Last May, Jim Eddleman delivered on a promise that was 50 years in the making. In 1968, Eddleman was serving in the U.S. military and was involved in the Tet Offensive.
“I helped carry several wounded comrades to evacuation helicopters,” he recalls. “When I had time to reflect, I made a promise to myself if I made it back to the United States alive, I had to do something to show my respect and honor for my comrades.”
The southeast Missouri farmer and his wife, Charlene, donated their 46-acre corn field to build a replica of the Vietnam memorial wall in Washington D.C. The land located in Perryville, Mo., had been in Eddleman’s family for three generations. It now features a large memorial complex.
“I have two classmates’ names on there,” he says. “It’s such a quiet and peaceful place.”
Listen to Eddleman discuss the memorial with Andrew McCrea on the “Farming the Countryside” podcast: