215 VVN – Vietnam Vets Interviewed by a High School Student

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Belleville News-Democrat – Belleville, Illinois

In this episode an article from the Belleville News-Democrat is featured. The article describes the experiences of Erica Marlinghaus, a senior student at OTHS who is participating in a Veterans History Project.

She talks about her experience interviewing two Vietnam Veterans, Gilbert Johnson in 2013 and Wayne Rick in 2014. From her comments the interview process was good for both parties. Both veterans indicated they felt like a heavy load was removed from their shoulders after they talked about their exeriences in the war for the first time.

Erica was very impressed by the stories and stated her patriotism had never been greater and more intense.

This is a good sign that students are taking interest in the Vietnam War history and more are encouraged to participate in such veteran history projects

214 VVN – A Year In Vietnam, A Lifetime Of Memories For a Marine Helicopter Pilot

“Crazy Joe” Scholle, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News

Marine veteran Joe Scholle tells of his days serving as a UH-34D helicopter pilot in Vietnam as he clicks through a photo slide show at his home in Severna Park, Md., on Sept. 30, 2014. Scholle said during the Vietnam war, fellow pilots were as likely to die from accidents as they were from direct enemy action. Carlos Bongioanni/Stars and Stripes

In this episode a story from the Stars and Stripes about a brave Marine helicopter pilot is featured. The story is written by Carlos Bongioanni about the exploits of “Crazy Joe” Scholle who flew hundreds of sorties in Vietnam as a UH-34D helicopter pilot.

His story describes the harrowing challenges Marine helicopter pilots faced as they flew missions in the northern part of South Vietnam up against the DMZ.

213 VVN – Old Army Buddies Were Detroit Neighbors, And Didn’t Know It

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Roger Watson, left, of Berkley and neighbor David Brown of Berkley pose for a photo in their backyards on Dec. 10, 2014 in Berkley, Mich. The men have been backyard neighbors for 18 years but neither realized until recently that they were good friends in the Vietnam War, being from the same Detroit neighborhood, drafted on the same day, training in the same places and being in the same company. The two found each other through a birding interest between Watson and Brown’s wife before meeting to reunite over the back fence.

Every once in a while an unusual story about Vietnam Veterans comes along. In this episode we will be looking at one of those strange stories. Two Vietnam veterans who were drafted out of the same neighborhood in Detroit in 1966, trained and served together and then went to Vietnam together. They lost contact with each other and a few weeks ago they discovered they had been neighbors for the past 18 years. They are now catching up on lost time.

212 VVN – Marine Veteran Offers Tons of Inspiration

Michael Cano, Vietnam Veteran News, Mack Payne

Michael Cano, with his wife, is the great-grandson of Geronimo, a Vietnam War veteran, and professor at the University of La Verne. He was recently named the 2014 67th Assembly District Veteran of the Year.

In this episode we are going to look at the story of another Vietnam Veteran that helps verify my contention that the Vietnam War Generation was as great as any.

Michael Cano is featured in this episode. He just happened to by the great-grandson of Geronimo, the famous Apache Indian who fought both the Mexicans and Americans in the nineteenth century. Cano has made a name for himself on his own as a Vietnam Veteran hard fighting Marine and in later life as an educator, business owner and veterans advocate.

You are going to appreciate his story.

211 VVN – Vietnam Era Aircraft Carriers Head for the Scrap Yard

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The USS Ranger likely will leave Bremerton in January or February, on its way to International Shipbreaking Ltd. in Brownsville, Texas.
Picture by Larry Steagall

Nothing lasts forever including aircraft carriers from the Vietnam War. In this episode an article from the Kitsap Sun by Ed Friedrich tells about how retired aircraft carriers are being given away for their scrap value. It is sad to see these once proud vessels given away to the junk yards.

Efforts have been made to save the USS Ranger and convert it into a floating museum but the USS Ranger Foundation came up short and was unable to raise the funds to save the ship.

