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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2000 | ALLISON COHEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On a grassy median in the middle of a busy San Fernando Valley intersection stands a stone wall bearing the names of 24 fallen Vietnam War soldiers. In New York, Oswego County's first World War II casualty is remembered with a Navy anchor propped on a bed of rocks near a Little League field. Along Illinois 146 near the town of Anna, a cracked brass plaque marks the grave of King Neptune, a 250-pound pig that was auctioned off to sell war bonds. Vietnam veteran Brian Rooney knows them all.
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NEWS
May 28, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Two brothers of Andres Garcia bent over and kissed his casket in Carlsbad, N.M., a tearful sister saluted as taps was played and the family of the Marine killed at the end of the Vietnam War finally got to say goodbye. They had waited 25 years to hold a funeral for Garcia, who was a 20-year-old lance corporal when he became one of the last American combat casualties in Southeast Asia.
NEWS
May 1, 2000 | BONNIE HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The ceremony was meant to honor Vietnam War veterans from two countries, as well as the South Vietnamese refugee families who first arrived at Camp Pendleton after the fall of Saigon. It was intended as a simple, yet long overdue salute, and, organizers say, it was the only one of its kind in the nation. And for some who attended the "From War to Hope" service at the Marine base Sunday, it was all they wanted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2000 | BONNIE HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The ceremony was meant to honor both Vietnam veterans and the South Vietnamese refugee families who first arrived at Camp Pendleton after the fall of Saigon and the end of the war. It was intended as a simple, yet long overdue salute, and it was the only one of its kind in the nation. And for some who attended the "From War to Hope" service at the Marine base Sunday, it was all they wanted.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
April 10, 2000 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a mud-splattered landing strip near the demilitarized zone, Capt. Bob Scales said a final farewell, through streaming tears, to the men of Battery B. He had led 55 artillerymen across Vietnam's canopied forests and mountain crags, through midnight firefights and thundering bombardments during the convulsive summer of 1969. And now Vietnam was over for him, he believed. A mission accomplished. A chapter closed. He was wrong.
NEWS
March 26, 2000 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's been seven years since Steve Lemire last slept with a loaded .44 on one side of his pillow and a bottle of whiskey on the other. Buck Anderson has a new wife--his eighth--and the marriage is working. Chuck Owens is sober. Walt Bacak no longer thinks of suicide. Progress. Real progress. But not home free yet.
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