"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.
The story and some photos of a tribute to our military in Anthem, AZ.
[Link received from Steve Sevits om February 2017.]
The story of the World War One hero and how he selected the Unknown Soldier.
[Received from Dick Ellis in May 2018.]
Links to a Number of Commercial Stations throughout the World
[Received from Dick Ellis in December 2018]
New York Times article on the "Smothers Brothers" TV program and censorship during the Vietnam War
[Received from RIck Fredericksen.]
While this is about as far away from AFVN as one can get, it is of great historical importance--particularly if you have an interest in History, Naval History or World War Two History.
Note: Large file -- may be a little slow in coming up.
[Received from Marc Yablonka in March 2019.]
Slide show of life aboard the USS Brooklyn
N to Z
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.]
Those who have received the Bronze Star with "V" or higher medal for valor.
[Submitted by Jim White]
A Speech by Quang Nguyen who immigrated to the U.S. at age 13 in 1975.
[Received from Joe Ciokon on September 11, 2014]
A view of the U.S. Army's Fort Belvoir warehouse of a variety of historical items.
[Link received from Jim Anderson]
[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.
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.
September 9, 2016
Not our war, but the war of our fathers.
[Received from Mike Jackson.]
December 18, 2018
Obvious Signs You are or were in the Military.
[Received from Dick Ellis.]
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.]
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]
This is the Regular Army version. The Draftee and other versions are very similar and are available on the internet.
[Posted on Facebook by Dick Ellis on June 5, 2019.]
[Posted on Facebook in May 2019.]
[Received from John Kafka in June 2017.]
VA Survivors and Burial Benefits Kit (as of April 2018)
A 220 page PDF illustrated by Alfred Goldberg book giving the story of the Pentagon.
[Received from Mike McNally in January 2017.]
Goes to the "As We Grow Older--VA Benefits" website
Some VA medical care is being farmed out to CVS Caremark and CVS Minute Clincs
[Received from Steve Sevits in April 2017.]
Wants to make it compatible with the DOD System
[Received from John Kafka, June 2017.]
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.]