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  • The VVA Veteran: LOCATOR
    June or July 1968 Contact Robert Czyzewski GN 9271 State Correctional Institution 1000 Follies Rd Dallas PA 18612 Looking for a basic training yearbook for Co A 3rd Bn 1st Trng Bde Ft Polk Jan 1974 Contact Mark S Pritt 156 453 P O Box 8107 Mansfield OH 44901 When my father came back from Vietnam his trunk with all of his personal items was lost My sisters and I have been trying to find a way to learn if this trunk or its contents might still exist The trunk contained all his uniforms photos dog tags keepsakes etc Can anyone help Contact Elizabeth Cox also known as Elizabeth Bundy 719 391 0445 malachi00130 yahoo com Looking for a Vietnam era military issue red ink pen with unit designation including Bravo Battery 2nd Battalion A similar pen was recovered with remains possibly associated with Kevin O Brien who served with HHB 2nd Bn 94th Arty 108th Arty Grp O Brien went MIA on Jan 9 1969 A match on the pen could help resolve this case and bring Kevin O Brien home Contact Danny Greasy Belcher tfogreasy alltel net Trying to locate Joseph McArthur Bowman and Hurley Reed both recalled from Danang 1970 71 Bowman was originally from Washington D C and served with the 363rd Trans Co in Vietnam He later served in Korea Contact Lawrence Wilber 162 West Euclid Ave Jackson MI 49203 517 782 9635 I want to surprise my husband with a picture He tells a story of landing in Vietnam in June 1967 aboard the U S S Barrett AP 196 with the 3rd Howitzer Bn 316th Arty He recalls a picture taken with three companies standing in formation on the dock Does anybody have a copy or know where I could find a copy Contact Rebecca S Becca Williamson Executive Secretary Office of the President Samford University 800 Lakeshore Dr Birmingham AL 35229 205 726 2710 205 726 2061 fax rswillia samford edu Seeking Paul Hoh St Louis and other Seabee mates from Vietnam or Exmouth Australia Contact Douglas Dockter djwldockter yahoo com au Looking for Frenchy LeDuc or anyone else who served with me at the Puuloa Rifle Range Hawaii Jan 1967 69 Also want to hear from John Picard of Lewiston Maine who I served with in Vietnam and Okinawa Contact Tom Rottsheit 1615 South Grand Ave Waukesha WI 53189 262 524 0883 TRottscheit waukeshacounty gov Looking for anyone who was at Cam Ranh Bay in the 32nd Transit from July 1969 Sept 1970 Contact Dennis Henderson 2898 VZCR 4907 Ben Wheeler TX 75754 903 852 5203 dennish1943 yahoo com Looking for anyone who served with me in C Btry 8th Bn 6th Arty 1st Inf Div Phu Lai 1965 66 Contact Ralph Goodwin 18 Hart St Port Jefferson Station NY 11776 631 473 8264 gqqdy22 yahoo com Seeking friends of Billy Anspach I recently came into possession of his photo album He was a friend who served in Vietnam in the late 1960s I am searching for people he served with who might want the pictures Billy died in August 1979 Contact James Weigel jaweigel yahoo com Need a copy of boot camp graduation yearbook for Platoon 1149 1st Recruit Training Bn USMC Recruit Depot San Diego March 5 1969 The DIs were SSgt Elrod and SSgt Segrift Contact Anthony Hudson Sr 1790 Palomino Ct Oceanside CA 92057 anthony hudson usmc mil Trying to locate John Trebey formerly an Army captain and Charles Brittain formerly an Air Force major Both men served with my recently deceased husband Len Glen in 1969 70 Contact Deb Duus 52 Eden St West Walkers Point Queensland Australia 4650 Seeking all former camera repairmen 402X0 or sensor systems techs 301X0A B I was with Det 1 33rd CAMRON 1963 64 460TRW A E 1966 69 Contact Harry Biller 1152 Hostler Rd Harpers Ferry WV 25425 304 725 8560 304 676 0858 Boyhwb gmail com Looking for Larry Randall Wisconsin We served together in the 2129th Communications Sqdrn CCK AFB Taiwan 1972 Contact Jerry Borchert 1558 Stanford Ln Denton TX 76210 jborchert ldisd ne t Looking for former Lt Christianson of the 6th 84th Artillery Forgot his first name and am unsure about spelling of his last Believe he was from California I was the RTO for his Forward Observer team in 1968 until we were split up the same year Contact Bill Whetstone 9708 Ridge Heights Rd Fairview Heights IL 62208 618 397 6216 DRYROCK3 aol com Looking for anyone who served with Don Burkhardt Newton Iowa an M 60 machine gunner with Co A 2 1 196th LIB Americal Div 1970 Don died in a car wreck and his family would like to talk to other members of his platoon Contact Bev Burkhardt Davis bevcoffee2go aol com Help needed for PTSD claim Want to hear from anyone who served with me in 102nd Engr Bn during the Tet Offensive 1967 68 Specifically searching for anyone who was with us at Pleiku in the quarry when we got hit late in April 1968 Also looking for the guard from the 4th Div who I helped the night we were attacked by a band of young Vietcong Contact Leonard L Jenkins 407 E Webster Apt 6 Coleman MI 48618 989 465 1263 vickjudy charter net Need help with a VA hearing loss claim Did anybody work on the T 37 Tweety Bird or serve at Reese AFB Texas Seeking anybody who served at Reese or other training bases as pilots air traffic controllers flight line personnel anyone exposed to high and continuous headset communications Contact Robert E Greene 1208 Allendale Rd Mechanicsburg PA 17055 717 691 0248 keygold verizon net Looking for William McPhail Detroit who was at Ft Knox with 3rd Armored Div 2nd Trng Bde Advanced Infantry Training fall 1967 Contact James DeVone Sr P O Box 51216 Durham NC 27717 919 430 1508 james devone yahoo com I was a combat surgeon with the

