Category Archive: Families

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

Not forgotten: Brothers serve in Vietnam, die years apart

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Edward Stiger was born on May 2, 1948. He was less than a year apart from his younger brother, Greg, who was born on April 12, 1949. The two brothers were very close… Continue reading

“Wall Magic” at the Vietnam Memorial: Woman Finds Birth Father Almost 30 Years Later

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“Wall Magic” is a term coined to describe miraculous, inexplicable moments at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Veterans have reconnected after decades while searching for the same name, family members come into contact with… Continue reading

‘I Feel Closer to My Brother’: Families of Fallen Helicopter Pilots Unite with Veterans to Heal

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“I feel closer to my brother.” Julie Kink held back some tears as she addressed a crowd of more than 100 Gold Star families on the morning of August 26, 2015. Kink is the sister… Continue reading

After hosting The Wall That Heals, San Diego Declares Aug. 4 “Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Day”d

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In the spring of this year, San Diego was gearing up volunteers, military families and native Diegans to support the arrival of The Wall That Heals (TWTH), a half-scale replica of The Wall in D.C.… Continue reading

These Minnesotans Lead Effort To Find 1,075 Photos

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“The work of the Minnesotans, including local vets, to find 1,075 photos is a monumental achievement,” said Jessica McBride, a journalism instructor at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. McBride was able to track down… Continue reading

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