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National Guard Museum
Opening ceremony speech for the Traveling Vietnam Wall.
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GSGT Koons, CPL Anderson, Tad Pritchett, 1SGT Arnold
Several Years ago I had the honor of meeting Senator John McCain. I had cracked a joke about being a Marine Captain and he obviously liked it but zapped me with another joke that cracked me up.
I will never insinuate that I can relate to what he went through in Hanoi Hlton but I can relate to his humanity. He was beaten and intimidated beyond comprehension be he NEVER cracked! He defines to me what being a great American is all about.
What a great American!
|11 November 2018 Marks the 100th Anniversary of the End
A dud in a Belgian farm field is still a lethal weapon. To this day, Duds are ubiquitous.
Tad Pritchett taken by David Murray.
Dave Murray at the 35 Division Monument
The 35th Division was comprised of the Missouri and Kansas National Guard Units. This memorial is to the Missouri Doughboys but there is no Memorial for the Kansas Doughboys.
I first "met" Jane in the Spring of 1969 in Quang Tri, Vietnam. She and her daughter, Katherine, lived in Richmond, Virginia alone while her husband, Capt. Dan Sullivan, was serving his country as a Marine in Vietnam. She was all Dan talked about and I came to know her.
When we came home, Jane and my first wife Donna became fast friends, Katherine and my son Matthew were inseparable.
Jane was one of the most facinating people I have ever met. Her balance engendered calmness, her patience kindled understanding.
Both Jane and Donna are gone now but still best friends. They were Vietnam Veterans who got no credit, backing their Marines in very difficult times. They were alone, always there, always faithful, forgotten heroes awashed in chaos!
To the real Vietnam Veterans.