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  • The VVA Veteran: Reunions, Etc.
    Orange Other Toxic Exposures PTSD Locate Your Local VVA Chapter Personality Disorder Discharges Chaplains Corner CSCP Contact VVA PARTNER SITES PUBLICATIONS January February 2009 The Veteran Departments Angola Prison Stayin Alive Vietnam Veterans Restoration Project VVA Chapter 333 Cold Case Letters President s Message Government Affairs TAPS Region 3 Report Constitution Committee Report Membership Affairs Report Region 9 Report Convention Resolutions Committee Report AVVA Report VA Voluntary Services Report Veterans Incarcerated Committee Report Elections Comittee Report Veterans Benefits Committee Report Arts Of War Calendar Books In Review Membership Notes Locator Reunions 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 Naval Mobile Construction Bn 40 NMCB 40 40th Naval Construction Bn 40th NCB Seabees reunion Newport R I April 23 26 All eras welcome Contact Ed Holston P O Box 112 Franklinville NJ 08322 856 358 2009 nmcbfighting40 aol com U S S Richard L Page DEG 5 FFG 5 Waukegan Ill June 25 28 Contact Carl Slack 603 986 4661 Slack 39 yahoo com 299th Combat Engrs Brotherhood of Dak To Defenders 40th Anniversary Crowne Plaza Hotel Tyson s Corner McLean Va July 23 25 Close to Washington D C Contact Jay Gearhart 231 922 3471 jaybird718 charter net or www daktoreunion com Delta Co 2nd Bn 8th Cav Airborne 1st Cav Div Airmobile Vietnam Era San Antonio May 14 19 Contact Rich O Brien 630 941 8727 richardobrien msn com or visit www angryskipperassociation org B 2 501st 101st Airborne Div Vietnam Era Lee s Inn 2615 Fairfield Rd Kalamazoo Mich July 16 18

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  • The VVA Veteran Featured Stories
    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 Featured Stories THIS SPACE FOR RENT Leasing Veterans Land In West L A BY PAT McDONNELL TWAIR Is it veterans land Yes Is it public land No This was the rallying cheer for veterans who gathered on Veterans Day 2009 at the padlocked Wilshire San Vicente gate to the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs campus They were protesting plans to turn sixteen acres of VA land into a public park A TV reporter talked with international banker and World War II veteran Dan Overmyer 85 who denounced the VA for donating the land to private interests while as many as 20 000 homeless veterans are in need of shelter and care in Los Angeles As two veterans Mark Reed and Ari David who are candidates in California s 27th and 30th congressional districts looked on Overmyer said We re obligated by the original owner who gifted this property to veterans to conserve it for its original purpose and only for that purpose What makes veterans so hot under the collar was summed up in the words of Francisco Juarez of VVA Redondo Beach Chapter 53 Statues and memorials to veterans are nice but the best way to honor dead veterans is to take care of the living veterans read complete article Universes in Wood George J Bennett Sr Honors Veterans By Carving Totem Poles BY MICHAEL KEATING Tlingit legend has it that the ancestors traveled a passage under the glaciers possibly along the Taku or Stikine Rivers from what is now British Columbia to the southeast Alaska coast There they entered into a land of spectacular beauty Vast impenetrable forests of red cedar hemlock spruce and fir crowded the shore and wrapped the snow capped mountains Tumbling frigid rivers supported five varieties of salmon and in the woods were vast populations of deer beaver bear and many other mammals and birds Stretched before them was the endless vastness of the sea In fact the sea was all around them it had cut vast fjords and sliced islands all along the coast The Tlingit people became as adept at sea as on land In their carved boats they shared the seas with abundant wildlife including seals and whales They knew this was a holy land and they treated it with wonder and respect Because the animals had souls and were counted among their ancestors hunting was also a spiritual quest It was a temperate and beautiful land but subject to long spells of rain Sometimes the crystalline sky could shatter under the weight of fast moving thunderheads Owls stuttered a dirge at night ravens alternately mocked and teased them

