Sunday, July 17, 2011
Walking Heavy: Vietnam War
Made this video for my dad-best person I know. Had 3 tours in Vietnam-Special Forces, Rangers, and then went to MAC V school and was a Long Range Recon small team soldier. They were behind enemy lines, highly specialized, and very brave.
War seems to write it's terrible name on the heart of everyone it touches, but I know the bonds made between soldiers there are the purest form of trust imaginable. It's an incredible thing inside of something unimaginably heart breaking.
I wish the quality was better thru youtube, but I'm still happy with it.
As to the meaning of "Walking Heavy", here is the origin-
"Heavy Drop" is a system of delivery of supplies in a military setting with a parachute. It was also the nick name of a close friend of my father's from the war who passed away about a year ago.
The term "Heavy" is also used in the military for machines that carry large loads on their own.
The large majority of the military operations done by recon soldiers is all on foot for days at a time.
"Walking Heavy" is a morphed term from all these things. If you walk heavy, you are weighted down by the things you hold inside yourself.