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Thursday
May022013

More than 20,000 ‘Likes’ and a treasure trove of memories at ‘Boycott Hanoi Jane’

Operation ‘Oregon’ was conducted by infantry platoon of Troop B. Shown here, a soldier is lowered into one of the notorious tunnels the enemy used. (Photo: U.S. Government Archives; April 24, 1967)The US Report is following the Facebook page ‘Boycott Hanoi Jane Playing Nancy Reagan’, updating news on supporters and the founder, US Navy veteran Larry Reyes.

As this column went live, more than 20,000 supporters who remember celebrity Jane Fonda’s assistance to the enemy in the Vietnam War have ‘liked’ the page.

There’s a treasure trove of veterans’ memories on the Vietnam War, on many Web pages like Reyes’ page and on sites like the 26th Marine Regiment. The anti-war movement so useful to the communists may have disrespected our troops when they came back home, but the Internet has a long memory and now the vets are finally able to respond to Fonda. Media of the time was similar to media today despite what you may have heard elsewhere.

In previous columns, TUSR has explained Fonda’s role in propagandizing for the communists U.S. troops fought, the character assassination she delivered as men died in a faraway jungle, and the political noose placed around the necks of those troops in a war no one called a war at the time, a “conflict” lost because Washington had no stomach for victory.

TUSR has also explained the near-unforgivable insult in casting a celebrity to play First Lady Nancy Reagan in the film The Butler. President Ronald Reagan's philosophy was firmly anti-communist. Fonda praised North Vietnam powers of that day, calling their system “socialism” when it reality it was communism and she knew it.

Reyes has built support on his page on the grassroots level, but his efforts to call attention to Hollywood’s latest insult to the military and to President Reagan who served in the military can be strengthened with sheer numbers. That’s one reason TUSR hopes to help build those numbers.

This isn’t the first time I’ve advocated for the military and it won’t be the last. From the horrible treatment levied on the Navy SEAL3 to the persecution (note I didn’t use the term prosecution) of a young U.S. Army captain, TUSR has attempted to provide a forum for those whose voices might be muted by politics and media willing to carry water for politicians in the interest of personal gain.

Reyes’ page has comments from Vietnam vets and those who served in other wars. Please help him to grow support by ‘liking’ the Boycott Hanoi Jane Playing Nancy Reagan page.. It won’t cost you anything—all you have to do is click a ‘Like’.

Fonda’s bio said she was born in New York. Her home state ranked second in the more than 58,000 casualties in ‘Nam—U.S. government archives list 4,199 casualties from that state.

A friend asked me why I was so worked up about a war fought so long ago.

It’s simple. I remember and it’s the least I can do.

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/May 2, 2013)

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