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September 25, 2010

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DONOR RECOGNITION/INDEX l

Thank You to The Wall That Heals Donors Event Partners

Blue Springs Public Art Commission City of Blue Springs, Missouri Blue Springs School District

Lead Partners ATK Hy-Vee KFKF-FM 94.1 The Examiner Ad Trends

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McDonald’s of Blue Springs Meyers Funeral Chapels Truman Heartland Community Foundation

Silver Level

BPOE No. 2509 Walmart of Blue Springs Kent and Melissa Egy Silver Star Construction LLC

Bronze Level

Stanley-Pack Post 499 Vaughn-Hudnall VFW Post and Auxiliary 6603 Residence Inn and Fairfield Inn of Indep. Kenneth and Eleanor Frasier

Granite Level

Patricia A. Parr in Honor of Don Call Central Jackson County Fire Protection District Blue Springs Economic Development Corp. Harley Todd Family Hillcrest Bank Meyer Music Family of Robert (Bob) Edwards Corena Smith for Family of Johnny R. Smith Stewart Title ZMC Comfort Suites Hotels Bob McDonald Roy and Gail Allen Southern Sky LLC Margaret Dixson for Richard M. Brandt Family Parkway Development Company Ron and Carolyn Gordanier Roscoe Righter Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce Greater Kansas City Community Foundation Family of Charles W. Dornon Blue Springs Harley Davidson – Greater Kansas City Harley Owners Fun House Pizza

Copper Level

James and Kay Coen Jill Frasier Linda Gorski in Memory of LCPL John Fickus Therese Tischer Sheryl and Tim Morgan Rocky Weaver

Rebecca J. Arthur Frank L. Clark Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Clements Mr. and Mrs. David L. Franklin Ronald E. Jones Mr. and Mrs. George D. Mesik Mr. and Mrs. Steve Knowles Mr. and Mrs. Harry Dexheimer Timothy R. Eckhardt

Walmart Corporation Blue Springs School District Hobby Lobby Office Depot White Oak Shopping Center Mall at Fall Creek-Tim Harris M.A.C. Corporation Village Gardens Show Me Campers – Grain Valley Game Time Graphics Sonic Drive-in

In-Kind Donations

Wrisinger-King Franchise Group Whiskey Tango ORI Outdoor Restrooms, Inc Bank 21 A-1 Rental Colonial Nursery Courtyard by Marriott-Blue Springs Mid-Continent Public Libraries Outdoor Channel Country Club of Blue Springs Costco K& M Price Chopper – Cosentino’s Blue Springs Chromed Out Motorcycle Magazine Civil Air Patrol Missouri Poster and Banner Steve Steiner Patriot Guard Tandem Paving Company Lunar Bowling Alley Dickinson Blue Springs 8 Movie Theater CVS Pharmacy

Exhibitors

National Guard-Army US Navy Alliant Techsystems Inc. American Red Cross Salvation Army Sons of the American Revolution Donut Dollies VA Medical Center The Whole Person University of Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Veterans of Foreign Wars Barham Family Memorial Car American Legion St. Mary’s Medical Center

CONTENT VIETNAM WAR FATALITIES IN JACKSON COUNTY............... 4 EVENT MAP............................................................................. 5 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS............................................................ 6, 7 A MOVING EPITAPH............................................................... 9 THE CALL FOR PHOTOS.......................................................... 10 SATELLITE PARKING MAP....................................................... 11 VIETNAM WAR STATISTICS..................................................... 13 THE STORY OF LARRY GENE BARHAM................................. 14 COLLECTING THE MEMORABILIA.......................................... 15 MAYA LIN, WALL THAT HEALS DESIGNER............................ 16 THE STORY OF LARRY WYATT KILGORE............................... 19 THE STORY OF CHARLES ALFRED POPE, JR.......................... 21 THE HISTORY OF THE WALL.................................................. 22 VIETNAM VETERANS TO RECEIVE MEDALS.......................... 23

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POET OF PATRIOTISM............................................................. 24 RED CROSS AND DONUT DOLLIES......................................... 26 VA HOSPITAL PROVIDES SUPPORT........................................ 27 WALL THAT HEALS COMPONENTS........................................ 28 OPERATION SEARCH AND REMEMBER................................. 30 I WATCHED THEM GO............................................................ 32 IF I SHOULD COME HOME TO DOVER.................................. 33 SYMBOLS ON THE WALL........................................................ 34 VIETNAM WAR STATISTICS..................................................... 36 THE WALL THAT HEALS 2010 SCHEDULE.............................. 37 VETERANS FOCUS LIASON COMMITTEE............................... 40 FAMOUS QUOTES ON THE VIETNAM WAR.......................... 45 ACCOMMODATIONS IN BLUE SPRINGS................................. 46 MAP OF BLUE SPRINGS.......................................................... 47

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l Vietnam War FATaLITIES from jackson county, missouri William Arthur Michael Phillip Eugene Combs Craig Rathbun Alfred Allen Frye Raymond Eugene Allen Joel Arnold Balcom Larry Lee Barker Robert W Bates Herbert Donald Bemboom Marvin Richard Berhowe James Oris Blankenship James Nelson Cagley Robert Crawford Campbell James Allen Cox Gordon Leroy Jr. Currier Michael De-Wayne Davis Richard Allen Jr. Evans Allen Eugene Follett Bert Abner Jr. Hamilton Michael Eugene Hamilton Donald Owen Hartman Charles Michael Hobbs James Michael Holsworth John Robert Houston John William Igert Paul Vincent Moore Glen Herbert Jr. Mosley Steven Boyd Oaks Charles Alfred Jr. Pope Michael Dean Reiff Marvin Nelson Richardson Johnnie Rae Sly Gary Ercil Sooter Danny Ray Spencer Charles Wesley Jr. Srader James Michael Thompson Samuel Kamu III Toomey Roger Leon Trammell Clay Samuel Turnham Jeff Lynn Wenger John Michael White Jack Medlin Youngs Elvin L Allen Lee Odis Allen Johnie Ray Barber Dean Allen Bell Jimmy Dean Biggs Terry Lee Blair Frank Lee Blevins Harve Edward Brown Craig Harold Buell John Richard Cabrini Lynda Ray Callihan William L Jr. Campbell Laurence Curtis Caplan Roger William Jr. Carroll Billy Gene Channel Larry Gene Clark Larry Vernal Claspill James Edward Coleman William Joseph II Crane John Nelson Jr. Crawford Thomas Hiram Crook Ronnie Charles Cureton Michael Francis Dalton Curtis Ray Daniels James Paul De Bruler

SP4 PFC CPL SGT SP4 HM3 CPL SP4 SGT PFC 1LT SGT PFC CPL PFC SGT PFC SP4 EO3 CPL PFC PFC PFC SP4 PFC PFC SP4 LCPL LCPL SGT SP5 SP4 PFC SP4 PFC PFC MAJ LCPL PFC SP5 PFC LTC PFC PFC SP4 SP5 PFC SP4 PFC PFC SP5 LCPL CPL LCPL SGT MAJ SGT PFC SP4 PFC PFC SP6 PVT LCPL PFC SSG PFC

Blue Springs Grandview Grandview Hickman Mills Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Independence Kansas City Kansas City Kansas City Kansas City Kansas City Kansas City Kansas City Kansas City Kansas City Kansas City Kansas City Kansas City Kansas City Kansas City Kansas City Kansas City Kansas City Kansas City Kansas City Kansas City Kansas City Kansas City Kansas City Kansas City Kansas City

John Edward Dillard William Neal Jr. Dodson James Lee Drew Jack Cecil Jr. Duff Robert Terrence Dunn Larry Eugene Elmore Robert Dean Farrington William F. III Flaherty Frank Allen Given Thomas Lee Goodale James J. Greb Philip Lee Gregory John Gary Griffith Joe Walter Grigsby Robert Steven Grosshart Steven Eugene Grove Larry L. Hackleman Robert Bruce Hadden Gary Leon Hanlin Michael Stevens Harris Sidney Jr. Hayes Terry Eugene Hemmitt Roger Lee Henson Bennett James Herrick Dennis Haldane Herrick Frederick William Jr. Hess Eugene Donald Hill Keith Eugene Hix William Jesse Sr. Hodges Stephen Jeffery Honnold Michael Eugene Hoppers Douglas Lee Horn Richard Henry Housh Gary Lee Hudson Thomas Gordon Hudson Timothy Lawrence Hurley James Russell Isbell Cecil Jr. Jackson Richard Abvert Jackson Eugene Jolly Johnny Eugene Jones James Julius Jr. Julian Otis Kenny Gayland Eugene Keroher Stanley Gene Krebs Blaine Wilson Landers Charles R. Lawhon Billy Wayne Laws Patrick Arthur Layton Thomas Jr. Leek Jesse Lee Lenley Pedro Jr. Leon Byron Clifton Lollar Thomas Arthur Lollar Johnie Lomas Harry Leroy Long Eugene Austin Lunn Patrick Pearse Manning John Grady Marshall Richard Pull Mertinez Stephen Knight Masden Donald Wayne McBride James Edward McClafferty Roy Dea Mc Daniel Thomas W. Jr. McMahon Charles R. Mensch Michael Wesley Miller

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SGT PFC SP4 SGT SGT PVT CPT CPL PFC SP4 SGT PFC LCDR PFC 1LT SGT CPL 1LT SP4 PFC LCPL PFC SP5 SP4 SP4 MAJ CAPT SP4 CAPT LCPL PVT SP4 2LT PVT SSGT SP4 PFC SP5 SSGT SP5 SSGT SGT PFC 1LT PFC SP4 WO PFC PFC PFC SP4 SGT PFC SGT TSGT PFC SP4 PFC SP4 SP4 SP4 LCPL SGT CPL LCPL SSGT PFC

