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We once were soldiers by CrumbledWings We once were soldiers by CrumbledWings

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The awesome cover image was done by ~StevenWorthey .I Just thought of the Vietman War, the most pointless waste of human lives in America's history. And i wanted to emulate what i would feel if i were them. First one after a month of working on my finals so i hope everyone enjoys. (Had trouble finding a cover image that fits). Also entered into ~LightOverpowers58 Building a Better World Entries Contest.
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elahedaryani Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
niceeee
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catherinejao Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
wow... I don't have a lot of knowledge with the life of a soldier, but this seems very real and unvarnished. Congratulations on a very honest piece. Really fitting cover art too!
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CrumbledWings Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Thank you, i'm glad you like it
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Erbear159 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hooah from 101st Air Assault, active duty.
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pje0860 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
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CrumbledWings Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
omg i love that game. i have it and beat without killing a single person
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pje0860 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
well check my new journal to know more truth ^_^ (that game truly is about truth even mentioned god) in assassin's game ending it said "heed these words (word of god) "or perish as a heretic" that's what it said on assassin's creed 3 game ^_^ here's another truth from game [link]
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zeraful Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist
Alright, to make up for the flame comment, I shall write a proper one:

I think that the shock from the Viet Nam War to be so great, because it was received by the whole American culture, not just the people who served there. For example: Before the war, American citizen have little way to know about war beside daily radio and.... I don't know, the projector thing that they used in theater. But come the war, and with it, colored television. Never before had they see destruction so real, so breathtaking, so massive and knowing that is was their doing. For the straightforward, good guys-bad guys they're living in, how're they suppose to take that if it was the child they raised that burn down an entire village?, the weapon they manufacture mowing down countless living being?, and the image of the country that they so pervently uphold crumbling down around the world?.

Btw, it "Vietnam", not "Vietman". Sorry for being a grammar nazi.
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Karnak44 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful, just so beautiful! It is very amazing how such simplistic images can carry a large meaning. Also, this picture shows how many of the soldiers felt when they came home. Trauma.
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Tango-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
My grandfather was in the Vietnam war for a little less then 2 years. He's still alive, though x3
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RoseBell24 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student Writer
very nice
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wtfisit123 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very beautiful, thank you.
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LaCiCi Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I was recently thinking of writing such a poem, about war. But mainly only because I have recently listened to this song: [link]

^-^ This poem though is beautiful and inspiring, amazing job!
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PedroHenrique-2 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't see it
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ZombieCrows Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student General Artist
beautiful..(:
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ElectraAmy Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student General Artist
So emotional for around the holidays to think of those soldiers that died. Love it, touches others too.
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Ichip0p Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As a airman I thought this was inspiring as a person more so sad, great job!
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PetiteFox Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautiful and very deep
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Shan-Ahmed Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god... this is amazing. Hits you with the emotion straight away too :(
Amazing work (Y)
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zeraful Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist
For the first time in 2 years, I am now making flame comment and waiting for the backblast.....
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themartinman Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
ive got a lot of friends who are vietnam refugees. they dont think it was a waste. i dont either.
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eveningstarzz Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
it was beautiful + the picture and the words were a perfect match.
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marcgosselin Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful piece!!!
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Loftydreams101 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012   Writer
Will we ever learn? Thank you for sharing this masterful work with us all. What you have done is truly incredible.
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XxForgottenFailurexX Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I like this, but I just can't agree. :( I think this might be more fitting with World War II, where everyone thought they were going in to save lives and really were "doing the right thing," and becoming "heroes."

Viet Nam wasn't quite like that... we had a lot of minorities and working poor drafted in because they couldn't afford college, young kids just 17-18 years old, or young men who dropped out and enlisted because of "noble" presidential speeches. I know this because my grandfathers on both sides of my family lived through this war. We're a Mexican-American, so perhaps our experience of the Viet Nam war was a bit different than the dominant culture, but I'm sure there wouldn't have been such huge protest against the war had not most of the draftees been so young and left with few options. When Viet Nam vets returned home from war, a lot of them didn't receive decent respect. Many were ridiculed and made fun of just for participating in the war, as if the war itself hadn't been painful enough.


I don't know if you have a Viet Nam verteran in your family, but did you base this off of their experience/feelings?
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zeraful Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist
If I remember correctly, the Vietnam War is US's first war where there are people who willing to go to jail or leave the country rather than going
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mulsknr58 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Through my tears I see a "Fallen Solders Monument"; boots, rifle, and helmet.

Well Done.
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iAmoret Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Uh, what words? All I see is an image.... :confused:
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DragonXBird Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
I was really touched by this. I felt like I was going to cry at one point.
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TearMeApartIDontCare Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, this took my breath away.
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Slath Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I cam for the artwork, I stayed for the words, thank you, I enjoyed.
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Lilyblossom26 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Writer
Its a nice poem!
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Moyrai Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
this was really well worded and really resonated with me. you could work on the structure a little, but that's so minor compared to what you've already done that i feel bad mentioning it. really good job. :)
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CrumbledWings Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Thank you, and its been mentioned many times that my structure's kinda choppy, so don't feel bad :D. I just hope you'll be wiling to read more of my works
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Moyrai Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Definitely, if you keep writing I will keep reading. :)
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Citrus-Kitty Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful. I've never liked it when people treat soldiers as heroes because they served with the military. In fact, even the word says more than what people interpret of it. 'Serve'. They are servants to war, and it's horrible that the only way we justify wars is that everyone that died or survived from them were, and are, heroes.
It's really messed up the way we look at it.
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Lilyblossom26 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Writer
That is a little mean. Sometimes, war is necessary. All of mY family served, so maybe I am a little biased
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Citrus-Kitty Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not saying they're not necessary - I'm saying they're absolutely horrible and the only way for us to feel okay about them is if we treat everyone that ever fought in them as heroes.
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Lilyblossom26 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student Writer
Ah. Yes, I agree with that :3 But there are some very brave people out there who served! I respect them because they risked there lives for our freedom c:
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Guizzmoh Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Hey .. :) I don't think that war is ever 'necessary'..
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FaceTheWorldDude Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012   Digital Artist
if tyrants came to conquere your region, killed your parents, killed your beloved persons and killed your dog, would you throw them flowers and say "I'm a peace people". and of course I didn't try to mention about the tyrants, I try to mention what a necessary thing to do if you persecuted in your own region. You know, a war could not occur without both sides. just want to share my thought :)
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Guizzmoh Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
I hear what you say ... but, still the savagery remains ... they come and kill, you seek revenge and kill, they then seek revenge and kill .. and so it goes on... and what is the result? Hundreds, thousands, millions of humans killed for a reason that is long forgotten in time

War is waste - in many things
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FaceTheWorldDude Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012   Digital Artist
not revenge actually, but more like defense and fighting for independence. But of course instead of war, there are other solutions like peace agreement. war is a final solution.
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zeraful Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist
Probably, since us human already run out of thing to kill beside ourself :)
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Guizzmoh Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
We are a sick species :)
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zeraful Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist
Watch Hollywood war movies. They'll make you think that war is noble :)
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symphonyoftheheart Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
very inspirational but it kind of depresses me.
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CrumbledWings Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
thank you and i hope you'd be willing to read my more happier works (though there are few, i'm a morbid poet)
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