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  • The VVA Veteran: Veterans Incarcerated Committee Report: Cleaning Out The Mailbox
    Reunions Calendar 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 VETERANS INCARCERATED COMMITTEE REPORT Cleaning Out The Mailbox BY TP HUBERT CHAIR I d like to clean out the VIC mailbox and acknowledge some incarcerated veterans and prison programs The VIC appreciates your efforts to organize and be a positive influence in the country s prison system In perhaps an early Christmas present from the Supreme Court in Porter v McCollum the Court threw out the death sentence for a decorated Korean War veteran ruling for the first time that combat stress must be considered by a jury before it hands down the harshest punishment So the New Year gives hope to many veterans who are imprisoned with life sentences They can cite this Florida case in their bid for clemency and release VIC would like to wish the best to Craig R McLaren of Chapter 190 at the Holman Veterans Group at the W C Holman Unit in Atmore Alabama for keeping up the Eagle Speaks and working for veterans in Alabama We hope your Christmas stocking had some writing tablets in it Doc Piper and Ed Munis at the very impressive Soledad Veterans Service Office at the Correctional Training Facility These incarcerated veterans are accredited by the Monterey County Office of Military and Veterans Affairs to represent some 17 000 incarcerated veterans in California John Tidwell and The Veterans Action Group and their efforts at the Men s Colony State Prison in San Luis Obispo California May the New Year find the Noise From Inside

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  • The VVA Veteran: Books In Review
    end the Vietnam War You Are Not Forgotten A Family s Quest for Truth and the Founding of the National League of Families Vandamere 348 pp 27 95 is an account of the late Evelyn Grubb s POW MIA advocacy after her husband USAF LTC Wilmer Grubb was shot down over North Vietnam in 1966 Co author Carol Jose has specialized in writing about POW MIA issues Warning Henry Kissinger wrote the foreword ARVN Gen Tran Van Nhut took part in the pivotal 66 day Battle of An Loc in 1972 the subject of his new book An Loc The Unfinished War Texas Tech University 227 pp 27 95 Written with Christian L Arevian it is an autobiographical account that includes his army service from 1954 Another ARVN general Lam Quang Thi offers his third person assessment in Hell in An Loc The 1972 Eastern Invasion and the Battle That Saved South Vietnam University of North Texas 282 pp 29 95 Navy historian Jan K Herman s Navy Medicine in Vietnam Oral Histories from Dien Bien Phu to the Fall of Saigon McFarland 365 pp 55 contains the voices of Navy physicians dentists nurses and hospital corpsman along with the patients they treated To order go to www mcfarlandpub com or call 800 253 2187 Dean Ellis Kohler s Rock n Roll Soldier A Memoir Harper Teen 278 pp 16 99 written with Susan VanHecke tells the story of a draftee who went to Vietnam in 1967 served with the 127th MP Co in Qui Nhon then formed a rock band and toured the country It s pegged at the YA market Kohler s website is www deanelliskohler com Eric Newhouse s Faces of Combat PTSD TBI One Journalist s Crusade to Improve Treatment of Our Veterans Issues Press 312 pp 18 paper includes interviews with veterans with PTSD Leadership Combat Leaders and Lessons Stand Up America 197 pp 18 paper contains twenty five essays written by members of the West Point class of 1959 and edited by two of their number retired Army Cols James L Abrahamson and Andrew P O Meara Jr Nearly every one of the men served in the Vietnam War Henry G Cole s General William E DePuy Preparing the Army for Modern War University of Kentucky 364 pp 35 is a biography of the former MACV chief of operations and commanding general of the Big Red One the man who devised the search and destroy strategy Cole a retired Green Beret colonel and historian also looks at DePuy s post Vietnam War role in reshaping the U S Army Robert L Tonsetic s Forsaken Warriors The Story of an American Advisor who Fought with the South Vietnamese Rangers and Airborne Casemate 256 pp 32 95 is the author s memoir of his 1970 71 tour his second after serving two years earlier with the 199th Light Infantry Brigade s 4th of the 12th HISTORY IN BRIEF The new fourth edition of Peter P Mersky

