To the editors:

I was chief medical officer on an Illinois Guard rotation to Honduras in April, 1987.

Predictably, there was no mention in your article [“Why Are We in Honduras?” March 11] that the assignment was completely voluntary and that we were unarmed. Predictably, there was scant mention of the Honduran lives we saved, the schools we built, or the hardship we suffered on what we all felt was a primarily humanitarian mission.

In the current political climate the U.S. military may be criticized no matter what it does, but I’m proud of my service in Honduras.

Eugene J. Cherny MD

Captain, Medical Corps

Illinois Army National Guard

N. Milwaukee