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    are presented in Vietnamese and English They weave together cultures and generations through the traditional pattern of the journey that is really a circle a coming and then a return with new forever changed eyes The journey includes displacement Only days before a high school teacher now a beggar suddenly the mother realizes this is the first step of her journey and stops crying feelings of nostalgia for the old homeland and the discovery that one has found a new homeland even as echoes of the old war are still heard in a strange and confusing new context Night of gunshots someone shouting someone knocking footsteps hurrying off roaring cars stumbling drunks howling dogs I m lost in the Monkey New Year day like smoky haze The broken somewhat awkward quality of those words reflects the unease and uncertainty of the refugee searching for new words to explain a new world Several poems such as a paean to her ambitious immigrant students at the community college where Le works are earnest but do not rise above the level of banal yearbook verse In fairness to the poet however it is very difficult to translate and capture the beautiful music and word play of Vietnamese poetry which can make the seemingly simplistic or prosaic poetic a fact translator Nancy Arbuthnot acknowledges in her thoughtful and useful introductory essay and captures in her best translations For those who can only read the English that complexity of meaning sometimes can occur only through the reader s awareness of context Song of a Soldier s Wife for example can be seen simply as the traditional lament of the wife of an absent soldier It s raining in the East and wet here too in the West dew or snow always falling Have autumn breezes

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    a U S flag flown over the Capitol in Washington as a tribute to the chapter and the services it provides The chapter presented miniature Vietnam Veterans Memorials to Rep Holden and Sen Arlen Spector R Pa for their support of awarding the Combat Medics Badge to aero medics National Chaplain Philip G Salois received the highest honor of the Knights of Columbus for the Jurisdiction of Massachusetts when he was presented the coveted Lantern Award on Patriots Day April 19 The citation accompanying the award is a long chronicle of the organizations services awards and peer recognition he has received Salois is a board certified expert in traumatic stress and has traveled widely on behalf of better understanding and cooperation among the veterans of the world Father Phil proudly wears the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Silver Star earned during his service as an infantryman with the 199th light Infantry Brigade the Redcatchers in Vietnam Sen Chuck Hagel R Neb the only member of the U S Senate who served in the Vietnam War as an enlisted man hosted a Washington D C presentation of the award winning documentary Be Good Smile Pretty on May 5 A question and answer period with film maker Tracy Droz Tragos and her mother Judith Droz Keyes followed the screening VVA Communications Director Mokie Porter spoke at the showing MEMORIALS William A Ward of Chapter 756 in Long Beach California reports that the city of Seal Beach has completed its Vietnam War Memorial It will be dedicated to the memory and honor of LTJG Paul Eugene Swigart Jr who was killed on February 5 1969 The section of beach known as Eisenhower Park site of a memorial to World War II veterans will be home to the plaque which was presented by Chapter 756 to the city Mike Stetz a reporter for the San Diego Union Tribune is researching an article on how the war affects small towns While he and a photographer traveled through the San Joaquin Valley of California Stetz interviewed the Lau family of Livingston near Merced Chapter 691 While in Merced Stetz interviewed chapter members Ed Mentz Sr the chapter president and Gary Frago The interview focused on plans by the chapter to commemorate PFC Karina S Lau on Memorial Day 2004 Lau 20 of Livingston was onboard a CH 47 Chinook helicopter when it went down in Al Fallujah in Iraq She was assigned to the 16th Signal Battalion and died on November 2 2003 The chapter has done extensive research and has found that the Merced County Veterans Memorial has a Vietnam War Memorial element unveiled on Oct 25 1976 commemorating another Livingston resident 1LT Peter J Gallo MEMORIAL ATTACKED The graceful cable stayed bridge between Pasco and Kennewick Washington is home to the Vietnam War Memorial featuring U S and POW MIA flags Police say someone intentionally aimed a vehicle at the granite marker behind a metal fence and meant to do damage to the memorial

