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Alive And Well...
The Memory, That Is...
Terror In Little Saigon
A War Isn't Over Until It's Over
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Last month we promised you that from now
until the fall season we would provide you with a summer of
entertainment—a few videos to stimulate your
mind, but other than that no more deep thinking
cognitive discussions about America’s
government, military or the people who lead
these things. Just a summer of relaxation.
Still, you can’t blame us if on occasion we
point out a few things that you should keep an
eye on. This month we have one you may want to
be aware of, and we’ll talk of it briefly here,
before moving on to the videos and fun stuff.
That item is our recent discovering that Russian
schools are in a push to give K - 12 students
army training. Yup, the “enemy” is preparing for
something, although what it is we can’t quite
Our information says that schoolchildren in
Russia will soon be taught a variety of military
skills, such as maintaining firearms and combat
awareness… all part of a new drive by the
country's defense ministry. The training will be
provided by a revived Soviet-era organization
called Yunarmiya, or Young Army, and
was launched this past 22 May as a pilot scheme
in the city of Yaroslavl. If it works out, the
program will go nationwide in September.
We had a chance to take a closer look at the
training regimen, and it apparently will include
things like assembling assault rifles, shooting
and parachute jumping, as well as theoretical
subjects such as military history and tactics.
Shooting and parachute jumping for high school
As part of the program students will wear
uniforms, and be assigned to units that will
have their own "headquarters" and banners. While
training will begin at the very earliest level
of schooling, the focus will intensify once kids
reach 10 years of age, at which point they will
receive increasing levels of military skill training
until they reach
14. From that point forward the intensity will
really kick in, until they
reach 18. By the time they are 18, they should
be as good at military drills and combat
training as any Russian soldier fresh out of
Boys and girls will both be included.
However, while social pressure will be
applied to bring everyone, nationwide, into the
program, officials have said that attendance
will not be compulsory... just based on
peer pressure. All of this, of course will be in
addition to normal school teaching and lessons.
What the purpose is, we don’t know… but in some
ways we think this might be a good thing for
America too. Based on some of the kids we meet
these days, America seems full of self-centered
wusses with no greater aim in life than to live
with mom and dad, stay on their health insurance
plan for as long as they can, and become another
Kardashian or reality star at some point in their life.
In Russia’s case, whether the aim is raise real
people instead of self engrossed egos... or to
reinforce and underwrite the surge in
nationalism that began with the annexation of
Crimea (in 2014), the result is sure to be a
more confrontational country once these
militarized children reach maturity. Looking
down the road, if America intends to hold its
own in the world, it needs to start now to
strengthen discipline in its own youth, as well as
raise the prestige of being a part of the U.S.
Ok, that's enough.
Now back to the summer fun: first on our list is
the article below. Based on the military
background of Army Signal OCS graduate Don Mehl,
OCS Class 44-35, it tells the story in words and
audio of how the technology Don helped bring to
life as a Signal Corps Officer in WWII is as ubiquitous
today as synthesized pop music. Enjoy it, and
our thanks to Don for sending the story along to
Following that, take a look at the video we have
for you on the Vietnam War. “Vietnam War” you
ask, “I thought that was over?” Nope, not
exactly… well, our part is, but the part where
the Vietnamese people stop fighting each other
seems to be still going on.
Alive And Well
The Memory, That
During WW2 there were about 120
million people in the USA; today there are about 330
million. That means that most of the people who are alive
today were not born yet when WW2 ended. WW2 is history to
them. Of 16 million people involved in WW2, less than
700,000 are still with us and the number is declining
rapidly. As far as I know, I am the only remaining officer
who was in the 805th Signal Service Company out of 85. Still
interest in the great war seems to be increasing.
During WW2 the 805th Signal Service
Company installed and operated a top secret voice encryption
system for the military and government leaders of our
country whose existence was secret until 1976. In the three
decades following WW2 most of the technologies developed
during the war had been publicized. However, because of the
secrecy that was maintained, the Signal Corps system known
as SIGSALY didn’t get much attention until the 1980’s. Then,
I released the book
COMMUNICATIONS OF WW2 that fully described the technical
design and applications of SIGSALY as well as SIGTOT, the
secret teletype system used by our top leaders. Writers and
others got interested.
The many technical breakthroughs and
patents developed in the process of inventing SIGSALY led to
many new products. Among these are our modern smart cell
phones. The digitization and compression of the cell phone
signal evolved from the design of SIGSALY.
But there was another technology that
I or others had not thought of. A radio production company that
produces radio programs for PBS read this and decided to
produce a radio program about it. I talked to the producer
for an hour and a half on the telephone. The result of this
and the other research done by the producer resulted in the
radio program that you can listen to on this website.
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– Happy Memorial Day. As you enjoy your barbecue and
beers this Memorial Day keep in mind that on this
very day—today, May 30, 2016—over 1,800 WWII Vets
will die. Think of it: 1,800 today, and then another
1,800 tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day
after that... and so on. That's the rate at which
these best of the best are disappearing. Please,
take a moment during your day today to find a quiet
spot and take a knee. Say a prayer for them... a
prayer of thanks that when America needed these men
of the greatest generation, they were there for us.
are pushing the VA to link Bladder Cancer to Agent
Orange. If you suffer from Bladder Cancer, keep
yourself informed on their progress.
