938 – Craziest friend visit of the Vietnam War

John “Chick” Donohue, vietnam veteran news, mack payne

John “Chick” Donohue (in yellow shirt) and friends from the neighborhood who served in Vietnam.

In this episode number 938 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast one of the most amazing stories of friendship and patriotism ever to come out of the Vietnam War will be featured. It comes from the website Menshealth.como and is titled: This Hero Went on the Greatest Beer Run Ever, Bringing Brews to Friends in Vietnam War. It was provided by John “Chick” Donohue.

The story is about a young man from Inwood, New York, a community on the northern tip of Manhattan Island. On the spur of the moment he decided to go to Vietnam and visit guys from the neighborhood to show his appreciation for their service to their country.

It all started In November of 1967, when John “Chick” Donohue, a former Marine was at an Inwood local bar named Doc Fiddlers. The Vietnam War was raging at the time. George Lynch, the bartender was complaining about the rise of the anti-war protestors and how they had turned against the soldiers, sailors and airmen serving in Vietnam. Being a veteran himself Donohue, then 26, thought the protesters calling GIs “baby killers” were akin to thumbing your nose at those who were serving .our nation.

Out of the clear blue, bartender Lynch threw out a crazy idea. He said someone should bring those good old boys fighting for the U.S. of A. a beer. Let them know the fellows back home were still thinking about them, still grateful for their sacrifices. Donohue didn’t hesitate. He volunteered to go to Vietnam and bring some suds for the troops.

Donohue actually did take up the challenge. He was a merchant seaman at the time. With his seaman’s card he hopped a freighter that was enroute the Vietnam with a rucksack full of beer cans. He did make it to Vietnam and succeeded in tracking down all the GIs from his neighborhood on his list.

The Pabst Blue Ribbon Company was able to recently get Donohue together with the GIs he met in the country for a reunion in the neighborhood bar that engendered the idea. You can hear the conversation with the old friends on the podcast.

Donohue wrote a book about his adventure titled: The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A True Story of Friendship Stronger Than War.

Hear a firsthand account of this amazing story at episode 938 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast.

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