D.W. Russell was the inspiration for The Vietnam Slide Project. His daughter, Jacky, (a close friend of the project's founder) discovered her father's slide collection after his death. Wanting to learn more about her father's experiences in Vietnam, Jacky offered his slides to The Vietnam Slide Project to be digitized, inspiring veterans and children of veterans to look into the past.
Waiting on confirmation of dates and titles with family of D.W. Russell.
Dennis Thornton served in the First Air Cavalry division of the United States Army. He served a few miles north of Saigon between 1969-70. He spent most of his 14 month tour in country working on the division newspaper and magazine. In addition he spent a few months on temporary duty with U.S. Stars and Stripes based in Saigon, getting around the country on assignments.
James Allan Townsend, June 16, 1947-April 27, 2015
US Army A Company, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry 4th Infantry Division.
James Townsend served in the United States Army from 1967-1973, serving in Vietnam from September 1968-1969. His slides were kindly provided by his daughters. Townsend passed away last year of Agent Orange related Parkinson's disease sustained in Vietnam.
Gary C. Huested was an artillery forward observer with an infantry company in the 1st Cavalry for most of his Vietnam tour. He served with them during action into Cambodia. Huested was also a 105mm firing battery XO. Huested served in Vietnam from October 1969 – October 1970.
Billy Vichko served a year in Vietnam, from March 1969-March 1970. He served in the United States Navy.
Major John R. McCormick served two tours in Vietnam.
1966-1967 as United States Army Captain during his first tour, leading a troop of commanders known as the 'McCormick Raiders' at the age of 28.
1971-1972 as a major for the United States Army. It was during this time that he worked on a Special Operations unit, flying in over 250 combat missions.
A decorated veteran, Major John R. McCormick received two Army Commendations medals, two Bronze Stars, 10 Air Medals (two for valor), the Legion of Merit, the George Washington Honor Medal and the Cold War Medal.