979 – ‘Magnificent Bastards’ battalion story to be told in Charleston

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Brig. Gen. William Weise (left) and Maj. Gen. James Livingston will speak abroad the aircraft carrier Yorktown on Aug. 3 about serving in the Magnificent Bastards Marine Battalion during the Vietnam War. Provided

Episode 979 of the Vietnam Veteran News will be telling about a special event occurring in Charleston, South Carolina. Decorated Marine veterans from the “Magnificent Bastards” battalion who fought in the Vietnam War will speak on Aug. 3  at Patriots Point. The speakers will be Brig. Gen. William Weise and Maj. Gen. James Livingston. They will share their stories and war strategies from the Battle of Dai Do in 1968 at a free symposium aboard the aircraft carrier Yorktown at Patriots Point.

Patriots Point was established in the 1970s. It is a naval & maritime museum on Charleston Harbor with the World War II aircraft carrier, USS YORKTOWN as its centerpiece. It’s also home to the Patriots Point Museum and a fleet of National Historic Landmark ships, the Cold War Memorial and the only Vietnam Experience Exhibit in the U.S., the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, and the agency’s official Medal of Honor Museum.

A story about the event appeared in The Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina and was titled: Members of ‘Magnificent Bastards’ battalion to share experiences from Vietnam War at Patriots Point. The story was submitted by Mina Corpuz mcorpuz@postandcourier.com

Background on the importance of the Battle of Dai Do is included in the episode. It comes from Colin D. Heaton in an article he authored titled: Valor at Dai Do that was published on the History Net website.

The brunt of the battle was borne by the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines. The Marine forces numbered 600 men. They faced off against an experienced and hardened NVA division of 10,000 troops intent upon taking Dong Ha and the surrounding environs. That would have caused a collapse of the entire northern front. The long and short of the event was that the Marines prevailed and saved the day and as a result gained the moniker “Magnificent Bastards.”

This is why it would be such a rewarding experience to be able to hear these brave Marines tell their stories about the significant battle at Dai Do.

Discover more about the event at episode 979.

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978 – Bruce D’Agostino was a helping Vietnam Veteran

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Bruce Frank D’Agostino, Vietnam Veteran, August 5, 1946 – July 22, 2017

The passing of another Vietnam Veteran, Bruce D’Agostino, will be featured in episode 978 of the Vietnam Veteran News. There was a story about him and his passing in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution titled: Bruce D’Agostino, 70: Vietnam veteran had heart for helping others. It was submitted Nancy Badertscher of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Bruce D’Agostino was another tremendous representatives of the Great Vietnam Veteran Generation, one as great as any that ever heeded the call of duty from its country. In 1965 he graduated from high school in Natick, Massachusetts and immediately joined the Air Force. He became a crypto-teletype technician and was stationed in Japan. While there he taught English and learned to speak and read Japanese. From there he was sent to Vietnam where he repaired teletype machines and also engaged in combat photography. Some of his pictures were sold to the Associated Press and United Press International.

Vietnam vet Bruce D’Agostino always had a huge place in his heart for the American soldier. Longtime friend Clinton Day said D’Agostino was always one of the most popular members of the Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association, one of several organizations he was in. “What set him apart to me was his colorful past and boldness,” Day said.

Besides his Ann, D’Agostino is survived by sons Peter D’Agostino of Brookline, N.H., Greg D’Agostino of Natick, and Joe D’Agostino of Dorchester, Mass.; a brother, Brian; and several grandchildren.

It is requested that donations be made in his honor to the Bravo Victor Fund, Attention: Judge Reuben Green, Cobb County Veterans Treatment Court, Cobb County Superior Court, 70 Haynes St., Marietta, GA 30090.

Go to episode 978 of the podcast to discover some of the amazing and caring things this outstanding Vietnam Veteran accomplished during a life that was cut short due to an Agent Orange engendered cancer.

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977 – Sneak preview coming of Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War in PA

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Episode 977 of the Vietnam Veteran News will be devoted to informing listeners in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area about a special “sneak preview” of the Ken Burns upcoming colossal documentary The Vietnam War. WITF-FM is a non-commercial, public FM radio station licensed to serve Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The station recently aired an announcement pertaining to the Ken Burns work titled: Special Screenings of THE VIETNAM WAR. The announcement was written by WITF Staff.

