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Special section pays tribute to veterans

Today’s paper (and online here)includes a special tribute to area veterans who served their country during the Vietnam War.

Over 100 individuals, either veterans, their families or friends, supplied information on their experiences, views and memories of this time in their life.

The Daily Journal chose this date since it was on April 30, 1975, very early in the morning when two Marines were killed in a rocket attack at Saigon’s Tan Son Nhut airport. They were the last Americans to die in combat in the Vietnam War.

Finally, at dawn, the last Marines of the force guarding the U.S. embassy lifted off. A few hours later, looters ransacked the embassy, and North Vietnamese tanks rolled into Saigon, ending the war.

Thirty years have passed but the memories – both good and bad – still live on in the minds of millions of men and women.

The Daily Journal did a similar edition for the Korean War veterans and for World War II veterans.

Without the help of those who brought in their stories, this special section would not have been possible. Everyone at the newspaper thanks those who participated. We, in fact, thank every veteran who was involved in the war because without you and your sacrifice, our life as we know it today would not be possible.

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