Veteran reflects on NIM’s new Vietnam memorial wall

Veteran reflects on NIM’s new Vietnam memorial wall

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The National Infantry Museum in Columbus is honoring Vietnam veterans with the dedication of a new Vietnam Memorial.

The dedication took place Friday afternoon featuring the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall.

We spoke with retired Rear Admiral Bob Shumaker, who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for eight years and one day, about the new wall and commemoration.

"It makes me feel like it was worthwhile," said Shumaker. "Most people denigrate the fact that we even fought the war in the first place, but a lot of people are proud of the behavior of the POWs there."

Shumaker says he was newly married with a 3-week-old baby when he was shot down and captured in Vietnam, not able to see his child for more than eight years. He lives in D.C. now, where the Vietnam Wall is one of the most visited sites. He believes the same will happen for this wall in Columbus.

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