210 VVN – Christmas Eve Event Honors Vietnam War Veterans

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Dominick Grimaldi, a member of the U.S. Military Vets Motorcycle Club and a U.S. Army veteran, lights a candle in honor of Vietnam War veterans Wednesday during an event at H3O Aquatics in Murfreesboro. (Photo: John A. Gillis/DNJ)

There is coming about a monumental shift in attitudes toward Vietnam Veterans. In this episode an article from the Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro, Tennessee by Scott Broden tells about an event in Murfreesboro that is indicative of those changing attitudes.

The event was a candlelight ceremony to honor Vietnam War veterans. The Tennessee Commissioner of Veterans Affairs Many-Bears Grinder was in attendance and she thanked the gathered Vietnam Veterans for their service.

Bob Mims, a Murfreesboro resident who served in the Marines during the war talked about his Hope Farms homeless shelter for veterans, which will use horticulture therapy to help rehabilitate those seeking assistance.

More information about Bob’s project can be found at this link: Hope Farms for Veterans. You can contact Bob at this email address: bobveteran@ptsdawareness.org or call him at 615-424-9091.

You can contact Scott Broden, the writer of the article at 615-278-5158 or sbroden@dnj.com. Follow him on Twitter @ScottBroden.

209 VVN – Marine Fighter Pilot Now Wields a Pen

Ed “Eagle Man” McGaa

Ed McGaa, pictured here in 1967 at Chu Lai, Vietnam, flew 110 missions as a fighter pilot during the Vietnam war.

In this episode the life of a brave American from South Dakota is highlighted. The story comes from an article in the Rapid City Journal by Danie Koskan. The story outlines how Ed “Eagle Man” McGaa a 78-year-old Oglala Lakota author and former Marine Corps pilot succeeded in all walks of life.

After flying 110 combat missions in Vietnam as an F-4 pilot he came home and enrolled in law school and later became a writer with a passion of telling the true story of the Sioux people and their proud culture and heritage.


208 VVN – Tom Sumner Interview With Mack Payne on KRUF

Tom Sumner

Tom Sumner

Recently I was interviewed by Tom Sumner of WKUF, a broadcast service of Kettering University in Flint, Michigan. The theme of the interview was what does this Vietnam Veteran (me) think about treatment of veterans of both the Vietnam War and the Gulf Wars.

As usual I was glad to share my opinions because I have plenty to spare. I believe the Vietnam Veteran generation is as great as any who went to war when called by their country. I also believe America is the greatest country on earth despite what the misguided naysayers profess.

The next time you are in the Flint, Michigan area tune in to Tom’s show on WKUF. Here is their website: http://wkuf.fm

207 VVN – Montagnards Seek Asylum

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Montagnard asylum seekers hiding out in Cambodia

A group of Montagnards are seeking political asylum in neighboring Cambodia. In this episode an article is featured about the group of asylum seekers finally getting to plead their case before a UN representative.

The Montagnards are a sad offshoot of the Vietnam War. They sided with the Americans and proved to be loyal and effective allies. Unfortunately after the Americans left and later after the North Vietnamese took over the country the Montagnards suffered at the hands of their new government.

206 VVN – Faces of the Wall Project Gains Momentum


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The Education Center will place soldiers’ Vietnam service within the historical continuum of all those who have served in American conflicts.
Rendering by Ralph Appelbaum Associates

This episode is a follow up to episode #201 and gives more information about the Face of the Wall Project that is attempting to obtain a picture of all the Vietnam Veterans whose names appear on the Wall Memorial.

In this episode Jim and Tom Reece of Wilmington, North Carolina describe how they got involved in the project after they wanted to know more about one of their classmates who was killed in Vietnam. They have gone on to find hundreds of photos.

Janna Hoehn is also mentioned in the episode as she describes how she got involved in the Project and is now actively seeking photos.

Everyone is encouraged to assist in the effort to locate pictures of all the 53,000 veterans whose name is on the wall.

Here is a direct link to the Wall of Faces website:   CLICK HERE

If you have pictures to submit or have questions about the program from someone who is actively working on the project, contact Janna Hoehn by email at>>> neverforgotten2014@gmail.com