Vietnam veterans shed light on war experiences

By Lydia Goerner | Aug 03, 2017
Photo by: Lydia Goerner Vietnam War veterans brought items from their time in the war, including clothing, a piece of a helicopter and a shard of shrapnel.

Three Vietnam War veterans from the Taunton Area Vietnam Veterans Association gave a presentation on Wednesday at the Wareham Free Library, with photos and artifacts from their time serving.

Dennis Proulx, a founding member of the association, said when he returned home from the war after he was drafted in 1969, he was not treated well by the public because so many people were against the Vietnam War.

"Soldiers in Vietnam fought just as bravely and gallantly as any other war," Proulx said.

The veterans have given several presentations in Wareham this summer in preparation for the Vietnam Moving Wall's arrival. Proulx said he is especially passionate about teaching the younger generation about the war.

"If it wasn't for certain principals and teachers, kids would know nothing about the sacrifice that's made," Proulx said. "It's a shame."

The veterans shared their personal photos of how they fought, ate and spent daily life in Vietnam. Attendees tried on military helmets and jackets from the veterans' collections.

The Vietnam Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C., comes to Wareham Aug. 17 to 21.

Comments (4)
Posted by: joycebakes | Aug 03, 2017 10:10

I'm wondering how one can look up a name to find it's location on the wall.  Amyone?

Posted by: barnstorm | Aug 03, 2017 10:26

JOYCEBAKES.....There will be a separate tent set up just inside the main gate for you to go to for that purpose. Laptops set up by volunteers to guide you to the correct panel on the wall to locate the name you are searching for. Panels arranged by year 1st. Then the names alphabetically just as it is done on the original wall in DC. "Piece of cake", Joyce.

Posted by: 181mph | Aug 03, 2017 11:04



Posted by: Linda | Aug 03, 2017 12:38

Also note, a WHS graduate, who lived in Wareham but had a Buzzards Bay address is found under Buzzards Bay, MA.  Ronald Bumpus  and I believe a Crowley from Onset with a B.B. address.

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