893 – New Vietnam War mini-series planned

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Oscar-nominated filmmakers Michael Mann and Michael De Luca plan to create an eight-to-ten-hour miniseries about the Vietnam War.

The Vietnam War has inspired a slew of movies. Some include: Platoon, Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket, The Deer Hunter, Born on the Fourth of July, Good Morning America, The Green Berets, Hamburger Hill, Forrest Gump and Uncommon Valor to name a few. There is now news of a new mini-series about that contentious war. The announcement came in a story in The Tracking Board, Hollywood’s Insider Information titled: Michael Mann, Michael De Luca Team for Vietnam War Miniseries “Hue 1968” that was submitted by Jeff Sneider, Editor in Chief of the Tracking Board.

Oscar-nominated filmmakers Michael Mann and Michael De Luca are putting the project together. It will be based on a book by Mark Bowden titled: HUE 1968. According to Sneider, “the miniseries will feature characters on all sides of the conflict, including a seemingly innocent schoolgirl turned hardened revolutionary; Jim Coolican, a Marine captain from Pennsylvania and future war hero; a math teacher from Hanoi who has become an NVA infantryman; and a pajama-clad LBJ.”

Based on the pedigree of the two producers it should be a project worth watching. Michael De Luca has received three Oscar nominations. His projects include:

  • The Social Network
  • Moneyball
  • Captain Phillips
  • Fifty Shades movies

Michael Mann has garnered two wins from his four Oscar nominations and four Emmy nominations. His credits include:

  • Heat
  • The Insider
  • The Last Of The Mohicans
  • Collateral

Mann said this about Mark Bowden’s book HUE 1968: “it is a masterpiece of intensely dramatic non-fiction.” Bowden interviewed hundreds of people on all sides of the issue seeking to make their personal stories the bedrock of his writing about the Tet Offensive in 1968.

You are encouraged to check out this new mini-series about the Vietnam War. Considering all the players in the project it should be worth your time to learn more about a much talked about conflagration.


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892 – Australian mother’s grief from son lost in Vietnam

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Adelaide Hendle regularly sent Anzac biscuits to her son Terry in Vietnam. (Supplied: Hendle family)

The Vietnam War had a terrible impact on many people. One group that suffered heavily was that of the mothers who lost a son or daughter over there. Just in America alone there are 58,307 names of fallen service members on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington DC. Each one of those names are connected to a mother whose life was forever changed the day she received word her dear son or daughter made the ultimate sacrifice for their country in Vietnam.

Along with American mothers, there were many in our allied countries in that war who suffered the same terrible experience of losing a loved one. There was a story from ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Radio Canberra titled: Unopened tin of Anzac biscuits contains a mother’s grief for son killed in Vietnam War that told the sad story of one of those mothers. The story was submitted by Louise Maher Of ABC Radio Canberra.

Maher tells the story of Adelaide Hendle, and her son Terry Hendle who was cut down so early in life at the young age of 20 while serving in Vietnam. He was killed by enemy action at Nui Dat in November 1966. He left behind a widow and baby daughter.

What sets this poignant story apart from many others is something Adelaide did for her son during the six months he was in country. On a regular basis she would send him a tin of Anzac biscuits. In America they would be known as Anzac cookies and the tin would be just like the ones we used to get with fruit cakes around Christmas time and would be used for cookie storage the rest of the year.

The last batch of cookies sent to Terry were in a tin decorated with an artist’s impression of the Sydney Opera House. They arrived the very day his was killed. They were sent back to his mother along with the rest of his personal effects. His mother never opened the tin and kept it for the thirty three years she lived after her son’s passing and the same unopened tin of Anzac cookies were passed on to his sister. Later they were donated to the Australian War Memorial (AWM) where they remain to this day as a symbol of the supreme sacrifice of an Australian mother.

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The tin of biscuits is still sealed with its original masking tape. (Supplied: Australian War Memorial)

891 – Vietnam Vet Dick Alford showed how it’s done

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Dick Alford of Alton completed his college degree and went on to a successful business career after being wounded in the Vietnam War while serving in the Army.
Photo by Frank Prager

In this episode another Vietnam Vet, Dick Alford, will be featured. His is another brightly shining representative of the Great Vietnam Veteran Generation, one as great as any that ever heeded the call of duty from its country. He was talked about in a story in The Advantage News titled: Not expecting praise that was submitted by Frank Prager.

Alford was chosen to be highlighted in this episode due to his wonderful and practical attitude toward his service in Vietnam and life in general. He stated: “I always just figured that nobody owed me anything. I had served the country for two years and it was time to move on.” He apparently started out in life with some good genes in reliability. His father was a fire captain in nearby Godfrey’s fire department and his mother was a nurse at Alton Memorial Hospital.

