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  • Honoring Vietnam veterans: Help us put a face on sacrifice

    07/19/2014 6:06:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 14, 2014 | Mark Green
    Courtesy of the author The genius of Maya Lin’s design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial -- “The Wall” -- is the visitor’s overwhelming sense of loss. The names of the dead, on 140 black granite panels, appear infinite in number. It has been 32 years since The Wall was dedicated. It has become a place of healing, where Americans could separate the sacrifice of the warriors from what had become America’s most unpopular war. Back then, a young veteran, Jan Scruggs, took $2,000 of his own money and began raising the $8.4 million in private contributions to build what...
  • Edwin A. Shuman III, Former Prisoner of War Who Defied Hanoi Hilton Guards, Dies at 82

    12/24/2013 11:18:42 AM PST · by lbryce · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 24, 2013 | Richard Goldstien
    As Christmas 1970 approached, 43 American prisoners of war in a large holding cell at the North Vietnamese camp known as the Hanoi Hilton sought to hold a brief church service. Their guards stopped them, and so the seeds of rebellion were planted. The Hoa Lo prison, a 19th-century structure built by the French in central Hanoi, was christened the Hanoi Hilton by American prisoners during the Vietnam War. A few days later, Lt. Cmdr. Edwin A. Shuman III, a downed Navy pilot, orchestrated the resistance, knowing he would be the first to face the consequences: a beating in a...
  • Runner logs one mile for every fallen Vietnam Vet

    09/21/2013 9:35:34 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 18 replies
    MapsoftheWorld.com ^ | 22-Sep-2013 | staff reporter
    Runner Michael Bowen has finished running over 58,000 miles- one for every US vet who lost his life during the Vietnam War. Bowen, 65 living in Michigan has been running since 1982 despite suffering from colon cancer and having three surgeries on his knees.
  • John Mccain Exposed By Vietnam Vets And Pow's

    09/05/2013 10:34:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 58 replies
    U tube ^ | Jul 23, 2013 | Vietnam Vets And Pow’s
    John McCain Exposed By Vietnam Vets And Pow’s .
  • Col. Bud Day, Vietnam War Hero, Dies at 88

    07/28/2013 12:01:01 PM PDT · by OddLane · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | Richard Goldstein
    Col. Bud Day, an Air Force fighter pilot who was shot down in the Vietnam War, imprisoned with John McCain in the notorious “Hanoi Hilton,” and defiantly endured more than five years of brutality without divulging sensitive information to his captors, earning him the Medal of Honor, died Saturday in Shalimar, Fla. He was 88.
  • CBS APOLOGIZES TO VETERANS FOLLOWING ‘ANTI-AMERICAN’ EPISODE OF ‘THE AMAZING RACE’

    03/25/2013 5:20:16 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 22 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3-25-2013 | Billy Hallowell
    March 25, 2013 CBS APOLOGIZES TO VETERANS FOLLOWING ‘ANTI-AMERICAN’ EPISODE OF ‘THE AMAZING RACE’ Billy Hallowell CBS has issued an apology over an episode of its series “The Amazing Race” that was decried by some for being “anti-American.” During last week’s show, a number of images and occurrences led to outrage among critics. In addition to visiting a “B-52 Memorial” in Hanoi, Vietnam, contestants were seen watching children sing about socialism while standing in front of a picture of communist leader Ho Chi Minh.The show brought contestants to the memorial — the spot where an American B-52 was shot down...
  • Man kills Alabama bus driver, holds child hostage underground

    01/30/2013 9:29:49 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 62 replies
    CNN ^ | 01/30/2013 | Lateef Mungin, CNN
    (CNN) -- A gunman boarded a school bus in Alabama, took a 6-year-old boy hostage and killed the driver who tried to save him, police said Wednesday. The incident occurred Tuesday and continued into Wednesday morning, with authorities still desperately trying to free the young child, who was being held by the gunman in an underground bunker. "We will continue to work diligently through the night in an effort to bring closure to this incident as quickly as possible," the Dale County Sheriff's Department said late Tuesday. Authorities identified the slain bus driver as 66-year-old Charles Albert Poland Jr. Late...
  • Forty years later, Vietnam remembered by the soldiers

