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  • Vietnam War Veterans Wounded Together Reunite After 44 Years

    05/27/2013 9:11:14 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 1 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 27, 2013 | Lisa Stark
    Former Marines Jim Volkmar and Arthur Phillips always wondered what had happened to each other. They last saw each other more than four decades ago in as a haze of morphine as doctors worked furiously to patch them up. Volkmar was a platoon commander, Phillips his radio operator. On that March day in Vietnam in 1969, they had set out to help rescue members of their platoon who were pinned down by the Viet Cong.
  • Organizers of Vietnam veterans' tribute to include complete picture of era

    01/25/2011 1:00:18 AM PST · by DakotaRed · 7 replies
    Fayetteville Observer ^ | Jan 20, 2011 | Michael Futch
    With the patriotic soldier and family in mind, planned activities include a Vietnam Wall traveling memorial, a wreath-laying ceremony, tributes to local Vietnam veterans and the nurses who served, and the rededication of a Vietnam War Memorial on Fort Bragg. But as envisioned by [Fayetteville Mayor Tony] Chavonne and other organizers, the homecoming also will include perspectives from native Vietnamese, homeless Vietnam veterans and anti-war protesters. "We're part of that story," said Chuck Fager, director of the Quaker House. The day before the meeting, Fager said he was appreciative that Chavonne had extended an invitation to the Quaker House to...
  • Many Arlington Residents Have Expressed Unhappiness With Rolling Thunder

    06/09/2010 8:14:52 AM PDT · by chambley1 · 26 replies · 59+ views
    Hello Yupette, Thank you for your blog. You should know that many Arlingtonians have expressed unhappiness about the noise and bad behavior from 'Rolling Thunder' We recently suggested that 'Rolling Thunder' move to a resort area like Virginia Beach and that 'Rolling Thunder' be replaced by bicycle and pedestrian events. We were ignored. Thanks for trying to improve our quality of life, not cater to every special interest that wants to do its thing in Arlington. Susan
  • Taking it personally.. Kimbrough leading Texas efforts to preserve memories of those lost in Vietnam

    04/26/2010 4:25:01 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 1 replies · 236+ views
    Beeville Bee-Picyaune ^ | 04/23/2010 | Jeff Latcham
    Former Bee County Judge Jay T. Kimbrough knows his place. It would be somewhere next to childhood friend and fellow Marine Cloyde Pinson Jr.’s name on the Vietnam War Memorial wall in Washington, D.C. For if it wasn’t for the bravery of his Platoon Sgt. Jimmie L. West, Kimbrough would have died of his wounds the same day as Pinson did in 1967 in the Que Son Valley. Despite recovering from the wounds to his abdomen, anyone who spends any time with Kimbrough knows how the war impacted his life, his outlook. Now Kimbrough is taking on a new mission...
  • Vietnam Veterans Honored at White House Nearly 40 Years Later [by Ayers' and Dohrn's pal Obama]

    10/21/2009 6:24:02 AM PDT · by ETL · 26 replies · 1,165+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | October 20, 2009 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Oct. 20: President Obama shakes hands with Capt. John Poindexter in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. For Army Capt. John Poindexter, being awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for heroism Tuesday marked an "opportunity to close a chapter" in his life. "The general feeling is a pretty intense level of excitement," Poindexter told Foxnews.com just before he and 85 other Vietnam veterans were honored at a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden. "It will mean to me that I've filled an important duty to the men who I literally owe my life to, men who...
  • SEARCH INTERACTIVE VIETNAM WALL

    05/24/2009 12:46:30 PM PDT · by Stoat · 25 replies · 2,031+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 22, 2009
    The Washington Times has partnered with the Internet company Footnote.com on a new project that transforms Washington's Vietnam war memorial wall into an interactive, personal journey on the Web. The Interactive Vietnam Veterans Memorial allows you to search the names on the wall and to drill down into the government's official war records to learn details about each of the 58,000-plus heroes enshrined on the wall. You can also add your own personal stories, remembrances and photographs. (edit) Start by clicking on the "Search the Wall" box, where you can select "Search" or "View." Once you find the name...
  • Vietnam Wall - 25th Anniversary, Nov. 10,2007

