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  • The VVA Veteran
    aspects of the widespread use of dioxin rich herbicides defoliants and desiccants In the legal realm Kelley provokes serious questions about veterans rights Under the Federal Torts Claims Act soldiers poisoned by toxic chemicals in warfare are prohibited from suing the federal government Yet as Kelley points out the authors of this act never intended to preclude a suit by a soldier Perhaps more importantly Kelley examines the combined effects of the chemical agents that were so liberally sprayed in Southeast Asia He makes a case that the mixture of toxic contaminants can cause latent injuries that are much more deadly than the effects of a single poison Kelley explores and clearly documents the unholy matrimony of our government and the chemical industry that he charges has conspired to hide the truth about the human and environmental effects of the use of these poisons in Vietnam And not only in Vietnam The author hints that Gulf War veterans may have been exposed to and potentially harmed by some of the 75 or so dioxins that may have been produced by burning oil wells I urge anyone interested in or affected by the herbicides and defoliants to read this book It

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  • The VVA Veteran
    The money came from contributions solicited by chapter members from local businesses Roger Ware a member of Elkins West Virginia Chapter 812 served as an escort for Gold Star Mother Alesia Jiminez of Belington West Virginia at the Mountain State Forest Festival s Grand Feature Parade in October in Elkins Her son Marine Corps Cpl R J Jiminez was killed in Iraq in 2004 Ware is commandant of the Marine Corps League Detachment in Elkins Members of Suffolk County New York Chapter 11 have made several appearances at local colleges and universities recently speaking to students about the Vietnam War That included an October visit to the State University of New York at Stoney Brook as part of a program featuring author Tim O Brien The former infantryman read passages from The Things They Carried after which chapter members discussed their war experiences In November chapter members went to St Joseph s College in Patchogue and to SUNY Farmingdale where they spoke to students Rushville Indiana Chapter 889 organized a donation during the holiday season to the annual local Marine Corps Reserve s Toys For Tots campaign which collects new unwrapped toys and distributes them as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community For the second consecutive year AVVA members of Lower Cape Fear Chapter 885 in Wilmington North Carolina decorated a Christmas tree and gave it to the Cape Fear Hospice Center as part of its Festival of Trees display in the lobby of the Hilton Hotel The trees were then sold to local businesses and the funds went to the hospice Members of Liberty Bell Chapter 266 in Philadelphia collected 37 boxes of food in the chapter s annual Thanksgiving food drive Each box included a 20 gift certificate for Acme or Thriftway supermarkets The donated food was used to help feed veterans and needy families Westfield New Jersery Chapter 688 sponsored a Halloween dance party in October at the Kenilworth Veteran Center Costumes were optional and prizes were given in different categories Members of New City New York Chapter 333 joined forces with the Salvation Army to prepare Thanksgiving meals for 165 needy members of the community Members collected food peeled potatoes helped carve turkeys and set up tables and chairs for the event In December chapter members played Santa to 146 needy children at the Rainbow Connection Daycare Center in Nanuet and the village of Haverstraw working again with the Salvation Army as well as with the Rockland County Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots chapter Western Massachusetts Chapter 111 held welcome home celebrations for two relatives of chapter members who returned home safely after completing their tours of duty in Iraq Honored were U S Marine Mike Kunze the nephew of chapter members Josh and Betty Morin and Jim and Judy Frenette and Army National Guard member Sarah Kane the granddaughter of chapter member Bob Duffney and the niece of Larry White Several members of Westchester County New York Chapter 49 spoke to cadets

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  • Freedom Flight's POW/MIA Message From Above
