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Bill Shugarts is the 2017 Libby Hatch Volunteer Recognition Award Recipient

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The Libby Hatch award is annually awarded to a volunteer who has shown outstanding commitment to preserving the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. This year’s Libby Hatch Award recipient is Bill Shugarts.… Continue reading

Remembering Marine veteran whose 30-year military career ended as a POW in Vietnam

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  Having a family member serve in the U.S. military during wartime can be a nerve wracking and emotional experience. John Wertz’s family is no stranger to this. Wertz’s grandfather, John Frederick Jr.,… Continue reading

Daughter longs for closure 49 years after father went missing in action

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This October 28th will mark 49 years since Air Force Lt. Col. Kenneth Stonebraker left Udorn Airfield in Thailand on a solo night reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam and never returned. For his daughter,… Continue reading

50 years on: The beautiful way a community honors fallen Marine

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Written by Scott Lynch    This Thanksgiving will mark 50 years since U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Francis Muraco, also known as ‘Butchie,’ made the ultimate sacrifice in the Vietnam War. For his sister, Mary… Continue reading

7 powerful quotes about the impact of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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  The Vietnam Veterans Memorial stands as a fitting tribute to the men and women who sacrificed their lives during the Vietnam War. As of Memorial Day 2017, 58,318 names are inscribed in… Continue reading

U.S. Navy veteran who ‘left his heart and soul in Vietnam’ remembered as hero

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Written by Ann Friel Larry Dean Parr and his twin sister, Linda Parr Lawton were born on August 4, 1947 in Charleston, Missouri to Willis and Muriel Parr.  Larry graduated from high school in… Continue reading

War, Grief, Healing: The Wall That Heals tells the story of Vietnam

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Compiled and written by Jason Bain, Senior Collections Curator and Ashley Barnes, Assistant Collections Curator of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection.   The Wall That Heals, VVMF’s half-scale Wall replica and mobile Education Center, has… Continue reading

Soldier sends poem to his mom months before his death: ‘My heart is home with you’

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They say there is nothing like a mother’s love. The saying was true for U.S. Army Pfc. Larry G. Manuel. Manuel served in the 4th Infantry Division in South Vietnam. Manuel made the… Continue reading

Bernie Friel: Quiet Man and Humble Hero

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Written by Ann Friel     Prelude This is the story of someone I have known and loved for most of my life, my little brother, Bernie. A very proud Marine, Sergeant Bernard… Continue reading

35 Songs about the Vietnam Era

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Throughout history, music has covered an array of subjects, such as war and peace. There are songs that are more broadly patriotic and songs that highlight critical problems in our country. During the Vietnam War,… Continue reading