    12/28/2012 9:18:19 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 21 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/28/12 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Forty years later, veterans still suffer rebound effects from inhabiting thick jungles during one of America’s most brutal wars. “Inside the Vietnam War,” airs tonite, December 28 at 8 p.m., in a special encore presentation on the National Geographic Channel. An outstanding memorial tribute by USA TODAY it features individual interviews of veterans from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Marine Security Guard, Bill Newell stood post at the US Embassy in Saigon on April 29, 1975, when he got the news that two of his fellow Marines became the last Americans to die in that terrible war....
  • Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, coalition forces leader during Persian Gulf War, dies

    12/27/2012 9:38:49 PM PST · by FrogMom · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/27/12
    Truth is, retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf didn't care much for his popular "Stormin' Norman" nickname. The seemingly no-nonsense Desert Storm commander's reputed temper with aides and subordinates supposedly earned him that rough-and-ready moniker. But others around the general, who died Thursday in Tampa, Fla., at age 78 from complications from pneumonia, knew him as a friendly, talkative and even jovial figure who preferred the somewhat milder sobriquet given by his troops: "The Bear."
  • ROBBINS: Signing America’s ‘thank you’ card

    05/25/2012 6:55:52 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 25, 2012 | James S. Robbins
    Have you ever personally thanked Vietnam veterans for their service and sacrifice? Now is your chance. ... On Memorial Day, Veterans in Defense of Liberty (VIDOL) is launching a yearlong Vietnam Veterans Thank You Card From America campaign.
  • (Viet Nam) Vet cuts down Illegal Mexican flag flying above U.S. Flag

    10/21/2011 6:38:10 AM PDT · by GailA · 43 replies
    U Tube ^ | N/A | N/A
    Vet cuts down Illegal Mexican flag flying above U.S. Flag Don't know how to embed the video, but it warms the heart to see a Viet Nam Vet still fighting for his country.Best down load it before the commies pull it.
  • Vietnam Vets are NOT getting any Younger

    07/04/2011 9:25:34 AM PDT · by YihYthink · 50 replies · 1+ views
    I put this up for all of us older vets we never want to forget the treason and treachery of Hanoi Jane. To all that serve this is our day be proud!
  • CBS News: Rolling Thunder Crowd "Pretty Anti-Media, Very Protective" of Sarah Palin

    05/29/2011 9:15:11 AM PDT · by kristinn · 215 replies · 1+ views
    CBS News via Twitter ^ | Sunday, May 29, 2011 | Christine Delargy
    Not there but @CBSNews producer on ground tells me #RollingThunder crowd pretty anti-media, very protective of @SarahPalinUSA7 minutes ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®
  • Agent Orange’s Toxic Legacy Hits Home

    01/13/2011 9:52:15 AM PST · by DanMiller · 13 replies
    Opinion Forum ^ | January 13, 2012 | Jan Barry
    Retired Master Sergeant LeRoy Foster is haunted by the job that launched his 20-year career in the US Air Force—spraying herbicides along perimeter fences and fuel pipelines at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. This duty seemed inconsequential, field maintenance work done amid B-52 bombers thundering in and out to refuel for bombing raids over Vietnam and a beehive of other military operations buzzing at Navy bases on the small island in the mid-Pacific Ocean. Despite nasty outbreaks of acne that a military doctor recorded in a 1968 medical report, he couldn’t imagine that the government-issued weed-killers might be planting...
  • Ex-Bush aide killed, dumped in Del. River landfill

    01/03/2011 10:05:53 AM PST · by maggief · 128 replies
    Philly.com ^ | January 3, 2011
    John Parsons Wheeler 3d, a Vietnam veteran officer who served in three GOP Presidential administrations, and who chaired the committee that raised funds from businesses, agencies and prominent Americans to get the Vietnam Veterans Memorial built on the Washington Mall, was found dead in a landfill a few miles from his New Castle Delaware home this weekend.
  • 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
  • Obama Snubs Vietnam Vets of Rolling Thunder