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  • The VVA Veteran: Membership Notes
    Massachusetts Chapter 116 recently held its 20th scholarship presentation at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Monument Square in downtown Leominster Eleven sons and daughters of Chapter members who demonstrated a commitment to their studies to the community and to veterans received 2009 10 scholarships Cassandra Cooley Mathew Ellam Ashley Gearing Nicholas Grudziecki Michael Hazzard Jeffrey Jollymore Michael Nolan Mary Kate Simmons Gina Stacy Rachel Tamas and Sean Toohey Sacramento Valley California Chapter 500 gave out four 2009 scholarships which go to Vietnam veterans or their relatives based on the quality of essays they write on a topic chosen by the Chapter s scholarship committee The Chapter published the essay in its November newsletter of the winner of the Sarah Bonnifield Scholarship Michelle Schmidt a student at California State University Sacramento The three winners of Plymouth Canton Michigan Chapter 528 s 2009 Essay Scholarship Contest each received the 500 first place award Samuel Bell the nephew of Chapter member Dean Bell Regan Byers an AVVA member and Lauren Wietchy the niece of Chapter member Jim Austin Three other contestants received a Letter of Participation Mary Boudreau Debby Bradley Cheryl Brown Nancy Dignan Rich Whipple and Ron Wroblewski served as the judges POW MIA Members of Somers Point New Jersey Chapter 228 took part in POW MIA Recognition Day ceremonies September 18 at Patriot Park The ceremony was also dedicated to the memory of Don Souder a VVA member who began the POW MIA ceremony in Somers Point in 2007 State Sen Jeff Van Drew presented Souder s wife Kim with a state resolution honoring her husband We ask these men and women to put their lives on the line for us and as many times as we go to war I don t think we can understand what it is to be a prisoner of war and how it must feel for their family and friends Van Drew said This is the least we can do Members of the John Franklin Morrison Jr Chapter 1019 in Winchester Virginia played important roles at the annual POW MIA Recognition Day ceremonies in September at the POW MIA Memorial at Jim Barnett Park in Winchester Board Member Wayne Graham offered the opening remarks after which came the Pledge of Allegiance and benediction Winchester Mayor Elizabeth Minor spoke as did former World War II POW Loring Carper Vietnam War POW Mike Benege and Alan Morrison the brother of the chapter s namesake After the speeches AVVA members Katie Woods and Cyndy Hollender Stancliff placed roses on the memorial s benches and Chapter members read aloud the names of the missing in action from the state of Virginia Appleton Wisconsin Area Chapter 351 held a very successful fundraiser in conjunction with POW MIA Recognition Day The chapter raised nearly 2 500 The funds will go to buy POW MIA materials which will be distributed to local schools to promote POW MIA educational efforts as well as to create a scholarship in honor of a local service

