245 VVN – Brian Williams – It Is Time For You To Go

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Television personality Brian Williams at the Time 100 Gala in New York in 2012.

The Brian Williams controversy continues to roil around. In this episode we will take a look at an article by Phil Gianficaro in The Intelligencer titled: “Sign off, Brian Williams.”

Phil does a good job of laying out the situation where Brian Williams the chief news reader at NBC told a fabricated story about an imaginary incident. The incident purportedly occurred in 2003 during the Iraq War. Williams claims he was flying in a Chinook helicopter well ahead of the attacking American forces and his aircraft was hit by a rocket propelled grenade and forced to make an emergency landing. He was then forced to survive in the desert during a sand storm for four days until friendly forces arrived.

Williams has admitted the story is incorrect because “he “misremembered” being shot at and that he “conflated” one aircraft with another.”

Phil maintains Williams should be terminated from his job at NBC immediately and I agree.

244 VVN – Pleiku – Where It All Started And Ended


Camp Holloway, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News, John MihalecWe live in a dangerous world not only in the days of the Vietnam War but today with the challenges of Islamic Extremism. In this episode I will share a story from the Connecticut Post by John Mihalec, a resident of Fairfield, Connecticut and a former speechwriter for Gerald Ford.

In the article titled: “50 years ago: the start to Vietnam war”, he talks about the attack on Camp Holloway near the city of Pleiku by the Viet Cong. The attack occurred fifty years ago and it prompted President Johnson to start the buildup in Vietnam that resulted in the deaths of over 58,000 Americans. He illustrates how time changes things and provides valuable lessons to us in surviving the dangerous world in which we live today.

243 VVN – Brian Williams and Faux Bravery and Valor


Stolen Valor, Mack Payne, Brian Williams, John F. Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Vietnam Veteran NewsDoes it make you as mad as it does for me when someone lies to you? In this episode I will be sharing an article by Mona Charen about the stolen valor of Vietnam veterans and others. She cites examples from the book “Stolen Valor: How the Vietnam Generation Was Robbed of Its Heroes and Its History,” by B.G. Burkett and Glenna Whitley.

In the article Charen cites examples of lying by Brian Williams of NBC News. John F. Kerry and Hillary Clinton herself. As a society, this sort of thing should not be tolerated. When politicians lie, don’t vote for them and when newscasters like Brian Williams lie to us, don’t buy their advertiser’s products and let them know it.

I highly recommend all Vietnam Veterans read “Stolen Valor.” It will help them feel much better about their service to their country in that war.



242 VVN – The US Marines at Operation Hastings

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Marines of Company H, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment take to the water as they move to join up with other elements of their battalion.

Operation Hastings was a battle fought in the early days of the Vietnam War starting in May of 1966. It was fought by the brave men of the 3rd Marine Division. The purpose of the battle was to remove a division of NVA troops who had penetrated the DMZ and was heading south to take over the Quang Tri Province.

The Marines put a stop to their plans and sent them back across the DMZ licking their wounds. The Marines paid a heavy price for their victory over the NVA with 126 fallen Marines and 448 wounded in the three week battle.

The Marines have to be commended for winning one of their toughest battles in Operation Hastings.

241 VVN – Air Force Vietnam Vet Medic Reclaims His Ambulance

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The ambulance Rob Hughes drove in Vietnam now in Lotus, CA

Finally a feel good story for this podcast. In this episode the story of an Air Force Vietnam Veteran who found and purchased an ambulance he drove in Vietnam is shared.

Rob Hughes of Lotus, California occasionally drove an ambulance as part of his duties as an Air Force medic in 1967. After the war he got on with his life in California where he retained a strong interest in cars. One time he found a Vietnam vintage ambulance for sale on the internet that resembled the ambulance he drove in country. After an inquiry to the seller he was surprised to discover it was the very same one he drove before.

Quickly he purchased the vehicle and had it shipped to California. Today Rob uses the vehicle to promote veteran causes. For his efforts he will receive a Vietnam Veteran Podcast Salute.

