DELPHOS — Mrs. Ledyard’s seventh-grade English class has been reading the novel, “The Monument.” The book focuses on a small town which lost a significant number of people in the Vietnam War.
To help bring a real-life story to the students, Ledyard invited guest speaker Amy Musser into the classroom. She shared the journey her father, Sgt. David Anderson, took during his time serving the country. Sgt. Anderson was injured during his first tour in Vietnam, was medically cleared and served a second tour.
Musser discussed the telegram her family received when her father was injured and described the suffering he endured upon returning home. She also explained how her father dealt with Post Traumatic Stress Disorde and the impact that cancer, caused by Agent Orange, has had on her father and family.
Musser brought several items to share with the students, from the commendation letters her father received, his service metals and the most cherished award of all, her father’s Purple Heart medal.
Sgt. Anderson has been honored with his name being placed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall.