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Join us on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at William Woods University for a pre-release viewing event of Manchu: A Brotherhood of Sacrifice, a Vietnam War documentary directed by Matt Wilcox.
Delve into the experiences of the 1968-1970 Manchus from the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, as they share their stories of sacrifice and camaraderie.

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Special Pre-Release Viewing event

William Woods University
One University Avenue, Fulton, Missouri

Saturday, May 18, 2024

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.: Meet & Greet
Location: McNutt Campus Center

3:30 – 5:30 p.m.: Movie Screening
Duration: 2 Hours
Followed by a 30-minute Q&A

5:30 – 6:15 p.m.: Social Hour

6:30 p.m.: Dinner
Location: Tucker Dining Hall


Veterans — Register to attend


If you are a veteran and plan to attend the showing, please fill out this form.
We will have a name tag for you, so others at the event can recognize your service.

About the Event

A red carpet meet and greet begins at 2:30 p.m. in the McNutt Campus Center where you can meet with filmmaker Matt Wilcox and Callaway County Vietnam veterans David Hosenfelt and Stan Adams (author of Mokane to Mole City) and other veterans.

The documentary starts at 3:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A session with Wilcox.

Tickets:

  • General Admission: $20
  • Student Ticket: $10 (Must present valid student ID)


Additionally, we offer a special VIP ticket option for $50, which includes both the movie screening and dinner at Tucker Dining Hall.

The film is intended for mature audiences. A cash bar will be available during the event.

Mokane to Mole city

“Mokane to Mole City” follows Stan Adams, a young infantry rifleman drafted in May 1968, as he navigates a year of combat with the famed “Manchu” Regiment, 25th Infantry “Tropic Lightning” Division during the Vietnam War.

Tasked with building “Mole City,” a combat patrol base camp near the Cambodian Border, Adams and his comrades endure attacks, including a significant one during a Christmas truce in 1968.

In 2003, Adams initiated efforts to reach out to the families of fallen comrades and reestablish connections with fellow Manchus, many of whom were grappling with PTSD. Adam’s profound journey is eloquently captured in his book, Mokane to Mole City — A Manchu Vietnam Memoir, featuring a photographic history with over 250 color pictures that recounts his experiences. Wilcox’s film expands upon this narrative, shedding additional light on the challenges faced by those who fought in Vietnam.

Mokane is a small city in southern Callaway CountyMissouri, United States. The population was 185 at the 2010 census. 

Seen in features and interviews with KRCG-TV (Sept. 17, 2021 and May 27, 2022), KOMU-TV, Fulton Sun, and Daniel Boone Regional Library.

Callaway Connections

David Hosenfelt and Stan Adams, Callaway County hometown heroes, embarked on an extraordinary journey from rural mid-Missouri to the jungles of Vietnam, a narrative that served as a poignant inspiration for Wilcox’s documentary.

Adams and Hosenfelt found themselves thrust into the front lines of the Vietnam War, where they navigated the challenges of combat as part of the famed “Manchu” Regiment of the 25th Infantry “Tropic Lightning” Division.

In the aftermath of the Thanksgiving Day Battle in December 1968, during which Hosenfelt was seriously injured while saving a fellow soldier’s life, Adams and the Manchus were assigned the task of constructing “Mole City,” a combat patrol base camp near the Cambodian Border. Their mission was to bait the NVA and disrupt their supply lines. The harsh reality of war unfolded when Mole City came under attack during a Christmas truce in 1968. Despite dwindling ammo supplies, the Manchus fought valiantly through the night, and artillery was called in on top of them as a last resort.

Adams and Hosenfelt personify the spirit of resilience, and their collective journey stands as a testament to the strength of local heroes. Join us in honoring both Adams and Hosenfelt, along with all the Vietnam veterans who made significant sacrifices for their country.

