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Vietnam Veterans: Honor Flight Offers Vets Special Homecoming


October 22, 2018

David Crandal at WNC Military History Museum, October 2018. (Courtesy photo by Michel Robertson)

(On Oct. 6, 2018, I accompanied 92 Vietnam veterans to Washington, D.C., as a guardian on a Blue Ridge Honor Flight. Among the veterans was David Crandal of Brevard. The following article chronicles both Crandal's Vietnam war experience and the Oct. 7 Blue Ridge Honor Flight.)

In 1961, President Kennedy described the counterinsurgency in Vietnam as "another type of war, new in its intensity, ancient in its origin... requiring a wholly different kind of military training."

At that time, travelling from the Philippines to the Bay of Siam (now the Bay of Thailand), 20-year-old Marine Cpl. D...

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