tom irwin

Vietnam vet tells of friends' ultimate sacrifice

Visitors gathered at the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Wall at a previous stop. The memorial wall will be set up at Lindbergh High School and available for viewing June 13-16.

Growing up in the 1960s in an Irish Catholic family from south Boston, Tom Irwin did what many young men his age there did.

"It was not a revolutionary idea for a young man from a good Catholic high school in Boston to enlist in the Marine Corps in 1967," Irwin told a gathering in Sunset Hills May 16 at the Show-Me Hero Salute luncheon promoting the American Veterans Traveling Tribute wall event, a replica of the Vietnam Wall being set up at Lindbergh High School in south St. Louis County.

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