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Editor’s Note: This is the final installment of a 10-part series on the Vietnam War, highlighting veterans from Central Texas. The series included in-depth articles on issues veterans and their families faced during and after the war.

The medals speak for the themselves.

Before spending the summer of 2012 teaching English in Vietnam, my knowledge of the far-away country was limited to what I’d read in school history books, and retold memories from my parents’ and grandparents’ generations.

Local and national efforts are continuing to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, an effort that will last until 2025, 50 years after the war ended with the fall of Saigon in 1975.

Vietnam War veteran Pat Christ of Harker Heights holds a plaque with images of himself July 22 in Killeen.

Harker Heights Mayor Pro Tem Pat Christ admits curiosity played a big hand in landing him in the Vietnam War in 1970.

Retired Petty Officer 2nd Class James Henry of Killeen on Thursday holds a photo of himself that was taken while he was serving as a Navy corpsman in the Vietnam War.

In the Army-dominated city of Killeen, retired Petty Officer 2nd Class James Henry said it’s rare to meet many Navy corpsmen.

Editor’s Note: This is the ninth installment of a 10-part series on the Vietnam War, highlighting veterans from Central Texas and the issues they faced. Read the full series at forthoodherald.com/vietnam.

After two tours in Vietnam, Bell County resident and Army veteran Gene Hunter said he came to terms with what he experienced there, though some close to him have said the war changed him.

KILLEEN — Vietnam veteran, international speaker and author Dave Roever visited Destiny World Outreach Center in Killeen on Sunday.

Gen. Robert Shoemaker had just left Vietnam in the summer of 1970 when he heard the shocking news.

A scrapbook filled with photos depicts the stories of retired Staff Sgt. John Footman’s time in Vietnam.

Fighting in the flat-to-rolling jungle terrain of the Ia Drang Valley, some 1,500 square miles, began Nov. 1, 1965, when a platoon of air mobile infantry from Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, came across a North Vietnamese aid station. The U.S. troops overran the station, kil…

July 15, 1965: Viet Cong guerrillas badly mauled tow large government forces in widely separated attacks today. South Vietnamese government losses were heavy and American military advisers were also killed.

FORT BENNING, Ga. — It had been nearly 50 years to the day since the last time many of them had stood on the field at Doughboy Stadium.

For more than a decade, veteran and Killeen resident Tony Rossi has been a familiar fixture at ceremonies welcoming troops home to Fort Hood after deployments.

First Lt. Daniel Hennessy was a tall, lanky soldier from Pennsylvania in his early 20s.

Vietnam, at its core, was a political conflict.

July 8, 1965: American paratroopers charging into the fire from Viet Cong machine-guns killed more than 100 communist guerrillas in three battles in the jungles of combat Zone D, 30 miles north of Saigon.

The days were long, the nights monotonous, recalls retired Sgt. 1st Class Ezechial Bermea, of his 1966 tour in Vietnam.

Across the Saigon River, Eugene Wentworth said he could see the rockets’ red glare as he watched the early days of the Vietnam War happen from a distance during his first tour in 1965.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fourth installment of a 10-part series on the Vietnam War, highlighting veterans from Central Texas and the issues they have faced. Read the full series at forthoodherald.com/vietnam.

June 22, 1965: U.S. Air Force jets bombed a military barracks northwest of Hanoi and barely 80 miles from the border of communist China. The raid was the deepest penetration of the war. In the ground war, two U.S. Marines were killed when their Jeep hit a land mine 8.5 miles west of Da Nang.

The small company flag — known in the military as a guidon — flew over an airmobile infantry company of 160 soldiers during some of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War.

From his yearlong tour in Vietnam, Killeen resident Guadalupe Lopez can recall one happy memory.

The 68th Annual 1st Cavalry Division Reunion provided a remarkable opportunity to link the soldiers of the present with heroes of the past, even those long passed on.

For many American soldiers in Vietnam, the stress that comes with being on the battlefield didn’t end when they left the war zone. It followed them home.

WASHINGTON — The sounds of bagpipes filled the air Sunday as people carried roses along a cobblestone path toward the black marble wall. Among them was Denise Reed, wearing a button with a photo of her father, Army Sgt. Harold Reed, who died in Vietnam when Denise was 6 years old.

As retired Gen. Robert Shoemaker tells it, the U.S. incursion into Cambodia during the Vietnam War began on a Sunday.

Vietnam War veteran Sam Murphey poss at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9192 Wednesday in Killeen.

When Sam Murphey landed in Vietnam in March of 1967, the then-first lieutenant had been in the Army just 18 months. Back in those days, the Harker Heights resident said, you didn’t get there with a bunch of unit buddies by your side.

Cav Week has arrived.

June 4, 1965: Two U.S. Marines were killed and 19 wounded in the Da Nang area in their heaviest day of action since they arrived in March. The Marines killed 19 guerillas and wounded 11.


Seeing the image of a village in Vietnam on Google Earth brought up memories that retired Col. Raul Villaronga, of Killeen, hadn’t spoken of for years after two tours of duty in the country.

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