Vietnam Veterans Tribute Wrap-Up

Vietnam Veterans Panel

On Saturday, February 10, 2018, the City of Camarillo hosted the Vietnam Veterans panel The Vietnam War: What It Means for Us Today at Rancho Campana High School’s Performing Arts Center. The panel is part of honoring all veterans of the Vietnam War period from 1955 to 1975 as part of the 50th Anniversary Commemoration.

The presentation began with a group recital of the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a 15-minute video presentation about the Vietnam War, and then the following panel participants (led by moderator and KVTA radio personality Lyn Fairly) who told their stories/lent their perspectives on the Vietnam War and how it shaped their lives today:

  • Captain Charlie Plumb, USNR, Ret.
    Six-Year Prisoner of War in Vietnam; Former Fighter Pilot
  • Larry Hawley
    Vietnam Combat Veteran, U.S. Army
  • Janet Krouse Richards
    Vietnam Veteran, U.S. Army Lt. Nurse
  • P. Scott Corbett, Ph.D
    Lecturer in History, CSU Channel Islands

The panel concluded with a question-and-answer session and an opportunity for everyone to visit the exhibit outside the auditorium that is dedicated to all 14 Camarillo natives who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.

Thank you to the entire panel for your time to share your experiences in the Vietnam War, as well as how it shaped your lives. To the three veterans in the panel, thank you for your service, and Welcome Home!

Thank you as well to the following groups:

  • Camarillo Mayor Charlotte Craven and the City of Camarillo
  • Captain Paul Grossgold, USN, Ret., Master of Ceremonies
  • JB Bre, ASL Interpreter
  • All of the student volunteers and ushers from Rancho Campana and Adolfo Camarillo High Schools
  • Everyone in the audience who attended

And to the many veterans who attended the panel, thank you as well for your service, and Welcome Home!

If you were unable to attend the panel, the podcast from the panel is available below.