Thursday, October 2, 2014

Invading Idaho

Lake Coeur d'Alene
Driving through Northern Idaho on I-90 the first thing one notices is the beauty of Coeur d'Alene lake.  This is an enormous lake that is a very popular spot for vacationers in the Northwest.

Vincent Driano and the Captain America Van!
Vincent Driano, my brother-in-law, arrived in Spokane to accompany me on the AI tour.  He is in the van texting away.

Red Baron
Kellogg Idaho

Kellogg Idaho lies in the Silver valley of Northern Idaho.  The community still has active silver mining in the mountains here.  Someone in Kellogg must like the Red Baron and so do I...

Silver Valley Veterans Memorial
Kellogg, Idaho.
It is not hard to find evidence of American Invasions in Idaho.  In Kellogg you will find a prominent Silver Valley Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  There were Vietnam veterans who fell in that war from all fifty states including Idaho.  Marine First Lieutenant Frank Reasoner was killed in Vietnam in 1967 at the age of 27 (see video below).

Frank Stanley Reasoner, First Lieutenant, USMC
Kellog Idaho
In our new work America Invades we write...

"Today the names of 58,193 Americans who died while serving in Vietnam line the wall of the Vietnam Veterans memorial in Washington, DC. Our own casualty totals, however, were dwarfed by those of the Vietnamese people. Over two hundred thousand ARVN, about 1.1 million Communist troops (Viet Cong and People’s Army of Vietnam), and about two million Vietnamese civilians were killed, all told about 3.3 million Vietnamese.

After the war was over, both sides claimed that it had been a noble effort. President Ronald Reagan dedicating the Vietnam memorial in Washington, DC, said, “We remember the devotion and gallantry with which all of them ennobled their nation as they became champions of a noble cause.” General Giap, who had been taught to throw hand grenades by an American, said in the 1990s that, for his side, the war had been a noble sacrifice."

Source: America Invades,

American Legion
Kellog, Idaho
The Silver Valley in Idaho remembers the sacrifice of its veterans and celebrates their bravery.

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