    generally skim the earth the better to see and be seen At 5 000 feet people on the ground are barely able to see the balloon He couldn t imagine why his passenger wanted to climb that high He said that the moment they reached the requested altitude will stay with him forever We get up there and she says this is the altitude the military said her husband was at when he ejected from his plane over Vietnam he said She wanted to see what the world looked like when he ejected It touched me so deeply that I ll never forget that flight with those women Freedom Flight the POW MIA Hot Air Balloon Team has flown in more than seven hundred events since its first flight in November 1989 The non profit now has three balloons that attend 35 to 45 events a year staffed entirely by volunteers The organization grew out of Tuorila s vocation psychology and his avocation hot air balloons In 1981 while attending graduate school at Texas Tech University in Lubbock he worked with a group of World War II ex POWs called the Lost Battalion all of them survivors of more than three years in Japanese prison camps That work inspired Tuorila to write his doctoral dissertation on the effects of captivity especially regarding the work of Victor Frankl and his famous writings following his own imprisonment in Nazi concentration camps While doing his doctoral internship at the Topeka Kansas VA Medical Center Tuorila and his wife volunteered to crew for a hot air balloon When he went to work in Minnesota they saw a balloon in flight one day and decided to volunteer again In 1987 he appeared on a local TV program to talk about the emotional difficulties families face when a loved one returns after years of captivity On the program he met the daughter of a Navy pilot shot down and declared MIA The daughter told him that the government story of her father s disappearance was very much at odds with the story told by her father s wingman who made a point of finding the pilot s family to tell them the true story of the incident By then Tuorila and his wife were crewing on a balloon flown by a Vietnam veteran who had been encouraging him to set up a non profit with an eye toward calling attention to the POW MIA issue Then one day at work his professional life and his weekend life coalesced I told my co therapist You know I ve been flying and working with balloons for five years now What about a black POW MIA balloon What kind of attention would that get The co therapist and co founder of Freedom Flight Vietnam veteran Bill Nohner thought it was a great idea A year later Freedom Flight Inc obtained status as a non profit educational organization In 1989 the first flight went up Its first passenger was Henry

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  • The '65 Decision-Bombing Soviet SAM Sites in North Vietnam
    by fighter bombers by daylight against the SAM sites Speaking on the telephone the following day McNamara and Rusk agreed it would be a great mistake to go after the SAMs McNamara knew Hanoi had no combat ready SAMs at that point and he did not expect any of the sites to become operational for at least a month Not long afterward overhead imagery taken May 24 showed that the launcher revetments at two of the SAM sites had been finished On May 27 the Joint Chiefs of Staff weighed in with a memorandum recommending an attack against the SAM sites and airfields McNamara asked CIA Director William F Raborn for an intelligence estimate on the consequences of such an action The consensus view in the estimate was that the Russians and Chinese would make a lot of noise but not do much of anything nor would Hanoi respond by invading the South But the State Department s own intelligence unit aware of Chinese airfield development just across the borders of Vietnam dissented from the estimate and warned about a possible Chinese aerial response The specter was raised of an American air battle with the Chinese triggering wider hostilities between the two countries and possible Russian involvement as well Secretary Rusk had a well earned reputation as a hawk on Vietnam War policy In this case after hearing out his intelligence people he called McNamara and cautioned against attacks on targets not on the JCS approved list an elliptical reference to the SAMs and MIG bases On May 28 McNamara responded that orders had been issued excluding those objectives The orders cut at the end of May did not end the debate On June 9 Rusk informed the American embassy in Saigon of the plan for attacking the SAM sites and airbases and of the expectation of a response from the other side Rusk asked Saigon to comment on the possibilities Gen Moore briefed Westmoreland on a plan to attack the SAM sites at about this time The evidence suggests that Washington began thinking about attacks on SAMs before the Saigon embassy and MACV became involved Adm Sharp supported the counter air strikes needling Washington with his usual energy