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To those who have given their all….


If you don’t know what an Angel Flight is, this explains it. They bring home our Fallen, this song had me in tears. To all the brothers and sisters who have given the ultimate sacrifice, and to all those families left with an empty spot at the table, this is for you.

To the pilots of these flights, and to the Casualty Assistance Officers we salute you and thank you for taking care of our brothers and sisters on their final flight home. Words can never express how grateful we are that men and women like this have lived. Without them, there would be no America, and there would be no Freedom. You will never be forgotten. and your sacrifice will never be in vain. 

 

 

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Michigan Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park


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Attention readers….For only $5 per person, You can help make this happen…The Belding Vietnam Memorial Park and Wall needs your help to complete this 8 year project.

The entire memorial is a three phase project. The first phase involved getting permission from the city of Belding to secure the land needed for the monuments.

The granite monument with the three soldiers is part of phase two. In phase three, an outline of a map of Vietnam will be placed at the park. Beneath the map will be the names of all 2, 654 Michigan soldiers who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.

“We never forget them, and it’s a tribute and it’s going to be a lot of comfort to a lot of Vietnam veterans to see how they’ve been respected as a Vietnam veteran,” says Craycraft, who is himself a Vietnam Air Force Veteran.

The total cost of the project is $165,000 and $100,000 is still needed.

Watch the News broadcast here:

Vietnam Veterans remembered by new monument

Help with your donation here:

https://www.gofundme.com/beldingfreedomwall

Thank you for your support.

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More statistics than you ever wanted to know about the Vietnam War…


SOBERING STATISTICS FOR THE VIETNAM WAR 

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In case you haven’t been paying attention these past few decades after you returned from Vietnam, the clock has been ticking. The following are some statistics that are at once depressing yet in a larger sense should give you a huge sense of pride. 

 

“Of the 2,709,918 Americans who served in Vietnam, Less than 850,000 are estimated to be alive today, with the youngest American Vietnam veteran’s age approximated to be 60 years old.” 

 

So, if you’re alive and reading this, how does it feel to be among the last 1/3rd of all the U.S. Vets who served in Vietnam? I don’t know about you guys, but it kinda gives me the chills, Considering this is the kind of information I’m used to reading about WWII and Korean War vets… 

 

So the last 14 years we are dying too fast, only the few will survive by 2025…if any.. If true, 390 VN vets die a day. so in 2190 days…from today, lucky to be a Vietnam veteran alive… in only 6-10 years.. 

 

These statistics were taken from a variety of sources to include: The VFW Magazine, the Public Information Office, and the HQ CP Forward Observer – 1st Recon April 12, 1997. 

 

*STATISTICS FOR INDIVIDUALS IN UNIFORM AND IN COUNTRY VIETNAM VETERANS: * 

 

9,087,000 military personnel served on active duty during the Vietnam Era (August 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975). 

 

8,744,000 GIs were on active duty during the war (Aug 5, 1964-March 28, 1973). 

 

2,709,918 Americans served in Vietnam, this number represents 9.7% of their generation. 

 

3,403,100 (Including 514,300 offshore) personnel served in the broader 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). 

 

Agent Orange is taking a huge toll on Vietnam Veterans with most deaths somehow related to Agent Orange exposure. No one officially dies of Agent Orange, they die from the exposure which causes ischemic Heart Disease and failure, Lung Cancer, Kidney failure or COPD related disorders. 

 

CASUALTIES:

 

The first man to die in Vietnam was James Davis, in 1958. He was with the 509th Radio Research Station. Davis Station in Saigon was named for him. 

 

Hostile deaths: 47,378 

Non-hostile deaths: 10,800 

Total: 58,202 (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. 

 

61% of the men killed were 21 or younger. 

 

11,465 of those killed were younger than 20 years old. 

 

Of those killed, 17,539 were married. 

 

Average age of men killed: 23.1 years 

Enlisted: 50,274; 22.37 years 

Officers: 6,598; 28.43 years 

Warrants: 1,276; 24.73 years 

E1: 525; 20.34 years 

Five men killed in Vietnam were only 16 years old. 

