225 VVN – Jane Fonda Apologizes

Jane Fonda, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News

Jane Fonda at an arts center in Frederick, Maryland

Big news, Jane Fonda has apologized for visit to North Vietnam in 1972. This momentous event was announced in an article by Scott Greer of the Daily Caller. The surprise pronouncement was made my Ms. Fonda herself as she was heckled by demonstrators where she was speaking at an arts center in Frederick, Maryland.

In this episode you will learn that she meant no harm by collaborating with the enemy and that she was not against the troops. Her new cause is gender politics. At this event she encouraged the crowd to not raise boys to become “emotionally illiterate” by emphasizing masculinity. A cause that is right down her alley.

224 VVN – Vietnam Helicopter Pilot Speaks To Kiwanis Club

Bob Ford, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News

Bob Ford speaks to the Shawnee Kiwanis Club in Shawnee, Oklahoma

Former Vietnam helicopter pilot Bob Ford spoke to the Shawnee Kiwanis Club in Shawnee Oklahoma about his time in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot with the 282nd Assault Helicopter Company and his new book titled: Black Cat 2-1.

He spoke to a packed house and gave them a view from inside a Huey Helicopter in the thick of battle in Vietnam. More information about the book including how to buy a copy can be found and the book’s website: Black Cat 2-1.



223 VVN – Vietnam Vet Visits Fellow Vets Each Year

Willie Fred Maltsberger Jr.

Willie Maltsberger holds a painting adorned with signatures from members of the unit in which he served during the Vietnam War.

This episode is dedicated to the unsung heroes of the Vietnam War. They are all the brave truckers who braved the dangers of the roads in that country to deliver all the things needed to carry on that war.

An article from the Greeneville Sun in Greeneville, Tennessee by O.J. Early tells about Vietnam Veteran Willie Fred Maltsberger Jr. and how he gets together with the members of the unit he served with in Vietnam.

All the truckers in Vietnam should be recognized for the great and vital job they did over there.

It is also mentioned in the article about Maltsberger being presented with a Quilt of Valor by the Greene County Quilters. If you would like to nominate a Vietnam Veteran for a quilt, please call Pinky Byrd at 470-0952 or send an email with a clearly-marked nomination to earth2gail@gmail.com.

222 VVN – Agent Orange Wreaks Havoc on Vietnam Vets


Agent Orange Scourge, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran NewsThe government of the USA violated a sacred duty to its people when it unleashed on Vietnam a lethal weed killer that is to this day bringing misery and death to millions. This was done despite the fact it was known to contain a dioxin that has been described as one of the most deadly molecules ever synthesized by man.

To continue the Agent Orange story and to point out the harm it is doing to Vietnam Veterans, in this episode I am sharing an article from ABC news. It is submitted by E.J. Mundell an ABC Health Day Reporter and it relates the challenges Vietnam Vets are experiencing with Agent Orange engendered prostate cancer.

The admonition here is to never let this happen.

221 VVN – John Bury – Agent Orange Update

John Bury

John Bury, notable Agent Orange activist.

HR-543 was a bill that was to be introduced to Congress that would provide help for Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans who suffer from Agent Orange related diseases. Sadly the bill died in committee even though it had 258 co-sponsors in Congress.

In this episode, John Bury, a noted Agent Orange Activist will give us an update on what happened to HR-543 and plans for the introduction of a new bill in Congress to accomplish the goal of helping Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans with Agent Orange diseases. He will also tell what needs to be done to get the new bill passes after reviewing some of the reasons for the failure of HR-543.

220 VVN – 34 Years Later, Family Receives Vietnam Vet’s Medals

Joyce Stephens and Family

Joyce Stephens (left), her son, Scott Stephens (center) and her daughter
Joy Stephens (right) admire the medals of her late husband Army Green Beret Carter Dwyer Stephens.