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  • The VVA Veteran: Locator
    an American Indian warrior looking into a pool of water the Indian s reflection was that of a Vietnam Era soldier Contact M H Reagan 417 588 5811 417 718 0486 aable65536 embarqmail com Searching for Curtis Wilson or anybody who knows or remembers him He was in the Air Force and served at the Saigon Airport in 1971 Contact Chuck Geiger cgeiger i2k com Looking for basic training album from Ft Jackson September 1966 Also seeking members of 312th Supply Co 96th S S Bn March 1967 68 The 1st Plt transferred to Chu Lai and served during the Tet Offensive Contact Joseph L Curatolo VA Medical Center Northport 79 Middleville Rd Bldg 6 Northport NY 11768 631 261 4400 ext 5667 631 774 7902 cell 631 754 7993 fax Joseph Curatolo va gov Trying to find Frank Tolbert and John Greer We served together in a Combined Action platoon CAC in the Phu Loc Valley in 1967 Our call sign was Tiger Hotel 6 Contact Gary Stines 734 457 5414 garystines charter net Seeking John V Ferry or anyone who knows or remembers him I served with 2nd Bn 4th Bde Fort Ord 1967 We won the company and brigade basketball championships I still have and cherish the trophies from those tournaments Capt Ferry was my commanding officer and was very kind to me We have not seen each other since 1967 Contact Charles S Togias 239 594 7683 home 315 727 1011 cell cstogias hotmail com Searching for David Bright from Bell Calif 545th M P Co 1st Air Cav 1967 68 Contact Jerry Ferraro gferraro ptd net Looking for Bradley J Carlson Mass and Bernard Mitchell Pa from 60th Supply Sqdrn Base Fuels POL Travis AFB 1975 Contact Daniel L Cameron Cameron Daniel Wavecable com Seeking any Navy corpsmen who were at Battalion Aid Station on Hill 55 on March 21 1968 southwest of Da Nang and recall treating several marines for wounds at around 3 00 p m Contact Ted Pietz tedpietzsr hotmail com Seeking veterans who served in A Battery 2nd 11th Artillery 101st Airborne who were in country from mid 1967 1968 specifically Jerry Crunkleton Contact James Ensign 2259 Osage Trail Wadsworth OH jmdisplays yahoo com Looking for fellow members of 441st Bomb Sqdrn 320th Bomb Wing Mather AFB Sacramento Calif 1972 Contact Mark D Madsen 320 241 4056 mdmadsen55 yahoo com Looking for anyone with Charlie 33 Ft Carson Colo January 1968 Contact David Benjamin dvdbenjamin5 gmail com Seeking Johnny Espinosa who was stationed in the Fairfax Va area in 1968 Contact Kathleen Watson Plake deplake fuse net Searching for anyone who served with Doug Steele in Echo Co 1st Bn 1st Div 1968 71 Contact Doug Steele dsteele2008 hotmail com Want to find Elgin A Brown who served in RVN 1969 70 with 1st 22nd 4th Infantry Div Elgin is an American Indian originally from Crownpoint N M now possibly living in New Mexico or Arizona Contact Gerald L Patterson 5505 Woodlawn Ave Omaha NE 68127 402 592 9047 Lewis18022 aol com Looking for anyone who served with the 3rd Marine Div HQ Bn Service Co Repro Section Quang Tri April 1968 May 1969 Contact Jim Cantrell 614 991 5889 jimlc gmx com Searching for anyone who knew or remembers Gerald Wesley Vaughan USMC fighter pilot stationed in Da Nang in the mid 1960s Contact Stephani Vaughan Haskins stepvh yahoo com Seeking anyone who knew Vietnam era veteran Thomas Hall He may have been known as either Tom or Tommy worked on a construction project at Ione Calif lived at Comanche Lake and had a brother named John Born late 1940s deceased mid 1970s Contact Claudia Dee Price claudiadee007 yahoo com Australian Vietnam vet developed a passion for 1960s American cars while serving in RVN Now seeks assistance from car enthusiasts in locating a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro or Chevelle available for sale Contact Iain Nixon iain allspace com au Looking for a graduation book from Ft Bragg March June 1970 and anyone who remembers Johnny Worley Contact John Worley dustywriter yahoo com Seeking any former Marines who served with Co C 1st Bn 26th Marines in Operation Deckhouse IV who knew Joseph Friel Joe saved the lives of three Marines in a firefight and lost his own life saving a fourth I want to help upgrade his posthumous decoration Contact Ernie Sullivan babysullivan1 comcast net Seeking anyone who knows or knew Michael Dee Bradley Vietnam veteran last known to be living in California Contact Ronald Bradley hhc iprimus com au Need help with VA claim Seeking anyone with information or perspectives regarding discharge physicals administered at Ft Hood Contact Max E McVey MillcreekHerbals aol com Searching for anyone who knows or knew Patrick Ryan a Vietnam veteran who at one time corresponded with Phyllis Campbell Contact Patrick Rapa ireadashortstorytoday gmail com Active duty Army officer completing a graduate degree in military history needs help Seeking any members of MAAG V and also any individuals who served in both Korea and Vietnam Specifically interested in military advisory roles and the transition of these operations between Korea and Vietnam Contact Gregory Schrein gregory schrein us army mil Looking for anyone who served in 306th TFS 31st TFW Tuy Hoa AB June July 1968 who knew or had contact with Lance La Grange F 100 pilot KIA July 2 1968 during LZ prep in Thuan An Binh Dinh Province or anyone connected with the LZ or his final flight that day or his classmates from Cannon AFB class of 1968 FR Contact Jeff Gorss 398 North Creek Rd Greenfield Center NY 12833 jgorss nycap rr com Looking for former GI Schmidt or anyone who knew him in Vietnam knows him now or has information about him He was a mess sergeant with HHC 23rd Arty Grp 2nd Bn 13th Arty Regt Phu Loi 1966 67 Contact Cindy Nguyen Cynrealtor verizon net Looking for Jack Colbert who served as a gunner on my Quad 50

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  • The VVA Veteran: Reunions
    Orange Dioxin Committee Report Veterans Healthcare Committee Report Membership Affairs Committee Report Veterans Benefits Committee Report Veterans Support Foundation Report Veterans Incarcerated Committee Report Books In Review Membership Notes Locator Reunions Calendar 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 ETC U S S Forrest B Royal DD 872 June 24 27 Warwick R I Contact Ron Larsen 1240 Franklin St Wisconsin Rapids WI 54494 715 423 8905 mosbyusn wctc net Kilo Co 3rd Bn 7th Marine Regt Vietnam reunion Sept 16 20 Portland Ore Contact Harry Smith 870 489 3123 smitty kilo37 com or William Rolke 262 780 0993 Wrolke wi rr com 3650th Military Training Wing Sampson AFB Oct 3 6 Rochester N Y Holiday Inn Airport All personnel permanent party and students invited Contact Walt Steesy P O Box 299 Interlaken NY 14847 607 532 4204 SamAFBvet aol com Bird Dog Units all eras hosted by the Veterans of the 183rd Aviation Company Seahorses Cheyenne Mountain Resort Colorado Springs Sept 9 12 Contact John Fischer 6163 South Marion Ave Tulsa OK 74136 918 493 6235 John Fischer worldnet att net 299th Combat Engineer Bn the Dak To Defenders July 28 31 at the Radisson Hotel 120 South Wildwood Dr Branson Mo Contact Jay Gearhart 231 922 3471 jaybird718 charter net or visit web site at www daktoreunion com 9th Engineer Bn USMC Annual Reunion May 30 June 3 Victor N Y Contact Herb Shaw 912 424 9084 hshaw bellsouth net Saigon Mission Association U S Embassy DAO 35th Reunion April 30 May 1

