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“Heroes Among Us” will share veterans’ stories of valor

Molly Hamilton Nov 08, 2016

Heroes Among Us on Nov. 17, 2016Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, ABC News 4 (WCIV-TV), and iHeartMedia will present a live one-hour television special on the Vietnam War Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.

The program, titled “Heroes Among Us: The Ongoing 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War,” will be broadcast from aboard the USS Yorktown, featuring an overview of the war told by Medal of Honor recipient Maj. Gen. (ret.) James Livingston and area Veterans’ stories of service and sacrifice. It will be moderated by Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Mark Hyman and ABC News 4 anchor Ashley Blackstone.

A limited amount of seating is available for free in the USS Yorktown’s Smokey Stover Theater for those who wish to be part of the live studio audience. It will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6 p.m. Radio listeners can tune in from 6 to 7 p.m. for a pre-show featuring the panelists on local iHeartMedia station 94.3 FM (WSC).

U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Clebe McClary (ret.) and LCpl. Alex Colvin will share their memories of Pfc. Ralph H. Johnson, the Medal of Honor recipient for whom the Charleston VA Medical Center is named. Johnson gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country, and in doing so saved the lives of his fellow Marines, including McClary and Colvin.

In addition to Johnson’s incredible story, viewers will hear first-hand stories of valor from South Carolinians 1st Lt. Frank Walker, U.S. Army (ret.) and Maj. Jackie Hall, U.S. Air Force (ret.).

Vietnam Veterans who attend the event aboard the USS Yorktown will be presented with a Department of Defense Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemorative Pin for their service. The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center will have representatives from the following programs available from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. outside of the theater: Veteran Benefits Administration, Beaufort National Cemetery, Charleston Vet Center, VA Health Care Eligibility/Enrollment, Mental Health, Suicide Prevention, and the Medical Foster Home Program.

“Heroes Among Us: The Ongoing 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War” is sponsored by: Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, USS Yorktown Foundation, ABC News 4, iHeartMedia, Adams Outdoor, SunTrust Foundation, and George Sink Injury Lawyers.

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