Continued from left column...
Click on the Audio Player below to
listen to the radio broadcast of the story “VOX EX MACHINA”
(voice from a machine)...
...or better still, jump to our
supporting webpage that provides this audio, plus the written
story that goes along with it.
And when you finish, be sure to read
Don's personal biography by clicking
Terror In Little Saigon
• • •
A War Isn't Over Until It's
This month our article comes to you courtesy of ProPublica,
an online journal that conducts truly excellent
Of interest to us is a story they did back in November,
2015, on how after us American troops came home, the South
Vietnamese government collapsed, and the "organized" war in
Vietnam ended, many South Vietnamese civilians and former
ARVN soldiers just kept on fighting.
It turns out that their thinking was that just because
everyone said that the war was over, that didn't make it so.
From their perspective, as South Vietnamese civilians and
ex-ARVN military men now country-less in their own homeland,
if they were going to have to live under a repressive
government bent on taking revenge on them, one that they
despised, then maybe they should just keep on
And many of them did.
Not surprisingly, this kind of behavior happens at the end
of many civil wars. One war ends, while another begins, just
in a different form. Those on the losing side of the war
take to the woods, and take on the role of revolutionary or
In Vietnam’s case, this was the situation, with many ex-ARVN
and pro-South Vietnam civilians taking on the role that the
old Viet Cong used to have… one of fighting against the
incumbent government. Except this time it was no longer the
old Viet Cong guerillas fighting against the Republic of
Vietnam (Vietnamese: Việt Nam Cộng Hòa), but the
new losers of the Vietnam War—the ex ARVN soldiers and those
civilians that still wanted freedom from the North—against
the Hồ Chí Minh founded Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
those of us who at the time were freshly back in America,
none of this seemed important. First, we were no longer in
Vietnam, crawling around with an M16 across our chest,
looking for Charlie; and that was good. Second, the war
itself was over, and in a way that was good too… although it
didn’t sit well with us that our side lost—lost as in our
government in Washington crumbled before the world, turned
yellow, turned its back on those who gave their life in the
Vietnam War, and told Kissinger to toss in the towel the
next time he met with his buddy Lê Đức Thọ.
Even so, for us, being safely home and undergoing an occasional
incident where some do-gooder spit on us because we served,
was far better than getting ready for another deployment to
Nam. It was of little interest to us then whether our former
Vietnamese allies took to the jungles to carry on the war, or
not. It was now their war, and maybe it should have always
What never occurred to us though... never in a million
years... was that these same allies that we left behind
might carry their counter-revolutionary revolution to
America. That is, if they—our former South Vietnamese
allies—were going to take to the woods of the Central
Highlands or the swamps of the Mekong Delta (Vietnamese:
Miền Tây) to continue the war, and try to do to the new
North Vietnamese rulers what the Viet Cong did to them for
the past 25 years, then that was their business, not ours.
Our war was over.
What we didn’t expect though was
that they would bring their counter-revolutionary revolution
here, to America.
Yet that’s just what they did.
The story of what the consequences were to this new
Vietnamese civil war coming to America are told below, in a
joint report written by ProPublica and put to video by Frontline.
Thinking back on it now, it makes
sense that with so many South Vietnamese refugees coming to
America when the war ended, it was only natural that many
would bring with them not only a hatred of the Hanoi regime,
but a determination to win back the country they were being driven
from. Some were bound to arrive with an unwavering
commitment to form alliances in America, among similar
minded refugees, aimed at destabilizing and destroying the newly forming government
back in their homeland. After all,
we Americans may have stopped fighting, but that didn’t mean they had
Consider the situation: where does
it say that if you lose on the battlefield you have to put
your weapons down and start saluting the new leader? If you
believe in your cause, then by all means, go on fighting…
every way you can.
Isn’t that what George Washington did
after his disastrous summer of
1776 New York Campaign? He didn’t give up and go home,
he rallied his troops and prepared to take it to the British
in the coming spring. And in the mean time, he dispatched
his guerilla fighters to harass the British's Hessian
Mercenaries and lure them
south to Trenton, where he famously defeated them on
December 26, 1776, in one of the most decisive victories of
the Revolutionary War... a war that the British thought they
had just won in the battle for New York.
The fact of the matter is, when
a revolutionary wars end, more often than not the two enemies
just swap sides. The old revolutionary is now the new
government, and the believers in the old government become
the new guerilla fighters.
That’s just what happened when the
Vietnam War ended… except—as we said—the new South
Vietnamese guerillas not only fought on in Vietnam, they
brought their fight here to America.
Watch the video above; you’re sure to
be shocked when you learn about this American Vietnam War
redux going on in your own
back yard all these years—one you probably never knew
anything about. You'll
gain a new perspective on the people you both fought along side of and against: the Vietnamese
Our thanks to both ProPublica and
Frontline for their allowing us to reproduce their joint
article here. ProPublica granted us this license under their
Steal Our Stories policy, a Creative
Commons license which allows organizations like the U.S.
Army Signal Corps OCS Association to reproduce the content and
media they developed. You can read the original online three part ProPublica story, in full, by clicking
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