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(Guardian)   With British, American and Canadian troops withdrawing from Afghanistan and Iraq, the countries are not at war for the first time in a generation. What's your first memory of war?   ( divider line
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2014-02-12 10:27:07 AM  
The 2000 US Presidential Election.
2014-02-12 10:27:08 AM
2014-02-12 10:33:54 AM  
I just barely remember our withdrawal from Viet Nam being on the nightly news.  I guess the invasion of Grenada would be the next military action, though we laughed at the idea then as much as historians do today.
2014-02-12 10:43:50 AM  
Viet Nam. I remember being in second grade and kids in a tree house telling me I had to go to Nam and kill "Gooks" for the good of our country. When I heard adults repeating this nonsense, I knew my country was farked.
2014-02-12 10:45:03 AM  
I was in the 7th grade (1991?) and my dad got me a shirt that said Operation Desert Shield on it. I never wore it. He got pissy.
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-02-12 10:47:49 AM  
I don't remember Vietnam as a live event, although I must have seen it on the news. I remember in 5th grade geography somebody pointed out that the globe was out of date because it showed separate North and South Vietnam. I vaguely recalled why but I wasn't interested in events halfway around the world. My father had had a favorable draft number and there wasn't much talk about the war at home. I knew somebody who joined the Coast Guard maybe to avoid the draft, but I had little concept of what that meant.

Hostage rescue attempt was almost warlike.

I do remember Grenada and marines blowing up in Beirut.
2014-02-12 10:51:04 AM  
My father sending reel to reel tapes so that I could hear his voice, so that I would recognize it when he finally came home. That was Vietnam, and then he came home for a visit and was stationed in Korea, so he took off again, and brought back a new wife. That didn't work out so well, and he got posts in the US for a while, and wound up training troops, and then we went to Germany for a bit. I remember vividly how upset he was when the hostage rescue failed, because he knew a lot of the guys involved.

War is what my family has been doing for a long while. I am the first male of my family to NOT go into the military for six generations. From Germany, in Japan, in America, we have a long history of bloodying up folks, and I didn't escape it entirely, since I used a bit of what my father taught me in bouncing. I'm proud of him, but I'm glad he got out, and I wish that he'd never gone in, because he is an artist, and he spent a lot of years burying that, trying to do what he thought was best for me, and that soured a lot within him, and made him a mirror image of his own father. He was very good at what he did, but it cost him a great deal, and I can only imagine what he could have done if he hadn't joined.
vpb [TotalFark]
2014-02-12 10:55:48 AM  
Vietnam on TV
2014-02-12 11:00:39 AM  
My first memory of war is the opposite of war.  It is all the hate for Ronald Reagan...and of course the movie Stripes.
2014-02-12 11:00:41 AM  
I just wish our society- hell, our world- would quit trying to romanticize war.
2014-02-12 11:03:31 AM  
I was only a  little kid and I'd rather not count back, but I had to flee the Lebanon with my parents, who were both ex-pat engineers in 1976. Before it was shelled to Fourth World standards, it was the hub of a lot of middle eastern contracting, and a lot of mideast oil fields were either coming online or getting huge upgrades at the time. Lots of money, lots of work and then everyone was evacuated by any means possible. I only remember the crush of people and sense of urgency at the time, then seeing a familiar skyline get shelled on TV. It took me years to figure out who was mad at who.
2014-02-12 11:05:19 AM  
1970. Edwin Starr.
2014-02-12 11:05:20 AM  
1992 Eastern Province Saudi Arabia.  Errant Iraqi SCUD full of VX gas, ran out of fuel and killed dozens of bedouins 60 miles north of Khobar. Why, subs?  What's your first memory of war?
2014-02-12 11:06:59 AM  

Via Infinito: I was in the 7th grade (1991?) and my dad got me a shirt that said Operation Desert Shield on it. I never wore it. He got pissy.

You want to borrow mine?

