November 24, 2010 – Charles "Chuck" Finney
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - With tours of duty in Korea and Vietnam, retired Command Sergeant Major Charles "Chuck" Finney has seen his share of battle time. For three decades, Finney made his career in the military. He arrived in Korea, just after the cease-fire.
"The Korean War was not over," recalled Finney. "We could fight at any minute. In fact, still can. They had line-crossers coming over from North Korea. They were doing nasty little things like cut people's throats and blow up things and blow this up. So it was in a state of flux."
Finney oversaw several units during two tours of duty in Vietnam.
"Militarily we won. Politically we lost. After (the) Tet (offensive) the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong didn't have anything left. They were ready to surrender. But they watched the newspapers and decided to hang around a while."
The recipient of the Legion of Merit and six Bronze Stars is encouraged by what he sees in today's military.
"Wonderful. Very focused. Very wonderful. They have new equipment that I never saw. My Army's dead. This is the new one and it is successful."