I served two years as a combat engineer, and regret none of it. I was one of the very fortunate ones who, through the luck of the draw, did not go to Vietnam. The Army taught me discipline, teamwork, selflessness and humility. I am proud that I served my country, however modestly.
I lost a good friend, A Marine lieutenant; and a cousin, a Naval aviator, in Vietnam. They are with me always, in silent moments of reflection and solitude.