340 VVN – Vietnam Hero Cmdr. Charles Nels Tanner Passes Away

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Vietnam Hero Cmdr. Charles Nels Tanner , mack Payne, vietnam veteran newsCmdr. Charles Nels Tanner was a great American and brave Vietnam Veteran. He recently passed away and will be buried in his hometown of Covington, Tennessee. Tanner survived 2,339 days of captivity at the Hanoi Hilton hosted by the North Vietnamese. He was released on March 4, 1973.

While in captivity he displayed a great deal of bravery and resistance despite the inhuman treatment he received from his captors. His grit and unbreakable spirit in the face of that kind of torture led to Tanner being called one of the “Alcatraz Eleven” or the “Alcatraz Gang,” names used by the U.S. media to describe 11 high-level captives in the Hanoi Hilton as being unbreakable by the enemy and who were noted as being leaders of a resistance movement.

Vietnam Hero Cmdr. Charles Nels Tanner – rest in peace.

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339 VVN – Vietnam Leader Coming To the US

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General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong

The leader of Vietnam is coming to visit the USA. The US Ambassador to Vietnam, Ted Osius, made the announcement according to an article in the Shanghai Daily. In this episode the article will be featured along with comments on the changing times and how old enemies are becoming friends. Hope you enjoy this episode and feel free to add your two cents worth on the subject in the comment section.

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338 VVN – VA Choice Program Update

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The Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System Tucson, Arizona Hospital

In this episode an article from The Copper Era newspaper that has been serving Greenlee County, Arizona residents since 1899 will be featured. The title of the article is: Choice Program a challenge for vets and it was submitted by Alan Davis Wick a Communications science intern.

The article tells the story of Vietnam veteran Rick Alliman whose is suffering from several Agent Orange related sicknesses and his trials and tribulations in trying to use the new VA Choice Program for obtaining timely medical treatment. It appears red tape is spoiling the best laid plans established by Congressional action.

The Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System Tucson, Arizona Hospital has a Choice Champion named Deborah Dieter who can provide veterans with helpful information about the Choice Program.

She can be reached at: 520-629-1740

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337 VVN – The 3rd Marine Division in Vietnam

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The 3rd Marine Division in Vietnam, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran NewsIn this episode we will take a look at the 3rd Marine Division and its service in Vietnam. Anyone who served in that unit in Vietnam can be proud they were a part of a Marine division that did an impressive job. The Division was in Vietnam for four years and fought in some of the toughest areas of the country up near the DMZ. Hope you enjoy this episode.

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336 VVN – Missing Vietnam Vet Photo Located

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Vietnam veteran and Milwaukee native Tom Cottrell

In this episode an article from the Milwaukee Courier by Jessica McBride titled: Photos of Wisconsin Veterans Still Surfacing is featured. The purpose is to remind visitors about the massive project of locating a picture of each person whose name is on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.

The article tells about the locating of a photo of Thomas Cottrell, of Milwaukee who was killed in Vietnam in 1969 while serving with the 1st Cavalry Division. All of the 1,161 Wisconsin photos have been located but they are looking for better ones of Ruben L. Horton, Timothy H. Johnson, Thomas C. Mitchell, and Murphy Pleasant, Jr. If you know of contacts for any of these veterans please contact Jessica McBride at her email address: jessicamcbride05@live. com.

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

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335 VVN – The Americal Division in Vietnam

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The Americal Division in Vietnam, mack payne, vietnam veteran newsIn this episode the story of the Americal Division in Vietnam is featured. The Americal was formed up and headquartered in Chu Lai, Vietnam Nam and it was the only division in the US Army to be formed outside the USA. The primary purpose for its existence was to provide a home for three separate infantry brigades operating in the Quảng Ngãi and Quảng Tín provinces of the I Corps Military Region of Vietnam.

Those brigades were the 11th, 196th, and 198th Light Infantry Brigades. Both the 11th and 198th brigades were newly formed units. The record of the Americal Division in Vietnam was stained by the My Lai incident where hundreds of Vietnamese civilians were mercilessly gunned down by Lt. William Calley’s out of control platoon. Other than that the division had a record of battlefield achievements. Hope you enjoy this episode.

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334 VVN – 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam

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1st Cav troopers going into action.

In this episode we will take a look at one of the more notable units that fought in Vietnam. It is the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), which happened to be the first airmobile division in the Army. It put to the test the concept of combining Army aviation assets with a light infantry division.

An article from History Net by Joseph Abodeely titled: Air Cav: How Soldiers in the Sky Reshaped Combat on the Ground is featured in this episode. It concentrates on the battle at the Ia Drang Valley and Operation Pegasus at Khe Sanh. The writer presents an informative description of the concept of air cavalry operations. Hope you enjoy this episode and feel free to add your comments about the 1st Cavalry Division.

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333 VVN – 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam

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1st Infantry Division in Vietnam, mack payne, vietnam veteran newsIn this episode the 1st Infantry Division’s record in Vietnam will be featured. The Big Red One as it is commonly known as is another one of those US Army divisions formed as a result of the First World War. It fought well in both World War I and II. This led up to their record of high achievement in Vietnam. Hope you enjoy their story.

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332 VVN – 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam

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25th Infantry Division in Vietnam

In this episode the impressive record of the 25th Infantry Division, the Tropic Lightning, in Vietnam will be featured. Most of the information in this episode comes from the Flames of War website and it was written by Dave Wiggins. The 25th Division has a notable history going back to its formation in Hawaii in October of 1941 when it became the first US Army division to go into combat in World War II.

The Division’s history and accomplishments in Vietnam are impressive. It participated in the following operations: Cedar Falls, the Iron Triangle, Cu Chi, the Ho Bo and Boi Loi Woods, Tay Ninh, War Zone C, Ben Cui and Cambodia. Hope you enjoy this account of its noteworthy record of service in the Vietnam War.

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331 VVN – 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam

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9th Infantry Division , mack payne, vietnam veteran newsIn this episode we will take a look at the 9th Infantry Division and its record in the Vietnam War. The 9th Division operated down south in the Mekong Delta region and around Saigon out of Camp Bearcat. It compiled a fine record of accomplishment against a determined enemy in that war. One of its accomplishments was to establish the first Mobile Riverine Force since the Civil War. Hope you enjoy this episode.

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