(The) Story of AFKN in its Early Days - 1946

This is on Thom Whetston's Blog. Scroll down to WVTP Seoul 1946 (Map of Japan and Korea).

[Submitted by Jim White in August, 2018.]​​

Online Military Exchange Shopping - Veterans Can Register

[Received from John Kafka in June 2017.]


(The) Pentagon --The First Fifty Years

A 220 page PDF illustrated by Alfred Goldberg book giving the story of the Pentagon.

[Received from Mike McNally in January 2017.]

"Welcome Home" Vietnam Veterans Parade in White Settlement, Texas

August 1, 2015

Yesterday, we had a "welcome home" for Vietnam Veterans in White Settlement (appropriately, at Veterans Park).  

The temp exceeded 100 but, probably due to the liberal dispensing of  ice water, I saw no one collapse.  

Needless to say, almost everyone in attendance was rather old.  The Vietnamese community was heavily represented,.

Speakers were predictably long-winded; the Texas Vietnamese press did many interviews.

Many groups and businesses had a presence. All in all it was both interesting and enjoyable.

Ron Turner           

(A) Tribute to Our Military

The story and some photos of a tribute to our military in Anthem, AZ. 

[Link received from Steve Sevots om February 2017.]

​​ Taiwan R&R

[Received from Jim Anderson.]       

A Youtube video about taking R&R's out of South Vietnam, and particularly to Taiwan (even though the titles says "Thailand"). 

[A "win some, lose some" situation: Rick Fredericksen, having worked in Thailand, was disappointed.  

Jim White, who served in Taiwan after leaving Vietnam, was happy to learn that the title was wrong.]​

Stars and Stripes Special on "Heroes"

Those who have received the Bronze Star with "V" or higher medal for valor.

[Submitted by Jim White]

The U.S. Army's Hidden Treasure Room

A view of the U.S. Army's Fort Belvoir warehouse of a variety of historical items. 

[Link received from Jim Anderson]

Vietnam Community in Houston Honor Vietnam Veterans

[Submitted by Bob Morecook in December 2013.]


The RVN flag is displayed heroically in Houston, behind statues of US and VN soldiers advancing in battle, side by side, as brothers.

        Here is a short video about a welcome home parade the Vietnamese community held in honor of Vietnam veterans. All of those present were draped with flowers by pretty young girls in ao dais while a US Navy officer saluted.  A US Army reserve officer was supposed to take the salute at the parade but was not able to attend, so I got to do the honors.  ​

Taiwan

[Received from Mike McNally.]

        Some AFVN members may have also been stationed in, or perhaps at least took an R&R to Taiwan.  At the above link there are further links to several pamphlets in PDF format which pertain to the US military in Taiwan in the 1960s and 1970s.  In the first paragraph of the blog there is a "Taiwan Report" from the 1960s.  A  little below that there is a link to a "Taiwan Report" from 1973.  Either or both reports may be downloaded.

Further Afield

Veterans Administration Benefits

Goes to the "As We Grow Older--VA Benefits" website


Veterans Administration and CVS

Some VA medical care is being farmed out to CVS Caremark and CVS Minute Clincs

[Received from Steve Sevits in April 2017.]


Veterans Administration Planning to Update its Computer System

Wants to make it compatible with the DOD System

[Received from John Kafka, June 2017.]


Veterans Administration "Pre-Need Determination for Eligibility for Burial in a VA National Cemetery" Application Form 

This form can be downloaded and completed on your computer.  It includes information on where to email the form as well as more detailed information regarding eligibility, etc.

[Received from Steve Sevits in December 2016.]

(The Story of a) Vietnamese Immigrant

A Speech by Quang Nguyen who immigrated to the U.S. at age 13 in 1975.

[Received from Joe Ciokon on September 11, 2014]

World War Two, Interesting Facts

September 9, 2016

Not our war, but the war of our fathers.

[Received from Mike Jackson.]


"Soldier for Life" Website

Home on the Internet for Army Retirees

This goes to a article about the Army's "Soldier for Life" website.

Click here for an article on the transition.

Service Records, Requesting 

Please go to this site to request military service records online, by mail, or by fax. 

​(Includes DD 214/Separation Documents, Personnel Records, Replacement Medals and/or Medical Records.)

[Received from Mike Jackson]

(The) Smothers Brothers: Laughing at Hard Truths

New York Times article on the "Smothers Brothers" TV program and censorship during the Vietnam War

[Received from RIck Fredericksen.]

February 2017​​

​​​(US) Navy in 1896

Slide show of life aboard the USS Brooklyn

August 2016

N to Z

(The) Story of the Stars and Stripes - 1960

A two-part story of the Stars and Stripes from "The Big Picture" series of television programs produced by the U.S. Army. 

Part 1              Part 2

(Each approximately 14 minutes long.)​​