    11/03/2007 5:09:05 PM PDT · by trooprally · 55 replies · 2,298+ views
    Nov. 03,2007
    LIST of the WEEK'S EVENTS including Reading of the Names. Here is a quick break down of Saturday's events. There is going to be a Opening Ceremony from 10 AM till 11 AM on the Mall at 3rd ST. between Jefferson and Davis Drives. Closes Metro is the Blue/Orange Line stop at Federal Center, SW. But if you want to enjoy a nice morning stroll along the Mall, any of the other stops are good. There is a Parade from 11 AM til 4 PM. It appears to start where the opening Ceremony is and go to the Washington Monument...
  • Ernesto “Gooie” Gomez (Vietnam Vet Navy Cross for Valor recipient has passed)

    10/29/2007 4:31:41 PM PDT · by RDTF · 16 replies · 521+ views
    Kerrville daily times ^ | Oct 26, 2007 | not specified
    MISSION — Ernesto Gomez entered glory Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007. He leaves behind his love, Carleen Gomez; beloved sons, Israel and Gabriel Gomez; four grandchildren, many others he cherished, and a tattered Bible. Ernesto Gomez was a highly decorated Marine Vietnam Veteran, awarded the Medal of Valor. His interests were many: motorcycles, stone masonry, prison ministry, golfing (who shot under 100) and cooking. He was an artist, bonsai enthusiast, poet and loved telling everyone about the Lord God his Savior. Services will be at Grimes Funeral Chapels at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007, with full Marine military honors....
  • John Kerry's time is coming — again (Projectile hurl alert)

    10/16/2007 5:54:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies · 286+ views
    The Politico ^ | October 16, 2007 | Elizabeth Wilner
    Here’s a burning question no one is asking: Whither John F. Kerry? He is his party’s most recent presidential nominee. He came tantalizingly close to winning. And yet no one is looking for him to put his stamp on the 2008 Democratic primary or wondering aloud who he’ll endorse — even though Al Gore campaign manager Donna Brazile says that in the early-state contests, “most of the voters would be thrilled to know who Kerry would back and why.” But the lack of an audible clamor for an endorsement by Kerry is more than a bit deceiving, as is the...
  • Oily Substance on Wall Was Vandalism, Not Accident, Police Say

    09/17/2007 12:45:18 PM PDT · by mojito · 98 replies · 1,082+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 9/17/2007 | Michael E. Ruane
    The unidentified substance that was found splashed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial earlier this month was the result of vandalism, the U.S. Park Police said today. Sgt. Robert Lachance, a spokesman for the Park Police, said the investigation into the incident is continuing, but the detective on the case had ruled it an act of vandalism. Lachance said he could provide no more details because the probe is still underway. The oily substance was first reported to police the evening of Sept. 7, National Park Service officials have said. Dark blotches were found along a stone curb at the base...
  • SEN. AKAKA EXPLAINS (SORT OF) SUBMITTING ANTI-VETERAN LEGISLATION (Blue Water Navy Veterans)

    09/16/2007 10:42:19 AM PDT · by Right Winged American · 23 replies · 1,471+ views
    VA WatchDog dot Org. ^ | 09/13/07 | Larry Scott
    VA NEWS FLASH from Larry Scott at VA Watchdog dot Org -- 09-13-2007 #3UPDATE: SEN. AKAKA EXPLAINS (SORT OF) SUBMITTING ANTI-VETERAN LEGISLATION -- Akaka offers grade-school civics lesson as excuse for submitting President's bill that would prevent "Blue Water Navy" VA claims. Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI), Senate Vets' Chair On September 6, 2007, Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, submitted "by request" legislation that would prevent "Blue Water Navy" veterans from receiving benefits for Agent Orange exposure.  This is an attempt to overturn the Haas decision.  The bill, S.2026, would also overturn the Nehmer decision.  (see...
  • WHEN YOU CAN'T WIN IN THE COURTS, BUY A SENATOR (Blue Water Navy Vietnam veterans

    09/11/2007 12:59:44 PM PDT · by Right Winged American · 6 replies · 564+ views
    VA WatchDog dot Org ^ | 09-10-2007 #1 | Larry Scott
    COMMENTARY: WHEN YOU CAN'T WIN IN THE COURTS, BUY A SENATOR -- Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI), Senate Vets' Chair, submits bill for White House that would overturn two key Court rulings favoring veterans' benefits. Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI), Senate Vets' Chair Commentary below: Please note that the original version of this commentary did not mention that Sen. Akaka submitted this bill "by request" from the White House.  That omission has been corrected.-------------------------Who bought Sen. Daniel Akaka?  The White House.Sen. Akaka (D-HI) is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs.Last Thursday (September 6, 2007), Akaka introduced S. 2026 "by request"...that is,...
  • CHALLENGING THE DVA AND THE IOM (Institut of Medicine) - Blue Water Navy