Learn More about the Manchus

Go to www.manchu.org to learn more about this highly decorated Vietnam Regiment who were attached to the 25th Infantry Division www.25thida.org

Sponsors and Supporters

Silver Star

Stan Adams, author of Mokane to Mole City, and Rita Adams, producer of MANCHU: A BROTHERHOOD OF SACRIFICE:
In honor of Capt. Ron Cabral, the BEST CAPTAIN anyone could ever have served with, and the men of Bravo Company Stan served with — KEEP UP THE FIRE (KUTF).  Honoring the 428 Manchus whose lives were cut short, — we will never forget you.

Purple Heart

David & Judy Hosenfelt and Family
In Honor of All My Manchu Brothers and all Veterans Who Gave Their All

Edutech VIP



CatchPhrase Communications 



PEAK Sport & Spine



VFW Post 2657, Fulton, MO

Bronze Star

Loretta Bargmann Beckman
In honor of my brother Gilbert Bargmann and Stan & Rita Adams for their commitment and dedication.
“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven”, Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

Jim and Jeanie Rudkin
“In Honor of Stan Adams” (your ole Marine Buddy Jim, Semper Fi (Always faithful/always loyal)



William Woods University



Loganberry Inn


Lucky Snipe
   In honor of Stan Adams, father of Kim Force, Owner.


RiverSmith Engineering
Sacramento, CA



VFW Post 1130, LaPorte, IN
In Honor of Darrel Cavin and his Bravo Co. Manchu Brothers WELCOME HOME!



Callaway County Tourism



Columbia Orthopaedic Group



Foster Brothers Wood Products, Auxvasse, MO



Ameren Missouri – Callaway Energy Center



Buchheit, Fulton, MO, Fulton, MO

Army Commendation Medal



  Manchu Vietnam Association
In recognition and appreciation of all Manchus and in memory of those who are no longer with us.



Callabyte Technology



Rifkin Professional Karate Center
“In honor of our brave and selfless cousin Stan Adams who sacrificed and served in Vietnam. The pride we have for knowing you and loving you is beyond immeasurable.” — The Rifkin Family 



Iron House – Fitness & Conditioning
Joel & Tammy Rifkin, owners

 

  
JoAnn DiNunzio and Alice Gamet
In Honor of Their Brother, Stan Adams



Basnett Dental
Fulton, MO



Dermistique Face & Body
Columbia, MO



MO Eye Consultants
Columbia, MO



AMVETS Post 153, Mokane, MO

Welcome home to all veterans!




Callaway VFW Auxiliary Post 2657



Terry Rehma, Class President
In honor of the South Callaway High School Class of 1966



Maupin Funeral Home,
Fulton, MO



GloveCon General Contractor,
Fulton, MO



Holiday Inn & Suites,
Kingdom City, MO 


Baymont by Wyndham,
Fulton, MO

Vietnam Service Medal

Scott & Debbie Reda

David Hollabaugh

Warren Melvin Hollrah / Warren M. Hollrah Tours & Enterprises,
Fulton, MO

“In Honor of my cousins who fought in Vietnam; my relatives who serve this country; the 7 Westminster College alums who died & other W.C. alums who served in Vietnam; Major General (Retired) Byron S. Bagby & Col. (Retired) Ned Digh.”



DAR: Jane Randolph Jefferson Chapter


4th Degree Knights of Columbus (The Patriotic Degree), 4th Degree Assembly No. 3599,
Fulton, MO



Kingdom Pilots Association



Short Stop Millersburg


Exchange Bank of Missouri,
Fulton, MO



Topeka-Jefferson City Base
Representing the United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. proudly recognize the MANCHUS



Patriot Guard Riders



Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF), Callaway Lodge #105 (1857-present)
and
Queen Esther Rebekahs Lodge #868 (2007-present)

In Honor of the late Father of Mrs. Stan (Rita) Adams, Sgt. M.B. “Rip” Russell (Missouri State Highway Patrol) & her Grandfather Henry Wickell both members of Callaway Lodge #105.



REED Heating & Air Conditioning,
Columbia, MO



Giofre Apiaries Honey Ice Cream,
Millersburg, MO 



Simmons Bank,
Columbia, MO 



American Legion Auxiliary Unit 5,
Jefferson City, MO