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William Howard Miller Charles James Moore Jesse Louis Moore Davis Junior Morgan Daniel Leon Mort Larry Thomas Moulder Tony Howard Myers Jerome Nixon Kenneth Harold Nore Ronald Robert Northrop Peter Paul Jr. Parnell Leslie Calvin Jr. Paschal Earl Archer Peak Robert William Peck Raymond Lee Powell Dayton William Ragland Cortez Allen Randolph Richard Alvin Renfro Frank Lee Riden Edward Robonson Lester A. Rogers Eddie Sailor Herbert Ellis Schmidt Robert Lee Schrand Harold La Vern Seaman Bobby Gene Simpson James Leland Sipes Phillip Edward Slaughter Cary Carson Smith David William Smith James Andrew Smith John E. Stackhouse Richard Eugene Stanton Roy Miles Stilwell Gary Dennis Stocklin Russell Merrill Stoddard Melvin Sullivan Howard Ernest Swann Thomas Edward Testorff Michael Laroy Thompkins Dennis Hugh Thompson Ronald Dean Tillery Morvan Darrell Turley William David Tyron Donald Thomas Van Horn Michael James Verstraete William Arthur Voss Travis Gary Walden Jerry Franklin Walls Richard F. Waterfield John Forrest Weaver Raymond Lee Wheeler William D. Wilson William Ralph Wilson Steven Richard Withers Patrick Hardy Wood David Alexander Woods John Wesley Wright Larry Wyatt Kilgore Dennis Ray Puckett William Warren Sherman James Phillip Chittwood Clifford Morris Jr. Davis Charles Oliver George David Shannon Louis Cleveland Kimbrell

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1 The Wall That Heals 2 Veterans Registration 3 Vietnam War Educational Trailer

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4 Put a Face With a Name 5 Restrooms & Concessions 6 St. Mary’s Medical

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Donut Dollies

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Seating Area Salvation Army ATK Tent Sons of the American Revolution Red Cross Barham Car Vietnamese-American Community of KC Military Equipment Restrooms Whole Person University of Missouri Veterans Interviews Veterans Administration Lost & Found/Information VFW & American Legion Restrooms Welcome Center Veterans Welcome Center

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l THE WALL THAT HEALS SCHEDULE OF EVENTS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2010

Friday, October 1, 2010

Awakening Ceremony begins 6:55 a.m. Secure Colors Reveille Post the Colors Pledge of Allegiance The National Anthem Welcome Tribute to our Veterans Moment of Silence Closing Prayer

American Legion Post 499 Marty Meyers, Meyers Funeral Chapels Blue Springs South High School Air Force JROTC Color Guard under the leadership of Major Paul Bekebrede & Sgt. Mike McGown Nick Strope, Blue Springs South High School Senate President Blue Springs South High School Chamber Choir, Jason Bean, conductor Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross, Vietnam Veteran-Army “Reflections on Vietnam” read by Sarah Jane Bever-Chritton, Blue Springs South High School Student Father Ron Elliott, St. John LaLande Catholic Church

Reflection Ceremony “Enlightening Youth to Vietnam’s Legacy” 6:30 p.m. Emcee: Dale Carter Welcome Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross, Vietnam Veteran-Army Post the Colors American Legion Post 499 Color Guard Pledge of Allegiance Boy Scouts & Girls Scouts National Anthem Blue Springs High School Chamber Choir, Nathan Rudolph, conductor and Linda VerDught, accompanist Invocation Reverend Andrew Florio, Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church Recognition of Guests Dale Carter, Blue Springs City Council, District 1, KFKF Program Dir. Reading of Messages Dale Carter & Christina Schulze Clariday, Clariday & Co. Guest Speaker LTC Elizabeth Delbridge-Keough, Commander, Lake City Army Ammunition Plant “Armed Forces Salute” Blue Springs High School Chamber Choir Tribute to our Veterans Warren Parker, Vietnam Veteran-Army, MAC-V-SOG, Air America “From Sea to Shining Sea” Blue Springs High School Chamber Choir “A Moving Epitaph” Jerry Plantz, The Poet of Patriotism Laying of Wreaths Moment of Silence Benediction Dr. John D. Sellars, President, Graceland University Bagpipes Gary Mosby, Pipes & Drums of Ararat Shrine Salute to the Fallen American Legion Post 499 Rifle Squad Playing of Taps Marty Meyers, Meyers Funeral Chapels Retire the Colors American Legion Post 499 Color Guard

Friday, October 1, 2010 Awakening Ceremony begins 6:55 a.m. Secure Colors Reveille Post the Colors Pledge of Allegiance The National Anthem Welcome Tribute to our Veterans Moment of Silence Closing Prayer

American Legion Post 499 Marty Meyers, Meyers Funeral Chapels Blue Springs High School Air Force JROTC Color Guard under the leadership of Master Sergeant Lawrence Burse Paige Walters, Blue Springs High School Senate President Blue Springs High School Chamber Choir, Nathan Rudoloph, conductor Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross, Vietnam Veteran-Army “Reflections on Vietnam” read by Austin Groves, Blue Springs High School Senior Pastor Jerry Craig, First Baptist Church

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Reflection Ceremony 6:30 p.m.

“Courage, Sacrifice and Devotion to Country” Emcee: Pete Grigsby

Welcome Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross, Vietnam Veteran-Army Post the Colors American Legion Post 189 Color Guard Pledge of Allegiance Camp Fire Girls & Civil Air Patrol Cadets The National Anthem Jacomo Chorale, Dr. Helena Vasconcellos, conductor Invocation Reverend Richard Steensma, Timothy Lutheran Church “Armed Services Medley” Jacomo Chorale Recognition of Guests Pete Grigsby, Blue Springs School District Reading of Messages Pete Grigsby & Christina Schulze Clariday, Clariday & Co. Guest Speaker Woody Cozad, Cozad Company Government Relations; Vietnam Veteran-Navy “The Navy Hymn” Jacomo Chorale Tribute to our Veterans Kathy Lee, R.N., Vietnam Veteran-Army “God Bless America” Jacomo Chorale Laying of Wreaths Moment of Silence Benediction Reverend John Martz, Blue Springs Assembly Bagpipes Gary Mosby, Pipes & Drums of Ararat Shrine Salute to the Fallen American Legion Post 189 Rifle Squad Playing of Taps Marty Meyers, Meyers Funeral Chapels Retire the Colors American Legion Post 189 Color Guard

Saturday, October 2, 2010 Awakening Ceremony begins 6:55 a.m. Secure the Colors American Legion Post 499 Reveille Marty Meyers, Meyers Funeral Chapels Post the Colors University of Central Missouri Color Guard Army ROTC Pledge of Allegiance Rich Wilson, Veteran-Army The National Anthem Circuit Riders, St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, Rich Wilson, conductor Welcome Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross, Vietnam Veteran-Army Tribute to our Veterans “Reflections on Vietnam” read by Kent Egy, Vietnam Veteran-Army Moment of Silence Closing Prayer Pastor Rick Johnson, First Bible Baptist Church

Reflection Ceremony “Honoring the Fallen; Healing the Living” 2:00 p.m. Emcee: Pete Grigsby Welcome Post the Colors Pledge of Allegiance The National Anthem Invocation “Armed Services Medley” Recognition of Guests Reading of Messages Guest Speaker Guest Speaker “America, the Beautiful” Tribute to our Veterans “Prayer For Peace”

Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross, Vietnam Veteran-Army Whiteman Air Force Base Color Guard Ron Balcom, Sonar Technician First Class, Vietnam Veteran-Navy, Coast Guard (Ret.) The Men of Praise, First United Methodist Church, Dr. Carolyn Gordanier, conductor Pastor Cliff Caton, First Christian Church of Blue Springs The Men of Praise Pete Grigsby, Blue Springs School District Pete Grigsby & Christina Schulze Clariday, Clariday & Co. Walter Hicklin, President, Board of Governors, University of Central Missouri United States Congressman Ike Skelton The Men of Praise Col. John Clark, Former Prisoner of War, Vietnam Veteran- Air Force (Ret.) The Men of Praise

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THE WALL THAT HEALS SCHEDULE OF EVENTS l

3:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit fly over

3:45 p.m.

Vietnamese Ceremony Laying of Wreaths Moment of Silence Benediction Pastor Darryl Jones, Crossroads Church Bagpipes Gary Mosby, Pipes & Drums of Ararat Shrine Salute to the Fallen Whiteman Air Force Base Rifle Squad Playing of Taps Marty Meyers, Meyers Funeral Chapels Retire the Colors Whiteman Air Force Base Color Guard

Sunday, October 3, 2010 Awakening Ceremony begins 6:55 a.m. Secure Colors American Legion Post 499 Reveille Marty Meyers, Meyers Funeral Chapels Post the Colors HST Chapter of Sons of American Revolution Color Guard Pledge of Allegiance Gary Harvey, Chief Petty Officer, US Navy, (Ret.) Welcome Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross, Vietnam Veteran-Army The National Anthem The Men of Praise, First United Methodist Church, Dr. Carolyn Gordanier, conductor Tribute to our Veterans The Men of Praise, First United Methodist Church, Dr. Carolyn Gordanier, conductor Moment of Silence Closing Prayer Reverend Dr. Sally Haynes, First United Methodist Church

