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  • The VVA Veteran: REUNIONS, ETC.
    19 22 Contact William Metzler 707 374 1377 metz560 frontiernet net 571st Dustoff Phu Bai Dustoff El Cortez Hotel Las Vegas April 20 23 Contact Dave Ferrier P O Box 3474 Running Springs CA 92382 ferrier dave yahoo com 14th Field Artillery Regiment Association Satanta Regiment Killeen Ft Hood Texas June 27 29 Contact Charles Maldonado 210 681 0132 apatrickmooman yahoo com or www 14faregiment org 7th Communications Bn 1st MARDIV Vietnam Era June 25 28 Branson Mo Contact Mike Fink 252 223 4046 mfink ec rr com 84th Engr Bn Construction June 19 22 Washington D C Contact Richard Sharp 314 821 8640 kwagnersha aol com or visit website http 84thebcreuniongroup vietnam com 84th ebc htm 36th Evac Hospital May 29 June 1 Davenport Iowa Hotel Holiday Inn Rock Island Illinois just across the river from Davenport 309 794 1212 Contact Anne Philiben 541 318 5713 annephiliben bendcable com or www 36thevac com Comedy Night American Legion Post 129 Gardner Mass April 26 Sponsored by North Central Chapter 907 VVA Doors open at 7 00 p m show starts at 8 00 10 donation Raffle Hummer tee shirts motorcycle run Event benefits area veterans Tickets may be purchased by calling 978 632 6286 or online at www vietnamveterans907 com Annual Motorcycle Swap Meet Cheshire Fairgrounds Keene N H May 4 Directions off Rt 12 in Keene Raffle all expenses paid for a 6 hour 20 passenger Hummer Limousine Package a 900 value Chances 5 or three for 10 available through the chapter or sending money and self addressed stamped envelope to Vietnam Veterans 907 P O Box 595 Gardner MA 01440 Drawing to be held at the 5th Annual Memorial Bike Run May 25 Contact 978 502 8713 or visit www vietnamveterans907 com 5th Annual Memorial Motorcycle Run and Chicken BBQ open to public May 25 Motorcycle registration from 7 45 9 45 a m at Gardner American Legion Gardner Mass Run departs at 10 00 a m sharp Memorial Service at 11 30 a m at The Cathedral of the Pines Rindge N H BBQ begins at Gardner Fish And Gun Club on Clark Street at 12 00 noon Live music comedy vendors raffles hamburgers hot dogs beer wagon full bar and friends Tickets BBQ only 10 motorcycle rider plus BBQ 20 motorcycle rider and passenger plus two BBQ tickets 30 Contact www vietnamveterans907 com Game Wardens of Vietnam River Patrol Task Force 116 July 16 20 Norfolk Virginia Beach Va Contact Clarence Coop Cooper 757 340 4898 seniorcoop33 aol com or www tf116 org Golf Co 2 7 Vietnam July 24 27 Capital Plaza Holiday Inn Sacramento Contact Bruce Guthrie P O Box 258 Morongo Valley CA 92256 760 363 6141 bgguthrie gmail com 117th Assault Helicopter Co and detachments Vietnam Era June 19 23 St Louis Mo Contact Al Bennett 850 834 3376 nam 117th hotmail com 237 Medical Detachment Dustoff April 12 13 Las Vegas Contact Ed Iacobacci ediacobacci verizon net or www dmzdustoff org

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  • The VVA Veteran: LOCATOR
    5856 Broadway St Indianapolis IN 46220 317 523 0019 Want to find John Pelkey and Jim Bailey both medics from 1st Bn 12th Inf 4th Inf Div Camp Enari Pleiku Feb 1969 70 Contact Doug Moylen dmoylen gmail com Does anybody remember when an aircraft maintenance accident on an F 4 Vigilante cost the lives of two fellow sailors at Naval Air Base Albany Ga in June 1968 Contact William T Patterson 39 E Marion St Youngstown OH 44507 330 330 5342 Looking for 69th Sig Bn personnel from Camp Gaylor Tan Son Nhut AB including Larry Caldwell Ferguson Mo and Charles L Curley Eatontown N J Contact Leonard Gamradt 504 3rd St S E Little Falls MN 56345 320 632 8845 Seeking anyone who served with A Btry 6th Bn 14th Arty on Artillery Hill Pleiku Oct 1967 68 Contact Donald Wayne Ashwell 3006 Marysville Rd Altavista VA 24517 ashwellsr aol com Seeking Fred Rodman We served together in Hawaii 1972 73 We had the two best bikes in Hawaii We were both at CINCPAC FLT but in different offices Contact Richard Dick Witte 1224 Kirsten St La Marque TX 77568 409 938 7291 409 771 1379 Does anybody recall an episode at Ft Polk when Clarence W Bynum was confined to the base stockade and attempted suicide by drinking Pine Sol Incident verification is needed Contact Clarence W Bynum 501 S Persimmon St Pine Bluff AR 71602 870 489 0205 Trying to recover an AWOL bag lost somewhere on the flight home from Tan Son Nhut through Cam Ranh