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San Diego Vietnam Vets Honored At VA Ceremony Tuesday

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Hickman Hall at Veterans Village of San Diego, Oct. 9, 2015.

San Diego Vietnam Veterans Honored Tuesday At VA Ceremony


Jack Lyon, founder, Veterans Village of San Diego

Joan T. Craigwell, Vietnam veteran, U.S. Air Force


The Department of Veterans Affairs and other San Diego veterans organizations are honoring three San Diego Vietnam War veterans on Tuesday, more than five decades after U.S. ground troops entered Vietnam.

Marine Corps veteran Jack Lyon, U.S. Air Force veteran Joan Craigwell and U.S. Army veteran Phil Landis will be celebrated as part of a national commemoration of the Vietnam War by the U.S. Department of Defense.

"It happens to be that I went ashore in 1965, so it is the 50th anniversary plus a few months for me," said Lyon, who served two tours in Vietnam.

Lyon, who founded the Veterans Village of San Diego in 1981, said that when he speaks at the ceremony on Tuesday he will list the names of seven men under his command who died during Operation New York near Hue City 50 years ago in February.

"In particular, because of me having to do this little talk and it is in the forefront, I see it, I smell it, I hear it right now," Lyon said.

About 58,000 of the 9 million Americans who served during the Vietnam War, which lasted from 1955 to 1973, lost their lives, according to the VA. An estimated 7 million Vietnam veterans are living today.

The public is invited to attend the event at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Scottish Rite Event Center in Mission Valley.


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