664 – Swift Boat Tour Update

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Janna Hoehn at home in Kihei on Maui.

We have just received exciting news from Janna Hoehn out in Hawaii. She reports she has completed another state in her quest to find photos of fallen Vietnam Veterans whose name is on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC. She announced that after three years of hard work in the state she finished Washington. To date she has completed Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Colorado, Montana, Nevada  and helped complete Idaho and South Dakota. Next she is going to be searching for missing photos in Nebraska. All in that state are encouraged to give her a hand in this noble effort.

Click here for more information about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Education Center.

If you have any questions about the program or some helpful information for Janna in her search she can be reached at: neverforgotten2014@gmail.com

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Swift Boat sailors Dave Bradley, Bob Bolger, and John Paul Jones aboard the restored vessel

In this episode we will be checking up on the ongoing Swift Boat tour in southern California. This is a follow up to Episode 654 which announced the Swift Boat tour taking place in California. The update comes from a story in The San Diego Reader titled: Swift Boat tour up the California coast by Ken Harrison.

The fully restored from the ground up Swift Boat PCF #816 is making a ten stop tour from Oceanside Harbor up to Santa Barbara ending on August 6. This Swift Boat did not see service in Vietnam but trained many of the Swift Boat sailors at Coronado. After the War it served in the Maltese Navy until it was retired in 2010 and returned to Shelter Island in August 2012. A call was put out for former Swift Boat sailors to help with the restoration; 36 showed up and worked for four months on the project.

The sailors who served aboard Swift Boats in Vietnam deserve much respect and admiration for the jobs they accomplished under very trying conditions. All who can are encouraged to go and see this tribute to the bravery of US Sailors in the Vietnam War.


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