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I have read an estimate of 34% of the state's population served during the Vietnam War era. That seems to be very inflated but I don't know of any other statistics available. VVA has over 600 active members in the state but I know there are many many more in other VSOs plus who knows how many VN vets never joined any VSO.
I am planning an exhibition on Vietnam and South Carolinians who served there. Does anyone have a good estimate of how many from the Palmetto State served in Vietnam?
Thank you for your post on our web site. Hopefully some of our members will want to pursue your book.
I am trying to find a vietnam veteran who lived in Mullins south carolina on his return. billy or william ray skipper
May I invite everyone to view this video on “The First Vietnam Veterans National Memorial” that was built DURING the Vietnam war - 1968-1971 and then later on DAV came in and built the underground museum as part of the complex. The video is approx 45 minutes long. Also, a 4 page history of the site in PDF format is available for you to down load and / or read.
This video was written up in the spring edition of the V V A National Magazine and was labeled as a must see video and also a very special place to visit.
Hope all enjoy it as much as I did.
Served with 25th Division at Tay Ninh 1969-70. Fought on Nui Ba Den two times. Wrote a book on Amazon courageonthemountain.com. Please check it out. Would like to know what happened to the children mentioned therein. Did they survive? Thanks! George
I am reaching out to all Viet Nam Veterans to make them aware of numerous benefits that are available for many illnesses that the veteran may not be aware of that could increase their benefits. For those veterans that have been turned down for benefits, please contact me as soon as possible. There are over 50 locations where military personnel might have served that will entitle veterans to receive additional benefits on top of current benefits. If you would like to obtain additional information, please contact me as soon as possible.
THE FORGOTTEN HOMECOMING
More than 40 years have passed and the words have never beenuttered
No songs, no banners, no gratitude just people who closedtheir shutters
No parades, no ticker-tape, no standing ovation
Only silence, and whispers of a protesting Nation
Although there were many who might care to stand,
To reach out with gratitude and shake my hand
There were many more who took FREEDOM for granted
No concern where my mission and feet had been planted
Many had been called upon by our great Nation
To bring hope and democracy for a new generation
I served diligently with honor, humbly fighting to stayalive
The taste of FREEDOM was always my main drive
Now 45 years later as I memorialize in my mind
The battles for FREEDOM and the friends left behind.
Some ungrateful, taking FREEDOM for granted - that'signorance
They have no concept of the cost of battle forindependence
Today as I reflect on the years that have passed
I still see how Patriotism is standing steadfast
As I celebrate and appreciate another year of life
Loving my friends, my children, my wife
I embrace a generation of those that I served
And a new generation that seem un-assured
I hope that democracy, truth and decency are still alive
And the FREEDOMS many have died for will continue tothrive
God Bless Americaand the men and women who have sacrificed
In the name of FREEDOM!
And may I not forget the reason that I wrote this poem–
WELCOME HOME WARRIOR,
FOR ALL THOSE WHO WERE NEVER WELCOMED HOME
(or never made it home) THANK YOU ~ YOU ARE NEVERFORGOTTEN
My family is GRATEFUL –
Written by Sandra Eichler-Gonzalez ~ aka ~ PATRIOTCHICK
EDDIE says...yo, i was a crew-chief with the 187th AHC at Tay-Ninh '68-'69. I am looking for some photos of the gun ships 'working out' or photos of a UH-1D flying sideways at a 40 to 90 degree angle like when we flew sideways between trees. Plez email them to me if there are any available. Thanks Bro's. [email protected]
I grew up in Tay Ninh. I am glad that you was in Tay Ninh once. I always appreciate and respect all Vietnam Veterans.
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