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Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 5:00 pm

There are five guest speakers for The Moving Wall, which will be on display at the Washington Fairgrounds this Thursday through Monday, Sept. 19-23.

The Moving Wall is being hosted by Friends of Vietnam Veterans. The display opens Thursday at noon and will remain open through Monday at 2 p.m. 

The display is free to the public and open 24 hours throughout the five-day event.

Bios are one each of guest speakers follows:

Jack Jackson

The guest speaker Thursday at 6 p.m. will be Col. Jack Jackson, retired.

Jackson was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, where he was commissioned as second lieutenant. He also was a Marine aviator. 

He flew more than 600 combat missions. 

Jackson is the recipient of four Distinguished Flying crosses, 33 Air medals, Navy Commendation Medal (with combat V), campaign medals and the Legion of Merit for service to his country. 

Jackson attended the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and was aide-de-camp for a two-star general. 

James Mueller

On Friday evening, at 6 p.m., a  POW/MIA (Prisoners of War/ Missing in Action) tribute will be held with the U.S. Air Force Color Guard and guest speaker James R. Mueller, past national commander in chief of the VFW. 

Mueller was elected commander inchief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 2005. Mueller served in the U. S. Army from 1966-68.  

He was a senior truck driver with the 446th Transportation Company, 57th Transportation Battalion 446th during the 1968 Tet offensive.  

He earned the Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. 

Mueller joined the VFW in 1970 at Post 5077 where he maintains a life membership.  

Thomas Mundell  

Saturday’s program begins at 1 p.m. The guest speaker is Thomas Mundell, VFW Department of Missouri commander. 

Mundell is a former member of the U.S. Army.  

He served two combat tours in Vietnam as an aero scout gunner on hunter/killer assault teams. 

Mundell has received the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star for Valor, Air Medal for Valor, Army Commendation Medal for Valor, Four  Purple Hearts, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Vietnam Service Medal.

He served with the 135th and 335th Assault Helicopter companies, A Troop 2/17th CAV, 101st Airborne Division and the 10th Special Forces Group. 

Since his military career, Mundell has served with numerous Department of Defense and civilian companies in Iran, Iraq, Israel, Afghanistan, Africa and South America. He was an attack helicopter senior technical instructor for Bell Helicopter International.

He is the state commander for the Department of Missouri, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Tom Goodin

American Legion Department Cmdr. Tom Goodin will speak Sunday at 1 p.m. 

Goodin entered the U.S. Marine Corps in 1970.  He took his basic training at MCRD San Diego, Calif. and after completing basic training, Goodin attended ITR (Infantry Training Regiment), Camp Pendleton, Calif.  

After completion, Goodin went to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, then back to Camp Pendleton for Basic Infantry Training (BITS).  He was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in May 1972.  

Goodin is a 38-year member of the American Legion Roscoe Enloe Post 5.  Since joining the American Legion, he has served on many elected and appointed positions at the local and district levels.

He also serves with various community organizations. 

Joseph J. Frank

The closing ceremonies will take place Monday, Sept. 23, at 1 p.m. Joseph J. Frank, American Legion past national commander, will speak.

Frank was drafted in the U.S. Army in 1966.

While serving in Tam Ky, Vietnam, with the 39th Engineer Battalion in 1968, Frank was injured in a land mine explosion, which caused permanent injuries resulting in paraplegia at the T-4 level.  

Frank received  medical retirement on April 1, 1968, receiving many decorations for his actions and service as well as the Purple Heart.

Since his rehabilitation at Hines VA Medical Center in Chicago, Ill., he has dedicated his life to public service and advocating on behalf of people with disabilities and veterans.

He is a member of the American Legion Post 162 in 1968 and in 1979 founded the Crestwood Memorial American Legion Post 777 which was later renamed in honor of his father – the late Joseph L. Frank.  

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