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  • The VVA Veteran: Stayin' Alive: How To Start And Run A Charity In Vietnam
    in his ticket and used the cash to start a library This was how the Library of Vietnam LOV began In 1999 the first library was built in Quang Ngai Province near Duc Pho In the last ten short years the organization has built twenty two libraries in Vietnam four in Laos two in Cambodia and one in China And one has been approved by the government of Afghanistan after the national library in Kabul was destroyed The LOV also supports four orphanages in Vietnam and has a wheelchair program for disabled war veterans of Vietnam Cambodia and Laos called Swords to Wheelchairs Another project supports an Agent Orange rehab center for second generation children born with severe birth defects We also have developed a young leadership corps to help carry on the mission of the libraries after we are gone The library project was an easy and natural first effort We all worked together we liked the idea of the LOV We started small and luck was on our side We did not create luck but it came our way and we were smart enough to recognize it There are plenty of resources to help you start a project like this Look up instruction guides on the Internet Persistence is critical Developing contact information and developing a database also are critical Follow up emails letters and all methods of disseminating information are critical Developing a checklist and following it will help you stay on track Some words of caution Do not burn yourself out Do not let one priority get too far ahead of another We took on too many projects all at once and had a hard time making scheduled payments Although we managed funding really needs to keep pace with contracts The business end of our efforts had to be balanced with the passion for taking on causes An example of this is the Swords to Wheelchairs project I raised some funds from a few private donors and the VVA Wisconsin State Council We had been developing the wheelchair program for disabled veterans in Vietnam and I wanted to expand this effort into Laos and Cambodia I sent out some emails asking for financial and logistical support One response I received was from a Rotarian who had led an effort to build a library in the Vietnamese Delta He also told me about a National Rotary wheelchair program I looked at their website and indeed they had developed an excellent worldwide program However I decided not to pursue them as a funding source because I wanted a veteran to veteran program They certainly could have helped but I would have lost that personal approach I know the veterans we help I visit them every year they know our group and me We have a special bond and I did not want to see it broken Once you have developed a harmonious team you will want to expand your small group Others will become aware of what you

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  • The VVA Veteran: Stayin' Alive: A Lesson From The Lions
    Affairs ETABO Public Affairs Elections Committee Report Homeless Veterans Books In Review Membership Notes Locator Reunions AVVA Report 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 March April 2009 STAYIN ALIVE A Lesson From The Lions By Marc Leepson You see them pop up every year after Thanksgiving along highways all across the nation Christmas trees for sale on temporary lots often by a local service club Many Lions Clubs run Christmas tree sales operations and many of them are excellent fundraisers If your chapter is thinking about a Christmas tree fundraiser here are some tips from a very successful one run by the Suburban Lions Club in Prince George s County Maryland a suburb of Washington D C The club has been selling Christmas trees and wreathes on a donated lot along a state highway for eighteen years Last year the Club netted about 13 000 selling about 600 trees many to customers who come back year after year The quality of the trees is important said Jim Cocchiaro the club s treasurer who has worked on the operation since it began We sell two types of trees Fraser firs and white pines The Fraser fir we call the Cadillac of Christmas trees the white firs are less expensive Cocchiaro a Vietnam veteran who served with the 199th Light Infantry Brigade in 1969 said the prices range from 20 90 The Fraser firs sell the most We get many repeat customers including folks who have moved away from the area but come back just for

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  • The VVA Veteran: Lyons At The Wall
