The Mission To Find Utah’s Heroes


Your Stories. Your Wall.

By Jan C. Scruggs

Mormons have seen combat in the military since the Mexican American War and indeed eleven have received the Medal of Honor. I had a Mormon friend while serving in Vietnam in 1969: Steve. The LDS faithful believe in the “Word of Wisdom” and therefore abstain from alcohol, coffee and tobacco. So Steve never drank or smoked. It was nice to have a sober person around when we were able to get a pallet of beer in a rear area.  Good old Steve.

I have been honored to know a number of Mormons.  I have found that they tend to be hard working, educated and family-oriented.  Members of the Church of Latter-day Saints have been involved with VVMF since its inception; VVMF once had the Mormon Choir of Washington sing at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and a Mormon named Richard Wirth, who was also Ronald Reagan’s pollster…

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