Category Archive: Lessons From War

Wall of Faces Launches for Australian Fallen on ANZAC Day

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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is pleased to announce the launch of its Virtual Wall of Faces for the Australian fallen on April 25, 2015, also known as a day of remembrance… Continue reading

Georgia veteran to be remembered, added to The Wall

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Written by Communications Intern Kalli McCoy 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… Continue reading

Building Community through Remembrance: The Wall that Heals Visits Rainier, Oregon

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By Melanie Lowry, Education Outreach Intern “People this far from Washington, D.C. should still get to see the Wall,” said David Placido, student and history club historian at Rainier Junior/Senior High School in… Continue reading

Angels of War: A Vietnam Nurse

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“I learned so many lessons, but it took me years to put them into words or concrete thoughts. Vietnam hardened me.” One tour in Vietnam was more than enough for Janis Nark, who served as… Continue reading

Honoring Vietnam Heroes on Medal of Honor Day

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On this Medal of Honor Day, we honor our nation’s bravest and most courageous veterans. The Medal of Honor is the highest distinction that can be awarded by the President of the United States,… 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

Founder of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Announces Retirement

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Jan C. Scruggs, the Vietnam veteran who led the movement to build The Wall and established the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), has announced his retirement. On June 30, 2015, Scruggs will step down… Continue reading

A Selfless Hero: The Story of Donald Sloat

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On January 17, 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 in his patrol. Sloat was… Continue reading

Remembering My Dad: Son’s personal journey inspires others

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Mario Ybarra Jr. never knew his father. PFC Mario Ybarra was killed as a result of a gunshot wound to the head on March 5, 1966 in the Quang Ngai Province of Vietnam. His death came just… Continue reading