TOPEKA, KS - Vietnam Veterans received a special honor in Topeka Saturday, a fighter plane was dedicated by the Kansas National Guard.
That plane was flown in the 1970's over Vietnam. Nicolette Schleisman explains why one veteran says this dedication is bittersweet.
"To have the community give us some recognition, it was really special because as most people know we didn't get much recognition when we got home," said Sergeant Ronald Zink, Vietnam Veteran.
It is a day of remembrance, and a chance to thank Vietnam Veterans for everything they sacrificed. The Kansas National Air Guard's 184th Intelligence Wing dedicated an F-105D "Thud" Thunderchief to those veterans Saturday.
Ronald Zink carried a radio most of the time he was fighting in Vietnam. He spoke with Foreign Arial Observers often, and would call in air support. He says, some of the memories are hard to think about.
"We had an aircraft just like that drop a 750 pound bomb on us one time. Friendly fire type thing. And so the aircraft is again a mixed emotion, it saved our bacon a lot of times, but then again you do have the memory of getting a friendly fire situation," said Zink.
Despite the difficult memories, Saturday's service is well-received.
"It's a little recognition that we never got in the past," said Zink.
Remembering the fallen and honoring the survivors.
The fighter plane is at the Museum of the Kansas National Guard, at the entrance of Forbes Field.