Bay and on to Ft Lewis The bag contained slides a trophy and D Troop Zippo lighter Contact Ken Moore 164 Baneberry Way Hilton NY 14468 585 392 0269 I m looking for the Army 1st LT in the accompanying photo part of an MP Advisory Team who was assigned on Phu Quoc Island In January 1971 he escorted me and another nurse while we participated in a three day MEDCAP providing care and assessment for VC and NVA POWs at different enclosures With us were two Vietnamese doctors several of our doctors assigned to the 3rd Surgical Hospital in Binh Thuy our dentist and his tech Contact Connie Christensen 1141 SW 8th Terr Ft Lauderdale FL 33315 ConCC aol com Need help with PTSD claim Seeking Robert Garner or anyone else who remembers me from A Co 84th Engineers 1970 or HHT 1 10 Cav 1971 Contact Wayne Weaver 514 Mt Misery Rd New Oxford PA 17350 Seeking former Navy corpsman Fitsimons or possibly Fitzsimons or Fitzsimmons who was wounded on or about March 8 1968 while attached to Kilo 3 9 on Operation Dewey Canyon in the A Shau Valley My fireteam carried him to the Medevac chopper Contact Adam W Mackow 25 Abrams Rd Milford NJ 08848 908 995 9191 Looking for copy of a boot camp book for Plt 139 USMC Recruit Depot San Diego June 1963 Contact Jerry Thurman 3438 College Ave Davenport IA 52807 563 386 4662 Looking for shipmates from U S S Constellation CVA 64 P 1 or P 2 Div B Div WESPAC 1966 69 Contact Len Hampton 1390 Anasazi Ct Las Cruces NM 88007 mixedcompany2 hotmail com Seeking anyone who served with the 516th PSC or 490th GS Co located in or near the 1st Logistical Compound Danang June 1969 70 Contact Charlie Ott 1980 Surgi Dr Mandeville LA 70448 985 626 6031 cdott70 bellsouth net Searching for anyone who served with me in the 498th Medical Co Air Ambulance Dustoff Jan 1968 Sept 1969 especially Blackwell or David Franz Franz s last known duty station was in Germany with 503rd CAB late 1970s Contact Clifford Baldwin 114 Zinnia Dr Killeen TX 76542 254 526 4022 Army engineers who served in Vietnam your brothers are looking for you just to reminisce or organize a reunion Contact Brian Bobek 21180 Armada Ridge Rd Armada MI 48005 bbhog sbcglobal net or www engineersvietnam com engineers pacemakers htm Searching for Robert Cetrone from N Y We served together in D Co 24th Engr 4th Armored Div in Feurth Germany We requested Vietnam duty got orders left together and lost touch Contact Glenn Straub 1165 W Lloyd St Shenandoah PA 17976 570 462 9540 John Bannister is seeking old friends from 228th Supply Service Tay Ninh Jan 1968 69 Contact John Bannister P O Box 2586 Binghamton NY 13902 607 242 1230 Seeking Roberts former USMC sergeant with 3rd Marines 3rd Marine Div Quang Tri 1968 He was wounded and pinned down while crossing a rice paddy south of Cua Viet I was the rescue man that day I last saw Roberts at Camp Lejeune He later became a police officer in Jacksonville N C Would like to reconnect Contact Joseph M Guevara 9 Wrights Way Fall River MA 02720 508 578 6351 jguevara newbedford k12 ma us Looking for Baker former sergeant with 3rd Plt B Co 1 506 101st Airborne Div 3rd Brigade based at Camp Evans 1970 We were on operations in the A Shau Valley when we lost Cecile Dabson in a tunnel situation I served under the last name Meara but reverted to my birth name after I got home Contact Art McLellan 134 Summer St 39 Malden MA 02148 781 324 9787 Looking for a picture of my track 31 from the days with Co C 2 8 4th Inf Div It was hit by a B 40 rocket Contact Bob Byrne 252 335 5693 ugvnv ec nc hotmail com Seeking William Schmidbauer Contact Alan L Smith 6048 S W 103rd Loop Ocala FL 34476 Seeking anyone who knew Gregory W Sheeler KIA May 28 1970 while serving with Tr C 3 5th Cav 9th Inf Div in the Dong Ha area Looking for photos or memories I am his cousin and also a veteran Contact Edward P Duffey III 1405 Northview Ave Rose City MI 48654 mich179th ed myway com Want to return a lost Army

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  • The VVA Veteran: LETTERS
