013 VVN – John Fonner – Vietnam Vet Interview

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John Fonner

John Fonner

John Fonner is a bedrock American hero.  He answered the call when his country needed help to fight an unpopular war in a faraway land. He went forward and served to the best of his ability and then came home to Connecticut without a chip on his shoulder. He proceeded to build a life that should be a gleaming example to all. He built a fine family that now includes grandchildren, he excelled in a 50 year career in the grocery business, he was a good citizen in his home community and today he is enjoying a well earned and deserved retirement.

In this interview John is going to tell us about his experiences during the Vietnam War when he was assigned to the 195th Assault Helicopter Company. His story is unique in that he is one of the few US Army soldiers who went to Vietnam with his entire unit when it deployed.  Most soldiers went over individually and joined units already in country.

Hope you enjoy John’s recounting of his Vietnam adventures.

012 VVN – McDonalds Invades Vietnam

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McDonald's Invades Vietnam

McDonald’s Invades Vietnam

McDonald’s is returning to Vietnam with the opening of their first store in that country since the takeover by the Communists. According to an article in the New Straits Times of Singapore a Vietnamese businessman raised in America has returned to his homeland with big ideas. With the help of connections to the Premier of the country and a dislike of native fish sauce made from fermented fish and sea salt he opened a McDonald’s franchise in Ho Chi Minh City(Saigon).

In the early 1990’s the Communist Government of Vietnam saw the writing on the wall and came to the conclusion that collectivism does not work. They decided to open up the country to foreign investors and as a result the country’s economy is beginning to flourish. McDonalds is joining other American companies such as Coca Cola, Burger King and Starbucks in mining the emerging markets of that country.

 

011 VVN – Dr. Jerry Cade Interview

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Jerry Code

Dr Jerry Cade, St Petersburg College

Vietnam Veteran Jerry Cade is currently a Career Development Facilitator Counselor at the St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, Florida.  In this episode he will recount his memories of his time served in the Vietnam War and describe the very interesting duties he performed in contributing to the overall war effort. He also gives his opinion about the aftermath of that war and the benefits of military service. I’m sure you will enjoy and learn from this fascinating interview.  Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

 

010 VVN – Aussie Vietnam Vets Remember the War

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Dave Sabben

Dave Sabben

This episode is about three Aussie Vietnam Vets getting together to discuss their memories of the Battle of Long Tan for a fund raiser in Murwillumbah, New South Wales, Australia. The three including Dave Sabben, Ian Campbell and Kevin Sharpley all participated in the battle where the Australians fought against overwhelming enemy forces with great valor and secured a victory that kept the Viet Cong forces out of Phuoc Tuy Province near Saigon. The purpose of the memorial event was to raise funds for Legacy Australia.

009 VVN – Manatee Tea Party Speech by Mack Payne

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Patriot Speaker Mack Payne

Patriot Speaker Mack Payne

Mack Payne spoke to the Manatee Tea Party in Bradenton, Florida on January 28, 2014. He brought out points from his book “Vietnam Veteran Memoirs” and explained how events in his book that occurred over forty years ago are relevant to things going on in America today. Further, he suggested being aware of those events and their aftermath offer valuable insights in how current challenges to our country could be handled. A recording of the complete speech is presented in this podcast.

008 VVN – Veterans Restore A Huey

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NJ Veterans Rehab Huey

New Jersey Veterans Rehabbing a Huey

In Wall Township, NJ Veterans of several different eras roll up their sleeves each Monday to bring another veteran back to life — in this case a Huey military helicopter that served two tours in the Vietnam War.

One of the veterans Marine Sergeant William Carolan said “With this project and projects like this, it will help Americans realize what we’ve sacrificed and what the American people need to remember so we don’t repeat our past mistakes.

The Huey will be unveiled at the Vietnam Era Museum in May on Remembrance Day. The helicopter will be dedicated to all the air crews.

007 VVN – Jeffrey Earnhardt Teams Up To Honor Vietnam Vets

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Jeffrey Earnhardt who currently drives a race car

Jeffrey Earnhardt

Jeffrey Earnhardt, Nationwide Driver

in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for JD Motorsports is teaming up with Warrior 50, a non-profit organization that was set up to participate in the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration Program.

Earnhardt is the grandson of Dale Earnhardt, Sr and the nephew of Dale Earnhardt, Jr the most popular NASCAR driver. He will be sporting the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary commemoration seal on his race car for the entire 2014 season to help honor all Vietnam Veterans and their families.

General “Mick” Kicklighter who heads up the Program for the Department of Defense believes the NASCAR Nation is an excellent and effective place to promote the program.

006 VVN – The Vietnam War 50th Commemoration

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In 2008 Congress authorized the Secretary of Defense

Vietnam War Commemoration Seal
Vietnam War Commemoration Seal

to conduct a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.  Commemorative activities will continue throughout the year 2014.  Organizations both in and out of the government are invited to take part in those activities. For more information go the the program website – vietnamwar50th.com. You are invited to support these events to show your support of all Vietnam Veterans and their families.

005 VVN – Leaving Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan

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Dennis Prager

Dennis Prager

In Episode 005 you will hear what happened when forced by the Democrat-controlled Congress, the United States abandoned Vietnam in 1975. On April 30 of that year, the last American helicopter left Saigon, leaving our Vietnamese allies to be “re-educated,” tortured and murdered — and all the Vietnamese to be enslaved by a Stalinist Communist regime. From an article by Dennis Prager.

004 VVN-“I’m Not A Bum” says Vietnam Vet John Chambers

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John Chambers

John Chambers checking his foreclosed home.

 This heart wrenching story will tell how a Vietnam Veteran is dealing with the terrible experience of losing his home and having his personal belonging tossed out in the street. John Chambers will tell how he used the same determination that helped him survive the challenges of combat in Vietnam to overcome homelessness and to battle a faceless bureaucracy to get his home back.