330 VVN – 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam

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101st Airborne Division, mack payne, vietnam veteran news In this episode we will take a look at the short but impressive history of the 101st Airborne Division as part of the series of podcasts featuring military units that fought in Vietnam.

The author has a personal interest in the 101st because he served his second tour in Vietnam as a member of that division. In addition to personal comments about the 101st an article from the Army Study Guide website is featured. The author also will tell about the brief appearance of the 82nd Airborne Division in the Vietnam War. Hope you enjoy this episode and feel free to put your comments about the 101st or 82nd Airborne Divisions in the comment section.

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329 VVN – 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam

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In this episode the history of the 4th Infantry Division will be featured. The 4th Division was not the sexiest unit in Vietnam but it did its job well especially at the Battle of Dak To. I was assigned to the 4th Division for my first tour in the country and I appreciate my time there with the “Ivy” Division.

The 4th Division has a long and distinguished history of brave service to the country. It was formed in 1917 and fought in World War I and II, Vietnam and Iraq. If you are a member of the 4th Division family you can be proud of your service. Hope you enjoy this episode and feel free to add your comments about the 4th Division.

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

328 VVN – 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam

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In this episode we will take a look at one of the more famous units to fight in Vietnam and that is the “Sky Soldiers” of the 173rd Airborne Brigade (Separate). That unit fought in Vietnam for almost six years and compiled an impressive record. Among other things, they made the only combat airborne assault in the war.

The entire history of the Brigade is reviewed beginning with their formation in 1917 up to today when they serve as the first immediate response force in Europe. Hope you enjoy the podcast and feel free to add your comments about the unit.

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

327 VVN – New Vietnam Veteran Memorial in Salinas, California

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The display for the presentation of The Fallen Soldier at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial during the Memorial Day ceremony in Salinas on Monday.

In this episode an article from The Monterey Herald by James Herrera titled: Memorial Day: Vietnam Veterans Memorial unveils photos of fallen in Salinas is featured. It details the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Committee’s presentation of its Memorial Day ceremony in Salinas that included a mix of the music of the times and the solemnity of the occasion.

Jim Silva, Vietnam veteran and caretaker of the Salinas Vietnam Veterans Memorial site in Monterey County is looking for help to maintain the memorial. If you would like to help in the effort contact the Monterey County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Committee at P.O. Box 2062, Salinas, CA 93902.

If you would like to contact the writer of the article, James Herrera, here is how: reach the author at jherrera@montereyherald.com or follow James on Twitter: @jamerra1 or call him at 831-726-4344.

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

326 VVN – Memorial Day Tributes to Vietnam Veterans

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The 19th Annual Memorial Day Commemoration to honor the young men from Jersey City who died as a result of the Vietnam War and those who died from war related causes after they returned home took place at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Pershing Field in Jersey City on Monday, May 25, 2015. Pictured: Vietnam Veteran Jaime Vasquez, 65, of Jersey City. Michael Dempsey | The Jersey Journal

The recent Memorial Day celebrations in this country saw many occasions where Vietnam Veterans were recognized for their service to their country during the War in Vietnam. This episode highlights just a few of these events that were held honoring Vietnam Veterans along with all the veterans who have served our country down through the years. Hope you enjoy these stories.

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

325 VVN – Why some in the Philippines want the U.S. Navy back

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The USNS Charles Drew, a logistics supply ship, lies alongside a pier in the former Subic Bay navy base, loading vehicles that had been used in a recent joint U.S.-Philippine exercise. (Will Englund/The Washington Post)

It is interesting to follow world events and see how they sway back and forth as time passes. In this episode the situation in The Philippines is discussed. During the Vietnam War the US Navy maintained a large presence at Subic Bay where it hired thousands of local Pilipinos to work at the naval base. When the war ended and the Soviet Union collapsed and amid long-festering feelings that Philippine sovereignty the US Navy was asked to leave.

Not long after the departure of the US, China began moving in on Philippine territory. Many in the Philippines began to miss the security blanket provided by the US Navy. Others missed the generous payrolls that came from the Subic Naval Base.

These realities have caused many in the Philippines to welcome a return of the US Navy.

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

324 VVN – Vietnam Veterans Honored Around the Country

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Vietnam War Survivors and Remembrance Service at the Berkeley County Veterans Monument in Moncks Corner.  , mack payne, vietnam veteran news

Over 200 people attended a Vietnam War Survivors and Remembrance Service on May 1 at the Berkeley County Veterans Monument in Moncks Corner. 

In this episode three stories will be shared that indicate Vietnam Veterans are finally getting the recognition they have been looking for for years. Events in Pearl River, NY, Topeka, KS and Moncks Corner, SC are featured. Hope you enjoy this episode.

In reference to the Moncks Corner event more information about future DAR events contact GeneralMarionsBrigade@gmail.com .  If you are a Vietnam Veteran, please contact VWgmb50th@gmail.com for more information about upcoming events and to participate in a digital history project to record your experiences in Vietnam.

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

323 VVN – Secret Soldiers of Vietnam Fight Final Battle

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Chue Chou Tchang, who represents a national association of Hmong fighters, works full time trying to gain legitimacy for the soldiers. Jerry Holt – Star Tribune

The Hmong Tribesmen of Laos fought a secret war for the US in Laos during the Vietnam War. Many were resettled in this country after the war to protect them from serious retributions by the Communists. Now the Hmong Vietnam Veterans are seeking the right to be buried in US veteran cemeteries along side their American comrades in battle. They are encountering much difficulty in that pursuit.

An Article from the Mark Brunswick Star Tribune titled: One last fight for secret soldiers tells the story. Brunswick can be reached at 612-673-4434.

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

322 VVN – Agent Orange Senate bill Proposed by Senator Peters

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U.S. Senator Gary Peters

In this episode we will look at the latest on Congressional action to get help for the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans. In an article from upmatters.com by Kylie Khan titled: Bill to ensure veterans harmed by Agent Orange receive benefits the efforts of Michigan Senator Gary Peters are detailed. He has introduced into the Senate a bill that is a companion to the House bill HR-969.

It is designed to get equity of services for Agent Orange related illnesses for Vietnam Veterans who were excluded by the VA in 2002 from receiving such services.

All are encouraged to contact their Senators and Representatives and ask them to support this legislation to help our veterans.

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

321 VVN – The Men of Hotel Company

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Members of the Forgotten Warriors of 1965 met in Washington, D.C., in April of 2015. Among them is Sgt. Curt Ask of Kent, Minnesota, front right.

In this episode an article from the Daily News of Wahepton, ND and Breckenridge, MN titled: The men of Hotel Company by Eric Grover is featured. It tells the story of Curt Ask a member of Hotel Company of the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, one of the first American forces to join the fight in the Vietnam War.

After many years of no contact four years ago, one veteran in Ask’s battalion began to track down other members. It evolved and grew into an organization 139 members strong, the “Forgotten Warriors of 1965.” Starting in 2012, the Warriors have organized reunions each year on April 10 to commemorate the start of their perilous, life-changing adventure.

Hope you enjoy the story in this episode that helps verify the contention that the Vietnam War Veteran Generation is among the greatest and deserve our thanks and admiration.

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