Vietnam Vets and extended family

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  1. lhallam

    lhallam Member

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    There is a need for us to recognize and thank you and/or your loved ones for their service.

    There is a project going on at a school to honor those who did not return.

    This is what they have so far, maybe someone you know is here.

    https://eanes.tv/channel/Robins+1st+Period+Vietnam+Projects+2019/116976831

    This memorial is for a neighbor where I was a kid. I knew Jimmy and his sisters remain dear friends. His death was written up in Newsweek the week after he died. The guy charged at a machine gun nest to save his buddies.

    https://eanes.tv/media/1_zhsc9nl0

    OK folks, this is not about the war, it is not about what happened, this is about honoring those who were basically forgotten. So please be respectful and keep politics out of it.

    Anyone wanting to know more can watch the Ken Burns documentary on Vietnam. It is quite comprehensive so we don't need to discuss it here on TGP.
     
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    I think the best way to celebrate the VN vets would be to delete your first two paragraphs.
     
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    You are right, edited. Thanks. I often write things for those that are younger and aren't aware.
     
  4. A-Bone

    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    Memorialization can be a powerful thing, but let's at least also remember that there is a frankly stunning, beautiful, and heartbreaking Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC.

    [​IMG]
     
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    I have every video produced on the vietnam war (i think) and Burns' offering is by far the best.
    Our county courthouse has a monument on the grounds, listing every county resident who was KIA from WW1 to VN. A very fitting memorial for local heroes...if they died in combat, they are heroes.
     
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    Thank you.
    My father was a VN vet, too.
     
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    84superchamp Silver Supporting Member

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    Great pic. I've seen the traveling version when it visited my area but it is still a dream to see the real thing in DC.
     
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    It’s humbling. There are still forgotten ones.
    My dad’s name is not included because he died 13 years after his tour (from exposure to Agent Orange).
     
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    It is beautiful and sobering.
     
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    Those should have been included IMO, at least some kind of memorial. Very weird being in an area of agent orange, every bit of vegetation is a golden brown color, like it was painted.
    I salute your father.
     
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    Thanks!
    He wanted to serve and help the folks he had been training for years.
    He volunteered for combat when he was 40.
     
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    At 40, very impressive. Quite a trooper, it seems. :cool:
     
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    It's a powerful, and moving experience. I hope you get the opportunity to see it someday.
     
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    Been many times and always look up Jimmy when I'm there.

    I took a couple of teenagers here one night. On the way they were loud, chatty, being teens. The moment they started walking down the memorial they were silent when one softly said to the other, "This is a serious place." I didn't need to say a word, the design of the monument did it for me. Very powerful place. Highly suggested.

    For those who have never been, people often lay notes, flowers and memorabilia in front of special panels. You will see a note such as "I never met you Uncle Jim but I remember you." These artifacts are gathered by the Park Service and kept safe.

    Article here:
    https://www.washingtonian.com/2012/...artifacts-from-the-vietnam-veterans-memorial/
     
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    Yes, but he was a pilot not a grunt,so that helps. Regardless he was a very tough old bird.

    He said he felt old doing jungle training with folks half his age.
     
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    Many are unaware of the controversy that surrounded this beautiful monument when the design was selected. And yet having been there twice to pay respects, it is a deeply moving experience. In fact, the traveling wall, which I saw first while living in St Louis, has a similar albeit lesser effect. In the 1990s I found and help publish a book of photographs on the things people leave behind at the wall.

    https://wkuherald.com/larry-powell-gallery/collection_62b0a3e4-422f-11e7-b1f5-5f630c28dab4.html#6
     
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    The names of my cousin and 6 schoolmates are on that wall.
     
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    My brother's name is on that wall. The High School we graduated from does an annual service to recognize former students who died is service to their country. The memorial service was started in the early 70's, and is still a gig thing.
     
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    likewise, my uncle. Of course, it wasn’t officially the cause until much later.
     
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