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Hanoi Jane

As we approach observing Memorial Day on Monday, May 27, honoring the American veterans, I picked up on a news report (CNN) three or four weeks ago that related to the Vietnam veteran.

It seems Jane Fonda had been offered to play the part of Nancy Reagan in an upcoming movie. It must relate to Ronald Reagan, who was the president then, and the Vietnam War, as it drew some strong criticism from some Vietnam veteran groups to boycott the movie.

From July 8, 1972, through July 22, 1972, Jane Fonda made her famous visit to Hanoi, where she delivered radio broadcasts to American and South Vietnamese military personnel, encouraging mutiny and desertion, while repeatedly claiming the United States was responsible for war crimes and atrocities.

Fonda visited American POWs in Hanoi, reporting in broadcasts from Hanoi that the American prisoners were being “well cared for” and that they wished to convey their “sense of disgust of the war and their shame for what they have been asked to do.”

A photograph was taken of Fonda sitting in a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun, wearing a Vietnamese helmet, surrounded by North Vietnamese military. Upon leaving North Vietnam, Fonda accepted from her hosts a ring made from the wreckage of a downed American plane.

With this in mind, the Vietnam vets called for the boycott of the movie when it comes out. Her response: “Get a life.” It never dawned on her that 58,000 gave their lives, that she might have this freedom of speech. As far as I’m concerned, she should have been tried for treason. Some people say the world is going to hell. Not the case. It’s just some of the people.

The American veteran will always be the foundation and the beginning of our country’s freedom.

Jack Schmidt,

Pequot Lakes

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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