Allen Nelson

My Marine company was going through a village, when we were attacked by some Vietnamese soldiers. Many Marines were killed and many were wounded. The rest of us just ran around, trying to find a place of safety. I ran behind a Vietnamese house and ran down into their family bunker. …
Once I got down inside of this bunker, I realized that there was someone there with me. I turned and looked. It was a young Vietnamese girl, maybe 15 or 16 years old. … She looked at me like I was a monster. She was very afraid of me, but for some reason she would not get up and run away.
She was breathing very hard, and she was in great pain. So I crawled over to her and realized she was naked from the waist down. I could not understand what was wrong with her. She kept breathing hard, and she kept making pushing sounds. I looked between her legs and saw the little head of a baby.

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  2. shinichi Post author

    A Vietnam War Veteran Talks About the Realty of War: An Interview with Allen Nelson

    (If you didn’t come across the childbirth, what do you think you would be doing now?)
    I have no idea. I think that if I had not seen that childbirth I would have been killed in Vietnam. It saved me. I couldn’t save that baby, I could not save the mom, but it saved me. I don’t know what happened to that girl. I don’t know if she survived. I don’t know if she died. I don’t know what happened to her. I often think what happened to her. But, that child saved me in a way that religion could not, in a way that doctors could not. Because by seeing that child born I realized that these Vietnamese people were my brothers and sisters. Now I didn’t learn this in high school. Did you learn this in high school that the Filipino people were your brothers and sisters? Did you read a chapter in your history book or science book that says that the Chinese, the Vietnamese, all these people are your brothers and sisters? We don’t learn these things. If we learned these things, we might have more respect for them.


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