128 VVN – Vietnam War History Perspectives

Vietnam Veteran News, Mack Payne

Special Forces in Vietnam during the early days.

To prevent recommitting the mistakes of the past it is important to study the past. In this episode we will take a look at how the history of Vietnam developed in the 1950’s. That was the time that the battle fields of destiny were plowed.

Professor Robert K. Brigham of Vasser College wrote an article titled Battlefield Vietnam: A Brief History that lays out the events leading up to our entry into the punch bowl of history. It is easy to read and clearly points out the mistakes that took us down the slippery slope that resulted in the death of hundreds of thousands Americans either thru direct combat loses or via the insidious Agent Orange diseases.

127 VVN – Saigon Winning Economic Prizes

Saigon Skyline, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News

Commercial and residential buildings stand illuminated at night in Saigon, Vietnam.
Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

In this episode we are going to take a look at an article that tells how the city of Saigon and the southern part of Vietnam is leading the way economically for the country. It is a little ironic in more ways than one that this poor devastated area of Southeast Asia has in the long run won the war. A war that ravaged it for so many years.

Another irony is its success in demonstrating how freedom is the best way to go not only for the blessings of liberty but also for its tendency to encourage economic grow which is definitely a blessing for all.

The story brings out a sobering reality for us here in the USA. We do better when there is less government.

This story came from Bloomberg News by Jason Folkmanis and Nguyen Dieu Tu Uyen.

To contact the reporters on this story: Jason Folkmanis in Ho Chi Minh City at folkmanis@bloomberg.net; Nguyen Dieu Tu Uyen in Hanoi at uyen1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Adam Majendie at adammajendie@bloomberg.net James Hertling


126 VVN – Earl “Dusty Trimmer Authors Gripping Book About Vietnam War

Earl "Dusty" Trimmer, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News

: Earl “Dusty” Trimmer’s new book ‘Condemned Property? Our Most Unpopular War Continues for Americans Who Fought in Vietnam…Why?’ takes a raw and blunt look at the Vietnam War

In this episode I am going to tell you about Vietnam Vet Earl “Dusty” Trimmer and the book he has written about his Vietnam experiences. The Title of his book is Condemned Property? Our Most Unpopular War Continues for Americans Who Fought in Vietnam…Why?. It has the familiar theme of the uncaring attitude the Nation has toward Vietnam Veterans both in appreciation for their service and lack of proper medical treatment for maladies caused by service in Vietnam.

The book has received many outstanding reviews and if you want a candid look at the life of a front line infantryman in Vietnam you will do yourself a favor by getting a copy and reading it as soon as you can.

More about the book: http://www.condemnedpropertybook.com

Buy the book: http://amzn.to/1rO4vhQ

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125 VVN – Vietnam Vet Bennie Adkins Finally Receives MOH

Bennie Adkins, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News

Retired Command Sgt. Major Bennie G. Adkins examines photos in the Hall of Valor at Fort Benning Thursday.

Vietnam Vet Bennie Adkins has been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor after a 50 year wait. His story is highlighted in this episode. The story was written by Drew Taylor for the Opelika-Auburn News. He was presented the medal by The President in Washington, D.C. for his actions in a battle at Camp A Shau in March of 1966.

I salute Bennie Adkins.

124 VVN – Another Vietnam Vet Charles Crockett’s Passes


Charles Crockett, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News

Vietnam War veteran Charles Crockett receives a Quilt of Valor from the Greene County Quilters in June in honor of his service. Crockett passed away a short time later. Pictured from left to right are Pinky Byrd, Crockett, Donna Alcorn, Peg Lassen and Donna Barnard.

Vietnam Vet Charles Crockett of Bulls Gap in Greene County Tennessee recently passed away. Just before he died the Greene County Quilters honored Crockett for his service with a Quilt of Valor. The presentation was covered by the Greeneville Sun with a story by Kristen Buckles.

The Greene County Quilters present Quilts of Valor to veterans on a regular basis. They could use your financial support. Financial donations can be sent to Greene County Quilters, 190 Greenbriar, Mosheim, TN 37818.

For information about Quilts of Valor presentations in Greene County, please contact Gail Burnett at 552-7525.

123 VVN – Vietnam Veteran Benefits Growth

Robert McDonald, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News

U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald speaks during a news conference a the Palo Alto VA Medical Center on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Palo Alto, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A story by Tom Philpott from The Times of Trenton titled: Military Update: Number of vets collecting disability compensation on steady climb is featured in this episode.The story is about a Congressional Budget Office report requested by the ranking Democrat on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, Rep. Mike Michaud of Maine (surely you don’t think there was any politics involved here do you?).

