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Vietnam veterans receive special welcome back at the USS Kidd

(Source: Ben Gauthier/WAFB) (Source: Ben Gauthier/WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The USS Kidd played host to a special memorial to the veterans of the Vietnam War on Saturday.

Vietnam vets came home to a divided country and a heated political climate over the handling of the war. This led some veterans to believe that they never got a proper welcome back. That all changed when the Louisiana State Senate passed a resolution in 2011 that would give them that honor in 2011.

“When we did come back, we were almost disgraced,” says Vietnam veteran Mike Coon, “and I don't even have any of my medals, nothing, I just didn't hang on to all that stuff. Now, I really appreciate honoring our vets, both Vietnam Vets and all the vets that have served since.”

Over 900 soldiers from Louisiana were killed in the Vietnam war. Their names are now engraved on the walls of the Louisiana Memorial Plaza in front of the USS Kidd.

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