In this episode two stories from the Herald & Review of Decatur, IL are featured. They were submitted by Donnette Beckett, H&R Staff Writer who often writes stories about the military with emphasis on Vietnam Veterans. The first story highlighted is titled: Vietnam vets event Saturday. Beckett tells about an event created to honor and welcome home Vietnam. The organizers are expecting 600 Vietnam Veterans and family members to attend the event that will go from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at the Decatur Civic Center. All branches of the military, along with the public, are invited to the free event.
The event will begin at 1 pm with opening ceremonies and a keynote speaker. Chief Warrant Officer 5 Nick Walsh will address the crowd with experiences of his 30-year military career. He was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam in 1970 and 1971 and then served his country in battle again in Iraq in 2003 and 2004. Filmmaker Nicholas Walsh will join Walsh on stage. His movie “Fire for Effect” is a documentary about the Vietnam War and its effect on the Midwest. There will be catered food and beverages available at no cost along with original Vietnam Era music as part of the program.
The other article featured is titled: Vietnam veteran proud of his men, family tradition. In this story Beckett tells about Vietnam Veteran James Hurd who served in Vietnam with the Big Red One, 1st Infantry Division in Lai Khe and Quan Loi from November 1966 to February 1968. He spent his entire time in Vietnam fighting in the jungles and was awarded a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and an Army Commendation Medal for his courage in battle. He recently retired and is living in Decatur.
Also mentioned in this episode is the upcoming, soon to be built National Vietnam War Museum at Mineral Wells, Texas. CLICK HERE for more information about the museum.