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VFW Magazine November 2017 : Page 1

NOV/DEC 2017 28 Vol. 105 No. 3 COMICS GO TO WAR Throughout the 20th century, comic books depicted America’s fighting men and women battling the nation’s foes with colorful artwork and dramatic storylines. The trend continued with stylized portrayals of troops in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. In the process, comic books have become history books in their own right. BY DON VAUGHAN COVER PHOTO: Air Force Senior Airman Candace Colburn and military working dog Kormi bond during a photo shoot on May 6, 2014, at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Colburn is one of thousands of veterans photographed by VFW member Stacy Pearsall. Another collection of Pearsall’s work is now on display at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Photo by Stacy Pearsall. Elements of the 4th Infantry Division and 173rd Airborne Brigade slugged it out with four North Vietnamese Army regi-ments in November 1967 in Vietnam’s Central Highlands. Over a month of brutal fighting, GIs earned three Medals of Honor while inflicting heavy damage on the enemy. BY TIM DYHOUSE VIOLENT CLASH AT DAK TO 22 ON THE COVER 16 28 34 40 Veterans Portrait Project Comic Books Remembering Somalia The Wall Turns 35 IN THIS ISSUE A national effort to restore and refur-bish World War I memorials is getting a boost from VFW Post members. Aided by $2,000 matching grants, Posts are taking the lead in making sure that the struc-tures honoring the Doughboys’ sacrifices look fresh during WWI’s centennial celebration. BY KARI WILLIAMS CLEANING UP WWI MONUMENTS 36 38 WWI Battle of Cambrai 42 Pearl Harbor’s Second Oldest Vet IN EVERY ISSUE 2 4 6 8 10 44 46 52 56 The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated on Nov. 13, 1982. Over the past 35 years, the iconic structure, known as “The Wall,” has attracted more than 100 million visitors, mak-ing it one of the nation’s most popular monuments. BY DAVE SPIVA THE WALL TURNS 35 40 Command Post Mail Call Now Hear This Issues Up Front Washington Wire Better Health Member Corner Book Corner Reunions and Claims CHECK OUT OUR DIGITAL VERSION AT WWW.VFWMAGAZINE.ORG NEED HELP? VETERANS CRISIS LINE: 1-800-273-8255 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017   • WWW.VFW.ORG • 1

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