350 VVN – Vietnam Vet and Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief Joe Crittenden Receives Award

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Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief Joe Crittenden.

In this episode another outstanding member of the Vietnam War Generation is featured. S. Joe Crittenden, U.S. Navy veteran and Deputy Chief of the Cherokee Nation was awarded the 2015 Distinguished Service Award by the Disabled American Veterans of Oklahoma.

The story titled: Cherokee Deputy Chief Earns Award comes from the Muskogee Phoenix. It tells the story of Joe Crittenden and how he has served the Cherokee Nation. He is another example of an American who not only served his country in Vietnam but also when he came home and continued to serve his country. Joe is another example of the great Vietnam Veteran Generation.

For information on veteran services provided by the Cherokee Nation: (918) 453-5695 or email veterans@cherokee.org.

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349 VVN – Vietnam Dustoff Pilot Still Flying

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Lt. Ben Knisely served as a dustoff pilot in Vietnam in 1968 before nearly losing his life when enemy forces shot down his helicopter.

In this episode we will be looking at the story of another outstanding member of the Vietnam War Generation. He is Retired U.S. Army Col. Ben Knisely, a Dustoff Association Hall of Famer, a native of Osprey and graduate of the University of South Florida now living in Manatee County, Florida.

A story from the Bradenton Herald titled: Vietnam dustoff pilot flies missions for Veterans Airlift Command submitted by James A. Jones Jr., Herald reporter who can be contacted at 941-745-7053 or on Twitter @jajones1 tells about Knisely flying a mission for Goodwill Manasota. The article also tells about Knisely when he was a medevac pilot in Vietnam. Hope you enjoy Ben Knisely’s story.

Don’t forget to check out the Vietnam Tribute to Valor Pistol at vietnamguns.com

348 VVN – Vietnam Veteran News About Fishing and Health in Texas

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Gary Burdine is presented the 50th anniversary Vietnam commemorative fishing rod by Terry Sympson, founder of Patriots Challenge.

In this episode we will look at two stories from Texas about events honoring Vietnam Veterans. The first story comes from the Lufkin News titled: 50th Anniversary Vietnam War commemorative events planned for Lake Sam Rayburn fishing tournament. It talks about two fishing tournaments scheduled to be held on Sam Rayburn Lake with the main purpose of honoring Vietnam Veterans. They have created a special commemorative fishing rod to honor the occasion.

Those interested in participating in the tournaments can register online at www.outdoorfreedom.net/patriots-challenge-1.html.

If you are interested in purchasing a commemorative rod from McCain High Performance Rods for a Vietnam Veteran or donating one to a Veteran you can contact Terry Sympson of Outdoor Freedom Network at (936) 872-9266 or Roy James American Legion Post 78 Jasper at (409) 698-4089 or Greg Thames Post 113 Lufkin at (936) 707-0148.

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The other story has to do with Vietnam Veterans health history. It comes from The History of Science Society and tells about a conference to be held in San Antonio that issues a Call For Papers: A Medical History of the Vietnam War. They are collecting information on the history of medicine in the Vietnam War.

Proposal submission deadline is October 31, 2015. Please send a 250 word abstract and separate two-page CV/resume to steve.maxner@ttu.edu. If submitting a panel proposal, please include separate abstracts for each proposed presentation and CVs/resumes for each speaker.

For more information, please visit http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/news/

Deadline: October 31, 2015

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347 VVN – Fort Thomas honors Vietnam War veterans

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U.S. Navy Vietnam War veteran Chuck Taylor, Fort Thomas Vietnam War exhibit creator Deanna Beineke and U.S. Air Force Vietnam War veteran Roy Hiser Jr. gather inside Fort Thomas’ Community and Military Museum.(Photo: Chris Mayhew/The Community Recorder)

In this episode an article from the Community Press in Fort Thomas, Kentucky by Chris Mayhew titled: Fort Thomas honors Vietnam War veterans is featured. The article tells about a program to get veterans of the Vietnam Era who attended Highlands High School at Fort Thomas to contribute their memories of those times at the Fort Thomas Community and Military Museum. The project is spearheaded by Deanna Beineke and if you want to contact her about the program, she can be reached by email at: beineke@isoc.net

Don’t forget to check out the Vietnam Tribute to Valor Pistol at vietnamguns.com

346 VVN – Honoring Vietnam Veterans

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Pictures from the Wall of Faces Vietnam Memorial.

This episode is all about honoring Vietnam Veterans. They are still looking for photos for the Wall of Faces in Washington DC. The Wall of Faces is a project where the organizers are seeking to procure an image of every person whose name is on the Vietnam War Memorial Wall. There are more than 58,000 names on the Wall and so far more than 41,000 images have been secured. The Fayetteville Observer is looking for 30 photos of Cumberland County Vietnam Veterans. Their names will be listed below along with links to the email of Jim Reece who is heading up the Cumberland County search and to the Wall of Faces website. Please do what you can to help locate these pictures or for that matter a picture of any veteran on the wall.

I am also offering to give away a chapter of my upcoming book Conversations With Vietnam Heroes. Steve Suttles was a Marine sniper in Vietnam and my conversation was exciting and informative. That’s the chapter I am offering to you at no cost. You can get a preview of my exciting new book. All you have to do is CLICK HERE and you can be instantly reading Steve’s story that gives the inside secrets of being a wartime sniper.

 

Volunteers have located photos for all except 70, including 30 from the 10-county Cape Fear region.