In this episode you will hear the story of Joyce Stephens, a widow of a Vietnam Veteran. She had to wait 34 years to receive her late husband’s medals. The story comes from dallasnews.com submitted by Julissa Treviño who can be reached at 214-977-8023.

A great deal of the credit for the return of the medals goes to Zachariah Fike, a combat-wounded veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan who founded Purple Hearts Reunited in 2012.

You are encouraged to notify the Foundation which is funded by donations, is based in Vermont and has returned medals to more than 100 military families around the country if you run across orphan military medals.



219 VVN – More About C-123 Air Crews and Agent Orange

C-123 Spraying Agent Orange in Vietnam, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News

C-123 Spraying Agent Orange in Vietnam

In this episode an article from the Medical Express titled – Agent Orange-Contaminated Airplanes Could Have Affected Health Of Air Force Reservists is featured. It is a follow up to Episode 081 where Wes Carter described the situation with Air Force personnel who flew C-123’s that were previously used extensively in Vietnam to spray Agent Orange.

Many of those air crewmen are suffering from Agent Orange related illnesses yet the VA will not provide them with medical treatment for their conditions. The featured article indicates the Department of Defense may be cracking the door open to at least admitting those crewmen may have contacted Agent Orange Illnesses as a result of exposure to TCDD in the aircraft that were not decontaminated. Unfortunately, VA medical assistance seems to still be far off in the distance.

You are encouraged to let your Congressional Representative know that something should be done to help those effected aircrew personnel.

218 VVN – Lam Son 719 – The Forgotten Invasion


Invasion of Laos, 1971: Lam Son 719, Vietnam Veteran News, Mack PayneIn this episode I am going to share a story from the Ciscero Magazine by Joseph Hammond. He is reviewing a book written by retired Army aviator Robert Sander titled: Invasion of Laos, 1971: Lam Son 719.

Lam Son 719 has been addressed in previous episodes but I like to revisit the subject primarily because I participated in that history making event that no seems to know about. Lam Son 719 typified the mess that can be created when you add politics, diplomacy and incompetency to fighting a war.

Robert Sander adds his two cents worth in his well written book about the affair. He had access to recently released, previously unavailable state department documents covering that time period. You are encouraged to get a copy of Sander’s new book and learn more about Lam Son 719.

217 VVN – The Truth About Jane Fonda and the Montana Restaurant

217 VVN - The Truth About Jane Fonda and the Montana Restaurant, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News

Jane Fonda and Ted Turner

In this episode I am sending an apology to all the listeners to this podcast. In the previous episode there was a story featured about Jane Fonda and Ted Turner’s involvement in an incident at a restaurant in Manhattan, Montana. The story came from an unverified viral email message. It recounted a tale about the couple demanding to be seated in a restaurant ahead of other patrons who had been waiting to be seated.

The story is all BS. I confirmed the true story with Scott Westphal the owner of the restaurant in the story. In this episode I will present the true story of what actually happened and I think you will be surprised.

Please pass on the link to this podcast episode so we can help clear the air with the true story of what actually happened at the Sir Scott’s Oasis Steak House at 204 W. Main in Manhattan, Montana (406-284-6929) when Jane Fonda and Ted Turner came to dine.

216 VVN – A Vietnam Veteran Stands up to Jane Fonda

Sir Scott's Oasis  Steakhouse

Sir Scott’s Oasis Steakhouse 204 W. Main, Manhattan, Montana

In this episode I will be sharing a story with you about a Vietnam Veteran who was not afraid to stand up to Jane Fonda and Ted Turner.

The well known story was about the pair demanding privileged service at a restaurant in Manhattan, Montana. The owner of the establishment refused the demand of the celebrities to break in line in front of the waiting diners.

This is another example of why I refer to the Vietnam Generation as great as any. If you are ever in the vicinity of the Sir Scott’s Oasis Steakhouse at 204 W. Main in Manhattan, Montana stop in, buy a steak and pat the owner on the back. The phone number is (406) 284-6929. You may see me there sometime.