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22 Things You Should Know About the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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On July 22, 1982, the first panel of what would become The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, most famously known as The Wall in Washington, D.C., is unveiled. And while you may know that it holds… Continue reading

The Things He Left Behind: A Sister’s Emotional Journey to Honor Brother Through His Art

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Written by Communications Intern Kalli McCoy “As a child I was in awe of his eye for color.” Angela Sriram of Baltimore, Maryland recalls the memory of her brother, George, who died in the… Continue reading

These Were The First Two Americans Killed in the Vietnam War

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Escalation and widespread attention towards the war in Vietnam may not have hit televisions and media with a loud “bang” before 1965, but American advisors were arriving, almost silently, on Southeast Asia soil.… Continue reading

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