Vietnam veteran speaks to US History students

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  • James Grimm, a veteran who fought in the Vietnam war, speaks to the junior students on April 3 in the school library. All junior level U.S. history classes were invited to hear Grimm's stories during their time in service. When describing the camaraderie among the soldiers, Grim told his listeners that "in the army you don't do anything as I, it's we."

  • Grimm explains how his family has been involved in serving U.S. military. Alongside his grandfather, father, uncle, Grimm continued the family legacy, saying that he is "pretty proud of the family heritage."

  • Grimm demonstrates a photograph of his fellow soldiers during the war. He described the losses of many soldiers experienced during the war and related the war's fatalities to the student's present: "So let's take a third of the class away. And them the other half," he said. "Fifty percent of those guys didn't come back from Vietnam if they graduated. So we really had a lot of losses."

  • Grimm shows the student a a Vietnam booklet that was given to all the soldiers. This booklet helped soldiers understand the culture and location in where they were stationed. "I still have the original booklet and it says 'Welcome to Vietnam,'" Grimm told the students. "Basically, [it showed the] customs of the Vietnamese people. They wanted us to understand the customs even though we were entering into a battle zone."

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