As a Vietnam-era U.S. Marine, I understand why there are only eight female names on the Vietnam Memorial wall out of 58,267. What perplexes me is why women would want to face the horrible conditions of forward combat units in the horror of war ("Pentagon to open most combat roles to women," June 19)?

Most combatants our troops face these days are young, Sharia-minded Muslim men from a culture which devalues women; they will react with a horrible vengeance to any woman we put in a battle situation against them. This administration's misguided decision for diversity and "gender equality" is made by politically-correct bureaucrats already concerned about the sexual harassment of women in the military, and we will come to regret it. Although it will take years for this decision to be implemented, the enemy can't wait!

Jim Rogers, Baltimore