Veterans of Foreign Wars
VFW Post 10904
2019 Vietnam-Era Veterans Honors Day and Fair
and Facts about the Vietnam War (Conflict)


Vietnam-Era Veterans Honors Dinner
28 March 2019 - 6 pm

Click Here to hear an interview conducted by Thunder Radio
detailing the Vietnam-Era Veterans Dinner
and Vietnam-Era Veterans Honors Day and Fair


Great food for all in attendance with a catered "spoil you" dinner
for veterans, guests and their familes.

Absolutely NO WORK will be done by anyone who attends.
This event is designed to give you the honor you deserve
and to show our gratitude for everyone who attends.


Colonel John W. Radke

Special guest speaker, John W. Radke, Vietnam War Commemoration.
John is a retired Army colonel and served from 1971 to 2000. He served as the
Chief of Army Retirement Services from 2002 to 2016 and he is now a consultant for the
Vietnam War Commemoration out of Washington, DC.


Special guest speaker, Commander Michael Rhew
VFW Tennessee State Commander


And guest speaker, Senior Vice TN State Commander, Lloyd Hansen.

A special dedication will be held in honor of our Toy Soldier Project.
Those who contributed to this lasting memorial, will be asked to attend.

{See below for more on this project}.

Please register in advance. The event is free to those in attendance.
All family members welcome.

Contact Kimberly King at flygal46@yahoo.com
or call 931-692-8326 to register.



Vietnam-Era Veterans Honors Day and Fair

30 March 2019 - Noon

Coffee County Fairgrounds
99 Lakeview Drive
Manchester, TN

Our Goal:
To provide an educational, honorable and entertaining event for veterans,
their families and to the community.

All are welcome to attend and all events are FREE!

Click Here for a printable event flyer


Special key-note speaker - Howard Thompson
1st LT; Vietnam
CDR Disabled American Veterans


Tennessee Senator
Janice Bowling
and many more.

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{Sample of event t-shirts}

Click Here to view the front of the actual t-shirt.
Click Here to view the back of the actual t-shirt.

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Bigger and better than ever along with more medical health screenings and information provided by
Tennessee Valley VA Healthcare System, booths, two live bands, t-shirts, food and more.

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Operation Gratitude annually sends 250,000+ care packages to deployed troops, new recruits,
veterans, first responders, wonded heros and their care givers.
We are hosting a collection drive for Operation Gratitude at our event.

Click Here for a printable flyer.

Please help us to collect the following Wish List items.
There will be a drop off area for your donations which are greatly appreciated.
Below is a list of items needed and thank you!

All Purpose Wipes (Single & 30ct Packs or Less. Batteries ("AA" and/or "AAA")
Deodorant (Travel Size, non-aerosol)
Drink Mix (Individual Serving Packets)
Gum
Hand Warmers
Jerky (Individual Bags)
Lip Balm
Pencils (Mechanical preferred)
Playing Cards
Powder (Travel Size)
Puzzle Books (7"x10" preferred size)
Sewing Kits (Travel size)
Socks (Black Crew Length)
Sunscreen (Travel Size, non-aerosol)
Handmade With Love Items
Cool Ties
Knit or Crocheted Hats and Scarves
Paracord Survival Bracelets
Handwritten letters

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The Ultimate Oldies and WannaBeatles will be performing at this event to bring
some great music your way with music from the 1960's and '70's.

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Amanda Morton of the Manchester Recreation Center will announce the final tally
of laps walked by all registered walkers, as well as any laps walked the morning of the
event. Our goal is to record 58,479 laps (1 mile=12 laps).

Not registered? Please register at the Manchester Rec Center
or email, Kimberly King at flygal46@yahoo.com for information.

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School art will be on display for our Vietnam Veterans Art Contest as well as other
memorials and dedications.

What to contribute to this Event? Just email Kimberly King at flygal46@yahoo.com
or call me at 251-554-8836.

This is an event for any organization, church, school or group to be a part of.
We welcome you!


Facts About The Vietnam War

~ There are 58,478 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in 2010.

~ The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date
and within each date the names are alphabetized.

~ 1956: The first known casualty was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, of North Weymouth , Mass.
Listed by the U.S. Department of Defense as having been killed on June 8, 1956.

His name is listed on the Wall with that of his son,
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Richard B. Fitzgibbon III,
who was killed on Sept. 7, 1965.

~ There are 3 sets of fathers and sons on the Wall.


{Roy Wayne Rich, U.S. Marine Corps, died at age 20}

~ 39,996 on the Vietnam Wall were just 22 or younger.

~ 8,283 were just 19 years old.

~ The largest age group, 33,103 were 18 years old.
12 soldiers on the Wall were 17 years old.

~ 5 soldiers on the Wall were 16 years old.

~ One soldier, Marine Private First Class
Dan Bullock
was only 15 years old.

~ 997 soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam.

~ 1,448 soldiers were killed on their last day in Vietnam.

~ 31 sets of brothers are on the Wall.

~ 31 sets of parents lost 2 of their sons.

~ 54 soldiers attended Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia .

