Bac Si, You're # 1 by Vietnam Vet Ron Mosbaugh
Episode 2011 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature a story by Vietnam Veteran Ron Mosbaugh. He will describe what made him change his attitude toward the Vietnamese people forever. Be prepared when you listen to the story, it is compelling.
Ron served a 31-year career in the U.S. Navy as a corpsman. That means he served in the medical field. During those 31 years of service in the Navy, he spent thirteen months as a field corpsman in Vietnam with Hotel Company, Second Battalion, First Marines in the dangerous I Corps region of northern South Vietnam.
Ron stated that he witnessed things a 19 years old lad should never see. He went out on hundreds of patrols with the Marines and often was confronted with gruesome scenes of death and destruction. He often would be holding the hand of a wounded Marine as they died from their wounds.
All those horrible things he witnessed in combat resulted in a serious case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for Ron. When he sought help for his debilitating condition, one of the first recommendations he received to combat his PTSD was to write about his memories of those terrible times.
Even though Ron has suffered greatly from PTSD, one benefit from his condition is that it empowered him to write down his memories from those trying times in Vietnam. The story he tells in this episode should be a blessing to all who hear it.
Along with the rest of his stories, it gives a close-up view of life in the country. His description of life in the villages and hamlets of the hinterlands of Vietnam is stark and in a way shocking. It will make all who live in “civilized” areas feel guilty the next time they want to complain about some superficial trivial matter about their lives in the city.
Listen to episode 2011 and discover more about what caused Ron Mosbaugh to change forever his attitude toward the Vietnamese people.