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Valmeyer native reflects on Vietnam

By on October 11, 2017 at 12:12 pm

Jim Stumpf

Jim Stumpf is known for annual return trips to his hometown of Valmeyer, where he coordinates a reunion with the Valmeyer High School Class of 1953.

If Stumpf catches someone he knows, he may engage them in a long but friendly chat and will take the opportunity to boast about his new home in Florida. 

But Stumpf has another side to him not everyone knows about.

“The Vietnam War,” a Ken Burns documentary recently featured on PBS, gives a detailed account of the war that raged between the Vietcong and U.S. soldiers for 20 years. Stumpf, however, can share his personal story of what he experienced as an Air Force veteran.

The former navigator began his service in 1959 and was deployed to Vietnam in 1969, where he served for a year. Stumpf was in the 433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron stationed in Laos, which served as a test unit for laser-guided bombs…>>>

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Sean McGowan

Sean is a die-hard Cubs fan, despite the relentless peer pressure coming from the rest of the Republic-Times staff. He and his wife, Jacqui, have been married for two years. Originally from the west suburbs of Chicago, Sean and his wife moved down to Normal to attend Illinois State University and stayed central Illinois residents for the past four years.