230 VVN – Bob Hope’s Vietnam Christmas Tours

Bob Hope Vietnam Christmas Tours, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News

Bob Hope was always the star and began each show by strutting on stage with his golf club, firing off jokes tailored to each base. And he always brought the outstanding glamour star from back home. On the 1967 tour, actress Raquel Welch joined Hope on stage to add a few crowd-pleasing dance moves to Bob’s rendition of “Dancin in the Streets.” (All photos: National Archives)

Bob Hope was a great American. In this episode a story about his Vietnam Christmas Tours will be shared. The story is by Judith Johnson from the historynet.com website. The story tells how Bob Hope organized his first Vietnam Christmas Tour in 1964.

Those Christmas tours brought happiness and a few entertaining moments to thousands of service personnel in Vietnam. This episode shows a little of the back office view of the tours.

229 VVN – Vietnam Vet Recalls Quality People He Served With

Mike Roddy, Mack Payne, Vietham Veteran News

Vietnam Vet Mike Roddy

One of the purposes of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast is to highlight members of the Vietnam War Generation which I always maintain is as great as any generation in our history.

In this episode we will look at the story of Vietnam Vet Mike Roddy. He served a thirty year career in the Army as an Ordnance officer. He arrived in Vietnam in January 1970 and stayed until April 1972. During that time he commanded a company in the 704th Maintenance Battalion and served as a staff officer at Long Binh among other things. He continued serving his country after he retired from the Army by working in defense industries.

228 VVN – Theater Owner Refuses to Show Fonda Movie

Ike Boutwell, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News

Theater owner Ike Boutwell

Ike Boutwell is a Korean War Veteran and he owns movie theaters in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Recently he gained a little fame by refusing to show the movie “The Butler.” His beef with the movie was that it had Jane Fonda playing Nancy Reagan. This is an outrage to anyone who liked the Reagans and to most Vietnam Veterans who do not hold Ms. Fonda in a high regard. In fact, most Vietnam Veterans hold the woman in a very low regard.

In this episode Mr. Boutwell tells his story.

227 VVN – Interview With Janna Hoehn, Vietnam Vet’s Angel of Images

Janna Hoehn, Mack Payne. Vietnam Veteran News

Janna Hoehn at home in Hawaii with a some of the images of servicemen who died in Vietnam she has found.

In this episode Janna Hoehn tells about her work with the Faces Never Forgotten program. She had done an amazing job of finding images of those who fell in the Vietnam War.

In this episode, she will tell how she started by finding the image of one person who died in Vietnam and from there has gone on to obtain over 1200 pictures of fallen veterans from all over the nation. She will also describe the methods she has used to find these pictures.

She needs help in her mission of finding the remaining 18,000 pictures of all the 58,000 plus who died in Vietnam. She can be reached at neverforgotten2014@gmail.com and will inform you of everything you need to know to get to work finding pictures. Locating these photos can provide some of the most heartfelt rewards imaginable.

It is possible to go to the Wall of Faces website and determine if a particular name has an image. If the image is missing why don’t you try and locate the image and send it to the Faces Never Forgotten program.

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



226 VVN – Vietnam Vet Charles Bellizana Helps Other Vets


Charles Bellizana, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News Charles Bellizana is another member of that great generation who served in Vietnam. In this episode a story about him from the Houma Daily Courier by Kate Mabry is featured.

The article tells about the young man being drafted into the Army and sent over to a foreign land to fight a difficult war. He performed well and was awarded among other things a Bronze Star with V device for bravery and two Purple Hearts. When he came home he had to face the demons of combat. After putting those demons to rest he now helps other veterans cope.

Charles Bellizana is truly a great American.

225 VVN – Jane Fonda Apologizes

Jane Fonda, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News

Jane Fonda at an arts center in Frederick, Maryland

Big news, Jane Fonda has apologized for visit to North Vietnam in 1972. This momentous event was announced in an article by Scott Greer of the Daily Caller. The surprise pronouncement was made my Ms. Fonda herself as she was heckled by demonstrators where she was speaking at an arts center in Frederick, Maryland.

In this episode you will learn that she meant no harm by collaborating with the enemy and that she was not against the troops. Her new cause is gender politics. At this event she encouraged the crowd to not raise boys to become “emotionally illiterate” by emphasizing masculinity. A cause that is right down her alley.

224 VVN – Vietnam Helicopter Pilot Speaks To Kiwanis Club

Bob Ford, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News

Bob Ford speaks to the Shawnee Kiwanis Club in Shawnee, Oklahoma

Former Vietnam helicopter pilot Bob Ford spoke to the Shawnee Kiwanis Club in Shawnee Oklahoma about his time in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot with the 282nd Assault Helicopter Company and his new book titled: Black Cat 2-1.

He spoke to a packed house and gave them a view from inside a Huey Helicopter in the thick of battle in Vietnam. More information about the book including how to buy a copy can be found and the book’s website: Black Cat 2-1.



223 VVN – Vietnam Vet Visits Fellow Vets Each Year

Willie Fred Maltsberger Jr.

Willie Maltsberger holds a painting adorned with signatures from members of the unit in which he served during the Vietnam War.

This episode is dedicated to the unsung heroes of the Vietnam War. They are all the brave truckers who braved the dangers of the roads in that country to deliver all the things needed to carry on that war.

An article from the Greeneville Sun in Greeneville, Tennessee by O.J. Early tells about Vietnam Veteran Willie Fred Maltsberger Jr. and how he gets together with the members of the unit he served with in Vietnam.

All the truckers in Vietnam should be recognized for the great and vital job they did over there.

It is also mentioned in the article about Maltsberger being presented with a Quilt of Valor by the Greene County Quilters. If you would like to nominate a Vietnam Veteran for a quilt, please call Pinky Byrd at 470-0952 or send an email with a clearly-marked nomination to earth2gail@gmail.com.

222 VVN – Agent Orange Wreaks Havoc on Vietnam Vets


Agent Orange Scourge, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran NewsThe government of the USA violated a sacred duty to its people when it unleashed on Vietnam a lethal weed killer that is to this day bringing misery and death to millions. This was done despite the fact it was known to contain a dioxin that has been described as one of the most deadly molecules ever synthesized by man.

To continue the Agent Orange story and to point out the harm it is doing to Vietnam Veterans, in this episode I am sharing an article from ABC news. It is submitted by E.J. Mundell an ABC Health Day Reporter and it relates the challenges Vietnam Vets are experiencing with Agent Orange engendered prostate cancer.

The admonition here is to never let this happen.

221 VVN – John Bury – Agent Orange Update

John Bury

John Bury, notable Agent Orange activist.

HR-543 was a bill that was to be introduced to Congress that would provide help for Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans who suffer from Agent Orange related diseases. Sadly the bill died in committee even though it had 258 co-sponsors in Congress.

In this episode, John Bury, a noted Agent Orange Activist will give us an update on what happened to HR-543 and plans for the introduction of a new bill in Congress to accomplish the goal of helping Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans with Agent Orange diseases. He will also tell what needs to be done to get the new bill passes after reviewing some of the reasons for the failure of HR-543.