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    known public spokesman Herrling contacted Walter Cronkite and then David Brinkley neither of whom could take on the job because of previous commitments Herrling then wrote to Tom Hanks asking if he would be interested In 1997 Steven Spielberg had written to Herrling s commission asking permission to film in the Normandy American Cemetery while working on the movie Saving Private Ryan Hanks wrote back and enthusiastically acceded to Herrling s request The fundraising effort then went into high gear Herrling said the serendipitous confluence of a book Tom Brokaw s The Greatest Generation and a movie Saving Private Ryan brought World War II to a new generation The book and movie played a big role he said Saving Private Ryan focused a new generation on World War II Then Tom Brokaw s book came out and all of a sudden children and grandchildren of veterans started asking the older generation about the war There was a whole lot of interest in the subject and the fundraising really started to roll The memorial honors the 16 million American men and women who served during World War II the more than 400 000 who died the hundreds of thousands who were wounded and the millions who supported the war effort at home When World War II ended it was the most horrific war in human history Herrling said When the men and women in the armed forces came home they were very much appreciated by the American public These guys came back had their parties and celebrations and decided it was time to get on with their lives There was no great emphasis or need to build a World War II memorial then It never got a lot of attention because of that The eleven years of hearings held on the

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    Traditions Military Videos Truman Publishing Veterans Commemorative Veterans Viet Nam Restoration Project Wild Card To receive information about advertising in the VVA Veteran contact J S Publications Inc 8220 Hilton Road Gaithersburg Maryland 20882 3530 301 482 0720 Fax 301 482 0726 E Mail cathy john jspublications com E mail us at TheVeteran vva org Home Membership Publications Events Government Relations Contact Us Press Releases Benefits Meetings Special Events Collectibles

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    is serving in Afghanistan in Information Management at the 325th Field Hospital His mother former VVA national secretary and founder of the VVA Iowa State Council Mary Ellen White served at the 24th Evac Hospital in Long Binh from 1967 68 She is pictured with her former husband Robert M Fiscus Visit The VVA Veteran archives to locate back issues E mail us at TheVeteran vva org Home Membership Publications

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    St Taylor MI 48180 313 295 7048 Looking for George Ernest who served with 34th Camron A1E Skyraiders Bien Hoa Air Base May 1964 65 Contact Ken Hardin Sr 3416 Hunsinger Ln Louisville KY 40220 KHA1979420 aol com Looking for L Cpl Robert Montgomer y who served with F2 1 1st Mar 1967 and Foxtrot Co 3rd Plt Contact Lee Carmeli Jackson 50 Cherry Pl Hillsdale NJ 07642 201 666 0878 Looking for anyone who served with me in the 5th Inf Div in peace or war time Contact Dennis Knight 2916 N Happy Valley Ct Atwater CA 95301 209 357 4230 Looking for anyone who served with me in the 175th Assault Helicopter Co 1st Aviation Bn January 1969 70 Vinh Long I was an Army door gunner Contact Eddie Gene McGuire P O Box 302 Midway GA 31320 912 884 5863 Searching for USAF flightline troops stationed at Udorn RTAFB 7th Accs 1968 69 especially ground crews on C13OE Talking Birds for possible reunion Contact Peter D Brancato 124 Hansen Terr Collingdale PA 19023 610 532 5965 Would like to hear from anyone who served with me in basic training Charlie Co 1st Bn 1st BCT Bde 5th Army Ft Polk June 1972 Graduation was September 1 1972 Especially 1st Lt Richard J Reno Sgt Ray Sam Grimes of Albuquerque Lomita Phillips and Sgt Jones Contact Ronnie Lee Wallace 2459 S Seneca Ave Alliance OH 44601 330 823 7510 2nd Plt Bravo Co 2 39 9th Inf Div Dong Tam 1968 69 Wondering what happened to Randy Pond Utah Paul Dix Oklahoma City Younger Texas Tindall Lt Nielsen and Sgt York Tennessee Does anyone remember platoon hit by mortar or claymore I was wounded and want to remember what happened Contact Tony Polich 5400 Woodland Ave West Des Moines IA 50266 515 225 3383 Gregory Monell where are you You served with 601st Abn Medical Co and Det II Medical Svc Canal Zone Ft Clayton Panama 1962 65 Contact Jack J Green 8744 16th Ave 1 Brooklyn NY 11214 718 259 5829 Trying to locate Warrant Officer Jack Clow who was the personnel officer with 4th Bn 11th Mar Chu Lai 1966 67 Contact Jim Dirmann 100 Wallace Ave Suite 380 Sarasota FL 34237 941 366 7997 JDirm aol com Looking for anyone who served with me in A Co 1 502 LZ Sally especially the brother in the picture Contact James F Hines 5186 Eastern Ave NE Apt 301 Washington DC 20011 202 320 0006 smooth819 yahoo com Looking for all former members of 9th Inf Div to view our new web site and organization at http 9thinfdivsociety org Looking for anyone who served on USS Hermitag e LSD 3 4 on August 9 1967 when she almost sank at Red Beach north of Danang especially Capt Mathews Ensigns BM1 Cherney CS3s Wartluft and Hamilton Corpsmen ENs BMs and UDT SEALs I was ship s photographer and would like to write a heroic book of crew saving