Boeing CH-47 Chinook Helicopter take off, fly over and landing Battle Cross Ceremony Jeffery Mercer, Chaplain KC-VA Hospital, Vietnam Veteran-Army “The Mansions of the Lord” The Men of Praise POW/MIA Recognition Jeffery Mercer, Chaplain KC-VA Hospital, Vietnam Veteran-Army “Amazing Grace” Ben Gulley, tenor & Carolyn Gordanier, piano Recognition of Gold Star Families Laying of Wreaths Last Roll Call for Fallen of Jackson County Missouri Kent Egy, Warren Parker, Paul Ray, Carson Ross, George Scarborough, Mike Shanin (all Vietnam Veterans) Ringing of Bell Dale Walkup, Veteran-National Guard Moment of Silence Benediction Jeffery Mercer, Chaplain KC-VA Hospital & Vietnam Veteran-Army Bagpipes Gary Mosby, Pipes & Drums of Ararat Shrine Salute to the Fallen VFW District 5 Rifle Squad Playing of Taps Marty Meyers, Meyers Funeral Chapels Retire the Colors VFW District 5 Color Guard

6:00 p.m. Education Field closes and The Wall That Heals Exhibition Ends

1:00 p.m. Boeing CH-47 Chinook Helicopter landing

Closing Ceremony 2:00 p.m. Prelude Welcome Post the Colors Pledge of Allegiance National Anthem Invocation “Armed Forces Salute” Recognition of Guests Reading of Messages Guest Speaker Recognition of Veterans “America, the Beautiful” Tribute to our Veterans

“All Gave Some … Some Gave All” Emcee: Dale Carter

American Legion Band, Heather Pickett, conductor Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross, Vietnam Veteran-Army VFW District 5 Color Guard George Scarborough, American Legion Department of Missouri Zone 2, Vice Commander, Vietnam Veteran-Air Force Ben Gulley, tenor & the American Legion Band Jeffery Mercer, Chaplain KC-VA Hospital, Vietnam Veteran-Army American Legion Band Dale Carter, Blue Springs City Council, District 1 & KFKF Program Director Dale Carter & Christina Shulze Clariday, Clariday & Co. Larry D. Kay, Executive Director, Missouri Veterans Commission BGen. John McLaurin, Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Army (Ret.) The Men of Praise, Dr. Carolyn Gordanier, conductor Mike Shanin, Shanin & Parks, Newsradio 980-KMBZ; Vietnam Veteran-Army

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A MOVING EPITAPH l A MOVING EPITAPH By Jerry Plantz - 2010

Dedicated to 22-year old Army Private First Class Larry Gene Barham Killed in Vietnam- 2/6/68

There it is. This visitor of granite. This symbol of us Here in the present Binding us to the past. Polished and gleaming. Reflecting life, Honoring death. Even as a replica It begs to be touched. By remorseful hands. It was created for embrace, To sense, to summon forth Our deepest thoughts, And sorrowful emotions. There it is. A messenger of love, A messenger of peace, We with bowed heads Burdened with the yoke of guilt And ignorant denunciation Plead for forgiveness. From every Name after name, after name, after name. Column after column, after column, after column. We wrongly echoed Shame after shame, after shame, after shame. Now quivering lips and heavy hearts For every name, after name, after name, after name. Column, after column, after column, after column. There it is. Here am I And where are you? You, who still walks in the shadow of indiffer-

ence, You, where gratitude does not reside. You, whose ears fail to hear The words of valor and sacrifice. You, who somehow believe Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness Are entitlements. And not bequeathed to you By those heroes upon that wall. Or on those thankful memorials Throughout this bountiful land. And under tombstones, flowers and flags. There it is. History upon a wall. As I humbly stand before it Effervescing with indebtedness, Beaming with pride. Words fail me But my tears do not. My fingers sense your being

Your dedication and devotion To your country, my country. And a life lost too soon. Your epitaph lives on In this replica And on Washington’s sacred soil. Where the encomium never ends. There it is. Not saturnine Or inanimate But sanguine and living. Generations from now None will remember me. But to you, burnished on that wall Of granite and blood. Who fought in Vietnam Your name glows. And to you living veterans Who hid your honored uniforms In cellars and closets.

It is time to salute your brethren By proudly saying - I was there. There it is. A moving epitaph. Of column after column, after column, after column.. Still space remains for those Still unknown. As you lie in graves of heroes Take comfort in that Someone always remembers, Someone always makes it right, And we did In a monumental way. To veterans living and veterans dead. Thank you and welcome home. Every name after name, after name, after name. Every column, after column, after column, after column

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l THE CALL FOR PHOTOS

Future Education Center in D.C. to display larger than life photos Remembering them by connecting names to faces By Sandy Turner The Examiner

The Education Center at The Wall is an initiative to honor the more than 58,000 men and women whose names have been forever etched into black granite stone as a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice they gave for our freedom. In support of this new Education Center, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) has made a plea to the public for its support in connecting names to faces. “The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was built so that we would never forget those who have served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War,” Jason Cain, Director of Veterans Outreach Programs and Director of the traveling Wall That Heals replica said. “We are hoping the public will help us collect the photos for every name on The Wall to be displayed on larger than life screens in the future Education Center and also be included on VVMF’s Virtual Wall that is already online.” Whether the photos of the fallen heroes on The Wall are scanned on-site during The Wall That Heals event or mailed directly to VVMF, the goal is to connect every name with a face, which will be displayed at the Education Center on that individual’s birthday. “The Education Center will be built directly across the street from The Wall and the focus of its design will be the wall that will display large scale photos of the fallen,” Cain said. An information tent at The Wall That Heals event will give visitors the opportunity to submit a photo, which will be scanned on-site, as well as receive help in entering a remembrance for the Virtual Wall which will be posted online. Michael Gormalley, from Kansas City, Mo,

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a Vietnam veteran and Advisory Board Member for the VVMF Education Center is hopeful that the national call will continue to produce the much needed photos for the Virtual Wall in D.C. and online. “We began this initiative in September

of 2009 and have received many photos,” Gormalley said. “We need all the faces to put with all the names of our fallen soldiers of the Vietnam War.” As the push for photos continue, so does the fundraising efforts to build The Education Center that is estimated to cost over $85 million.

Using the Virtual Wall Obtain a scan of the photograph (this can be done at many different locations such as CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, etc) with the highest quality setting possible. From the VVMF.org website, click on the Virtual Wall tab and then search for the individuals name. Once you locate the individual, click on their profile, and then post a remembrace. Fill out the necessary information and then make sure select “Attach an Image from my computer”. Locate the scanned file on your computer and submit the remembrance. If you chose to do so, an email will be sent that notifies you when the image has been posted to the individuals profile. Scan and upload the photograph from home On The Virtual Wall, find the servicemember’s profile page and click on post a remembrance. Complete the required information and choose Attach an Image from my computer. Click on next step to review the remembrance before submitting it for approval. E-mail your scanned image to the Memorial Fund If you have a scanner at home, you can e-mail it as an attachment (jpg, jpeg or gif preferred) to vvmf@ vvmf.org with the subject “Put a Face with a Name.” In the body of the e-mail, be sure to include the servicemember’s name, your name, a password and any other information you would like included in the remembrance. Mail a copy of your photograph to the Memorial Fund Make a copy of your photo. VVMF does not want original photos and cannot be responsible for returning photos to donors. When having the photo copied, ask the photo professional to make it the highest quality possible, use a glossy finish and reproduce the photo at an 8 x 10 size, if possible. Fill out the photo submission form and package it up for mailing with the copy of the photo. When mailing, please indicate on the front of the envelope that a photo is enclosed. Mail to: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Attn: Call for Photos 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW Suite 104 Washington, D.C. 20037 For more information about how to add a photograph to the collection, please contact the Memorial Fund at (202) 393-0090 or via email at vvmf@vvmf.org.

“We need all the faces to put with all the names of our fallen soldiers of the Vietnam War.”

MICHAEL GORMALLEY

Vietnam Veteran from Kansas City, MO Advisory Board Member for the VVMF Education Center

“The Education Center is being funded by private corporations and individual donations,” Gormalley said. “Construction cannot begin until we raise the funds.” With large donations from corporations and organizations such as VFW, Time Warner, FedEx and the Heisley Family Foundation, progress has been made in the fundraising campaign, although they are still a long way from the projected amount needed to begin. “We currently have 23 governors on board,” Cain said, “along with a $1,000,000 challenge gift from San Antonio Spurs owner Peter Holt.” The challenge from Holt, a Vietnam veteran who is CEO of Holt CAT and owner of several Texas professional sports teams, means that if you live in Texas, for every dollar you donate, he will match it. “The Education Center will not only display the photos behind each name on The Wall, but will be a place to learn and better understand the impact the Vietnam War had on this country and its people,” Gormalley said. For more information on how to submit a photo visit www.buildthecenter.org. To see VVMF’s Virtual Wall online, visit www.vvmf. org.

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KCATA Park & Ride - Saturday & Sunday only 150 NW North Ridge Dr.

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Kmart (closed) - Saturday & Sunday only 625 W 40 HWY

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Haymarket Shopping Center - Saturday & Sunday only 7900 SW 7 HWY

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White Oak Plaza - Thursday, Friday & Sunday only 1132 SW Luttrell Rd.

Mock Ave.

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Mall at Fall Creek 1207 SW 7 HWY

R.D. Mize Rd.

