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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1988
Incredible! President Reagan believes that the loss of American lives in Vietnam would have been justified if we had totally destroyed that nation, which is what we would have had to do to exact a surrender. It is not a proud moment in the life of our nation when a President feels free to openly express his contempt for the right of human beings to live free of the carnage of war. ROCKY LEPLIN Van Nuys
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2012 | Los Angeles Times staff and wire services
Frank Lopez Sr., a decorated Marine whose nightmares from the Vietnam War led him to launch a drive for a memorial honoring fellow San Jose servicemen who gave their lives in the conflict, died Nov. 24 of illnesses stemming from exposure to Agent Orange, the toxic battlefield herbicide. He was 64.His son, Frank, confirmed the death. The polished black granite memorial, modeled after the popular Vietnam War monument in Washington, D.C., is under construction at a downtown San Jose park.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1987 | JOHN KENDALL, Times Staff Writer
While thousands massed to march in the "Thank You" Veterans Parade in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, a Vietnam veteran knelt in Pershing Square, touched one of the 58,022 names on the replica of Washington's memorial wall and cried for four dead friends. "We all grew up together," he said, fighting back the tears. "Five went into the Marine Corps and to Vietnam--and one came back."
NATIONAL
May 16, 2012 | By Michael Muskal, This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details.
President Obama awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor to a Vietnam-era warrior Wednesday, commemorating his bravery as well as a generation of veterans often  forgotten, even shunned, by the nation they served. Obama presented the medal to the widow of Spc. Leslie H. Sabo Jr. in a televised ceremony from the East Room of the White House, 42 years after he gave his life to save his comrades from a North Vietnamese ambush in Cambodia. “He saved his comrades who meant more to him than life,” Obama said at the ceremony, also saluting other Vietnam War veterans.
NEWS
January 27, 1989 | BOB SIPCHEN, Times Staff Writer
Had Barry Sadler died when a bullet pierced the frontal lobe of his brain in Guatemala last Sept. 7, it would have been a clean ending to the sort of life storytellers tidy up and turn into popular mythology. But the man whose "The Ballad of the Green Berets" burned an indelible impression on the mind of America 22 years ago, lives. He moves from bed to wheelchair to therapy room and back in the Cleveland hospital he now inhabits.
NEWS
March 7, 1988
Senate President Pro Tem David A. Roberti (D-Los Angeles) asked Californians to give another $500,000 to build a memorial to Vietnam War veterans on the grounds of the state Capitol. Roberti said 75% of the money for the memorial has already been raised. Contributions can be sent to The California Vietnam Veterans Memorial, P.O. Box 3040, Sacramento, Calif. 95812.
NEWS
June 18, 1987
A federal judge ordered a temporary halt to a Veterans Administration plan to close eight community outreach centers that provide special counseling for Vietnam War veterans. U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan granted a temporary restraining order sought by Vietnam Veterans of America. Hogan ruled that the group had raised "legitimate questions of irreparable harm that could attach to those veterans who would not attend a VA clinic" on the grounds of a VA medical center.
WORLD
March 29, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Civilians and Vietnam War veterans from several countries held a two-day conference in Hanoi to plead for recognition of ailments they say are associated with Agent Orange, the defoliant U.S. forces sprayed during the war. Conference delegates came from Vietnam, the United States, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Agent Orange contains dioxin, which some have blamed for health problems that include cancer and diabetes. The U.S.
NEWS
February 20, 1987
John K. Singlaub, a retired U.S. Army major general, denied published reports that he recruited Vietnam War veterans to fight Communist rebels in the Philippines and dismissed reports linking him to a recent coup attempt against President Corazon Aquino. "Any discussion that I'm in any way involved in any political activity is a total lie," Singlaub told a Manila radio station in an interview from his home in Colorado. Singlaub acknowledged that he has worked for years in support of the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Silver Star for bravery was awarded Thursday to Joseph T. Getherall for saving the lives of fellow Marines during the Vietnam War by helping to repel an attack by the Viet Cong in 1966. The paperwork recommending Getherall for the medal was lost during that war. Getherall is a retired Los Angeles police detective. In recent years his Marine buddies had sought to have the medal awarded. His cause was championed by Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-Norwalk).
WORLD
March 29, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Civilians and Vietnam War veterans from several countries held a two-day conference in Hanoi to plead for recognition of ailments they say are associated with Agent Orange, the defoliant U.S. forces sprayed during the war. Conference delegates came from Vietnam, the United States, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Agent Orange contains dioxin, which some have blamed for health problems that include cancer and diabetes. The U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2005 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
George C. Duggins, the first African American president of the Vietnam Veterans of America, has died. He was 61. Duggins died Monday in Chesapeake, Va., of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, said Thomas H. Corey, the group's current president, Tuesday. Corey said the disease was caused by Duggins' exposure to the toxic herbicide Agent Orange during two tours of duty in Vietnam.
NATIONAL
July 1, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The last Vietnam War POW flying for the U.S. military has called it a career, reluctantly retiring after 44 years in uniform. Maj. Gen. Edward Mechenbier, who reached the Air Force's mandatory retirement age for his rank at 62, was honored at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton. Mechenbier spent six years in a Vietnamese prison after his fighter was shot down. "If we didn't have an age-limit law, Gen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2001 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After four years of redesign, fund-raising and political bickering, the Westminster City Council has unanimously approved a Vietnam War memorial for the city's Civic Center. "It's been a long time coming, longer than it should have been, but it will be special," said Councilman Frank Fry Jr., a World War II veteran who first proposed the memorial.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2001 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing a law passed by Congress to keep Oklahoma City bomber Timothy J. McVeigh from being buried among his fellow veterans, officials Thursday barred a Riverside National Cemetery burial for a desert man accused of killing one child and chaining up two others. John Lamont "Rajohn Lord" Davis hanged himself with a jail-cell bedsheet in March while awaiting trial on charges that he had contributed to one son's death and abused two other sons. But Davis was also a veteran of the Vietnam War.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2001 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A birthday card sent from Vietnam in 1968 for her third birthday is one of the few mementos Kathy Mueller has of a father she never knew. It arrived after Staff Sgt. Lloyd "Frenchy" Mousseau was killed in a battle that is now one of the tales of the Green Berets. Mueller, an Irvine resident, was to travel to Texas today, the 33rd anniversary of the battle, to meet Special Forces veterans and learn more about a man who until recently was a mystery to her.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2001 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A card sent from Vietnam in 1968 for her third birthday is one of the few mementos Kathy Mueller has of a father she never knew. It arrived after her father, Staff Sgt. Lloyd "Frenchy" Mousseau, was killed in a battle that is now one of the tales of the Green Berets. Mueller, an Irvine resident, is in Texas today, the 33rd anniversary of the battle, to meet with Special Forces veterans and learn more about a man who until recently was nothing more to her but a mystery.
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