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Vietnam soldier to speak at Air Zoo

Special presentation part of Veterans Day weekend

November 8, 2011

Source: Danielle Nicholl
Job Title: Public Relations & Marketing Manager
Phone: 269.350.2811

KALAMAZOO, Mich.-In honor of Veterans Day, Sgt. Orville Smith will give a special presentation, "A Day in the Life of a Vietnam Soldier," to Air Zoo visitors on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m.

Sgt. Smith will share what his experience was like as a tank commander and platoon sergeant through a compelling collection of photographs he took while in Vietnam. He will also speak about his experience and answer questions at the end of the presentation.

Sgt. Smith served in Vietnam from September 1968 through September 1969. He was a platoon sergeant with the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Company C and served most of his time in the Vietnamese demilitarized zone and along the Laotian border. He currently resides in Portage.

"A Day in the Life of a Vietnam Soldier" is included in the Air Zoo's general admission and open to the public. For more information on the Air Zoo, visit or call 269.382.6555.

The Air Zoo is a nonprofit organization located at 6151 Portage Rd. in Portage, Mich. It is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and offers a restaurant, gift shop and banquet facilities. General admission is $8 per person. Unlimited rides and attractions may be purchased with a wristband package (Ultimate Ace-$15, Junior Flyer-$12, Co-Pilot-$8), which includes general admission, or tickets can be purchased individually for rides.

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