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Flathead Memorial Service Helps Brother Heal

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KALISPELL - One man traveled across the state to pick up one last memory of his brother who died in 2012, years after serving in Vietnam.

For him, today is about healing, but it's just part of how the Flathead honors the fallen.

Lynn Valtinson came to Kalispell Monday all the way from Great Falls for a beat up flag that's been flying in C. E. Conrad Memorial Cemetery since last Memorial day.

The United Veterans of the Flathead Valley put it up there for his brother, Larry Valtinson.

"The United Veterans gave him the honor he basically refused to accept in life, and I'm grateful to them," said Lynn.

Larry earned 13 medals for his service, including a Bronze Star and a Presidential Unit Citation. He also had to do the impossible: put his own comrades in body bags. Lynn never knew any of this until after Larry died.

"It was very unusual," remembered Lynn, "He would never talk about Vietnam."

The only way Lynn could find his brother's story was through military records and a sergeant from his brother's platoon that he found after putting out an all call online for anyone who knew Larry's past.

"He was a changed person after Vietnam. He was not the brother I knew before he went in," said Lynn.

Monday, they raised a flag in honor of two more vets that will wave until next year.

"I would ask other people who know about old haunted veterans, that they probably don't know their whole story, and the whole thing is kind of healing process," said Lynn.

The United Veterans of the Flathead Valley made about a dozen stops around the Valley on Memorial day, honoring our heroes with gunfire and bugles.

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