Category Archive: Lessons From War

Now I Let The Tears Fall Freely

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By Lieutenant Colonel Justin Constantine, USMC (Ret.)* Although I didn’t know any of the 58,282* names on The Wall, I probably took 10 steps before I started crying.  I was in high school, and… Continue reading

Ironman raises funds, honors father

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By Frank Valle I am Frankie Valle and am an Ironman finisher in 5 races. I have been a triathlete since 2000. This year I have made the decision to race for a cause… Continue reading

New curriculum lets students connect with veterans

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Hometown Heroes, newly revised and updated, is a school curriculum with the major goal to collect photos and stories of those veterans whose names are on The Wall and those who returned home from the… Continue reading

Ambush

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By Craig Johnson Shit, it was still raining.  I was so tired of it.  My squad, the Platoon, had been together now for nearly half a year.  We resembled a single organism in… Continue reading

In Contact

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By Charlie Vallance War, children, it’s just a shot away It’s just a shot away —The Rolling Stones, “Gimme Shelter” In Vietnam, ‘in contact’ usually meant one of two things.  You were in… Continue reading

Remembering Terry

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By Craig Johnson, Army Veteran Squad Leader, 1st of the 46th, 196 Infantry Brigade, Americal Division Vietnam 1969-70 I had just been hired by the US government. The government told me that my job… Continue reading

Women in Wartime: A Nurse Remembers

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By Diane Carlson Evans  My plane touched down in Vietnam on August 2, 1968. The blast of heat and the smell of jet fuel hit me first, then the sight of GIs with MI6s… Continue reading

Women in Wartime: A Donut Dolly

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By Holley Watts None of us really knew what we were getting into. Generally speaking, we were educated but naïve, optimistic but cautious, determined but wary. The challenge was then (as it still… Continue reading

Women in Wartime: “LZ” Nancy Lynch

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By Nancy Lynch  During the frenzy of the Vietnam War at home and abroad in the spring of 1968, Nancy E. Lynch, a young journalist with the News Journal in Wilmington, Del. offered… Continue reading

War Story of a Wall Volunteer

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By Anthony Wallace I was drafted during the winter of 1968 just before the draft was put aside.  Here in New York City when you received a letter from the Selective Service to… Continue reading