    09/02/2007 10:51:39 AM PDT · by Right Winged American · 631+ views
    CHALLENGING THE DVA AND THE IOM   This Summary is provided in advance of a more detailed report challenging the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Institute of Medicine. The premise is there is no coincidence that the legal arguments of the DVA in Haas vs. Nicholson (which are extremely weak) and the release of the Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2006 (which excludes important data available to them) mutually support one another entirely. But that is the total means of their support. They are otherwise resting on air. The DVA legal argument is semantic manipulation that is meaningless...
  • VA Cancer Data Blockade May Imperil Surveillance - (Blue Water Navy)

    09/02/2007 9:09:00 AM PDT · by Right Winged American · 3 replies · 385+ views
    MedPage Today Online ^ | August 31, 2007 | By Michael Smith, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 31 -- Stonewalling by the Veterans Administration is putting U.S. cancer surveillance and research in jeopardy, according to many of the researchers involved in those fields. After decades of sharing data freely and allowing researchers to get in touch with its patients, the agency has been blocking such activity for the past several years, according to Dennis Deapen, Dr.PH., of the Los Angeles Cancer Surveillance Program and the University of Southern California. The result, Dr. Deapen said, is that California state data on cancer incidence rates are being skewed. And that, he said, is likely to have...
  • Jane Fonda slammed for not paying female employees

    08/19/2007 3:52:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies · 3,655+ views
    Yahoo! Movies ^ | August 16, 2007
    Veteran actress and feminist Jane Fonda has been slammed for not paying her female employees working in the actress' radio network Green Stone Media. The twice Oscar winner and the radio network's co-founder Gloria Steinem have been accused of "putting their own reputations above their female employees' finances." According to the New York Post, Fonda and Steinem are 'refusing to pay severance, and the founders won't file for bankruptcy protection because it would publicly embarrass Jane and Gloria.' However, the 'Klute' star's spokesperson has denied the reports and said that the accusations are unfounded. "This is pure speculation. There is...
  • Navy Vets Die To Protect Corporate Profits!

    08/15/2007 9:58:24 AM PDT · by Right Winged American · 6 replies · 328+ views
    VnVets Blog ^ | Friday, August 10, 2007 | ngfs66
    Friday, August 10, 2007 Navy Vets Die To Protect Corporate Profits! We have said it before on several occasions, and now it is even more on target than ever: "It is a stain on this nation's honor that the Department of Veterans Affairs has become a deadlier and more difficult adversary to the American veteran than any they have ever faced on a battlefield." On more than one occasion we have accused the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs [DVA] with protecting the chemical companies that manufactured Agent Orange by prohibiting Blue Water Navy Veterans from receiving presumptive benefits...
  • [Cindy}Sheehan criticizes Charlotte police (Gathering of Eagles "Neo-Nazi, pro-war fascist group")

    07/22/2007 2:26:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies · 3,206+ views
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | July 19, 2007 | CLEVE R. WOOTSON JR.
    A blog written by antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan and posted on MichaelMoore.com criticizes Charlotte police for allowing counter-protesters to "try to intimidate us" during Sheehan's antiwar rally Tuesday in Bryant Park. But in a memo to top police administrators, one captain said officers had no issues during the two-hour event and expressed surprise at the complaints. "At the School of the Assassins in Columbus, GA, and in Charlotte, NC, we ran into similar problems: police presence that seemed to be there to foster violence. At both places the neo-Nazi, pro-war fascist group "Gathering of Eagles" came out to mostly try...
  • Vietnam Vet Overcomes Obstacles to Lead Troops in Iraq

    07/05/2007 6:30:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 375+ views
    Defense News ^ | Staff Sgt. Russell Bassett
    U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Gholston (right), a squad leader with the Oregon National Guard’s 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, talks with his fellow soldiers after coming off a range in June at Fort Dix, N.J. Gholston, a 52-year-old Portland, Ore., resident, rejoined the service after serving in the Navy when he was younger. Gholston and the rest of the 115th deploy to Iraq in August. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Russell Bassett Sgt. 1st Class Michael Gholston Vietnam Vet Overcomes Obstacles to Lead Troops in Iraq By Staff Sgt. Russell Bassett 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment...
  • Making a stand at the Wall (Gathering Of Eagles)