    05/27/2010 7:04:40 AM PDT · by kristinn · 43 replies · 1,888+ views
    Thursday, May 27, 2010 | Kristinn
    Maybe he doesn't like the sound of hundreds of thousands of motorcycle riding freedom-fighters roaring through the streets of D.C. all day and night for four days?Barack Obama is turning his back on the Vietnam veterans of Rolling Thunder who will gathering in Washington, D.C. this Memorial Day weekend for their 23rd annual demonstration to remind the nation of those servicemembers still missing or held as prisoners of war.In addition to skipping out on his duties at Arlington National Cemetery so he can vacation at the family mansion in Chicago, Obama will be cancelling what, under President George W. Bush,...
  • Veteran fatally shot at MacDill Air Force Base had record involving threat(FL)

    05/21/2010 5:50:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies · 784+ views
    tampabay.com ^ | 21 May, 2010 | Jessica Vander Velde and Kim Wilmath
    TAMPA — Ronald Bullock made MacDill Air Force Base his home even though he was no longer in the military. Decades had passed since a grenade blew up on him in Vietnam, rendering him disabled, his brother said. But as a veteran with a military ID, he could stay at the base's campground for six months at a time. Bullock, 61, didn't have a family or a job. He told his uncle he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. "He took a mess of pills to keep him going, to keep him cool," said his uncle, Phil Sullivan, 80, of Tampa....
  • Six Names Added to Vietnam Veterans Memorial

    05/04/2010 6:19:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 25 replies · 632+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 4, 2010 – This week, the names of six American servicemembers will join the list of other departed or missing troops featured on the intersecting black-granite walls of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Expert stoneworker James Lee cleans the work after engraving the name of U.S. Army Lt. Col. Taylor to Panel 7W, Line 81 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., May 4, 2010. Taylor's name is one of six added to the memorial. The new names represent veterans who survived serious injury in the war, but were determined by Defense Department officials to have died as...
  • America's Victory in Vietnam

    04/29/2010 7:13:52 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 43 replies · 1,044+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 30, 2010 | James S. Robbins
    America won the Vietnam War. You hadn't heard? Then check out "The Politi- cally Incorrect Guide to the Vietnam War," Phillip Jennings' new entry in the popular Regnery series. Mr. Jennings wrote the book with a specific purpose: "To settle scores with the pernicious mythmakers of the Vietnam War." These include journalists, politicians and academics, who both created the myths of Vietnam and profited from them. For this group, Mr. Jennings has three words: "Shame on you." Mr. Jennings' book is a well-researched, brisk review of the central myths of the Vietnam War, set in historical context. It is not...
  • 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...
  • Torpedoing the Blue Water Navy

    03/01/2010 7:24:54 AM PST · by Right Winged American · 62 replies · 1,725+ views
    The Salem News, Salem Oregon ^ | Feb. 24, 2010 | John Paul Rossie
    Feb-24-2010 Torpedoing the Blue Water NavyJohn Paul Rossie for Salem-News.comIs This the Final Insult or the Last Gasp of Stupidity? Courtesy: bluewaternavy.org (LITTLETON, Co.) - Vietnam War veterans are a fine lot: they suffered through the War; they suffered the abuse of an ungrateful nation upon their return; they continue to suffer the indignity of an incompetent and antagonistic Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA); and they are the fastest dying group of veterans of any war we've fought. By the end of 2009, only about 30% of all Vietnam War veterans were still alive. At that rate, the last of...
  • Miss. Survivor Of Vietnam's Hanoi Hilton Dies At 82

    12/04/2009 5:43:41 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 16 replies · 1,058+ views
    WAPT News ^ | December 3, 2009
    Miss. Survivor Of Vietnam's Hanoi Hilton Dies At 82 Pitchford Survived 7 Years In Prison Camp UPDATED: 3:48 pm CST December 3, 2009 JACKSON, Miss. -- Retired Air Force Col. Jack Pitchford, a fighter pilot from Mississippi who survived seven years in the Vietnamese prison camp known as the Hanoi Hilton, has died. He was 82. The Natchez, Miss., native was shot down in 1965 and taken to the Hoa Lo prison, a hellish place where Americans, including famous veterans like U.S. Sen. John McCain, were tortured. Pitchford was released in 1973. His brother said Pitchford died Wednesday after battling...
  • Vietnam, Iraq Vets Recall War Experiences

