Vietnam veterans discuss their war at New York State Military Museum event on Saturday, March 10 at 2 p.m.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY (03/06/2018) (readMedia)-- Former New York State Senator Roy McDonald, an Army veteran, will moderate a panel discussion of Capital Region Vietnam veterans at the New York State Military Museum on Saturday, March 10 at 2 p.m.
Admission is free.
The panel of five men and two women will discuss their experiences serving in Vietnam or during the Vietnam era at home, and their reaction to the Ken Burn's Public Broadcasting Service TV series "The Vietnam War."
One of the stories told by the show was that of Saratoga Springs native Denton "Mogie" Crocker who died in Vietnam in 1966 while serving in the 101st Airborne Division.
Taking part in the event on Saturday are:
• Mary Ann Schad Adams Ling. A member of what was then the Women's Army Corps, she did not serve in Vietnam but served in Washington. Eventually she married another Soldier who had deployed to Vietnam.
• David J. Kissick. A member of the U.S. Marines who served in Vietnam in 1967-68 along the demilitarized zone.
• Ray Manley. A member of the Army was a draftee who served in Troop C, 17th Cavalry as an Aero Scout, and Crew Chief. After leaving the Active Army he served in the New York Army National Guard until 2003. He holds the Distinguished Flying Cross.
• William O'Brien. A Navy pilot, O'Brien flew the P-3a anti-submarine aircraft He had three tours flying off the coast of Vietnam and was flying over the South China Sea and South Vietnam on the morning of April 30, 1975 when the US Embassy was evacuated.
• David E. Waghorn. A member of the Army ,Waghorn was born in Saratoga Springs, NY, and after graduating from LeMoyne College in the spring of 1970, was inducted into the US Army in December. He arrived in Vietnam in July 1971 and was assigned to the 8th Radio Research Field Station at Phu Bai, where he transmitted data on enemy location to US and Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) units. He returned to the US in August 1972.
• David Wallingford. A member of the Marine Corps, Wallingford left medical school and enlisted in the Marine Corps at the age of 24. After ten months of Officer Training School at Quantico, David was stationed in Dong Ha Quang Tri as part of the Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment. During his service he fought in Operation Purple Martin, and was wounded on March 25, 1968.
• Helene Wallingford. A Navy nurse, Helene Wallingford was deployed overseas in Yokosuka, Japan as a nurse for enlisted soldiers with neurosurgical trauma While on active duty in Japan, she met her husband, Captain David Wallingford, during his recovery from a combat wound received during operation Purple Martin.
• Roy McDonald. An Army veteran, McDonald is from Troy, NY and served in Vietnam from 1970-71 as an Artillery Forward Observer with C Troop, 1-9th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. For 23 years, McDonald was Town and County Supervisor for the Town of Wilton, New York and in 1986, served a term as Chairman of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors. He served in the New York State Assembly from 2002 to 2009 and in the State Senate until 2013.
The New York State Military Museum is located at 61 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs. The museum serves as a repository of records and materials relating to veterans and tells the story of New York's Military history from the Revolutionary War to the present.