Local Vietnam veterans reflect on decades of community service
DeKALB – It’s noon, and John Davis is wrapping up a conversation about his time giving back to DeKalb County veterans when a hard rain begins to fall on his one-story brown house with an American flag in the front yard.
He said it’s not unlike the rains that fell on him in Vietnam in 1970, when he was a combat engineer in the mountains between Hue and the former demilitarized zone – a period of his life he struggled for years to recover from until he joined a group of other DeKalb County Vietnam vets.
“For some of the deep things inside of you, that was hard to talk to anybody about – we all probably needed a psychiatrist – but we could talk amongst each other,” Davis said. “With the vets sitting around, we cured a lot of our ailments.”