    11/12/2009 4:54:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 360+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2009 – Generations of American servicemembers braved and survived the din, destruction and uncertainty of war to return home to enjoy the freedoms they helped to preserve for their fellow citizens. Retired Navy Rear Adm. Robert H. Shumaker is a famous U.S. military veteran who coined the term “Hanoi Hilton” when he was a prisoner of war from 1965 to 1973 in North Vietnam. Any person –- civilian or military –- who thinks they may have emotional problems should seek professional help, he said. DoD photo by Gerry J. Gilmore  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Yet,...
  • Alleged Vail shooter has PTSD, lawyer says in court

    11/09/2009 7:07:03 PM PST · by frankenMonkey · 13 replies · 1,086+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 11/09/2009 | Beth Potter
    VAIL — A Vail man faces first-degree murder charges after he allegedly shot and killed a man outside a Vail bar over the weekend, Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said today in a court hearing. Richard "Rossi" Moreau, 63, is being held without bond in the Eagle County Jail. He is expected to be formally charged in a Dec. 1 hearing, Hurlbert said. His attorney, Reed Owens, said Moreau has met with jail doctors. Owens said he wants to make sure Moreau can get the medication he takes for post-traumatic stress disorder while he is jailed. "We may have...
  • Suspected flag burner pilloried

    09/26/2009 10:12:55 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 187 replies · 4,987+ views
    timesunion.com ^ | Sept. 26, 2009 | BOB GARDINIER AND HUMBERTO MARTÍNEZ
    VALLEY FALLS -- The young man was given three choices: get turned over to the police, go one-on-one in a fight with a seasoned war veteran, or be duct-taped to a flagpole for six hours with a sign around his neck identifying his alleged crime: flag burning. It was the third option that would still have the small town buzzing a week after a 21-year-old was hunted down and forced to endure a public humiliation with its roots dating to the Middle Ages. Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1938 were incensed enough to tie up the man...
  • To Set The Record Straight: How the Old Media Goliath was killed (book review)

    09/19/2009 6:26:42 AM PDT · by Travis McGee · 47 replies · 1,740+ views
    Matthew Bracken | Sep 19, 2009 | Matthew Bracken
    To Set The Record Straight, first pubished in 2008, is much more than a history of the 2004 presidential race, and the effects the Swiftboat veterans had on that campaign. TSTRS uses the Swiftboat veterans' story to focus upon the role the mainstream media has played in shaping American public opinion over the past forty years, from the Vietnam War until the recent past. When Senator Kerry decided to make his military record a central part of his campaign, the Swiftboat veterans who knew him the best were angered and sickened. They had had enough, and they decided literally “to...
  • Calley Apologizes for My Lai

    08/21/2009 7:47:30 PM PDT · by grandpa jones · 76 replies · 5,391+ views
    MSNBC.com ^ | 08/21/09 | staff
    COLUMBUS, Ga. - Speaking in a soft, sometimes labored voice, the only U.S. Army officer convicted in the 1968 slayings of Vietnamese civilians at My Lai made an extraordinary public apology while speaking to a small group near the military base where he was court-martialed
  • ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Actor Discusses Career, Technology (Gunny R. Lee)

    08/21/2009 4:30:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 50 replies · 1,970+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2009 – Retired Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. R. Lee Ermey -- a Vietnam veteran, film actor and TV host -- shared observations about modern military technology and his visits with American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq during a “DoDLive” bloggers roundtable today. “They’re just as ready to eat their own guts out today as they ever were back in my time,” he said. “The only difference is we’ve got better equipment, better gear, better toys, and I spend as much time as I can with them.” Ermey said he’s surprised by the enduring popularity of his 1987...
  • Fort Campbell welcomes home Vietnam vets

