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Vietnam War allies gather in Cumming
Vietnam War allies
Former allies in the Vietnam War, American and South Korean Vietnam Veterans gathered in Cumming this week. - photo by From staff reports

Former allies in the Vietnam War, American and South Korean Vietnam Veterans gathered in Cumming this week and shared experiences as only those who lived it can do.

Fourteen former members of the South Korean military, now associate members of Cumming Chapter 1030 of the Vietnam Veterans of America, made their first visit to the local organization since joining a couple of months ago.

They hail from the metro Atlanta area as well as from North and South Carolina and are also members of the Korean-Vietnam Veterans Association of the USA.

They became interested in associate membership in the Cumming VVA Chapter after former President Gary Ely made a presentation at their national meeting last fall. 

South Korea was one of only four nations to send combat troops to fight the Communist insurgency in Southeast Asia, and during the war committed over 320,000 troops — 50,099 of those soldiers and marines were killed in combat.

According to Chapter President Gary Goyette, “We are proud to have these brave South Korean veterans as part of our organization, and especially pleased that so many were able to visit with us from as far away as North Carolina.” 

Goyette added that the Korean troops in Vietnam had a well-deserved reputation for tenacity and bravery.

Cumming Chapter 1030 meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at AA Driving Academy located at 216 Atlanta Rd., Unit E, Cumming. All Vietnam-era Veterans are welcome.