A monument standing at one of TS Banking Group’s locations in Council Bluffs, Iowa serves as a reminder of Operation Lam Son 719. Operation Lam Son 719, was the last major military operation in the Vietnam War. During this two month invasion into Laos there was a more concentrated loss of aircraft crews in the sixty day window of Lam Son 719, then at any other time in the war. Ten percent of all the helicopter crew losses over the 15 year war occurred in this two month operation alone.
The Vietnam War and Lam Son 719, through TS Banking Group Chairman, Michael “Mick” Guttau’s service in this military operation, had a profound impact on who TS Banking Group is today and how we strive to lead. Certain quotes from these military experiences echo in our company, for example: “The troops come first” and ”Turn into the fire.”
"Today and for generations to come, this monument will stand in honor of those who served, and those who gave their life, during Operation Lam Son 719, in an effort for us to stand here and experience unparalleled FREEDOM today. I also hope this monument will somehow be used to make known the stories of Operation Lam Son 719, and will help to fill in the gap that our government has created in our country’s history books, in which there is little to no acknowledgement of what is now known as the largest US Military operation to have occurred since the infamous D-Day of WWII." - Josh Guttau, CEO, TS Banking Group.
Duane Weirich, Lewis IA is the creator of this magnificent display located at TS Bank, 43 Scott Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51503. Much, if not all, of the material is recycled parts and material from various agriculture equipment. The statue contains numerous symbols depicting many aspects of Mick & Judy Guttau's lives, the couple who served as the inspiration for this monument. “As you stand before this majestic eagle, remember you live in a country where numerous BRAVE Americans fought for, and some gave all, for you to experience unparalleled FREEDOM today.”
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