Submitted stories and first hand oral accounts as told by American veterans

 

VIETNAM WAR LIKE YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN IT “Daryl, how would you like to go to Vietnam?” my friend in OSI personnel asked me. “No way,” I said with a laugh. “Why are you asking?” My friend said that I was on a list to go to Vietnam, but the orders had not yet been published, and that if I volunteered to go to Vietnam, it would look good on…

 
 

Exploring Saigon 1967 through an American’s camera Saigon continues to generate interest throughout the world, a city that has gone through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Veterans will associate it with the Tet Offensive uprising, which forever changed the course of the war following the coverage of the storming of the American Embassy. The Vietnamese Diaspora followed the Fall of…

 
 

US Army Vietnam Veteran John Hollis After watching Ken Burn’s “Vietnam” PBS special I decided I’d write down the recollections of my time in Vietnam. I’m not like some (my dad for instance) who can remember dates and places like they happened yesterday but using the information I’ve saved I have a fairly accurate timeline of where I was assigned and when, but the order of what happened while I…

 
 

Tuskegee Airman Alexander Jefferson Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Jefferson shares his experiences serving during the Second World War as a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen. Jefferson was shot down over southern France and spent time as a POW in the prison camp Stalag Luft III. He talks about the impact of his service on his life. Check out more of AVC’s…

 
 

The Story of Leon F. Hesser March 17, 2018 In 2007, I was one of three veterans of WWII who were asked to meet with a class who were studying the literature of war at Hodges University in Naples, FL. One had been with the Flying Tigers in the China, Burma, India theatre, one had served in the Battle of…

 
 

Major General Patrick Henry Brady The story of Patrick Henry Brady and his missions flying as a dust-off helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. His acts of valor would earn him the Medal of Honor. Narration by Liam Neeson. This piece was featured in the AVC’s Veterans Day television special, American Valor: A Salute to Our Heroes. Learn more about the program

 
 

The Heroes of Midway The victory at The Battle of Midway has been called “the most stunning and decisive blow in the history of naval warfare.” Listen to the story of how this epic battle turned the tide of World War II, as told by Tom Cruise. This story is part of the AVC’s Emmy-winning television special, American Valor: A Salute to Our Heroes. Learn more…

 
 

Franklin Thomas Goodson, From Ensign to Lieutenant Sr. Grade, January 1945 – September 1955 To my Dad, Thank you for your service To our country and for Your example of a Life lived pleasing to God,   With love, Appreciation, and Great admiration, Kathryn Goodson Cunningham   Journal written by Frank T. Goodson During his service in World War II Pictures and organized by Kathryn Goodson Cunningham                 U.S. NAVY TOUR OF DUTY PACIFIC ACTION WORLD WAR II JANUARY THROUGH JUNE, 1945 F.T. GOODSON January 1:  Today, New Year’s…

 
 

The Enola Gay and I World War II Veteran Clyde Reedy was among the men aboard the Enola Gay, the historic plane which carried the bomb that decimated Hiroshima. Below is a speech he gave reflecting on his experience, sent to the AVC by his dear friend and fraternity brother John Dill, Jr.

 
 

  Just recently, there were two Ghana sessions for Veterans of Foreign Wars, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. For the morning session Lou Parisi, WWII veteran, and Wilbur V. Martin, a paratrooper during the Vietnam War, attended. This morning session began with Ms. Friedman’s chorus singing the National Anthem to honor all veterans. After the singing of the National Anthem, Mr. Wronko’s students gave a power point presentation that consisted of the Meaning of Veterans…

 
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