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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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 2001 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The four-year dream of a Vietnam veteran to dedicate a Los Angeles highway to those who fought in the Vietnam War became reality Friday in a colorful ceremony along Pacific Coast Highway in Torrance. Jerry Yamamoto, chairman of the Redondo Beach Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America, was traveling in Ohio when he first saw a highway that was designated a Vietnam War memorial.
NEWS
June 21, 2001 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two days after Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Joseph J. Ellis admitted lying about his service in Vietnam to decades of Mount Holyoke College students, the small women's school in Western Massachusetts announced Wednesday that Ellis would no longer teach his signature course on Vietnam and American culture. With the campus in a state of "total shock," according to dean of faculty Donal O'Shea, school administrators would not discuss the possibility of disciplinary action.
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June 19, 2001 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Everyone at Mount Holyoke College knew about professor Joseph J. Ellis' service in Vietnam, said Angel Kozeli, a 2000 graduate of the small women's college in western Massachusetts. In lectures in his foreign policy class and in his seminar on Vietnam and the American culture, Ellis vividly drew on his experiences in Southeast Asia, Kozeli recalled Monday.
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.
NEWS
May 8, 2001 | PATTI DAVIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Wars don't really end. They just grow quiet and retreat--deep into minds that would rather not remember, deep into nightmares that trail on for years, decades. Bob Kerrey took his memories, his nightmares, out of the shadows and dragged them, willingly or not, into the light for all of us to see. Look, this is a real war story, is the message behind his confession. This is the story behind the medals and the accolades; the one that howls with screams. The one that haunts.
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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April 28, 2001 | NORA ZAMICHOW and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
George Garcia returned to California after two tours in Vietnam and checked into a hotel a couple of blocks from home rather than answer questions from his parents. James Haggard, an infantryman, has yet to tell his family about having to sort through the severed body parts of fellow soldiers. George Duggins waited 14 years to tell his wife he had even served in Vietnam. War has always forced men to commit and witness terrible acts.
NEWS
April 20, 2001 | From Associated Press
The children of veterans exposed to herbicides such as Agent Orange during the Vietnam War may have a greater chance of being afflicted with a certain type of leukemia, a study suggests. The analysis released Thursday by the Institute of Medicine makes the first connection between the childhood disease and the pesticides. It stops short of saying the link is conclusive. Anthony J. Principi, secretary of Veterans Affairs, called the report "very serious."
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