    08/16/2009 10:58:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies · 1,423+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 08/16/2009 | KRISTIN M. HALL
    Tears filled the eyes of some Vietnam veterans who were warmly greeted with cheers from their family and friends Sunday in an re-enactment of their original return from the war, when they were often met with angry demonstrators and harsh headlines. The ceremony was a first for the 101st Airborne Division and the Army, said Maj. Patrick Seiber, an Army spokesman based at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. "Our hope is that other units and other posts will follow our lead in having this type of ceremony," he said...
  • Face of Defense: Vietnam Veteran Re-enlists in Iraq

    07/23/2009 4:21:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 689+ views
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ EAST, Iraq, July 23, 2009 – Army Sgt. 1st Class Hershel L. Mayfield is a Vietnam veteran with 39 years of service. But when he re-enlisted here earlier this month, his mind was on the future and the young people he serves with. Army Sgt. 1st Class Hershel Mayfield, right, receives his re-enlistment certificate from Army Capt. Irvin Morris at Contingency Operating Site Marez East, Iraq, July 7, 2009. Mayfield has served 39 years in the Army, including 37 with the 158th Maintenance Company of the Alabama Army National Guard. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt....
  • Vietnam veteran admits his war heroics fabricated

    07/13/2009 7:17:19 AM PDT · by laotzu · 40 replies · 2,913+ views
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 7/12/09 | Lindsay Wise
    HOUSTON — Charles Bass had told the story about how he survived a deadly snakebite in Vietnam so many times it seemed natural to tell it again, this time in front of a TV camera on the Fourth of July. He pointed at scars on his hand and the crook of his elbow, explaining how he'd stuck a hollow bamboo in the vein to stop the venom from reaching his heart. The camera panned a display case full of his medals at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum on Southmore Boulevard. A placard explained that Sgt. Major Bass had earned the...
  • America in Vietnam: The communists drew first blood 50 years ago

    07/07/2009 10:36:11 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 15 replies · 1,032+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 8, 2009 | Editorial
    Few Americans have heard of Bien Hoa, but the Vietnam War started there 50 years ago today.
  • Tysons Corner ad shocks Vietnam vets [Mockery of Vietnam Memorial]

    06/09/2009 12:54:57 PM PDT · by RatherBiased.com · 92 replies · 3,482+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | Michael Neibauer
    Prominent Vietnam veterans and their families are appalled by an advertisement for a major local mall that shows a woman in front of a wall that strongly resembles the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, with the names of the center’s stores appearing instead of the names of the war dead. Tysons Corner Center reacted quickly to condemnation from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and ordered the immediate removal of 440 of the ads from the Metrorail cars where they have been posted, mall spokeswoman Allison Fischer said Tuesday afternoon. The Tysons ad features a black granite wall engraved with a list of...
  • After 40 years, a Vietnam vet gets his Bronze Star

    05/31/2009 2:56:40 AM PDT · by csvset · 22 replies · 1,205+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | May 31, 2009 | Louis Hansen
    VIRGINIA BEACH A few years ago at a reunion for Navy sailors and airmen, Clarence Cooper met two men he'd seen just once - Sept. 14, 1968. It was a hot and humid afternoon when North Vietnamese troops ambushed Cooper's supply ship on the river outside Vinh Long. Rockets streamed from the bank, blasted through bulkheads and drove shrapnel into the small crew. The sailors unloaded on the entrenched enemy lines. The deck was covered with smoke and fire and cartridge cases and two rocket-propelled grenades that somehow didn't explode. The fight culminated with a helicopter rescue of a gravely...
  • Vet's Patriotic Stickers Under Fire

    05/28/2009 7:19:07 PM PDT · by Marechal · 40 replies · 2,266+ views
    Channel 26 - Fox News - Houston ^ | 27 May 2009 | James Rose
    DALLAS - Frank Larison is a disabled veteran with more than 14 years of service, including more than a year of combat duty in Vietnam. The 58-year-old former Marine now finds himself under attack by his Dallas homeowners association for displaying seven decals on his vehicle supporting the Marine Corps. "To me, it's being patriotic, and it shows that I served," the veteran told FOX 4. The board says the decals are advertisements that violate HOA rules, and must be covered or removed. Otherwise, the homeowners association for The Woodlands II on The Creek --- where Larimore has lived for...
  • Media still lying about the Swift Boat Veterans