    03/24/2007 2:32:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 934+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Mar. 23, 2007 | Kevin Ferris
    Echoes of the past are heard as vets gather in D.C. to back the troops, oppose war protesters. Chris Hill visits the Wall every Veterans Day. He follows the path to Panel 4W, Line 36, and stops at the name Curtis R. Smoot. It's the same name on the POW-MIA bracelet Hill has worn for 22 years. Hill picked up the bracelet at an ROTC recruitment table in high school. He didn't know Smoot, but the bracelet was a poignant reminder of service and sacrifice during Hill's years with the Seventh Infantry Division in the late 1980s. At Panel 4W,...
  • Area vets travel to protect D.C. war memorials (GOE)

    03/23/2007 1:41:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies · 566+ views
    News of Delaware County (PA) ^ | March 21, 2007 | Amy Brisson
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Saturday, Drexel Hill resident Bob Spano woke up at 3:30 a.m. and donned his bright red Marine Corp League jacket and hat. Braving the ice, slush and snow left from Friday's storm, Spano joined 80 other Delaware County veterans early Saturday on a bus heading to bitterly cold Washington, D.C. On the Mall in the Capitol that day, anti-war protesters planned to have a rally coinciding with the fourth anniversary of the conflict in Iraq. But Spano and his colleagues were heading to the Mall for a different purpose: for what they called a "Gathering of...
  • Eagle Eyed Patriots Show Their Pride

    03/22/2007 10:09:45 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 19 replies · 768+ views
    Mens News Daily ^ | March 22, 2007 | Felicia Benamon
    The fierce determination of the eagle shown through in our nation’s capitol. They came from near and far, some as far away as Canada to answer the calling to defend our sacred memorials on March 17, 2007 from anti-war protesters who have been known to get out of control in recent marches. Ordinary Americans supporting the troops, and proud Vets from past and present wars, met up in Washington D.C. under the banner of the Gathering of Eagles. Approximately 30,000 Eagles came together to show that the voice of the silent majority, those who support the troops and their mission,...
  • Defending the Wall

    03/18/2007 5:18:48 PM PDT · by Interesting Times · 70 replies · 3,038+ views
    email from author ^ | March 18, 2007 | Del Vecchio
    Well, it’s over now, the assembly areas for the Gathering of Eagles is an empty hillside of churned mud, the antiwar protest field is less muddy but just as empty. It was a long day, but a good one. It started for me last night, when I went to visit one of the principal motels for the GOE movement, a Holiday Inn in Ballston, just outside DC. A friend and I walked in the door and were struck immediately with the sight of a couple dozen men in various kinds of clothing and insignia that marked them as Viet Nam...
  • Spitting on Veterans

    02/06/2007 3:38:24 PM PST · by neverdem · 66 replies · 1,810+ views
    NY Sun ^ | February 6, 2007 | SETH GITELL
    Anti-war sentiment is moving dangerously close to a place America must never go — putting our anger on the soldiers that have been fighting the four-year Iraq war. Some of this takes the form of minimizing what happened the last time American GIs returned from an unpopular war — Vietnam. Liberal commentators, such as MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, are diminishing the hostile treatment Vietnam veterans garnered when they returned from Vietnam. On the air on Thursday, Mr. Olbermann disparaged the old report of Vietnam veterans being spit upon when they came home: "And, oh, by the way, there is not one...
  • Spitting by Left-wing activists and Lembcke's new book

    09/01/2006 11:04:31 AM PDT · by Dr_Cruel · 15 replies · 674+ views
    Slate (on-line magazine) ^ | 02 May 2000 | James Shafer
    "...Although Nexis overflows with references to protesters gobbing on Vietnam vets, and Bob Greene's 1989 book Homecoming: When the Soldiers Returned From Vietnam counts 63 examples of protester spitting, Jerry Lembcke argues that the story is bunk in his 1998 book The Spitting Image: Myth, Memory, and the Legacy of Vietnam" ... Lembcke, a professor of sociology at Holy Cross and a Vietnam vet, investigated hundreds of news accounts of antiwar activists spitting on vets. But every time he pushed for more evidence or corroboration from a witness, the story collapsed--the actual person who was spat on turned out to...
  • Cleland Seeks Treatment For Depression

