Category Archive: In Memory

A mighty spirit: Dad remembered for amazing strength in face of complications from Agent Orange exposure

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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

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  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

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  “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

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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

Commemorating 35 Years of Healing: A Look Back

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A LOOK BACK AT 2017 Because of you, VVMF is able to carry out its mission to honor and preserve the legacy of service in America and educate all generations about the impact… Continue reading

U.S. Navy veteran who ‘left his heart and soul in Vietnam’ remembered as hero

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Written by Ann Friel Larry Dean Parr and his twin sister, Linda Parr Lawton were born on August 4, 1947 in Charleston, Missouri to Willis and Muriel Parr.  Larry graduated from high school in… Continue reading

Bernie Friel: Quiet Man and Humble Hero

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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

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

‘In Memory’ of the Vietnam Veterans Who Died After The War

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After The Wall was dedicated in Washington, D.C. in 1982, physical and emotional wounds continued to plague a generation of heroes. For many Vietnam veterans, the horrors of war manifested itself into post-traumatic stress disorder… Continue reading

Women Who Sacrificed After the Vietnam War

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Of the 265,000 women who served during Vietnam, nearly 10,000 military women served in-country during the conflict. Barred from combat, these women served in healthcare, communications, intelligence, and administrative positions. Civilian women served… Continue reading