948 – Steve Waller was another outstanding Vietnam Veteran

Steve Waller is a Vietnam Veteran who served with the 101st Airborne Division. On December 16, 2016 he laid down his earthly burdens and passed away. The way Steve lived his life is a testimony to the proposition of this podcast that the Vietnam Veteran Generation is as great as any that ever heeded the call of duty from its country. There was a story about Steve in The Chicago Tribune Daily Southtown edition titled: Shnay: Southland veteran continues to give after military service. The story was submitted by Jerry Shnay a freelance journalist who can be reached at jerryshnay@gmail.com.

According to Shnay’s story – “Waller was so excited about joining the army that he missed his graduation ceremony in order to get a head start on basic training.” A short two months later Steve was a member of the 101st Airborne Division as it was on a campaign to clean out the A Shau Valley in Vietnam. The A Shau Valley was a twenty five mile long piece of real estate sitting atop one of the main off ramps of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. It was one of the most dangerous places in the war.

While patrolling in the Valley on Aug. 11, 1968, Steve had the misfortune of setting off an IED (improvised explosive device). He survived the blast but suffered a serious brain injury and he lost an eye.

After recovery from his battlefield injuries, Steve went back home on Sherman Street. He worked hard to re-start his life. He found a job with the State of Illinois, started investing his money and began attending the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Park Forest.

Discover what Steve did with his life and how he continued to serve his country in episode 948 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast.

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