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Dr. J: Vietnam Wall Transforms You

Dr. J: My brother who survived the Vietnam War as a field medic (later a CPA) saw the (Vietnam) wall before he died of probable agent orange contamination and cancer. One of our family's friend is on that wall. Everyone should go to D.C. to see all the celebration of life, memories, and future in that city. You return a different species.

DFO: I saw a replica of the wall a coupla summers ago at the Coeur d'Alene Bingo Casino near Worley. The setting obviously wasn't as melancholy as a parking lot alongside busy Highway 95. But it still had quite an impact. I found the names of two high school classmates: Larry Patterson and Danny Prock. Larry and I formed the double play combination for our high school baseball team. He was killed by a land mine while driving a truck. Danny was killed by a sniper with a week to go in his stint. My wife found the name of her cousin Wayne. Seeing the wall authenticated their deaths. Indeed, it was moving.

Question: Have you seen the Vietnam Wall?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.





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