TOPEKA, Kansas (WIBW) -- The Museum of the Kansas National Guard honored Vietnam Veterans and welcomed a new addition.
An aircraft that was used during the war, a F-105D Thunderchief, was dedicated to the museum in honor ofthe 184th Tactical Fighter Training Group.
First veterans from Chapter 604 of Topeka shared stories and experiences, then joined the public outside for the dedication ceremony.
Retired Sergeant E5 Ron Zink said he gets together with Vietnam veterans all the time, but this ceremony is different.
"To have the community give us some recognition is really special because as most people know, we didn't get much recognition when we got home. As they stated inside, most of us, when we got on the ground and the states was to get out of the uniform because we'd get harassed."
Zink looks back on his experiences and said the people they came into contact with were nice and generous, although they were poor.
He said he has mixed emotions about going back to Vietnam, even for efforts to reclaim the remains of those who died there and send them back to the U.S.
Zink said the aircraft gives him mixed emotions as well because he remembers a plane like that one dropping a 750-pound bomb.
"It saved our bacon a lot, but then you do have the memory of getting a friendly fire situation."
A plaque was dedicated for the aircraft that details its history and what it was used for.
The Air Force received the F-105D Thunderchief 61-0106 in 1962 and the Museum of the Kansas National Guard obtained it in 2012.
It is the 36th outdoor display at the museum.