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Vietnam Voices: Books & Joe with Ken Palmer

December 15 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


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Join Us for Our Author Talk & Book Signing Series:


with author, Ken Palmer

Wasted Blood:
Facing the Music in Vietnam

Please join us for this special event on Saturday, November 17, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

Join us at:
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation
1 Memorial Lane Holmdel, New Jersey

Image result for Ken Palmer Wasted Blood$7 Museum admission includes a tour of the museum, light refreshments, and an intimate discussion with the author about his new book.

Books will be available for purchase in our Museum Store to be signed by Ken after the talk.

Ken Palmer was sent to Vietnam in ’69, the year of Woodstock, and was told by his Seabee superior officer that he would be playing guitar in a battalion band off-hours at a local bar in China Beach.   You can imagine that with a band name like Wasted Blood they had a great opportunity to express their frustration with the war.

Rock and roll music plays in your mind while you read. Remember the song, You Gotta Get Outta This Place, by the Animals? The rock music adds a level of war relief and entertainment, but in the end the suffering is the same.

In the Epilogue, the author reflects on his experience noting that home from the war, this veteran struggles with PTSD and doesn’t know it for 40 years! Someone should make a movie from this memoir. There needs to be more awareness about how pervasive PTSD is.

Be sure to check out our special exhibit “Soundtrack of a Changing Nation: The Music of the Vietnam Era” which is soon to be closing making way for our next special exhibit.

RVSPs are not required, but much appreciated. We’d love to know you’ll be joining us!

Coming soon: Pre-registration link on website and ability to reserve a copy of the book.

For questions, please email the NJVVMF Educator, Keri A. Giannotti, at:


December 15
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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New Jersey Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial
1 Memorial Lane
Holmdel, NJ 07733 United States
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