The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation is committed to sharing the experiences of the Vietnam War Era and its enduring legacy with future generations.
Our Memorial recognizes the valor of New Jersey’s Veterans and the sacrifices of their families and communities. Our Museum encourages learning by exploring the Vietnam War Era through inclusive and objective exhibitions.
The NJVVMF virtual series, Third Thursday VetChat, gives attendees a front-row seat to an intimate exchange with Vietnam Veterans. Audience Q&A follows an initial round of questions by the host.
Join us on Thursday, August 18th at 7:30pm
for a Virtual Sit-Down with Vietnam Veteran Joseph R. Foster
Free and Open to All
Register in advance for the Zoom link by clicking here.
Joseph R. Foster enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in February of 1969, during which time he reported to the CG Training Center in Cape May, NJ. He was then assigned to the 12th Coast Guard District out of Honolulu, Hawaii. His first permanent duty station was the High Endurance Coast Guard Cutter Mellon (WHEC 717). His first long range, 45 day patrol was on Ocean Station Victor and took place during the Apollo 11 mission. Upon returning from that patrol, his ship participated at underway training at Pearl Harbor after which he and his ship assumed duties during a Westpac deployment to Vietnam in January 1970. During this deployment, the crew performed search and rescue missions, contraband interdiction efforts, Naval Gunfire Support, UNREPs, MEDCAPs and infiltration trawler surveillance, and more. Upon completion of his tour of Vietnam, Joseph returned to Hawaii as a QM3 (E4) and received orders to fill an Officer's billet as a data processing shift supervisor at an organization known as AMVERS, then located on Governor's Island, NY. From there, he completed a 4 year tour of duty and received an honorable discharge.
See more about VetChat and NJVVMF generally at: https://www.njvvmf.org/.
There & Back: The Journey to Vietnam and Home draws deeply from veteran and civilian flight crew accounts. Rare in-flight photos, uniforms, and ephemera provide a seldom-seen look at the bond between soldiers and the flight attendants who served with Pan American World Airways (Pan Am), Trans World Airlines (TWA), and United during the Vietnam War. The exhibition also features a berthing compartment salvaged from the United States Naval Ship, General Nelson M. Walker; a troopship left untouched since the late sixties. Objects on display include lost personal items and canvas bunks covered with art and graffiti. The exhibition also marks the first public display of the graffitied helmet cover of Marine William “Billy” Dutches, returned to his family fifty years after he was killed in action in 1966.
Additional objects and photos on display are courtesy of the University of Miami’s Kislak Center for Special Collections, The SFO Museum, and the TWA Hotel.
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