40 years later, Vietnam veteran remembers loss of comrades during war

Vietnam veterans pay tribute to fallen comrades

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Vietnam veterans joined to remember their brothers and sisters lost at war during the 28th annual Memorial Day ceremony held at the Memorial Fountain Wall in Kansas City.

Nearly 40 years later, the list of names carved into the memorial wall remains fresh on the mind of Max Moore.

"There could be hundreds of names on the wall that I know nothing about, but I took care of them,” he said.

While others like Mike Martinez were fighting in Vietnam, Moore was one of the medics who helped when they got hurt. 

On Monday, both men served each other as pillars of support.

"It’s pretty tough to know and remember some of the guys that I know that didn’t come home,” Martinez said, who served in the Army. 

Their veterans' association took part in Monday’s ceremony where several city and state leaders spoke, including Mayor Sly James.  

For Martinez, remembering is one of the toughest parts.

"For 40 years it was hell,” he said.

The life expectancy for a helicopter crew chief like Martinez was only six weeks. 

He still suffers from severe PTSD.      

He owes his recovery to Moore and the rest of his group who help show why everyday should be Memorial Day.

"It’s a remembrance of brothers and sisters who have not made it back,” Moore said. 

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