrifice their lives and their own sanity to save us, and for that we are greatly thankful for them. The Vietnam War took place during the time of anti-communism in the world. From November 1, 1955- April 30, 1975 it lasted 20 years and is one of the United States longest wars fought. The main reason the United States stayed in Vietnam for so long was because of a theory, specifically the domino theory that most of the world was afraid of. “With the fall of North Vietnam to the Communists in 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower explained America’s stance in a press conference. As Eisenhower stated when asked about the strategic importance of Indochina: “…you have broader considerations that might follow what you would call the ‘falling domino’ principle. You have a row of dominoes set up, you knock over the first one, and what will happen to the last one is the certainty that it will go over very quickly….” In other words, the fear was that if Vietnam fell completely to communism, this would spread. This Domino Theory was the central reason for America’s continued involvement in Vietnam over the years.”America thought that if Vietnam was to turn communist than what stops the rest of the other countries to also. The military sent thousands and thousands of men each year and each president neglecting the voice of their own citizens protesting lives that are getting killed for reasons not necessary. During the time of this war many of our citizens were protesting against this 20 year war because the government was ruthless, they used the line a life for a life. When the North Vietnam military bombed two of the United States torpedo boats. The president during that time, Lyndon B. Johnson, ordered the retaliatory bombing of military targets in North Vietnam. And by the time U.S. planes began regular bombings of North Vietnam in February 1965, many citizens had begun to question the government’s assertion that it was fighting a democratic war to liberate the South Vietnamese people from communism. In the end North Vietnam took the win and as to date Vietnam in communist. “The Vietnam War caused a great division among the American population. Further, as news of the Tet Offensive became widespread, opposition to the war greatly increased. Many college students fought against the war through campus demonstrations. The most tragic of these demonstrations occurred on May 4, 1970 at Kent State University in Ohio. Four students staging a protest demonstration were killed by national guardsmen. Antiwar sentiment also arose in the media which further fed the demonstrations and protests. Many of the popular songs of the time were written in protest to the war such as “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” and “Blowing in the Wind.” When the soldiers came back from war there were huge riots and protest against them, what a welcoming party. David Montemayor is an extremely kind man, he was born August 5th, 1947 and is exactly 70 years old. He has lived in Donna his whole life, he grew up on a farm with 8 other siblings, him being the oldest, and left when he turned 18 and was freshly graduated from high school in 1966. He was drafted into the army November 1966, but felt like it was his obligation to serve his country. Since he was in the army he was able to travel lots of places around the world. He was sent to AIT in San Antonio and there he was lucky enough to be provided with medical training. His military experience personally was great, “To me it was great I had a chance to travel And I learned everything that there’s supposed to be for a medic, since I was just a basic medical trainee. Helping people, well helping soldiers whenever they were in need of a medic. Also I was able to travel, example I went from San Antonio to Oklahoma from Oklahoma I went to Europe and I was there for 9 months traveling all over Europe. It all depended where they sent me like Berlin, Grafenburg training area where medics were needed that’s where we were sent there.”After he came back from the war, which was in November of 1968, he was pushed into civilization without any help from the government. There was no one to help him find a job, a place to leave or anything. He’s very thankful that when he came back he came from New York and not from California because at the time there were lots of riots and lots of people protesting in San Francisco, the soldiers were greatly mistreated and looked down upon. “And I was in a sense lucky that I came in through New York and there was nothing really going on but there was also nothing going on for the veterans. I wasn’t told what to do or how to get back start in normal life or what you call civilian life There was no help There was no schools There was no…. well people telling you what to do or what to expect It was just bang release and that was it You had to do whatever you can for yourself So I was luckyI looked for a job and got a job at Texas A&I Research Station in Weslaco I went there and studied and worked there for 5 years that’s how I got good.”David gave us a lot of captivating information about his time in the army and his experiences and travels over where he was able to go. He also recalls his first day in service and was able to give us details of the workouts they all had to do and how he was bullied for how short and skinny he was, he then learnt to defend himself and just ignore them. I learned so much about how the veterans felt and their experience in a war that all of us thought was so unnecessary (which it still was). David taught my group that these veterans need just as much help after than they needed during that time. One of his old friends from the army need psychological help because he suffered from PTSD and took his own life. It’s amazing yet sad on his these soldiers and veterans can sacrifice their lives for the freedoms of ours. David Montemayor was a army medic that saved lots of lives but also sacrificed his own.