Category Archive: Families

A Life Cut Short: 50 years after Navy pilot disappeared, loved ones hope for answers

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U.S. Navy Lt. Victor Patrick (Pat) Buckley was 25 years old when he went missing in action during the Vietnam War. His plane was returning to the USS Hancock aircraft carrier on Dec.… Continue reading

A family changed forever: Honoring a brother killed in Vietnam

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Richard B. Murphy, known as Dick to all who knew him, was the second of ten children in a large Irish-Catholic family. They hailed from Norwood, Massachusetts where their dad was the police… Continue reading

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

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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

‘Be Good’: Remembering a father lost, Gold Star daughters embark on a path to healing

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“If anything should happen to me, please don’t let me die to Sharon and Becky. Be Good, Steve.” U.S. Air Force Captain Stephen A. Rusch wrote these words in his last letter home… Continue reading

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

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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

Emogene Cupp, Gold Star Mother, celebrates 99th birthday

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Emogene Cupp is a Gold Star Mother who lost her only son, U.S. Army Cpl. Robert Cupp, on June 6, 1968 when he stepped on a land mine in the Quang Tin Province… Continue reading

5 items left at The Wall by mothers of the fallen tell stories of love

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They say there is nothing like a mother’s love. It is embodied in the words, strength and compassion they bestow upon their children. A Gold Star Mother is a woman who lost a… Continue reading

How one woman is honoring the unsung heroes of ‘Operation Babylift’

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Weeks shy of the Fall of Saigon, President Gerald Ford authorized the evacuation of South Vietnamese orphans and displaced children to the United States on April 3, 1975. The effort was called Operation… 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

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