1129- Vietnam Vet Ronnie Monroe adds to Library of Congress Veterans History Project


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Meauwataka native Ronnie Monroe remembers Army service in Vietnam as part of the Veterans History Project through the Library of Congress. The United States Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000. Photo by Rick Charmoli

Episode 1129 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will highlight the story of Vietnam Vet Ronnie Monroe of Meauwataka, Michigan. In the fall of 1968 he was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Airborne Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. While on patrol in the mountainous 101st AO near the DMZ his unit was suddenly attacked and during the ensuing fire fight Ronnie was hit. After he was wounded something happened that he will never forget.

A story about  Ronnie and his memorable experiences in Vietnam appeared in The Cadillac News. It was titled: Vietnam vet will never forget getting last rites and was submitted by Rick Charmoli, a writer for the Cadillac News. Charmoli’s story described Ronnie’s contribution to the Veterans History Project. This project was created by The United States Congress in 2000. The Library of Congress was tasked with administering the program through its American Folklife Center.

The mission of the Veterans History Project is to assemble, retain, safeguard and make available to all personal stories of American war veterans going back to World War I. The Project’s goal is to enable future generations to hear directly from our war veterans about their experiences so that the realities of war will be fully understood by all.

Ronnie was one of a group of Vietnam Veterans chosen to share their memories with the Veterans History Project. It was there where he described the event that he will remember forever. He also told about some of the unusual things in Vietnam he had to learn to live with such as the leeches, monkeys and the constant heat.

Ronnie is another one of those outstanding representatives of the Great Vietnam Veteran Generation. He was drafted in 1967 and discharged in 1969. He still maintains to this day he is proud to be an army veteran and that he served his country in Vietnam.

Listen to episode 1129 of the podcast and discover more about Ronnie Monroe’s amazing experience in Vietnam.

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