Hello All..No, I didn't serve in Vietnam. Thanks to all you who did. You have my utmost respect. The war in Nam did hit home for me in a unique way though, especially for a first grader. I was born in 1965. Dad graduated high school in 1960, and a good friend of his went through ROTC, and became a Phantom pilot in the Air Force. When he received his orders, his family moved back to my hometown, and moved in 3 doors down from my family. Had a daughter my age. We became very good "play buddies" and spent lots of time together. I remember wondering why her dad was not at home. Anyway...in October 1972, right after we started the first grade, her mom received word that her husband had been shot down over Laos. He was flying a mission near the city of Ban Na Mai. Only one chute was seen. His rear-seater was recovered, but Major Bill Wood is still in Laos. He was finally declared KIA in 1979. I wore his copper bracelet until 1983, when I left it at the Wall in his memory. I only know Major Wood through pictures and memories of his daughter and wonderful wife, who never remarried. Major Bill Wood...I salute you. You will NOT be forgotten.