For many Vietnam veterans, it’s been more than 50 years since they’ve served in the countries surrounding the South China Sea. They are the last first-hand custodians of a piece a history some have no tangible connection to or have forgotten all together.
Walter Flammond, 79, vividly remembers his service, from two years in Vietnam in the U.S. Army continuing for 30 more years, the last eight at Fort Huachuca.
Flammond said he was living in California in 1964 when he received a draft notice at age 21. Flammond decided to join rather than wait for the draft.
While he wasn't in a combat role, Flammond wasn't exempt from witnessing the horrors of war.