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Of all the Medals Upon our Chest From the Battles and War we knew, The one admired as THE VERY BEST
Is the one of Infantry Blue. It is only a rifle upon a wreath,
So why should it mean so much?
That gives it that Magic Touch. To earn this special accolade
You faced the enemy's fire
Whether you survived or not
God dialed that one desired.
For those of us who served the cause
It is the

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Posts Tagged ‘National_Vietnam_War_Museum’

71- Jan Scruggs – infantryman responsible for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in D.C.

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

In this episode, we have the audio narration of a one-page interview taken from page 16 of the April, 2015, edition of VIETNAM(R) Magazine.

This is a description and interview with Jan Scruggs, the author of the book To Heal a Nation. This was then turned into a movie made for television (which starred Eric Roberts — that is, Julia Roberts’s brother who played the part of Mr. Scruggs).

JanScruggs2015-EBefore getting into the audio narration of the one-page interview, we hear about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial — both in Washington, D.C. and the fixed and permanent replica (60 per cent scale) of THE WALL in Mineral Wells, Texas, at the National Museum of the Vietnam War. This is different than the “moving wall” (of which there were 4 traveling walls — but with time and movement, some have had to be restored due to usage and wear in setup, tear-down, movement to other locations, etc.).

We also hear about my own personal interview with Mr. Jan Scruggs, which occurred several years ago, and which was published in a prior episode in this same podcast series — see episode 54 in 2012 of

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Copyright (c) 2015, VIETNAM(R) Magazine, Vol. 27, No. 6, April 2015, ISSN 1046-2902,  published by Weider History Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

31- Liberty Bell mobile replica honors those who fell in combat- David Hall

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

In this episode of the H21 Southern Branch, Austin, Texas chapter of the Combat Infantrymen’s Association, we interview David Hall, a volunteer who drives the country’s only mobile replica of the Liberty Bell that is currently housed in Philadelphia.

Mobile Liberty Bell

David Hall was at the unveiling and dedication ceremony of the permanent replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Mineral Wells, Texas, on 30 May 2009. He preceded the ceremony of the unveiling by giving the entire crowd and audience a solemn and serious remembrance when he rang the bell 70 times.

As you will hear in this audio episode, David rang the bell 70 times–one time for each panel of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, where the 58,260 names of those killed in combat are engraved. We have also included a sample of the bell ringing¬† seven (7) times, with the special significance as explained by David himself in this podcast episode.

In addition to the bell, the mobile exhibit includes a stone monument replica on either end of the Liberty Bell of the Ten Commandments. David explains why this is significant in honoring those who fell to save our laws and country.

The website for this mobile monument is and it gives us not only the pictures of the Travelling Bell, but also:

– a History of the original Liberty Bell of the 1750’s;

– a History of this mobile Liberty Bell; and

– a chance for you to ring the bell yourself online– by just moving your mouse over the icon of the bell and clicking it.

Mobile Liberty Bell web site

We would like to thank David Hall for his patriotism and dedication to honor all those who had to make the ultimate sacrifice to defend the laws of the U.S. It is interesting and fitting to note that David’s brother is a Vietnam Veteran, and that he, himself, is of the Vietnam era.

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