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MNHS Students Learn about the Vietnam War from Veterans

Members of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 12 visited Manalapan High School to speak with students during an interactive presentation on May 2. 

Students were given a brief overview of the Vietnam War from the veterans. Students were able to hear the first-hand account of a man who had been a prisoner of war. Students were sent to “basic training” where a former drill instructor tasked them with sitting as one unit. A student was also selected to model all the gear that soldiers would wear during a typical patrol, highlighting how heavy the equipment is. Students also saw what the veterans called the “original cell phone,” a roughly 25-pound communication device which would be strapped to a soldier’s back. 

After a question and answer session, students were invited to view a selection of items including helmets, scrapbooks, and MREs (Meals Ready to Eat). Several students stopped to chat one-on-one with the veterans, offering thanks for their service.