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October 19, 1989 | SUSAN CHRISTIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bob Kakuk, one of 80,000 Vietnam War-era veterans living in Orange County, had felt "incomplete" for 20 years. "It was as if I came home from the war without finishing the job I went to do," said Kakuk, who heads Vietnam Veterans Reunited, a support group in Huntington Beach. "I thought that seeing the wall would close the book on Vietnam--or, at least, a chapter of the book." But Kakuk could not afford a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
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April 30, 2000 | PETER H. KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is time for John Devitt to go out again, time to pack up his portable replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and head across the country, collecting as he goes more emotional residue from a war that by strictest definition ended a quarter-century ago. After 16 years of traveling this circuit, Devitt knows what to expect.
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April 30, 2000 | PETER H. KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is time for John Devitt to go out again, time to pack up his portable replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and head across the country, collecting as he goes more emotional residue from a war that by strictest definition ended a quarter-century ago. After 16 years of traveling this circuit, Devitt knows what to expect.
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October 19, 1989 | SUSAN CHRISTIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bob Kakuk, one of 80,000 Vietnam War-era veterans living in Orange County, had felt "incomplete" for 20 years. "It was as if I came home from the war without finishing the job I went to do," said Kakuk, who heads Vietnam Veterans Reunited, a support group in Huntington Beach. "I thought that seeing the wall would close the book on Vietnam--or, at least, a chapter of the book." But Kakuk could not afford a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
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November 10, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
Hundreds of visitors viewing a plexiglass replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Saturday touched inscribed names of friends and relatives and left flowers as a tribute to loved ones. "I came here to remember," said Orlando Romero, 38, one of about 800 people who visited Riverside National Cemetery to see the half-size model which is on a tour of western states. Romero was an Army infantryman for two years during the war.
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August 9, 1985
A half-scale replica of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington will go on display in Hawthorne Sunday to commemorate the end of the war 10 years ago. City officials expect thousands of Vietnam veterans and their families to turn out to see the replica, which will be on display 24 hours a day through Aug. 18 in Hawthorne Memorial Park at El Segundo Boulevard and Prairie Avenue.
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September 30, 1993 | MIMI KO
Volunteers are being sought to guard the Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington, which will be on display the first week of November at Memory Garden Memorial Park and Mortuary in Brea. Hundreds of visitors are expected to view the 252-foot wall, which contains 58,175 names of members of the U.S. armed forces who died while serving in Vietnam. The display may be viewed 24 hours a day from Nov. 1 to 7.
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April 30, 1997 | VERONIQUE de TURENNE
The Moving Wall, a traveling replica of the black granite Vietnam War memorial in Washington, D.C., will be on display in Ventura for a week starting Thursday. The memorial, which is 253 feet long and reaches 6 feet in height, is engraved with the names of the more than 58,100 men and women who were killed or declared missing during the Vietnam War.
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November 2, 1993 | MIMI KO
Gary Powell ran his fingers across the names on a scaled-down model of the Vietnam War Memorial on Monday until he reached George Ficklin and Frederick Chesbrough. Powell, 46, then stared at the names, his eyes filling with tears. Ficklin and Chesbrough, both Army second lieutenants and Powell's fighting partners, were killed in the war. "I've wanted for so long to confront these memories of the war," said Powell, of Huntington Beach.
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July 4, 1999 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Under cloudy skies, hundreds of people gathered in Westlake Village on Saturday to remember those who died for their country decades before, in a distant war many denounced as pointless. Mothers who lost sons, sisters who lost brothers, and men who lost comrades walked slowly down the walkway in front of the Moving Wall--a traveling memorial to the 58,219 who died during the Vietnam War.
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May 1, 1997 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mothers who lost sons. Sisters who lost brothers. And children, some of whom never knew their fathers. Clutching flowers, old pictures or just memories, they gathered Wednesday evening in front of the Moving Wall--a traveling memorial to those who fought and died in the Vietnam War.
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July 4, 1999 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Under cloudy skies, hundreds of people gathered Saturday to remember the men who died for their country decades before, in a distant war many denounced as pointless. Mothers who lost sons, sisters who lost brothers, and men who lost comrades walked slowly down the walkway in front of the Moving Wall--a traveling memorial to the 58,219 Americans who died in the Vietnam War.
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