Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum
Caretakers During the Vietnam War
April 8, 2021 7PM
Virtual Event – Join us on Facebook or YouTube
There are many jobs in the military that do not involve fighting on the front lines. Some roles focus more on providing care and comfort to soldiers. This panel discussion will highlight two “caretakers” that served during the Vietnam War. Clem Blazewick served as a Medical Laboratory Technician at the 93rd Evacuation Hospital in Long Binh, Vietnam from January 4, 1966 to December 18, 1966. Paul C. Lawson served as a Chaplain with the 3rd Marine Division in Quang Tri, Republic of Vietnam, and in Okinawa in 1969 and 1970. Also featured will be Soldiers & Sailors Curator, Michael Kraus discussing artifacts related to this theme. April marks the 46th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War so please join us as we honor the “Caretakers” during the war.
Clement J. Blazewick
Specialist E-5, US Army (Ret)
Born on the South Side of Pittsburgh, Clem graduated from St. Casimir High School in 1962. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1965 where he was trained to be a Medical Laboratory Technician and served at the 93rd Evacuation Hospital in Long Binh Vietnam during l966. After a 30 day leave he was stationed at US Army Camp Zama in Japan until May 13, 1966 when he was honorably discharged from the regular Army and served four more years on reserve duty. Clem has been married to his wife Patricia for 54 years and they have two daughters and six grandchildren.
Paul C. Lawson
Captain, Chaplain Corps, USNR (Ret)
Paul C. Lawson joined the Navy in 1967 and served during 1969 and 1970 as a Lieutenant with the 3rd Marine Division in Quang Tri, Republic of Vietnam, and in Okinawa, Japan, after the division was pulled out of Vietnam (Marines have always used Navy chaplains and medics). After being detached from 3rd Marine Division, Paul transferred from active duty to the reserves until his retirement as a Captain, equivalent to an Army/Air Force/Marine Corps Colonel, in 1994.
Soldiers & Sailors Curator
A well-known Civil War historian, Kraus currently works as Curator/Historian for Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum. His accomplishments include several historical consultant credits for major films, writing and narrating the documentary series Civil War Minutes and Civil War Life as well as authoring articles and books regarding the conflict. Michael also is an accomplished sculptor with an impressive resume of historically themed works in bronze.
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum
Spotlight On: Memorializing Soldiers and Sailors
May 13, 2021 7PM
Memorial Day traces its origins back to the Civil War. This program will examine the history of Memorial Day and the traditions related to how the fallen are treated on and off the battlefield before reaching their final resting place. Historian John Heckman will discuss burial procedures employed during the Civil War, the similarities and differences in the WWI era, the origin of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Quartermaster Graves Registration Service during WWII. Soldiers & Sailors Curator, Michael Kraus will share stories about artifacts from the museum’s collection related to memorializing soldiers and sailors. Please join us to learn about the significance of Memorial Day and pay tribute to those who gave their “last full measure of devotion”.
Michael Kraus – A well-known Civil War historian, Kraus currently works as Curator/Historian for Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum. His accomplishments include several historical consultant credits for major films, writing and narrating the documentary series Civil War Minutes and Civil War Life as well as authoring articles and books regarding the conflict. Michael also is an accomplished sculptor with an impressive resume of historically themed works in bronze.
John Heckman – John is an ambitious historian who wants to make a mark not only in the field of history, but in society as well. He once paved roads for a living. Now he works to pave ways for his peers to understand history and the world around them.
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum is proud to be collecting summer clothing and interview clothing for the community of veterans experiencing homelessness served by Shepherd’s Heart Fellowship & Veterans Home.
Suggested clothing of interest includes pants, shorts, T-shirts, light jackets, shoes, unused socks and underclothes. Unopened toiletries will also be collected.
Collections will be accepted through the summer months, Monday – Friday 8am – 3pm Please note that masks are encouraged to be worn covering your mouth and nose while inside the building if you are vaccinated, and masks are required to be worn by those not fully vaccinated.