By Kyle Ringo, For the Express-News Published 7:51 pm, Sunday, May 27, 2018 Dozens of cities and towns across America have raised monuments and memorials paying tribute to the veterans of the Vietnam War, but few can match the honesty, hope and heartbreak depicted in a huge bronze sculpture in the heart of San Antonio at Veterans Memorial Plaza. It has been more than 30 years since the idea for a local memorial for Vietnam veterans first occurred to John Baines, a veteran of America’s unpopular war. Baines served in the Navy and was in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969 as a member of the Seabees, the construction wing of the Navy. He attended the dedication of the national Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., in 1982, when he first had the idea to build a memorial in San Antonio. “It had a profound impression on me,” Baines said of his reaction to the national memorial. “I thought, ‘We have finally been welcomed home.’” By … [Read more...] about San Antonio’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial built with thousands of small contributions
A 26-year-old man’s attempt to rob a grocery store in Worcester Saturday night after holding a customer hostage at knifepoint was stymied by a clerk who pulled out his gun and shot him three times, authorities say.Worcester police said they found Juan Ahorrio lying on a sidewalk suffering from gunshot wounds after he attempted to rob the No Name grocery store on Vernon Street. Two female customers and the store clerk were inside the store when police arrived, as was a large knife police said they saw on the counter of the store.Police were told Ahorrio entered the store with the knife, went behind one of the female customers and placed his arm that was holding the knife around her neck.The store clerk produced his personal firearm and shot three rounds at the suspect, just after the customer being held at knifepoint fell to the ground, police said.Ahorrio dropped his knife after being shot and ran out of the store, according to police.The store clerk chased after the suspect and … [Read more...] about Dorchester Marine killed in Vietnam War added to memorial
Steven Zeitchik, The Washington Post Published 9:14 am, Sunday, May 27, 2018 Photo: Washington Post Photo By Melina Mara Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Capitol Hill in January 2017. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Capitol Hill in January 2017. Photo: Washington Post Photo By Melina Mara 'We wanted John to see this while he still could': Inside the making of HBO's new McCain documentary 1 / 1 Back to Gallery A few weeks ago John McCain saw his life unfold before his eyes. The Arizona senator was in a hospital room at Phoenix's Mayo Clinic recovering from a serious intestinal procedure when Teddy Kunhardt paid a visit. The 32-year-old Kunhardt had just co-directed "John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls," about McCain's life, and he wanted to show it to the politician. McCain … [Read more...] about ‘We wanted John to see this while he still could’: Inside the making of HBO’s new McCain documentary
After the young American pilot was shot down in enemy territory, a grotesquely twisted ankle was snared by a branch that broke his fall after he parachuted from a crippled F-4 Phantom jet. Dangling upside down in a tree, Air Force captain David Stevenson faded in and out of consciousness to the sound of gunfire, uncertain if he would get out of the Vietnam War alive. “I joined the military thinking I was John Wayne or Jimmy Stewart,” said Stevenson, who enlisted in the Air Force fresh out of college in 1964, hoping to do his movie idols proud. I wanted Stevenson to tell me his war story. So this softspoken man with a long, white beard opened a bottle of Pacifico and settled into a chair of his suburban Denver home. Memorial Day weekend had begun; we raised a toast: Cheers. At 77 years old, Stevenson placed one finger on his glorious beard, evidence he has not been young in a very long time, every whisker a reminder of his great good luck: A young Air Force captain did … [Read more...] about Kiszla: He nearly died in Vietnam War. Nearly 50 years later, the NFL should listen to this military veteran about the national anthem tiff.
By Keith Sharon | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: May 25, 2018 at 7:00 am | UPDATED: May 25, 2018 at 10:44 pm “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” – John 15:13 The judge arrived nervously, sitting alone on a train with no idea what would happen when he walked outside the station. He told them he would be wearing a polo shirt and khaki pants. Would they want to hear his story? All of it? Even the parts that had haunted him for almost 50 years? Would they accept him? Would they resent him for bringing up something so uncomfortable? Or would they embrace him? Would they cry with him? The judge walked out of the train station not knowing how he would recognize the man he was looking for. It was 2013. San Francisco. The judge was 66 years old then, thin, athletic, looking younger than his age. It was a fit appearance that hid the fact that the prostate cancer had come back. He had traveled there … [Read more...] about He watched his friends die in Vietnam. 50 years later, this judge returned to that same spot with their families