All Gave Some – Some Gave All
The United States began sending “military advisors” along with the CIA to Vietnam in 1955, shortly after hostilities began between the North and South. By 1960, there were a considerable number of non-combat U.S. military in the country. It was not until the Tonkin Gulf incident in 1964 that President Lyndon Johnson decided to commit ground troops and aircraft, which began in early 1965. By November, they faced the biggest battle of the war – the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley.
As one of our veterans pointed out, when our classmates went into the military in those days they were not given a choice about job classification or where they would be assigned – they just accepted their assignment and did what they were ordered to do. Their service should not be diminished because of their role.
So, please understand this page is dedicated to ALL veterans from our class who served. And I hope the next time you meet a veteran you will shake their hand and thank them for their service.
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR VETERANS
On August 27, 2016, the Class of 1965 presented this plaque to our Vietnam Era veterans as a humble “thank you” for their service. Gene Charbonneau, Bill Gropp and Steve Richard names have been added since this picture. The plaque hangs in the front foyer of CHS.
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If you are a veteran in our class or have information about one of our veterans, please contact me and I will add their information above.