Category Archive: Vietnam Era

Because of you: A look back at 2019


Because of you, VVMF can carry out its mission to honor and preserve the legacy of service in America and educate all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War and era. A… Continue reading

A Life Cut Short: 50 years after Navy pilot disappeared, loved ones hope for answers


U.S. Navy Lt. Victor Patrick (Pat) Buckley was 25 years old when he went missing in action during the Vietnam War. His plane was returning to the USS Hancock aircraft carrier on Dec.… Continue reading

How one woman is honoring the unsung heroes of ‘Operation Babylift’


Weeks shy of the Fall of Saigon, President Gerald Ford authorized the evacuation of South Vietnamese orphans and displaced children to the United States on April 3, 1975. The effort was called Operation… Continue reading

Why I Read: Engaged to Be Married, A Future Lost


Joyce Washburn met Dennis “Denny” Lobbezoo in a high school history class in Grand Rapids in 1966. They would do their homework together. He worked at the bowling alley and she would just… Continue reading

War, Grief, Healing: The Wall That Heals tells the story of Vietnam


Compiled and written by Jason Bain, Senior Collections Curator and Ashley Barnes, Assistant Collections Curator of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection.   The Wall That Heals, VVMF’s half-scale Wall replica and mobile Education Center, has… Continue reading

35 Songs about the Vietnam Era


Throughout history, music has covered an array of subjects, such as war and peace. There are songs that are more broadly patriotic and songs that highlight critical problems in our country. During the Vietnam War,… Continue reading

35 Movies about the Vietnam War and Era


War has always impacted society and culture. The Vietnam War, one of the most divisive moments in US history, was no exception. More than 50 years since the Vietnam Era, its legacy and history continues… Continue reading

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