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  • The VVA Veteran: Hotel 2/3 Reunion: Vietnam Marines: Still Survivin'
    New Mexico from Wisconsin and Kentucky Illinois Alabama West Virginia Nevada They came to Quantico actually to a Comfort Inn in nearby Stafford Virginia to attend the fourth reunion of the 3rd Platoon Hotel Company 2nd Battalion 3rd Marines Forty years ago these men had humped the boonies for all but a few weeks of their thirteen months in Vietnam a place that took their youth and too many of their buddies They were together again now many accompanied by wives or girlfriends nephews and sisters for an extended weekend in early May to reminisce to laugh to shed a tear or two and to reflect on the most intense experience of their lives the war that changed them forever Been a while says Bobby Griffin Little Tex after a hug of greeting from Tex Ben Williams Yeah been quite a few pounds ago too Tex replies slapping him on the back Is Rod here yet someone asks How bout Gooze And Billy Martin As they arrive in ones and twos in the hospitality room they are checked in by Chuck Gaede their lieutenant in Vietnam the glue of these gatherings Abe Piedra who left the Army a command sergeant major still addresses him as Sir If somebody didn t organize this we d never get together says Little Tex as Bill Esper nods in agreement Attending these reunions Patrick Hodgkins Bootcamp says has lifted a lot off my shoulders because these guys know what went on And much of the conversation over their three days together revolves around what went on what they did the carnage they d seen and their buddies those still alive such as Big Man Dominique Stance those too ill to travel such as Danny Crumpler and those who never made it home In their

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  • The VVA Veteran: President's Report: Democracy In Louisville
    MAY JUNE july aug SEPT OCT Nov DeC 2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec PRESIDENT S REPORT Democracy in Louisville BY JOHN ROWAN You will get this issue just before we begin the National Convention in Louisville Unlike some of our counterparts VVA is a truly democratic organization The members through their convention delegates will choose our National Officers and Directors amend the Constitution and vote on resolutions In VVA the Convention is our highest authority The delegates will hear some excellent speakers such as Lt Gen Russel Honoré and Pat Sajak sorry no Vanna and will meet the real people behind the HBO movie Taking Chance John Phelps the father of Chance Phelps a casualty of the war in Iraq and Lt Col Michael Strobl who escorted Chance s remains home This issue contains a profile of John Phelps who is a noted sculptor and painter and a Vietnam veteran There may also be surprise guests In addition we will have representatives from the Canadian Vietnam Veterans Association see photo below from my recent trip to the Air Museum in Fargo N D which had a display of the Canadian Wall I hope that all the chapters have sent their entire delegations All the Officers attended Memorial Day services in Washington D C I attended an intimate breakfast in the White House The main guests were the Gold Star Mothers and the men and women who work in the mortuary at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware To truly understand the exceptional work done by these service members be sure to see Taking Chance Only a few veterans service organizations were invited and we were limited to only one person per organization President Obama came around to each of the tables paying special attention to the families of

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  • The VVA Veteran: Letters
    Membership Affairs Committee Report Agent Orange Committee Report Election Committee Report Minority Affairs Committee Report Women Veterans Committee Report ETABO Committee Report Region 4 Report Region 9 Report Books In Review Membership Notes Locator Reunions Calendar 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 LETTERS ENTITLEMENT ISSUES I am very upset to find that as a veteran of Vietnam 1966 67 4th Div Pleiku I am not entitled to any benefits I was told that I made too much money while I worked When I went into the service they did not ask me how much money I was going to make The government has reneged on our deal I want my benefits Steve Sanders By Email UNCONDITIONAL Did I know the political reasons for which I fought in Vietnam Do the soldiers of today know the government s designs that create their battles Have we seen a line of demarcation at the end of a war that can clarify all of our actions and give us retribution and closure to the inhumane acts of courage We were young impressionable immortal and our respect for authority was unconditional We did and They do whatever task is put before them My hat is off to today s soldier because it s obvious that the generation of the Vietnam War was much more naïve Learn from our mistakes For those who have been there unconditional support of our troops is a given For those who offer opposition against the actions of our troops save it for policy For those

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