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Nurse given chance to honor patient who lost his life in Vietnam

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Last week VVMF hosted the Reading of The Names for The Wall’s 35th Anniversary. All 58,318 names on The Wall were read by volunteers, fellow veterans, and family members. Each name took on… Continue reading

Why I Read: Engaged to Be Married, A Future Lost

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Joyce Washburn met Dennis “Denny” Lobbezoo in a high school history class in Grand Rapids in 1966. They would do their homework together. He worked at the bowling alley and she would just… Continue reading

Why I Read: For My Fallen Buddies Who Are “Always On My Mind”

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James Kiley has come to Washington, D.C. to read the names of the men who served with him in the Vietnam War but did not return. Participating in this year’s Reading of the… Continue reading

Why I Read: A father MIA and a family changed forever

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November 7 is the first day of the Reading of the Names, part of The Wall’s 35th Anniversary Commemoration. The 58,318 names inscribed on the memorial will be read aloud. Chief Master Sergeant… Continue reading

Reading the names of the fallen and the promise to never forget

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  U.S. Navy pilot Joseph P. Dunn was declared missing in action when his unarmed A-1 Skyraider was shot down over the South China Sea on February 14, 1968. He was a loving husband and… Continue reading

Still a hero 50 years later: 1st Lt. Robert S. Byrnes

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February 9, 2018 will mark 50 years since U.S. Army 1st Lt. Robert S. Byrnes was killed in action during the Tet Offensive of the Vietnam War. Sadly, just one month prior, on January… Continue reading

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