“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

Maya Lin: The Designer behind the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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Maya Lin was 21 years old and an undergraduate at Yale University when her design was chosen as the winner for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The year was 1981. Her design would help shape… 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

Australia Commemorates Vietnam Veterans Day, 50 Years Since First Deployment

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The statement below is credited to the Australian Government, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs. Today, 18 August,  is Vietnam Veterans Day in Australia,  the day on which the service of the 60,000 Australian men and women who… 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

After hosting The Wall That Heals, San Diego Declares Aug. 4 “Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Day”d

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In the spring of this year, San Diego was gearing up volunteers, military families and native Diegans to support the arrival of The Wall That Heals (TWTH), a half-scale replica of The Wall in D.C.… Continue reading

22 Things You Should Know About the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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On July 22, 1982, the first panel of what would become The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, most famously known as The Wall in Washington, D.C., is unveiled. The completed memorial was dedicated November 13, 1982.… Continue reading

The Things He Left Behind: A Sister’s Emotional Journey to Honor Brother Through His Art

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Written by Communications Intern Kalli McCoy “As a child I was in awe of his eye for color.” Angela Sriram of Baltimore, Maryland recalls the memory of her brother, George, who died in the… Continue reading

These Were The First Two Americans Killed in the Vietnam Conflict

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Escalation and widespread attention towards the conflict in Vietnam may not have hit many televisions and media outlets before 1965, but American advisors were arriving, almost silently, in Southeast Asia. In 1959, Vietnam was divided into South… Continue reading