82nd Airborne Division (Vietnam) Golden Brigade – Vietnam 1968 – 1969

July 30, 2005

Val Kilmer

Category: All Messages,General Interest – Ron Yorkovich 12:38 am

Interview with Val Kilmer (Esquire Magazine, July 2005, page 123) concerning his acting abilities.

Interviewer:  You understand how it feels to shoot someone as much as a person who has actually committed a murder?

Kilmer:  “I understand it more. It’s an actors job. A guy who’s lived through the horror of Vietnam has not spent his life preparing his mind for it. He’s some punk. Most guys were borderline criminal or poor, and that’s why they got sent to Vietnam. It was all the poor, wretched kids who got beat up by their dads, guys who didn’t get on the football team, couldn’t finagle a scholarship. They didn’t have the emotional equipment to handle that experience. But this is what an actor trains to do. I can more effectively represent that kid than a guy who was there.”

Kerry and Fonda just moved up a notch in my book.

July 12, 2005

July 2005 Archived Messages

Category: All Messages – Ron Yorkovich 5:48 pm

July 12, 2005

Hi, Just inviting more of the 1/508 82nd Airborne guys to come to the Milwaukee Convention. Tony Benavidez will be there. I’ll be bringing my photo album to jog our memories. After 35 years we recently found Craig Forrester. These e-mail lists really do work!

Ray Henry
A. Co. 1/508
Vietnam ‘68 – ‘69