    your chapter is doing the same great things as all the others from around the country What a difference we have made I will never forget my first chapter meeting here in Chicago nor the first Convention that I attended in Detroit Nor the activities we have all done the scholarship programs the homeless programs the visits to the VA hospitals the passing out of gifts at Christmas time the school programs and most important helping the veterans who have followed us Then there have been the memorials that we have planned and built in all our communities and the parades we have attended with the smiles and the hugs It all meant a lot to Vietnam veterans and their families Roger A McGill Chicago NO GOOD MEN I want to commend Marc Leepson on his review of No Country for Old Men What he said intensely mirrored my own reaction I m not sure though that it was entirely pointless The message I got was that evil will prevail no matter what Yuck John Pratt By Email A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE I always look forward to Marc Leepson s film reviews but with No Country for Old Men he dismissed the film as too violent when the subject of the film is violence Surely if Brother Where Art Thou is the Coens Odyssey No Country is their Iliad Just as Paris seizes a woman who brought him no pleasure and the Brolin character grabs cash which brings him no profit and this nation wasted Vietnam and Iraq without real gain the theme is constant In many ways violence and slaughter and developing those skills become both the end and the means For surely the psychopath who pursues Brolin derives no pleasure from the pursuit save the cold acknowledgment of his murderous skills Tommy Lee Jones long a staple of violent action films is an impotent Greek chorus reflecting on the destruction The Bardem character is a psychopath with a rigid and perverse morality who goes through the desert destroying everything in sight disquietingly like the current hellstorm of fundamentalists be they Christian Muslim or Jewish The New Mexico and Texas landscape is achingly beautifully captured in this stunningly visual film But underscoring the film s themes it is land drenched in blood the war with Mexico the slaughter of Native Americans the cowboy and Indian sagas and the war against aliens Another historical overlay is Vietnam While I have applauded Leepson s vigilance in exposing unflattering depictions of veterans as the years go by we must be careful about looking through too narrow a lens Most film goers today and their parents were not born during the Vietnam War The filmmakers use Vietnam veteran characters to conjure the spector of a war Most audiences are unaware of the history of walking time bombs Jack Handley By Email A BROTHER S SACRIFICE Regarding the article A Huey Flies In England that appeared in the January February issue of The VVA

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  • The VVA Veteran: Arts of war
    Tharp s creation it has dialogue and pays homage to Hair the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour Ken Kesey s Merry Pranksters Jimi Hendrix Janis Joplin and plenty of other elements of late sixties and early seventies pop culture If you are a Beatles fan you ll love this movie If you appreciate creative moviemaking with terrific rock music top notch off beat choreography and accomplished young actors careening through an at times psychedelic plot this one s for you too I only wish I d seen it on the big screen BEST DOCUMENTARY The stirring documentary Operation Homecoming Writing the Wartime Experience Docurama Films 81 minutes plus extras 26 95 was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2007 Academy Awards It deserved to win Put together by Richard E Robbins and Tom Yellin of ABC News this eye opening unique movie tells the story of how one generation of veteran writers ours has encouraged the newest generation of veterans to tell their Iraq and Afghanistan war stories in prose and poetry The film is an amalgam of the thoughts of a handful of great writers who served in Vietnam Tim O Brien Tobias Wolff Joe Haldeman Richard Currey and Yusef Komunyakaa along with the voices of new veterans and readings of their work by some talented actors including Robert Duval John Krasinski and Beau Bridges The veterans got together in 2004 under a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts which sent O Brien Wolff et al to military bases to run workshops for aspiring veteran writers All of the stories memoirs and poems effectively evoke the special kind of war being waged in Iraq and Afghanistan One message that comes through loudly and clearly from all the veterans testimony including WWII veteran writers James Salter and Paul Fussell is that many of the issues our