Vietnam Veteran John Cranmer served in the Navy in Vietnam on a small landing craft that transported supplies to military outposts. "We got shot at from both sides of the river," John explained in his short story about his Vietnam experience. He served during the Tet Offensive at a time when fighting was most intense.
He took away from his experience the realization that life is short. "It caused me to think seriously about my future and how I wanted to spend my life."
After the war, John worked in a publishing ministry, Source of Light Ministries in Morgan County. He is chaplain for the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and works with high school students in ROTC and veterans from Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan among others. In the photo above, John presented an award to Timothy Hollis, ROTC Cadet from Green County High School.
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Jim Wood joined the Marines at age 17, and at the end of his "hitch" he served in Vietnam with the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion. Interview tells the story of his first day on patrol and how he blamed himself for his patrol leader's debilitating severe burns until a Facebook Reunion when he learned that his patrol leader gave Jim credit for saving his life. Click on the button to view the video in full screen mode.