Navy exchange stores worldwide recognize Vietnam veterans for their service

by Christian Lopez
Stars and Stripes

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Nearly 44 years after the last U.S. action of the Vietnam War, veterans of the era celebrated their service at exchanges around the globe, including at the home of the Navy’s 7th Fleet.

The event brought Mike Williams, a retired Marine Corps colonel, close to tears.

“To me in particular — like most Vietnam veterans — I remember coming home and it wasn’t the best welcome in the world,” he told Stars and Stripes on Friday. “But to be recognized specifically after all these years is greatly appreciated.”

The Navy Exchange Service Command and Defense Commissary Agency on Friday welcomed veterans and their families at appreciation events to recognize Vietnam veterans on their day.

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