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VIETNAM WAR STATISTICS l

Courtesy of the VFW Magazine and the Public Information Office, HQ CP Forward Observer -1st Recon April 12, 1997

IN UNIFORM AND IN COUNTRY... •Vietnam Vets: 9.7% of their generation. •9,087,000 military personnel served on active duty during the Vietnam Era (Aug. 5, 1964-May 7, 1975). •8,744,000 GIs were on active duty during the war (Aug 5, 1964 - March 28, 1973). •3,403,100 (Including 514,300 offshore) personnel served in the Southeast Asia Theater (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, flight crews based in Thailand, and sailors in adjacent South China Sea waters). •2,594,000 personnel served within the borders of South Vietnam (Jan. 1, 1965 March 28, 1973) •Another 50,000 men served in Vietnam between 1960 and 1964. •Of the 2.6 million, between 1 - 1.6 million (40 - 60%) either fought in combat, provided close support or were at least fairly regularly exposed to enemy attack. •7,484 women (6,250 or 83.5% were nurses) served in Vietnam. •Peak troop strength in Vietnam: 543,482 (April 30, 1968)

CASUALTIES... •Hostile deaths: 47,418 •Non-hostile deaths: 10,811 •Total: 58,229 (Includes men formerly classified as MIA and Mayaguez casualties). Men who have subsequently died of wounds account for the changing total. •8 nurses died -- 1 was KIA. •Married men killed: 17,539 •61% of the men killed were 21 or younger. •Highest state death rate: West Virginia - 84.1% (national average 58.9% for every 100,000 males in 1970). •Wounded: 303,704 -- 153,329 hospitalized + 150,375 injured requiring no hospital care. •Severely disabled: 75,000 -- 23,214 - 100% disabled; 5,283 lost limbs; 1,081 sustained multiple amputations. •Amputation or crippling wounds to the lower extremities were 300% higher than in WWII and 70% higher than Korea. Multiple amputations occurred at the rate of 18.4% compared to 5.7% in WWII. •Missing in Action: 2,338 •POWs: 766 (114 died in captivity)

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The eternal bond between brothers through the love of a car By Sandy Turner The Examiner

In 1967, Larry Gene Barham bought a brand new Chevrolet Chevelle Supersport. Eight months later he was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War. Private First Class Barham didn’t get a chance to finish his Larry Gene Barham September 11, 1945 race at the track. February 6, 1968 On February 6, is honored on Panel 1968 the Kansas City 37E, Row 48. Star printed a map of the conflict in Vietnam showing where the soldiers of the National Liberation Front for South Vietnam and the Army of North Vietnam had launched an attack on January 31 of that year against South Vietnam and the United States. The news reports horrified the United States with more than 80,000 communist troops striking more than 100 towns, cities and capitals. The family of Larry Barham didn’t see the paper that day as they were grieving the news of his death in South Vietnam.

Larry was the oldest of four brothers whose parents had to endure watching all of them, one by one, leave for a foreign land to fight for their lives in a misunderstood war. “I was a senior in high school when we received the news of my brother’s death,” Barham’s brother Jerry said. “We lived in a small town and the rumor was, I would be drafted next, so I joined the Navy.” Serving two terms in Vietnam, Jerry deals with the memories and loss through the love he has of his brother by paying tribute to him through the 1967 Chevelle. “It wasn’t until 1995 when my dad finally let me take it home,” he said. “It sat in his garage year after year. Finally I just showed up with a trailer and said I’m bringing this car back to life,” and he did. The 1967 Chevelle will be on display at The

Wall That Heals along with posters of the February 6, 1968 Kansas City Star reprint of the map of Vietnam with the headline “Where the Red Offensive Struck in Vietnam.” ‘I didn’t even know the map of the attack, that was printed on the day my brother died, existed until 20 years later,” he said. “We will have copies of that map to give to Vietnam veterans at The Wall That Heals.” Barham who lives in Kansas City and owns Missouri Poster and Banner named his son Larry after his brother and now has a grandson, who also carries the namesake of his uncle whose life was cut too short by the war. The Chevelle with only 54,000 miles on the odometer has the original mechanics and their hometown of Portageville, Missouri sticker still on the side window. “The car is God’s wink to my brother,” Jerry said.

The Barham family will be at The Wall That Heals with Larry’s 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle Supersport (left) as well as reprints of the February 6, 1968 map (above) showing the conflict in Vietnam during what was referred to as the Tet Offensive and considered to be the largest military operation yet conducted by either side up to that point in the war.

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COLLECTING THE MEMORABILIA l

Items left at The Wall That Heals are handled with special care By Sandy Turner The Examiner

Some will bring letters, notes and cards while others leave behind sentimental treasures, pictures or some cryptic symbol of their love. Regardless of what items visitors may leave at The Wall That Heals, each one is handled, preserved and stored with respect, care and admiration. As an Archivist at the Midwest Genealogy Center and member of the local Wall That Heals committee, Diana Watkins feels privileged and honored to take upon the task of archiving these tokens of remembrance during the time the traveling display is at Pink Hill Park in Blue Springs. “This is the most important task I’ve ever had in my career,” Watkins said. “My father spent his career in the military so I have a very strong emotional tie to this event. These items that are left for our Vietnam veterans who didn’t return home will be treated with the utmost respect and care.” With a crew of nearly 20 volunteers, Watkins and team will collect memorabilia from The Wall each evening. Items will be

wrapped, catalogued and boxed at The Wall site and then stored temporarily at the Midwest Genealogy Center. “The volunteers have been trained on how to handle the hundreds of items that will be placed at The Wall,” she said. “From knowing how to properly archive letters to teddy bears, we are equipped to preserve these things until a permanent repository is found for them.” The ritual of leaving items at The Wall is believed to have begun in 1982 when construction had begun in Washington, D.C. of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Someone placed a Purple Heart in the concrete as it

WHAT WERE THE BIGGEST AND THE SMALLEST ITEMS LEFT? The largest is a painting on a sliding glass door which was left in association with a reproduction of a full-size tiger cage. The painting shows a scene in Vietnam and lists the names of all of the U.S. Department of Defense, Vietnam War POW and MIA’s. The glass door is nearly 9’ high and 5’ wide. The tiger cage is currently on display at the Smithsonian Institution’s, Museum of American History. The second contender is a custom-built Harley-Davidson motorcycle left at the Memorial by a group of Wisconsin citizens and Vietnam veterans. As to the smallest, there are many pebbles, coins, tokens, rings, small badges, and commemorative pins in the collection; it is difficult to say with certainty which is the smallest. Information from The National Park Service

was being poured and since that time the public has been placing objects at the base of The Wall. The Park Service rangers collect and inventory each night at the Memorial in D.C. and now have over 100,000 items stored at the Museum Resource Center in Landover, Maryland. “Discussion is still in the process of whether a repository could be found here locally, large enough to store these items or if they will go to D.C.,” Watkins said. “For right now they will be archived, placed in boxes and stored in our rare book room which is climate controlled and equipped with a special fire suppression system.” Every visitor at The Wall has the opportunity to honor these Vietnam Veterans who lost their lives with their presence and memories or by leaving tokens of their appreciation, love and honor. “I will be overseeing these items the entire time,” Watkins said of volunteering during this four-day period, “ to ensure these memories stay intact and safe.” The Midwest Genealogy Center, located at 3440 S. Lee’s Summit Road in Independence, is part of the Mid-Continent Library System and provides resources and the latest in technology for genealogical research. For more information call 816-252-7228.

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E4-Specialist Four Army of the United States D CO, 2ND BN, 5TH CALVARY, 1ST CAV DIV, USARV Tay Ninh Province, South Vietnam ON THE WALL: Panel 22W Line 075

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l The designer

The design of a 21-year-old grad student makes history By Sandy Turner The Examiner Information and photo gathered from Wikipedia

In late December of 1980 2,573 people registered for the design competition of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. A design was chosen from a jury of eight architects and sculptors from 1,421 designs that were submitted. All designs were identified only by number to preserve the anonymity of their authors. The design by a 21-year-old was unanimously selected in May of 1981. Maya Ying Lin, as a Yale University architecture student would embark on designing one of the most visited memorials in the United States. Lin grew up in Ohio, after her parents moved there from China, one year before she was born. Both of her parents worked at the Ohio University College, her father as dean of Fine Arts and her mother as Professor of Literature. Her aunt, a well-known Chinese poet was the first female architect in China and helped design the Chinese National Emblem. After designing the Wall Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lin continued in a career filled with uniquely designed pieces of architecture, and is also known for designing the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, the Women’s Table at Yale, an earth sculpture for the University of Michigan and a translucent clock in the ceiling of New York City’s Pennsylvania Station. In 2001, as part of the Confluence Project which provides history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Lin transformed seven places along the Columbia River Basin with art illustrations highlighting the changes this expedition brought to the Pacific Northwest. Most recently her environmental art projects have included the Wave Field, an 11-acre work of art at New York’s Storm King Art Center and a 30-ton sculpture called “2x4 Landscape” at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco, California.

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In 2009 she completed “Silver River” in Las Vegas which is part of a public fine art collection at MGM Mirage’s City Center. “Silver River” is an 84-foot cast of the Colorado River made entirely of reclaimed silver. Also in 2009, Maya Lin was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama. Lin now operates the Maya Lin Studio in New York City.