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    856 6842 pinhole doorpi net First Battalion Third Marines Third Marine Division Chapter family reunion September 8 12 Doubletree Hotel Scottsdale Arizona All attached units also invited Contact Dennis Richardson 1315 Van Gogh Cr Orange CA 92867 5240 714 639 8723 19th Combat Engineer Association Vietnam and attached units reunion September 10 11 Roubidoux Park Campground Waynesville Missouri Contact Tom Ebrite 8280 W Nixon Rd Yorktown IN 47396 765 759 7820 s2snoopy comcast net Reunion planned for all former members of 554th Engineer Vietnam era including the Army Ball June 10 13 Ft Leonard Wood Missouri Contact Peter Kreutzfeldt 1797 Sunvale Dr SW Wyoming MI 49509 616 249 0125 sunvale1 sbcglobal net Third Annual Camp Toccoa Reunion and Reenactments for those who served with 506th 501st 511th and 517 Parachute Infantry Regiments Toccoa Georgia October 7 10 Contact 706 282 0507 buckyandstephanie alltel net Class 6N 71 is hosting a reunion for all graduates of the Defense Language Institute Southwest Vietnamese language classes Denver September 17 19 Contact Rick Francona 541 253 7576 www class6n org USS Renville APA 227 joint reunion for those who served from 1944 68 or all troops who sailed aboard the Renville San Diego California September 29 to October 3 Contact Don Wright 4289 Alex Ave Cincinnati OH 45211 513 481 8317 jdwrightstuff cs com Navy Seabee Veterans of America will hold its fourth annual Pennsylvania Tail Gate Rally for all Seabees at the American Legion Post 34 Lancaster Pennsylvania September 25 Contact Joseph P Tack Jr 427 Humeville Rd Langhorne PA 19047 2715 215 275 0044 joe tack prodigy net USCGC Androscoggin WHEC 68 Vietnam 1967 68 reunion September 16 20 Charleston South Carolina Contact Jim Bridges 6 Dunvegan Dr Charleston SC 29414 6938 843 766 1060 USS Thetis Bay CVE 90 CVHA 1 LPH 6 reunion September 8 11 Baton Rouge Louisiana Contact Dennis R Doc Moss P O Box 65 Isle MN 56342 0065 320 676 8940 drmoss ecenet com 3rd Annual Dayton Veterans Gathering and Poker Run July 15 18 Franklin Ohio VFW Park All veterans and associates are welcome Please register early Contact LittleBadWolf aol com 19th Combat Eng Bn and attached units 509th PB 553rd 554 FB 137th LE Vietnam will hold a reunion September 10 11 Waynesville Missouri Contact Jeff Goodson 12309 Woodland Ave NE Albuquerque NM 87112 2531 505 293 0725 Kilo Co 3rd Bn 7th Mar Reg will hold a reunion for all past members and attached units October 22 26 Albuquerque New Mexico Contact Harry Smith 870 247 1146 smitty kilo37 com All Transportation Corp members and interested parties Gathering II June 16 20 Ft Eustis Virginia Contact Larry Fiandt P O Box 123 Cloverdale MI 49035 269 623 8707 driver523rd aol com Destroyer Leader Association USS Norfolk DL 1 USS Mitscher DL 2 DDG 35 USS John S McCain DL 3 DDG 36 USS Willis A Lee DL 4 and USS Wilkinson B DL 5 eighth annual reunion September 16 19 Norfolk Virginia Contact

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    exposures I am hoping the VA will look at what we are trying to say and we will be treated accordingly Tom Moore Auburn New York It Stands Alone I ve just finished reading Jim Belshaw s article in the March April issue about Lee Teter and his 1988 painting Reflections I liked the article Teter s painting is one that stands alone among all the many great works of art It is truly remarkable and moving Loren Flaugh Primghar Iowa Thumbs Up I just wanted to take a moment and give you all a thumbs up for Marc Leepson s column in the March April issue of the Veteran Marc did part of his column on me and a recent award I received at work Although I only received my issue a few days ago I have been deluged with mail from veterans spouses friends and children for the past three weeks And all were citing Marc s work He did more to publicize the Vietnam records in one article than I have been able to do in constant speeches and articles over the past decade and more So thanks for supporting Marc Incidently Arts of War is my

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