sacrifice

This was his America he came home to

by Maria Dunnam Childers First time my dad went to ‘Nam I just started Jr high…I remember having to write the paper about what we wanted for Christmas…(remembering thinking how dumb…our age group)so I wrote the only thing I wanted was my dad to come home for Christmas and how this would make the whole […]

Fear at Dong Ha

  By   Samuel J. Hall I had been to Da Nang, Vietnam the prior year. It wasn’t too bad. Now it was 1967. It was my second tour. Our camp was up by the Demilitarized Zone. Dong Ha was only eleven miles south of the DMZ. We were working all over the area south of […]

DOUGHNUT DOLLIES IN VIETNAM – A VETERANS DAY SALUTE BY THE MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN MILITARY FAMILY MUSEUM (MAMF), THE RED CROSS, AND EXPLORA

For additional information: Dr. Circe Olson Woessner, MAMF Executive Director, 505-504-6830. “We can make them smile, but we can’t keep them alive,” was a mantra for some 600 young women who went to Vietnam in the late 1960s as the famous “Doughnut Dollies” sent by the Red Cross as a morale booster for U.S. soldiers […]

***The 3417 project, Dog Tags, and TWO ten year old Brats!

by Willy Boroski ….At The Texas Vietnam Memorial celebrating the 3,417 Texas Soldiers who died in Vietnam on 3,417 dog tags! The LBJ Library, Austin, Tx A large room with marble floors, My son couldn’t resist but to touch the dog tags, and Oh My did it chime! Like the sound of tears clanging together…. […]

I can still be a BRAT and I can have my own voice

I’m a Navy BRAT and very proud of that badge I wear. I spent the first 21 years of my life “in the Navy” so to speak. I attended 12 schools and moved too many times to count, but the one constant in my life was my dad. For a military man, he was amazingly […]

This is what I think about on Memorial Day…

By Debby Stinemetz Caulfield When I was fourteen I moved into the Marine Barracks and fell in love with several Marines who were killed in Vietnam. My father was the commanding officer of the Marine Barracks, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. Our quarters were literally one end of the barracks. On the other side […]

Dad, Mom and Old Red

I remember my Dad, my Mom, the mid 1960’s – US Army, COPPERAS COVE neighbors, and soap!  YEP Soap! Dad’s goal in life was to be “a good Neighbor” – We knew ALL our neighbors- That is my goal to this day! Like HIM –I will mow, edge, babysit, (for free) and look out for […]