1059 – The search continues for Vietnam MIA Mike Klingner

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Jane Adams of Greeley, Colo., holds a photo of her first husband, Air Force pilot Mike Klingner. Michael de Yoanna / KUNC

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After Mike Klingner joined the Air Force, he was sent to the Vietnam War as a jet pilot. Credit Courtesy Jane Adams

Episode 1059 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will mark the 2017 Veterans Day remembrances by honoring the memory of another brave Vietnam Veteran who became an MIA after his plane was lost over the Kingdom of Laos. Air Force 1st Lt. Mike Klingner’s jet crashed into the remote mountains of that country and his remains were never recovered. He and Jane Adams had been married for a year and a half when he disappeared. Jane Adams has never forgotten the memory of her first husband.

This unhappy situation recalls back in episode 728 of this podcast when Maureen Dunn, one of the founders of the National League of Families of POWs and MIAs was highlighted. She too lost her husband, Lt. Joseph Dunn, in 1968 when his aircraft went down in the South China Sea. He was declared MIA. He had been married to Maureen for three years at that time

Both these ladies demonstrate the special pain and suffering endured by MIA families who in most cases do not even have the occasion of a funeral to bring closure to their losses. Recently there was a story published about Jane Adam’s terrible experiences as the wife of an MIA. It appeared on the University of Nebraska’s KUNC station titled:  Not Forgotten: Colorado Woman’s Promise To Missing Vietnam War Pilot and was submitted by Michael de Yoanna, Director of News Content at KUNC.

On the night of his departure to Vietnam Klingner asked his new bride to see that he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery if he died in the conflict.

For more than four decades after the Vietnam War ended, Adams is still hoping to bring Klingner even it is just a part of him back home for burial at Arlington National Cemetery.

Listen to episode 1059 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast and discover the full story of what Jane Adams has gone through since her first husband Mike Klingner was lost over Laos.

1058 – Veterans Day in Sebring and General Patrick Brady sounds off

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Major General Patrick Henry Brady

Episode 1058 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will be a report on the tremendous Veterans Day ceremony that was held on the front Lawn of the Highlands Courthouse in Sebring, Florida on November 10, 2017. The ceremony was part of the Department of Defense United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. A committee made up of local VVA and MOAA chapter members including Mike Borders, Howard Osgood, Charlie Martin, John and Janet Harbaugh, and George Cajigal came together to plan the event.

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LTG (Retired) Jay Garner

The keynote speaker for the ceremony was retired Lieutenant General Jay Garner, a native of nearby Arcadia. He delivered a highly inspiration address that was well suited for the occasion. 118 Vietnam Veterans stepped forward to be recognized and presented with a Vietnam Veteran lapel pin.

General Garner who is a two tour veteran of Vietnam and  being the strong patriot he is recommended to the podcast an opinion piece by Major General Patrick Brady found on the World Net Daily website titled: ‘Beyond Shameful’: Don’t Fall For This Deceitful Vietnam Flick.

General Patrick makes some very profound observations about the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick epic documentary we should all consider. General Patrick definitely knows what he is talking about when it comes to Vietnam. He flew over 2,000 combat missions and evacuated more than 5000 wounded during his two tours of duty in South Vietnam. His awards include the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, two Distinguished Service Medals, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, six Distinguished Flying Crosses, two Bronze Star with “V” Device, Purple Heart, three Meritorious Service Medal, fifty two Air Medals with “V” Device and two Army Commendation Medals.

Listen to the entire podcast episode 1058 and discover how General Patrick lays out an airtight case why the Burns and Novick documentary truly was beyond shameful in how it portrayed the American mission in Vietnam and the veterans who served in that War.

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1057 – Vietnam Veterans being honored nationwide

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Maryland Veterans Affairs Secretary George Owings (left) presented a Veteran’s Day proclamation from Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to Captain Marvin L. Jones at the Naval Support Activity Bethesda’s Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. Photo by Andrew Damstedt

Episode 1057 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature a phenomenon sweeping the nation. Finally after fifty years America’s Vietnam Veterans are beginning to receive the gratitude and recognition they were expecting when they came home from serving in Vietnam. Unfortunately they discovered that they were drastically short changed on all that gratitude and recognition when they hit their home shores.

As a result of some form of absurd reasoning anti-war protestors decided to take out their wrath on the innocent (from the standpoint of causing the war to take place) military personnel returning from the War. For years Vietnam Veterans had to endure the burden of a wrongly assigned reputation of being baby killers, drug addicts and generally a bunch of  rogues, rascals, scoundrels, good-for-nothings, degenerates and more.

