Vietnam War

Politics
4:11 am
Fri November 22, 2013

What If President John F. Kennedy Had A Second Term?

President John F. Kennedy's flag-draped casket lies in state in the East Room of the White House, Washington, D.C. Two members of the honor guard attend the casket
Credit Abbie Rowe, White House Photographs / John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

As we continue our coverage of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, we try to peer into the future.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay talks with historian and author James T. Patterson about what might have been had Kennedy lived for a second term.

Patterson is Professor of History emeritus at Brown University and author of several books, including "The Eve of Destruction How 1965 Transformed America."

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RI News
2:29 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Last RI National Guard Member To Serve In Vietnam Retires

Credit RIPR FILE

The last Rhode Island National Guardsman who first served in Vietnam has retired. Cpt. Richard Gaudet has been serving his country on and off for more than 40 years.

Now retired, U.S. Army Captain Richard Gaudet first joined the Army as a 17-year-old, that was in 1971. He was part of an aviation support unit in Vietnam. He then joined the Army Reserves, then after 9-11 he re-enlisted working as a training instructor with two deployments to Afghanistan. Gaudet turns 60 soon, the age mandatory retirement kicks in.

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RI News
3:52 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

RI National Guard Members Honored for Their Service in Vietnam

Gov. Lincoln Chafee joined lawmakers as they honored Rhode Islanders who served in the Vietnam War.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Vietnam veterans were honored at a Statehouse ceremony marking the 52nd anniversary of the start of the war. One unit was singled out for recognition.

During the Vietnam War only a handful of National Guard troops were called up to serve in combat roles.  Rhode Island National Guard’s 107th Signal Company was one of them.  Warner Dauphinee of Scituate remembers the 12 month tour of duty this way:

“I didn’t want to be there. It was hot, uncomfortable,” said Dauphinee, “not a place I’d ever vacation that’s for sure.”

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