The Gen. Nelson M. Walker troopship saw action in WWII and the Korean War before shipping the entire 4th Division to Vietnam in 1966. In 1997, Art and Lee Beltrone climbed aboard the gang ship and found compartments littered with hundreds of graffiti-marked bunk canvases, bulletin boards, and other historic artifacts left by its Vietnam-era passengers. The Beltrones rescued the artifacts and wrote the book, “Vietnam Graffiti: Messages from a Forgotten Troopship.” The Beltrones join us this morning, with Joe Corrigan, who sailed to Vietnam on the Nelson M. Walker. Also joining us is Ron Grossman, who will share the story of his remarkable family eight members of which served at the same time in WWII.

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