    08/28/2006 9:56:25 AM PDT · by ncountylee · 155 replies · 3,223+ views
    WSBTV ^ | August 28, 2006
    WASHINGTON -- As head of the Veteran's Administration under President Jimmy Carter, Vietnam veteran Max Cleland was involved in setting up VA Vet centers to help soldiers returning from war get counseling and readjust to life back home. Now Cleland has revealted that he's suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and getting help from those same counseling programs he helped create. Cleland, who lost three limbs in the war, said he didn't get much help for his own psychological wounds when he returned from battle. The former U.S. Senator from Georgia described his symptoms to Channel 2 Action News reporter...
  • Court Expands Coverage for Vietnam Vets

    08/27/2006 5:01:13 PM PDT · by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub · 23 replies · 1,571+ views
    Military.com ^ | August 22, 2006 | Terry Howell
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims has announced a landmark decision in the case of Haas v. Nicholson. This ruling could directly affect thousands of disabled Vietnam-era Navy veterans. The Court's ruling states that Veterans Affairs requirement for “boots on the ground” as the definition of “service in the Republic of Vietnam” is unreasonable, and does not align with Congress's intent. In addition the law does not limit application of the presumption of service connection for herbicide exposure to those who set foot on the soil of the Republic of Vietnam. The Court cited that the law defines...
  • Less Post-Traumatic Stress Seen in Vietnam Vets

    08/18/2006 12:56:22 AM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 616+ views
    NY Times' Terrorist Tip Sheet ^ | August 18, 2006 | BENEDICT CAREY
    Far fewer Vietnam veterans suffered from post-traumatic stress as a result of their wartime service than previously thought, researchers are reporting today, in a finding that could have lasting consequences for the understanding of combat stress, as well as for the estimates of the mental health fallout from the Iraq war. The report, published in the journal Science and viewed by experts as authoritative, found that 18.7 percent of Vietnam veterans developed a diagnosable stress disorder that could be linked to a war event at some point in their lives, well under the previous benchmark number of 30.9 percent. And...
  • Emotional journey for veterans

    08/17/2006 7:14:28 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 4 replies · 706+ views
    The Australian ^ | August 18 | Rowan Callick
    A LARGE contingent of Vietnam veterans, some cheery, some gruff, some wary, many by turns all three, and all grieving to a degree, has returned today to mark the 40th anniversary of the battle of Long Tan, where 18 men of the 6th Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment died in defeating a much larger Vietnamese force. This is the event that, like Gallipoli and Kokoda, has become the symbol, the emotional touchstone, of a wretchedly long war. Singer John Schumann, who wrote his song, I was only 19 - the unofficial anthem for veterans, who are mostly aged about...
  • Divided We Fall

    08/17/2006 3:29:28 PM PDT · by Interesting Times · 28 replies · 833+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | Aug. 15, 2006 | James Rothrock
    FP: James Rothrock, welcome to Frontpage Interview. Rothrock: It’s an honor to be here. FP: So tell us a bit about what inspired you to write this book. Rothrock: I served in Vietnam and lived through the tumultuous antiwar years. I have always been troubled by those in the antiwar movement who undermined their own country, subverted the nation’s war effort, and tarnished the image of the American servicemen who served their country, many of whom gave their all. I still remember the day I returned from Vietnam and was told to change into civilian clothes before proceeding off base....
  • Study Finds Fewer Cases of Post-Traumatic Stress in Vietnam Veterans

    08/17/2006 1:37:39 PM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 20 replies · 590+ views
    NY Slimes ^ | 8/17/06 | Mikey_1962
    Far fewer Vietnam veterans suffered from post-traumatic stress as a result of their wartime service than previously thought, researchers are reporting, in a finding that could have lasting consequences for the understanding of combat stress, as well as for the estimates of the mental health fallout from the Iraq war. snip The nightmares, flashbacks, and hair-trigger irritability that characterize post-traumatic reactions usually fade with time, the study found, but in 9.1 percent of the veterans — roughly a quarter million — the symptoms became chronic and disabling. Politicians have clashed over the Department of Veterans Affairs’ budget, including its $3...
  • Divided We Fall--How disunity leads to defeat.

