Category Archive: Special Projects

Students Interview Veterans, Learn What “textbooks cannot communicate”

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“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

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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

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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

Wisconsin Hero Bike: The Motorcycle Left at The Wall

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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

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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

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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.

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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

Memories 40 Years after the end of the Vietnam War

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The Vietnam War ended on April 30, 1975. The city of Saigon was the capital of South Vietnam and was captured by communist troops from the North. There were three million Vietnamese and more than… 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

Commemorating 40 Years Since Operation Frequent Wind

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Co-written by Kalli McCoy Operation Frequent Wind was the last phase in the evacuation of American civilians and “at risk” Vietnamese from Saigon, and took place April 29th and April 30th, 1975. Operation Frequent Wind… Continue reading