Now known as Rickenbacker International Airport, Lockbourne Air Force Base, just south of Columbus, was a bustling military operation during the Vietnam War. Author Robert Stroup II tells about the cargo plane and heavily armed gunship crews that trained at the base, and Ron Albers discusses piloting the massive KC-135 refueling tankers when Lockbourne units […]
Connie Boykin and Gary Harp, two Columbus African-American veterans, discuss their experiences in Vietnam, where for much of the war, GIs from minority communities were overrepresented in combat.
Russ Clark received the Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam leading Marines in combat. But after the war, he struggled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He talks about the debilitating effects of PTSD, how he found help and how there’s hope for other veterans dealing with emotional wounds.
On this episode, we continue the exploration of Columbus’ connections to the Vietnam War. Discover Lockbourne Air Force Base’s (now known as Rickenbacker International Airport) role in the war, and learn about the effects of PTSD and local treatment resources. Then two African-American veterans share their Vietnam experiences, and we’ll introduce you to a Columbus […]