The oldest man killed was 62 years old. 

 

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) 

 

As of January 15, 2004, there are 1,875 Americans still unaccounted for, from the Vietnam War. 

 

DRAFTEES VS. VOLUNTEERS:

 

25% (648,500) of total forces in country were draftees. (66% of U.S. armed forces members were drafted during WWII). 

 

Draftees accounted for 30.4% (17,725) of combat deaths in Vietnam. 

 

Reservists killed: 5,977 

 

National Guard: 6,140 served: 101 died. 

 

Total draftees (1965 – 73): 1,728,344. 

 

Actually served in Vietnam: 38% Marine Corps Draft: 42,633. 

 

Last man drafted: June 30, 1973. 

 

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% 

 

SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS: 

 

Vietnam veterans have a lower unemployment rate than the same non-vet age groups. 

 

Vietnam veterans’ personal income exceeds that of our non-veteran age group by more than 18 percent. 

 

76% of the men sent to Vietnam were from lower middle/working class backgrounds. 

 

Three-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 population: South — 31%, West –29.9%; Midwest — 28.4%; Northeast — 23.5%. 

 

DRUG USAGE & CRIME: 

 

There is no difference in drug usage between Vietnam Veterans and non-Vietnam Veterans of the same age group. 

(Source: Veterans Administration Study) 

 

Vietnam Veterans are less likely to be in prison – only one-half of one percent of Vietnam Veterans have been jailed for crimes. 

 

85% of Vietnam Veterans made successful transitions to civilian life. 

 

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. 

 

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. 

 

74% say they would serve again, even knowing the outcome. 

 

87% of the public now holds Vietnam veterans in high esteem. 

 

INTERESTING CENSUS STATISTICS:

 

1,713,823 of those who served in Vietnam were still alive as of August, 1995 (census figures). 

 

As of the current Census taken during August, 2000, the surviving U.S. Vietnam Veteran population estimate is: 1,002,511. This is hard to believe, losing nearly 711,000 between ’95 and ’00. That’s 390 per day.  

 

The Department of Defense Vietnam War Service Index officially provided by The War Library originally reported with errors that 2,709,918 U.S. military personnel as having served in-country. Corrections and confirmations to this erred index resulted in the addition of 358 U.S. military personnel confirmed to have served in Vietnam but not originally listed by the Department of Defense. (All names are currently on file and accessible 24/7/365). 

 

Isolated atrocities committed by American Soldiers produced torrents of outrage from anti-war critics and the news media while Communist atrocities were so common that they received hardly any media mention at all. The United States sought to minimize and prevent attacks on civilians while North Vietnam made attacks on civilians a centerpiece of its strategy. Americans who deliberately killed civilians received prison sentences while Communists who did so received commendations. 

 

From 1957 to 1973, the National Liberation Front assassinated 36,725 Vietnamese and abducted another 58,499. The death squads focused on leaders at the village level and on anyone who improved the lives of the peasants such as medical personnel, social workers, and school teachers.

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They gave their lives….Can you give $1


Fresh out of High School, Michigan boys joined the fight in South Vietnam.
2,654 gave their lives in Combat. The Michigan Vietnam Freedom Wall in
Belding, Michigan will honor their sacrifice with thier names inscribed

in the 7 foot by 40 foot granite wall. In the middle of the 10′ circle will be a bronze monument of the field cross (the rifle, the helmet, and the boots). Surrounding the interior of the Vietnam monument will be bricks with the names of the people who wish to sponsor a Vietnam vet of their own.
Is the memory of these young men worth $1 to keep and cherish?
Please help with your donation to bring this wonderfull momument a reality and maintain the memory of these who have
given the ultimate sacrifice.
If everyone reading this would only dontate $1 to this cause, the finacial goal would be reached in a very short time.
Would the memory of one of Your loved ones be worth a $1 ???

http://www.gofundme.com/beldingfreedomwall

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Michigan Vietnam Freedom Wall…..needs your help and support…a go fund me project


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Are the Freedoms you enjoy worth at least one $1 ???