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The promise of love — for forever and a day By Sandy Turner The Examiner

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. ~From a headstone in Ireland. When she awoke she knew it was a dream because her husband of 32 years was asleep beside her. It seemed so real - she could still smell him, see him, feel his touch. Reality immersed her again, even after 40 years, she still grieves for her true love. Larry Wyatt Kilgore graduated from Raytown High School in 1969 and was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War shortly after. His dreams of becoming a family man, marrying his lifelong sweetheart and possibly becoming a minister were shattered on October 20, 1970 when he was killed in a helicopter crash in South Vietnam. At 10 years of age, Larry met the girl of his dreams at church. Sue Randazzo was only eight, but the two of them became inseparable for the next 10 years. “Since I was the older sister I spent a lot of time chauffeuring those two around,” Sharon (Kilgore) Thomas said. “I knew that someday they would be married.” Just before leaving for the Army, at 19, Larry proposed to seventeen-year-old Sue. Shortly after he was deployed to Vietnam. “He wrote many letters,” Sue said. “And always signed them ‘Love you, forever and a day.’” The family was notified of Larry’s death and although losing him was more than they could stand, not knowing

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how it happened or if he had suffered, was agonizing. Sharon (Kilgore) Thomas, Larry’s sister remembers the frustration of not knowing how he was killed. “After the Army told us that he was being escorted home by a good friend from combat we thought at least we would know what happened.” Sue and the family soon learned the young man who came home with Larry didn’t actually know him at all and they lost all confidence they would ever know the truth of what really happened. “We just all shut down,” Sharon said. “We packed up his things, quit talking about it, lost touch with Sue, it was just too much to handle.” Two years ago the Lee’s Summit Historical Society contacted Sharon and asked if she would mind if Larry was honored at a Veteran’s Day Ceremony that was going to be held. “I hadn’t talked to her for years but the first person I knew I had to call was Sue. That ceremony was the spark we needed to seek out the truth about Larry’s death and together we have,” she said of her and Sue’s rekindled friendship. Larry had been injured by a tripped claymore mine that surrounded their infantry unit. His foot had been badly damaged, although the commanding officers’ reassuring words that he now had his ticket to go home, he knew it would be alright. He would once again be with Sue. The Medevac helicopter Larry had been loaded into col-

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Larry Kilgore and Sue Randazzo-Tanner before his deployment to Vietnam.

lided with a scout team in another copter. Seven people died in the Medevac copter. “The pilot of the scout team copter survived,” Sharon said, “as well as the gunner. After posting on the Internet that we were looking for information concerning Larry’s death, I spoke to the pilot as well as many others and knowing has truly helped the grieving process.” Recently Larry’s dog tags were returned after a travel agency who take Vietnam Vets and their families to Vietnam were given hundreds of tags the villagers had kept. “I still can’t look at it,” Sue said. “It’s like the one thing that will prove that he died.” Larry Wyatt Kilgore, November 6, 1950 – October 20, 1970 is honored on Panel 6W, Row 12

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adored. He loved The Lord and wasn’t afraid to share his faith with others.” Encouraging others to come to his church, Immanuel Baptist, Charlie found that he could entice the Comer brothers, as well as others, by inviting them to be on the church’s softball team. “The rule was if you play, you go to church on Sundays,” Bush said. “The bottom line is that Charlie, even at a young age, knew the importance of introducing the message of God to his friends, whatever strategy it took to get it done.” Although the Comer family thought that they had dodged the draft lottery after both brothers had been released because of college obligations, it was a sad day when Charlie announced his decision.

Charles Alfred Pope, Jr. February 14, 1951 November 18, 1970 is honored on The Wall That Heals on Panel 6W, Row 69

It was her sixteenth birthday but instead of celebrating a milestone in her life’s journey, Cindy Bush-Comer was grieving with her family after learning of their friends’ death in a land far from his home of Independence. Charles Alfred Pope, Jr. was only 19 when he died in Quang Nam, South Vietnam. After graduating from Truman High School in 1969, Pope enlisted with the Marines. Growing up on Spring Street in Independence, the Comer family embraced Pope as one of their own. “He just lived down the street and was always at our house hanging out with my older brothers,” Bush recalls. “Charlie was the kind of kid that everyone

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on the death of Charles Alfred Pope, Jr. “My mom cried and I was too young to understand the emotions that were tied to him leaving,” she said. “But now, as I look at my 30-year-old son, I realize how young 19 really was and I could only imagine how his mother must have felt.” Never knowing exactly how Charlie died, Bush’s youngest brother began to investigate and found this information on the virtual wall found on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial website: www.thevirtualwall.org.

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Posted for: CHARLES ALFRED POPE, JR. “His 7 man Recon team was being extracted from a mountainous area after one of them fell and hurt himself badly. The copter could not land and the team was saved using a SPIE rig. Hanging under the copter, they died together in the fog and dark when the copter crashed into a mountain two miles from their base. Pope was the team’s M79 Grenadier.” While he was deployed Charlie sent letters to the Comer family and occasionally the brothers would get one individually addressed to them. Nearing the end of his time in Vietnam, Bush assumed she was too young to get a letter from Charlie. “The letter addressed to me finally did come,” Bush said with an emotion filled voice, even after 40 years. “It came just a couple days after we learned of his death.”

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l ABOUT THE WALL From vvmf.org

Please note: Much of the information was taken directly from Pegi Donovan’s “Anything and Everything Handbook on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial... And More,” copyrighted 1987, with additional updated information included. When and how was the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. built? It was dedicated on November 13, 1982. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, founded by Jan C. Scruggs, started the project in 1979, and work began at the site on March 26, 1982. In just three and a half years, Scruggs and many other veterans and supporters worked to convince Congress to give a three acre plot of land on the prestigious National Mall for a memorial dedicated to honoring those servicemembers who served in Vietnam. The Memorial Fund raised the necessary funds and also coordinated a celebration called “The National Salute to Vietnam Veterans Week” at the 1982 dedication. Who paid for the Memorial? The Memorial Fund raised $8.4 million entirely from private donations from more than 275,000 individuals, veterans and civic organizations, corporations, foundations, and unions. No Federal funds were used. How many names are on the Memorial? At the dedication in 1982, there were 57,939 names inscribed on the Memorial. As of Memorial Day, 2010, there are 58,267 names. These are names of military personnel who were wounded in Vietnam between 1957 and 1975 and ultimately died of their wounds. (1959 and 1975 are the years inscribed on The Wall. The first casualty on Panel 1 East, Line 1 dates from 1959. However, the name of a servicemember who died in 1957 was added after The Wall was dedicated.)

How were the names obtained? The Department of Defense compiled a list of combat zone casualties according to Presidential Executive Order #11216, handed down by President Lyndon B. Johnson on April 24, 1965. It specified Vietnam, and adjacent coastal waters, as a combat zone. This zone was expanded to include Laos, Cambodia and air force bases in Thailand. How are the names arranged? The names are in chronological order, according to the date of casualty (which is not necessarily the date of death, but rather the date from the point of injury which led to the death). As prescribed by Maya Lin, The Wall’s designer, this arrangement allows those servicemembers who died together to forever be linked. How can you find a name, if the listing on The Wall is not alphabetical? You must refer to a database, which gives the names in alphabetical order and includes the position on the Memorial. This can be in the form of a book, “The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Directory of Names” or one of various databases. The directory can be purchased by calling (202) 347-2054. You also may search the Memorial Fund’s online database. Which is the East Wall, and which is the West Wall? The wall reaching to the right as you look at the memorial’s names is the East Wall; the wall to the left is the West Wall. In Washington, D.C., the Memorial is positioned so that the East Wall reaches directly towards the Washington Monument, and the West Wall to the Lincoln Memorial.

How can I find a name on the Memorial? Refer to the Directory of Names. The last entry of each line gives the position of the name on The Wall. For example, to find Panel 17 East, Line 22: go to the middle of the Memorial, Panel 1 East. Continue walking to the right for 17 panels. (Every panel has the panel number listed at the bottom.) Go to the top of Panel 17 East. (On every other panel, there are dots to the right of the names, for Eastern Panels, and to the left for Western Panels, indicating every tenth line.) Go down two dots, indicating 20 lines, and then count down two more lines. You will now be able to find the name from Panel 17 East, Line 22.

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starts and ends at the vertex, or middle, of the Memorial. Beginning with the year 1959 inscribed at the top of the panel on Panel 1 East (1E), the listing goes out to the right, to the end of the East Wall, Panel 70 East (70E). It resumes at the end of the West Wall, Panel 70 West (70W), and continues to the right, to Panel 1 West (1W), with 1975 inscribed at the very bottom. Designer Maya Lin wanted the names to be arranged in an almost circular manner, having the first names reaching out and combing back to touch the last names of those killed.

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Vietnam Veterans to receive commendations cussions and brainstorming. Warren Parker, one of the leaders of The Wall That Heals Committee, played an integral part in designing the medals and as a Vietnam Veteran, knew the importance of producing something that would show the pride and appreciation the veterans deserve. “I began by sketching out some ideas,” Parker said. “A group of us, after many hours of discussion, presented the idea to Larry Randall, an artist with the Blue Springs Public Art Commission who developed the medal design. We produced 2,000 of

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Vietnam veterans visiting The Wall That Heals will receive a medal, lapel pin or patch in honor of their time, sacrifice and service during the Vietnam War. No paperwork is required in order to receive a medal, although veterans will need to register with an attendant at the Veterans Registration Tent. If the veteran served time in a region in which active military operations were in progress, he or she will have a choice of the medal, lapel pin or patch. All other veterans may choose between a lapel pin or patch. All veterans who register will receive a Certification of Appreciation. Designing the commendations for The Wall That Heals event in Blue Springs began with many dis-

each to offer to veterans.” The edging of the medals have 58 hash marks to represent the 58,000 fallen heroes whose names have been etched into The Wall. The symbols for the military branches and POW/MIAs are also displayed along with blocks of Vietnam colors. “The medals say ‘From a Grateful Nation,’ Parker said, “because even though they are receiving them in Blue Springs, the entire nation is grateful and proud of them.” Four words many of them did not hear when returning from the war, headline the medal – Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans. Parker recently made a trip to the VA Hospital in Kansas City to be sure that those veterans who could not attend would receive their medal. “We would be honored to give a medal to our area Vietnam veterans,” Parker said.

