Daughters of Vietnam vet to speak here Tuesday

The story of daughters returning to the site of their father’s death in Vietnam is the subject of a documentary being produced by the daughter of a Whigham native.
Jerry Ellen Jowers Anderson, originally from Whigham and now a resident of Dothan, AL, and her three daughters, Lynda, Debra, and Jodie will be the guests of American Legion Post 122 next Tuesday night.
Legion members and guests will hear from Debra Anderson whose Noo Sphere Productions of New York, NY is working on the project.
Debra Anderson and Nikki Graham Salizillo, a co-worker of Anderson’s sister Jodie, traveled to North Vietnam last October to visit the crash sites where both of their fathers had been shot down during the Vietnam War.
Ms. Anderson’s father, Col. Robert D. Anderson, was shot down and killed on October 6, 1972 and ironically Ms. Salizillo’s father, Captain Allen U. Graham, was killed on October 17, 1972.
The duo traveled to Vietnam to commemorate the 40-year anniversary of their fathers’ deaths.
Ms. Salizillo and Jodie were on a business trip to Washington, D.C. in 2009 and during a visit to the Vietnam Memorial Wall they discovered the names of their fathers were only two lines apart on the wall.
Jodie knew her sister Debra was interested in taking the trip to Vietnam to visit her father’s crash site so she put her sister in contact with Nikki Salizillo, who also wanted to make the trip.
Out of their trip the idea for the documentary was born. According to Debra Anderson they will return to Washington on July 8 to do more filming for the documentary. Additionally, Ms. Anderson plans to interview men who flew with their fathers and other daughters of Vietnam veterans.
She said they plan to return to Vietnam sometime in 2014 for additional production work.
Ms. Anderson will share her experience with the legion members next week and she is also seeking donations to complete the documentary.
Next week’s meeting is open to the public and anyone interested in learning more about the documentary or hearing Ms. Anderson’s story should make plans to attend. The meeting takes place at the Cairo Masonic Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday.

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