Walking Heavy: Vietnam War Tribute

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WARNING GRAPHIC: "A poem and video for my dad-my hero, and to all who have and will put themselves between their country and danger. Your bravery and sacrifice deserves more thanks than you often get. Vietnam Veteran-Jerry RobertsHHC 1/509 Abn Recon, 5th SF, C.co 75th Rangers, B.co 75th Rangers, Mountain Ranger Camp, B.co 2/75 RGR Bn. "Walking Heavy" - being weighted down by the things you hold inside yourself. As to where that phrase comes from, here is the origin-It is a morphed term from all these things. "Heavy Drop" is a system of delivery of supplies in a military setting with a parachute. It was also the nick name of a close friend of my father's from the war who passed away about a year ago-who is very missed and loved. The term "Heavy" is also used in the military for machines that carry large loads on their own. The large majority of the military operations done by recon soldiers is all on foot for days at a time."

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  1. fireco52
    fireco52 Aug 18, 2011

    They carried all of the emotional baggage of men who might die.... grief,terror,love,longing, these were intangibles... but the tangibles had their own mass and specific gravity,they had tangible weight.... from "the things they carried"

  2. 28293820
    28293820 Oct 30, 2011

    My fiance was Sgt. Major Gunnery, Recon. William E. Honaker 30 year he gave to his country we was planning to get married in Nov 2008 he passed away sept 02,2008 but,I much say he loved his Country he wanted to go back but,he had back trouble,were he was shoot up,God Bless our Troops and,keep them safe and I would like to say Thank You to all our Military. He was only 61 years old,My Grandson is going in the Navy soom, my Son-in-law retired 20 years Navy and, another Grandson seved army 4 years. We are Military here.

  3. 28366307
    28366307 Dec 05, 2011

    awsome but very very very sad and almost made me cry sean ,austin

  4. 25291676
    25291676 Feb 01, 2012

    Served with "G"Co2/4-3RD MARDIV in Vietnam. Here my stury in a nutshell: All women are females,few of them are mothers.Those that are can tell those that ain't all day long what giving birth is like but until they experience it for themselves;THEY DON'T KNOW "JACK".So goes the experience of combat.To me only COMBAT VETERANS can truly discuss the experiences of combat with another.

  5. Gerald66
    Gerald66 Dec 27, 2012

    All I know is looking down try saving all the guys Andshuttell the guys would over heat and had no more rockets and campout all night if need by tll ground troop could there Lost so many ships trying save... call sign Cowboy 397 out God speed..

  6. 33859719
    33859719 Apr 20, 2015

    My precious daughter made this video for me and all the guys of C.co 75th Rangers. What a true band of brothers we were, I thank God for meeting and serving with all of them. I thank God for Penny for without her life would be meaningless. Jerry Roberts Team Leader 1-6 C.Co 75th Rangers

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