Nothings could be further from the truth. The Vietnam Veteran Generation has proven itself to be as great as any that ever heeded the call of duty from its country. The vast majority of Vietnam Veterans have continued to serve their country in a wide array of civilian pursuits after their service in Vietnam. They have shown that their misguided detractors were wrong. Ninety seven per cent of all Vietnam Veterans received honorable discharges, down through the years Vietnam Veterans have consistently maintained lower unemployment rates compared to their non-veteran contemporaries. Vietnam Veterans have earned twenty per cent more in personal income than their non-veteran contemporaries.

The DoD is leading the way for this phenomenon of growing Vietnam Veteran appreciation by the nation with its program known as the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War – a 13-year program to honor Vietnam War veterans. One such event in the DoD program recently occurred in Bethesda, Maryland. There was a story in the website The Journal of the Naval Support Activity – Bethesda titled: Event Commemorates Vietnam War’s 50th Anniversary that was submitted by Andrew Damstedt of The Journal. It detailed one event that is honoring our Vietnam Veterans.

Listen to episode 1057 and discover a wonderful story about this unfolding phenomenon of a growing national recognition of our Vietnam Veterans.

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1056 – Vietnam Vet Albert Julian served in three wars

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Al Julian, a veteran of World War II, as well as the Korean and Vietnam wars, pictured on Nov. 2, 2017. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon

Episode 1056 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will tell the story of Albert Julian. He served his country in three wars including World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He typifies the truism that the Vietnam Veteran is as great as any that every heeded the call of duty from its country. Recently there was a story about his lifetime of service to his country in The Flathead Beacon titled: 94 Years, 3 Wars, 1 Country that was submitted by Molly Priddy.

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Al Julian in earlier days. Courtesy Photo

Julian likes to hold court from his easy chair in his humble home located in the Evergreen community which is about three miles northeast of Kalispell, Montana. He will tell stories a mile a minute that mention the Pacific Theater of World War II, followed by notes about serving during the Korean War, and then his run-ins with Agent Orange in Vietnam. Today he lives alone with his faithful black Lab and enjoys visits from his family and friends. He still regularly smokes Timeless Time cigarettes and loves working in his yard. Julian is especially proud of his grass.

Although he can take care of himself as he lives alone, he gladly accepts Meals-on- Wheels repasts delivered by another Vietnam Veteran John Paul Castner who also helps Julian out with sundry jobs around the house.  Castner says: “I can walk a little faster than he can, but he can outwork me.”

Julian began his military service on December 16, 1941only nine days after the “Date Which Will Live in Infamy” December 7, 1941when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Young Julian joined the US Army after the fashion of his father, uncle, grandfather, and great-grandfather — a colonel in the Civil War. He retired from the Air Force in 1971.

Listen to episode 1056 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast and discover the story of this amazing three war veteran.

1055 – Thailand – a Vietnam War winner

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Thai soldiers in South Vietnam. Credit National Archives of Thailand

In episode 1055 of the Vietnam Veteran News a positive story about the Vietnam War will be featured. It comes from The New York Times titled: Why Thailand Takes Pride in the Vietnam War and was submitted by Richard A. Ruth. He is an associate professor of history at the United States Naval Academy and the author of “In Buddha’s Company: Thai Soldiers in the Vietnam War.”

Most common opinions this day and time of the Vietnam War are negative. During and after the War most all commentary about the event centered around every negative aspect about it that could be dredged up by the media, the intelligentsia and left wing professional anti-war agitators. This resulted in an impression by many the US lost the war because it was mismanaged by political leaders who were more concerned about their poll numbers than American lives.

The recently aired epic documentary The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick helped perpetuate the idea the War was a mistake and the American effort there was a complete failure.

Thank God for the New York Times story that belies the prevailing opinions foisted on all that the North Vietnamese were the only winners in that conflict. Richard Ruth in his article shows how North Vietnam was a winner in name only. He stated: “In the two decades after Hanoi’s capture of Saigon, a unified Vietnam endured warfare, poverty and isolation. The most common images of Vietnam in this period were those of desperate seaborne refugees — the Vietnamese boat people — who risked their lives to escape the deprivation and harassment in the postwar period.

Ruth went on to describe the remarkable experience of the nation of Thailand during and after their participation in the Vietnam War. He shows how it came out of the Vietnam War a winner.

Listen to episode 1055 and discover the amazing story about a true winner in that War.

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1054 – Vietnam Soldier statue coming to Warrenton, Oregon

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Portland artist Mark Kenny stands next to the monument he created.

