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Mark Hostetler of Indianapolis, Ind., is the former crew chief of the UH-1H “Huey” helicopter that is on display at Mineral Wells Airport. This is a photograph of him standing in front of the same helicopter in Vietnam in 1972. Courtesy photo
Ron Chandler, Post 163 Adjutant for the American Legion in Weatherford, Texas is organizing a program to insure the remembrance of the Vietnam War, and to bring awareness to one of the largest veterans groups in Parker County which happens to be Vietnam Veterans. His efforts are described in an article by Lance Winter, a writer for the Weatherford Star Herald. The story is titled: “Reflections Of Vietnam From Those Who Served.”
The Post will hold a Day of Remembrance on May 9 at the Vietnam War Memorial in Parker County. In the weeks leading up to the event the Weatherford Star Herald will be featuring Vietnam Veteran stories. Vietnam Veterans in the county are encouraged to submit their remembrances for the program on May 9. Contact Lance Winter at 817-594-9902, ext. 102 or come by his office at 112 S. Main in Weatherford for more details on the event and how to submit stories.
Also, want to mention that the State of Minnesota is missing only 21 photos of the 1072 Minnesotans killed in the Vietnam War. The photos will be posted on the “Wall of Faces” to honor the more than 58,000 Americans killed during the Vietnam War. The photos are being sought for a visitors’ center that is planned for construction near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The names of the 21 veterans with missing photos is listed below. Your assistance is requested in located these final 21 mission photos of Minnesotans killed in the war. Even if you are not from Minnesota you may know of a way to locate the photos. So, please examine the list and if you can provide any information or photos your assistance would be greatly appreciated by all.
To submit a photo, you can download it on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Web site at vvmf.org or you can mail the snapshot with identifying information to: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, 2600 Virginia Ave. N.W., Suite 104, Washington, DC 20037.
The organization is still looking for photos of the following Minnesota servicemen, listed by city of residence at the time of their induction, followed by their branch of service and date of death:
Coon Rapids – LeRoy E. Peterson, U.S. Army, July 19, 1966; and Eugene M. Rick, U.S. Army, Oct. 10, 1965.
Montevideo – Donald J. Jacobsen, U.S. Army, Jan. 29, 1966.
Moorhead – Allen J. Ritter, U.S. Army, May 22, 1966; and Melvin J. Stockdale, U.S. Army, Jan. 29, 1966.
Minneapolis – John E. Bailey, U.S. Air Force, May 10, 1966; John G. Bellanger, U.S. Marine Corps, Feb. 14, 1968; Richard V. Blackburn, U.S. Army, Jan. 11, 1971; David W. Erickson, U.S. Marine Corps, March 16, 1968; Dennis W. Ferguson, U.S. Marine Corps, Sept. 17, 1969; Patrick R. Hendrickson, U.S. Marine Corps, Nov. 22, 1968; Don G. Knowlton, U.S. Army, Oct. 20, 1965; William G. Moncrief, U.S. Army, July 3, 1968; Donald S. Satter, U.S. Marine Corps, June 6, 1968; and Richard W. Smith, U.S. Marine Corps, March 14, 1969.
Willmar – Lawrence H. Harris, U.S. Army, Oct. 15, 1966.
Round Lake — Gerald J. Johnson, U.S. Army, Feb. 5, 1969.
East Grand Forks – Kenneth J. Honek, U.S. Army, April 3, 1968.
St. Paul – Joseph S. Herron, U.S. Marine Corps, March 4, 1966; and Bruce D. Olson, U.S. Marine Corps, April 19, 1971.
New Brighton – Darrel T. Swanson, U.S. Army, Feb. 7, 1969.