/it's a sh*tty t-shirt, it really is
2014-02-12 11:15:47 AM  

thamike: Via Infinito: I was in the 7th grade (1991?) and my dad got me a shirt that said Operation Desert Shield on it. I never wore it. He got pissy.

You want to borrow mine?

/it's a sh*tty t-shirt, it really is

I'm good. Thanks. I think I put mine in my hope chest along with all the other stuff I wasn't allowed to throw away when I was a kid. It's probably still in there.
2014-02-12 11:18:45 AM  

Via Infinito: hope chest

Over there?
2014-02-12 11:24:54 AM  
Mom and Dad after they got a load on.
2014-02-12 11:25:49 AM  
Choppers in Nam.
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-02-12 11:34:58 AM  
I could add the Gulf of Sidra as another sign that we weren't at peace. (Wikipedia version, which I have not fact checked.)
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-02-12 11:43:39 AM  
TFA: What's the first war you remember hearing or reading about?

I was answering about wars my country was involved in.

I remember my second grade teacher talking about a revolution in Africa. Being a man, he didn't try to make it sound pretty for the kids.  Possibly it wasn't as bad as Rwanda 20 years later, but maybe we didn't have the media coverage to learn it was.
2014-02-12 11:45:56 AM  
If we move fast we can start another war.
2014-02-12 12:11:34 PM  
When being realistic about humanity it's pretty clear we are in trouble. Nukes are now 70 year old technology and are being acquired by more and more nations. It can't be stopped despite what the politicians say. Even if it not the U.S somebody someplace is gonna throw down. (India and Packistan I'm looking at you). The devistation is going to be unreal. The only upside I see is some cool irradiated superheroes.
2014-02-12 12:16:16 PM  
War. War never changes.
2014-02-12 12:30:21 PM  

Ennuipoet: I just barely remember our withdrawal from Viet Nam being on the nightly news.  I guess the invasion of Grenada would be the next military action, though we laughed at the idea then as much as historians do today.

Pretty much this.

Although, being a Canuck, I didn't really pay attention.  The closest I got to actual war was storied from my uncle who was a bigwig in the Canadian army, and was a Blue Helmet in Egypt and Cyprus, before being sent to a desk in Ottawa.
2014-02-12 12:42:04 PM  
My two neighbors coming home from Vietnam hooked on drugs and wanted by the FBI.

One of them apparently talked the other to join with him so the first one could get points. The second one was head-wounded his first day in combat. He struggled for years with a metal plate in his head and a VA that performed surgery on his ankle but didn't give him any post-op antibiotics. After he died, decades later, his older brother invited the first guy over to get high. The first guy was dead the next morning. The older brother committed suicide a few days later.

No children, no wives, no careers. Just dead after terrible lives. I'm not sure which dominoes those two guys were but they fell to the communists. Or maybe Air America and Thai sticks.
2014-02-12 12:42:23 PM  
Vietnam or Hogan's Hero's.  I wasn't keeping track at the time.
2014-02-12 12:56:27 PM  
First real war was Desert Storm.  Living in the off base housing at USCGAS Kodiak was interesting.  Things got really interesting when the detachment of SEALs from Team 1 captured a small boat full of Iraqis a couple hundred yards offshore eyeballing the base and taking notes.
2014-02-12 01:05:36 PM  
Vague recollections of the Falkland Inslands war, but I was far too young to undertand at the time.  My first memory of war where I knew what was going on was one day I came home from school and instead of my usual cartoons there was just a KCPQ logo on TV for like 20 minutes, then they finally came on with news of Operation Desert Storm.
2014-02-12 01:20:14 PM  
Macho Grande.
2014-02-12 01:21:48 PM  
I remember Tricky Dick had a secret plan to get us out of Vietnam with honor.
2014-02-12 01:32:08 PM  
the kickass we did in Grenada

//iran hostage rescue mission disaster
2014-02-12 01:35:07 PM  

Danger Mouse: Macho Grande.