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l POET OF PATRIOTISM Jerry Plantz

Journalist heightens awareness and patriotism with words By Sandy Turner The Examiner

On the third day after the attacks of September 11, Jerry Plantz like so many other Americans, began to feel the tug to be more patriotic. As a veteran of the Army, Plantz knew too well what this attack on American soil would bring. Soon after he would become known as the “Poet of Patriotism.” Having had a career in the media, as a journalist and executive news producer at KMBC-TV9 he began his own business in public relations and marketing. Plantz had never considered being a poet, although while holding the flag, he was inspired to write “I Held The Flag Today” which he recited 10 days later at the first candlelight ceremony of United Flight 93. Nine years later Plantz has published two books containing stories and poems about our country and has spoken at patriotic and community events across the country. His words of patriotism have touched thousands of people across the globe as it resonates the common thread of Americans -

“United We Stand.” “’’I Held the Flag Today” was one of the most published and publicized poems in the country in 2001 and 2002,” Plantz said. “The words come from the heart and I’m touched that I have been able to share my inspirations with Jerry Plantz so many others.” Author of: The Lee’s Summit “The Moving Epitaph” resident began his “I Held The Flag Today” connection to the “I Watched Them Go” military even before his time serving in the Army. He worked his way through college at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania by working at a nearby VA hospital. “When my classes were at night I was a nurses’ aide during the day, when they were during the day, I would be a janitor at night,” Plantz said. “The nursing staff

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buyer, video producer, copy writer, political consultant, public speaker and personal manager as well as being the co-founder of the local chapter of The Leukemia Society of America, Inc. He has recited many of his poems at history making events such as the rededication of the World War I Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, military homecomings, troop rallies as well as for elementary schools, civic organizations and city ceremonies. One of his poems “I Watched Them Go” has been converted into a song and performed to a standing ovation at Pittsburgh State University. The poem “The Moving Epitaph” will be highlighted on local country music station KFKF with Dale Carter the days preceding The Wall That Heals event. His passion is to help people, whether with inspirational poems and stories or public speaking. Plantz is available to speak at events about patriotism in America and can be contacted by calling 816-246-4058. He is also available for public relations consulting.

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l DONUT DOLLIES

Red Cross volunteers bring smiles and sunshine to Vietnam By Sandy Turner The Examiner Information from www.vietnam.ttu.edu

Portraying another role women played during the Vietnam War, Blue Springs high school students, dressed in Donut Dollie uniforms made at school, will be passing out 240 dozen donuts during The Wall That Heals event. In 1966 the American Red Cross, in an effort to provide recreational services to the servicemen who were posted too far from the USO (United Service Organization) during the Vietnam War began recruiting female college graduates between the ages of 21 and 26 to participate in “Clubmobiles.” Clubmobiles were game-show-like entertainment programs the women would create on base and then travel in jeeps and helicopters to troop campsites. Donut Dollies would also bring along candy, cards, books, mirrors and other items to distribute to the soldiers. Red Cross recreation centers would also be set up in more permanent locations

where they would serve coffee and Kool Aid and offer activities such as games, reading libraries and entertainment. Patrick Curry, Vietnam Veteran is quoted on Texas Tech University’s Vietnam Center and Archive as saying: “The Donut Dollies, God bless them, used to go out in the jungle in a helicopter and talk to the guys and all that. They played these games and the games weren’t the point, everybody knew that, the point was the soldiers got to talk to a woman and all and see somebody who didn’t smell like bug juice.” The women could choose to go to Korea or Vietnam and participated in a two-week training course in Washington, D.C. before going overseas for a full year. Donut Dollies also visited the hospitals and would hand out activity books they had made themselves containing puzzles, riddles, cartoons and jokes The days and hours were long for these young women but they brought a ray of sunshine to the troops with their smiles and activi-

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ties. In November of 1993 a number of Donut Dollies participated in the dedication of the Women’s Memorial at the Wall. A poem, written on the back of their powder blue T-Shirts says it all:

A touch of home in a combat zone A smiling face at a bleak firebase The illusion of calm in VIETNAM

Remarks spoken at The Wall paid tribute to women who served in Vietnam War Remarks at the Wall on Behalf of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Project Divider - Kathryn Wrolstad Ling, American Red Cross, SMH, RVN, 1967-68, November 11, 1996 It is a great honor to be here today and to speak on behalf of the 265,000 women who served during the Vietnam War Era. While I represent all the women who’s service is recognized by the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, today I will focus briefly on the area of service in which I was enrolled: The American Red Cross. Official records indicate that a total of 1,120 women served with the Red Cross in Vietnam during that 11 year period. Of that number, 627 were young women who were part of the organization’s Supplemental Recreation Activities Overseas (SRAO) program, fondly known as Donut Dollies. The other women, such as myself, served in the Service to Military Hospitals (SMH) and the Service to Military Installations (SMI) programs. (Source: Celebration of Patriotism and Courage) Four American Red Cross women died in Vietnam: Hanna Crews(1969), Virginia Kirsch (1970), Lucinda Richter (1971) and former Red Cross worker, Sharon Weslesy(1975Operation Babylift). Their names are a permanent part of the Memorial Garden at the American Red Cross National Headquarters located at 17th and D here in Washington. I

encourage you to visit there. Most of the women who served in Vietnam did so as volunteers, both military and civilian. We volunteered to go into that Field of War, with all the naiveté, confidence and enthusiasm that goes with youth. We didn’t think of ourselves as kids, after all most of us had finished our degrees. The very men we dealt with, whether as patients or as combat soldiers, were usually younger than us. Twelve months latter we left that combat field forever older, forever altered. But we have gone on and this Field in which we gather today has been an important part of our life’s journey. For me this Field, anchored by the Wall, with boundaries defined by the statue of 3 young soldiers eternally on point and by the women’s statue so poignantly capturing the compassion and caring of the women who served: these artists landmarks define a very special place. It is my hope that this Field will be remembered, not as a Field of Combat but as a Healing Field. A Field where people who have experienced the realities of combat can still find and share compassion. Where scars of war are healed: healed through the love, concern and generosity of spirit that we have shown one another. A Field where strangers, sharing only an experience can comfort one another. A Field where we learn to care and to share those dark and dangerous thoughts. A place were tears don’t reach the

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ground but are caught on the shoulder of a friend. May the camaraderie, the comfort and compassion we share with one another be so strong that it permeates this very air, so that visitors to this Field will know that something very special happens here. A Field that has witnessed the compassion of combat altered people is a Field rich in love, rich in memories, and rich in healing. Let this Field be remembered for those who died in Vietnam, but also for those who served in Vietnam and lived, for those who served throughout the world in this cause as well as those who waited at home for returning warriors, people forever changed. Individuals who continued the healing journey, the journey to peace long after the war was declared ended. The legacy of those who lived will be that the War didn’t conquer them, but that they conquered the War. This Field, sanctified with the blood of 58,000 dead, and sustained by the spirit of those who were touched by the War and conquered it, this Field is too a monument. Long after we are gone people will come to this Field and know that the power of the human spirit was at force here and can be found here and shared here and joined her. This Field of Healing. For the women who died there, for the women who served there, it too is our field and I for one, proudly claim it.

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l Veterans affairs MEDICAL CENTER

VA Hospital staff available at Wall to answer questions, enroll veterans By Sandy Turner The Examiner

Whatever the reason, obstacle or doubt veterans may have about enrolling for benefits they are due, the staff at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center will be on hand during The Wall That Heals to answer questions, enroll or to just listen. Shari Grewe, representative for the VISN 15 of the Department of Veteran Affairs, hopes veterans will take the opportunity to visit the The Wall That Heals. “This exhibit gives us a chance to get veterans enrolled in the VA system so they can receive the benefits they are due. Our booth will have information on those benefits as well as provide free screenings for blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure,” Grewe said. “At least we hope they will come by so we can answer questions, address their doubts or help them in any way we can. It’s our way of saying Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans and thanking them for their service to our country.” The VA booth will provide veterans and their families with information on claims for housing and services as well as counselors who have extensive knowledge dealing with Posttraumatic stress disorders (PTSD). Grewe, having worked at the VA for 32 years and married to a Vietnam veteran, understands the trust factor that is involved with veterans, especially those from the Vietnam War. “It’s very difficult for them to step up and ask for help,” she said. “But they have to know they earned these benefits and we want to help in any way we can. We respect them as individuals, their rights and their privacy.” Symptoms of PTSD can not only be terrifying but may disrupt the lives of those who suffer from reliving horrific events and sights they have witnessed. Four types of PTSD which are common with veterans of war include: reliving the event (flashbacks), avoiding situations that remind them of the event, feeling numb and not being able to express feelings and constantly feeling jittery and anxious. “You can get better from the symptoms of PTSD,” Grewe said. “But sometimes it takes getting help from professionals.” There will be representatives from the

VA at The Wall That Heals from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. every day as well as a staff member who will be at the booth throughout each night. Information can also be obtained by calling 1-816-922-2122 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Veterans Crisis Intervention Hotline number is: 1-888-899-9377. Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255.

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l WALL THAT HEALS COMPONENTS From the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund website: www. vvmf.org

are joined at the center.

The Wall That Heals exhibition has three main components. All of the components are lit at night for 24-hour visitation.

The Traveling Museum When emptied, the 53-foot trailer that carries The Wall That Heals exhibition from town-to-town becomes a mobile museum. The exterior sides of the trailer open to reveal information cases displaying photos of servicemembers whose names are found on The Wall and letters left at the Memorial as remembrances. The information cases also feature memorabilia, which tells the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the era surrounding the conflict, as well as computers to help locate names on The Wall. The Museum also includes a map of Vietnam and a chronological overview of the conflict in Vietnam. The Museum helps many visitors, particularly students, to put American experiences in Vietnam in a historical and cultural context. The Information Center A 20’ x 20’ white canvas tent is attached to the trailer and serves as an Information Center where visitors can find names, either in a Directory of Names or by asking one of the volunteers working the computers. A variety of other useful materials, such as a book about MIAs, is also available to assist visitors in their search. Entries in the printed directory are in alphabetical order, making it easy to locate a specific name. Each entry is followed by a Panel and Line # to show where the name can be found on The Wall (example: 5E / 62 – Panel 5 East/Line 62).

