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The final days of Saigon
By Wendy Schultz From page A1 of the Mountain Democrat | May 25, 2015

In 1975, Hollis Henderson was a 28-year-old USMC Warrant Officer stationed with Maine Light Attack Helicopter 367 in Futenma, Okinawa after three tours of Vietnam. He’d been in the Marines for 10 years. USMC Lance Corporal Ken Crouse was a 19-year-old serving as an Embassy Guard in Saigon in his first tour of duty. They were enjoying their duty stations — Henderson as helicopter crew chief and pilot, serving as the Logs and Records Chief and Crouse, living in the six-story Marine House in Saigon, five blocks from the U.S. Embassy, with 41 other 19-to-23-year-old Marines. “We could have taught fraternities some things,” said Crouse. Continue Reading >>

American Troop Withdrawal from Vietnam
River to River with Ben Kieffer, Tuesday April 17, 2012

"It was 37 years ago this month the final American soldiers completely withdrew from Vietnam. Bob Drury's new book Last Men Out: The True Story of America's Heroic Final Hours in Vietnam focuses on the final hours of eleven Marine Corps Security Guards who were the last to be flown off the roof of the U.S. embassy, just minutes before being captured or killed. Also joining the conversation is Des Moines native Dan Gannon, the Vietnam Veterans of America representative of the Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs." ~Ben Kieffer Listen >>

The Old Soldier Who Didn't Fade Away
The Wall Street Journal, October 15, 2011

A 59-year-old sergeant in Afghanistan is determined to serve any way he can. His real fear? Retirement

Staff Sgt. Don Nicholas disproves the old refrain: Old soldiers do not, in fact, fade away. They re-enlist.

At 59, Sgt. Nicholas is the oldest of the 6,000 soldiers in the 25th Infantry Division in eastern Afghanistan, the Army says. And he is probably one of the very few Vietnam vets now back for more in Afghanistan. He's certainly the only one who saw first-hand the ugly end of that war from the roof of the U.S. embassy in Saigon. continue reading >>

Ida Judge, 86, mother of Lance Cpl. Darwin L. Judge, died Sunday, September 18
September 18, 2011

Ida Judge, 86, of Marshalltown, died Sunday, September 18, at tlle Villa del Sol where she has resided since last month.

Funeral services was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 23, at the Hope United Methodist Church with Rev. Darrell Mitchell officiating. Memorials may be directed to the Lance Cpl. Darwin L. Judge Memorial Scholarship, Hope United Methodist ChlH'cb or the Marshalltown Senior Citizens. For condolences, please visit The Mitchell Family Funeral Home is caring for Ida and her family. Ph. 641-844-1234.

Born Ida Maud Parsons on July 2, 1925, in Wellington, Colorado, she was one of five children born to Elzy "Jack" and Ruth (Carr) Parsons. She received her education in Colorado.

On September 29, 1946, she was united in marriage to Henry Judge in Derby, Colorado. They made their home around the Garwin community and moved into town where he was acting postmaster. In 1962, they moved to Marshalltown where she was employed for 16 years at the IVH as Hospital Representative for the American Legion Auxiliary. Ida was a generous and giving person - devoting many hours to volunteer at IVH, assist with Cub Scouts and 4-H, VBS at Ganvin United Methodist and Hope United Methodist and Senior Citizens. She was a patriotic person and was known for her pies and fried chicken She and Henry were wonderful dancers and were members of the Central Iowa Square Dancers. She was also a member of the Hope United Methodist Church, American Legion Auxiliary, Les Femmes and Navy Mothers Club. Left to cherish her memory are her daughter Lorraine "Lori" (Greg) DeSaulniers of Marshalltown, daughter-in-law Sheila Judge, five grandchildren: Chris (Julee) DeSaulniers of Clinton, Iowa, and their children Noah, Carson and Rylee; DeLinn (Jeff) Payne of Overland Park, Kansas and their children Jackson Henry and Hudson; Cathy Judge, Jason Judge, and Jamie (Tracy) Judge and children Cody, Brittney and Cotbyall in North Carolina, her sisters Virgie Chinn of Aurora, Colorado, Agnes Chinn of Commerce City, Colorado and brother Gilbert (NOffiila) Parsons of Westcliffe, Colorado, as well as many nieces and nephews and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, brother Charley and two sons: Loren and Darwin. continue reading >>

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