In episode 1054 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast the inspiring story of what the good people out in Warrenton, Oregon are doing to honor all our veterans with a special emphasis on Vietnam Veterans. The happening was covered in two newspaper articles. One was found in the AP titled: Bronze statue of Vietnam War soldier coming to Warrenton The other story is from The Daily Astorian titled: Soldier statue coming to downtown Warrenton and was submitted by Jack Heffernan.

According to Heffernan, the idea to erect a statue to honor its veterans was conceived 27 years ago when local Veteran of Foreign Wars 10580 post started a fundraising campaign to finance the project. Unfortunately it was delayed to an economic downturn but they never gave up hope.

They did not give up and decided to seek help with a grant from the state Parks and Recreation Department in April of 2017. The resolve of the local promoters was shown when Debbie Little, president of VFW 10580 auxiliary, decided to increase their chances of getting help from the state by taking a grant-writing class. Her grant-writing class yielded fruit when in April they were awarded a $72,020 grant from the state Parks and Recreation Department.

Debbie Little’s husband Bert, VFW Quartermaster, also reached out to residents and businesses for monetary and service donations and gained political support from local officials such as state Sen. Betsy Johnson.

Organizers raised more funds for the project by selling 4-inch by 8-inch concrete memorial bricks that will be placed in the area below the statue. Bricks are still available for purchase for up to $60 and are intended to individually honor local veterans by name.

For information on how to donate to the Warrenton veteran statue project, you can contact the VFW Post by calling 503-739-1071 or emailing vfwpost10580@gmail.com.

Listen to episode 1054 and get more information about this noble project being carried out in Warrenton, Oregon.

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1053 – Art Beltrone is saving pieces of Vietnam War history

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The “Johnny from New York’’ canvas is part of an exhibition on the Vietnam War at the New-York Historical Society in Manhattan. Credit Jeenah Moon for The New York Times

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Vietnam Graffiti Project co-founder Art Beltrone and Smithsonian Institution museum specialist Kathleen Golden with canvas.

Episode 1053 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature Art Beltrone and the work he is doing for the Vietnam Graffiti Project. James Barron wrote an article about the project titled: The Hunt for a Vietnam-era Johnny for The New York Times. In his story Barron pointed out that it all started for the Vietnam Graffiti Project back in 1997 when it’s co-founder, the aforementioned, Art Beltrone happened to discover a treasure trove of Vietnam War Era articles and memorabilia. The discovery was made on the General Nelson M. Walker, a transport ship launched in 1945 as the Admiral H.T. Mayo. It transported troops and equipment during World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. Since most of the items found by Beltrone were from the Vietnam Era he decided to save them for posterity to see and enjoy.

Beltrone became involved in the search for memorabilia twenty years ago when his neighbor Jack Fisk, the husband of actress Sissy Spacek and a Hollywood film production designer asked him for help. They were getting ready to make the movie “The Thin Red Line.” It was a fictionalized version of the Battle of Mount Austen that took place during the Guadalcanal Campaign in the Pacific Theater of World War II that starred Sean Penn, Adrien Brody, Jim Caviezel, George Clooney, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, Nick Nolte, John C. Reilly and John Travolta.

Beltrone was tasked with finding a troop transport that could be used as a guide in creating realistic interior scenes of the ship. After making a few phone calls he found the Walker, a ship in what was called then the James River Reserve Fleet. Out of more than 100 ships tied up off Newport News, Virginia, the Walker appeared as if it was stored in a time capsule since it was taken out of service in 1967. Beltrone found not only a perfect example of a transport’s interior but also that treasure trove of Vietnam Era mementos.

Listen to episode 1053 and discover what Art Beltrone did with that treasure trove of Vietnam Era mementos.

CLICK HERE for more information about The Vietnam Graffiti Project.

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1052 – Hunting with Heroes – a great thing for Vietnam Vets

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Terrance Racine of Hermosa shows off the antelope he shot as part of the Hunting With Heroes program in Riverton, Wyo., Sept. 16.

Episode 1052 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will revisit the Hunting with Heroes program in Wyoming and take a look at the positive effects it is having on Vietnam Veterans. The program was first introduced to the podcast back in episode 1034. Recently Geoff Preston, a staff writer with the Rapid City Journal wrote a story about Vietnam Veteran Terrance Racine’s experiences as he was treated to a Hunting with Heroes big game hunt near Riverton, Wyoming. The story was titled: Hermosa resident appreciates Hunting with Heroes by Geoff Preston Journal staff.

