December 7th of 2013 I was privileged to bear witness to a significant and singular event. More about that in a minute. This has always been an important date in my family’s history. Pearl Harbor happened on my mother‘s 22nd birthday, throwing our country into war once again, a war in which both my father […]
Northern California is home to two small but vigorous communities that have chosen to go the extra mile or two in memorializing their boys who did not make it back from Vietnam
For the last several days I’ve been visiting a friend in the Portland, OR area. Not just a friend… but one of my best friends from all the way back to High School “Daze!”
While visiting a cousin I hadn’t seen in more than 30 years last week, I was invited to speak to a group of American Legionnaires in Port Angeles, Washington.
Last December (2012) I went through the state of Utah and visited all nine memorials on my list between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
I’m getting back on the road bright and early tomorrow morning, leaving Denver for Salt lake City…
Five months of living out of a suitcase (or two or three) can change you in some very basic ways.
As you already know I was completely overwhelmed by my visit to the memorial in Rochester, NY. There were a number of reasons…
is possibly tainted by a very human flaw? Since yesterday, when I posted the poem Hello David written by “Dusty,” I heard a strident voice from one of my followers
It happened on the best of days. Bright, sunny and clear…cool… It took three and a half months…102 days…to come face to face with the experience I had been expecting from the start.
The second major shift of this journey comes today on day 97. After five weeks of generally eastward movement (sorta like an EKG printout) I reached the Atlantic ocean and turned north.
It is a good feeling knowing I’ve made substantial progress on this tour. I am in week 13 as I write this and, knowing I have a couple of breaks coming, I am not a little more than a quarter of the way through.
Today is my last day in New York State for a while. Tomorrow I venture in to Connecticut and start moseying into New England
New York has been a major eye-opening experience for me on a number of levels. Lesson one was just trying to get into the city. After leaving a very gracious couple in Maple Shade, NJ (thank you very much for everything Ron and Carol) and heading north I got close to the city without incident. […]
Seems like I’ve been telling people I meet lately how blessed I’ve been on this trip and it occurred to me that I’m probably not telling it to the right sets of ears. So here is a big thank you to all who have supported me over the last nine weeks:
After escaping the gridlock of Washington DC (and I don’t mean only Congress) I made it over hill and dale to Delaware, and had an anxious moment when I nearly missed the exit, ba-dum-dum.
Had a great day today, the start of Week 7. I’ve also had time to reflect, over the last couple days, on my good fortune to date:
Hard to believe I am now more than 10% of the way through this journey, at least physically. Emotionally I’m somewhere else on the track and unsure of which direction that train is headed.
Reviewing each day on the road is like rummaging through a newspaper each morning. A newspaper has a certain familiarity about it…same stuff in the same places, easy to navigate, but different content each time you pick it up.
Well, it wasn’t all bad…OK some of it was pretty good…All right, it was a wonderful state to visit…now if they could only get rid of that Chicago place…But seriously, there were some huge pluses in Illinois.
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Mobile Operations Bruce Campbell ~ VVMT President and Mission Leader Bruce Campbell is a Vietnam Veteran. His enlistment began in February of 1965, and he was separated out February of 1969. Campbell’s service in the Vietnam Conflict was from mid ’67 to about Christmas of that year with the U.S. Navy. His AO was just […]
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