    08/15/2006 5:55:36 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies · 436+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | August 15, 2006 | Jamie Glazov
    Frontpage Interview’s guest today is James Rothrock, a former career officer in the U.S. Air Force, with special assignments in Athens, Paris, Saigon, Tokyo and Stuttgart. As a former adjunct professor at Troy University, he taught world, regional and political geography. In Vietnam he experienced firsthand the Tet Offensive of 1968, where he saw a major allied victory turned into a disastrous defeat by the antiwar critics back home. He is the author of the new book Divided We Fall, which makes the case that disunity, incited and fueled by the antiwar movement, led to America’s defeat in Vietnam. FP:...
  • Vets drop suit over anti-Kerry film

    07/19/2006 7:43:56 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 18 replies · 1,543+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 07/18/06 | MARYCLAIRE DALE
    Three Vietnam War veterans who sued over a documentary about Sen. John Kerry's anti-war activities have dropped their lawsuits, leaving just one court fight pending over the 2004 film. Filmmaker Carlton Sherwood says the withdrawal of the lawsuits shows they were frivolous complaints filed by Kerry operatives to try to block the film's release in the final weeks of the presidential race. "We've always believed that Kerry controlled these lawsuits," Sherwood said Monday. The 42-minute film, "Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal," charges that Kerry's actions as an anti-war activist after his tour in Vietnam harmed American POWs. It also...
  • Proud but haunted, ex-Vietnam riverboat gunner is remembered

    07/17/2006 3:05:27 AM PDT · by CGblue · 9 replies · 651+ views
    Seattle Post Intelligencer ^ | Monday, July 17, 2006 | JULIE DAVIDOW
    In 1966, when he was barely 20 years old, Rubin Binder joined the first four-man crew of a boat assigned to patrol the Mekong River Delta in Vietnam. During 161 patrols and 59 firefights with North Vietnamese soldiers, Binder sat in a tight hatch at the forward end of the boat where he operated two machine guns from the most vulnerable spot onboard. Embrace Zoom Karen Ducey / P-I From left, Rubin Binder's daughter, Melissa Binder; his wife, Kris Binder; and son, Karl Koester, embrace after a service in Seattle on Sunday. In many ways, Binder's yearlong service on PBR...
  • Ex-POW enters race for U.S. Senate (Hawaii Republican)

    07/12/2006 4:04:57 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 15 replies · 623+ views
    The Honolulu Star-Bulletin ^ | July 12, 2006 | Richard Borreca
    Jerry Coffee, retired Navy captain and prisoner of war in North Vietnam, will run for the U.S. Senate as a Republican. Coffee, who was encouraged to run for the state House in 2004 by Gov. Linda Lingle, was supported during yesterday's announcement by Lingle, Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona and a group of local GOP leaders. "I am a big supporter of Jerry Coffee. I think he is a terrific candidate and will make it a very exciting race," Lingle said. "It is really in the public's interest to have at least one person in Washington who is from the...
  • Anyone know media types in Dallas/Ft. Worth?

    06/17/2006 4:05:18 AM PDT · by ExGeeEye · 138+ views
    At least four Vietnam veterans who served together in the early days of US involvement in that conflict will reunite at the Dallas/Fort Worth airport this afternoon.One of the men used the internet to locate the others, and has related tearfully how pleased he was to find his old comrades, all Marines of 2/3* who served in and around Phu Bai (sp?) in the 1964-66 timeframe.While they do not seek publicity for its own sake, they have thought that it would make a good human interest story (my words: they said something like "people might like to hear about it")...
  • John Kerry vs. Swift Vets (A re-match?)

    05/27/2006 7:53:25 PM PDT · by WatchYourself · 109 replies · 3,032+ views
    Don't Get SOS ^ | May 27, 2006 | Dustin Hawkins
    The puff piece starts out: “John Kerry starts by showing the entry in a log he kept from 1969: “Feb 12: 0800 run to Cambodia.” Right off the bat, this is the first piece where the Swift Boat Vets were 100% correct. At the time, John Kerry stated that his trip took place on Christmas Eve in 1968. The SBV were right at the time, he was NOT iN Cambodia on Christmas Eve of 1968. Kerry had said that this moment was “seared” into him. After the Vets came out, Kerry had his personal biographer come out and it changed...
  • Not Fit to Shine McCain's Boots

    05/26/2006 3:23:30 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 132 replies · 2,527+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | May 26, 2006 | Christine M. Flowers
    JOHN McCAIN IS, without a doubt, heroic.Disagree with his politics, mistrust his shifting political alliances, but no one who's benefited from the tortured sacrifices he made at the Hanoi Hilton should question his integrity. How can we, whole in body and strangers to the hell he experienced, challenge this patriot? To do so indicates a fundamental inhumanity.That aptly describes the young woman who stood up last week and ridiculed the senator from Arizona. Jean Sara Rohe, a graduating senior at the New School in New York, introduced McCain before he delivered his commencement address.Ms. Rohe took the opportunity to attack...
  • Need stories of veterans' abuse (vanity)

