A frequent presence on Minnesota’s election ballots has died. Dick Franson ran for U.S. Senate, governor and other statewide and local offices for a total of about 30 attempts. Franson died Wednesday after going through rehab for a concussion earlier this year. He was 86.
A pair of major reports on geo-engineering, “Climate Intervention: Reflecting Sunlight to Cool Earth” and “Climate Intervention: Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration,” were published last week by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the CIA was purportedly a major funder. So, can the weather be used as a weapon? The answer is…it’s been tried!
Toward the end of The Last Days in Vietnam, a marine who was part of the evacuation of Saigon describes the terrible episode as the Vietnam War “in microcosm.” That is to say: It had the tragic mix of good intentions and poor leadership that led to broken promises and a country’s demise. Yet, filmmaker Rory Kennedy’s vital and moving documentary on the Fall of Saigon isn’t so much about her pointing a finger, as it is about highlighting the pain, panic, heartbreak, and heroism wound up in those dark days in the spring of 1975.
The 9th annual “Tee it Up for the Troops” event brought out more than 1,000 golfers to the Mendakota Country Club in Mendota Heights Friday. The event allowed more than 100 veterans and Purple Heart recipients to golf for free in a show of appreciation for their service. The first swing on the tee box marks the start of an 18-hole challenge. Mike Reeder, a Vietnam War veteran who is visiting from Nashville, Tenn., had nothing but confidence as he began his game.
A Purple Heart earned more than 45 years ago was finally presented Sunday.
Two men, who tried to kill each other 40 years ago, met at the Minneapolis airport this afternoon. Dan Cherry and New Yen Hong Me were fighter pilots in Vietnam, on opposite sides of the war. They engaged in a dog fight over Hanoi in April 1972.
The remains of a U.S. Navy fighter pilot missing in action in the Vietnam War are being returned to his family in Minnesota for burial. Lt. William Swanson, of Zimmerman, will be laid to rest June 11 with military honors at Fort Snelling in Minneapolis, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
Nearly 50 years after a Minnesota soldier went missing after crashing his aircraft during the Vietnam War, William E. Swanson is coming home.
Sitting at his office desk, Jim Reischl looked fondly at two faces in the faded photographs. And what he saw in the background was a tiny apartment somewhere in Saigon.
The History Theatre in St. Paul is paying homage to that year with a play called 1968: The Year That Rocked the World.
The two movies I’m writing of today (La Havre, The Man Nobody Knew) have almost nothing in common, but both are worth seeing for their own reasons. So if in the course of the next week, you find yourself in the mood for a nostalgic, funny French film or a documentary about a man’s CIA-steeped father, keep these two in mind.
The last North Dakota National Guard member to have served in the Vietnam War is retiring this week.
It was a reunion more than a quarter-century in the making for two Minnesota families who live thousands of miles away, and they believe Veteran’s Day was the perfect time to share it.
Scientists from a Hawaii-based laboratory have identified the remains of a Vietnam War fighter pilot who had been declared missing.
The scars of the Vietnam War have stayed with many Americans for decades and it’s not just the emotional scars. Many Vietnam vets are learning that their health today could be linked to a chemical sprayed during the war and it’s all thanks to a man from Rogers, Minn.
Several lawmakers have asked federal officials to allow a key U.S. ally in the Vietnam War to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Vang Pao, a fabled military hero and beloved father figure among the international Hmong refugee community, will be honored with a massive funeral “fit for a king” in central California, the general’s son said Friday.
Vang Pao fought the Japanese as a teenager. He later led Hmong guerrillas in their CIA-backed battle against communists during the Vietnam War. More recently he was a father figure to Hmong refugees who fled Laos for the United States.
For Army veteran Tim Callister, it’s an award ceremony more than 40 years in the making.
For Steve Leighton, the bond to his fellow soldiers formed in 1966, when he was an American advisor to a unit of the 42nd Battalion of South Vietnamese Rangers.
In the dining room of their Victoria home, Steve and Donna Leighton sort through the pictures and patches of a time many would just as soon forget.