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  • Writer's pictureJoe Lyons

A Night to Remember: Vietnam Era Veterans Reunion and Dinner with Patrick McLaughlin

Are you ready to step back in time and honor the brave men and women who served during the Vietnam War? If so, mark your calendars for the Vietnam Era Veterans Reunion and Dinner, taking place on Saturday, March 30, 2024, from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Ashland Eagles located at 400 Eastlake Drive in Ashland. This special event is set to welcome guest speaker Patrick McLaughlin, a Vietnam Veteran from the 1st Infantry Division who served in 1966-1967.


Guest Speaker: Patrick McLaughlin


Patrick McLaughlin, the author of "Cheerful Obedience," will be sharing his experiences and insights during the Vietnam Era Veterans Reunion and Dinner. As a Vietnam Veteran who bravely served his country, McLaughlin's perspective is not only informative but also deeply moving. His book, "Cheerful Obedience," chronicles his time in Vietnam and offers a glimpse into the challenges and triumphs faced by those who served during this tumultuous era.


Cheerful Obedience by Patrick McLaughlin


"Cheerful Obedience" by Patrick McLaughlin is a gripping account of his time serving in Vietnam. Navigating the stormy seas of the 1960s was no easy feat, especially with the looming presence of the Vietnam War. Against all odds, Conor Patrick McKall volunteered for the draft, ultimately finding himself immersed in the chaos and uncertainty of war.


Experience the Unforgettable


McKall's journey takes readers on a emotional and unforgettable ride through jungles, rice paddies, and rubber plantations. As he assumes the role of an infantry squad leader, responsibility weighs heavy on his shoulders. The camaraderie forged in the face of danger, particularly with fellow soldier Jack "Red" Sheridan, highlights the bonds that were formed and the sacrifices made during this turbulent time.


A Glimpse into History

From encounters with black panthers to the challenges of navigating the complexities of war, McKall's experiences offer a raw and unfiltered look at life during the Vietnam War. The heart-wrenching moments and the resilience displayed by those who served paint a vivid picture of a time marked by both tragedy and triumph.


Tickets and Reservations


Don't miss your chance to be a part of this unforgettable evening. Tickets for the Vietnam Era Veterans Reunion and Dinner are available for $10. With limited seating available, it's essential to call early to secure your spot. For reservations and more information, please contact 419-289-1454.

The Vietnam Era Veterans Reunion and Dinner is a unique opportunity to pay tribute to the brave men and women who served during the Vietnam War. With guest speaker Patrick McLaughlin and his book "Cheerful Obedience" taking center stage, attendees are in for a night filled with stories of courage, sacrifice, and camaraderie. Don't miss this chance to honor our veterans and gain a deeper appreciation for the sacrifices they made. Join us on March 30, 2024, for an unforgettable evening of remembrance and celebration.


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