newest veterans faced in country and after coming home are the same as those that Vietnam veterans had to deal with four decades ago In fact they are the issues that those who have fought in all wars have faced One particularly strong insight came from Ed Hrivnak an eloquent USAF veteran who flew countless helicopter rescue missions in the first Gulf War in Iraq Somalia and Rwanda War is not this glorious thing you see in movies and on TV Hrivnak said When you break it down to the human level it s actually quite disgusting KEEP ON ROCKIN Remember that great country rock band New Riders of the Purple Sage They originally were a part time spin off from the Grateful Dead and included Jerry Garcia on pedal steel Phil Lesh on bass and Mickey Hart on drums The band went out on its own in 1971 with a new lineup and put out a dozen albums selling some four million records in the process Their big hit was the bouncy Panama Red NRPS is still in business and still tours all over the country In June 2006 the band

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  • The VVA Veteran: Book Reviews
    in country war novel Self Inflicted Wounds 1stBooks 373 pp 14 95 paper is based on his two tours of duty flying dustoffs in Vietnam with the 571st Medical Detachment in Phu Bai and Nha Trang from 1967 69 as well as on his work as an outreach counselor for the Anaheim California Vet Center To find out how to get an autographed copy e mail the author a VVA member at ferrier dave yahoo com Korean War veteran Eugene Basicili s novel Hunting With Tigers iUniverse 314 pp 19 95 paper is based on events that took place during the 1968 69 Vietnam War tour that his brother Special Forces Command Sergeant Major Richard A Basilici had with the super secret CIA Detachment B 57 Project Gamma Christopher Goffard s Snitch Jacket Rookery 263 pp 24 95 is supposed to be a comic novel but I didn t find much to laugh about in this ultra noir tale that features a Hell s Angel like Vietnam veteran nicknamed Mad Dog who wears a necklace of human ears No surprise that Mad Dog gets involved in a murder for hire scheme and much mayhem ensues VVA Member Theodore Carl Soderberg puts his many years of service in the U S Navy and Merchant Marine to good use in his engaging novel Uncharted Waters PublishAmerica 230 pp 19 95 paper which is set during Operation Desert Storm Retired Army Col Thomas R Glodek offers his ideas about why the United States did not prevail in Vietnam in fictional form in The Advisory Team Vantage 357 pp 23 95 Glodek served as a MACV intel adviser in Vietnam in 1968 69 THE LOST BATTALION REDUX Charles A Krohn who retired as a U S Army LTC was on the ground and in the thick of things as a young intelligence officer with the 1st Cav s 2nd Battalion 12th Cavalry during the fierce fighting that took place during Tet 68 near Hue In the early nineties Krohn wrote The Lost Battalion Controversy and Casualties in the Battle of Hue an outstanding book about how his battalion was surrounded by 2 000 NVA and then of all things was ordered to attack without any air or artillery support That evocative book shows in stark detail how the 2 12th survived a murderous NVA assault and at great cost routed the enemy The book published in 1993 was reviewed in our May June 1994 issue To mark the 40th anniversary of Tet Naval Institute Press in cooperation with the Association of the United States Army has published The Lost Battalion of Tet Breakout of the 2 12th Cavalry at Hue 208 pp 23 95 a revised paperback edition of Krohn s gripping account In it Krohn makes some corrections the KIA figure for the unit was 81 not 60 for example additions and adjustments of interpretation as he puts it And he brings his lessons learned up to date from the first Persian Gulf

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  • The VVA Veteran: In Memory Plaque
