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Jerry Dellwo returned home last week from his first visit to Southeast Asia since his adventures as a Green Beret sergeant during the Vietnam War. But this was no vacation. This was a 41-year trip back in time.
An editorial cartoon in the early 1980s, as the Soviet Union army struggled against the mujahedeen in Afghanistan, featured two shivering soldiers in furry hats in front of a Soviet tank half-buried in snow. “At least,” one soldier says to the other, “Americans had enough sense to get bogged down in a TROPICAL Asian country.”
Robert S. McNamara, the cerebral secretary of defense vilified for his role in escalating the Vietnam War, a disastrous conflict he later denounced as “terribly wrong,” died Monday. He was 93.
OLYMPIA – They turn up on the granite, in a quiet niche carved into the earth: old medals, photographs, and letters to the dead. “Dear Dad: This is your first grandchild,” one begins. “We all think she has your nose.”
For more than 22 years, people have been leaving keepsakes and notes at the state’s Vietnam War memorial, a dark green rock wall engraved with the names of the Washingtonians who died in the war from 1963 through 1975.
For years, friends and relatives have left letters, photos and other mementos at the Vietnam Memorial in Olympia.
The search for the owner of a Vietnam Veteran's ring found in Spokane Valley has expanded nationwide after the Pennsylvania company that sold the ring pledged to try finding the owner.
An orange sign near the cash register at Ace Hardware outlines how customers can return merchandise to stores; the store is now wondering how to return personal possessions to customers.
OLYMPIA – In 1968, 80 young men from Washington state stood in their white shirts and thin black ties in the echoing state Capitol and listened to then-Gov. Dan Evans praise them, the Marine Corps' new "Evergreen State Platoon."
OLYMPIA – In 1968, 80 young men from Washington state stood in their white shirts and thin black ties in the echoing state Capitol and listened to then-Gov. Dan Evans praise them, the Marine Corps’ new “Evergreen State Platoon.” By evening, they were on their way to boot camp in California. Many ended up in Vietnam.
At a time when the United States was shoring up its military presence in Vietnam, the Marine Corps signed up 80 young men from Washington state and allowed them to train together as a unit. Many of the surviving members of the Evergreen State Platoon, as it came to be known, will meet July 12 in Olympia, 40 years after their induction in the Capitol Rotunda in a ceremony attended by then-Gov. Dan Evans and Miss Washington 1968.
John Pearson, brother of Sgt. William Pearson of Webster, N.H., and his children, Joshua, 13 and Stephanie, 10, look on during the funeral service for William Pearson and five other airmen on Wednesday. Photo by Associated Press
Sgt. Jerry Dellwo crouched in a night-blackened Vietnam jungle, soberly calculating his odds of survival at somewhere between slim and anorexic.
Mrs. Galileo Bossio, left, and Mrs. Wesley D. Schierman, whose husbands were in Vietnam, look at the Flame of Hope the day it went into use at the Coliseum in May 1972. File/The Spokesman-Review
Daylight came with the sound of artillery shells bursting in the city on Saigon's last morning. The sound could only mean that the North Vietnamese army had broken through the outer defenses and that the end of nearly 30 years of American effort - some would call it interference - was now at hand.
At a military cemetery on the outskirts of this city, there is no evidence of reconciliation between the communist victors and their vanquished countrymen and women. Here, the graves of thousands of soldiers of the former South Vietnamese regime lie in disrepair. Broken headstones litter a landscape that is barren of vegetation save for scrub brush and weeds.
A visitor takes a rubbing of a name at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Photo by Associated Press