Category Archive: Families

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. Its power can have a lasting impact on the children who have been shaped by their words, strength and compassion. A Gold Star Mother… 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

Still a hero 50 years later: 1st Lt. Robert S. Byrnes

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February 9, 2018 will mark 50 years since U.S. Army 1st Lt. Robert S. Byrnes was killed in action during the Tet Offensive of the Vietnam War. Sadly, just one month prior, on January… Continue reading

Remembering Marine veteran whose 30-year military career ended as a POW in Vietnam

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  Having a family member serve in the U.S. military during wartime can be a nerve wracking and emotional experience. John Wertz’s family is no stranger to this. Wertz’s grandfather, John Frederick Jr.,… Continue reading

Daughter longs for closure 49 years after father went missing in action

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This October 28th will mark 49 years since Air Force Lt. Col. Kenneth Stonebraker left Udorn Airfield in Thailand on a solo night reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam and never returned. For his daughter,… Continue reading

50 years on: The beautiful way a community honors fallen Marine

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Written by Scott Lynch    This Thanksgiving will mark 50 years since U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Francis Muraco, also known as ‘Butchie,’ made the ultimate sacrifice in the Vietnam War. For his sister, Mary… Continue reading

War, Grief, Healing: The Wall That Heals tells the story of Vietnam

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Compiled and written by Jason Bain, Senior Collections Curator and Ashley Barnes, Assistant Collections Curator of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection.   The Wall That Heals, VVMF’s half-scale Wall replica and mobile Education Center, has… Continue reading

Soldier sends poem to his mom months before his death: ‘My heart is home with you’

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They say there is nothing like a mother’s love. The saying was true for U.S. Army Pfc. Larry G. Manuel. Manuel served in the 4th Infantry Division in South Vietnam. Manuel made the… Continue reading