50 Years Later, Vietnam Still Matters

During these past 50 years I have grown, I have won, I have lost and I have remembered. It is in these remembrances where my soul lives shackled to an ideal I have yet to realize. I grow weary…

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Beach activity at Da Nang, Vietnam during landing of United States Marines of the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade in March of 1965. - See more at: http://www.vvmf.org/news/article=To-Our-Marines-Thank-You-and-Semper-Fi#sthash.l1GH93S7.dpuf Beach activity at Da Nang, Vietnam during landing of United States Marines of the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade in March of 1965.

March 8, 2015 marked 50 years since the first brigade-strength U.S. Marine unit arrived in Vietnam. On March 8, 1965, nearly 5,000 Marines from the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade landed to defend the American air base at Da Nang. It’s an anniversary that will be met with little fanfare. However, the impact of that day and the years that followed during the Vietnam War, still affect our country in ways large and small.

The Vietnam War was arguably the most divisive event in our nation during the 20th Century. When 9 million Americans served, and more than 58,000 made the ultimate sacrifice, not just those service members were forever changed. Their families, their buddies, and the country as a whole also were impacted socially, politically, and militarily.

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