    Agent Orange Site Map Join VVA Agent Orange Other Toxic Exposures PTSD Locate Your Local VVA Chapter Personality Disorder Discharges Chaplains Corner CSCP Contact VVA PARTNER SITES PUBLICATIONS March April 2009 The Veteran Departments Stayin Alive Lyons At The Wall Child In The War Zone Be Mine President s Report Letters Government Affairs TAPS Region 9 Report Constitution Committee Report Convention Resolutions Committee Report Veterans Incarcerated Membership Affairs Credentials Committee Report Veterans Health Care PTSD Substance Abuse POW MIA Affairs Veterans Benefits Agent Orange Dioxin Women Veterans Minority Affairs Annual Committee Report Government Affairs ETABO Public Affairs Elections Committee Report Homeless Veterans Books In Review Membership Notes Locator Reunions AVVA Report 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 March April 2009 LYONS AT THE WALL BY AMBER CHANEY On a cold Wednesday in February veterans from the PTSD Unit at the VA Medical Center in Lyons New Jersey traveled more than five hours by bus to honor those whose names are inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D C Some members of the group were as young as 18 Though from different generations some served in Iraq or Afghanistan and some in Vietnam the veterans were united in common purpose They carried a plaque with their names inscribed on it as well as the date they visited The Wall In the freezing wind and rain the men marched in formation At the apex of The Wall they began their ceremony with a prayer giving thanks to those who have paid the ultimate price

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  • The VVA Veteran: Child In The War Zone/A Measure Of Comfort At The Arizona State Council
    shouting at me about how the whole village knows what my mother does She says everyone talks about it She says I should be ashamed of my mother and myself No one has said anything to me about my mother If there were anything wrong Ba Noi would have told me I want to run away from Mai I try to lift my feet off the ground but they are cemented to the floor Finally my body listens to me I am able to turn away from her All I want to do is go home but she shoves her face next to mine spits at me and grabs my dress trying to tear it She starts yelling at me You are a daughter of a bargirl Your mother is a bargirl The reason you are living with your Ba Noi is because your father is ashamed of your mother Your mother is a bargirl I know how she got that dress My eyes are filling up with tears and I can t really see her Her mouth keeps opening and closing but I hear no more Each word from her is sizzling fire from a dragon burning every part of me At last my legs are strong and I am able to move my cemented feet As fast as I can I run Tears roll down my face and I cannot see where I am running I stumble on something and fall to the ground I just lay there and cry Mai is so cruel making up all these lies I hate her I hate her I want to kick her back to China American Soldiers What is all that thundering and rumbling under our feet The earth is shaking The ground is moving What is happening The Americans are coming The Americans are coming a few of the village children shout as they run down the dirt road in excitement Ba Noi and I rush out to the road too Yes the Americans are here Under our feet the vibrations are getting stronger and stronger as the American troops march toward us Ba Noi pulls me away from the dirt road We stand very close to our mango tree and there before our eyes is the beginning of a parade American music very loud American music plays I love parades especially the Chinese Lunar New Year Parade People dress in costumes of a big red dragon and dance down the dirt roads They make music with drums and gongs and they pop firecrackers It is a very festive time We celebrate for days and days In the American parade no one dresses in dragon costumes The gigantic American soldiers on foot are dressed in dark green uniforms and big black boots and a few have heavy metal green helmets on their heads Ba Noi and I step back behind the mango tree as they continue to march toward us The American music gets louder and louder Oh my goodness These American soldiers are strange and kind of scary looking They look very different than those who came to our village a few months ago The soldiers who came with Miss Le were nice and gentle They had grand smiles showing shiny white teeth as they gave us medical checkups to help us stay healthy And afterward we were given little gifts which I still keep in my treasure chest Ba Noi must know that I am uncomfortable with these American soldiers She takes my hand and holds it firmly One of the soldiers has a face with dark marks drawn under his eyes and another has skin as dark as the black water buffalo Some wear belts on their chests and waists with all kinds of things hanging off them bullets knives and round metal things And they all carry big guns Some of the guns have lots of bullets hanging on them They remind me of a