240 VVN – American Sniper Critics Pummeled

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‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle and his critics

In this episode we will continue to look at the Chris Kyle, American Sniper situation. I will share an article from “America’s Independent News Network” titled: Smackdown! War hero pummels ‘American Sniper’ critic. The writer of the article talks about some of the critics of the movie including Sheldon Richman of The Future of Freedom Foundation, Seth Rogen and the sweetheart of the American left, Michael Moore. Said writer describes how Sheldon Richman likens Chris Kyle to Adam Lanza who shot up the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Seth Rogen’s and Michael Moore’s negative opinions are also mentioned.

The refreshing part of the article is comments from other American heroes like Capt. Eugene “Red” McDaniel who survived six years of brutal treatment as a POW and Former Marine Maj. Richard Botkin, author of “Ride the Thunder: A Vietnam War Story of Honor and Triumph.”

McDaniel wrote a book, “Scars and Stars,” which recounts his military career, his hellish experience as a POW, and how his faith in God allowed him to survive. McDaniel said: “There is a deliberate attempt coming from the liberal left to denigrate America’s military. The purpose of snipers is to keep American deaths at a minimum. I support that, of course, and I don’t know how anyone else doesn’t.”

Botkin sees the reaction by some leftists and left-leaning libertarians as part of the collapse of American culture. He bluntly stated: “People like him (Sheldon Richman) are kept free by better men.”

239 VVN – Airman Receives Purple Heart 45 Years Later

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Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., pins the Purple Heart on former AIr Force Staff Sgt. John Campbell on Jan. 25, 2015.(Photo: Staff Sgt. Tim Chacon/Air Force)

Former Air Force Staff Sergeant John C. Campbell was awarded a Purple Heart 45 years after being wounded in Laos during the Vietnam War. The reason for the delay was because the action in which he was wounded occurred in Laos. He was working on one of those secret airfields that officially did not exist. It was one of many used to support the secret war the CIA (allegedly and derived from hearsay sources) was waging against the NVA with mercenaries recruited from the local Hmong Tribesmen

The Hmong were good people and strong allies of the Americans in that war. Unfortunately they were abandoned by their benefactors when the United States cut and ran in 1973.

John Campbell had the misfortune of being assigned to one of those “agencies” working in the shadowy war in Laos. Awarding him a Purple Heart for his wounds would shine the light on the secret mission he was participating in and cause trouble for the lying government.

Thank goodness someone in the government decided to go ahead and present the well deserved medal to Campbell before he passed from the scene.

238 VVN – Iowa Giving Vietnam Vets a Belated Welcome Home


Operation LZ, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran NewsIn the town of Forest City, Iowa that are organizing Operation LZ to belated welcome home Vietnam Veterans. The purpose of the event is to show the appreciation of Vietnam Veterans they did not receive when they came home from the Vietnam War.

It is a four day affair running from August 27 thru 30, 2015 at the Forest City Airport. Riley Lewis is the man in charge of the event and invites all Vietnam Veterans to attend and receive a welcome home like they have never received.

More information about Operation LZ can be found at their website http://operationlz.com.

237 VVN – American Sniper Compared to Vietnam Movies

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American Sniper – War, Minus The Angst. Goat Winston backs up American sniper Chris Kyle.

The American Sniper is a movie by Clint Eastwood about an unabashed American patriot who served his country in the Iraq Was as an expert sniper.

American Sniper passes the test as a film about true patriotism. In this episode an article from the Economist website that points out the differences in the current uplifting film with the depressing nature of most films about the Vietnam War is shared.

It is recommended that all American patriots go and see American Sniper and enjoy a full dose of how to appreciate the blessings of being an American.


236 VVN – Bill Linderman on the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial


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The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center.

New Jersey has one of the finest Vietnam Veterans Memorials in the nation. In this episode Bill Linderman, the Executive director of the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation will describe the Memorial, how it got started and the many programs it is sponsoring today.

The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ memorial is a tribute to the veterans and civic leaders of that fine state. The facility they have created in the town of Holmdel is simply amazing in its design and offerings to veterans.

This fine memorial is not just for New Jersey veterans. Vietnam Veterans from anywhere can appreciate and enjoy it as it offers a tremendous tribute to them all.

Sit back and enjoy the presentation of Bill Linderman about the New Jersey Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial.

More information about the memorial can be found at their website njvvmf.org.

Contact info and location:

1 Memorial Lane,

P.O. Box 648

Holmdel, NJ 07733

(732) 335-0033

Fax (732) 335-1107