Episode 2514 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature a story about the South Carolina Vietnam Veteran who stepped forward to help save the State Vietnam War Memorial. The featured story appeared on WIS News, Channel 10 in Columbia, South Carolina and was titled, Man fights to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The story was submitted by Ty Wilson, Channel 10 anchor/reporter. He is an award-winning MMJ/Anchor and has more than 15 years of experience as a reporter, anchor, and producer.
The State of South Carolina has a tremendous Vietnam War Memorial located in the state capitol of Columbia. In was built in 1986 and is located on Gadsden Street in the Columbia City Memorial Park. https://www.hmdb.org/m.asp?m=13489
It is an impressive memorial featuring a square granite column for its centerpiece flanked by two polished freestanding granite walls containing the names of the 980 South Carolinians who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.
Recently, Vietnam Vet Ron Hagell noticed signs of deterioration in the Memorial when he visited the site. Not being one to sit back and wait for someone else to do something about the situation with the site, he decided to take action.
Hagell took his concerns to Columbia City Hall where he talked to the mayor and Council Members. Mayor Daniel Rickenmann assured Hagell that he will take care of the upkeep of the Memorial.
Hagell stated that his problem with the city of Columbia is that it promised it would take care of the Memorial and it hasn’t. “That’s what our problem is.”
Ron Hagell is another tremendous representative of the great Vietnam Veteran Generation, one as great as any that ever heeded the call of duty from our country.
Listen to episode 2514 and discover more about the South Carolina Vietnam Veteran who stepped forward to help save the State Vietnam War Memorial.