Lyndon B. Johnson
Want to go to war? Consider Vietnam first

To the editor: I served in Vietnam starting when I was 18; at 19 I was one of the war's youngest veterans. Your article cites all the social programs Lyndon Johnson championed along with his decision to send American boys to fight a war that he had previously said "Asian boys" should be fighting. I went to Vietnam in 1968; because of that experience, I lost my trust in all politicians. ("The era known as 'the Sixties' really began in 1965," Op-Ed, Dec. 17) We often hear that more than 55,000 Americans died in Vietnam. I witnessed wooden caskets ascending a conveyor belt into the belly of a plane and young soldiers die right in front of me after...