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BYU conference to salute LDS veterans

by | Nov. 03, 2011

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Russell Meacham's respect for Elder Marion D. Hanks runs very deep.

One of Meacham's most treasured memories from his military service during the Vietnam War was time spent with Elder Hanks, who risked his life to fly into hot combat zones to minister to LDS soldiers.

"Elder Hanks … made lists of the names and hometown addresses of everyone he met. He then spent countless hours, while traveling and elsewhere, dictating letters on a portable tape player, to the loved one 'back home,'" Meacham wrote in "Saints at War: Korea and Vietnam." "I can tell you by experience in my own family that a letter from a general authority who has recently visited your 'loved one' in the field in Vietnam is a real morale-builder."

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