The Vietnam Army Grunt Museum is located inside the Lynd Company’s new headquarters in San Antonio, where the Museum honors United States Army Grunt soldiers who fought on the ground in Vietnam, giving visitors some sense of what soldiers, in combat, experienced and the challenging environment of Vietnam. It is the museum’s goal to use cultural and historical documents, interactive displays and selected artifacts to expose the visitor to the realities and perspectives of that long war.
SAN ANTONIO, TX—LYND, a homegrown commercial real estate company, brought the AVTT traveling version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. to greater San Antonio during a four-day period in October 2019. The visit coincided with the dedication of the Vietnam Army Grunt Museum that was built inside LYND’s new headquarters in Shavano Park. The 50th reunion of a U.S. Army unit the company’s founder and chairman emeritus Michael Lynd Sr. was part of what took place the same weekend.
“My father’s service in Vietnam meant a great deal to him and it helped shape the fiber of our company,” said A. David Lynd, president and CEO. “With that in mind, we thought it would be fitting to showcase this important historical period in our country while celebrating a momentous milestone in our own company’s history—a new 35,000-square-foot corporate home built from the ground up.”
At 360-feet long and 8-feet high, the AVTT Traveling Wall is the largest mobile Vietnam replica in the country. It was set up in the parking lot of the new headquarters site at 4499 Pond Hill Road, Shavano Park, Texas and was open to the public 24 hours a day from Thursday, October 10, 2019, to Sunday, October 13, 2019.
On Friday, October 11, 2019, LYND hosted an invite-only event to dedicate the new office building and ground-floor museum. The project was the brainchild of Lynd Sr., who was a member of the U.S. Army’s 196th Light Infantry Brigade (Americal Division) during the war. It officially served as an annex of the Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library in Cape Coral, Florida.
“Our museum will be dedicated to all of the grunts who put their lives on the line fighting in the rice paddies, jungles, mountains, and beaches,” said Lynd Sr., whose company turns 40 years old in 2020. “The stories will be told from their point of view so that the public can better understand the challenges these brave soldiers faced and why our country was at war.”
The museum will feature documentaries, books, letters, news articles and other artifacts from the era. It will also feature kiosks with audio/visual recordings and a mannequin fully dressed in authentic combat gear. The museum is open to the public. There are more than a half-million Vietnam veterans estimated to live in Texas according to the Military Officers of America.
Special guests for the weekend included two retired Army officers with distinguished military careers. Major General James L. Dozier and Lieutenant General Walter F. Ulmer, Jr. were both awarded Silver Star Medals for valor in combat in Vietnam. Years later, General Dozier made news when he was kidnapped from his residence in Verona by the Red Brigades while serving at a NATO headquarters there. He was rescued 42 days later by an Italian special police unit. General Ulmer later served as a Division and Corps commander and as Commandant of Cadets at West Point.
Occurring during the opening, the C-2-1 unit of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade (Americal Division) held its 50th reunion in San Antonio. A special dinner occured on the rooftop of the LYND headquarters that was attended by both generals and also Chris Noel, a former actress and Vietnam veteran pin-up model who made numerous visits to troops and hosted her own radio program. She survived two helicopter crashes in the war.
Headquartered in San Antonio, TX, Lynd is a privately-held, national real estate company that specializes in third-party management of multifamily real estate assets. Managing approximately 13,000 apartment units in 10 states, Lynd ranks as one of the premiere multifamily management companies in the country. For more information, visit www.lynd.com.