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Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Past and Present

By Tom Keating
Hometown Weekly Contributor

My Vietnam War was a mix of crushing heat and tremendous rain, long days working, and rocket and sapper attacks at our base. I worked as an administrative clerk for the 47th Military History Detachment, and later for the general staff at USARV HQ in...

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Needham’s Keating publishes ‘Yesterday’s Soldier’

Needham's Tom Keating, Vietnam veteran and VFW Post 2498 Chaplain, has announced the release of "Yesterday’s Soldier: A Passage from Prayer to the Vietnam War." A piece from the book recently appeared in Hometown Weekly's December 26 edition under the title of "A card from Ahn." Tom Keating spent over five years studying to be a...
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The Empire State disaster: a recollection

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By Bill Lombardi Hometown Weekly Correspondent July 28, 1945 is one birthday that I will never forget. I was spending my summer vacation with my aunt and uncle in the Bronx, New York. That morning, we got up early and went downtown. When we arrived, we heard the loud screeching of fire engines and...
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Keating, Topham address State House

Needham veterans Tom Keating and Bill Topham, both veterans of Vietnam, were recently invited by Representative Denise Garlick and Senator Mike Rush to provide support and comments to the Veterans and Federal Affairs Committee at the Massachusetts State House on H.3206 – An Act relative to providing veteran survivor benefits. This bill was sponsored by Representative...
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Donahue reflects on time in Peace Corps

By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff The Westwood Women’s Club had a special guest speaker during their March 21 meeting: historian Charlie Donahue visited to speak on his experience in the Peace Corps and the last legacy left by John F. Kennedy. Like Donahue, who grew up in the aftermath of World War II and in the shadow...
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The Scent of War

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By Tom Keating I boarded the Flying Tiger Air 707 at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey on September, 1969 along with 200 other soldiers to begin our trip to the war in Vietnam. We all wore our new bright green jungle fatigues, and sat silently as the plane took off and headed...
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Needham’s Keating presents at Writers Center

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Needham author Tom Keating shared his writing process and discussed his Vietnam story, “Convoy for the Con Voi,” which was published in 2017 as part of the anthology “War Stories 2017.” The event was held at the Veterans Center in Gloucester, MA, sponsored by the Gloucester Writers Center. The Cape Ann Veterans...
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Needham writer’s Vietnam story published

Thomas Keating of Needham, a veteran of Vietnam and a writer, will have a chapter from his Vietnam War memoir published in the fall edition of “War Stories,” an anthology series published by Oregon Humanities. The anthology will be released on November 11, Veterans Day. Keating submitted the chapter, entitled “The Elephants (Con Voi),” about his...
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