Cumberland County soldiers still being sought include:

Jeronimo Alverado-Rivera of Fayetteville, 1938-1967

Jonathan Blue of Linden, 1948-1967

Harvey Brewington Jr. of Fayetteville, 1937-1967

Clifford R. Carter of Fayetteville, 1941-1967

Ernest L. Elliott of Fayetteville, 1942-1968

Bobby G. Gadie of Hope Mills, 1943-1966

Hilton Hayes Jr. of Fayetteville, 1949-1968

Robert L. Henderson of Spring Lake, 1933-1970

Franklin O. Leggett of Fayetteville, 1949-1969

James E. Love of Fayetteville, 1942-1965

Henry H. McGee of Fayetteville, 1938-1967

Larry Murray of Fayetteville, 1947-1969

Kermitt C. Parnell of Fayetteville, 1946-1966

Richard V. Pawlak of Fayetteville, 1934-1970

Douglas G. Thompson of Fayetteville, 1949-1968

Jean Uszakow of Fayetteville, 1929-1966

Wilbert Walton of Fayetteville, 1947-1970

James L. White of Fayetteville, 1947-1969

If you have photographs or information about any of the men listed, email Jim Reece at reecejim@yahoo.com.

CLICK HERE for the Wall of Faces website.

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345 VVN – Fort Hood Remembers LTC Rick Rescorla

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LTC Cyril Richard Rescorla was born in Cornwall, on the southwest tip of England, in 1939.

Rick Rescorla is a bona fide hero. He is without a doubt one of the biggest American heroes in modern time and he wasn’t born in America. In this episode his memory will be honored by sharing an article from WCEN.com that tells about his old unit, the 2/7 Cav of the 1st Cavalry Division dedicating a room to his honor. Rick Rescorla was hero of both Vietnam and 9/11.

After serving in the British Army he immigrated to America, joined the US Army and headed off to Vietnam. There he played a pivotal role as a platoon leader in B Company, 2/7 Cav at the Battle of The Ia Drang Valley. He led his company in holding off an attack by a force of 2000 NVA soldiers and prevailing.

Years later in 2001 while working as the Vice President of  Security for Morgan-Stanley/Dean-Witter, the largest tenant in the World Trade Center he died while heroically helping people escape the burning building.

If you are ever in the vicinity of Fort Hood, Texas drop by the 2/7 Cav headquarters and pay tribute to Rick Rescorla, a great American.

CLICK HERE to see the impressive Vietnam Tribute to Valor Pistol, you will glad you did.

344 VVN – Vietnam Vet Allen W. Van Osdol Jr. Wrote a Book

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Vietnam Vet Allen W. Van Osdol Jr.

In this episode we announce Vietnam Vet Allen W. Van Osdol Jr.’s book signing event for his new book Navy Proud. It will be held at the VFW Brian Bowman Post 1431 in Crawfordsville, Indiana on June 25 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Allen tells about his service in the US Navy during Vietnam. You are encouraged to support Allen and buy a copy of his book. CLICK HERE to get your copy.

Speaking of books, I have a new book that will be published in the near future. It is a collection of interviews I have conducted with Vietnam Veterans. I have decided to give away a chapter from the book and it is a doozy. Steve Suttles who was a sniper with the Marines in Vietnam tells about his experiences as one of the top snipers in the war. CLICK HERE to get your free chapter.

CLICK HERE to see the impressive Vietnam Tribute to Valor Pistol, you will glad you did.

343 VVN – Answering the Age Old Question – Did the Media Lose the Vietnam War

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Denby Fawcett reported during the Vietnam War at a time when journalists risked their lives in the crossfire.Skipper/Reuters

In this episode we examine the oft asked question: did the media lose the war in Vietnam? An article titled: Denby Fawcett: A Question That Won’t Die — Did Press Lose Vietnam War? by Denby Fawcett from the Honolulu Civil Beat is featured here to address the question. In the article former war correspondent Denby Fawcett tells about her visit to the Newseum in Washington, D.C. and how it brought up the question about the media’s role it winning or losing the war. She concluded by stating “The press did not lose the Vietnam War. The truth ended it, and honorable American people were smart enough to grasp the facts.” I happen to agree with her assessment.

CLICK HERE to see the impressive Vietnam Tribute to Valor Pistol, you will glad you did.

342 VVN – Agent Orange Breaking News for C-123 Crews

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Members of a veteran’s group release balloons for the Agent Orange Memorial for those affected by the chemical agent in Vietnam at a Memorial Day Ceremony at the South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth, Florida May 27, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Skipper (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS MILITARY ANNIVERSARY) – RTX1033W

In this episode late breaking news that the VA is on the verge of recognizing that C-123 reserve air crewmen who flew and worked on Agent Orange contaminated C-123 aircraft from the Vietnam war are due VA benefits.

This action is the result of much work by Wes Carter who is in charge of the C-123 Veterans Association. Left out in the cold of no benefits is the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans who are claiming a need for Agent Orange benefits for their service off shore. Mr. John Rossie, executive director of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association urges all to support pending legislation in Congress that will give this class of veterans long sought equity in Agent Orange benefits.

CLICK HERE to see the impressive Vietnam Tribute to Valor Pistol, you will glad you did.

341 VVN – Vietnam Timber Industry Sputters Along

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A boy stands on logs of wood that a village in the Central Highlands seized from loggers on April 18, 2015. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

In this episode we will look at the timber industry in Vietnam and the problems the country is having with illegal timber harvesting. Several stories from Thanhnien News are featured. Apparently Vietnam is having a great deal of problems with unauthorized timber harvesting and the situation is complicated by widespread graft and corruption on the part of the forest rangers. Hope you enjoy this look at what’s happening in the forests of Vietnam where many of us fought years ago.

CLICK HERE to see the impressive Vietnam Tribute to Valor Pistol, you will glad you did.