David Kaiser

Profile Updated: February 16, 2009
Residing In: Warsaw Poland
Homepage: www.kaiser.com.pl
Military Service: Army

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Sep 11, 2018 at 12:36 PM

Thanks for the memory!!!!! I guess we were team mates. Loved to bowl! Maybe you can post the picture ?

Aug 06, 2018 at 9:20 AM

Have a grand day today in celebration of this the date of your birth! Happy Birthday David!

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Aug 06, 2018 at 2:33 AM
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Sep 11, 2018 at 11:57 AM

Posted on: Jul 18, 2018 at 10:04 AM

Terry is this you in the picture. Greetings from Warsaw

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Sep 10, 2017 at 3:24 AM

Posted on: Sep 09, 2017 at 12:24 PM

Birthday greetings from Warsaw. Wishing you friends that will last: Future and Past- Happy Birthday

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Sep 09, 2017 at 12:04 PM

Greetings from Warsaw; It's been a while, trust all is well with you and your family. keep in touch

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Aug 06, 2017 at 11:23 AM

thanks Larry for the wishes best regards

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Aug 06, 2017 at 2:33 AM
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Mar 12, 2017 at 7:19 AM

I remember well Mr. Primm. I mused to work there and remember warping Christmas presents

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Nov 26, 2016 at 7:34 AM

To my American friends and colleagues wherever you may be this day:
Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving.
On this day we should offer our prayers and admiration for those present and past generations which sacrificed their own interests for the protection of ours.

Thank you for your service

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Aug 06, 2016 at 2:34 AM
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Jun 11, 2016 at 6:03 AM

Wishing you friends that will last: Future and Past- Happy Birthday

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Jun 06, 2016 at 4:40 PM

Wishing you friends that will last; future and past- Happy Birthday from Warsaw

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Dec 14, 2015 at 3:02 PM

Posted on: Dec 14, 2015 at 5:04 AM

Greetings and holiday greetings for you and your family. Viet Nam continues to govern my thoughts more and more as I get older. I can distinctly remember that time and all in between seems faint.
I would be happy to read your thoughts regarding Viet Nam which may be written down. Several years ago, I decided it important to prepare my experience for my kids. I will be happy to share this with you as your time permits.
I came to Poland for 6 months which has now exceeded 17 years. From a music point of view. On arrival, I visited many pubs and revisited the music of the 60s; this in the late 90s. The passion for our time; remarkable. Many I talked with when asked how they learned English was through our music.

Happy Holidays

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Nov 23, 2015 at 5:58 AM
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Sep 12, 2015 at 5:54 AM

Our condolences to you and your family; David and Iwona kaiser

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Posted on: Sep 24, 2014 at 9:31 AM

September 24, 2014
Greetings from Warsaw,
I appreciated the opportunity to follow your remembrances of Roswell, Viet Nam and your career. It is difficult to comprehend that it has been fifty years since we graduated with the motto: “we know not what the future holds, but who holds the future”.
I arrived in Viet Nam in May 1969 to serve as an advisor to the Vietnamese troops 30 k from Da Nang in the Que Son valley. I was an infantry officers and team leader for a mobile advisory team. Of the five of us, two are on the wall and the rest were all wounded over the course of the year. I never made it back for my second tour.
Although with service connected disabilities, I was lucky. Unlike many veterans I never experienced verbal abuse or outrage for going to war, but like so many no one outside my family said “welcome home”. Finally, in 2009 as I was about to have an operation on my knee in Warsaw, did an American doctor assisting the Polish doctor say” Welcome home”. This really made an impact.
The following article is an eloquent means of evaluating those who served. I have carried this article with me for many years as it expresses my true feelings.
Written by: Paul Woodruff, Professor of Philosophy and Dean, University of Texas, Austin
“I suppose what one should be asking is whether an ideal becomes invalid because the people who hold it are betrayed,” so says a character in Pat Barker’s prize-winning novel about World War I, “The Ghost Road.”
For my part, I believe that true ideals retain their glory no matter how badly those who carry their banners are betrayed.
This question goes to the heart of the tension felt by many veterans of the war in Vietnam. As far as most of us knew, we served an ideal. Forget how the war shuddered nastily to a close; forget the mistakes, the excesses and many betrayals of soldiers by their leaders. Our goals, so far as we could understand them at that time, were honorable - freedom for the Vietnamese people in the south to decide their destiny without coercion, time for Pacific rim nations to develop strong economies and independent governments under shelter of a United States pledge to halt the spread of Communism.
Perhaps our leaders were more selfish than they let on: Politicians may have wanted only to be re-elected, officers may have served only to be promoted. Certainly, we were wrong about what we could actually accomplish in the war without sinking to war crimes. But our explicit war aims were idealistic, and ideals should be a source of pride.
Veterans should be proud, too, of the fact that we served when so many did not. I know it took courage for conscientious to resist the draft, but it also took courage for us to serve in combat; and besides courage it took willingness to subordinate our own interests to the public good. Courage and self-sacrifice are virtues. Veterans may not have been conscious of exercising those virtues but we all did. And we should be proud of that.
But pride comes hard to a veteran of this war. Many of us came home with a sense of shame over a war badly fought, a sacrifice our friends found ways to avoid. And now that our generation is of an age to run the country,we have received the verdict of history.
Unlike previous wars, this one confers no political advantages on its survivors. Hardly any of our leaders in any branch of government have seen Vietnam service. They were smart. They got out of it. Apparently the public admires them for that.
Imagine how the survivors of the war between the states would feel if General Lee or General Grant wrote a book apologizing to the nation for their war with a message like this: “Sorry, guys. It was all a big mistake,” McNamara’s apology to the nation is infuruating to most veterans. It diminishes us. Think how unbearable it would have been for Civil War veterans to go home and try to put the war behind them in a nation embarrassed by their war.
I can claim no special glory for my military career, and I imagine most of us are in the same boat. But special glory is not required. We served and we served when others did not. Can we set McNamara’s apologies to one side, forget the nation’s embarrassment, and at least for one day on November 11, be proud?
Printed: Austin American Statesman, November 11, 1997

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