This website started off as a college assignment back in 1998. I was originally tasked to write a paper about any American hero of my choosing. Sure I could have picked a President or even an athlete but I decided to write it about my father, a Vietnam Veteran. Vietnam was not a topic of discussion very often growing up and I wanted to learn more about him.
Not only did I end up getting an 'A' on the paper, I learned a lot about my father in the process. My professor was so impressed that she invited him to be a guest speaker at my college. Surprisingly he agreed and I learned more about my father in that hour or two than I had living with him for the previous 20 years.
At the urging of my brother, and a new degree in multi-media development, I decided to evolve the paper into a website back in 1999. The site has been redesigned several times over the years as I continue to add more information including a complete digitization of his scrapbook.
First hand interview with Art Markart about his experiences before, during, and after the Vietnam War. Being drafted, going through NCO school, day to day life as an infantryman in the 1st Cav, and the transition home.
Dedicated to my father for the courage, honor, and sacrafices he, and all Vietnam Veterans, made.
Father/Son return trip to Vietnam 47 years after trying to leave it behind. This time as a tourist.