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African-American military museum honors Vietnam veterans

Henry L. Bethley spoke about his military career duing a Black History Month presentation at the African-American Military History Museum. Henry L. Bethley spoke about his military career duing a Black History Month presentation at the African-American Military History Museum.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Hattiesburg's African-American Military History Museum is honoring veterans of the Vietnam War by giving them a forum to share their stories of sacrifice and courage with local residents. As part of Black History Month, each Saturday in February will be reserved for special presentations by Army and Air Force personnel who served during the Vietnam War.

Saturday's first program featured Hattiesburg native Henry Bethley, who was in the Air Force for eight years.

"We did fight an unpopular war, probably one of the most unpopular wars that the U.S. has ever fought and on our return home, we weren't welcomed too well," said Bethley. "But, we did our jobs and I'm proud of the fact that I had an opportunity to serve," Bethley said.

The museum is also hosting a special exhibit this month, showcasing artifacts from the Vietnam War.

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