On Veterans Day, remember the Vietnam vets who didn’t make it home
Happy Veterans Day. Thousands of Vietnam Veterans of America members, including dozens from Chapter 49 of Westchester County, are gathering at the wall memorial in Washington, D.C. for the 25th anniversary dedication today. Here in Vietnam, my father and I are heading to Cu Chi, where he was based with the 25th Infantry Division from March 1967 to March 1968, and the area where his friend and fellow Army Lt. Joe Lingle was killed a month after arriving in country.
In the meantime, click on the audio link below to hear a memorial poem read by Jim Murphy, a South Nyack, NY man who served in Vietnam with the Air Force in 1968. Murphy wrote this to honor Alexander Roczen, a friend also killed just a few weeks after arriving in country. It was recently published in Post Traumatic Press 2007.