Dinner tonight honors Vietnam veterans

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Charlene Dorsey, who served in the military from 1961-1964, describes some of the medals earned by Kauai’s Vietnam veterans displayed at the Kauai Veterans Museum at the Kauai Veterans Center in Lihue.

Photo by Nina Magoun

Kauai’s Dr. Thatcher Magoun served as an Army surgeon during the Vietnam War.

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Vietnam veteran Harry Shigekane earned many medals for his military service during the Vietnam War.

Photo courtesy of Russell Maeda

Vietnam veterans, from left, Russell Maeda, Peter Yukimura and Dennis Nakahara, proudly don their patriotic apparel.

LIHUE — Half a century after the peak of conflict in Southeast Asia, Vietnam veterans are being honored for their service.