Category Archive: Special Projects

How One Man Who Lost A Son in Afghanistan Helped Honor the Vietnam Fallen


  In 2014, Andrew Johnson, a Gold Star father and publisher of the Dodge County Pionier contacted VVMF, the organization who founded The Wall in Washington, D.C. He wanted to find photos for the Wisconsin service members… Continue reading

VVMF’s 2016 Student Video Contest Asks: “How did the Vietnam War change our country?”


With Memorial Day approaching, VVMF is giving students in grades 4 through 12 the chance to participate in the third annual Student Video Contest. The non-profit organization that founded the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in… Continue reading

Honor Them: Vietnam Era Veteran Finds More Than 800 Photos Of Fallen Comrades


David Hine is a Vietnam era veteran devoting his retirement to preserving the legacies of those who died in the Vietnam War. For the past four and a half years, David has spent… Continue reading

Students Interview Veterans, Learn What “textbooks cannot communicate”


“When first hearing the students refer to Forrest Gump as the basis for understanding the Vietnam War, I became concerned that there were a lot of misconceptions,” said Blake Busbin, a fourth year… Continue reading

Wisconsin Man Honors Fallen Heroes By Creating Memorial on His Lawn


Steve Conto is from Menasha, Wisconsin. While not a Vietnam veteran, he has the utmost respect for those who served before him. More than a decade separates Steve’s service from the brutalities of… Continue reading

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


“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

Wisconsin Hero Bike: The Motorcycle Left at The Wall


Of the more than 400,000 items left at The Wall, one really stands out. The Wisconsin Hero Bike is by far the most well-known item left at The Wall. It was a special… Continue reading

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and the National Park Service Unveil Items Left at The Wall – The Virtual Collection


More than 400,000 items have been left at The Wall. Each item symbolizes messages to the more than 58,000 who died in Vietnam, showing the true cost of war, and that a nation… Continue reading

Heroic and Extraordinary: Two Medal of Honor Recipients To Speak at Memorial Day


This year’s Memorial Day Observance at The Wall will offer a chance for thousands of veterans and families to gather at The Wall and honor America’s fallen heroes. It will be held on May… Continue reading

More Than 40 Years Later, Air Force Captain Accounted For, Honored in D.C.


 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

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