Please help with your donation. If everyone reading this would take a moment to donate just $1.00, this wonderful project would make it’s financial goal in a short time.

The Freedom Wall is the current phase in our memorial park. It is the memorial that will display 2654 names of Vietnam Veterans from Michigan that lost their lives in combat. The monument is a 7’x40′ wall with each name etched in the granite wall. In the forefront of the wall will be a 6′ tall granite monument in the shape of Vietnam with the map etched in the granite. In front of that will be a 10′ circle consisting of 12 pillar monuments 40″ x12″x12″ with the the faces of the 12 local veterans killed in Vietnam etched on the top slant of the pillar and their story cascading down the front of the pillars. In the middle of the 10′ circle will be a bronze monument of the field cross (the rifle, the helmet, and the boots). Surrounding the interior of the Vietnam monument will be bricks with the names of the people who wish to sponsor a Vietnam vet of their own.
This will be the most impressive monument in the State of Michigan honoring the Michigan Vietnam Veterans.

http://www.gofundme.com/beldingfreedomwall

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News Alert……Obama to nominate former Sen. Chuck Hagel for defense secretary


President Obama will nominate former Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Nebraska Republican and Vietnam veteran, to be secretary of defense early this week, according to a person close to the process.

Hagel would add a well-known Republican to the president’s second-term Cabinet at a time when Obama is looking to better bridge the partisan divide.

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OLD FART PRIDE……


I never really liked the terminology “Old Farts”but this makes me feel better about it.
And if you ain’t one, I bet ya you know one !
I got this from an “Old Fart” friend of mine !
OLD FART PRIDE
I’m passing this on as I did not want to be the only old fart receiving it. Actually, it’s not a bad thing to be called, as you will see.
” Old Farts are easy to spot at sporting events; during the playing of the National Anthem. Old Farts remove their caps and stand at attention and sing without embarrassment. They know the words and believe in them.
” Old Farts remember World War II, Pearl Harbour, Guadalcanal, Normandy and Hitler. They remember the Atomic Age, the Korean War, The Cold War, the Jet Age and the Moon Landing. They remember the 50 plus Peacekeeping Missions from 1945 to 2005, not to mention Vietnam.
” If you bump into an Old Fart on the sidewalk he will apologize. If you pass an Old Fart on the street, he will nod or tip his cap to a lady. Old Farts trust strangers and are courtly to women.
” Old Farts hold the door for the next person and always, when walking, make certain the lady is on the inside for protection.
” Old Farts get embarrassed if someone curses in front of women and children and they don’t like any filth or dirty language on TV or in movies.
” Old Farts have moral courage and personal integrity. They seldom brag unless it’s about their children or grandchildren.
” It’s the Old Farts who know our great country is protected, not by politicians, but by the young men and women in the military serving their country.

This country needs Old Farts with their work ethic, sense of responsibility, pride in their country and decent values.

We need them now more than ever.

Thank God for Old Farts !

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Martha Raye….Don’t let the sun go down without reading this…


