Marine to be recognized on Vietnam Veterans Day

When Gary A. Homan thinks back about his time serving in Vietnam, he drifts back to those that made the ultimate sacrifice. 


“I’m just representing a group of men and women who were there doing what our country asked of us whether they enlisted or got drafted. I’m doing this to honor the 58,000 guys on the wall.”

Gary A. Homan

Vietnam veteran

“I’m one of the lucky ones,” he said. “I didn’t realize it until I got home and started seeing the reports of the casualties.”

It’s this fact that has inspired him to make trips to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., and attend four Rolling Thunder motorcycle rallies in the nation’s capitol.

“One of the things about looking at the wall is realizing you have the privilege of being here and not being a name on the wall,” Mr. Homan said.

A U.S. Marine Corps corporal who saw action as a door gunner aboard CH 46 helicopters, Mr. Homan has been selected as the honoree for this year’s local Vietnam Veterans Day recognition.

HOME PAGE SLIDE SHOW PHOTO: U.S. Marine Corps Corp. Gary A. Homan of Bellefontaine, left, receives a medal from an officer during his time in Vietnam. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)


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