Fonda’s ‘treason’ should not be forgotten

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

Greenwich’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade was great although there were no Irish Militiamen, as in NYC’s first parade in 1761.

This year, my Reilly art float was second to last in the line of march and I have been in most parades since 1978. I carved my Irish American eagles, with shamrocks, for our parade so long ago. Yet, as I follow up with the rear guard being veteran bikers from the Vietnam Era, I think about the beginning of this great month of March and Jane Fonda.

Fonda recently headlined a local benefit and claims she’s now some kind of teen expert, but the biker veterans and I know another Jane Fonda. The guys following me might of been on the DMZ, when Hanoi Jane broadcast her propaganda, like Tokyo Rose had done in WWII.

I was not on the DMZ, but was at Ft. Lewis, Wash., when Jane hardly knew about Vietnam. But she was involved with the Indian movement that took Alcatraz and wanted Ft. Lauton in Seattle. This might be ancient history to most, yet for the bikers and myself, it’s like yesterday.

I find it so outrageous that time changes history so extremely. That what happened to me, with the men of the 212th Field Artillery, after arresting Jane Fonda. And the hard effect on U.S. troops in South Vietnam because of a celebrity’s propaganda does not matter.

Back then she gave Henry Fonda such pain and now she writes a book and becomes a expert with young people. Back then, as young soldiers we lived for the moment and never dreamed how the world would change. We were not called heroes and now celebrities like Fonda can have glory.

She committed treason for no other anti-Vietnam War radical fired a Russian made anti-aircraft gun, while American planes were overhead and besides her propaganda broadcast, she also visited American POWs at the Hanoi Hilton.

What actions Fonda took while involved with the Indian movement are less known but as extreme. And she cost lives and affected military careers, as I can personally attest to.

 

Jim C. Reilly
Greenwich

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