The JCS also were on board In mid June Secretary McNamara refused to lift the existing prohibition on SAM and airfield strikes Meanwhile the air war heated up No one had fired any surface to air missiles against American planes but there were a pair of ominous air engagements On June 17 two Navy F 4B Phantoms on combat air patrol over Thanh Hoa engaged four MIGs downing two of them damaging another which may have crashed Several days later west of Hanoi near Son La another MIG 17 flight engaged a group of Navy A 1H Skyraiders under Lt Cmdr Edwin A Greathouse The A 1Hs were participating in a search and rescue mission The prop driven Skyraiders at a disadvantage against MIGs showed superior flying skills in escaping while destroying one of the VPAF jets In June the United States lost 14 more aircraft over North Vietnam bringing Rolling Thunder losses to 55 planes That month the number of attack sorties ballooned to 5 901 By June 24 there were no raids on SAM sites only four on airbases on just a few of the nine confirmed bases with a total of just 180 attack sorties A fresh round of deliberations on striking the SAM sites began on June 29 in Washington That day the CIA released a status report on the SAMs which declared that construction at three of four sites near Hanoi was almost complete Two were considered virtually finished Actual SAM equipment had appeared at just one complex The agency had little direct evidence on exactly who would be in charge of these systems but reported at least one movement of Russian air defense technicians to North Vietnam Postwar accounts from former Soviet sources record that Col G Lubinitsky of the Air Defense Troops led the first Russian SAM unit to the DRV The number of Soviet advisers and active air defense troops in North Vietnam soon reached about 3 500 On June 30 in its official commentary on the Defense Department plan for escalation in Vietnam the CIA reprised the conclusions of its special national intelligence estimate on the consequences of SAM attacks If we increase the pressure on NVN as visualized one of the quickest ways to signal our serious intent as well as protect our attacking forces would be to destroy the SAM sites and major airfields While a major Chinese and or Soviet response cannot be totally ruled out the risk will not necessarily be increased National Security Adviser McGeorge Bundy forwarded bundles of papers to President Johnson on Vietnam War planning including this report McNamara s memorandum an alternate plan from William P Bundy at the State Department and Joint Chiefs of Staff observations Mac Bundy made it clear in his cover notes that he viewed possible SAM attacks within the broader context of the American move toward massive ground troop deployments to South Vietnam Mac Bundy s treatment of the issue provides a critical clue to what happened with the option for bombing the SAM sites By early July with the President focused on a major Vietnam decision SAM attacks became one more item on a menu from which Johnson had to select Bundy told LBJ there were two major alternatives McNamara s massive intervention plan and a middle course offered by his brother Bill Bundy at State The latter s prescription for Hanoi s surface to air missiles foresaw the United States as being prepared to attack SAM sites and airfields if but only if they are used to inflict militarily significant losses on us As President Johnson marched forward in Vietnam the question of attacking the SAM sites had evolved from a simple yes or no proposition to a much more complex choice moderated by his fear of

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  • The VVA Veteran
    Prior Service Traditions Military Videos Veterans Commemoratives Veterans Viet Nam Restoration Project VVA Chapter 172 Wild Card Woodman s Pal To receive information about advertising in the VVA Veteran contact J S Publications Inc 8220 Hilton Road Gaithersburg Maryland 20882 3530 301 482 0720 Fax 301 482 0726 E Mail cathy john jspublications com E mail us at TheVeteran vva org Home Membership Publications Events Government Relations Contact Us Press

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  • The VVA Veteran
