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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    Task Force Report Veterans Against Drugs Task Force Report Constitution Committee Report Convention Resolution Report Healthcare Budget Reform NamJam South Korean Veterans Arts of War Book Review Books Membership Notes Locator Reunions 4 Chaplains PAST ISSues 2010 Jan Feb 2009 Jan Feb mar apr may june july Aug sept oct Nov DeC 2008 Jan Feb mar apr may june july Aug sept oct Nov DeC 2007 Jan Feb MAR APR MAY JUNE july aug SEPT OCT Nov DeC 2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec Visiting South Korean Veterans Lobby For Agent Orange Compensation BY JOHN PRADOS Most veterans know that several countries besides the United States sent troops to South Vietnam Lyndon Johnson once conducted an initiative he called the Many Flags campaign to enlist these Free World Forces There were Australians and New Zealanders but by far the largest contingent of foreign troops was that dispatched by the Republic of Korea ROK The Anzacs made up at most a few thousand men while the South Korean contingent peaked at about 50 000 Roughly 300 000 ROK infantry and marines fought in South Vietnam After many years a South Korean Vietnam veterans movement is coalescing and becoming vocal Beginning in the 1990s the Korean veterans started reaching out to each other They quickly discovered they have the same postwar problems as American Vietnam veterans including chemical contamination from the war zone The Agent Orange issue has become an important point of unity for the ROK veterans A delegation of Korean veterans recently visited the United States to bring attention to their concerns Thirty two veterans all with skin lesions or other evidence of contamination carried placards with graphic photos of injuries demands for compensation from the chemical companies against whom they have won a judgment in South Korea and

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    Shrapnel in the Heart her seminal book on Vietnam War nurses Shuster issued a letter of apology through Marilyn Litt who runs the womeninvietnam com web site I am a fraud who never served in Vietnam Shuster said She went on to say that she felt a deep sense of sorrow embarrassment anguish guilt and shame because of the hurt that her outing as a wannabe caused I hope by candidly voicing my humiliation and enduring the indignity of fully disclosing my emotional brokenness I can give you some sense of understanding and closure Shuster said that she suffered from a dissociative disorder from PTSD and from an incompletely developed self that caused her to believe she actually had served in Vietnam as a nurse I know that I have done more harm than I could possibly make amends for she said I will always remain shattered and shamed But for those of you who once found some measure of solace in my words and my sincere sisterly embraces I hope that some day you may again come to see that those poems were written for you on your behalf and in your voice by someone who loved you very much someone who felt your every tear and heartbeat during the tragedy called Vietnam OFF WE GO Nearly 60 years after the founding of the U S Air Force official Washington came out on October 14 to dedicate the United States Air Force Memorial The memorial is located across the Potomac River from Washington D C on a promontory near the Naval Annex Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon The late James Ingo Freed designed the 30 million memorial which honors the millions of men and women who have served in the U S Air Force and its predecessor organizations It is like no other in the National Capital area Three stainless steel spires soar 200 230 and 270 feet into the air truly evoking the feeling of flight specifically the signature bomb burst aerial maneuver of the Air Force s Thunderbird Demonstration Team Each spire is made of three quarter inch thick stainless steel surrounding reinforced concrete The Air Force star is embedded in granite beneath the spires The memorial also contains a paved Runway to Glory at its entrance a bronze four figure Honor Guard statue two 56 foot long granite inscription walls and a ten foot tall glass Contemplation Wall depicting the Air Force s missing man formation paying tribute to fallen airmen Ground was broken for the memorial in September 2004 It was built with funds raised by the Air Force Memorial Foundation which was created in 1992 Ross Perot Jr chairs the foundation s board of trustees For a virtual tour and more info go to www airforcememorial org ARTS IN BRIEF The Deadly Writer s Patrol is a literary magazine put together by Vietnam veterans who conceived the idea at the Madison Wisconsin Vet Center The magazine s mission the editors tell us is

