Vietnamese man reunited with family 40 years after US bombing raid
Vietnamese man Nguyen Quang Son has been reunited with his family, 40 years after he was separated from his mother during a US bombing raid in the Vietnam War. In 1967 he was a 6-month-old being cradled by his mother when an American bomb exploded nearby. Hundreds died in the raid, but his mother was rescued and taken to a clinic. She had no idea what had happened to her son and after years of searching, the family gave him up for dead, builting a symbolic grave for him. Unbeknown to them, the boy had been rescued by North Vietnamese soldiers and brought up by a nurse.
Museum to display Medal of Honor given to conscientious objector (Article no longer available from the original source)
The Medal of Honor belonging to Vietnam War veteran Joseph G. LaPointe Jr. will soon assume an honored place among the collections at the Ohio Military Museum. The rare medal, the highest award given for military service, will be installed at the Massillon museum during a brief ceremony. "LaPointe was a conscientious objector, which makes it a very unusual and rare award. It`s going to be displayed in a little different manner than we did before." An Army specialist 4th-class, LaPointe served as a field medic in the Vietnam War. He gave his life June 2, 1969, administering first aid to fallen soldiers under heavy fire in Quang Tin province.
3-days behind enemy lines in Laos: Big wartime rescue effort
Enemy guerrillas were in the tree line a few yards away. All morning long, a steady stream of ground attack planes had been plastering the area to keep their heads down. Suddenly, downed Navy pilot Kenny Fields — call sign Streetcar 304 — looked up to see an F-4 fighter-bomber headed straight for him. He saw a bomb detach itself from beneath the plane. Hungry, thirsty, dirty and tired, Fields dashed for cover, but the bomb went off before he could get there. Hot pieces of shrapnel ripped into his legs and lower body. Streetcar 304 was down, but not out. His 3-day ordeal behind enemy lines in Laos would become one of the biggest rescue efforts of Vietnam War.
Vietnam War soldier has bullet stuck in heart for 40 years
Doctors have removed a bullet from the heart of a Vietnamese soldier Le Dinh Hung nearly 4 decades after he was shot by US troops during the Vietnam war. "It is the strangest case that I have ever seen. Normally a person with a bullet in his heart would die immediately if they didn't have surgery right away," Dr Hien said. Mr Hung was shot during a 1968 battle in Quang Tri province, near the former Demilitarized Zone that separated North and South Vietnam.
Vietnam vet's mettle earned him a Medal of Honor (Article no longer available from the original source)
While many youth today consider sports figures heroes, the students at Kitley Intermediate had a chance to see the heroism of Medal of Honor recipient Sammy Davis, who is one of only 111 living recipients of the award. The footage of him receiving the Medal of Honor from Lyndon B. Johnson was used in the "Forrest Gump." Davis served as a cannoneer for Battery C. On Nov. 18, 1967, his battery came under heavy mortar attack. There were about 1,500 Viet Cong soldiers. After a hard hit from the enemy, he was thrown from his howitzer gun into a foxhole. Despite a broken back, Davis carried 3 comrades back across the river.
Adrian Cronauer seeks to dispel myths about Vietnam vets (Article no longer available from the original source)
Something that Adrian Cronauer likes to get straight right away is that he is not Robin Williams, who portrayed Cronauer in an Oscar-nominated performance as the Vietnam War disc jockey in the film "Good Morning, Vietnam." Cronauer, a former U.S. Air Force sergeant, was the real-life voice on Armed Forces Radio in Saigon who inspired soldiers and co-wrote the original story for the movie. "There`s the mythical image of the Vietnam veteran as a slovenly, ne`er-do-well, alcoholic, drug-abuser ... when really Vietnam veterans are the backbone of our society."
Vietnam "war hero" lied about military service (Article no longer available from the original source)
A South Texas J.C. Ortiz who charmed audiences with his heroic tale of a decorated military career now says he made-up the story. He said his Marine career included 4 tours of duty in Vietnam, 7 Purple Hearts and ascendancy to the rank of sergeant major. "I did it with good intentions. It just got out of control. It's my fault." A review of public and Marine records cast doubt on the Mission man's credibility. Ortiz now says his alleged 39-year career in the Marines was actually 3 and a half years that ended in 1962. He said he never served in Vietnam. He also said his original claim of serving four years in the Army as a teenager was actually 90 days.
Airborne combat chaplain in the Vietnamese jungles
Roy Peters, a longtime chaplain and retired Army colonel, wore a lot of hats in his 81 years. A colorful storyteller, he was known for his quick but entertaining sermons, a skill he learned after years of jumping out of planes to hold services for soldiers in the Vietnamese jungles. He completed Airborne School in 1962, and as a combat chaplain in Vietnam, he served two tours of front-line combat duty, including one of the most notorious battles of the late 20th century, the Tet offensive. A decorated chaplain, he won 6 bronze stars; a Purple Heart; 3 meritorious service medals; a commendation medal and 3 Legions of Merit.
American also served with South Vietnamese Army
Scott Brownlee was U.S. Army veteran of 3 years of combat in Vietnam when he returned. He was wearing his military uniform when he ran into an anti-war demonstration. "A boy ran up and spit right in my face." Hurt by the assault, he was further embarrassed to discover that anti-war demonstrations were a growing phenomenon at the time. "I had no idea this was going on. We didn't see it or hear about it in Vietnam." That incident was just the beginning of a series of events that led him to re-enlist, only this time he enlisted in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN), making him possibly the only US citizen to serve in the South Vietnamese Army.