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PORTAGE, Wis. - The photographs taken by Vietnam veterans during their time in the service are being collected and turned into DVDs to be shown during the 3rd annual Vietnam Veterans Day in Portage.

Chris Schutz, a Vietnam veteran, began collecting the photographs taken by other veterans about a year ago. To date he has collected several hundred photos. They chronicle the experiences of Vietnam vets and will become a permanent record of their service.

“We as a group of Vietnam veterans sat on this stuff for decades and within the last decade, especially the last five or six years, we’ve become a lot more comfortable with the fact that we did this. We served there and we did it well,” Schutz said.

He said preserving the history of the Vietnam veterans' service and sacrifice is important. This collection of photos will live on for future generations.

“The memories, they just fade away after a while. You get out these pictures, these photographs, whether it is a hard copy, a slide or a DVD, it is right there,” Schutz said.

The event is being organized by the VFW Post 1707 in Portage and the Vietnam Veterans of American. The event will be held at the VFW Hall at 215 W. Collins St. in Portage on March 28.

Vietnam veterans wishing to submit photos to be part of the collection are asked to do so by March 1. They can do so by contacting Dave Duvall at 617-0162.

Images of Vietnam help preserve history

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