Painting by Vincenzo Fodera
This week's artifact is a painting done by Vincenzo Fodera, and gifted to the President in 1966. It shows soldiers from the State of Georgia fighting in Vietnam. (1970.3.280) Rodney M. Davis was a Marine from Macon, Georgia who fought in Vietnam. For his heroic actions, he posthumously received the Medal of Honor.
Did You Know…
Although America's loss of troops in Vietnam is largely attributed to President Lyndon Johnson, the conflict began in 1954. In 1975, communist forces seized control of Saigon, ending the Vietnam War. [LBJ Library photo #C8051-16 by Yoichi Okamoto]