John Rozich My 3rd Mother Vietnam and the Journey Toward Redemption
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My 3rd Mother

Vietnam and the Journey Toward Redemption

Release Date: 03/12/2024

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This is the story of an individual, not yet a man, placed within the confines of duty, honor and doubt. It is a familiar tale reflecting the communal burden each older generation so frequently imposes on their children. Aging yet failed wisdom unable, perhaps unwilling to protect their young. A summation in understanding that decisions made within the boundaries of national interest have very real, often horrific, human consequences. As graying men sat in Washington DC in the 1950’s they mulled their self-important, all-knowing strategies of global priorities; ‘we know best for all.’ And thus, repeated within the fabric of history those most malleable and innocent were sent into the conflict of their time. Its name was Viet Nam.

No matter how certain the cause, it was to ultimately end as an ill-defined and vaporous disarray of ersatz priorities; within a decade its very substance had withered. And 55,000 Americans lay silent. But for one man, it was a journey filled with paradox. Of the love between a son and the mother he never knew. A son forcibly taken from her; now a man seeking forgiveness for actions taken within the obligations of honor and duty. It is the discovery of love for a woman who nearly destroyed him, and a final requital for the death of his mentor. It is a common journey for those of our children asked to shoulder their nation’s legacy bound in difficult if not appalling deeds. For them as for this man, it is a struggle along a path often shadowed in mendacious absolution offered by their nation, now fatigued if not bored by the legacy once sought. It is accepting the need to cleanse one’s soul before rebirth and a purposeful future can be achieved. What we ask of our children. And the redemption, the metanoia we owe, is an unending cycle within our collective experience. Let us not forget.

About This Author

He is no one special or of much interest. Frankly, he is a nobody. His literary talent is marginal at best. But he has struggled to communicate a tribute to those who have surrendered their lives at the behest of this nation’s interests, even if said interests were misguided or flawed. For in honor and faith they fulfilled their duty. He also reveres those who lived through the nightmare of war; the specific conflict is irrelevant, as the staining of the soul is perhaps the most troubling legacy of human conflict. May the survivors find a livable peace and a lovable remembrance of their fellow human beings who gave the ultimate gift, their existence.

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