Vietnam Veteran Uses His Home to Send a Message

LINCOLN, Neb. William "Duffy" Duffield returned from the Vietnam War in 1967. He says he never got a "welcome home."

But 45 years after serving his country, Duffield is sending a message through banners, flags, and a decked out Chevy pickup.

"I started doing that before the Iraq War, started just to help people remember the Vietnam vets, the Korean and the WWII vets," said Duffield. "Everybody see's it everyday"

His home is on the corner of North 70th and Colby Streets. It has one large American flag on a pole above his future grave stone with his battalion engraved on it. He has 13 other small U.S. flags lining his fence, and five black flags that honor POW's and soldiers missing in action.

"It's just to keep people aware that there are still soldiers fighting in this war," said Duffield. "They need not forget them when they return."

The former combat engineer for the Army also has a white Chevy pickup covered in patriotic decals. On the tailgate are the letters P.T.S.D. and underneath it writes, "All Wounds are Not Visible."

Duffield says he suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and wants others to be aware of the problem.

He decorates his property not for attention, but rather the recognition of others who returned, or are returning from war. It's something that never happened to him when he came home, but as the years have passed small gestures from anonymous people who pass his house are enough to say thank you for his huge sacrifice.

"They'll say thank you," he said. "They'll leave notes on my door, they'll leave flowers and thank-you cards."


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