It was a high honor and privilege to address the National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition at the group's annual leadership luncheon on Saturday -- particularly as the only non-veteran to speak on a program that included former Vietnam POW Red McDaniel and former Navy SEAL Benjamin Smith.
I know my late father would have been very happy to know I had this opportunity to discuss before so many fellow patriots his World War II service from Normandy to the Bulge in the context of American Betrayal -- the possibility than sans Communist penetration (saturation) of the policy-making chain in Washington and London, neither of those two costly battles might have been necessary.
I also discussed the shocking cable traffic that indicates the Truman administration and military command in Europe under Gen. Eisenhower in May 1945 left some 15,000 to 20,000 American GIs in Stalin's custody -- the ultimate American betrayal, which would be followed by successive US government betrayals of US POWs throughout the Cold War, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The case of Bowe Bergdhal, our lone US POW in the Taliban's custody for four years, also came up during the program.
A special thank you to NVGWC chairman John Molloy, and Chaplain and Col. Fr. Alister C. Anderson for their ongoing support for American Betrayal.