295 VVN – Interview with Ray Norton, US Navy Vietnam Vet

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Ray Norton on gate guard duty at the deep water piers at Danang.

In this episode Ray Norton of Plano, Texas will tell us about his experiences in Vietnam as a US Navy security and investigation expert. He will also tell his story that verifies that the Vietnam War generation is as great or greater than any other generation. This is in consideration of what the Vietnam generation had to deal with in country and the shameful treatment they received when they returned home to an ungrateful nation.

Ray has written a book about his time in Vietnam. It is titled: 351 Days in Danang and it is available at the Amazon bookstore. CLICK HERE for more information about Ray and how to buy his book.

Currently Ray is still serving his country at the Collin County Museum in McKinney, Texas. He is providing personal memories during the special tribute to Vietnam Veterans. CLICK HERE for more information about that special event for Vietnam Vets.

 

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Ray Norton on left with mountain patrolers.

 

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Ray Norton with the investigators.

 

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Ray Norton relaxing in his luxurious quarters in Danang.

 

The deck built by Ray Norton

The deck built by Ray Norton in his retirement. It is 20 x 20, it has 786 screws, 1 ton of river rock and 89 boards.

 

 

 

 

 

294 VVN – The Story Behind ‘The Wall’

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Pete Corrall touches his friend’s name he found on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2014. Department of Defense photo by EJ Hersom.

In this episode an article from DoD titled: Remembering Vietnam: The Story Behind ‘The Wall.’ It was submitted by Katie Lange. The article tells about the struggles of Jan Scruggs, who is also the founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in getting the memorial completed.

The POW/MIA memorial activities are also mentioned.

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The Three Servicemen Statue was unveiled at the Vietnam Wall in 1984. Photo by Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

293 VVN – The Miami Valley Veterans Museum Event

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Dr. Vivian Blevins

It the previous episode (292) the article by Dr. Vivian Blevins about the realities of Vietnam POWs was featured. She is a prominent educator in the Ohio area. She now teaches at the veteran friendly Edison Community College in Piqua, Ohio. She asked me to pass on information about an event planned to take place on April 23 at the college to honor Vietnam Veterans.

This episode will present all the details about the event called: The Miami Valley Veterans Museum with the Cooperation of Edison Community College commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the US Entry into the War in Vietnam and says to all our Vietnam and Vietnam Era Veterans, THANK YOU. All Vietnam Veterans in the area are encouraged to attend.

Here are the credits for the people who are helping to make this event happen:

CREDITS: A special thanks to the Piqua Community Foundation for supplying the secretarial support for the Library of Congress Veterans History Project, for the awards given tonight to the Vietnam veterans, and for copying and distributing Veterans Voices program DVDs to area libraries.

Thanks to Jennifer Welker , Executive Director, Western Ohio Television Consortium, Channel 5; Maintenance Staff of Edison; Betty Blue, copying services; Andrea Francis ,photographs; Lisa Mowen, graphic artist; Ted Jones for video taping the program for Channel 5

Refreshments and hosts: Edison employees Marilyn Mitchell, Terry Calvert (U.S. Air Force, Lieutenant Colonel, 1983-2006), Eileen Thompson and Ashley, Cathy Barrow, Carolyn Jackson, Nancy Madden, Georgia Hall, Vickie Kirk and daughters, Karen Baker, Helen Willcox, Marcia Henning, David Myers, Anne Vaccaro, Marleen Hemmelgarn, Kim Kiehl, John Shishoff (U.S. Air Force, Lieutenant Colonel, 1973-1998), Marva Archibald, Gail Ahmed, Maggie Sykes

PROGRAM PRODUCER: Dr. Vivian B. Blevins

292 VVN – Realities of Vietnam POWs

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Dr. Vivian Blevins

In this episode an article from the Harlan Daily titled: Realities of Vietnam POWs by Dr. Vivian Blevins is features. Dr Blevins held an event at her college where she teaches. She invited students, community members and military veterans to come to the college and learn about the realities of another aspect of the Vietnam War, the lives of POWs.

One of the attendees was U.S. Air Force Academy graduate Captain Guy Gruters who was captured after being shot down on December 20, 1967, and spent the next five years and three months in North Vietnamese POW camps. He told his gruesome story of survival in those prison cells. It is important that we all know what those brave Americans endured and that we show them our thanks.

291 VVN – The Toxic Legacy of Agent Orange

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: U.S. plane spraying Agent Orange on Viet Cong crops and cover during the war (USAF).

In this episode an article from The Diplomacist. It is a collaborative online journal borne of the Cornell International Affairs Review. The article is titled: The Toxic Legacy of Chemical Violence and Its Unmourned Victims and submitted by Arwa Awan. The article talks about the aftermath of the heavy use of defoliants during the Vietnam War.

