Veteran

You’re invited to a special event at the Museum of the American Military Family

VIETNAM: A TALE OF TWO WARS Linda VanZandt, award-winning oral historian recently relocated to Albuquerque, is excited to partner with the Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center, to bring her multimedia Vietnam War exhibit to the museum (546B State Hwy 333, Tijeras, NM 87059) on April 30 from 1:30-5:00 p.m. The exhibit […]

MAMF AND RUN FOR THE FALLEN

Board Member Ole represented MAMF at an organizational meeting on March 30 to plan the 2018 Run for the Fallen (RFTF) across New Mexico. George Lutz, a Gold Star father who created RFTF, told the dozen or so attendees that RFTF is to create a “comprehensive tribute trail across the country” to honor all service […]

We had our ‘new normal’

By Jan Wertz Going thru my things now that I’ve  moved into my new place, I found these beggar’s beads.  Arranged with a central stone, similar to Catholic beads, these were sent to me by my father once he arrived in Vietnam.  For much of the next year, until Dad came home, whenever I needed […]

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 […]

Donut Dollies in Vietnam

Here’s a photo of the Donut Dollies that we gave a ride to Tam Ky on 154, Birth Control. That is Jim Frye on the left, the AC. Tino Livas, gunner, just off the ramp. I can’t tell who or remember the other person is. Myself and Joe Aaron were still inside doing after flight […]

What’s Your Excuse?

Back in Texas I was asked to be part of a forum of Vietnam Veterans on a panel on stage before the student body in the audience. This was at Pan American University in Edinburg Tx. When it was my turn to answer a question, the question that was addressed to me was, Why do […]

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 […]