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Served in Vietnam? Tell us your story

By Phill Casaus | pcasaus@sfnewmexican.comMay 27, 2019

Pleiku … Khe Sanh … Hue … Da Nang … The DMZ … Ia Drang …

The names and places, the bravery and the losses, waft from history. Fifty years ago, the U.S. was at the apex of its troop commitment in Vietnam, where thousands of New Mexicans served as soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and medical personnel through the 1960s and into the 1970s.

The New Mexican chronicled the lives of many our our fighting men and women through those years — and beyond — because the war in Vietnam remains with us, and not just on Memorial Day or Veterans Day.

Tet Offensive … Easter Offensive … Operation Arc Light … Operation Apache Snow … Operation Cedar Falls …

As is true throughout the state, Northern New Mexico’s role in Vietnam was significant. Thousands from this region served honorably on the ground, in the air, at sea and in support roles. Those who came home are older and grayer, but no less mindful of what they went through those many years ago.

In November, the newspaper will run a first-person retrospective on those who served in Southeast Asia during that turbulent time. If you have a story about your service during those years — or if you’d like to tell the story of a friend or loved one — we welcome your input. Email us at vietnamstories@sfnewmexican.com and tell us your story. Ideally, we’d like you to write between 100 and 500 words about those days and about your service. We welcome photographs as well.

You can also mail your story to us in the traditional manner at Vietnam Stories, in care of The New Mexican at 202 East Marcy Street, Santa Fe, N.M., 87501.

Our special publication will appear on Veterans Day in November.

Phill Casaus


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