    05/25/2009 12:23:40 PM PDT · by DakotaRed · 6 replies · 807+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | May 25, 2009 | Scott Swett
    Five years ago, a group of Vietnam veterans came forward at the National Press Club in Washington to dispute the "war hero" stories that formed the basis of candidate John Kerry's presidential campaign, and to challenge the claims of rampant US war crimes Kerry had used to launch his political career 33 years earlier -- false accusations, they said, that helped to poison the reputations of a generation of American troops. The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth included Kerry's entire former chain of command from Vietnam and dozens of eyewitnesses to his actions there. Kerry, the veterans said, was not...
  • Media still lying about the Swift Boat Veterans

    05/25/2009 2:07:35 AM PDT · by Scanian · 17 replies · 1,149+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | May 25, 2009 | Scott Swett
    Five years ago, a group of Vietnam veterans came forward at the National Press Club in Washington to dispute the "war hero" stories that formed the basis of candidate John Kerry's presidential campaign, and to challenge the claims of rampant US war crimes Kerry had used to launch his political career 33 years earlier -- false accusations, they said, that helped to poison the reputations of a generation of American troops. The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth included Kerry's entire former chain of command from Vietnam and dozens of eyewitnesses to his actions there. Kerry, the veterans said, was not...
  • Rolling Thunder Roars Through Nations' Capital

    05/24/2009 3:52:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 828+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden, USA
    WASHINGTON, May 24, 2009 – Pam Crane sat peacefully in a patch of freshly mowed grass along Highway 27 here in the nation’s capital, remembering her husband, his patriotism and his cause. Bikers from all across the country pull into the Pentagon's north parking lot May 24, 2009, to participate in the 22nd Annual Rolling Thunder rally in Washington, D.C., to remind the nation that many American servicemembers who were prisoners of war or missing in action are still unaccounted for. DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. She...
  • 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...
  • Rolling Thunder not expecting Obama greeting

    05/22/2009 5:55:41 AM PDT · by lakeprincess · 36 replies · 1,880+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5/22/09 | Jennifer Harper
    The last time Rolling Thunder roared into Washington, the president welcomed the riders in the White House driveway with a smile on his face and heartfelt personal greeting. This year, maybe not. "We initially got a call this year saying the president wasn't going to greet us," said Artie Muller, founder of the group.
  • Rolling Thunder Not Expecting Obama Greeting

    05/21/2009 8:31:28 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 29 replies · 1,559+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 21st 2009
    Rolling Thunder not expecting Obama greeting By Jennifer Harper Friday, May 22, 2009 The last time Rolling Thunder roared into Washington, the president welcomed the riders in the White House driveway with a smile on his face and heartfelt personal greeting. This year, maybe not. "We initially got a call this year saying the president wasn't going to greet us," said Artie Muller, founder of the group that is marking its 22nd annual patriotic motorcycle ride through Washington to draw attention to policy issues influencing veterans, active-duty military, prisoners of war and those still missing in action. But a second...
  • Ted Sampley passes away at 62 - Political activist made his mark locally and nationally

    05/13/2009 4:00:25 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 56 replies · 2,180+ views
    ENC Today ^ | May 12, 2009 | Bryan C. Hanks
    National and local political activist, decorated veteran, POW advocate, businessman and master potter Ted Sampley passed away Tuesday. He was 62. Sampley, who was recovering from heart surgery a week earlier, was experiencing difficulties from the surgery at the Veteran's Hospital in Durham on Tuesday. He died while being rushed to surgery. His sudden passing surprised many in Kinston. "This is a shock to me," said master shipbuilder Alton Stapleford, the architect of the CSS Neuse II, which Sampley helped bring to fruition. "It's really hard to comprehend right now." Sampley served several tours of duty in Vietnam in the...
  • Lost After Nam, Vets Finally Reunite

