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Vietnam Veterans: Clyde Jones And The Big E: Recipe For Success

It's been said that an Army marches on its stomach, attesting to the importance of well-provisioned forces in the military. For Clyde Jones, "serving" in the Navy took on new meaning as he directed...

 

Vietnam Veterans: Grady Jackson – Search And Rescue In North Vietnam

In May 1972, Lieut-enant Commander Grady Jackson was the senior bombardier/navigator in Navy VA-75 A-6 squadron, home-ported in Norfolk, Va. The squadron had just completed a deployment to the...

 

Vietnam Veterans: Under Attack Abroad And At Home

Korean War Air Force veteran Joe Smith first arrived in South Vietnam in August 1967, flying into Tan Son Nhut Air Base on the outskirts of Saigon. An experienced Airman, Joe Smith was assigned as a...

 

Vietnam Veterans: Ray Pavlik: Choreography On The Kitty Hawk

Choreography has been defined as "sequences of movements of physical bodies." To Ray Pavlik, an 18-year-old Navy jet mechanic aboard the supercarrier USS Kitty Hawk CVA 63, the non-stop actions of...

 

Vietnam Veterans: Curtiss Poteat: Patrolling The Rivers Of South Vietnam

Private Curtiss Poteat left the tranquility of Marion, N.C. for South Vietnam in 1969, having trained as a military policeman to work on Army patrol boats (PBRs). "The uncle that I'm named after was...

 

Vietnam Veterans: Wendell 'Ray' Alcorn: Seven Years As A POW

(Ray Alcorn grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania. He served 30 years in the U.S. Navy including seven years as a prisoner of war. His last assignment before retirement as a captain was as Dean of Student...

 

Vietnam Veterans: Larry McCall: From Rosman To Rice Paddies

John "Larry" McCall graduated from Rosman High School in 1967 and was drafted into the Army in 1968 at age 19. He and nine other young men from this area reported to Fort Bragg for basic training and...

 

Vietnam Veterans: Duke Woodhull: Flying High Over Vietnam

Piloting a plane over North Vietnam well above 70,000 feet was a surreal experience for U.S. Air Force Captain Richard "Duke" Woodhull. Woodhull spent two 60-day tours in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969,...

 

Vietnam Veteran: Seabees' 'Can Do' Motto Tested In Vietnam

Navy Lt. Cdr. William "Bill" Robertson experienced cultural shock when he left his duty station on the sands of Waikiki Beach for the sands of Red Beach in Danang, South Vietnam. In 1969 Robertson, a...

 

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