ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — The Vietnam War started small, grew big and then wound down, dying like a guttering candle. The national memorial for that war is a wall that starts low, grows tall in the middle, then shortens, ending as low as it began. Fire Base Eagle, a local group that proposed to commemorate the war with a complex that included a replica field base and a history center, started small, grew in ambition, then shrank its plans until the group dissolving at the end of last year, so that the arc of its existence mimicked that of the war and of the wall — a half-sized replica of which the group brought here as a sideline that ended up being its biggest success. “It’s good comparison,” said Fire Base Eagle founder and president George Montgomery, 70, an Altoona native and Greenwood resident who served in the Army infantry in combat in Vietnam. “Big hope at the beginning, some successes, then things got more difficult and things changed, then finally, we realized we probably can’t do it.” A unique idea It began around 1987, when Montgomery went into an office of Sky Bros., where he worked, and spoke to… Read full this story
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