I was listening to my Billy Joel “Greatest hits” CD for the first time in awhile and was thinking about his song “Good Night Saigon.” It’s a first-person account of what things were like as a U.S. soldier stationed in 'Nam. Now, to the best of my knowledge, Billy Joel never actually served in Viet Nam, although I suppose it’s possible that the song is based on experiences told to him by other people.
Anyway, not having served in 'Nam myself (or any other war, for that matter), I’ve always wondered what actual Viet nam vets think about the song. Does it resonate with them? Does it accurately express their feelings? Does it give a semi-realistic portrayal of what it was like serving in 'Nam? Or do most vets think that Billy Joel is just a pansy dweeb looking for a little undeserved street cred?
Any Viet Nam vets out there?