Veterans of Different Wars Share a Common Bond
ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Whether they raised the flag at Iwo Jima in WWII, fought in the jungles of Vietnam, or were decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross for piloting through heavy fire in Iraq, the American Veterans Center's 10th Annual Conference in Washington, November 8-10 brings veterans from several generations together for Veterans Day remembrances. "The American Veterans Center seeks to preserve and promote the legacy of America's servicemen and women from World War II through Operation Iraqi Freedom," said Jim Roberts, AVC President. Some of the high-profile veterans affiliated with the Center and available for interviews include: Iraq/Afghanistan: Sgt. Marco Martinez - Ex-gang member joined the Marines and received the Navy Cross. Author "Hard Corps". - the story of how a young man changed his life and became a hero SSgt. David Bellavia - Nominated for Medal of Honor for Fallujah in 2004. Co-founder of Vets for Freedom (pro-mission advocacy group). Author of new book "House to House" Maj. Kim Campbell - Female pilot decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross for flying her damaged plane through heavy fire in the initial attack into Iraq. Her call sign and nickname is "Killer Chick" Maj. Jason Amerine - Army Special Forces. Was already in the Middle East training forces on 9/11. Worked directly with Afghan President Hamid Karzai during overthrow of Taliban in 2001. Featured in new video game produced by the Army on America's heroes. Vietnam: Vets from "We Were Soldiers" - Among the best known Vietnam veterans, due to the movie and book. Hal Moore (played by Mel Gibson),Joe Galloway (Barry Pepper) and Bruce Crandall (Greg Kinnear) B.G. Burkett - Authored "Stolen Valor: How the Vietnam Generation Was Robbed of Its Heroes and Its History". Has helped identify fake heroes and phony soldiers in Vietnam and Iraq. Korea: Capt. Tom Hudner - Medal of Honor recipient for saving Jesse Brown, the Navy's first African American pilot. WWII: Veterans of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team - Japanese American unit, formed from those who were interned. The Band of Brothers - Portrayed in the series by the same name. Tuskegee Airmen - Legendary unit consisting of America's first black pilots. Iwo Jima/Flags of Our Fathers - Vets from the platoon that took Mt. Suribachi and raised the flags in the legendary image of that event.
SOURCE American Veterans Center
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