The Wall Replica The Wall That Heals exhibition features a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. It is approximately 250 feet in length, and like the original Memorial is erected in a chevron-shape. The replica is complete with the 58,249 names of those killed or missing in action from the conflict. When new names are added to the Memorial in Washington, D.C., The Wall That Heals is updated as soon as possible. The replica is constructed of powder-coated aluminum, supported by an aluminum frame, and is made up of 24 individual panels, each containing six columns of names. The panels join together to form a nearly 250 feet wide structure. The names on The Wall That Heals replicate the names on The Wall in Washington, D.C. As on The Wall, the names are listed alphabetically by day of casualty. Beginning at the center/apex, the names start on the East Wall (right-hand side) working their way out to the end of that wing, picking up again at the far end of the West Wall (left-hand side) and working their way back in to the center/apex. Thus, the beginning and ending of the conflict

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l OPERATION SEARCH AND REMEMBER

High school students and Vietnam veterans mend generation gap By Sandy Turner The Examiner

The Vietnam War, for this generation, is often no more than a lesson in the history books. Tracy Konda, a social studies teacher from Mission Valley School District is teaching his students a lesson that can’t be found on the pages of a book. The school project: Operation Search and Remember, in connection with The Wall That Heals event in Blue Springs, has connected Vietnam veterans with students and Konda is pleased with the results. “We have 32 students who have gone out into the community and found a Vietnam veteran who would share their story with them through an interviewing process,” Konda said of the school district, which encompasses the towns of Dover, Eskridge and Harveyville, 30 miles southwest of Topeka. The veterans and students will travel by bus to The Wall That Heals, stopping by McDonalds on Woods Chapel in Blue Springs for lunch. “Through fundraising in the community we will provide lunch for the veterans and their student friends. The Vietnam Veterans of America Post #604 of Topeka helped us tremendously with donations as well as connecting us with several veterans. Being able to share the emotions of visiting The Wall will be a time to remember for students and

their veteran friends.” Veterans have also visited the social studies class, sharing information and stories as the students learn about the Vietnam War, first-hand. McDonalds on Woods Chapel, owned by Art Phillips is a gold level donor in bringing the wall to Blue Springs and are excited and anxious to host the group from Kansas. “To be able to witness history in the making between one generation to the next will be our privilege,” Deborah Jones from McCAMM Management, Co said. Through the Search and Remember project, students will write a short essay about their veteran from the interviewing process. “Our goal is to have a book put together with the veterans photos and their stories to be presented to them on Veteran’s Day,” Konda said.

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l I WATCHED THEM GO I WATCHED THEM GO By Jerry Plantz

This poem was transposed to a choral arrangement by conductor Brian Hargrave and performed in concert by the Pittsburg State University Chorale, October 29, 2004 in Pittsburg, Kansas. It received a standing ovation.

I watched with sorrow I watched with woe I bit my lip As I watched them go. Yesterday they answered the role Of various occupations Now they’re on a list To join with other nations. There they are, there am I Anxieties build and mount Fearing to let go Making every second count. I am here to wish them well I know nary a one Yet I know all of them Mother, father, daughter son.

It wasn’t long ago With tears in our eyes We stood on these docks Gasping with sighs.

No one moves as the vessel sails On that sea of reality Carrying that precious cargo Into a storm of finality.

I held my husband’s hand I gazed into his heart I felt our wedding vows Until death do us part.

Where is history taking them? Who among them shall return? What will we have garnered? What will we have learned?

I pray the sorrows of tomorrow May never surpass The pains of the present And the burdens of the past.

Those questions reverberate From one generation to another I lost my dearest husband And I will love no other.

And from the ship that call The call to assemble I know it all too well As tender hearts tremble.

We, they, you bear a sacrifice In our own patriotic way. Yet saying good bye, perhaps forever Are the saddest words we’ll say.

Every depth of sorrow Lingers as they tearfully disband Even the smallest infant Senses a trembling hand.

I watched with sorrow I watched with woe I bit my lip As I watched them go

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IF I SHOULD COME HOME TO DOVERl IF I SHOULD COME HOME TO DOVER By Jerry Plantz

If I should come home to Dover amid the military pomp, and long before I become a minute footnote in time, I want my country to know that: I believed in all those patriotic mottos, songs and slogans. I voluntarily raised my hand to join comrades-in-arms. I trained with apprehension knowing that someday role-playing would revolve into reality. I savored every strain and hardship that I endured with my new fraternity of friends. Those friends came from a myriad of great American cities and counties. My comrades validated my life. They were part of my family. They knew of my blood family. They shared all of my memories and letters from home. They joined with my brother who is weaving his way through life in an All-American high school in an All-American city. They felt my sister’s joy in her anticipation of impending married life. They understood my dad’s tears of pride from his military days, and of his generation. They smiled and cried with my mom, who, as all moms silently do, bite their lips, pray and ask-why? If I should come home to Dover, I want my country to know that I am at peace with my God. I loved my country. Even its imperfections among all its blessed greatness. I had no regrets. I know “What ifs” are not relevant. I sacrificed without reservation. My family will grieve for me and my country will mourn. They will ply us with ribbons, medals, and soothing words of valor, and we will proudly receive them, from the greatest tribute, to a loved one’s tears, to a simple “Thank you!” Our souls nod in humble acceptance. I am coming home to Dover with others along side of me. Our silent request beneath these flags and flowers is for you to celebrate - living, and that precious gift of freedom.

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l SYMBOLS ON THE WALL

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Each name is preceded (on the West Wall) or followed (on the East Wall) by a symbol designating status. The diamond symbol denotes that the servicemember’s death was confirmed. Those whose names are designated by the cross symbol were in missing or prisoner status at the end of the war and remain missing and unaccounted for. In the event a serviceman’s remains are returned or he is otherwise accounted for, the diamond sym-

bol is superimposed over the cross. If a man returns alive, a circle, as a symbol of life, will be inscribed around the cross. No such cases have occurred though some men have been found to be alive with their names on The Wall due to clerical errors. To put a circle around their names would not give a correct historical context to the symbols. These names are and have been removed from periodic revisions of the printed Directory of Names.

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l VIETNAM WAR STATISTICS Courtesy of the VFW Magazine and the Public Information Office, HQ CP Forward Observer -1st Recon April 12, 1997 RACE AND ETHNIC BACKGROUND... •88.4% of the men who actually served in Vietnam were Caucasian; 10.6% (275,000) were black; 1% belonged to other races. •86.3% of the men who died in Vietnam were Caucasian (includes Hispanics); 12.5% (7,241) were black; 1.2% belonged to other races. •170,000 Hispanics served in Vietnam; 3,070 (5.2% of total) died there. •70% of enlisted men killed were of North-west European descent. •86.8% of the men who were killed as a result of hostile action were Caucasian; 12.1% (5,711) were black; 1.1% belonged to other races. •14.6% (1,530) of non-combat deaths were among blacks. •34% of blacks who enlisted volunteered for the combat arms. •Overall, blacks suffered 12.5% of the deaths in Vietnam at a time when the percentage of blacks of military age was 13.5% of the total population. •Religion of Dead: Protestant -- 64.4%; Catholic -- 28.9%; other/none -- 6.7%

•Thee-fourths had family incomes above the poverty level; 50% were from middle income backgrounds. •Some 23% of Vietnam vets had fathers with professional, managerial or technical occupations. •79% of the men who served in Vietnam had a high school education or better when they entered the military service. (63% of Korean War vets and only 45% of WWII vets had completed high school upon separation.) •Deaths by region per 100,000 of pupulation: South -31%, West -- 29.9%; Midwest -- 28.4%; Northeast -- 23.5%. WINNING & LOSING... •82% of veterans who saw heavy combat strongly believe the war was lost because of lack of political will. •Nearly 75% of the public agrees it was a failure of political will, not of arms.

SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS... •76% of the men sent to Vietnam were from lower middle/working class backgrounds.

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HONORABLE SERVICE... •97% of Vietnam-era veterans were honorably discharged. •91% of actual Vietnam War veterans and 90% of those who saw heavy combat are proud to have served their country. •66% of Vietnam vets say they would serve again if called upon. •87% of the public now holds Vietnam veterans in high esteem

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A group of nine combat veterans including Kathy Lee, VFW Assistant Department Service Officer, have re-initiated a Veterans Focus Liaison Committee to assist in addressing veteran’s issues and aid in problem solving. Their mission is to attain goals and benefits acceptable to both the VA Medical Center staff and patients through an atmosphere of trust and understanding. The committees’ goal is to take an active role in the resolution of conflicts, in a manner acceptable to all concerned. Working closely with the staff at the VA, the committee appreciates the cooperation they have received from them through a spirit of team work, understanding and compromise. The initial objectives for the committee include: •Adequate space for P.C.T. programs •More staff; clinicians, psychiatric physicians, social workers, nurses, psychologists, etc. •Minority concerns; women veterans and others •Travel pay disparity; fair and equal compensation •To create a comfort zone for returning veterans •Better communication between veterans and V.A.M.C. staff •To resolve any and all conflicts between veterans and the staff at V.A.M.C. The committee welcomes feedback from veterans by sending the adjacent form by mail to: Veterans Focus Liason Committee 3027 Walnut Kansas City, MO 64108 or call 816-561-8387

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“We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we may always be free.”

