On Veterans Day 1996, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) unveiled a scaled replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., designed to travel to communities throughout the United States. Later this year on Sept. 24-27 The Wall That Heals is coming to Blackfoot, Idaho. This will allow the souls enshrined on the Memorial to exist once more among family and friends in the peace and comfort of familiar surroundings. We invite you to visit the memorial The Wall That Heals and join us in honoring those that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Click here to learn more about the The Wall That Heals VVMF project.

Hero spotlight

In an effort to always remember their sacrifice, each week we will share Bingham and surrounding county story spotlights for each of the brave heroes we lost during Vietnam. If you have any fond memories about our local heroes that you would like us to add, please send us a message here or through our Facebook page.

Spc. Bobby G. Peterson paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam conflict on July 27, 1967 – just four days after turning 20 years old. In the last letter Peterson wrote home he expressed concern about surviving his next battle. The battle he described involved going into a hot landing zone where he knew soldiers would be lost. Peterson survived the battle he talked about in his letter but was later killed when enemy rocket fire hit his base camp in Binh Duong province. Peterson was originally from Idaho Falls, ID. Learn more about Spc. Bobby G. Peterson by visiting his VVMF page.

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