Alford graduated from Alton Senior High School in 1965. In 1967 he was drafted into the Army and sent to Vietnam just as the Tet Offensive was going full force. Later in May of 1968 he was shot up by the enemy and was sent to a hospital in Japan for recovery. He finished his hitch in the Army, came home and went to work as a manager of eight Ben Franklin stores in the area while taking night classes at SIUE to complete his degree. He graduated with a bachelor of science in business and marketing in 1982. After getting his college degree he worked at a company in Highland that made napkins and tablecloths. When that company went south after the 9/11 attacks he finished his working career managing a commercial laundry service.

Dick Alford is a perfect representative of the Great Vietnam Veteran Generation. He is an excellent example to us all in the way he has served his country, his family and his community.

890 – Vietnam Vets speak to students at Cedar Springs, Michigan

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Cedar Springs grads and Vietnam veterans Chuck Smith (left) and Tom Hoskins swap stories about their military careers.

You may or may not have noticed Vietnam Veterans are beginning to get a little long in the tooth. When they pass on to their rewards their thoughts and memories go with them if they don’t follow in the footsteps of two Vietnam Vets in Cedar Springs, Michigan. A story in the School News Network of Cedar Falls, Michigan titled: Vietnam Vets Bring Realities of War Back Home to Students – by Alexander Sinn tells about what these two Vietnam Vets are doing to help succeeding generations know the real story about the Vietnam War.

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Tom Hoskins gives students a history lesson through the lens of a soldier during the 1960s

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Chuck Smith: “In a battle like that, if you take someone’s life, you leave a little bit of your soul behind on the ground”

They returned to Cedar Falls High School to speak to a history class. They returned to Cedar Falls High School to speak

story class. Both Chuck and Tom grew up in Cedar Falls and graduated from the same school. The teacher of that class Sairah Ahmed said the class had been studying the Vietnam War through textbooks, online research and recorded interviews with veterans. She said: “having veterans in the classroom added a new layer of facts, and a more compelling side to the story than anything they could look up.”

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Cedar Springs High School Students listening to Vietnam Vets Chuck Smith and Tom Hoskins tell about the Vietnam War.

The students listened in rapt attention when Chuck Smith told about a former Cedar Springs classmate who was drafted and killed in Vietnam. He said: “Trying to put things into perspective for you, he graduated in ’67, and was killed in ’67. You guys are juniors and seniors. Sixteen, 17, 18 years old. He wasn’t much older.”

The response to the Vietnam Veterans visit to the history class was highly positive by both Sairah Ahmed, the teacher, and the students. Vietnam Vets Chuck Smith and Tom Hoskins should be commended for taking the time and effort to speak to the high school students. Their actions should serve as an example to other Vietnam Vets to willingly tell about their service in Vietnam so succeeding generations can learn from the past and many not repeat the same mistakes.

889 – Vietnam Vet Arthur Snyder leads the way at Indiana Tech

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Arthur Snyder, Vietnam Vet and President of Indiana Tech

Like it or not all Vietnam Veterans are forever bonded together by their experiences in that war. This writer sees it and feels it often. After putting out hundreds and hundreds of episodes on my podcast “Vietnam Veteran News” I have come to believe the Vietnam Veteran Generation is as great as any that ever heeded the call of duty from its country. One of the writer’s favorites tasks in producing this podcast is highlighting representatives of that generation.

In this episode we will be featuring a superb member of the group. He is Arthur Snyder who today is the president of Indiana Tech. He recently wrote an opinion piece for The Journal Gazette that was titled: A balance of tradition, progress. The attitudes he expressed in the column showed both his patriotism and commitment to his community in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After you hear what he has to say it makes you proud to stand by him as a fellow Vietnam Veteran.

He made this statement which defines his principled approach to his service in Vietnam: ” As a Vietnam veteran, I often get questions from friends, colleagues, students and community members about my service. Many people are also kind enough to share words of appreciation for this service, which I accept with humility not for myself, but on behalf of all the men and women who have served our country.”

He has served in his present position as president of Indiana Tech since 2003. In that time he has contributed to the growth of the college where he has worked hard to both make it a better place of learning for the students and a place where they can gain an understanding of what our servicemen and women truly sacrificed so that the rest of us might have the opportunity to build a brighter future.

Arthur Snyder we thank you for your service to your country not only in Vietnam but also in Fort Wayne, Indiana at Indiana Tech.

888 – The Healing Box Project goes to Australia

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The Healing Box Project

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is a big problem for many Vietnam Vets. Psychologists believe it is a possible manifestation befalling a person who experiences extreme trauma or life threatening events like getting one’s butt shot off. The people who study such things say around 11 percent of Vietnam Veterans continue to experience the malady. Psychological studies indicate that the number of Vietnam Veterans still suffering to this day could be as high as 271,000.

