Category Archive: Agent Orange

‘He nurtured his soul’: How one Vietnam vet spread love to every part of his life

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The first thing you read on the In Memory Honor Roll page for James Reed is that he “nurtured his soul.” James passed away on May 2, 2012 from complications resulting from his… Continue reading

A mighty spirit: Dad remembered for amazing strength in face of complications from Agent Orange exposure

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You could tell Leo was surrounded by love by watching the smiles on his children’s faces at In Memory Day on June 17, 2017. His three daughters stood next to each other, faces… Continue reading

5 quotes from families about what the In Memory Day Ceremony meant to them

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  The families and friends who come together at the annual In Memory Day Ceremony on the National Mall are dedicated to honoring the memory of their loved ones who died from service-connected… Continue reading

‘Proud to call him dad’: Son to honor father who lost battle with PTSD

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  “I only have a few memories of my dad because I was only 5 years old when he took his life.”   David Allen Freier knows very little about his father of… Continue reading

They Served Together: Brother honored after losing battle to Agent Orange-related cancer

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Herman Downs was born in Akron, Ohio on September 25, 1947. A graduate of Akron Garfield High School, he was the third of five children. Upon graduation, Herman wanted to follow in his… 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

‘In Memory’ of the Vietnam Veterans Who Died After The War

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After The Wall was dedicated in Washington, D.C. in 1982, physical and emotional wounds continued to plague a generation of heroes. For many Vietnam veterans, the horrors of war manifested itself into post-traumatic stress disorder… Continue reading

Women Who Sacrificed After the Vietnam War

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Of the 265,000 women who served during Vietnam, nearly 10,000 military women served in-country during the conflict. Barred from combat, these women served in healthcare, communications, intelligence, and administrative positions. Civilian women served… Continue reading

U.S. Navy Vet Gives Life for His Country 50 years Later

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Heather McCarthy and her family are close. They have their tough times, but always pull together. Heather is the youngest of three siblings. She has a mother and two older brothers. She also… Continue reading

Agent Orange During the Vietnam War And Its Effects Today

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Co-written by Communications Intern Sophie Ota August 10, 1961 marked the start of the aerial spraying of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. Defoliant tests began on that fateful day in the Kontom… Continue reading