Terrance recounted how he was treated when he returned home to his northern Minnesota hometown after the war and not being able to find work. He still remembers the way people looked at him when he moved to Wisconsin, knowing he was a veteran of what was an unpopular war.

On top of that he suffered from a heart condition resulting from exposure to Agent Orange. Terrance had a heart attack and had to undergo a quadruple bypass in 2009. He was unable to work as an accountant in Wisconsin after the surgery when he was declared 100 percent disabled.

By chance he was wearing a Vietnam Veteran cap while dining at the Blaze Pizza restaurant in Rapid City. A rancher from Gillette saw him wearing his ‘Vietnam Veteran’ hat and asked him if he served and if he was disabled. That conversation resulted in Terrance being chosen for the Hunting with Heroes big game hunt at Riverton in September of 2017 led by local hunter Darin Coyle.

Terrance said this about his big game hunt: “It’s so much more than a thank-you. They’re letting these guys know that they really care about them.”

Listen to episode 1052 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast and discover the heartwarming story about the Hunting with Heroes program.

Email Darin Coyle at huntingwithheroes2017@yahoo.com

or call him at 307-851-1634.

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1051 – New Vietnam Veteran monument coming to Hagerstown

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This illustration shows the planned design for Vietnam War veterans.
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In episode 1051 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast the story about a new Vietnam Veteran monument in Hagerstown, Maryland will be featured the featured topic. Dave McMillion wrote a story about the monument for the Herald-Mail Media titled: New website, PayPal option offered for Vietnam monument.

McMillion told how several years ago the Joint Veterans Council of Washington County resolved to create a monument to the 17 residents of the county who gave their lives for their country in Vietnam. One of the main points in his story was that October 20, 2017 a website was launched. The website provides much information about the project including: a proposed layout, information on upcoming fundraisers, links to veteran sites, stories about the war and a donate tab which offers a PayPal option of contributing to the project.

Joint Veterans Council member Jim Kline is chairman of the monument committee. He related that the estimated cost for the monument project is $150,000 and to date $63,000 has been raised. According to Kline the monument will include a main structure with an archway, benches and three flagpoles. It will be built by Greencastle Bronze and Granite of Greencastle, Pennsylvania. That firm is renowned for the many outstanding historical monuments it has produced in the past.

The local cable company, Antietam Broadband, is donating to the project $25,000 in-kind promotional support. They produced a 30-second commercial about the project which features four local Vietnam veterans. Building the monument, which will be the city’s first significant monument to honor veterans of the Vietnam War, has been talked about for years, Kline said.

To discover more about the Hagerstown Vietnam Veteran Monument and how you can make a donation to make this worthy project a reality listen to episode 1051 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast.

CLICK HERE for the monument website.

CLICK HERE for the Paypal donate form.

CLICK HERE for more information about the Greencastle Bronze and Granite Company.

1050 – Exchange privileges opening up to all veterans

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Honorably-discharged veterans will be able to shop online at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service beginning Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. Courtesy of Army & Air Force Exchange Service

In episode 1050 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast a big news story that effects all honorably discharged US military veterans will be the featured topic. A story by  David A. Bryan appearing in The Killeen Daily Herald tells about a new buying service for all veterans with honorable discharges. It is titled: Coming soon: Veterans can shop online at Army & Air Force Exchange Service.

Bryan reports the Army & Air Force Exchange Service has announced that as of November 11, 2017 all US military veterans will be able to purchase goods from the exchange service. The new policy only applies to online purchases. Purchases at brick and mortar on posts are not included in the new deal.

This has to be one of the most ingeniously practical ideas ever to come out of any type government organization. It is the ultimate “win-win” situation. In one fell swoop the AAFES will add hundreds of thousands of new credit card carriers to its pool of customers without a heavy investments in additional store facilities. They may have to build more warehouses but that is a good thing because it will be facilitating more sales. The tremendous growth of such online marketers as Amazon and E-Bay is a good indicator that the move should bring in tremendous increases in sales and profits for the AAFES.

On the other side of this win-win situation are the veterans who miss the good old days of being about to enjoy the benefits of bargain shopping at post exchanges. As the veterans enjoy those benefits their purchases are helping the ASFES  support military quality-of-life programs like Army child development centers, youth programs, fitness centers, Air Force Outdoor Recreation programs, school lunches for ‘war fighters’ children overseas, combat uniforms below cost and more.

Such a deal!!

Listen to the whole story about this exciting new development in episode 1050 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast.

CLICK HERE for the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s shop my exchange website to verify eligibility for the program.

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