Lt. Corbin Morrow presents a Missouri state flag that he carried during Operation Palace Hawk to Governor Warren Hearnes. Looking on are Maj. Harold Buckley Jr. (right) and Lt. John Donham. (Submitted photo).
By Sarah E. Lupescu
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri Governor, Jeremiah "Jay" Nixon, signed a proclamation this summer recognizing June 8 as the anniversary of the Vietnam War.
The proclamation signing is just one way Missouri's leadership gives recognition to its veterans.
"America's incalculable price during one of the longest wars in our Nation's history included the loss of more than 58,000 Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen, Merchant Marines and civilian government employees; these men and women served with courage and valor as part of an International Force with our allies, who also paid a price in military and civilian casualties," the proclamation reads.
The Missouri National Guard sent servicemembers to Vietnam. Altogether, 67 Soldiers and 34 Airmen served on active duty during the Vietnam conflict. Soldiers with the 208th Engineer Battalion served as well as several Air National Guardsmen.
In 1969, seven Missouri Air Guard pilots voluntarily participated in Operation Palace Black Hawk. The pilots flew on four-month rotations in Vietnam. The pilots who participated include Maj. Harold Buckley, Capt. Patrick O'Brien, Capt. Angelo Perfetti, Lt. Corbin Morrow, Lt. Eldred Rosenthal, Lt. John Donham and Lt. Philip Trittler.
The governor's proclamation honors not only Missouri National Guard Vietnam veterans, but also veterans from all branches of the U.S. military, prisoners of war, and other volunteers from the Vietnam War era.
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issouri Governor, Jeremiah "Jay" Nixon, signed a proclamation this summer recognizing June 8 as the anniversary of the Vietnam War.