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At a time when America is honoring its heroes as never before – and expressing heartfelt gratitude to all those who put their lives on the line for their country – it seems fitting that we pay tribute to those brave warriors who served in America’s longest war: Vietnam.
Our involvement in Vietnam spanned three decades, from the 50’s to the 70’s and it is estimated that more than 2,500,000 Americans served in Vietnam. Just as their parents and family members had in previous wars, the young American warriors who served in Vietnam put their lives on the line in support of freedom and liberty, and served with courage and valor under very difficult conditions. Their sacrifices were great and in the course of nearly two decades of conflict, some 58,000 Americans lost their lives in Vietnam, and another 365,000 were wounded.
In this spirit, it is fitting that we pay tribute to those who served in America’s longest war, particularly in light of recent events, both on American soil and far from home. Threats to America have strengthened our resolve to preserve our liberty and to appreciate those who have put their lives on the line to defend our way of life. The spirit of patriotism is running strong in America these days. As a nation, we are finding many ways to honor those who have served in our armed forces, bravely upholding the principles upon which our great nation was founded.
The right side depicts a River Patrol Boat cruising past high jungle trees with the American flag flying high and two machine guns at the ready. A soldier in the field talks on a radio and directs the aerial attack on two F-4C “Phantom II” fighter jets. Also depicted is a map of Vietnam with the legend “VFW Vietnam War Tribute.”
Officially Authorized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars
The slide’s left side portrays UH-1B Gunships, American soldiers on the move, and soldiers loading artillery into 105-mm howitzers protected by sandbags at a base camp with a CH-47 Chinook ready to airdrop another howitzer to the men on the ground.
An elegant display case is included with each VFW Vietnam War Tribute Pistol. It is a handsome, luxuriously lined display case with a brass identification plaque.
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