Letter to the Editor

In reference to the recent Atlantic article

Thursday, September 10, 2020

When World War II broke out my father enlisted in the Navy at age 17. During the Cuban Missile Crisis he felt called to serve his country and left his job as a college professor and returned to active duty as a Navy chaplain. When the Vietnam War broke out and Marines were shipped to Vietnam my father volunteered for duty in Vietnam because if the troops went, they would need a chaplain. Donald Trump had “bone spurs.”

My dad presided over innumerable military funerals. During a visit to Arlington National Cemetery, Trump expressed disbelief that men would give their lives for their country: “I don't get it. What was in it for them?” In 2018 Trump canceled a trip to a cemetery in France where American war dead were buried because it was raining and “the helicopter couldn’t fly and because he did not believe it important to honor American war dead,” according to the Atlantic magazine. Other world leaders drove to the cemetery; Donald Trump didn’t want to get his hair wet.

During the five years I was in high school, my dad was gone for four out of five Christmases; two Christmases in Vietnam and the rest on naval vessels at sea. Trump doesn’t have a clue about what serving your country means.

— Mary Marske, Spencer