In this episode of the podcast Vietnam Veteran News, a big event will be highlighted. It is The Florida Vietnam and All Veterans Annual Reunion taking place from May 4th through May 7th of 2017. The location for the event will be Wickham Park, 2500 Parkway Dr. Melbourne FL. Event organizers headed up by Richard “Doc” Russo say it is the largest event of its kind in America. More than 80,000 visitors attend each year. It has been going on for thirty years. Featured there will be live music, food and drinks, military vendors, military displays, POW/MIA ceremonies, the Last Patrol and the Moving Wall Tribute.
One of the military displays there will be John Hosier’s impressive Through the Eyes Traveling Museum. I speak with confidence when I refer to his museum as impressive because he was one of the veterans I interviewed for my book Conversations with Vietnam Heroes. In the interview John described the incredible events in his life that led up to the creation of his outstanding museum.
John served in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade beginning in October of 1967. He was wounded at the Battle of Dak To. His wounds were not bad enough for him to be sent home. After a short stay in the hospital he was returned to his unit with a profile that prevented him from going back into the field with his squad. Much to his displeasure he was assigned to duties as a “gofer” in the company orderly room. He did not get along with the company first sergeant and much preferred to be back in the field with his buddies.
To get him out of the orderly room the first sergeant made him a combat photographer after the regular one was killed. That led him down the adventurous path of taking pictures of army life in Vietnam and eventually to the Through the Eyes Traveling Museum. Visit John at The Florida Vietnam and All Veterans Annual Reunion and he will tell you the rest of his story.
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John Hosier’s Through the Eyes Traveling Museum