Who can forget?
2014-02-12 02:02:37 PM  
Vietnam.  I remember seeing reports about it every night on the news.  I thought there'd always been a war there, that it was just part of the way the world was.  I remember seeing "Bring 'Em Back Alive" bumper stickers, and not having a clue as to what they meant.  (Luckily for my family, although all 4 of my siblings are Vietnam-era vets, only the oldest was actually sent there, and he managed to come home in one piece.)
2014-02-12 02:02:57 PM  
Seeing Walter Cronkite deliver the weekly tally of dead and injured soldiers every Thursday evening, from as early as I can remember until it stopped.

Also going outside and putting on our plastic army helmets and playing "chemical warfare" whenever the trucks came by to spray the Elm trees... Good times.
2014-02-12 02:04:01 PM  

bearded clamorer: 1970. Edwin Starr.

1985. Bruce Springsteen.
2014-02-12 02:26:19 PM  
Desert Storm, when I was in Grade 5.  The buildup lasted longer than the actual fighting, and then everyone came home.  I didn't know anybody involved, but it was the first actual war (as opposed to peacekeeping) that Canada was involved in during my lifetime.
2014-02-12 02:50:52 PM  
I grew up during the Vietnam war and I remember when we finally left I was in college.
2014-02-12 03:06:24 PM  
There's an age when kids become aware of what war means like anything else. It was interesting conversation - both sons asked, "dad, where you ever in a war?" when they did. Weird. Kinda sad that we've bee at war their entire lives. And I certainly don't count switching over to remote control warfare as we are now to be an "end".
2014-02-12 04:05:03 PM  
I don't know if I remember the Contra War itself... but I remember it being the biggest story in the late 80s because of the hearings/trials.
2014-02-12 04:28:27 PM  
The bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999.
2014-02-12 07:28:43 PM  
Korean. Only because my Dad was a vet; he never got all the way to Korea, spent his 2 years in Alaska prepping for the imminent invasion. That was a few years before I was born, but I was 'exposed' to the war because he brought back a variety of personal Army stuff (coats, trunks, bags, etc) but the coolest thing was the foot-pumped organ he played for church services.
/I guess he was the only one who could play piano.
2014-02-12 08:53:43 PM  
Reading about Angola in the paper, early- to mid-70s.  I remember Nixon winning his second term, and then resigning, but have no memories of Vietnam.
2014-02-12 09:56:26 PM  
A Mad Magazine headline: "Gorillas attack on plain of Jars" or something like that. It had to do with the Vietnam war. I really had no clue at the time.
2014-02-12 11:06:13 PM  
I remember MacArthur getting fired by Truman. It was a big deal at my house, because my dad went with MacArthur back to the Philippines and both parents thought the general was God.
So, Korea. I was a wee child.
2014-02-12 11:45:00 PM  
Invasion of Panama.

I note it was never mentioned here (but Grenada was)  Woke up, 7th grade, clock radio blasting the news we had invaded.

Next up was Kuwait/Iraq.

That war was televised.  I was in 10th grade at the time.
2014-02-13 08:50:15 AM  
I remember seeing on tv hippies putting flowers in the barrel of a tank at the end of the Vietnam War - I think it was before the '73 peace accords (so I was 5'ish)
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-02-13 08:53:14 AM  
Invasion of Panama.

The buildup and aftermath were entertaining.

Before the invasion, Panama declared war on America.

After Noriega holed up in an embassy, the U.S. blasted rock music at him until he surrendered.
2014-02-13 07:04:48 PM  
Jan 16, 1991. I was on watch when jets flew overhead into Kuwait.
2014-02-13 11:20:46 PM  
Vague memories of Vietnam on tv, also my dad coming home from Vietnam and sort of wondering who this guy is.... he looks sort of familiar.  I was 4 years old.
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