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    Feb mar apr may june july Aug sept oct Nov DeC 2007 Jan Feb MAR APR MAY JUNE july aug SEPT OCT Nov DeC 2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec OFF THE SHELF Emotional Truths REVIEWED By Richard Currey Operation Homecoming Iraq Afghanistan and the Home Front in the Words of U S Troops and Their Families Random House 386 pp 26 95 Any American seeking an authentic insight into our military campaigns of the last few years should read Operation Homecoming Iraq Afghanistan and the Home Front in the Words of U S Troops and Their Families For all the value in many recent books dealing with Iraq and Afghanistan no single book that I have encountered tells the story with such power immediacy lyricism and hard won humanity Indeed Operation Homecoming should be in every school university and public library in the land It certainly should be on the desk of every member of Congress Operation Homecoming is the National Endowment for the Arts NEA initiative that involved writing workshops for troops and their families These workshops were led by a group of more than 20 distinguished authors all of whom had personal and literary connections to war and the military The project aimed at the benefits of self expression and self understanding that writing about wartime service might yield Originally envisioned as a modest undertaking the response to Operation Homecoming surprised both the NEA and DoD Expanded and extended over two years more than 6 000 troops and family members participated in 50 workshops on bases at home and abroad as well as aboard two ships in the Persian Gulf Learn more at www nea gov national homecoming index html Operation Homecoming offers 89 service member writers as exemplars of what was seen in workshops and

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    and Chu Lai If his first tour in Vietnam had been a trying but noble effort to help contain Communist expansion DeYoung notes Powell saw his second deployment more than five years later largely as something to be endured He was well aware that much of what he did contributed little if anything to defeating a North Vietnamese Army that was clearly fighting a different war than the Americans were Powell she notes was like many other young officers who saw the irrationality and futility of the effort on a daily basis and the experience would later play a major role in his own command decision at the highest level Republican Sen Chuck Hagel of Nebraska cooperated fully with University of Nebraska Lincoln journalism professor Charlyne Berens in Chuck Hagel Moving Forward University of Nebraska Press 230 pp 24 95 an admiring biography The book includes a short chapter on Hagel s 1967 68 tour of duty as an infantryman with the 9th Infantry Division s 2 47th slogging around the Mekong Delta which Hagel described as the hardest thing he d ever done Not surprisingly she writes he believes what he learned there is a big part of who he is today MEMOIRS IN BRIEF Tucker Smallwood expired on the operating table in Vietnam only to be resuscitated by a never say die doctor Smallwood an actor of some renown has compiled short autobiographical essays about his tour of duty about his family and career and about his return to Vietnam in Return to Eden 231 pp 17 95 paper It is an easy and intriguing read But it is one that also leaves the reader hankering for more about his relations with the ARVN Lt Smallwood was an adviser with an outpost of Regional Popular Forces about his wounding and about his coping after recuperating We look forward to a second expanded edition For ordering info go to www lulu com Ted G Arthurs Land With No Sun A Year in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Stackpole 352 pp 19 95 paper is a well told account of the author s 1967 68 tour of duty as the sergeant major of the 173rd s 4th Rifle Battalion 503rd Infantry in the Central Highlands aka the land with no sun Arthurs and his men went through a brutal year that included the Battle of Dak To and the Tet Offensive during which 125 of his men perished Arthurs dedicates the book to their memory Douglass H Hubbard Jr spent three years in Vietnam 1969 72 as a civilian special agent for the Office of Naval Intelligence Hubbard writes about his Vietnam War experience in detail and also relates the story of Naval Intel special agents during the entire war in Special Agent Vietnam Potomac Books 288 pp 26 95 Despite a preponderance of altruism Hubbard says recounting a thought he had during a recent return trip to Vietnam we had mattered very little in the context of Vietnam s

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    When Chapter President Joe Pettit learned that Bellwoar s cremated remains were unclaimed in a private funeral home he led a chapter fund raising effort that came up with 1 000 to pay to have the remains released The chapter then arranged to have a military burial at the Crest Haven Veterans Cemetery with an honor guard from Maguire Air Force Base We are doing our best to make things complete Pettit said following the funeral which 13 chapter members attended The award winning Springfield Massachusetts Chapter 866 Color Guard had the honor of leading the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade for the fourth consecutive year The chapter which sponsors a local Boy Scout troop and Cub Scout troop took part in the September 22 Western Massachusetts Stand Down which was held