Category Archive: Agent Orange

‘Wonderful family men’: Honoring brothers, dad who died due to exposure to Agent Orange

by

Steven Wright grew up the youngest of three siblings. He constantly looked up to his two older brothers, Pat and Terry.  All three were very close – all three looked after the other.… Continue reading

Honoring a brother on The Wall and a husband lost to exposure to Agent Orange

by

You are always in my thoughts and prayers. I…will always miss you. Sharon Peacock Brotherton wrote this remembrance on VVMF’s Wall of Faces page in honor of her younger brother, Thomas Peacock, in… Continue reading

How the ‘In Memory’ program helped widow of Vietnam vet find peace after loss

by

Betty Kelly lost her husband, Dennis A. Kelly, when he passed away from illnesses related to his exposure to Agent Orange in 2012. Dennis was a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps and… Continue reading

‘In Memory’: A day to honor Vietnam veterans who returned home and later died

by

On a sweltering day in Washington, D.C., thousands of loved ones joined together on the East Knoll of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. June 16 was a day set aside to honor Vietnam veterans… Continue reading

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

by

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

by

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

by

  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

by

  “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

by

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

by

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