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Keeping the Republic: How I’ll be observing this Independence Day

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This post was written by VVMF President and CEO Jim Knotts There’s a famous story — apocryphal, maybe — about the birth of the U.S. Constitution. As Benjamin Franklin was leaving Independence Hall… Continue reading

How a Vietnam draftee found peace volunteering at The Wall

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Michael Mc Mahon was drafted to serve in the military in December 1968 and served in Vietnam with the 9th Infantry Division from June 1969 to June 1970. Michael has been a Vietnam… Continue reading

Q&A with John Pighini, military advisor for ‘The Last Full Measure’

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Airman First Class William “Pits” Pitsenbarger was posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross in 1966. The 2019 film “The Last Full Measure” dramatizes the effort to have his award upgraded to the Medal… Continue reading

591 Vietnam veterans to be honored through the In Memory program in 2020

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Since the Vietnam War ended, thousands of Vietnam veterans have died each year due to Agent Orange exposure, PTSD/suicide, cancer and other causes related to their service. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s (VVMF) In… Continue reading

A Hero’s Welcome: How a pilot missing for 52 years came home

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After 52 years,  U.S. Air Force Col. Peter J. Stewart, missing from the Vietnam War, came home. Missing in Action  On March 15, 1966, Stewart was the pilot of a two-seater F-4C aircraft.… Continue reading

Heroic story of William H. Pitsenbarger told in ‘The Last Full Measure’

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The film, “The Last Full Measure,” is in theaters nationwide on Jan. 24. The film is based on the true story of Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Air Force A1C William Pitsenbarger, who… Continue reading

Because of you: A look back at 2019

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Because of you, VVMF can carry out its mission to honor and preserve the legacy of service in America and educate all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War and era. A… Continue reading

10 things you should know about the Three Servicemen Statue

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The Three Servicemen Statue is a heroic, traditional depiction of those who served in Vietnam. The statue is part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial site and was unveiled on Veterans Day in 1984,… Continue reading

A Life Cut Short: 50 years after Navy pilot disappeared, loved ones hope for answers

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U.S. Navy Lt. Victor Patrick (Pat) Buckley was 25 years old when he went missing in action during the Vietnam War. His plane was returning to the USS Hancock aircraft carrier on Dec.… Continue reading

A family changed forever: Honoring a brother killed in Vietnam

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Richard B. Murphy, known as Dick to all who knew him, was the second of ten children in a large Irish-Catholic family. They hailed from Norwood, Massachusetts where their dad was the police… Continue reading