at the Greek Cultural Center in Springfield Chapter members presented the POW MIA Recognition Ceremony and the Color Guard presented the colors and led the rifle salute at the event s opening ceremonies Members of Greater Hartford Connecticut Chapter 120 took part in the September 22 Stand Down 2006 held at the State Veterans Home campus in Rocky Hill The chapter donated 500 and chapter members volunteered at the all day event which offered a wide range of services to some 550 veterans The Connecticut State Council also donated 500 This has been a very very productive day said chapter member Linda Schwartz the commissioner of the state s Department of Veterans Affairs People s lives are transformed here The State University of New York at Brockport along with the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago and VVA s Western New York District chapters sponsored The Things We Carried art exhibit in October at SUNY Brockport s Drake Memorial Library Inspired by the Tim O Brien book of the same name the exhibit was one of several events planned during the fall semester incorporating themes from the book The following VVA chapters provided items that members brought home from their Vietnam War tours of duty Chapter 20 Rochester Western New York Chapter 77 Chapter 193 Leroy Chapter 268 Lockport Chapter 459 Cassadaga Chapter 681 Niagara Falls and Chapter 865 Jamestown Members and friends of Rochester New York Chapter 20 spent the better part of a recent Saturday afternoon sorting through scores of collection bins filled with bags of groceries that had been collected in the spring The chapter then sent all the perishables rice pasta cake mixes to St Joseph s House a local food pantry soup kitchen and emergency shelter that serves the poor and homeless in Rochester The canned and bottled goods were set aside for Thanksgiving baskets the chapter distributes to needy families Chapter 227 The Dean K Phillips Memorial Chapter in Northern Virginia celebrated its 21st anniversary at its September 21st membership meeting The gala event included the chapter s first unfurling of the AVVA flag which will now stand in line with the American VVA and POW MIA flags at all of the chapter s events Al Weed a Vietnam veteran and retired Army Reserve Command Sergeant Major presented a talk at the meeting comparing the Vietnam War and the war in Iraq Liberty Bell Chapter 266 in Philadelphia participated in that city s Stand Down for three days in September at Lighthouse Field Chapter 226 members and friends helped the homeless and in need veterans and their families at the event with shelter meals employment assistance medical assistance drug and alcohol treatment information veterans benefits counseling legal advice haircuts and just plain friendly conversation The Baltimore Chapter 451 Honor Guard had a very busy summer The group participated in the Dundalk Heritage Fair opening and closing ceremonies and in three 4th of July parades in Dundalk Towson and Catonsville The big fall event for the group was marching in Baltimore s Columbus Day Parade Liberty Bell Chapter 226 in Philadelphia hosted the Memorial Day ceremonies at the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial The chapter s Color Guard joined those from the Memorial Society and the 82nd Airborne in honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the nation The chapter followed that event by taking part in a second ceremony at its headquarters with an open house for members families and friends Western New York Chapter 77 s highly successful Food Pantry has provided assistance to more than 1 400 Western New York families and has disbursed more than 500 000 worth of food and cash cards since it was founded Most recently the Buffalo based Tops Food Markets donated some 4 000 pounds of goods to the Food Pantry which was unloaded from a Tops food truck into the chapter s basement offices by a phalanx of members and friends Veterans helping veterans continues in the finest spirit of caring and giving to others said Chapter President Patrick W Welch Words cannot properly convey my heartfelt thanks to all who give of themselves for others Phoenix Chapter 726 at the Polk City Florida Correctional Institution held a full day of activities on Memorial Day The chapter Color Guard led the ceremonies at the institution s central flagpole after which the chapter organized softball card and board games followed by evening ceremonies that included prayers of remembrance a reading of the names of deceased chapter members a flag lowering and an ice cream and cake social Del Mayes Roy Hall Dave Stokes and John and Jane Kinzinger of Washtenaw County Michigan Chapter 310 recently visited every patient at the Ann Arbor VAMC as part of the chapter s annual ice cream party for patients In addition to treating each patient to ice cream the chapter members distributed special cards made by local elementary school students to the veterans The chapter also threw its annual Halloween Party at the hospital on October 28 Sundays are normally real quiet and slow for the hospitalized veterans except when we come to visit said John Kinzinger Quad Cities Chapter 229 in Rock Island Illinois was named

