Veterans remember end of Vietnam War


LEWISTON – Members of area veterans organization recently conducted a memorial service at the Veterans Memorial Park commemorating the 31st anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War.

The program included singing of the national anthem by the assembly followed by the invocation by Jerry DerBoghosian, president emeritus of the U.S.S. Canberra Reunion Association.

He spoke on the U.S.S. Canberra’s mission during the Vietnam War. Its assignment was to sail up and down the coast of Vietnam, firing 8-inch guns on the Viet Cong forces on land. The Cong forces fired back and the Canberra suffered casualties. She was replaced by the battleship U.S.S. New Jersey, whose 16-inch guns could fire farther onto land. The area that the U.S. Navy ships patrolled was called “Shotgun Alley.”

Robert MacDonald, member of the Central Maine Marine Corps League and a U.S. Marine serving in Vietnam, read the names of Lewiston-Auburn servicemen who lost their lives in Vietnam.

“Taps” was sounded by Richard LeBlanc, member of Post 9150, VFW. The program ended with the singing of “God Bless America” by the assembly.