The Vietnam War documentary is an 18 hour epic that will be broadcast in ten parts on PBS in September. In advance of the scheduled showing, sneak previews are occurring in various locations. Three will be in the Harrisburg area in Carlisle, Annville, and Willow Valley. The three area showings are free and open to the public. They are supported by Willow Valley Communities and the Harrisburg office of the law firm of Saul Ewing LLP.

Although the showings are free it is necessary to register to attend. CLICK HERE for access to the registration forms to attend any of the three screenings of The Vietnam War.

The Vietnam War, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides–Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam.

Attendance at any of the three special screenings mentioned above will be more than a spectator experience. After the screening, you will have the opportunity to share your story and take part in a panel discussion and match wits with local experts.

All who have even the slightest interest in the Vietnam War in the Harrisburg area  should take advantage of this opportunity to get a peek at this epic documentary under taking by Ken Burns, and Lynn Novick.

Discover more about the event at episode 977 of the Vietnam Veteran News.

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976 – Vietnam War pilot embezzled $124,000 from DFC Society

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Distinguished Flying Cross Society, vietnam veteran news, mack payneEpisode 976 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will delve into a dark story about a brave Vietnam Veteran who in subsequent years succumbed to temptation and violated the trust instilled upon him by stealing money from a veterans organization. This instance of dishonor was covered in a story coming from KSWB Fox5 TV in San Diego, California titled: Decorated combat pilot accused of stealing $124K from veterans group. It came from the City News Service.

Anthony Ventura, 71, of Lincoln in Northern California pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in San Diego, where he admitted that he stole $124,000 from the Distinguished Flying Cross Society. Ventura is a decorated Navy pilot who flew combat missions in Vietnam, earning numerous awards including a Bronze Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He served as treasurer for the Distinguished Flying Cross Society  from July 2012 thru January 2016. He apparently did the dastardly deed in 2014 to cover his lavish life style including the maintenance of his personal horse stable, Sovran Star Stables.

This disgraceful act strikes at the heart of all military aviators. The Distinguished Flying Cross medal is awarded to aviators and aircrew for heroism or extraordinary achievement during aerial flight, the Distinguished Flying Cross is the only medal conferred by all five military services, in all wars and campaigns from World War I to the present.

The first Distinguished Flying Cross award citations were presented to the Army Air Corps crews of the 1926-27 Pan American Goodwill Flight on 2 May, 1927 by President Coolidge, for their five ship, 22,000 mile flight.

The Distinguished Flying Cross Society was founded in 1994 and is composed of DFC recipients who either joined the Society or whose loved ones made them members posthumously and their names are listed on our Honor Roll in perpetuity. The Distinguished Flying Cross Society (DFCS) exists to honor those men and women who have demonstrated their heroism or extraordinary achievements in difficult situations in aerial flight that resulted in the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Get the full story of how one Naval Aviator had lapse of good judgment that put a stain on a highly respected organization.

Go to episode 976 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast

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975 – Bill Reynolds and his pilgrimages back to Vietnam, Part 2

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Episode 975 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast is a continuation of the conversation with Bill Reynolds, the director of Veterans Affairs for The Signal in Santa Clarita Valley, California. In Part 1 of his interview he described how he got to his position as an advocate primarily for the Vietnam Veteran Generation. He was featured in the book “Boys of ’67,” Charlie Company, 4th/47th Inf, 9th Infantry Division.

Because of his work with veterans he was asked by the chairman of the Greatest Generations Foundation, Timothy Smith to head up Vietnam Veteran tours back to Vietnam. Bill gladly accepted the invitation and to date has led three veteran tours back to the scene of the battles.

In Part 2 of his conversation he related his experiences when he interacted with the Vietnamese people. He interacted with many Vietnam Veterans who served on the other side. You may be surprised at what he discovered. He also talked about what is going on in modern Vietnam. The stories he tells are eye opening.

Possibly the most exciting thing Bill talked about is the amazing things the Greatest Generations Foundation is doing for all veterans including Vietnam Veterans. Since he has led three Foundation tours to Vietnam, he has become the “go to” person for anyone desiring to inquire about the possibility of being able to go on one of the Foundation tours.

Many Vietnam Veterans who have returned to the place where they had picked up so many vividly intense memories say it is highly psychologically therapeutic to return to the scene of the creation of those memories.

If you are interested in seeing if you qualify you can CLICK HERE for more information about the Foundation but it is recommended that you contact Bill first. He can tell you all about the program and how you could be on the next flight to Vietnam.

