Letters from Vietnam

NOW AND THEN—Above, Danielle Vachon, now 73, corresponded with 49 Marines and Navy men during the Vietnam War. She hopes to reconnect with her former pen-pals and their families. At right, a 1968 photo of Danielle, then called Lauri, and her husband, Jerry Meno. DARLEEN PRINCIPE/Acorn Newspapers

In early 1966, as the war raging in Vietnam dominated the American psyche, a newlywed civilian named Lauri Meno watched Martha Raye perform in Las Vegas.

Raye, the famed comedic actress and singer,...

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