The school solutions for PTSD by the VA include Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Drugs are another remedy used by the VA for PTSD suffers. One drug favored by the VA is selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). SSRIs include citalopram (Celexa), fluoxetine (such as Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), and sertraline (Zoloft). The VA cannot offer assurance that any of the methods currently being used can cure PTSD.

There is a gentleman out in Columbia, Missouri who has a program for PTSD sufferers that has proven to be 100 % effective in providing positive relief from this terrible condition. His name is Dave Dunklee who along with his wife CJ runs the Healing Box Project at the Truman VA Hospital in Columbia. Dave is a retired music teacher and he has devised a program that works every time in helping PTSD sufferers.

His simple but effective program is amazing. He presents every new member of his program a brand new name brand guitar and then proceeds to teach the veteran to play the instrument in five minutes with his unique teaching process. His results are astounding. He can point to many of his students who were on the verge of suicide and they were saved from that dreadful fate by a guitar and the ability to strum a few tunes.

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From left are CJ Dunklee, Jim Gaertner, Conrad Ruybal, Mokshefski and Dave Dunklee.

In this episode Dave and CJ tells us more about his work with PTSD victims and the success the two of them are achieving. He also told about an exciting development in curing PTSD. A group of Australian Vietnam Veterans in Townsville, Queensland, Australia is conducting a parallel program down under.

Listen to the podcast episode and hear Dave and CJ tell about the programs in their own words. After you hear their story and would like to help them help more Vietnam Veterans CLICK HERE.

CLICK HERE for more information about the Healing Box Project.

CLICK HERE for the Healing Box Project Facebook page

Here are the Australian Vietnam Veterans treating PTSD with music:

887 – Jane Fonda, Rosie O’Donnell, et al came up short in GA 6 election

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Carpetbagging Democratic candidate failed to avoid a runoff election in Georgia’s 6th congressional district. | Getty

Back in Episode 884 of this podcast “Vietnam Veteran News” a call to action was issued to all in the Georgia Congressional District 6. The call stemmed from the special election being held to fill the vacant seat left by Tom Price when he moved up to be the Secretary of Health and Human Services. There was a story about the event on the Politico website politico.com titled: Democrats begin to wonder: When do we win? and it was submitted by Gabriel Debenedetti.

Debenedetti described the situation as such: the Democrats are still smarting from the drubbing they have taken in elections of late. They have lost the “Big House” (the presidency), the Senate, the House of Representatives and hundreds of state and local seats. They are desperate to start winning elections – anywhere. They had hoped to win the House seat in Kansas that was vacated by Mike Pompeo when he became the CIA Director. They lost. Next they moved to Georgia with high hopes that a young carpetbagger candidate from outside the district with massive carpet bagging donations from Hollywood, Washington and Massachusetts could do the trick. Again they failed when the carpetbagger came up two percentage points short.

The writer of this post officially claims credit for the narrow defeat of the carpetbagger in the Georgia primary. It was mentioned in the podcast episode that none other than “Hanoi Jane” Fonda made a generous donation of two thousand dollars to the carpetbagger’s campaign. It came from the largesse of the Jane Fonda Foundation, which has been criticized for its lack of charitable giving.

Distasteful as the Jane Fonda name is to most all Vietnam Veterans, it was necessary to upchuck the despicable personage to illustrate the issues at stake in the Georgia contest. Fonda’s attitudes and opinions have not changed over the years. She stands for the failed policies of the past. The other side favors a strong, prosperous and law abiding America where all enjoy the fruits of this wonderful country. Thank you citizens of Georgia Congressional District 6.

886 – Vietnam Vet Jim Crigler interview about his Mississippi Gold Star Paddle

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Jim Crigler getting ready for his 2250 mile canoe trip down the Mississippi to honor Vietnam Gold Star Families.

The Vietnam Veteran Generation is as great as any that ever answered the call of duty from our country. Back in episode 880 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast you were introduced to Jim Crigler, a tremendous representative of that great generation. In Vietnam, he was a helicopter pilot and served with A Troop, 7th of the 17th Cav at Phan Rang just south of Cam Ranh Bay and later with the 129 Assault Helicopter Company at An Son which is about 8 miles due west of Qui Nhon.

During his tour in Vietnam, Jim escorted home the remains of one of his best friends from his unit, Tom Shaw. Tom was killed on a combat mission.  The meeting with his friend’s family was a highly emotional experience that he never forgot. That experience inspired his deep interest in the Vietnam Gold Star Families.

