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Local family has two relatives being inducted into Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Fund

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Nine Georgia Vietnam veterans will be inducted into the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Fund in D.C. this weekend. CBS46 was able to sit down with sisters who have two family members getting inducted.

"This is daddy and Nancy and Perry and Perry's son P.J."

Perry Gossett and Henry James didn't know each other while fighting in the Vietnam War, but they'd become a big part of each other's lives years later.

"This was daddy in Vietnam."

James was a career pilot in the Air Force. At 40 years old he got the call that he'd be headed into enemy territory, leaving a wife and three daughters behind.

"He ran an airborne command post directing B-52s and bombing missions."

While James was in the air, Gossett-- his future son in law--was on the ground serving in the marines.

 "My husband was shot four times. The fifth time he was shot, actually sent him home."

Gossett and James met years later, when James' youngest daughter fell in love with the marine.

"There was a country music hall in Smyrna called the Buckboard and I met him there. And I knew just seeing him that that was the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with."

Nancy Gossett says her husband and father were her heros. But her time with them was cut much too short.

James' oldest daughter, Carol Pope, says their father developed Parkinson disease.

"After about ten years I guess it really began to progress and got much worse."

Around the same time Gossett was diagnosed with throat cancer.

"Probably about 2010 he started going downhill developing other problems."

This time Gossett and James fought their wars together, but they'd end up losing together as well.

"My husband went at about 10 o clock in the morning on August 7 and no one had told me how bad my dad was.. At about 2 o clock in the afternoon I got a phone call that he had passed. 

Both Parkinson disease and throat cancer are on the VA's Vietnam War presumptive disease list.

The sisters have no doubt the two men died because of their service to our nation.

"I can't think of any other explanation."

They're grateful to travel to D.C  this weekend to make sure their own heros and other Vietnam veterans aren't forgotten.

"Even though this is for Vietnam vets who have passed away it's what is finally needed to be done. In honoring these men and women it's bringing recognition to the Vietnam vets who are still with us."

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