It was well recognized that Martha Raye endured less comfort and more danger than any other Vietnam entertainer.
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The most unforgivable oversight of TV is that her shows were not taped.
I was unaware of her credentials or where she is buried.
Somehow I just can’t see Brittany Spears, Paris Hilton, or Jessica Simpson doing what this woman (and the other USO women, including Ann Margaret & Joey Heatherton) did for our troops in past wars.
Most of the old time entertainers were made of a lot sterner stuff than today’s crop of activists bland whiners.
The following is from an Army Aviator who takes a trip down memory lane:
“It was just before Thanksgiving ’67 and we were ferrying dead and wounded from a large GRF west of Pleiku. We had run out of body bags by noon, so the Hook (CH-47 CHINOOK) was pretty rough in the back.
All of a sudden, we heard a ‘take-charge’ woman’s voice in the rear.
There was the singer and actress, Martha Raye, with a SF (Special Forces)
beret and jungle fatigues, with subdued markings, helping the wounded into
the Chinook, and carrying the dead aboard.
‘Maggie’ had been visiting her SF ‘heroes’ out ‘west’.
We took off, short of fuel, and headed to the USAF hospital pad at Pleiku.
As we all started unloading our sad pax’s, a ‘Smart Mouth’ USAF Captain said
to Martha…. “Ms Ray, with all these dead and wounded to process, there would
not be time for your show!”
To all of our surprise, she pulled on her right collar and said ……”Captain,
see this eagle? I am a full ‘Bird’ in the US Army Reserve, and on this is a ‘Caduceus’
which means I am a Nurse, with a surgical specialty….now, take me to your wounded!”
He said, “Yes ma’am…. follow me.”
Several times at the Army Field Hospital in Pleiku, she would ‘cover’ a surgical shift, giving a nurse a well-deserved break.
Martha is the only woman buried in the SF (Special Forces) cemetery at Ft Bragg.
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Immigrant Population at an All-Time High……


The number of immigrants both legal and illegal in the United States hit a new record of 40 million in 2010, a 28 percent increase from 2000, a wide-ranging new report reveals.
And the number of immigrants plus their children born in this country now stands at around 50 million, accounting for about one-sixth of the U.S. population, according to Steven A. Camarota, director of research for the Center for Immigration Studies. His report — “Immigrants in the United States, 2010: A Profile of America’s Foreign-Born Population” — is based on U.S. Census Bureau data from 2010 and 2011.

“One of the most important findings is that immigration has dramatically increased the size of the nation’s low-income population,” Camarota writes, adding that even immigrants who have been in the country for 20 years are much more likely to live in poverty, lack health insurance, and take advantage of welfare benefits than are native-born Americans.
The all-time high of 40 million immigrants is up sharply from 9.6 million in 1970, although the immigrant share of the population, 12.9 percent, is lower than it was in 1910 — 14.7 percent.
New immigration both legal and illegal plus births to immigrants added 22.5 million residents over the last decade, accounting for 80 percent of the total U.S. population growth.
The Center estimates that 28 percent of immigrants are in the country illegally.
Camarota also points out that between 12 million and 15 million new immigrants, legal and illegal, are expected to settle in the United States in the next 20 years.
Other findings of the Center’s study include:
In March 2011, 68 percent of immigrants aged 18 to 65 held a job, the same as for natives.
In 2010, 23 percent of immigrants and their U.S.-born children under age 18 lived in poverty, compared to 13.5 percent of natives and their children.
Among countries accounting for the most immigrants in the United States, poverty is highest for those from Mexico (35 percent), Honduras (34 percent), and Guatemala (31 percent), and lowest for Germany (7 percent) and India (6 percent).
36 percent of immigrant-headed households used at least one major welfare program in 2010, primarily food assistance and Medicaid, compared to 23 percent of native households.
29 percent of immigrants and their American-born children lacked health insurance that year, compared to 13.8 percent for natives.
10.4 million students from immigrant households are in public schools, and 78 percent of them speak a language other than English at home.
Self-employment is highest among immigrants from Korea and Canada and lowest among those from Haiti and Honduras.
Of adult immigrants aged 25 to 65, 28 percent have not completed high school, compared to 7 percent of natives.
Immigrants account for 27.2 percent of the population in California, 22.2 percent in New York, and 21 percent in New Jersey, but just 1.2 percent in West Virginia.
The state showing the largest increase in immigrant population from 2000 to 2010 was Alabama, up 92.1 percent, followed by South Carolina (88.4 percent), and Tennessee (81.8 percent). New York was lowest (11.1 percent). Remarkably, the immigrant population in North Carolina rose a whopping 524 percent from 1990 to 2010.
Of those immigrants in the United States in 2010, the greatest number came from Mexico, 11.7 million, followed by China/Hong Kong/Taiwan (2.1 million), India (1.78 million), Philippines (1.77 million), and Vietnam (1.2 million).

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