John Barker: Flying F-4 Phantoms Over Hanoi

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James Boatwright: Supporting Fellow Marines on the Ground

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.18.7″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.18.7″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.18.7″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.18.7″ header_font=”||||||||” header_2_font=”Open Sans||||||||” header_3_font=”Open Sans||||||||” header_4_font=”Open Sans||||||||”]Vietnam Veterans Series James Boatwright: Supporting Fellow Marines on the Groundby Michel Robertson [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.18.7″][et_pb_column type=”1_2″ _builder_version=”3.18.7″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.18.7″]When asked about his tour in Vietnam, Purvis James Boatwright, Jr. responds with a mixture of enthusiasm and regret. During the […]

Vietnam: Two Eras, Two Kinds of Warfare

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section” _builder_version=”3.18.7″][et_pb_row custom_padding=”26px|0px|26.5156px|0px|false|false” admin_label=”row” _builder_version=”3.0.48″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”][et_pb_column type=”1_2″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” _builder_version=”3.18.7″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”]Andrew “Gunny” Boyko joined the Marines in 1964 and was sent to Vietnam in August 1965. Reflecting on his time, Boyko notes that it was as if he went to two different wars. When he was in […]

USMC Tunnel Rat Urges PTSD Victims to Seek Help

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section” _builder_version=”3.0.47″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.18.7″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.18.7″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.18.7″ header_font=”||||||||” header_2_font=”Open Sans||||||||” header_3_font=”Open Sans||||||||” header_4_font=”Open Sans||||||||”]Vietnam Veterans Series USMC Tunnel Rat Urges PTSD Victims to Seek Help By Michel Robertson [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label=”row” _builder_version=”3.0.48″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”][et_pb_column type=”1_2″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” _builder_version=”3.18.7″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”]USMC Tunnel Rat Urges PTSD Victims to Seek Help Building […]

Honor Flight Offers Special Homecoming to One of Vietnam War’s First Veterans

Vietnam Veteran Series by Michel Robertson Article first appeared in The Transylvania Times on October 22, 2018 On October 6, 2018, I accompanied 92 Vietnam veterans to Washington, DC as a guardian on a Blue Ridge Honor Flight. Among the veterans was David Crandal, of Brevard. The following article chronicles both Crandal’s Vietnam War experience […]

Ervin Bridges: Walking to War

Captain Ervin Bridges spent much of his time in Vietnam struggling through jungles and rice paddies. Bridges remembered lying on the ground during a particularly bloody battle wondering to himself, “What the heck am I doing here? Why did I volunteer?” A native of Raleigh, NC, Bridges celebrated his 21st birthday on February 25, 1966 […]