WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – For Solomon Gore, a 66-year-old Army veteran, April 30th is not just another date. For him, and others who fought in Vietnam, it marks the end of a war which changed many of them forever.
“I seen some mess there, good gracious I reckon, some terrible things over there,” Gore said.
40 years ago today, Saigon fell and the last American troops were pulled out of Vietnam.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Gore said. “Listen, now all this firepower that we got over there, why we let them little guys just run over us like that?”
Yet, he knows it wasn’t his decision to question.
“My thing was to do my job, and bring my tail home,” he said, laughingly.
When he did get home, he realized his quest for a better life - in the country he fought for - was just beginning.
He was married, but he and his wife later separated. He then moved in with his mother on West 26th Street in Winston-Salem. His mother later passed, and on a cold November night, he lost her home to a fire.
“I stood in that driveway and watched my momma house burn down,” Gore said.
Gore then spent the next several years homeless, moving from place to place. Finally, reinforcements arrived, in the form of Homes 4 Our Heroes. On March 19th, he moved into his new, permanent home, on Cameron Avenue.
“Oh I was light as a cloud man,” Gore said, of the first time he walked into the home. “I could’ve floated all through here.”
Forty years after the last American troops were sent home from Vietnam, Gore is looking forward to spending the rest of his life in his new home, in the country he fought to defend.
“I’m anchored down, I’m anchored down,” Gore said. “I’m anchored down!”