Posted by Michael Putzel • August 09, 2016
It took 46 years, but Ricky Miller finally went to say good-bye to the best friend he tried desperately to rescue in Vietnam. It wasn’t easy.
The first time he tried, about 25 years ago, he got as far as the little cemetery in Kentucky where he thought his friend was buried–but couldn’t get out of his car. The stress of the trip to visit his friend’s family was so intense that he developed Bell’s palsy a day or two afterward, and the paralysis of the facial muscles caused the left side of his face to sag dramatically for months.
He didn’t know until his return last week that the family members he saw on that first trip were related to a different soldier with a similar name, and Miller had never actually met any of […] READ MORE
Posted by Michael Putzel • June 05, 2016
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund has added eight names to the shiny black granite panels of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, bringing the total of American servicemen and women listed as killed or missing in Southeast Asia during the war to 58,315. Nine of those identified on The Wall as missing in action were reclassified as killed, based on recovery and identification of their remains.
The fund, which raised the money and built The Wall, relies on the Department of Defense to update the casualty count once a year as new information is received and verified. When the Pentagon confirms that service members eventually died of wounds sustained during the Vietnam conflict, their names are engraved in a manner that makes them essentially identical in size and style to those carved in stone when the […] READ MORE