    before and was in my bed in the Naval Hospital at Danang A USO group came through the ward and this lady came to my bed and said You probably don t know me I said You re Ann B Davis I remember you from the Bob Cummings Show This gracious lady then sat down on the edge of my bed and we talked for about an hour The rest of the group had gone on They finally came back looking for her and she left with them It has been a long time since then and this great lady has never received the recognition that she so richly deserves for lifting the spirits of at least one Seabee that afternoon I don t even remember the others who were on the tour but I do remember Ann B Davis Fred W Malone Greenwood South Carolina ACE ON THE WEB The great article in the November December issue about Ace Lundon brought back some wonderful memories I visited the web site mentioned in the article and was able to see lots of pictures of shows and the people in them I would strongly recommend to anyone who was at Camp Pendleton during this period to visit www vietnamjeanlondonshow com Frank Gillette Via e mail A BUNCH OF BULL This PTSD review is just another reason to stick it to the Vietnam veteran President Bush has gotten us into such a deficit with the Iraq mess that now the government is trying to make up for it by targeting those who risked their lives for this country The original reason for the IG investigation was that some veterans complained about the disparities in claim awards in different VA regions What does that mean Texas being the largest state probably has the most veterans Does the complaint refer to Texans that is Hispanics or blacks Is this maybe a race issue It may sound far fetched but one never knows There seems to be bias as to those who were infantry and those who weren t I heard that from a couple of veterans in a counseling group According to one if you weren t in the infantry or in Vietnam during Tet 1968 your trauma couldn t have been as bad as his What kind of bull is that You didn t have to be a grunt to see the ugly things of war I was a combat engineer Although our company s casualties were light I saw plenty of things that I will never forget and that affected me But how could I prove that I saw those civilian dead children blown in half decapitated or American dead lying on the road all distorted burned to death I know what I saw and I never want to see it again The VA is in effect calling some vets liars Who will make up this review board Let me guess People who have never seen for themselves the ugliness of war

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  • The VVA Veteran
    25th Infantry Division 1967 68 I was a SP5 at the time Contact Anthony Bones D Aleo 7699 Las Palmas Way Jacksonville FL 32256 904 733 5622 I need to replace my unit patch and cannot recall the one we wore Seeking anyone who served with me in HHC 4th Battalion M 20th Infantry Ft Clayton Canal Zone 1971 73 Contact Philip P Scholl 303 Mansfield Cir Quakertown PA 18951 215 538 3270 Looking for Ronnie Clark or anyone else who was on the Amtrac Pipe Dream with 1 26 Marines 9th MAB or H S Company Contact Gary Powless P O Box 70 Beatty OR 97621 541 533 3143 Would appreciate contact with anyone who served in the 557th Light Maintenance Company Cam Ranh Bay 1967 68 Contact Joe Goebel 1412 Liberty Ave Richmond IN 47374 765 935 5291 siranvill insightbb com Seeking anyone who served with me in the 25th Infantry Division 4th 9th Infantry June 1967 68 Would especially like to hear from James Streams SSgt Cornell Johnson SSgt Henderson Sp4 Stalling and Sgt Cracker from Salem Oregon Contact Wade Z Pittman 1136 Casady Hollow Ave Henderson NV 89012 702 568 0378 Looking for anyone from A Battery 3rd Battalion 13th Artillery Regiment 25th Infantry Division who can verify facts for a PTSD claim Does anyone remember Mayberry first name possibly John getting hit by shrapnel Also need to confirm episode of powder burning outside the breech Contact Clarence Black P O Box 181 Norway MI 49870 906 779 0741 Searching for anyone who served with me in COB 229th AHB 1st Cav An Khe June 1965 66 I was a radio repairman on Hueys also volunteered as gunner Contact Ronald A Sylvain 50 Hadley Village Rd South Hadley MA 01075 Ronald Sylvain westover 9F mil I am trying to find Ellis W Printup who was drafted and served in Vietnam in 1965 66 He was of American Indian descent and lived on a reservation He was my father s friend in Nam we would like to find him Contact Eric J Woodke ejwoodke shelbycs k12 in us Seeking Lt Col Ice who served in the 1st or 25th Infantry in 1966 We met while I was serving with the 162nd Vulture Helicopter Unit Contact Charles E DeShields Sr CDeshieldsSr aol com I m trying to help my uncle He is a veteran and we need your help to find his commanding officer Capt David Mitchell My uncle remembers his unit as the 725th Infantry Division Support Battalion My uncle is very sick and the VA lost his records Seeking anybody who served with my uncle Contact Jennifer Pineda jennie76051 yahoo com I was in the 2nd Battalion 34th Armor and was hoping to find some of my old buddies Contact Carl Darnell carl earthshirtz com I am looking for anyone who served