Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

April 5, 2014

Local veteran: ‘Is that what we fought for?’


Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — The other night I was sitting at the house feeling alone and feeling down in the dumps. Wishing I was back in Vietnam, wishing I was anywhere but here in Cherokee County. So, I wrote me a song, and I’m going to sing it at this year’s reunion. I’ve never wrote a song before but with the help of God, this is what I wrote:



What We Fought For

We came home back in 1968

To the land that was free to love

and free to hate

You called us names you now regret

So you put on a baseball cap and call

yourself a Vietnam Vet

Is that what we fought for, in that

old Vietnam War

Is that what we fought for

Buy some patches and put them on

your vest

Buy some medals our of a magazine and put them on your chest

In this old world who do you trust

Seems like everybody wants to be like us

Is that what we fought for in that

old Vietnam War

Is that what we fought for

Has America become a patriotic country that ain’t patriotic at all

And what about the names on the wall

Things won’t ever be the same

I see your faces but I can’t remember

your name

Is that what we fought for in that

old Vietnam War

Is that what we fought for

This old land may be free to love

and free to hate

But America better turn around before

it’s too late

You got to turn hate into love

And watch the eagle fly with the dove

You better get down on your knees and pray

And than God for the USA

For that’s what we fought for.



Ed Helm

Jacksonville, Tx.

Platoon Sgt.

1st Battalion 502nd Infantry Regiment

101st Airborne

Phu Bai S.Vietnam