South Georgia Vietnam vets remember war end - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

South Georgia Vietnam vets remember war end

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Worth Co. hosts open house

    Worth Co. hosts open house

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:24:37 GMT
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
  • Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:20 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:20:11 GMT
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
  • Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:12 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:12:23 GMT
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –38 years ago the cease fire agreement that ended American involvement in the Vietnam War was signed.

South Georgia veterans say they served their country proudly, but they were not happy with the way the war was fought or ended.

January 27, 1973, the signing of the Paris Peace Accords ended the Vietnam War.  South Georgia veterans say they were glad the fighting was over, but still today not happy with the war's end.

70 year old Nick Nicholson says he still remembers coming home from Vietnam in 1969. Nicholson said "I got spit on at the airport when I came back in uniform."

Nicholson was a staff sergeant in the Marines, fighting in the shadow of the North Vietnam border from 1968 through ' 69. And he still tells people they did not lose the Vietnam War.

Nicholson said "The sad thing about it is, if they had left us alone. The politicians had left us alone, we could have won that war in no time."

67 year old Marvin Mixon is a successful attorney today. From 1969 through 70 he was a Army First Lt. advising the South Vietnamese in the Iron Triangle. And he admits he is still emotional about the war's end.

Mixon said "I was disappointed at the time, and I'm still sort of feel disappointed. We lost a lot of good men over there."

Mixon and Nicholson agree that politics kept them from fighting and winning a war they felt could have been quickly ended.  Mixon said "We didn't lose it. We gave it up. We gave it away."

Nicholson said the tragedy of the war carried on for many veterans, including himself, because of the defoliate Agent Orange and health problems he feels it caused.

Nicholson said "They actually have killed more servicemen after the fact with different problems. I have prostate cancer, a form of lymphoma, and diabetes. Which was caused by agent orange."

Mixon said even after all these years, the Vietnam War still seems like a waste.  Mixon said "It was definitely a waste of good men. I don't know that we accomplished too much politically."

But Nicholson says he felt the war stopped the spread of Communism in Asia.

Nicholson said "A lot of people say the war wasn't worth anything. We got 58,000  Americans killed for nothing. But I disagree with that."

Both veterans agree that they served proudly in Vietnam, and today remember those who died there.

Nicholson served 30 years in the Marines. Mixon served only 3 years, but both are very active in the American Legion and helping Veterans.

A lot of Vietnam veterans are returning to visit that country today.

Mixon said he would like to go back, but Nicholson said he definitely would not ever return there.
Copyright 2011 WALB.  All rights reserved.   Feedback