Veteran Takes Painful Trip to Vietnam Wall 30 Years Later
Updated: Sunday, December 9 2012, 09:57 AM EST
A West Baltimore man faces a life threatening illness that prompted him to take a journey he has avoided for decades. Fox45 is sharing three minutes of raw footage with raw emotion of one man's quest for closure.
We all have a bucket list of things we want to do in our lifetime and for Linny Nelson, he is finally courageous enough to make his journey. Nelson served in Vietnam and returned home. His cousin did not.
"It really tore me up because I was looking forward to being with him; It took 30 years for me to come to the wall to see his name," said Nelson.
Nelson is still haunted by the images he saw in 1967 at only 19 years old. Nelson now wonders how his name did not end up etched on the Vietnam Wall like 58,000 other soldiers.
But Nelson did return. He got married, had children and grandchildren.
Nelson's cousin, Linzie, died in the war and until now, it had been too painful for Nelson to make a trip to the Vietnam Wall.
Nelson hopes the wall serves as a legacy and lesson for future generations. More than 300 Baltimore soldiers are etched on the Vietnam Wall.