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    wound on Mar 16 1968 Contact Richard Griser P O Box 255 Oakmont PA 15139 724 516 0238 Want to hear from anyone who served with me in the 258th MP Co Corps Ft Hood Texas March 1970 August 1971 Contact Rick Popa 6520 Pressley Creek Whitmore Lake MI 48189 seniorpopa hotmail com Looking for Mike Casey or anyone else who served at Binh Thuy Air Base Jan 1968 69 Contact Dennis Madsen 1517 Lucia Ave Fairmont MN 56031 dm73145 chartermi net Would love to hear from anyone who served with me in HHC 159th Engr Grp Engr COMD 20th Engr Bgd USARV Long Binh 1970 71 Contact Fred Van Pala 11 Sperry St Milford CT 06460 fredvp sbcglobal net Seeking anybody who was on Hamburger Hill Dong Ap Bia May 1969 How about with C Co 3rd 187th at Camp Eagle before the start of Apache Snow Looking for John Comerford Bill Batten Leonel Mata any others Contact Chuck Shorty Schilling Jr 122 Oak St Brooklyn MI 49230 517 467 4625 grumpygrucker aol com Seeking anyone who loaded munitions on F 4 D and F 4 E aircraft with 366th Tactical Fighter Wing at Danang Air Base 1969 70 Some personnel were out of Eglin AFB Florida Contact Karun W Sjostrom P O Box 467 St Michaels AZ 86511 928 871 2017 day 928 871 4468 evening Searching for family members of Samuel Boyd of Newark N J KIA June 10 1968 I served with PFC Boyd in A Troop 2 17 Cav 101st Airborne Div and was with him on the night he was killed Contact Arthur P Corley 5 Longview Dr Bridgeton NJ 08302 856 451 9491 Looking for anyone from the 173rd or 241st Inf Jan Sept 1968 I remember Walley and Bob Brown I was called Robe Contact Clifford J Robertson P O Box 1983 Maple Falls WA 98266 360 599 9127 Gracie Cliff yahoo com Would like to find any member of the M A S H unit in Phu Bai 1968 69 Seeking info about the unit and locale Contact Jerry Spette 66 Manville Rd Pleasantville NY 10570 914 769 7758 grspette66 aol com Seeking those who served as Air Police and Security Police at Tan Son Nhut AFB for our next 377th SPS Reunion in Nov 2007 Contact Jim Stewart P O Box 67 Montrose MI 48457 810 639 5755 evening jstewart centurytel net Would love to hear from anyone who served with me in HHB 3 13 FA Schofield Barracks Hawaii Dec 1974 77 Contact Mike Reiss 31 Brooks Dr Stony Point NY 10980 845 429 6010 mreiss5504 optonline net Looking for Henry Anderson Donald and C Helphenstine or anyone else from Plt 278 USMC Recruit Training Depot Parris Island 1968 Also seeking Joe McGuiness may be spelled differently from Indiana with H S Co or any grunts from H Co 2 4 3rd Mar Div I Corps Quang Tri 1969 The Magnificent Bastards Contact Gary L Morrison 3032 S W 22nd Pl Cape Coral FL 33914 239 541 9937 Want to hear from anyone who served with the 394th Transportation Bn Construction Detachment Qui Nhon 1967 71 Contact Tom Ras 937 Salt Rd Webster NY 14580 Searching for Robert Trafter Jr We served together in A Co 3rd Engrs Kaneohe Bay Hawaii Also served with him in Motor Transport 1973 74 His wife was named Kelly Contact Roger D Kellogg 2301 Maplegrove Rd Jackson MI 49201 517 769 3486 Seeking anyone who served with the 31st Security Police Sqdn Tiger Flight Tuy Hoa AFB July 1969 70 Contact Terry Padgett 196 Catalpa Rd Lynchburg VA 24502 tpuvais1 msn com Looking for anyone assigned to Det 9 15th Aerial Port Sqdn 7th Air Force or any Marines stationed at the air field Dong Ha 1966 67 Planning a reunion Contact Leon J Fields 3128 Richard Ave N E Roanoke VA 24012 540 312 7782 Searching for a reunion of the 379th Transportation Co 48th Transportation Grp 6th Battalion I was stationed with this unit in Long Binh 1968 69 Anybody know about a reunion Contact Thomas Pratt 52 4th St Rochester NY 14609 585 454 5009 thomtra5 aol com Want to hear from anyone assigned to 711th Turkey Hill Belleville Ill 1955 1960 Boston Air Defense Sector Stewart AFB or 1st MOB Clark AFB Philippines Bill Green are you out there Anyone from Tent Kit Section Contact Lawrence W Gordon 734 N Monroe Dr Xenia OH 45385 937 347 2212 Seeking old friends from NavCat 18 Ben Hoa 1970 71 We lived in the Chinese section of Saigon and worked on the coast in II Corps close to the Hon Koi peninsula Also lived on a Korean base named White Horse Contact Rich Tapia rtdirections yahoo com Trying to locate James or John McClinick unsure of spelling He is my husband s father and was on leave at the time my husband was born We were told that he was killed in an automobile accident on his way to join his wife and newborn son I want to find out if that is true or if he might still be alive I am doing this as a surprise for my husband Contact Amy Riggs 937 446 3350 rrcontracting dragonbbs com Seeking anyone who knew my uncle Robert Bobby Spencer He was with the 503rd out of Ft Campbell Ky 1966 68 Contact Heather Spencer c o Jill Dargavell dargavell prtcnet org Looking for anyone who served on LCU 1575 in Vietnam 1968 69 Contact Robert Moore rmoore greatoakswater com Seeking August Jakubiec or his family I served with HQ New Zealand Vietnam Force Dec 1966 Feb 1968 August was with the U S Army I have a 1967 photo taken on the roof of the Free World Military Assistance Organization FWMAO building in Saigon of August and me I would love to reconnect Contact John Goodman johnali bigfoot com au Seeking information on a rescue salvage mission aboard the U S

