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A Son’s Reflection at ‘The Wall’

Father’s Day 2010: Former US Army Chief of Staff and Gold Star son, Gen. George W. Casey delivers the keynote address. Gen. Casey’s father, Maj. Gen. George W. Casey Sr., was killed in Vietnam on July 7, 1970.

By General George W. Casey, Jr.

The first time I saw the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, it took my breath away as  I struggled with the scope of the loss that it represented for our family and  for our Country.

My father’s name is on The Wall, on the 126th line of panel 9-W. He was  commanding the 1st Cavalry Division when his UH-1 “Huey” helicopter crashed near  Bao Loc on a mission to the hospital at Cam Ranh Bay to thank servicemen under  his command that were injured during the Division’s successful operations into  Cambodia. Continue Reading →

‘…when I first understood the meaning of love’ – a tribute to my mother.

By Cammie Geoghegan Olson, 2011

 Long forgotten and recently found pictures of my parents- on their wedding day, honeymoon and early years of my childhood- combined with an interview I heard of a Navy Seal widow being asked “What will you tell your children about their father?” compelled me to explore when I first understood the meaning of love.

The beauty is there is no exact moment, but a collection of moments and mementos.  Family stories shared, memories carefully tucked away in a trunk, old pictures and written words from life long ago. Maybe this is my moment as I pull it all together, my mom being the common golden thread.

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50 years after start of Vietnam War, US presses to recover remains

By WYATT OLSON
Stars and Stripes
Published: May 19, 2012

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U.S. Navy Petty Officer Second Class Zachary Eldred screens soil removed from a stream bed while conducting recovery operations in Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam March 12, 2012. Eldred is an explosives ordnance disposal technician temporarily assigned to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command as an augmentee to help achieve JPAC”s goals to conduct global search, recovery and laboratory operations to identify unaccounted-for Americans from past conflicts in order to support the Department of Defense”s personnel accounting efforts.

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