Who Are San Mateo's Adopted Troops in Afghanistan Rooting for in the Super Bowl?

The troops described their lives in Afghanistan in a video call Thursday night, and shared which Super Bowl team they're rooting for Sunday.

Residents in San Mateo and other nearby cities, including Foster City, Burlingame and Hillsborough, enjoyed a love affair Thursday night that most towns don't get to experience.

Troops in the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army deployed to Afghanistan and stationed in Fort Campbell video chatted with citizens back home Thursday night as part of a celebration of a documentary chronicling their relationship with San Mateo.

The documentary, "City With a Heart," focuses on the activites surrounding Operation Eagle Visit, the 2012 Memorial Day Weekend celebration of the 40th anniversary of San Mateo's welcome home parade for returning Vietnam War veterans in 1972. 

The movie was screened at San Mateo City Hall, followed by a live Skype video call with the 101st Airborne Division troops, also known as the Screaming Eagles, in Afghanistan and Fort Campbell.

On March 4, 1968, the San Mateo City Council unanimously approved a resolution to adopt the troops and San Mateo became the first city in the U.S. to proactively support a deployed combat unit in the Vietnam War.

The troops described their lives in Afghanistan, and shared which Super Bowl team they're rooting for Sunday.

Jim Clifford February 01, 2013 at 09:20 PM
"The troops described their lives in Afghanistan, and shared which Super Bowl team they're rooting for Sunday." Pretty funny when they were asked if they favored the "Falcons." Just a slip. A lot more happened than the video shows. About 200 people showed up and were treated to Bearded Poppas, the tasty cream puff. They also heard a moving love story about the woman who started the whole "adoption" movement on the Peninsula. Her brother was killed in the war and she later married an officer from his outfit at St. Matthews on El Camino in San Mateo.They still seemed like prom king and queen at Thursday's showing, which was narrated by Ed O'Neil of "Modern Family." San Mateo should be proud, mainly for staging the only welcome home parade during the Vietnam War. If I recall correctly, 8,000 people turned out for the 1972 event. The soldiers gave away equipment ranging from web belts to canteens to kids. This was recalled in the movie by one veteran who said he was glad no one was arrested for parting with GI gear. I was at the parade and remember one solider putting his belt on a little boy and saying "It's OK. I've had it long enough."


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