Category Archive: Families

More Than 40 Years Later, Air Force Captain Accounted For, Honored in D.C.

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 Written by Communications Intern, Kalli McCoy On December 30, 1969, Captain Douglas David Ferguson of Tacoma, Washington was on an armed reconnaissance mission over Houaphan Province, Laos. After his F-4D Phantom II aircraft crashed, he would remain… Continue reading

Ceremony on Mother’s Day to honor seven name additions, five status changes to The Wall

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Each spring, VVMF works with the Department of Defense (DOD) to ensure that The Wall is accurate. When MIAs are recovered in Vietnam or when an appeal has been approved for addition to… Continue reading

Commemorating 40 Years Since Operation Frequent Wind

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Co-written by Kalli McCoy Operation Frequent Wind was the last phase in the evacuation of American civilians and “at risk” Vietnamese from Saigon, and took place April 29th and April 30th, 1975. Operation Frequent Wind… Continue reading

50 Years Later, Vietnam Still Matters

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March 8, 2015 marked 50 years since the first brigade-strength U.S. Marine unit arrived in Vietnam. On March 8, 1965, nearly 5,000 Marines from the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade landed to defend the American air… Continue reading

Items Left at The Wall Tell Stories of Healing, Loss

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The Wall has become a sacred place where millions have come to reflect, remember, and heal from a war that is still affecting a nation today. Many are moved to leave items for the… Continue reading

A Selfless Hero: The Story of Donald Sloat

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Written by Communications Intern, Kalli McCoy On January 17th, 1970, Donald Sloat went above and beyond the call of duty when he unhesitatingly covered an enemy grenade with his body, shielding and saving soldiers… Continue reading

A Soldier’s Final Christmas Gift

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During the holidays, we imagine families gathering together, holding each other close, and exchanging presents for those we care about. This joyous time of  year is a reminder of giving, goodwill, and togetherness, but… Continue reading

Vietnam Vet Talks Legacy, Remembers Fallen Daughter

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By Dr. Michael McClung I enlisted in the Marines on Mother’s Day 1964 and served until 1979. During deployments to Vietnam and Okinawa, I left my wife and two children and was away… Continue reading

Honoring National POW/MIA Recognition Day

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Today, on National POW/MIA Recognition Day, Americans across the country come together to remember and honor those prisoners of war, missing in action, and their families. According to The National League of POW/MIA Families, as… Continue reading

Remembering heroes across generations.

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When our nation thinks of a hero, we usually think of someone who has risked their life for the sake of others and showed courage in the face of fear.  They show resiliency and stand… Continue reading