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974 – Bill Reynolds and his pilgrimages back to Vietnam, Part 1

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Vietnam veteran Bill Reynolds. KATHARINE LOTZE/Signal. 04062016

Episode 974 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature part 1 of an interview with a very special Vietnam Veteran. Bill Reynolds is one of the “Boys of ’67,” Charlie Company, 4th/47th Inf, 9th Infantry Division and is the director of Veterans Affairs for The Signal in Santa Clarita Valley, California.

A while back he was tapped by Chuck Champion, the principle owner of the Signal, to interrupt his comfortable retirement and become the director of Veterans Affairs for The Signal. His primary duty in that position is to interview local veterans for the paper, most of which are conducted in his favorite destination, Valencia’s Corner Bakery. In addition to that he is heading up a drive to create a war memorial at Veterans Historical Plaza in Newhall.

The members of his unit in the Vietnam War were and still are a close knit bunch because they remained together as a group through their training and service in country. Experiences like that have a tendency to create life long bonds. In 2007 Bill led a group of his fellow warriors on a pilgrimage back to the scene of so many vivid memories in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam.

That trip and his high profile in the veterans affairs scene of Southern California caught the attention of Timothy Davis who runs the Greatest Generations Foundation out of Denver, Colorado. The Foundation’s purpose to make it possible for America’s combat veterans to visit memorials and former battle fields.

They started out with World War II veterans then moved on to Korean War vets and now are concentrating on Vietnam Veterans. Bill has been privileged to lead three veterans tours back to Vietnam under the auspices of the Foundation.

It is an incredible opportunity for combat Vietnam Veterans to return to the battle sites with all expenses covered by the Foundation.

CLICK HERE to discover more about the Greatest Generations Foundation.

If you qualify and are interested in being included in one to the Foundation’s tours to Vietnam contact Bill Reynolds at:  billry@ca.rr.com

973 – A Canadian’s look at the US and Vietnam War

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Heather Mallick – For Heather Mallick, columnist for The Star, Catholic teaching is irrelevant and the role of men today is to keep their views to themselves.

Episode 973 the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will move into the geopolitical arena with a look at why those in foreign environs tend to hate America and its people despite the $42.3 we hand out around the world in foreign aid. An opinion piece by columnist Heather Mallick in The Star website titled: How Omar Khadr was caught in the American fog of war: Mallick offers a little Canadian insight into the issue.

Back in episode 904 of this podcast the question of why does the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un, indicate he wants to destroy America with nuclear tipped missiles? was highlighted. The writer Mehdi Hasan pointed out that during the entire Korean War which lasted three years we carpet bombed North Korea continuously leaving no two building  blocks connected and killing thousands of civilians in the process. The dynastic Kim leadership has built and maintained a natural hatred of the US that has resulted in the current situation.

Columnist Mallick has picked up on this development to build a case for her conclusion the United States has no idea what it is doing when it comes to waging war. She brings her argument to the present time by citing the case of Omar Khadr.

He is the Canadian citizen who had the audacity to join up with the Islamic combatants in Afghanistan. His actions there resulted in the death of America soldiers. That led to his capture and incarceration in the “Club Gitmo” at the American base on Guantanamo where he was held and released back to his home country. He filed suit and the Supreme Court of Canada ruled he should be granted millions of dollars to help compensate him for the torture he received at the hands of the evil Americans.

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972 – Radical new PTSD treatment at Sarasota

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The Bio-Acoustical Utilization Device, or BAUD, that George Lindenfeld uses to treat PTSD. [Herald-Tribune Staff Photo/Dan Wagner]

A radical new treatment will be the featured topic of episode 972 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast. It was covered in a story found in The Herald-Tribune of Sarasota, Florida titled: Treating PTSD with headphones and sound waves gains supporters that was submitted by Billy Cox – Staff Writer. Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is one of the darker legacies of the Vietnam War. It is reported by the VA that everyday 20 veterans commit suicide, many of which are Vietnam Veterans.

There are many PTSD treatment methods being used today. Several have been mentioned on this podcast and include Dave Dunklee’s “Magic Box Project” using guitars and another program using arts and crafts. Apparently the methods currently being used to treat PTSD sufferers are not working well enough to cut down on the number of suicides veterans are committing.

