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To Our Marines: Thank You, and Semper Fi

Vietnam Memorial Wall

March 5, 2015 Sunday marks 50 years since the first brigade-strength U.S. Marine unit arrived in Vietnam. On March 8, 1965, around 5,000 Marines from the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade landed to defend the American air base at Da Nang. It’s an anniversary that will be met with little fanfare. However, the impact of that day and the years that... more

Jane Fonda on Vietnam War Comments: 'I Made a Huge, Huge Mistake'

Jane Fonda in Vietnam

Jane Fonda said she hoped for an open dialogue with veterans after about 50 former military members and supporters protested the actress's appearance Friday evening at the Weinberg Center for the Arts. "Whenever possible I try to sit down with vets and talk with them, because I understand and it makes me sad," Fonda told a relatively full theat... more

Family Cherishes Overdue Vietnam War Honor

Fred Kerr had tears in his eyes as he held a small leather box containing the long-overdue military service commendations his late brother earned so long ago but never received. Jim Kerr, an 18-year-old Navy recruit from Glendale, died 45 years ago in the Vietnam War. For reasons unknown, his family never received his service medals -- somethin... more

Vietnam Veterans Rally to Help Disabled Comrade

WATERLOO, Iowa -- Walter Sanders went into the Navy in 1968 expecting he wouldn't be sent to Vietnam. He was sent there anyway. Now the veteran and his wife of 43 years, Karen, are encountering new battles they didn't bargain for: Walter's disability and other health issues make simply getting in and out of the shower a challenge. Sanders is g... more

New Names Etched on Vietnam Wall

Preparing to cut another name into the black granite of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, engraver Jim Lee carefully positions a stencil and a sandblasting platform at a designated spot on the Washington, D.C., memorial. (Stars and Stripes)

WASHINGTON — Lined row upon row, the names etched on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial’s polished black granite slabs are a somber reminder that more than 58,000 U.S. troops died — or were listed as missing-in-action — as a result of their involvement in the Vietnam War.   Even though the war ended four decades ago, the list continues to grow as J... more

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