Category Archive: Stories of Service

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

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

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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”

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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

Fewer Than 14,000 Photos Needed To Honor Fallen Vietnam Veterans

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VVMF’s Faces Never Forgotten campaign is continuing to reach milestones. At the close of 2015, there are fewer than 14,000 photos needed to put a face to the more than 58,000 whose names are inscribed on… Continue reading

“He completed a total of 22 flights”: Rescuing Wounded In the Ia Drang Valley

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After being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1953, Col. Bruce Crandall  became the commander of the 1st Cavalry Division’s Company A, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion and held the position on November 14, 1965.… 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