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Stories in Stone: Duery M. Felton, Jr. & the Origin of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection

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Written by Jason Bain, Senior Collections Curator of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund “Oh, the stories I could tell you…” quips the distinguished looking gentleman with an irrepressible twinkle in his eye. If the… Continue reading

Students Interview Veterans, Learn What “textbooks cannot communicate”

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“When first hearing the students refer to Forrest Gump as the basis for understanding the Vietnam War, I became concerned that there were a lot of misconceptions,” said Blake Busbin, a fourth year… Continue reading

Fewer Than 14,000 Photos Needed To Honor Fallen Vietnam Veterans

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VVMF’s Faces Never Forgotten campaign is continuing to reach milestones. At the close of 2015, there are fewer than 14,000 photos needed to put a face to the more than 58,000 whose names are inscribed on… Continue reading

Wisconsin Man Honors Fallen Heroes By Creating Memorial on His Lawn

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Steve Conto is from Menasha, Wisconsin. While not a Vietnam veteran, he has the utmost respect for those who served before him. More than a decade separates Steve’s service from the brutalities of… Continue reading

“Wall Magic” at the Vietnam Memorial: Woman Finds Birth Father Almost 30 Years Later

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“Wall Magic” is a term coined to describe miraculous, inexplicable moments at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Veterans have reconnected after decades while searching for the same name, family members come into contact with… Continue reading

“He completed a total of 22 flights”: Rescuing Wounded In the Ia Drang Valley

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After being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1953, Col. Bruce Crandall  became the commander of the 1st Cavalry Division’s Company A, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion and held the position on November 14, 1965.… Continue reading

Maya Lin: The Designer behind the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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Maya Lin was 21 years old and an undergraduate at Yale University when her design was chosen as the winner for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The year was 1981. Her design would help shape… Continue reading

‘I Feel Closer to My Brother’: Families of Fallen Helicopter Pilots Unite with Veterans to Heal

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“I feel closer to my brother.” Julie Kink held back some tears as she addressed a crowd of more than 100 Gold Star families on the morning of August 26, 2015. Kink is the sister… Continue reading

Wisconsin Hero Bike: The Motorcycle Left at The Wall

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Of the more than 400,000 items left at The Wall, one really stands out. The Wisconsin Hero Bike is by far the most well-known item left at The Wall. It was a special… Continue reading

Australia Commemorates Vietnam Veterans Day, 50 Years Since First Deployment

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The statement below is credited to the Australian Government, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs. Today, 18 August,  is Vietnam Veterans Day in Australia,  the day on which the service of the 60,000 Australian men and women who… Continue reading