There appears to be hope for successfully treating the pestiferous scourge of PTSD coming out of Sarasota, Florida. George Lindenfeld, a Navy Veteran and practitioner of a process known as Reconsolidation Enhancement by Stimulation of Emotional Triggers therapy, or RESET teamed up with psychotherapist George Rozelle, executive director of MindSpa Integrated Wellness Center In 2015. They believe PTSD not only affects the individual emotionally. They think it impacts cognitive thinking abilities as well.

They decided to see if RESET therapy could help PTSD sufferers. Lindenfeld applied the process to six volunteers seeking relief. Rozelle, a licensed technologist in QEEG brain-mapping, which graphically illustrates the effects of RESET therapy monitored the process.

The results have been phenomenally successful. One of the patients was Dan Cerone, a retired Army colonel who reported a 95% improvement in his PTSD symptoms.

This could be a viable solution for PTSD sufferers. It is recommended that anyone seeking help with this condition should contact George Lindenfeld through the Mindspa Wellness Center.

CLICK HERE for the MindSpa Integrative Wellness Center contact info.

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971 – National Vietnam War Museum breaking news

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Jim Messinger, Friends of the Museum Treasurer

Episode 971 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature late breaking news about the National Vietnam War Museum. It has received four navy vessels from an South Carolina donor and its highly recognizable UH-1 “Huey” helicopter has been returned to its display platform fronting US Highway 180 about one mile east of Mineral Wells, Texas. There was a story about the museum happenings in The Weatherford Democrat website titled: National Vietnam War Museum accepts barge, remounts iconic ‘Huey’. The story was covered by David May of the Lone Star News Group.

Jim Messinger serves as treasurer of the Friends of the Museum, the organization that created and maintains the museum. He was the information source for May’s story. Even though he stays busy as a professor at Weatherford College Messinger is one of the primary movers and shakers at the Museum. He is always on the alert for new relevant items for the museum.

Recently they benefited from the generosity of someone in South Carolina who gave them a four vessel package of Vietnam Era navy vessels that included two mine sweepers, a captain’s launch and an admirals barge. Additions like this make the museum a truly Vietnam War museum not just concentrating on Army aviation exhibits,

Another item of interest in May’s story was the remounting of the iconic UH-1 “Huey” helicopter on its perch near the museum entrance. It had been taken down for periodic maintenance including a good cleaning, a paint job and installation of wire keep birds off the craft.

It cost the museum $30,000 to ship the four Navy crafts from South Carolina to Central Texas. They need some help to defray the expense of the move so donations are requested.

CLICK HERE to make a donation to the museum.

You can mail a donation to museum at P.O. Box 1779, Weatherford, TX 76086.

CLICK HERE for more information about museum.

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970 – USMC Vietnam Vet Bob Fritzler is rebuilding his helicopter

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Bob Fritzler

Episode 970 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature a USMC Vietnam Veteran who is doing something very special. Bob Fritzler, 82, lives in Keenesburg, Colorado which is about 30 miles northeast of Denver. There was a story about him and his project on WUSA Channel 9 NBC News titled: Veteran restoring Vietnam-era helicopter to hopefully donate to the Smithsonian. The story was submitted by Dan Grossman of WUSA.

According to Grossman’s story, Bob Fritzler has done the impossible. He has acquired the same helicopter he flew in Vietnam and secured it on his farm at Keenesburg. In 1962 He was a Marine aviator flying a H-34 Choctaw helicopter in Vietnam to support the South Vietnamese military as they battled the Viet Cong forces. At first he operated down south below Saigon then his unit relocated up to the DaNang area.

After his retirement from the airlines he took up the avocation of restoring helicopters. Fritzler came across an H-34 he had flown in Vietnam while attending a convention in Fort Worth, Texas. His records indicated he had flown eight combat missions in the H-34 he discovered at the convention. Four years and $64,000 later he is still putting in five hours a day restoring the helicopter that has a special connection to his memories of his timed in Vietnam.

Fritzler set up USMC Shufly Helicopter Flight Association, Inc. to manage the restoration  of his U.S. Marine Corps Sikorsky H-34 Helicopter, flown in Operation SHUFLY. He launched this endeavor in 2012 in honor of the 50th anniversary of Operation SHUFLY, the first U.S. Marine Corps engagement in combat operations leading to the Vietnam War.

CLICK HERE for more information about Bob’s project.

CLICK HERE to make donation and help Bob realize his dream of restoring the H-34 Choctaw Helicopter he flew in Vietnam back in 1962.

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