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.
A Golden Valley veteran just received a military honor after a decades-long delay. Fred Jenness was a Navy Seabee who was wounded in Vietnam in 1969. On Monday afternoon, he finally received a Purple Heart medal. The award was delayed for decades because his mission was classified, which made access to records difficult. Senator Amy Klobuchar, whose office helped Jenness get the medal, spoke at his ceremony.
Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson is leading a trade mission to Vietnam and Thailand starting this week. The department says the focus will be on feed. The eight-member delegation, which leaves Tuesday, will include representatives of feed and feed ingredient companies as well as stakeholder groups.
Fun for disabled vets….
It’s 4 a.m. on a Tuesday and breakfast is sizzling on the griddle. The hunters are clad in blaze-orange and preparing for a day in the woods. But in this deer camp of sorts, hunters come in wheel chairs, braces and scooters. Their appetite is for little more than to get out into the woods.
It’s been 50 years since the end of the Vietnam War. For the veterans, recognition is a long time coming. Thousands of them were honored at the Minnesota State Fair Monday.
Four decades is a long time to wait for a welcome home greeting. But that’s exactly what happened to the nation’s 6 million Vietnam-era veterans.
Bloomington native Mike Kirkpatrick was wounded while serving as a hospital medic in Vietnam in 1968. Now 44 years later, he received a Purple Heart for his actions over the weekend.
Sitting at a café table along Nicollet Avenue, restaurant owner Thom Pham spoke openly about the travails of the business.
Vietnam Veterans make up a sizable portion of the motorcycle riding Patriot Guard. It’s no surprise that more than 100 of them would ride their bikes in a long formation into the Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
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.
A new traveling exhibit debuting Friday at the Minnesota History Center looks back on the tumultuous year of 1968.
If you are looking for a place to enjoy a day and don’t want to be outdoors, there’s a place for you in the heart of St. Paul: Hmong Village.
A 76-year-old man with a 7-foot statue of Jesus Christ in his backyard is fighting to keep it there.
Remember putting together Lego cars, castles and more? Some local war veterans have their own project like that, but on a much bigger scale.