~ 8 women are on the Wall. All were nurses.

~ 260 soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War;
160 of them are on the Wall.

~ Beallsville, Ohio with a population of 475 lost 6 of her sons.

~ Died of self-inflicted wounds: 382
Died of illness: 938
Presumed dead, never recovered: 91
Accidents: 9,107


Tennessee: 1,311

Coast Guard killed: 7

Air Force: 2,586
Army: 38,224
Navy: 2,559, of that 67 were Chief Petty Officers
Marines: 14,844
Races: White: 49,830; African American: 7,243; Hispanic: 349; all others: 798

~ The most casualty deaths for a single day was on January 31, 1968: 245 deaths.

~ In the Vietnam war, 304,000 were wounded with 75,000 being severely disabled.

~ The most casualty deaths for a single month was May 1968:
2,415 casualties were incurred.

~ Most deaths were age 20 with 14,095 killed

~ Most killed were in the Army with 38,209

~ Most were Killed in Action (KIA) by gun fire.

~ Still unaccounted for: 1,590


James Allen Treece, unaccounted for; Memphis, TN

~ Missing In Action -MIA - from Tennessee: 27

~ In World War II there were roughly 40 days of combat to every 4 years service.
In Vietnam there were 240 days of combat to every 1 year of service!

~ Australia, New Zealand and South Korea, all aided the United States in the war.

~ Of those who served in the Vietnam war, the vast majority were volunteers and not drafted.
Three quarters of the veterans who served between 1965 and 1973 were volunteers.

9,087,000 served during the Vietnam-Era. Of that number
2,709,918 served in Vietnam. 2,700,000 were volunteers.
Of the total, 1,800,000 were drafted.

When asked, 74% said they would serve again.

~ Of those discharged, 97% hold an honorable discharge.

~ The unemployment rate for Vietnam War Veterans was 4.8% compared to
6.2% for the rest of America.

~ 85% of the Vietnam War Veterans made a successful transition to civilian life.

~ Combat troops deployed to Vietnam between the dates of March 1965 and August 1973.
However the official start date for the conflict was 1 November 1955.

~ The official end date is 30 April 1975 even though direct involvement in combat ended on
15 August 1973.

~ The Vietnam War was never called a "war" as congress never declared it a, quote, "war".
Rather it was a "conflict" even though we were essentially at war.


Ho Chi Minh

~ The main cause of the war between North and South Vietnam was because the Communist government
of North Vietnam under Ho Chi Minh, who sought the reunification of the two countries following World War II
when they were divided.

A guerrilla war by the Viet Cong was raged against anti-communist leader, Ngo Dina Diem in South Vietnam.
The United States entered to halt the spread of communism in Indochina.


President Trump signed the "Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017.
This legislation designated 29 March as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

Please click here to read President Donald Trump's
Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Presidential Proclamation
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According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, some 45 states,
including Puerto Rico, were recognizing a Vietnam Veterans Day either on 29 or 30 March.
Ohio has a Vietnam Veterans Day on 30 March.

The National Conference of State Legislatures notes that 29 March is a more appropriate date.
On that date in 1973, the last combat troops withdrew from Vietnam
and the last POWs (Prisoners of War) arrived in America.
President Nixon chose 29 March as the first Vietnam Veterans Day in 1974.

Ray Saikus, a Vietnam veteran, waged a long battle to get Vietnam Veterans Day
on the state and national level. He is quoted as saying,
"The service and sacrifice of our nation's defenders,
and their families, should never be forgotten."

National Vietnam War Veterans Day honors the men and women who served and sacrificed
during the longest conflict in U.S. history. Many did not receive the respect they deserved
upon returning to American soil. This holiday makes it possible for all of us
to show our gratitude for those who were drafted or served our country
when asked to step up to the plate.



Photos and Names of Coffee County Vietnam War Casualties

Names and faces of the 19 very young American soldiers
who died in the Vietnam War from Coffee County.


Last year's
Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day Dinner and Honors Day

Held 29 and 31 March 2018

Hugely Successful!!!!

We had a wonderful evening for our Vietnam-Era veterans with over 92 veterans and friends
from several posts, associations and counties.

Norman Kuk and Tom Clark, of Humana ran a "Name That Tune" event that was extremely enjoyable.
Mitch and Lori Campbell provided us with an excellent meal
of smoked BBQ chicken, beans, potato log and delicious cake.

To view the speeches and events given on Vietnam Veterans Honor Day in Manchester

Please Click Here to view a YouTube video of the presentations.

Thank you to Manchester Times who published the article below, on our event:




Please click here to view a slideshow of photos
taken by Manchester Times during the March 31st event activities.

Please know we are in the process of publishing every photo we took of the walkers for this event
and you will be able to find them online here very soon. Thank you!

Thank you to all who participated and volunteered!!

A very special THANK YOU to ALL who came out and completed
the walk to honor those Vietnam Veterans who served our country.
We approximate that we had about 400 attendees and over 252 who completed a lap around the square.

All Vietnam Veterans were honored on Saturday.
We respect your service and hope to see you again next year.