185 VVA – Attention All Veterans

New Jersey Veterans

New Jersey veterans stepping up to the plate and doing good things. From left, Stephen Smith, Jr. of Mount Holly, Joseph T. Donnelly of Cape May, Joseph Harris of Green Creek, and Stephen Duncan of Woodbury pose for a photograph at the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the American Veterans Disabled For Life Memorial in Washington, D.C. on the morning of Wednesday November 12, 2010. Photo by Jamie C. Horton/For The Star-Ledger

In this episode the duty of all veterans to honor their service is highlighted. An article by Luis J. Alers in the JDNews.com of Jacksonville, NC talks about how important it is for veterans of all wars to be active in veterans organizations. Otherwise the opinions of those not familiar with the military or appreciative of it will become prevalent. If this happens, in no time veterans will begin to be treated as Vietnam Veterans were after that war. That will lead to a weakening of the military which is critical to the safety of the USA which exists in a dangerous world.

So – Notice to all veterans please follow Alers’ suggestions by joining and actively participating in the veterans organization of your choice. Do this and you will help keep America great and maintain the shining beacon of hope and freedom it is to the whole world.

184 VVN – USA and Vietnam Team Up

Vietnamese and Americans Meet, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News

Vietnamese and Americans meet to discuss weapons deal.

Sometimes events cause former enemies to come together as many never thought possible. That is happening with the USA and former adversary North Vietnam. Today as a result of the Chinese trying to be the bully of East Asia America is teaming up with Vietnam to counter the threat.

In this episode an article by Ryan Faith of Vice News describes the situation that caused this meeting of former enemies. Vietnam Veterans should find this interesting.

183 VVN – New York City Borough Honors Vietnam Vets

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Vietnam Veteran News, Mack Payne

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz on Thursday presented John Rowan (l.), national president of the Vietnam Veterans of America, and Haitian American Veterans Association President Dr. Fritz Fils-Aime with citations in recognition of their service to the country and their continued service to the veterans community.
Photo Courtesy of Borough President Katz’s office

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz honored Vietnam Veterans at a recent ceremony during Borough Hall’s inaugural Veterans Day Observance Ceremony. The Queens Borough is a part of the greater metropolitan New York area. It lies east of Manhattan across the East River, just north of Brooklyn and south of The Bronx.

The ceremony honored veterans associations that had provided much assistance to veterans over a long period of time. The article shared in this episode comes from theforumnewgroup.com.


182 VVN – Vietnam Vet Jim Lundgard Surprised

182 VVN - Vietnam Vet Jim Lundgard Surprised, Vietnam Veteran News, Mack Payne

Vietnam veteran Jim Lundgard Surprised in Louisville.

At the recent Veterans Day Ceremony held in Louisville, Kentucky Vietnam Vet Jim Lundgard received a big surprise. In a story by Tamara Evans writing for WDRB.com we are told how Lundgard got the surprise of his life.

He had labored for months in getting a new Veterans Memorial created to replace an older model that was removed during park renovation. The new monument and flag pole were dedicated at this year’s Veterans Day events. It was at that event Lundgard was surprised by the appearance of five members of his old unit in Vietnam. He had not seen them in over forty years. They were flown in from as far away as California by Early Times just to surprise Lundgard.

181 VVN – FSU Now Honors Vietnam Vets

FSU Changes Attitude

FSU now placing top priority on honoring Vietnam Vets.

At one time FSU was known as the “Berkeley of the South” due to the extreme positions and activities protesting the Vietnam War. That institution was one of the most vocal opponents of the war in the nation.

Today that has all changed. FSU now is one of the leading institutions in America honoring Vietnam Veterans. In this episode this change of heart is covered in two articles from New 4 Jax written by Matt Galka and Mike Vasilinda both reporters for the Capitol News Service.

180 VVN – Two Marine Veterans Remember Khe Sanh

David “Randy” Norton and Larry McCartney, mack payne, vietnam veteran news

David “Randy” Norton of Charlotte and Larry McCartney of Black Mountain remember Khe Sanh, the Vietnam War’s longest and bloodiest battle.

Joe DePriest of The Charlotte Observer wrote an article about two Marine Vietnam Veterans who were remembering their experiences during the Battle of Khe Sanh on Veterans Day. The two Marines were David “Randy” Norton of Charlotte and Larry McCartney of Black Mountain.

They were among the 90 Marines interviewed by writer Gregg Jones when he wrote his book titled: “Last Stand at Khe Sanh.” In this episode we will take a look at the harrowing experiences of the Marines at Khe Sanh.

179 VVN – Veterans Day Interview on WSOM – Tracey and Friends

Tracy Winbush

Tracey Winbush of Tracy and Friends on WSOM Radio in Youngstown, Ohio.

This episode was released on Veterans Day, November 11, 2014. As the podcast master I was interviewed by Tracey Winbush who heads up the Tracy and Friends Morning Show on WSOM in Youngstown, Ohio. The purpose of the interview was to talk about Veterans Day and to honor the veterans.

That interview in its entirety is presented in this episode for your edification. In the interview I make a few comments about my thoughts on the Vietnam War after all these years. Hope you enjoy the conversation.

178 VVN – Two Vietnam Vets Reunite after 47 Year Wait

Casper "Cappy" Everhard, and fellow U.S. Marine John Davis, mack payne, vietnam veteran news

(L-R) After 47 years Vietnam veterans Casper “Cappy” Everhard, 67, from Aberdeen and fellow U.S. Marine John Davis, 70, from Peekskill, NY greet each other as the men reunite at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Holmdel, NJ 11/7/14 (Robert Sciarrino | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

In this episode the story of two Marines who were veterans of the Vietnam War is featured. They have reestablished a friendship that was formed in the crucible of battle in the jungles of Vietnam. The story was written by MaryAnn Spoto of| NJ Advance Media for NJ.com.

They haven’t had any contact for 47 years when a set of unrelated circumstances brought them together at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Holmdel. After catching up on old times they discovered they both had similar PTSD conditions. With a little help from family the VA they are both overcoming the demons of the past.

Listen to their inspiring stories on the Podcast.

177 VVN – Vietnam Commemorative Speaker Fires Up North Alabama Veterans

Lt. Gen. Frank Libutti, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News

Lt. Gen. Frank Libutti speaks to North Alabama’s Vietnam veterans.

More than 25 local organizations in North Alabama provided a venue for the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Lecture Series speaker retired Lt. Gen. Frank Libutti. The general fired up the crowd with a message from the American people of welcome and appreciation for their service.

He also threw in stories about his own experiences in Vietnam and encouraged other veterans in the audience to share their war stories. The reaction of the Vietnam Veterans in attendance was tremendous. Finally after all these years they are beginning to get recognition for a job well done.

176 VVN – Guadalupe Lucio – Vietnam Veteran

Guadalupe Lucio , mack payne, vietnam veteran news

Guadalupe Lucio holds a portrait of himself when he was in the army. He served in Vietnam. He was photographed on Oct. 27, 2014.

Guadalupe Lucio is another Vietnam Veteran who should be recognized for serving their country during those trying times. He served as a Morse code intercept operator and provided critical information in fixing the enemy.

Upon his return to his home town, San Antonio, Texas he experiences episodes of PTSD but in recent times has beaten the devils that pursued him down through the years.

If you live in San Antonio contact Guadalupe and let him know you appreciate his service to our country.