WASHINGTON – Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel returned to the Pentagon Tuesday to pay tribute to his fellow Vietnam veterans, who he said fought in an unpopular war that they don’t understand and returned to an ungrateful people.
The two-time Purple Heart recipient officially opened the Departments of Defense Vietnam war exhibit, which stretches along a part of the third floor corridor, and marks the 50th anniversary of the conflict.
Hagel said that men and women who had nothing to do with the policies of the u.s. launched the war, “came back to a country that is not only ungrateful, but their service was defamed. He and his brother Tom in Vietnam in 1968. Hail was Pentagon chief from 2013-2015.
The exhibition includes parts of two Huey helicopters as well as other historic battles.