Vietnam War allies gather in Cumming

Members of both the Cumming Chapter 1030 of the Vietnam Veterans of America and members of the Korean-Vietnam Veterans of the USA met April 3 at a meeting in downtown Cumming. The Korean members have recently become associate members of the Cumming VVA Organization. 

CUMMING, Ga. — Former Allies in the Vietnam War, American and South Korean Vietnam Veterans gathered in Cumming in early April and shared experiences as only those who lived it can do. Fourteen former members of the South Korean military, now associate members of Cumming Chapter 1030 of the Vietnam Veterans of America, made their first visit to the local organization since joining a couple of months ago.

They hail from the metro Atlanta area as well as from North and South Carolina and are also members of the Korean-Vietnam Veterans Association of the USA. They became interested in associate membership in the Cumming VVA Chapter after former President Gary Ely made a presentation at their national meeting last fall.

South Korea was one of only four nations to send combat troops to fight the Communist insurgency in Southeast Asia, and during the war committed over 320,000 troops. Of those, 50,099 soldiers and marines were killed in combat.

“We are proud to have these brave South Korean veterans as part of our organization, and especially pleased that so many were able to visit with us from as far away as North Carolina,” said Chapter President Gary Goyette. Goyette added that the Korean troops in Vietnam had a well-deserved reputation for tenacity and bravery.

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