This CBO report in question lays out the large increases in veteran’s benefits since 2000. Not only have disability payments grown but according to what Philpott states in his piece the VA is taking a greater role in assisting veterans to apply for benefits and to help them overcome roadblocks to getting benefits created by the same agency, the VA.

There will always be controversy when spending decisions are made by a corporate body like the US Congress but one thing is locked in stone. Whenever a country asks it people to go to war and blood is shed, that country owes those injured proper care and compensation for those injuries.

122 VVN – Vietnam Vet – Melvin Page And His Legacy

Melvin Page, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News

Vietnam Veteran Melvin Page at his East Tennessee home.

In the past three episodes the exploits of Vietnam Veteran Melvin Page have been highlighted. If you missed any of them you are highly encouraged to go and listen to all three starting with episode 119. In that episode I shared the story by Aaron Wright of WBIR that told how Melvin received his high school diploma after a 40 plus year delay. Episodes 120 and 121 were live interviews with Melvin himself. His story was so thrilling it had to be divided up into two episodes.

In this episode I will illustrate the legacy Melvin Page has established by reading a testimonial by Ray (Butch) Williams who grew up living next door to Melvin in Roane County, Tennessee. Butch’s comments show how many Vietnam Veterans conducted themselves and how they have nothing to be ashamed of when called a Vietnam Veteran.

121 VVN – Vietnam Vet Melvin Page Tells His Story, Part II

Melvin Page, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News

Melvin Page reminisces about the battle in which he fought with the 25th Division against the NVA near Cu Chi in Vietnam.

Melvin Page reminisces about the battle in which he fought with the 25th Division against the NVA near Cu Chi in Vietnam.

This episode is the rest of the interview I had with Vietnam Veteran Melvin Page of Roane County, Tennessee. Melvin will tell about the battle with the NVA where he was seriously wounded. He will describe the following: how he was forced to call in a napalm strike on his own unit, his spiritual transformation, the strange voice he heard, the mysterious hand that appeared from nowhere and pulled him to a better position, his encounter with anti-war protestors at the San Francisco airport, his battle with Agent Orange and his thoughts on the war in general.

Be prepared to hear one of the most inspiring stories of survival ever told.

120 VVN – Melvin Page – Vietnam Vet Extraordinaire – Interview Part I

Melvin Page at Camp Zama, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News

Melvin Page shown here at the military hospital at Camp Zama, Japan in October, 1968 after his rehabilitation from wounds he received in Vietnam. Three days after this photo was taken he had his infamous encounter with anti-war protesters at the San Francisco air port which resulted in his arrest by MP’s.

In the previous episode (#119) I shared the story of Melvin Page, a Vietnam Veteran who was able to get his high school diploma almost 50 years after he was drafted out of high school and sent straight to Vietnam.

I did a little more checking on Mr. Page and was treated to one of the most fantastic stories ever to come out of the Vietnam War, Fortunately I was able to secure an interview with Melvin and was overwhelmed with the power of his dramatic story of how he survived numerous encounters with death.

His story was too big for one episode so his interview was divided into two parts. In this episode he tells how he was drafted off the farm in East Tennessee and sent to Vietnam where he was assigned to C Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry(Wolfhounds) of the “Tropic Lightning” 25th Infantry Division. He talks about his unit and the jobs he was assigned. He tells about his surprise when his stern drill instructor from basic training was assigned to his platoon and how their relationship developed from one of dislike to a strong lifelong friendship.

This episode will set you up for the following one where he will finish the most fantastic story you have probably ever heard.

119 VVN – Melvin Page, Vietnam Vet Gets Diploma 40 Years Later

Melvin Page, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News

: Melvin Page earns his diploma more than 40 years after he should have walked at graduation.

In this episode we are recognizing another Vietnam Veteran, Melvin Page, who had done something noteworthy. He has earned his high school diploma after a forty year delay. Melvin is a retired letter carrier in Roane County, Tennessee. His story was on the website: wbir.com. It was written by Aaron Wright who provided a little insight about this Vietnam Veteran who stepped forward when his country called and served admirably in a war that afforded him little recognition and respect. He was seriously wounded in battle and then battled Agent Orange illnesses in later years yet today he can outrun those half his age.

Melvin took advantage of a new program in Tennessee to help veterans of previous wars including Vietnam take advantage of the educational opportunities available to them. He encourages all veterans to get the education they may have missed as a result of their military service. The link below will tell you more about the program.