    04/29/2006 12:07:27 PM PDT · by groanup · 88 replies · 1,468+ views
    vanity | self
    My daughter's history teacher made this claim in class last week: "I don't believe Viet Nam veterans were mistreated when they came back from the war. I don' know any who were." Would any and all Viet Nam vets please tell us how you were treated when you came back from Nam? I'll print out this thread and give it to the teacher.
  • War Vets’ Lawsuit Against Sen. Kerry Heats Up

    04/08/2006 8:04:12 AM PDT · by CrawDaddyCA · 80 replies · 3,067+ views
    Mens News Daily ^ | April 7, 2006 | Jim Kouri, CPP
    “Vietnam veterans will not be intimidated by John Kerry,” retired Air Force Colonel George “Bud” Day said in response to the Massachusetts Senator’s newly created legal expense trust fund to finance his court battles against a group of highly-decorated Vietnam War veterans. Col. Day added, “Why one of the wealthiest men in the Senate would expect others to pay his lawyers and use questionable Senate privileges against veterans is shameful.” Col. Day is chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation (VVLF), a group of Vietnam combat veterans who sued Sen. Kerry for “conspiracy and defamation.” Day is the most decorated...
  • 40 years later, Vietnam Vet receives Purple Heart

    02/09/2006 5:15:27 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 524+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Feb 9, 2006 | Cpl. Nich R. Babb
    MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE BARSTOW, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2006) -- A Marine walks through a village in Vietnam while carrying out a mission of extreme importance. The day is warm and muggy and the villagers cower away whenever the Marine walks pass them. Suddenly, shots ring out in the distance and rounds impact around his location. His platoon sergeant goes down with the onslaught of bullets. The Marine reaches for his platoon sergeant's body to drag him away from the danger, but the wounded sergeant orders the other Marine to run and get his rifle. At that moment a warm...
  • Vietnam...Facts vs. Fiction

    01/03/2006 7:53:08 AM PST · by RVN Airplane Driver · 102 replies · 10,006+ views
    Capt USNR, (Ret) Marshal Hanson
    For over 30 years I -- like many Vietnam veterans -- seldom spoke of Vietnam, except with other veterans, when training soldiers, and in public speeches. These past five years I have joined the hundreds of thousands who believe it is high time the truth be told about the Vietnam War and the people who served there. It's time the American people learn that the United States military did not lose the War, and that a surprisingly high number of people who claim to have served there, in fact DID NOT. As Americans support the men and women involved in...
  • Cold Case CBS TV show slanders Viet Nam veterans

    12/25/2005 9:50:16 PM PST · by Mightylucky · 35 replies · 1,420+ views
    Anybody see CBS Cold Case tonight? One of the characters in this show was suspected of a murder that supposedly happened in the 1960s. He was a Viet Nam vet who was in a wheelchair. He said his wounds came from a little kid who shot him after he and his unit had locked parents and grandparents in a shed and threw in a granade. Sorry I don't have more info on this dispicable show. It really bothers me that this show can slander vets on Christmas day and nobody questions it.
  • 'Winter Soldier': Cold Days in Hell

    12/10/2005 4:21:52 AM PST · by Jimmy Valentine's brother · 96 replies · 2,097+ views
    the washington post ^ | Friday, December 9, 2005; Page C05 | By Ann Hornaday
    Vietnam Veterans Bare Their Souls In a Searing '72 Documentary See "Winter Soldier." This extraordinary documentary, made in 1972 and having its first theatrical release, not only revisits events during the Vietnam War that have uncanny resonance today but also stands as a riveting example of pure filmic storytelling. An unadorned, black-and-white record of a three-day gathering held in Detroit in 1971, "Winter Soldier" turns the camera on the testimony of former soldiers invited by Vietnam Veterans Against the War to share accounts of atrocities they committed or witnessed. The result is a spellbinding film that achieves impressive power through...
  • Need Personal Stories of Vietnam Vets

    11/23/2005 5:05:35 PM PST · by Alexander Rubin · 120 replies · 1,565+ views
    Alright, here's the deal. I'm going to have to lead a small university seminar on the public perception of the Vietnam war for one of my history classes. However, I would like to force the participants to see this from a fair perspective (both a bird's eye view and from the ground), rather than the superficial pop-cultural view of Vietnam that most are likely to have (we are university undergraduates after all). Specifically, given how often Vietnam Vets get ignored or passed over, I want the participants to understand the perspective of the grunts, sailors and airmen who participated. So...
  • Ia Drang vets reunite at Vietnam Wall

