HISTORY MAKING IS A CONTINUING PROCESS-IT GOES ON TO THE END
Participants can add to our USAF military history or if not well documented by keyboard historians any significant personal history passes you-by. History is made-then it is forever changing the physical evidence, and landscape upon which people, place, and thing appear then over time, and through the ages, it too becomes lost. Never to be repeated as the once true facts of a story are cast to the winds, washed away, eroded, overgrown, torn-down, then all but forgotten, and the many personal footprints left in the topsoil, mud, concrete, and sand are lost to story tellers since there is no written account to convey as the fingerprints of tens of thousands of Civil Engineers, Prime BEEF, and RED HORSE personnel no longer live, toil, build, maintain; nor be responsible for the theater of operations and area of responsibility (AOR) any longer. The Vietnam War since the beginning had finally come to an ending, and for the “combat engineers” their own memories have now been replaced with more important matters and other duties were left to perform but still there is a story to be told about the missions they performed, how these were accomplished, and finally about the many personal achievements made from the long difficult effort that began for USAF engineering, and is told by the outstanding troops that took the techniques’, tasks , and duty to higher levels of professionalism.
Our history is not an epitaph alone for the ones who died while serving in Vietnam but is a rebirth of the USAF legend and the tremulous times that span the wars twenty-five years of American G.I. involvement. America’s war heroes, all fifty-eight thousand of them, who were killed in combat requires no greater honor than to be remembered. The “wall” expresses their personal sacrifice by name of the ones who paid a higher price for Duty-Honor-Country. Never-ever are they forgotten? It is our generation’s history a price to bear for freedom “can-do-will do-have done.”