“When we begin to build walls of prejudice, hatred, pride, and self-indulgence around ourselves, we are more surely imprisoned than any prisoner behind concrete walls and iron bars.” (Mother Angelica) on the path least traveled…

Diary of the journey on the path least traveled..just letting the heart do the talking while the fingers do the walking while being different, being me… 🙂 Me 1 copy

( “I do not do, say or write something to been seen or heard… I  do, say or write something because it needed to be done, said or written…” ,  no nominations please, just sharing thoughts while exploring life  🙂 ).. 🙂

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.”  (Dwight D. Eisenhower)… 🙂

 

Me, South Vietnam 1965-1966..

 

 We were volunteers, one and all
 So Noble.. Proud.. and Brave,
 Did not know the reasons for  war
 Just a people from tyranny to save!
  
 Glasses held high, we made an toast
 Surely that Victory would rule the day!
 While back at home, the voices of unrest
 Not a kind word for  us did they say.
  
 Some could not vote, children were we
 Some could not drink, but still our battle cry,
 Even with all that we could not do
 For us children, it was to do or die!
  
 Vietnam was a hostile, violent land
 The dangers, the horrors of war abound,
 Whether the paddies of Vietnam or the fields of home,
 Seemed for us, not a friend could be found.
  
 But we proudly  gave it our all
 Faced  our destiny, with a hint of fear of tomorrow
 Some, to return to a mother’s joy
 Some, to return to a mother’s sorrow.
  
 So should you be looking on today
 One more toast,  hold your glasses high,
 To PEACE, HOPE and LOVE, may they long endure
 CHEERS, LASSIES AND LADS!!!.. And SEMPER FI
                          ( Sgt, Larry “Dutch” Woller, 12th Marine Regiment, Vietnam, 1965–1966...)
  
   
Hello Diary, Yes, I witnessed first hand conflict ( I am setting on the ground)…

And know that all conflict does is create more conflict, sows the needless seeds of bitterness, hate, anger, pain and suffering… those photos of me were taking in 1966 in South Vietnam, and here today (55 years later), I browsed the news and see more bombing and conflict… will they ever learn???… 🙂

“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?” ( Mahatma Gandhi)… 🙂

 

 

 

 I set here looking at the news
 The powers wanted peace they say,
 And while they spoke, bombs were dropped
 20 children died that day!
  
 What’s wrong with this idea?
 Why not give PEACE a try,
 Let’s give it a go, everyone
 Maybe no more children will die 
  
 Smiles on their faces, while shaking hands
 Arms deals for defense would come into play,
 A bomb went off in a crowded market
 10 children died that day.
  
 What’s wrong with this idea?
 Why not give a world with LOVE a try,
 Let’s give it a go, everyone
 Maybe no more children will die 
  
  A war to end all wars, they said
 Yet to war they always return,
 Death, destruction, suffering and pain
 Won’t they every learn?
  
 What’s wrong with this idea?
 Let’s give UNDERSTANDING a try,
 Let’s give it a go, everyone
 Maybe no more children will die. 
  
  Anger versus anger, hate versus hate
 Seeds sown by war at home and away,
 Starvation , sickness, a mother in tears
 More and more children die every day.
  
 What’s wrong with this idea?
 Why not give PEACE, LOVE and UNDERSTANDING a try,
 Let’s give it a go, everyone
 Maybe no more children will die.
 ( Larry “Dutch” Woller) 
  
   
Yes, since man has stood upright, they have tried clubs, spears, arrows, bullets, missiles, bombs and haven’t accomplished peace yet, perhaps they should try love… 🙂

Well, I had better close for now… venture down the path sharing some love, smile and perhaps be a rainbow in someone’s cloud…“For beautiful eyes look for the good in others, for beautiful lips speak only words of kindness, and for poise walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” (Audrey Hepburn)… but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…  🙂

 

No conflict here on the path, we ride the peace train…. All aboard!!.. 🙂

12 thoughts on ““When we begin to build walls of prejudice, hatred, pride, and self-indulgence around ourselves, we are more surely imprisoned than any prisoner behind concrete walls and iron bars.” (Mother Angelica) on the path least traveled…

    • Thank you for stopping by!.. Cheers!!.. 🙂

      Until we meet again..
      May the sun shine all day long
      Everything go right, nothing go wrong
      May those you love bring love back to you
      And may all the wishes you wish come true
      (Irish Saying)

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    • Thank you for stopping by!!.. hopefully in time, with the help of technology, everyone will be riding the peace train!… 🙂

      Until we meet again..
      May love and laughter light your days,
      and warm your heart and home.
      May good and faithful friends be yours,
      wherever you may roam.
      May peace and plenty bless your world
      with joy that long endures.
      May all life’s passing seasons
      bring the best to you and yours!
      (Irish Saying)

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    • Thank you for stopping by!!.. yes, hopefully one day mankind will choose LOVE over bullets and bombs… 🙂

      Until we meet again..
      May the sun shine all day long
      Everything go right, nothing go wrong
      May those you love bring love back to you
      And may all the wishes you wish come true
      (Irish Saying)

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  1. My dad was a gunny in Vietnam from Oct. 1966 til around September of 67 when I was 11. As I now read his many letters and look at his photos, incorporating them and his stories into a fictionalized family history, I’m learning and admiring so much about him, his strength , and perseverance. Every time I read one of his letters, I gain a better understanding of what he and you went through, at least emotionally. He didn’t write much about combat, probably because he didn’t want to worry my mom. But he did tell me some stories much later that were very hard to tell. He was in Dong Ha, Khe Sanh, Da Nang, and Phu Bai, in 3/3 Lima Co. and 1/26? I greatly appreciate your service as well as your eloquent urgings for peace. To be able to support our soldiers and work for peace takes a depth of understanding that is greatly needed. As Martin Luther King said, “Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.” I’m wishing you much peace, love, and understanding, Larry. Semper Fi.

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    • Thank you for stopping by!… My son was born Sept. 28, 1965… on Sept. 30, 1965 I received orders to report to Camp Pendleton in California by October 16… I arrived in Vietnam in November 1965 and were a member of a at large observer team (Artillery, Air Support, Naval Gunfire), parent unit; 12th Marine Regiment.. Though I spent most of my time in the jungle, rice paddies, etc. (Photo of me sitting down), my first operative base were just outside of Da Nang until late summer 1966… I were then moved to a operative base a few miles from Dong Ha known as Camp J. J. Carroll (photo of me and sandbags).. I left Vietnam 7 days before Christmas, 1966 and arrived home Christmas Eve 1966… 🙂

      Take care and until we meet again; Semper FI!!… 🙂
      May your spirit only know peace
      May your heart only know love
      May all your dreams come true
      May your life’s journey be filled with happiness
      And life is all that you wish for it to be….
      (Larry “Dutch” Woller)

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      • I can imagine how hard it must have been for you to leave your family in 65. It’s possible that you passed my father GySgt Macco around Dong Ha before you left. I’m very thankful you made it home safely on Christmas Eve. 🙂
        May your spirit only know peace
        May your heart only know love
        May all your dreams come true
        May your life’s journey be filled with happiness
        And life is all that you wish for it to be….

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  2. The sad part my friend. The new wars had been here for a long time. Now of the sons of the fathers who fought. Will have to fight the same wars. I hope we learn to be kind to each other before all the kindness is gone. Powerful and worthwhile words and thoughts shared.

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