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12th Annual Vietnam Veterans Day Program

Forest Lake American Legion Post # 225
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FREE and open to the public
Ceremony will begin: 2:00 P.M.

The topic this year is:  What was the importance and risks of an “Infantry Point Man” during the Vietnam War?  A $500.00 scholarship will be given to the winning Essay.  This memorial scholarship is in honor of Vietnam Veteran Bruce L. Johnson from Forest Lake, MN

Stan Turner (KLBB Radio host and veteran KSTP news anchor) will return as the master of ceremony. 

Vietnam veteran Jerry Miron, along with his dog Rebel, had the job of walking point for the infantry. He will be sharing his story at this event.


Reporting on the War – Impact of the News Media

MN Military Museum’s 2018-19 Vietnam War Roundtable 

Concordia University’s Buetow Music Center
300 Hamline Avenue North
St Paul, MN 55104
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7:00 p.m.
Cost: Free, No reservation needed

Don Shelby, a Vietnam War veteran who went on to become prominent news anchor in the Twin Cities, will reflect on his own experiences and take a broader look at the news media’s impact on public opinion at home and the feelings of service men and women overseas.

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This program is a collaboration between Twin Cities PBS, the Minnesota Military Museum, and Concordia University


'Picturing Nam' National Archives Exhibition

April 17 – May 25, 2019 

Moorhead State University
Art Gallery
1104 7th Avenue South
Moorhead, MN 56563
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Photographs are a powerful part of our collective memory of the Vietnam War. Many of the iconic photographs were taken by photojournalists working for newspapers, magazines or wire services. But there were also military photographers in Vietnam serving in our armed forces. They took thousands of photographs that covered every aspect of the conflict — photographs that are now part of our National Archives.

Their assignments sent them everywhere: the jungles and swamps, forward bases, hospital ships, rivers and air bases. Unsanitized and uncensored, these indelible images give an intimate and ground up view of the war and those who fought it.

Picturing Nam focuses on three photographic themes: landscapes, objects and faces.


The Minnesota Connection to the Battle of Soui Tre

MN Military Museum’s 2018-19 Vietnam War Roundtable 

Concordia University’s Buetow Music Center
300 Hamline Avenue North
St Paul, MN 55104
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7:00 p.m.
Cost: Free, No reservation needed

In 1966 a significant number of Minnesota men entered the army together, trained together, deployed to Vietnam together, were assigned together in units of the 25th and 4th Infantry Divisions, and found themselves fighting together in the bloody Battle of Soui Tre in March of 1967. The Fire Support Base at Soui Tre was commanded by then Lieutenant Colonel Jack Vessey, a Minnesotan, who received the nation’s second highest award for valor at Soui Tre and went on to become the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’s highest ranking military officer during the Reagan Administration. Major General Rick Nash, the recently retired Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard, will give a brief overview of his extensive knowledge of General Vessey’s leadership skills. Retired Army Chaplain Colonel John Morris will give an overview of the battle based on his research for the book he is writing on General Vessey, and numerous veterans of Soui Tre will discuss their varied participation in the battle.

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This program is a collaboration between Twin Cities PBS, the Minnesota Military Museum, and Concordia University


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