    05/13/2009 7:29:13 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 1 replies · 530+ views
    Military.com ^ | 05/08/09 | Kelly Johnson
    On March 25, 1969, the Marines of Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, moved through a thick jungle in enemy territory less than a klick from the Laotian border. Their mission was to locate, engage and destroy any enemy position near the company's area of operation. But not long into the patrol, the Leathernecks were soon pinned down by intense enemy fire from a North Vietnamese army position. At the direction of the company commander, the artillery officer called in air support and soon Marine jets dropped napalm and high explosives on the enemy. "We could feel the heat from...
  • War hero who had child porn to learn fate [John Kerry & Dems stand by child porn pervert]

    05/03/2009 5:11:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 113 replies · 7,960+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 5/3/09 | Greg Moran
    FEDERAL COURT — War hero, activist, former high-ranking Pentagon official – Wade Sanders has led a life full of peril and achievement, of great highs and deep lows. Just a few years ago, Sanders stood onstage at the Democratic National Convention as his fellow veteran, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., accepted his party's presidential nomination. That was a high point. Tomorrow afternoon in federal court in San Diego likely will be a low point for him. Sanders, 69, is scheduled to be sentenced after pleading guilty in December to possession of child pornography. He could face as much as 10 years...
  • My Enemy, My Friend: They met in the skies over North Vietnam in 1972, then again 36 years later.

    04/26/2009 9:10:52 AM PDT · by billorites · 10 replies · 1,210+ views
    Air & Space Smithsonian ^ | May 1, 2009 | Dan Cherry
    In 1971, the U.S. Air Force offered a checkout in the McDonnell F-4 to Republic F-105 drivers who had completed a 100-mission combat tour and were willing to volunteer for a second tour. I dearly loved the Thud, but with its numbers dwindling due to combat losses, its future was bleak.I checked out in the F-4 at Homestead Air Force Base in Florida and in June arrived at Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand. The usual mission of the 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron was two-ship bombing flights under forward air control in Laos and an occasional reconnaissance escort...
  • Kerry draws on '71 Vietnam testimony in asking current vets to speak

    04/21/2009 9:01:44 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 30 replies · 912+ views
    Kerry draws on '71 Vietnam testimony in asking current vets to speak @ 11:43 am by Michael O'Brien Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) is drawing on his own background as a Vietnam War protester in inviting veterans of the war in Afghanistan to testify in front of the committee this week. "One of the lessons that I learned a long time ago and lived out here was that it's important to listen to the troops, it's important to listen to the folks who are implementing these policies and putting their lives at risk," Kerry told National Public...
  • Ceremony recognizes vets not eligible for Vietnam Wall

    04/13/2009 11:10:39 AM PDT · by Racehorse · 42 replies · 1,293+ views
    WASHINGTON (AFRNS) -- One-hundred twenty-three American heroes from the Vietnam War era will be honored posthumously this month during the annual In Memory Day ceremony, according to Jan C. Scruggs, founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. In Memory Day was created to pay tribute to those who died prematurely from noncombat injuries and emotional suffering caused directly by the Vietnam War, but who are not eligible to have their names inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. A list of the honorees and their hometowns is available at www.vvmf.org/index.cfm?SectionID=774. The 11th annual In Memory Day ceremony begins at...
  • US Senator McCain returns to wartime Vietnam jail

    04/08/2009 5:49:46 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 18 replies · 925+ views
    AFP ^ | 2009-04-08
    HANOI (AFP) — US Senator John McCain leaned over a miniature mock-up on of the Vietnamese prison where he was held for years as a wartime prisoner. "I'm trying to figure it out," he said, studying the scale model on a return visit to the prison site that is now a museum.
  • Ex-POW McCain Returns to 'Hanoi Hilton' Prison

    04/08/2009 5:23:19 AM PDT · by RDTF · 38 replies · 1,956+ views
    Fox ^ | April 8, 2009
    HANOI, Vietnam -- Sen. John McCain paid a quiet visit to the "Hanoi Hilton" prison where he was held for more than five years during the Vietnam War on Wednesday, making a few deadpan remarks as he made his way through dark corridors and past musty cells. McCain allowed reporters to follow him while he escorted Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina through the prison. -snip-