It was a Friday afternoon when Ned got a letter from the US Government stating that the US would be going to War against Vietnam and that he was ordered to enter the draft. Not only was he instructed to do so, but so was every other male US citizen ages 18-25. Ned read the letter aloud i n shock to
After receiving his draft application, Ned instantly called his best friend Skip when he found out skip got one too. The only difference was that Skip was not going to enter the draft. He was going to deny the entry by claiming he had some type of disability. Skip explained to Ned that he and some other guys would do this to avoid the draft knowing that they could be fined or even receive a jail sentencing.
Later that night Ned went to a local council debate in support of a non war petition. This debate was held by two opposing groups. The Hawks and the Doves. The hawks wanted war while the doves didn't. The hawks felt the the North Vietnam aggression had to be handled. It was clear that many others felt the same and by the end of the night, a non war petition had no influence.
Later that year, Ned was a full on soldier who was ready to be stationed for combat. The Us soldiers full of soldiers from the draft landed on My Khe beach of Da Nang in Vietnam where Ned quickly noticed how different even the air was. That is exactly when it mentally hit him that he would be risking his life in war. With a sad look on his face he thought of all of his loved ones and how much he misses them.
On the way to the military base where the soldiers would set up camp they all noticed the harshness of the environment. The thing that stood out the most was the hot and humid air they were surrounded by. The soldiers had only been walking for a few minutes and they were already dripping in sweat and being harassed by wildlife they've never seen in their life. They also even noticed a few villagers that were in the forest speaking their native tongue to each other and staring as the US soldiers marched by.
Quickly upon arrival the soldiers noticed that many of the villagers were either angry or surprised to see them. Some even appeared as suspicious to many of the soldiers. However they did not think anything of it or feel that the citizens were dangerous. That was thye case until an incident the next day at a rice field.