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Time to go… Back out to Sea?

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Originally posted on Action Speaks-Voices of Operation Homefront:
I’ve never been on a cruise. Or should I say, on a ship that wasn’t painted gray and called USS Lincoln.  But when I heard…

Losing a Loyal Friend

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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund lost a loyal supporter this past March. Richard “Dick” Frey, 70, loving husband, father and grandfather, died March 8, 2013. Dick was born in a small, rural town… Continue reading

The Wall That Heals Begins 2013 Tour

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The Wall That Heals began a promising 2013 nation-wide tour with a desperately cold snow storm in Columbus, Ohio on March 24. Despite the freezing temperatures and winter storm, over 400 people made… Continue reading

Women in Wartime: A Nurse Remembers

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By Diane Carlson Evans  My plane touched down in Vietnam on August 2, 1968. The blast of heat and the smell of jet fuel hit me first, then the sight of GIs with MI6s… Continue reading

Women in Wartime: A Donut Dolly

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By Holley Watts None of us really knew what we were getting into. Generally speaking, we were educated but naïve, optimistic but cautious, determined but wary. The challenge was then (as it still… Continue reading

An Australian Voice in the Education Center

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Americans and Australians fought side-by-side in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Somalia and Iraq. In the great tradition of shared service, today Australians and Americans stand shoulder-to-shoulder in Afghanistan. One… Continue reading

Women in Wartime: “LZ” Nancy Lynch

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By Nancy Lynch  During the frenzy of the Vietnam War at home and abroad in the spring of 1968, Nancy E. Lynch, a young journalist with the News Journal in Wilmington, Del. offered… Continue reading

Honoring Two Lost Comrades

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In 1998, Elmer Wetzel made his first trip to the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. and looked for the names of his buddies from the 196th Helicopter Assault Company. “I was crying… Continue reading

The Mission To Find Utah’s Heroes

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By Jan C. Scruggs Mormons have seen combat in the military since the Mexican American War and indeed eleven have received the Medal of Honor. I had a Mormon friend while serving in… Continue reading

Remembering High School Friends

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One night when Charles Hawkins and his friends were young and living in Minneapolis, the young men heard the screeching of tires outside his house. They raced out to see their friend Terry… Continue reading