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    Personality Disorder Discharges Chaplains Corner CSCP Contact VVA PARTNER SITES PUBLICATIONS November December Issue The Veteran Departments Featured Stories Letters President s Message VVAF Report Government Relations Veterans Benefits Update PTSD Substance Abuse Committee Report AVVA Report SHAD Project 112 Task Force Report Veterans Against Drugs Task Force Report Constitution Committee Report Convention Resolution Report Healthcare Budget Reform NamJam South Korean Veterans Arts of War Book Review Books Membership Notes Locator Reunions 4 Chaplains PAST ISSues 2010 Jan Feb 2009 Jan Feb mar apr may june july Aug sept oct Nov DeC 2008 Jan Feb mar apr may june july Aug sept oct Nov DeC 2007 Jan Feb MAR APR MAY JUNE july aug SEPT OCT Nov DeC 2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec Reunions The Greater Springfield Honor Guard will join with the Bainbridge Reunion Group on Sept 27 30 2007 for a 50th Anniversary celebration Eastern States Exposition The Big E in West Springfield Mass Services at Agawam Veterans Cemetery on Sat Sept 29 with parade at 5 p m the same day at The Big E Associated activities include Boston sightseeing tours of the U S S Constitution JFK Library etc Contact Bob Cahillane 377 Prospect St Northampton MA 01060 rpc crocker com 21st Annual Winterfest R R All Veterans Reunion Jan 14 17 New Glarus Wisc Contact Terry Babler 608 527 2444 pointman1 tds net 15th Field Artillery Association all battalions all wars June 14 17 2007 Lodge of the Ozarks Branson Mo Contact David Holdorf 414 464 2939 hidavo earthlink net or www landscaper net 1st Bn 1st Marines Reunion Sept 12 16 2007 Savannah Ga All eras marines and corpsmen invited Contact Joe Fulginiti 335 Braehead Drive Fredericksburg VA 22401 540 372 3376 reunion112007 aol com or www 1stbn1stmarines org REUNION CORRECTION 299th

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    chaplains brought encouragement and hope to the nine hundred men onboard George L Fox Alexander D Goode Clark V Poling and John P Washington helped evacuate the men and distributed life jackets When all the jackets were gone they took off their own and gave them away Linking their arms together the men a priest a rabbi and two ministers prayed together as the ship slipped into the sea On Sunday September 10 2006 as the sun drew close to the waters of Delaware Bay and the shadows grew long and red the six o clock ferry left Cape May New Jersey on its way to Lewes Delaware It passed the weather beaten half sunk hull of the improbable concrete ship Atlantus then pulled into the bay The twinkling lights of Cape May concealed the Coast Guard Training Center where only hours before an auspicious ceremony had been held at the Guardian of the Sea Chapel Hosted by the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America the event honored the 44 new inductees into the Legion of Honor of the Chapel of Four Chaplains the Humanitarian Award recipient and the Bronze Medallion recipient For a brief time bathed in the blue and green stained glass of abstracted sea and sky some of the nation s great luminaries gathered Not the ones people read about in the papers nor the ones who preen on the world stage Those gathered in the quiet beauty of the Coast Guard chapel have made careers of quiet beauty They have done what needed to be done taken on responsibilities that no one else wanted and brought comfort and shelter to many who were vulnerable and exposed The centerpiece of the ceremony was the distribution of awards each preceded by a listing of the awardee s actions that led to nomination to the Legion of Honor of the Chapel of Four Chaplains The words like a warm summer rain were welcome and refreshing Applied his considerable talents in the service of the Vietnam veteran generation worked unceasingly for veterans love devotion and concern for veterans motivational talks and prayer requests compassion integrity and sincere help always finds time to talk with the youth of today constantly involved from Day One in the planning procurement organization and participation in all relief efforts in Florida Alabama Mississippi and Louisiana A godsend to the veterans community who acts unselfishly for 33 years held an evening flag ceremony annual campaign to see that needy families have Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners raising money for toys and gifts for underprivileged children serves with compassion selflessness honor and dignity He went beyond the call of duty to help those in greatest need He takes it upon himself to help the sick and needy survive a catalyst that opened the VSO operation his commitment and efforts on behalf of his fellow veterans made an impact on many lives always willing to give more of his time works tirelessly given countless hours to assist Vietnam veterans

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