While raising children, Denise Meagher, a returning area native, became a published freelance writer, voice over talent and enthusiastic community theatre participant. She loves reading, writing, traveling, time with friends and most of her family and empty-nesting with husband, Ted.
What I've gathered, the Vietnam War was a Cold War era military conflict that occured in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia from November 1, 1955 through the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975. While growing up hearing snatches about it, I was too young to grasp the enormity of this situation. However, as I grew, I do recall a few things that were hard to ignore: the unrest, riots and volatile climate and an encounter I had with a Marine.
When I was twelve my sisters and I were returning home from a visit with my Dad in California. On the return flight I sat next to a Marine. He talked with me some, drank some and told me he was going home to see his family before being shipped out to die. I often wondered what happened to him.