Vietnam War

Regional
6:41 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Frankfort Kicks Off Ten Year Vietnam War Commemoration

The Kentucky Vietnam War Memorial in Frankfort

In partnership with the federal government, the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs kicked-off a 50th anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam War in Frankfort Thursday.

The state plans to honor veterans with similar events across the state through the year 2025.

Joe Galloway addressed a crowd of about 500, mostly veterans, many with canes or in wheelchairs. “What a beautiful memorial, that sunshine and shadow touches each of their names on the day they died.”

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Military
1:22 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Kentucky Vietnam War Veterans Invited to Event Marking 50th Anniversary

The Kentucky Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Frankfort

Vietnam War-era veterans and their families are being invited to Kentucky's first major event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the war.

The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs says the event is set for Sept. 25 at the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Frankfort. The names of Kentucky's 1,103 fallen soldiers in Vietnam are carved into the base of the memorial.

Guests will include Gov. Steve Beshear, Medal of Honor recipient Don Jenkins and Joe Galloway, author of "We Were Soldiers Once."

The event is part of the national 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemoration, which runs through 2025.

Regional
7:59 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Replica, The Wall That Heals, Now on Public Display in Grandview

The Wall That Heals is being displayed at the Grandview Ball Field in Spencer County, Indiana, through Sept. 15.
Credit Barbara Richey

A traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is now on public display in Spencer County, Indiana.

The Wall That Heals contains the names of every U.S. military member killed in the Vietnam War. It can be seen at the Grandview Ball Field through Sept. 15.

Bringing the replica memorial to southern Indiana was the idea of Vietnam veteran and Spencer County resident Frank Richey, who told WKU Public Radio that he hopes those who haven't been able to see the Vietnam Memorial in Washington will come see The Wall That Heals.

"Not everybody gets the chance to go to Washington, D.C., and see the real wall. And a lot of kids don't get a chance to go. This way, I'm bringing the wall to the people in my community of Spencer County," Richey said.

Regional
1:00 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall on Public Display in Spencer County, Indiana

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall replica, known as The Wall That Heals, will be on public display in Grandview, IN., starting Sept. 11.
Credit www.vvmf.org/twth

A traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall is making its debut in Spencer County, Indiana, Monday morning. The 350-foot-long wall contains the names of all U.S. military personnel killed in Vietnam.

It's being escorted by motorcyclists from the Denny's in the town of Dale starting at 9 a.m Monday, and is scheduled to be brought down Main Street in Granview at 9:30.

Vietnam War veteran Frank Richey led the effort to bring the replica--known as The Wall That Heals--to Spencer County. He told WKU Public Radio that he hopes those who haven't been able to see the Vietnam Memorial in Washington will come see the traveling replica.

"Not everybody gets the chance to go to Washington, D.C., and see the real wall. And a lot of kids don't get a chance to go. This way, I'm bringing the wall to the people in my community of Spencer County," Richey said.

The Wall That Heals will be on public display at the Grandview Ball Field in Spencer County from September 11 through the 15. Richey says he'll be staying in a trailer nearby, and will be on site 24 hours a day during the time the wall is on display.

Regional
3:23 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Bowling Green Veteran Receives Purple Heart--44 Years After War Wound

Rep. Brett Guthrie awards Eddie Miller his Purple Heart Thursday in Bowling Green. Also pictures is Mr. Miller's wife.
Credit Mark Lord, Rep. Guthrie's Office

It took over four decades for a Bowling Green Vietnam veteran to receive his Purple Heart, but Eddie Miller says it was worth the wait.

Miller was wounded in Vietnam in 1969, but never received a Purple Heart because his military records were lost. The 66-year-old Miller says a friend recently encouraged him to contact Congressman Brett Guthrie's office, which intervened on Miller's behalf and got the necessary paperwork through the Defense Department.

Miller and several family members were on hand Thursday when Rep. Guthrie presented the Vietnam veteran with his Purple Heart.

The Purple Heart is a combat decoration that is awarded to men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who are wounded in times of war.

Asked to describe the incident 44 years ago that led to his award, Miller said his base camp came under rocket attack.

“We were running and scrambling, and I felt pain,” he said.

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Regional
9:58 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Funds Raised to Bring Replica of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to Southern Indiana

The Wall That Heals will come to Grandview, Indiana, Sept. 11-15.
Credit www.vvmf.org/twth

A Spencer County, Indiana, man hopes a replica version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall will bring healing to those in the region who served in that war.

Frank Richey was in the Army for twenty years, including tours in Vietnam in 1969 and 1970. Richey has led the effort to bring to the southern Indiana region a traveling replica of the Vietnam Wall known as "The Wall That Heals."

Richey and a small committee of family members and supporters have raised over $10,000 to pay for the costs associated with bringing the replica wall to the town of Grandview, Indiana.

Richey hopes Vietnam veterans and their family members from southern Indiana and northwestern Kentucky will come to Grandview this fall to see the exhibit.

“That’s what this traveling wall is for. It’s for people who can’t actually make it to Washington D.C. to see the real wall,” said Richey.

You can learn more about The Wall That Heals by clicking here.

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