    Other Toxic Exposures PTSD Locate Your Local VVA Chapter Personality Disorder Discharges Chaplains Corner CSCP Contact VVA PARTNER SITES PUBLICATIONS march april 2008 The Veteran Departments Featured Stories President s Message Government Affairs Budget Request Constitution AVVA Membership Affairs Membership Notes Minority Affairs Veterans Benefit Update Conference of State Council Veterans Incarcerated Homeless Veterans Veterans of Modern Warfare Ask The Parliamentarian Region 3 Region 4 Region 8 Region 9 Women Veterans Public Affairs PTSD POW MIA ETABO National Secretary ND State Council Chapter 172 TAPS Reunions The Locator Letters Arts of War Book Review In Memory Plaque Armed With Toys Join A Database Erie County Fueled By The Fallen Grading VVAF Inside The Vietnam War Band Of Gold 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 In Memory Plaque By Mary Miller The In Memory Plaque on the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a flat stone with the inscription In memory of the men and women who served in the Vietnam War and later died as a result of their service We honor and remember their sacrifice It sits near the Three Servicemen statue without the benefit of a sign describing it Many people unfortunately stand on the plaque because it is one of the best places to take a picture of The Wall This plaque honors those who have died since returning from the Vietnam War It pays tribute to the many whose names are not on The Wall but who also died in service to their country My husband Tom passed away in

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  • The VVA Veteran: Armed With Toys
    Public Relations VVA Publications Current Press Releases Public Service Announcements Logos Media Request Sign Up Events National Convention Leadership Conference Other National Events State Council Meetings E Room Reservations Directions To Our Office Publications The VVA Veteran VVA Publications Advertising Kit Forms 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 2008 The Veteran Departments Featured Stories President s Message Government Affairs Budget Request Constitution AVVA Membership Affairs Membership Notes Minority Affairs Veterans Benefit Update Conference of State Council Veterans Incarcerated Homeless Veterans Veterans of Modern Warfare Ask The Parliamentarian Region 3 Region 4 Region 8 Region 9 Women Veterans Public Affairs PTSD POW MIA ETABO National Secretary ND State Council Chapter 172 TAPS Reunions The Locator Letters Arts of War Book Review In Memory Plaque Armed With Toys Join A Database Erie County Fueled By The Fallen Grading VVAF Inside The Vietnam War Band Of Gold 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 Armed With Toys BY Frances Cartier VVA Chapter 185 in Orono Maine is collaborating on a new project with American Legion Post 200 The project will provide American military personnel on their way to Iraq with small toys such as Beanie Babies to give to local children Returning veterans report that soldiers who give toys to children in Iraq are not targeted as often as soldiers who do not Recent reports indicate that the toys also are becoming popular with Iraqi

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  • The VVA Veteran: Join A Database: 800-497-6261
    Departments Featured Stories President s Message Government Affairs Budget Request Constitution AVVA Membership Affairs Membership Notes Minority Affairs Veterans Benefit Update Conference of State Council Veterans Incarcerated Homeless Veterans Veterans of Modern Warfare Ask The Parliamentarian Region 3 Region 4 Region 8 Region 9 Women Veterans Public Affairs PTSD POW MIA ETABO National Secretary ND State Council Chapter 172 TAPS Reunions The Locator Letters Arts of War Book Review In Memory Plaque Armed With Toys Join A Database Erie County Fueled By The Fallen Grading VVAF Inside The Vietnam War Band Of Gold 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 Join A Database 800 497 6261 The DoD s Force Health Protection and Readiness operation has set up three chemical biological exposure databases It is DoD s responsibility to collect and validate chem bio exposures to service members while on active duty and to maintain these databases It is the responsibility of the VA to inform veterans about their exposures and the benefits to which they may be entitled and to advise these veterans of procedures to follow if they have health concerns One database now basically complete contains more than 6 300 names of veterans who participated in mustard and lewisite experiments in the 1940s Some 4 600 of these veterans were exposed to mustard or lewisite Data were collected in the mid 1990s DoD does not have dose information The second database not necessarily complete has more than 6 440 names of veterans who participated in the Project 112 SHAD tests between 1963 and

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