It was mentioned in the article that bills have been introduced in Congress to help the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans receive equity in Agent Orange assistance from the VA. All are encouraged to contact your Congressperson and urge them to support HR-969 which should provide the help those veterans need.

290 VVN – Retired Vietnam Marine Vet Warren Griffin Delivered Fabulous Speech

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Retired Vietnam Marine Vet Warren Griffin

Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran Warren Griffin delivered a tremendous address at a ceremony in Lynn, MA that honored Vietnam Veterans. In this episode an article in the Lynn Journal titled: Vietnam Veterans ‘Memorial Day’ Serves as a Reminder to Honor Those Who Serve is featured. The article describes the keynote address Griffin last Friday at Lynn City Hall. It was accurately described as the highlight of the event.

289 VVN – Retired Officer Recounts Valuable Lessons Learned in Vietnam

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LTC Stearlin Reeves, Retired Vietnam Veteran

In this episode I will be sharing an article from the Redstone Rocket by Skip Vaughn titled: Retired officer got advisory lesson in Vietnam. This is the 12th article in a series to coincide with the US Army 50th Year Commemoration of the Vietnam War.

The experience of retired LTC Stearlin Reeves is featured in this article. He was in Vietnam serving in the Military Assistance Command Vietnam as an adviser to the South Vietnamese. The article talks about a valuable lesson he learned of letting others claim credit for your ideas while you are an advisor.

The story illustrates the fact that the Vietnam War generation was a great as any.

You can contact the article writer Skip Vaughn at: skip.vaughn@theredstonerocket.com

288 VVN – Newspaper Seeks Vietnam Veteran Stories

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Vietnam War Soldiers

The Tyler Morning Telegraph is seeking Vietnam Veteran Stories for an event marking the 40th anniversary of the termination of the Vietnam War. This is an opportunity for Vietnam Veterans to submit answers to the question: “What memory or experience would you like future generations to know about your service during the Vietnam War?”

 

Any Vietnam Veteran can submit their thoughts to the project by sending it to Jacque Hillburn-Simmons, jasimmons@tylerpaper.com with Vietnam History Project listed in the subject line. They can also be hand delivered or mailed to the Tyler Morning Telegraph, 410 W. Erwin St., Tyler, TX 75702 to the attention of Jacque Hilburn-Simmons. For questions, call 903-596-6266. They will be archived at the American Freedom Museum, 1051 N. Houston, Bullard, Texas.

 

This veteran story project is being held in conjunction with the family-friendly Vietnam 40 Years Later gathering at the museum. The traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington will be a part of the activities.

287 VVN – Janna Hoehn Still Finding Vietnam Vet Pictures

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Janna Hoehn with just a few of the Vietnam Veteran pictures she has located.

Janna Hoehn is continuing her passion for finding photos of Vietnam Veterans who died in that war for the Wall of Faces Project. That is the effort to locate a picture of every veteran whose name is on the Wall in Washington, DC. In this episode an article from the News and Record in Greensboro, NC by Jonnelle Davis titled: Woman wants to find photos of 5 Vietnam veterans from Triad is featured.

The article tells about, Janna Hoehn, a former Fayetteville resident now living in Maui, Hawaii who is a volunteer with a project that aims to put faces to the more than 58,000 names etched on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.

She started out locating pictures of Hawaii veterans and has moved on to searching out photos throughout the United States. In this episode more about her passion for the project and how it was kindled will be shared.

Hoehn can be reached at neverforgotten2014@gmail.com. She will be happy to offer advice on finding lost photos.

DO YOU KNOW THESE MEN?

Faces Never Forgotten, a project of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, needs photos of these five soldiers from Guilford County: James Ernest Thomas, James Marcus Robinson, Roger Wardell Jenkins and George Heyward Wallington, all of Greensboro; and James Earl Jenkins of High Point.

If you have any information about these men or if you can provide a photo, please email Jim Reece at reecejim@yahoo.com.

Visit www.vvmf.org/thewall to learn more about Faces Never Forgotten and to see the collection of photographs of soldiers.

Contact Jonnelle Davis at (336) 373-7080, and follow @jonsieNR on Twitter.

 

286 VVN – Vietnam Vet Staff Sgt. Bunyan Durant Price Jr. Remembered

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Bunyan ‘Junior’ Price

Bunyan Durant Price, Jr. died in Vietnam and his remains were not identified for almost 45 years. They have been located and returned to his family in North Carolina. His story is told by retired Army Lt. Col. Dan Maslowski of Charleston, SC in an article by Diane Turbyfill in the Gaston Gazette titled: 45 years later, Vietnam vet recalls last time he saw ‘Junior’ Price.

Maslowski’s story will be retold in this episode. You can reach Diane Turbyfill at 704-869-1817 and Twitter.com/GazetteDiane.