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Larry Plager of Medical Lake collected hundreds of stories about war; now this Vietnam vet is turning the page

Reading and writing about the Vietnam War has brought Larry Plager in touch with his war experiences, and resulted in a gift of hundreds of books, videos and other materials …


A veteran’s return to Vietnam shows how things have changed

For Phil Mulligan, Vietnam remains a land of surprises.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 10:27 p.m.

Whitworth students find national pride, simple joys among Vietnamese people

For a group of Whitworth University students, a 2


Whitworth students travel to Vietnam for studies on war

Several Whitworth University students weren’t sure what to expect when they left Sunday for a three-week tour of Vietnam and the legacy of a war that divided a nation a …


UPDATED: Mon., May 28, 2018, 2:29 p.m.

For the man behind the Vietnam wall, the war’s worst moment did not come in combat

The worst day in Vietnam for Jan Scruggs did not come in battle. It did not come in a jungle ambush, or a massive night time enemy assault, or a …


Local Vietnam veterans recall carnage of Tet Offensive, launched this day 50 years ago

Hank Melanson was 18 years old and had just landed near Khe Sanh in central Vietnam when he witnessed a fellow Marine shot and killed. The battle launched what came …


Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. A new president, Nov. 24, 1963


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 11:02 p.m.

Longtime Spokane attorney Terry Lackie loses battle with cancer

Longtime Spokane attorney and law firm partner, Hugh “Terry” Lackie, has made his last argument. He was 71.


Richard Pyle, AP reporter of Vietnam War and much more, dies

NEW YORK – Reporter Richard Pyle, whose Associated Press career spanned a half-century of war, catastrophe and other indelible stories, died Thursday at age 83. He died at a hospital …


Cambodia retaliates for visa ban, suspends U.S. MIA searches

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Thursday he will retaliate against a U.S. halt on the issuing of most visas to senior foreign ministry officials and their families by suspending …


Looking Back: Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back column for Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017.


Brothers killed in Vietnam War to be honored in highway sign

Oregon officials will honor two brothers from Klamath Falls who died while fighting in the Vietnam War by adding their names to highway signage.


UPDATED: Mon., July 24, 2017, 11:32 p.m.

Recipient of five Purple Hearts will help welcome pickup through Spokane on way to veteran in Texas

Randy Howard’s a soldier and a survivor. He’s been shot in the head by a Vietnamese sniper. Bayoneted in the gut. Flesh ripped by grenade shrapnel. He went to Vietnam …


Air Force pilot shot down in Vietnam buried in Montana

An Air Force pilot has been laid to rest in his home state of Montana more than 48 years after being shot down during the Vietnam War.


UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017, 9:44 a.m.

With dying wish, Vietnam veteran receives diploma from North Central High School

After nearly half a century of waiting, a terminally ill Vietnam veteran received his high school diploma from North Central High School on Wednesday.


Finding her American father: Spokane woman meets her biological dad

Spokane resident Kim Loan Nguyen met her father for the first time Sunday through a program that helps Vietnamese Amerasians connect with their biological fathers.


Vietnam buffalo fight suspended after animal kills owner

A traditional water buffalo fight in northern Vietnam was suspended after an animal attacked and killed its owner, in the first human fatality since the sport resumed after the Vietnam …


UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017, 11:37 a.m.

Purple Heart returns to Vietnam veteran after five decades

NEWPORT, Wash. – Allen Pough remembers the day vividly. He could hardly see anything as he cut his way through thick, green foliage with a machete along the Ho Chi …


Opinions from past provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Flag Day, June 14, 1954


Pasco will honor veterans over Memorial weekend with traveling Vietnam wall

Hundreds of veterans from across the Northwest will travel to Pasco on May 24 to help escort a replica version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to City View Cemetery.


Everything is Copy: Teaching vets, and learning even more

Like many others now in comfortable middle age, my political consciousness was shaped by the geopolitics of Southeast Asia. With my parents I went to protest marches and chanted “Hell, …


Lt. Gen. Hal Moore dies; depicted in Vietnam War film ‘We Were Soldiers’

Retired Lt. Gen. Harold G. “Hal” Moore, the American hero known for saving most of his men in the first major battle between the U.S. and North Vietnamese armies, has …


Hugh Evans, longtime Spokane attorney and Vietnam vet, to be interred at Arlington National Cemetery

Hugh Evans served during the bloodiest period of the Vietnam War, earning a Silver Star and kicking off a life of legal service and leisure in Spokane. A large group …


Felled by hepatitis C, a Vietnam vet joins comrades on the Wall

The Vietnam War ended more than 40 years ago, but it continues to claim soldiers’ lives. Nearly every spring, new names are etched into the black granite walls of the …


Melvin Laird, Nixon defense secretary at the height of the Vietnam War, dies at 94

Melvin Laird, a former congressman who served as President Richard M. Nixon’s defense secretary at the height of the Vietnam War and designed policies that eventually led to the American …


Front Porch: While the particulars are different, play shows immigrants’ shared story

There is a certain commonality in the American immigrant experience, no matter where you came from. Or where your people came from way back when. Go back far enough and …


‘Dogfight’ brings troops’ experience to Modern stage

The Modern Theater Coeur d’Alene tackles the emotional toll war takes with its production of “Dogfight,” a musical that follows a group of Marines as they prepare to ship out …


Long-missing Missoula soldier finally buried in Virginia

After 48 years, the remains of a long-missing Vietnam War veteran are being laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.


Children of the Vietnam War spent decades finding American fathers

Jimmy Miller was one of the lucky ones – he came to America from Vietnam and eventually reunited with his father, an Army sreviceman. Now he’s founded a nonprofit to …


Legacy of War: Helicopter pilot Jim Emch was the 85th Spokane County resident to die in Vietnam

Jim Emch always wanted to fly helicopters, and he got his wish when he became the pilot of a Huey gunship in Vietnam. He was killed in a helicopter crash …