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Vietnam vet's hat kindles old memories

2013-07-28T17:08:00Z 2013-07-29T15:29:07Z Vietnam vet's hat kindles old memories The Billings Gazette
July 28, 2013 5:08 pm

Recently, I got my husband a Vietnam vet hat for his 66th birthday. It's nothing short of amazing and poignant, the sheer number of strangers who have approached him to acknowledge his service so many decades ago. Since I was born in 1960, I've never been able to fully grasp the scope of what he experienced. The pain, trauma and brotherhood still spans all those years and miles.

We were just up in Red Lodge having supper during the motorcycle rally when a gentleman came by our table and grasped my husband's hands after noticing his cap. They briefly struck up a conversation about when they had both been in Vietnam. As the man left to go back to his table, he said to my husband, "You never forget, it stays with you in your heart."

The intensity of that moment and bond has stuck with me long after we left.

Jennie M. Bodine





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