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.
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.
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.
Jeffrey Earnhardt who currently drives a race car
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.
In 2008 Congress authorized the Secretary of Defense
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.
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.
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.
Store Begins Removing ‘Duck Dynasty’ Merchandise After Vietnam Veteran Complains
A Veterans’ Affairs store in Albuquerque, N.M., has reportedly agreed to remove some of its “Duck Dynasty” merchandise after one Vietnam veteran complained, citing the recent controversy surrounding the reality show’s patriarch Phil Robertson.
Mel was born in Columbus, Ohio, on Jun 12, 1950. He is a graduate of Ohio University. He and his wife, Kari, live in south central Florida with three children.
Mel served in the U.S. Air Force during the Viet Nam War in Southeast Asia. He has worked in several fields, including construction, promoting for the Toby Tyler Circus in Sarasota, Florida, worked in juvenile detention centers and was a juvenile probation office. Today he is a counselor.
He serves as the song leader for his church and belongs to severl civic organizations. He enjoys singing, walking, reading and writing.