Category Archive: Stories of Service

How a Vietnam draftee found peace volunteering at The Wall

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Michael Mc Mahon was drafted to serve in the military in December 1968 and served in Vietnam with the 9th Infantry Division from June 1969 to June 1970. Michael has been a Vietnam… Continue reading

Heroic story of William H. Pitsenbarger told in ‘The Last Full Measure’

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The film, “The Last Full Measure,” is in theaters nationwide on Jan. 24. The film is based on the true story of Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Air Force A1C William Pitsenbarger, who… Continue reading

Thanksgiving meal in Vietnam now part of holiday ritual

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“Buddy, you got a million dollar wound!”   The voice drifted down through a thick hazy fog of anesthesia, but as I clawed towards consciousness I remembered thinking I’d never heard more promising… Continue reading

Nurse given chance to honor patient who lost his life in Vietnam

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Last week VVMF hosted the Reading of The Names for The Wall’s 35th Anniversary. All 58,318 names on The Wall were read by volunteers, fellow veterans, and family members. Each name took on… Continue reading

Why I Read: For My Fallen Buddies Who Are “Always On My Mind”

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James Kiley has come to Washington, D.C. to read the names of the men who served with him in the Vietnam War but did not return. Participating in this year’s Reading of the… Continue reading

Unsung Hero: Navy Nurse ‘brought comfort and healing’ to the wounded

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Written by Ann Friel An Unsung Hero – Lt. Maryann Rowland, USN It was 1965.  We were just ready to graduate from college: me from Immaculata University in Pennsylvania and Maryann from Villanova… 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

The Eight Women on The Wall: Nurses Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

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The names of eight women, all nurses (seven from the Army and one from the Air Force), are inscribed next to their fallen brothers on The Wall in Washington, D.C. Each dedicated themselves to… Continue reading

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

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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