210 VVN – Christmas Eve Event Honors Vietnam War Veterans

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Dominick Grimaldi, a member of the U.S. Military Vets Motorcycle Club and a U.S. Army veteran, lights a candle in honor of Vietnam War veterans Wednesday during an event at H3O Aquatics in Murfreesboro. (Photo: John A. Gillis/DNJ)

There is coming about a monumental shift in attitudes toward Vietnam Veterans. In this episode an article from the Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro, Tennessee by Scott Broden tells about an event in Murfreesboro that is indicative of those changing attitudes.

The event was a candlelight ceremony to honor Vietnam War veterans. The Tennessee Commissioner of Veterans Affairs Many-Bears Grinder was in attendance and she thanked the gathered Vietnam Veterans for their service.

Bob Mims, a Murfreesboro resident who served in the Marines during the war talked about his Hope Farms homeless shelter for veterans, which will use horticulture therapy to help rehabilitate those seeking assistance.

More information about Bob’s project can be found at this link: Hope Farms for Veterans. You can contact Bob at this email address: bobveteran@ptsdawareness.org or call him at 615-424-9091.

You can contact Scott Broden, the writer of the article at 615-278-5158 or sbroden@dnj.com. Follow him on Twitter @ScottBroden.

209 VVN – Marine Fighter Pilot Now Wields a Pen

Ed “Eagle Man” McGaa

Ed McGaa, pictured here in 1967 at Chu Lai, Vietnam, flew 110 missions as a fighter pilot during the Vietnam war.

In this episode the life of a brave American from South Dakota is highlighted. The story comes from an article in the Rapid City Journal by Danie Koskan. The story outlines how Ed “Eagle Man” McGaa a 78-year-old Oglala Lakota author and former Marine Corps pilot succeeded in all walks of life.

After flying 110 combat missions in Vietnam as an F-4 pilot he came home and enrolled in law school and later became a writer with a passion of telling the true story of the Sioux people and their proud culture and heritage.


208 VVN – Tom Sumner Interview With Mack Payne on KRUF

Tom Sumner

Tom Sumner

Recently I was interviewed by Tom Sumner of WKUF, a broadcast service of Kettering University in Flint, Michigan. The theme of the interview was what does this Vietnam Veteran (me) think about treatment of veterans of both the Vietnam War and the Gulf Wars.

As usual I was glad to share my opinions because I have plenty to spare. I believe the Vietnam Veteran generation is as great as any who went to war when called by their country. I also believe America is the greatest country on earth despite what the misguided naysayers profess.

The next time you are in the Flint, Michigan area tune in to Tom’s show on WKUF. Here is their website: http://wkuf.fm

207 VVN – Montagnards Seek Asylum

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Montagnard asylum seekers hiding out in Cambodia

A group of Montagnards are seeking political asylum in neighboring Cambodia. In this episode an article is featured about the group of asylum seekers finally getting to plead their case before a UN representative.

The Montagnards are a sad offshoot of the Vietnam War. They sided with the Americans and proved to be loyal and effective allies. Unfortunately after the Americans left and later after the North Vietnamese took over the country the Montagnards suffered at the hands of their new government.

206 VVN – Faces of the Wall Project Gains Momentum


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The Education Center will place soldiers’ Vietnam service within the historical continuum of all those who have served in American conflicts.
Rendering by Ralph Appelbaum Associates

This episode is a follow up to episode #201 and gives more information about the Face of the Wall Project that is attempting to obtain a picture of all the Vietnam Veterans whose names appear on the Wall Memorial.

In this episode Jim and Tom Reece of Wilmington, North Carolina describe how they got involved in the project after they wanted to know more about one of their classmates who was killed in Vietnam. They have gone on to find hundreds of photos.

Janna Hoehn is also mentioned in the episode as she describes how she got involved in the Project and is now actively seeking photos.

Everyone is encouraged to assist in the effort to locate pictures of all the 53,000 veterans whose name is on the wall.

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

If you have pictures to submit or have questions about the program from someone who is actively working on the project, contact Janna Hoehn by email at>>> neverforgotten2014@gmail.com

205 VVN – College of the Ozarks to start Vietnam Memorial

Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial

A rendering of the Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout.

College of the Ozarks located in Point lookout, Missouri is breaking ground on a Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It is funded by a grant from the Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf PGA Champions Tour, presented by Bass Pro Shops. The State of Missouri is designating it as the official Vietnam War Memorial for the state.

College of the Ozarks has a vision “to develop citizens of Christ-like character who are well-educated, hard-working, and patriotic.” It sounds like an ideal location for a Vietnam War Memorial that honors the more than 1,400 Missourians who served and died in the Vietnam War.

The memorial was designed by an alumnus of the College and it will be constructed by students and faculty of the College. Point Lookout is located near Branson, Missouri so if you are a Vietnam Veteran attending a show in Branson why don’t you go down and visit the Memorial.

204 VVN – Facts and Details about John Kerry

John Kerry

US Secretary of State John Forbes Kerry

In this episode I will share with you the facts and details of the life of none other than John Forbes Kerry the current Secretary of State and Vietnam Veteran. You may remember he adopted some rather extreme anti-war opinions after his service in Vietnam.

He ran for president against George W. Bush in 2004 and was trounced by Mr. Bush. It was in that election campaign that a group of his fellow Navy Vietnam Veterans called into question some of his claims he made earlier in his Vietnam protest phase. It must have made an impression on the electorate.

I did not agree with his opinions of the Vietnam War but I wish him the best as a fellow Vietnam Veteran on his current position as Secretary of State.


