Local Vietnam veteran honors fallen soldiers in Wausau
Hundreds of people lined the streets in Wausau to catch a glimpse of this year's Memorial Day Parade. Newsline 9 spoke with a veteran who said he marched to honor his fallen brothers.
"We don't want to forget any of the veterans and what they've done for our country," said Gale Treu of Wausau.
Troy Johnson, a former army sergeant, is one of 150 veterans marching in the Memorial Day Parade.
Johnson served in the army during the Vietnam War.
"I believe in my country, and I believe in freedom for everybody," said Johnson.
Johnson said he's marching in the parade to honor two of his friends that didn't return home.
"It was heartwrenching, because every year when I do this parade it all comes back," said Johnson.
Johnson was 19 when he made the 27-hour flight to Saigon. On the long flight Johnson said he became friends with two other soldiers. Johnson said one was named George Nueve, and the other man he says he remembers as Pena.
"These guys went to other units, where we landed at was Long Binh, and then you just get distributed to wherever you're going to be at in Vietnam," said Johnson.
He later found out both were killed in action.
Johnson said he still doesn't know exactly what happened to his friends. But, every year during the Memorial Day ceremony, he thinks of them.
"It just hit home, it hit home, and it's not seldom that that happens, or I get emotional like that, but it was overwhelming today," said Johnson.
Although this year's ceremony was especially difficult for him, Johnson says it's important to remember fallen soliders, like his two friends.