Lost to PTSD, Agent Orange: Veteran to Receive the ‘Welcome Home’ He Never Had

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Mike Bartkowiak was just 16 years old when he volunteered for the Vietnam War in 1968. Stationed in Germany and Thailand, he was sent to Vietnam in 1971. While there, he volunteered to be a… Continue reading

Vietnam Veteran Educates Boise Students on History and Life

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by Melanie Lowry, Education Outreach Intern “You can read about history, but there’s nothing quite like hearing it firsthand,” said David Skinner, an Advanced Placement United States History teacher at Bishop Kelly High… Continue reading

These Minnesotans Lead Effort To Find 1,075 Photos

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“The work of the Minnesotans, including local vets, to find 1,075 photos is a monumental achievement,” said Jessica McBride, a journalism instructor at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. McBride was able to track down… Continue reading

From Bismark, ND to the United States Congress: The Impact of Vietnam Project-Based Learning

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By Melanie Lowry, Education Outreach Intern “‘Project-based learning’ is the new buzzword in education that our school is encouraging teachers to use”, said Laura Forde, a social studies teacher at Bismarck High School… Continue reading

Heroic and Extraordinary: Two Medal of Honor Recipients To Speak at Memorial Day

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This year’s Memorial Day Observance at The Wall will offer a chance for thousands of veterans and families to gather at The Wall and honor America’s fallen heroes. It will be held on May… Continue reading

More Than 40 Years Later, Air Force Captain Accounted For, Honored in D.C.

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 Written by Communications Intern, Kalli McCoy On December 30, 1969, Captain Douglas David Ferguson of Tacoma, Washington was on an armed reconnaissance mission over Houaphan Province, Laos. After his F-4D Phantom II aircraft crashed, he would remain… Continue reading

Memories 40 Years after the end of the Vietnam War

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The Vietnam War ended on April 30, 1975. The city of Saigon was the capital of South Vietnam and was captured by communist troops from the North. There were three million Vietnamese and more than… Continue reading

Ceremony on Mother’s Day to honor seven name additions, five status changes to The Wall

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Each spring, VVMF works with the Department of Defense (DOD) to ensure that The Wall is accurate. When MIAs are recovered in Vietnam or when an appeal has been approved for addition to… Continue reading

Commemorating 40 Years Since Operation Frequent Wind

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Co-written by Kalli McCoy Operation Frequent Wind was the last phase in the evacuation of American civilians and “at risk” Vietnamese from Saigon, and took place April 29th and April 30th, 1975. Operation Frequent Wind… Continue reading

Wall of Faces Launches for Australian Fallen on ANZAC Day

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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is pleased to announce the launch of its Virtual Wall of Faces for the Australian fallen on April 25, 2015, also known as a day of remembrance… Continue reading