203 VVN – Ernest Brace, Civilian POW in Vietnam Passes Away

Ernest Brace Released

Adm. Noel Gayler, right, greeted Ernest Brace in March 1973 on his release as a prisoner of war

In this episode we acknowledge the passing of Ernest Brace. He has the distinction of being the longest held civilian POW in the Vietnam War. He was held by the North Vietnamese for almost eight years. Another claim to fame by Mr. Brace is that for several years he was in the cell next to Navy flier John McCain who later became a US Senator from the state of Arizona.

Brace was a Marine pilot in the Korean War where he earned a Distinguished Flying Cross. He had a checkered past and was flying for a CIA contractor in Laos when he was captured by Laotian Communist rebels who turned him over to the North Vietnamese. This episode gives more details of Mr. Brace’s story.

202 VVN – Canadian Senate Action Riles up Vietnamese


"You should learn from your competitor, but never copy. Copy and you die." Jack Ma


The Canadian Senate does not seem to be too worried about political correctness. They are on the verge of passing a bill that would recognize April 30 as a national day to commemorate the exodus of Vietnamese refugees after the fall of Saigon to North Vietnamese communist forces.

This move has greatly disturbed the government of Vietnam. They claim this would be highly injurious to relations between the two countries.

In this episode I share an article from McLean’s magazine where the arguments of both sides are aired. I commend the Canadian Senate for their willingness to declare the truth about the history of Vietnam.

McLean’s is a cool magazine. If you would like to subscribe and receive lots of informative articles about Canada, they are running a special where you can get 22 issues of Maclean’s for $20 and receive a bonus gift! Click here.


201 VVN – Jacksonville, FL Supporting the Vietnam Wall of Faces


Vietnam Wall of Faces

In this episode we look at an article from the Jacksonville Florida Times Union newspaper submitted by Clifford Davis. Davis tells about the efforts of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund to locate pictures of residents of Duval County who were killed in Vietnam. The pictures will be added to the Wall of Faces Memorial for Americans killed in Vietnam. It will be adjacent to the Wall Memorial in Washington, DC in an underground 30,000 sf education center.

The education center will be financed by donations from the public. The government will not contribute to the cost of the project other than providing space for the building to be constructed underground. It had to be underground because organizers were not allowed to obstruct the view of the Mall with their education center

Anyone can contribute to this project by going to the website vvfm.org or by calling Clifford Davis at (904) 359-4103.

You can also help search for Duval County servicemen’s missing photos. If you can help, contact Clifford.

They include:

Ruben C. Alston, Walter H. Anslow, David L. Arnold, Howard R. Baker, Ronald K. Battle, Joseph W. Benedict, Howard L. Britt, Herman F. Brown, Larry Brown, Benjamin F. Brown Jr., Samuel Bruce Jr., Louis Brunson, Leonard W. Burns, Earlie J. Butler Jr., Nathaniel Byrd, Henry T. Cannon and Ronald L. Chisholm.

Loye T. Christmas, Isaac N. Clark, James Coleman Jr., Alphonso d. Cowan, James L. Craig Jr., Alvin Cullins, Kenneth L. Delaney, James D. Dillon, Thomas L. Dukes, Leroy Everett, John H. Franks, Willie J. Fryer, Byron A. Gaines Jr., David A. Gallion, Clyde W. Ganzy, William R. Gast and Henry L. Geddis. Jr.

Carl T. General, Otis Gordon Jr., Carl C. Harless, Roger P. Harrell, Rodney C. Harris, Jimmie L. Harvin, Robert L. Hatcher, Leon Henderson, Harold J. Herring, Wilbur L. Hicks, Ralph J. Hitchcock, William R. Hodge, Arthur W. Hunt III and Lucious Hutchins.

Eddie L. Jackson, Gerald A. Jackson, Thornton I. Jackson, Andrew E. Jenkins, Jasper L. Jennings, Sherman L. Jones, Jimmie E. Keith, James H. King, Lafon W. Ladson, Lee M. Lambert and Ernest A. Lang.

Billy E. Lawrence, Joe L. Lee, George Lee Jr., Joe Lewis, Richmond R. Luce, Raymond M. Maninger, Arthur Manos, Wayne O. Martin, Fred J. McClain and Titus McKinnon Jr.

David V. McLeod Jr., Clarence S. Miller, Earnest L. Miller, Richard W. Miller, Curtis Mitchell, Lloyd J. Monsewicz, Jerrel C. Morton, Lawrence D. Mungin III, Toney Nelson Jr., Stanley H. Newman, Lewis R. Noble and Charles R. O’Steen.

Harold E. Owens, Bennett H. Owens Jr., Fred H. Paddleford, Glover A Peeler III, Richard J. Petrie, Joseph H. Pierce Jr., Johnnie E. Powell, Richard T. Priddy, Oscar E. Ratliff, Thomas H. Ratliff, Talmadge Rhoden, Lester L. Roberts, Wayne L. Roberts, Roy J. Rogers and Robert T. Rohweller.

Dewey D. Ruis Jr., Randolph Sampson, Luther M. Sexton Jr., Gary C. Shafer, Jackie E. Shubert, William R. Silver, Bernard A. Smalls, Charles M. Smith, Lloyd H. Smith, Otis T. Smith, Robert J. Smith, Joseph F. Smith Jr., Leroy Spencer Jr., Joseph J. Steimbach, Ralph C. Stewart, Walter S. Strahan, James C. Tarrance and Morgan Thompson.

John G Traver III, Louis W. Travers, Robert E. Tyner, Kenneth W. West, Alexander Williams, Frank C. Williams, Lamar L. Williams, Leroy C. Williams, Frank W. Williams Jr., Johnnie L. Williams Jr., Raymond W. Wilson, Jack L. Wolfe and Vernon L. Yarber