Veterans Affairs

Michigan Vietnam Veteran's Traveling Memorial

 
Coming to Kalkaska 
August 16-18, 2018
at Railroad Square  7 am - 7 pm
The Wall will be escorted from Grayling,
from the truck stop located at the 4 Mile Road Exit 
 on August 16, 2018 between 11 am and Noon
If you wish to be a part of the escort be there by 11:00 a.m.




What is the Michigan Vietnam Veteran Traveling Memorial ?  *

It is a Memorial to the Men and Women from Michigan who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.
It's a message saying "We Will Not Forget" those who did not come home from Southeast Asia and are listed as a Prisoner of War or Missing in Action. It is a place for those who have served to come together in remembrance of their fellow Soldier, Marine, Seaman, Airman, and Coast Guardsman. It is a place to honor those who have received the Flag as the words "on behalf of a proud and grateful nation," have been spoken.

Whatever it may mean to you, let this be a place of honor and healing...
We are proud to sponsor this moving tribute saluting our Brothers and Sisters
who have lost their lives and served in Southeast Asia.

The Officers and Members of Chapter #154  Vietnam Veterans of America.

   

            In the Spring of 2005, the 127th Wing of the Michigan Air National Guard at Selfridge Air National Guard Base was preparing to host their bi-annual Military Air Show and Open House. The theme "A Tribute to Vietnam Veterans" was adopted and SSgt Kurt Damrow was given the task of coordinating events that would support this theme. Kurt was told that the half-size replica of the memorial which travels nationwide, was scheduled in another state and would not be available for display. SSgt Damrow decided to create the "Michigan Vietnam Veteran  Traveling Memorial" containing the 2,600+ names of Veterans from Michigan who were Killed in Action. Kurt was moved to create this special tribute in memory of his cousin, Navy GMG3 Oliver Damrow of Kinde, Michigan, who was killed shortly after his return to Vietnam for his second tour of duty. Oliver's dedication to duty and to those with whom he served would not allow him to stay at home...not without his men...he returned to Vietnam. Oliver was killed in hostile fire on PBR-658 with Navy River Patrol Forces Task Force 116 at Phong Ding, South Vietnam, on June 11, 1967.  Kurt has dedicated his efforts to the memory of Oliver and those who lost their lives from the Thumb area of Michigan.
          Helping SSgt Damrow in creating the Michigan Wall was a friend and co-worker, John Swanson, who transformed the vision and provided the technical expertise that created the five panels you are seeing today. John is also a Vietnam Veteran who has taken great pride in creating this Memorial to his fellow soldiers and their families. Our thanks go out to Kurt Damrow, John Swanson, and everyone who helped in creating this Healing Memorial.


  *  Note:  Used with permission of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154