with or remembers Pvt Arnold A Diggs Jr also known as Lucky or Dig A Hole Diggs He received a Bronze Star without the V Anyone who also received this decoration or remembers Pvt Diggs let us hear from you Contact The Diggs Family c o Elder Diggs elderdiggs netzero net Searching for SSgt Robert Vasko SP5 Tony Atkins or 1Lt Robert D Gorman I have been diagnosed with PTSD and need a buddy letter to confirm an incident Contact Don Hancock 2920 W Whipple Show Low AZ 85901 928 532 8274 cordesdon hotmail com Seeking my brother Lorenzo Pappas who served in Vietnam as a sergeant My brother has been missing for nearly 20 years Last known address Austin Texas He was a licensed electrical engineer Contact Isabella unicomlink com Does anybody remember when I used a toilet brush to clean the orderly room coffee pot Looking for officers and NCOs of the Artillery Combat Leadership School Ft Sill 1968 69 Also need help on a disability claim Contact Jerome J Hearty 14214 River Ridge Rd Coolidge AZ 85228 520 723 7941 hearty cgmailbox com Looking for Joseph Johnson who served with the Army s 611th Ordnance Co ammo 1965 66 Cam Ranh Bay Squad Leader Johnson saved my life on more than one occasion Contact Joseph B King 4600 N E Younger Rd Kansas City MO 64117 816 455 9082 Want to hear from anyone who served with 174th AHC Americal Division Dolphin Flight Du Pho July 1969 January 1970 Contact William Conklin 402 N Umatilla St Sutherlin OR 97479 541 459 2764 Trying to locate 1Lt Ronald L Beckius CO of 157th Quartermaster Company Qui Nhon 1966 Seeking letter of recognition of my involvement with CID at that time and location Contact Larry Steele P O Box 85 McMillan MI 49853 Would love to hear from anyone who served with me in the 1099th Transportation Combat Boat Unit the River Rats Contact Ed McCray 87 Cornelia St Apt E Plattsburgh NY 12901 518 561 7531 Searching for Thomas T Cottle We served together at Marine Barracks Clarksville Tenn 1968 69 Contact Herbert W Allen 209 Clayton St Winston Salem NC 27105 Looking for Vietnam vet Warren Owens He was a family friend while stationed in Belgium at U S Army SHAPE Maisieres His son s name was Dennis and visited my parents every day Contact Patricia Boudart 32 0 64 88 82 36 patricia boudart dowcorning com Seeking anyone who followed the donkey from Ft Irwin to Vung Tau with the 36th Engineers Battalion Construction August 1967 68 Contact Jim Burke 520 940 3274 getjdb yahoo com Searching for anyone who served north of Danang with Mobile Construction Battalion 1 Commander Hardy was CO Contact nofishfs aol com Would appreciate hearing from anyone who served with Battery C 2nd Battalion 319th Field Artillery 101st Airborne Division in 1970 Contact Eugene Ingram P O Box 90 Forest Hills KY 41527 606 237 0162 Seeking men or women who might have known my father George W Pickard Jr He served in the military for 34 years including two tours in Vietnam I have

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  • The VVA Veteran-Reunions
    dmzdustoff org Delta Company 2nd Battalion 8th Cavalry Airborne 1st Cavalry Division Airmobile reunion Orlando Holiday Inn discounted hotel rates available May 18 1 Contact Rich O Brien 630 041 8727 richardobrien msn com or visit www angryskipper org Group reunion of vets of the U S S Enterprise fire of 1969 will be held Oct 5 8 at Arlington Va Hilton Contact Mike Carlin P O Box 98 West Grove PA 19390 or visit website www enterprisefire com The reunion of those who served aboard the U S S Reeves DLG CG 24 will be held in Boulder Colo in October Register for the reunion at www military com Contact Robert Lewis 185 Luke Ln Bastrop TX 78602 512 303 4281 gunnersmatereevestincan yahoo com 71st Evac Reunion March 23 26 San Antonio El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel Make reservations at 800 288 3927 and tell them you re with the 71st Evac Contact Boyd Dallos 71streunion gmail com Second annual reunion of 42nd MP Group Customs May 26 28 River Terrace Resort and Convention Center Gatlinburg Tenn Contact Michael D Austing 2917 Eastport Rd S E Dennison OH 44621 740 922 7593 fax mausmp adelphia net Reunion of Harbor Clearance Unit One HCU 1 San Diego May 7 11 Contact Gene Jones 757 679 8466 grjonesvb aol com U S S Ault Reunion 2006 will be April 27 30 in Nashville Contact Scott McLean 651 253 3068 encsmclean aol com USN MCB 8 Reunion 2006 will be held Sept 27 Oct 1 in Pigeon Forge Tenn Contact Troy Branch 454 Indian Gap Rd Sevierville TN 37876 865 428 2930 or Frank Pecjak 3340 Ridgedale Rd Morgantown WV 26508 304 291 8220 home 304 290 8847 cell payday823 adelphia net subject MCB 8 Annual reunion of the U S S Forrest

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