Jim was interviewed in this episode to talk about a very audacious project he intends to begins very soon. Jim is a man of action and has decided to take dramatic action to help bring attention the Gold Star Families. He will soon begin a solo canoe trip down the Mississippi River from Lake Itasca, Minnesota 2250 miles downriver to New Orleans, Louisiana.

His mission is to start a movement to get Americans to appreciate the deep sacrifices of our Gold Star families. Jim says: “We owe them honor. It does not have to be much, but it does have to be SOMETHING: A card, an email, a phone call. Just something small will do.” He intends to use the media exposure he gets along the way to tell the story of the Vietnam Gold Star Families.

Jim says he could use some “ground crew” assistance on his long trip. If you would like to offer any assistance for the trip contact Jim at:



More here: https://www.facebook.com/MissionofHonor/

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The Solo paddler Crigler will use on the first phase of the Mississippi Gold Star Paddle is called the “Libby-O.”

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The other solo canoe Crigler will switch to after Park Rapids MN. It is a forward facing rowing system.


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885 – Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall coming to Morehead City, NC

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Going to the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, DC can be an emotional event for both Vietnam Veterans and everyone else. The Wall with all its grandeur can bring up a wide range of emotions. It generally engenders sadness because it reminds many of good friends and loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Vietnam War.

Visiting the Wall is something all Americans should do at one time or the other. It is so important that we all know and appreciate what so many did for their country. It is not feasible for all to visit the Memorial in DC. It is located on the east coast and the country is three thousand miles wide. This make it difficult for some to make the journey to the Nation’s capital but there is an optional opportunity for those who can’t make it to DC.

There are several Vietnam Traveling Memorial Walls that go around the country so more can see the names. One of those traveling walls will be making an appearance in Morehead City, NC on Memorial Day May 26 through May 30. The creation of this event was the result of a three year effort by the Otway Burns Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution to honor the country’s Vietnam veterans.

The story behind the event is found in The Daily News of Jacksonville, NC titled: Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall will be stopping in Carteret County over the Memorial Day weekend. It was submitted by Jannette Pippin.

DAR Chapter regent Linda Phelps said this about her DAR chapter’s mission to honor area Vietnam Veterans: “It has been a lot of work but we are excited.” The Chapter has held a series of events and activities over the past three years to honor and thank Vietnam War veterans for their service as part of the Department of Defense’s Vietnam War Commemoration Program. The capstone of their program is being able to bring the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall to the area. It will be located at Glad Tidings Church, 4621 Country Club Road, Morehead City.

Phelps and the Chapter still need a little help in making the event happen.

CLICK HERE if you would like to volunteer your assistance to the program.

You can make a tax deductible donation to help with other expenses associated with the event. Send them to the Otway Burns Chapter treasurer, Dolores Witt, 312 Bonita Road, Cape Carteret, NC 28584

884 – “Hanoi Jane” Fonda still at it in Georgia

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American actress Jane Fonda visited Hanoi during the Vietnam War in July 1972.

When newly elected President Donald Trump was assembling his new cabinet he selected Representative Tom Price of the 6th Congressional District of the great State of Georgia to be the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This was a little risky in that it opened up a seat in the US Congress. This gave the rabid Trump haters an opportunity to show what they had in putting a Democrat in the vacancy. They are trying as hard as their little bodies can muster forward. There is a story about the campaign going on in the 6th District in The Washington Free Beacon titled: Jane Fonda Is Latest of Unnamed Democrat’s Celebrity Donors that was submitted by Brent Scher.

Scher reports that the Democratic candidate has raised over $8 million, a record amount for a Congressional campaign. Recently Jane Fonda contributed $2,000 to the coffers of the Democrat. She is only one of the many Hollywood celebrities who have embraced the Democratic campaign ranging from anti-gun advocate Rosie O’Donnell to topless model Chelsea Handler. 95% of the campaign donations are from out of state donors however Fonda’s donation check had the Atlanta address of her Jane Fonda Foundation, one criticized for its lack of charitable giving.

A special election will be held on Tuesday, April 18 with a runoff, if necessary on June 20.

It is very important for all the patriots in the 6th Congressional District of Georgia to get out and vote for a Republican. If you approve of the action taken in Syria where we slapped around the gas station, the dropping of a MOAB on the Isis camp in Afghanistan and sending an armada to the coast of North Korea vote Republican. If you like the chicken manure type statesmanship of the former administration vote Democrat in this election.

If you resent all the outside Hollywood money coming in trying to influence the election of your local representative, vote Democrat.

If you approve the policies of Jane Fonda, vote Democrat.

If you prefer to decide who you local representative will be without outside influence, vote Republican.

If you would like a strong America on the international stage and a Rich America on the home front economically, vote Republican.