    11/14/2005 3:39:22 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 724+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Nov 14, 2005 | Sgt. Ken Hall
    WASHINGTON, (Army News Service, Nov. 14, 2005) – More than 200 veterans of Vietnam’s battle of Pleiku-Ia Drang reunited at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Nov. 11. This week marks the 40th anniversary of the battle of Pleiku-Ia Drang. On Nov. 6, 1965, 450 men of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, under the command of Lt. Col. Hal Moore, were dropped by helicopters in the Ia Drang Valley and were immediately surrounded by 2,000 North Vietnamese soldiers. Three days later, only two and a half miles away, a sister battalion was destroyed. Together, these two events were among the most savage...
  • Dropping The Bomb on Vietnam Myths

    11/13/2005 3:25:47 PM PST · by Daralundy · 38 replies · 1,586+ views
    University of Dallas News ^ | October 26, 2005 | Monica Tomutsa
    Last week, co-author of Stolen Valor: How the Vietnam Generation was Robbed of its Heroes and its History B.G. Burkett, shed light on wide-spread and completely false misconceptions surrounding the Vietnam War. While trying to raise funds for a Texas Vietnam memorial, he realized that the media's influence and false coverage had altered the memory of Vietnam for the worse. Correlating Burkett's lecture and the Vietnam War with something the UD core esteems, Thomas G. West, politics professor, drew upon Plato's image of the cave in his introduction. "We here at UD read Plato's Republic and are shown Plato's cave,...
  • Generations of Valor

    11/11/2005 9:11:38 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 9 replies · 460+ views
    National Review ^ | 11-11-05 | Anne Moss
    November 11, 2005, 8:55 a.m. Generations of Valor Fathers and sons at war. By Anne Morse "By God, we've kicked the Vietnam syndrome once and for all!" exulted President George H. W. Bush after America's swift and smashing victory over Iraq during the Gulf War of 1991. It was a reference to how deeply the debacle that was Vietnam — then some 16 years in the past — had scarred the American psyche. Vietnam had, by all accounts, also scarred the veterans who served in it. Everyone "knew" that Vietnam veterans were drug-addicted, alcohol-addled losers who killed babies when they...
  • A Special Tribute to our Vietnam Vets

    11/10/2005 7:45:41 PM PST · by FFforFreedom · 3 replies · 246+ views
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    God Bless and keep all who serve in our military, have served in our military, and who have made the unltimate sacrifice. We recognize the supreme sacrifices of the spouses, children, and extended family of every military person who has served. The American Fire Service holds dear to its heart the efforts and sacrifices made by our military to win, secure, and maintain our freedom. Those like myself will honor your sacrifice by respecting, utilizing, and defending those freedoms that are so precious and have cost so very much. Here is a special tribute to our Vietnam Vets who unfortunately...
  • POW who endured six years in captivity speaks locally

    11/03/2005 9:34:52 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 1,377+ views
    Sierra Vista Herald, Sierra Vista Arizona ^ | Nov 3, 2005 | Amanda Baillie
    FORT HUACHUCA — America’s heroes were honored at a special event on Wednesday, including the many who now live in this community. The annual Bring A Vet To Lunch, presented by the Greater Sierra Vista Area Chamber of Commerce and its Military Affairs Committee, saw more than 180 people fill the Thunder Mountain Activity Center. Among them were veterans aged 80-plus, as well as active-duty soldiers still in their teens, and community and military leaders. But the special guest was retired Lt. Col. Barry Bridger, an Air Force veteran who spent more than six years as a prisoner of war...
  • Gordon Liddy will host Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation leaders at 11:00 am Thursday (11/3)

    10/29/2005 7:35:43 PM PDT · by Interesting Times · 36 replies · 1,780+ views
    The G. Gordon Liddy Show ^ | 10/29/2005 | Interesting Times
    This coming Thursday at 11:00am Eastern, G. Gordon Liddy will host leaders of the Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation (VVLF) on his radio show. The VVLF recently filed a conspiracy lawsuit against John Kerry in federal court. During the program, excerpts from both "Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal" and Kerry's libelous 1971 testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will be broadcast. Here are short bios of Liddy's guests, all of whom also appeared in the devastating Swift Vets and POWs for Truth TV ad campaign: Col. George E. "Bud" Day, USAF (Ret.) President of Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation Shot...