Maryland Chapter Gold Star Moms were invited by American Legion Post #39 in Bel Air, MD to attend their National Vietnam Ceremony, marking 50 years since the last U.S. combat unit left Vietnam. All Vietnam Veterans were honored for their service and sacrifice and received a free meal. Gun, helmets, and photos were on display at the Legion along with memorabilia from the war.
Maryland Gold Star Mothers, Synthia Carter, Janice Chance, Paula Davis, Marie Moudry, and Donna Robinson represented the Maryland Chapter. There was a presentation on Vietnam Veterans, PFC Dan Bullock and Specialist Ronald Spudis. PFC Dan Bullock USMC enlisted in the Marines at 14 yrs. old. He went to Vietnam at 15 yrs. old and died nearly one month later. He was the youngest American Service Member to be killed in the Vietnam War. Army Specialist Ronald Spudis, a Harford County native, who was awarded the Silver Star posthumously for his gallantry during combat operations in the Republic of Vietnam in 1971 that saved the lives of his fellow soldiers The keynote speaker was Bob Wallace. He gave a compelling speech about his Military Service. After the playing of TAPS/Retirement of Colors, there was a Champagne Toast to Veterans, Families, and POW/MIA. The Moms enjoyed the fellowship with members of American Legion Post #39 and felt honored to be part of this event.