“I got a dishonorable discharge. I’ve been trying to clear it up for 50 years. They said they’d pay to bury me, but they won’t put a flag on my fucking grave.” “What happened?” “Well it was Christmas time, and they let us come home from Vietnam for two weeks, and I never received the official orders, and (….) , and on top of that (…), not to mention (…)” “So wait. You never went back?” “No.” “Why?” “Cause I was nineteen. And I was scared.”
I do believe that’s considered being AWOL. And AWOL enlisted don’t get the right to receive a flag. So…sorry old man.