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FAMOUS QUOTES ON THE VIETNAM WAR l “Should I become President... I will not risk American lives... by permitting any other nation to drag us into the wrong war at the wrong place at the wrong time through an unwise commitment that is unwise militarily, unnecessary to our security and unsupported by our allies” -John F. Kennedy, speech, New York Times, October 13, 1960. “Now we have a problem in making our power credible, and Vietnam is the place.” --John F. Kennedy, 1961 “This is not a jungle war, but a struggle for freedom on every front of human activity.” --Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964 “We are at war with the most dangerous enemy that has ever faced mankind in his long climb from the swamp to the stars, and it has been said if we lose that war, and in so doing lose this way of freedom of ours, history will record with the greatest astonishment that those who had the most to lose did the least to prevent its happening.” --Ronald Reagan, 1964

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“We should declare war on North Vietnam. . . .We could pave the whole country and put parking strips on it, and still be home by Christmas.” --Ronald Reagan, 1965 “I see light at the end of the tunnel.” --Walt W. Rostow, National Security Adviser, Dec. 1967 “The war against Vietnam is only the ghastliest manifestation of what I’d call imperial provincialism, which afflicts America’s whole culture--aware only of its own history, insensible to everything which isn’t part of the local atmosphere.” --Stephen Vizinczey, 1968 “Let us understand: North Vietnam cannot defeat or humiliate the United States. Only Americans can do that.” --Richard M. Nixon, 1969 “I’m not going to be the first American president to lose a war.” --Richard Nixon, Oct. 1969

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“Television brought the brutality of war into the comfort of the living room. Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America — not on the battlefields of Vietnam.” --Marshall McLuhan, 1975 “Today, America can regain the sense of pride that existed before Vietnam. These events, tragic as they are, portend neither the end of the world nor of America’s leadership in the world.” --Gerald Ford, April 1975 “Vietnam was what we had instead of happy childhoods.” --Michael Herr, 1977 “Above all, Vietnam was a war that asked everything of a few and nothing of most in America.” --Myra MacPherson, 1984 “No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now.” --Richard M. Nixon, 1985

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l WHERE TO EAT, SLEEP, SHOP AND PLAY IN BLUE SPRINGS Restaurants E3 E4 E5 E2 E4 E3 E3 E3 F3 F3 E4 E3 E4 E2 E4 E3 E3 E2 E3 E4 E4 E5

Applebee’s 1100 N 7 Hwy 816-228-4338 Arby’s 730 SW 7 Hwy 816-224-3537 The Asian Tiger 1605 SW 7 Hwy 816-228-8009 Backyard Burgers 1900 N 7 Hwy 816-220-2808 Betty’s Family Dining 1428 W 40 Hwy 816-229-2260 The Big Biscuit 530 NW 7 Hwy 816-229-3108 Bob Evans Restaurant 1117 NW 7 Hwy 816-220-0448 Bua Thai 734 NW 7 Hwy 816-229-3292 Burger King 1001 NE Coronado Dr. 816-220-9050 Chipotle Mexican Grill 1115 NE Coronado Dr. 816-229-2690 China Town Cafe 456 W 40 Hwy 816-228-2688 Clancy’s Cafe & Pub 800 S Outer Rd. 816-229-2233 Culver’s 1301 SW 7 Hwy 816-220-8700 Custard’s Last Stand 1950 N 7 Hwy 816-220-1957 Dairy Queen 1900 SW 7 Hwy 816-228-8182 Denny’s 1105 NW 7 Hwy 816-224-5100 Domino’s Pizza 736 NW 7 Hwy 816-228-2700 Dos Amigos Mexican 1214 NW 7 Hwy 816-220-9500 Einstein Bros. 210 N 7 Hwy 816-224-9797 Fazoli’s Restaurant 810 W 40 Hwy 816-220-1680 54th Street Grill and Bar 1307 SW 7 Hwy 816-229-4402 Golden Corral 1203 SW 7 Hwy 816-228-2084

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Jimmy John’s 706 NW 7 Hwy 816-229-3500 Kentucky Fried Chicken 1236 NW Woods Chapel 816-229-1105 Lamar Donuts 722 N 7 Hwy 816-220-8900 Legend of Asia 1853 S 7 Hwy 816-220-9833 Long John Silver’s 806 NW 7 Hwy 816-229-1921 McDonald’s 814 N 7 Hwy 816-229-5554 McDonald’s 1515 NW Woods Chapel 816-224-0070 McDonald’s 3116 SW 7 Hwy 816-220-2999 McDonald’s 920 W 40 Hwy 816-228-5526 Memories Tea & Cafe 1105A Main St. 816-229-3311 Minsky’s Pizza 2201 N 7 Hwy 816-224-1001 Mr. Goodcents Subs & Pasta 1330 N 7 Hwy 816-229-1100 Mr. Goodcents Subs & Pasta 1618 S 7 Hwy 816-224-5225 Olive Garden 801 NE Coronado Dr. 816-224-3093 Panda Express 535 NE Coronado Dr. 816-228-3633 Panera Bread 605 NE Coronado Dr. 816-220-3034 Papa John’s Pizza 1404 W 40 Hwy 816-229-7272 Papa Murphy’s Pizza 2416 S 7 Hwy 816-220-7900 Pizza Hut 1912 N Woods Chapel Rd. 816-228-1840 Pizza Hut 600 NW Mock Ave. 816-224-2174 Pizza Shoppe 1402 NW 7 Hwy 816-220-8848 Pizza Street 2003 N 7 Hwy 816-224-4601

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Planet Sub 495 NE Coronado Dr. 816-224-8111 Rancho Grande Cantina 501 NW Jefferson St. 816-228-5550 Real Jalisco Fine Mexican 1414 NW 7 Hwy 816-229-8200 Sidepockets 1237 SW 7 Hwy 816-224-5454 Sonic Drive-In 2323 NW 7 Hwy 816-224-2212 Sonic Drive-In 515 Coronado Dr. 816-228-0744 Sonic Drive-In 1048 SW 7 Hwy 816-228-6544 Subway 1240 NE Woods Chapel 816-228-2255 Subway 702 NW 7 Hwy 816-228-7007 Subway 2910 SW 7 Hwy 816-220-8885 Subway 525 NE Coronado Dr. 816-228-4488 Taco Bell 934 SW 7 Hwy 816-229-8663 Taco Bell 525 NE Coronado Dr. 816-220-1521 Taco John’s 8110 NW Woods Chapel 816-229-7531 Texas Roadhouse 455 NE Coronado Dr. 816-220-7427 Trouser Mouse Bar & Grill 625 NW Mock Ave. 816-220-1222 Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburger’s 3111 SW 7 Hwy 816-224-4082 Wingstop 481 NE Coronado Dr. 816-224-9464 Winstead’s 905 NW 7 Hwy 816-228-6644 Zarda Bar-B-Q 214 NW 7 Hwy 816-229-9999 Baumgardner Park 2401 NW Ashton Dr. Pink Hill Park 2715 NW Park Dr.

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Rotary Park 600 NW Vesper James Walker School Park 214 SE Walnut St. Wilber Young Park 1200 SE Taylor Rd. Keystone Park 2214 SE Keystone Rd. Franklin Smith SchL Park 1609 SW Clark Rd. Blue Springs Park 2204 SW South Ave. Ward Park 1000 SW 22nd St. Woods Chapel Park 401 NW 39th St. Burrus Old Mill Park 112 NW Woods Chapel Hidden Valley Sports Complex 6500 NW Valley View Rd. Burr Oak Woods Nature Center 1401 Park Rd. Fleming Park/ Lake Jacomo Centennial Pool-Plex 2401 Ashton Dr. Vesper Hall Community Center 400 NW Vesper St. Mary’s Hospital Exercise Trail 201 W R.D. Mize Rd. Gregory O. Grounds Park 2100 NEW Duncan Rd.

Medical Centers E3 B1 E2 F4

St. Mary’s Medical Center 201 NW R.D. Mize Rd. 816-228-5900 Centerpointe Medical Center 19600 E 39th St 816-698-7000 Walgreens Walkin Clinic 1701 SW 7 Hwy 816-220-3620 CVS Walkin Clinic 1616 NW 7 Hwy 816-228-6848

Lodging C2 F3 E3 C2 E3

America’s Inn I-70 & NW Woods Chapel 816-228-1080 Courtyard by Marriott 1500 NE Coronado Dr. 816-228-8100 Hampton Inn 900 NW S Outer Rd. 816-220-3844 Interstate Inn I-70 & NW Woods Chapel 816-229-6311 Knights Inn 1110 NW 7 Hwy 816-224-4466

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LaQuinta 3402 NW Jefferson 816-988-9980 Motel 6 901 NW Jefferson 816-228-9133 Ramada Limited I-70 & 7 Hwy 816-229-6363 Sleep Inn 451 NW Jefferson 816-224-1199

Florists E3 E4 E4 D3 E3 E3 E4 E4

Blandford Shontrice 217 NW Zaun Ave. 816-228-1155 Blue Springs Fresh Flower Florist 110 SW Missouri 7 816-220-7981 Flowerama 725 SW 7 Hwy 816-220-7673 Flower Shop: International 1112 Main St. 913-422-5589 Roses & Such 1201B W Main St. 816-224-0124 Village Gardens 650 NW Mock Ave. 816-228-9500 Vintage Daisy 1412 US 40 Hwy 816-847-1001 Vivians Flowers & More 103 SW 7 Hwy 816-224-4480

Grocery Stores E4 E2 E4

HyVee Food & Drug Store 601 W 40 Hwy 816-224-4288 Price Chopper North 1305 N 7 Hwy 816-224-6777 Price Chopper South 1100 S 7 Hwy 816-229-7011

Laundry & Dry Cleaning Services E4 E3 E2

Forty & Seven Laundry & Dry Cleaning 715 SW 40 Hwy 816-228-7952 Foster’s Cleaners 709 NW Vesper 816-228-1977 Ross Miller Dry Cleaning 1208 N 7 Hwy 816-229-6656

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