drawing I have seen in one of my schoolbooks of Chinese warriors dressed in their war clothes heavily armed and fierce looking It s so hot and muggy I wonder how the Americans stay cool with all the stuff they have on As the soldiers walk by us some wave hello Some greet us in Vietnamese A few smile at us but I do not see any shiny white teeth Oh one of them just spit some yucky black tobacco close to our mango tree The soldiers talk and laugh with each other A few smoke cigarettes and pass them around among themselves Two or three Vietnamese soldiers march along with the Americans They look similar to the soldiers at the military compound across the streets They are not outfitted like these Americans The Vietnamese soldiers wear sandals or regular shoes no big black boots I can t imagine that the American with the tangerine hair brown spots on his face and strange blue eyes the one who gave me a shot in my arm so I could stay healthy and who said I had beautiful eyes would be with these soldiers Then I see something that I know Ba Noi will not allow me to do A couple of children in the village walk and talk with the American soldiers They call out GI GI GI The soldiers give them candies One boy asks for money too The soldier looks like he is having fun with the little boy He gives the little boy some cigarettes instead Other children stand along the dirt road and yell GI candy GI candy The soldiers are very amused by them and toss candies to them Still other children run after the soldiers begging for more candies Ba Noi looks at me and gives me a look to let me know that she does not like the children asking for candies and money from strangers I dare not leave her side She does not have to worry about me Next come the jeeps

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  • The VVA Veteran: Be Mine: Valentine's Day At Walter Reed
    DeC 2007 Jan Feb MAR APR MAY JUNE july aug SEPT OCT Nov DeC 2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec March April 2009 BE MINE Valentine s Day At Walter Reed By Michael Keating A Goodwill Valentine s Day Caravan is what they called it And that pretty much summed it up But to describe more fully It was a garrulous rowdy fun loving circus of disparate groups crammed into a donated bus and U Haul vans all loaded down with unlikely and precious gifts intended with enormous affection and respect for the toughest yet the most vulnerable of America s youth its wounded men and women at Walter Reed Oh and did I say they were all from New York The entire production was put together and coordinated by VVA members from New York City under the direction of the United War Veterans Council and its impresario Pat Gualtieri The group involved as many organizations as possible VVA Manhattan Chapter 126 and VVA Brooklyn Chapter 72 took leading roles They were joined by the Metropolitan Transit Authority Veterans Association the Samaritan Village Veterans Programs of Manhattan the Ed Thompson Facility of Queens the Brooklyn chapter of Nam Knights the Never Forget Foundation U Haul International HBO Estee Lauder Coach USA the History Channel the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce and the New York City Council Did I mention Miss USA Long Island Alyse Zwick After a morning press conference in Manhattan volunteers boarded a 50 seat Coach USA bus donated by Vietnam veteran and company president Tom Lewis Other volunteers climbed aboard U Haul trucks emblazoned with patriotic logos The donated trucks also carried the many many Valentine gifts that had been gathered for Walter Reed s wounded warriors Five hours later the caravan arrived at Andrews Air Force Base where the group spent the night Early the next morning the Goodwill Valentine s Day Caravan passed through the gates of Walter Reed and pulled in front of Mologne House where wounded soldiers are housed once they can leave the hospital Then VVA s own volunteer army of forty went into action The U Haul trucks were unloaded many dozen red white and blue wicker baskets full of candy and treats donated by U Haul cartons of men s and women s toiletries from Estee Lauder and boxes of clothing The oversized Thank You For Serving poster boards each filled with hand written goodwill messages from New Yorkers soon completely encircled the community dining room and the lobby of Mologne House along with other congratulatory signs and banners Meanwhile the MTA Pipes Drums Corps unloaded their instruments The unearthly drone of bagpipes being warmed and tuned blended with the joking repartee of those unloading boxes of Girl Scout cookies donated by Timothy and Jennifer Glover Meanwhile inside the dining room was transformed Hundreds of New York Hook and Ladder t shirts and sweat shirts were lined up on tables together with snack foods and candies and U

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