Sunday February 24, 2013

Just over a week ago I was in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in Vietnam. There I visited the Museum of War Remnants. My heart began to beat just a little faster when I saw an AP photograph from 1967. The inscription read "Specialist 4 James E. Callahan, a medic from Pittsfield, ducks sniper fire to tend the wounds of an injured infantryman."

As the rector at St. Stephen’s Parish I lived and worked in Pittsfield from 1984-2000. Now, "halfway around the world" I viewed a photo of a Pittsfielder from those war years.

James Callahan’s successors should know that I was touched beyond all words to see this photo of his loyal and compassionate service.

THE REVD.

J. MICHAEL POVEY

Sarasota, Fla.

Editor’s note: The local Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 65 is named after James E. Callahan, who died in 2008. The AP photograph became an icon of the war when it was shown in Life Magazine.