The Times and Democrat began the print and online series, “Vietnam: They Served With Honor,” on Aug. 16, 2015.

The stories based on interviews with local veterans of the Vietnam War  continue on Sundays and Wednesdays through Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

Veterans have responded to the call to tell their stories from the war, some saying they welcome the opportunity to do so for the first time in a formal way.

As part of the series, you’ll find the stories written by T&D staffers from the interviews, as well as photographs from the war and from today, plus the online addition of video of the veterans telling their stories.

Four businesses are joining The T&D as sponsors for the series:

  • Jay Hutto of Dukes-Harley Funeral Home said he welcomes the opportunity to honor veterans. “They were willing to give everything.”

Hutto is part of a family with a military tradition.

A.J. Hutto Jr. -- the business owner and father of Jay and Mark Hutto, the funeral directors – played a direct role in Vietnam as a Boeing employee who trained pilots in how to use the Chinook helicopter. After serving six years in the Army as an accomplished aviator, the elder Hutto became the test pilot for the Chinook, which was widely used in the war. “He had to fly and test each one,” Jay said.

  • Chuck Fogle of Fogle’s Inc., which operates Piggly Wiggly stores in Orangeburg, Neeses, Denmark and Columbia, said, “We are proud of our veterans and want to use every opportunity to say thanks.”
  • Morningside of Orangeburg Executive Director Jerri Johnson-Still said, “We are always looking for ways to honor our country’s veterans. They are the embodiment of what it means to be a true American and deserve our loyalty, compassion and gratitude for laying down their lives to preserve ours. Our job is to care for those who may no longer be able to care for themselves and it is an honor to be able to care for our service men and women when they need a hand.”
  • Cox Industries’ Vice President of Marketing Keith Harris said, “Getting past the politics of the era, the sacrifices and dedication to our country by our Vietnam veterans cannot be ignored. Those fallen should never be forgotten and those that returned should be celebrated and supported.”

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Lee Harter has been editor of The Times and Democrat since 1981

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