I lived through it and experienced it differently. I was in SDS. I was an anti-war hippie. I lived with a Marine who deserted and busted him out when he was arrested. There was a classic Kurosawa movie titled Roshomon that had several witnesses all describe the rape of a woman, all the witnesses experienced the event differently. Who you were and what you did during that war creates the reality of events for you.
In retrospect though even the harshest hawks need to ask themselves if the deaths of all those people were necessary to produce a developing nation well know for their cheap clothes production and cheap if some what dubiously healthy farmed shrimp.