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Travel Bug Dog Tag Vietnam Veterans' Travel Bug Dog Tag

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I’m On A Mission ... This soldier would like to visit the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial ( VVM or the Wall) at Constitution Gardens near the Lincoln Memorial. Can you give him a lift?

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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was founded by Jan Scruggs, who served in Vietnam (in the 199th Light Infantry Brigade) from 1969-1970 as a infantry corporal. He wanted the memorial to acknowledge and recognize the service and sacrifice of all who served in Vietnam. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Inc. (VVMF), a nonprofit charitable organization, was incorporated on April 27, 1979, by a group of Vietnam veterans (John Wheeler, Chairman of the Board for VVMF, served in Vietnam as a captain at U.S. Army headquarters from 1969-1970; Robert Doubek, VVMF project director, then executive director, served in Vietnam from 1968-1969 as an Air Force intelligence officer) in Washington, D.C. Jan Scruggs (President of VVMF) lobbied Congress for a two acre plot of land in the Constitution Gardens. Significant initial support came from U.S. Senators Charles McC. Mathias, Jr. (on November 8, 1979, Senator Mathias introduced legislation to authorize a site of national parkland for the Memorial) of Maryland and John W. Warner (Senator Warner launched the first significant financial contributions to the national fund raising campaign) of Virginia. On July 1, 1980, in the Rose Garden, President Jimmy Carter signed the legislation (P.L. 96-297) to provide a site in Constitution Gardens near the Lincoln Memorial. It was a three and half year task to build the memorial and to orchestrate a celebration to salute those who served in Vietnam.


"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.
Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not have always. Take what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own.

And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind.

Major Michael Davis O'Donnell
1 January 1970
Dak To, Vietnam
Listed as KIA February 7, 1978

As a token of our gratitude to the men and women that sacrifice so much and stand in the gap to protect us, would you please leave a word of encouragement, to them, their friends, family or loved ones. If you have a loved one you would like to honor, please feel free to do so here. If you are in the Service yourself, please feel free to leave your comment and accept our sincere wishes and prayers for your safety, health, happiness, blessings and eternal gratefulness to you and yours.

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Discovered It 05/11/2014 tajo23 discovered it   Visit Log

Hola y saludos...

Discovered It 05/11/2014 geyerwally discovered it   Visit Log

So you at Washington DC

Write note 01/15/2011 pinesusan posted a note for it   Visit Log

this was not in Art is The Way - too bad, was looking forrward to a TB

Write note 10/21/2010 youkfish posted a note for it   Visit Log

Did not discover it in Art, but it was dark and maybe I didn't recognize it.

This entry was edited by youkfish on Friday, 22 October 2010 at 08:40:57.

Dropped Off 09/05/2010 AtwellFamily placed it in Art is the Way Colorado - 1,499.81 miles  Visit Log
Write note 08/21/2010 MuddyWaterGirl posted a note for it   Visit Log

I'm soooo Awwwed! That is Incredible!!! I'm at a loss for words! Wow! I hope this is one TB that you will remember. I cant think of anything else for him to do now .... got any ideas?? Seems like it would all be anticlimactic from here out! It is amazing that you found his name!

Maybe I should look up some more of his history and see what else to do ... maybe find his home town and send it that way....

Thank you so much for taking those pictures! Bless you all !!

Visited 08/16/2010 AtwellFamily took it to I can see Lincoln District of Columbia - .24 miles  Visit Log
Visited 08/16/2010 AtwellFamily took it to So We Will Remember Them District of Columbia - 1,498.91 miles  Visit Log

I was able to take some pictures and find his name on the wall.

I was in town on a business trip. I flew in early to do a bit of sightseeing and what better way to sightsee and learn about what you are looking at than to do a number of virtual caches along the national mall. I walked 7.0miles in 3hrs or so. 5 bottles of water later I was back where I started and had a great time. Thank you all for your caches. I hope I get a chance to bring the kids at some point.

I will send email and post pictures when I figure out how to get them off my phone and my notes out of my brand new Map62.


This entry was edited by Atwell Family on Saturday, 21 August 2010 at 15:31:22.

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Retrieve It from a Cache 08/14/2010 AtwellFamily retrieved it from Doctor Vile and the Dinosaurs Colorado   Visit Log

Saw this and had to take it. I fly out for D.C. on Monday. I now have a mission when I get there.

Is there any particular pictures of the memorial you would like? Pencil rubbing or anything else I can do with and for you via this TB?

Dropped Off 08/14/2010 Rooster 0-6 placed it in Doctor Vile and the Dinosaurs Colorado - 27.99 miles  Visit Log
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