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  • The VVA Veteran
    Rawls McNelis Traditions Military Videos Truman Publishing Veterans Commemoratives Veterans Viet Nam Restoration Project VietnamBogeyman com War on Cancer 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

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  • The VVA Veteran
    American War WWI WWII and Operation Desert Storm attached to the 2nd Battalion 156th Infantry at Fort Victory in Baghdad crouches by captured ordnance uncannily like his father had posed 30 years earlier His father is retired U S Army Staff Sergeant Dennis Andras vice president of VVA s Louisiana State Council In 1970 he was photographed at Firebase Bastogne where he served for 20 months with the 101st Airborne

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  • The VVA Veteran
    trying to plunder the VA healthcare system This is immoral We have soldiers returning from Iraq who will need the VA I encourage all veterans to contact their elected representatives in the House and Senate and request that the VA be properly funded Andrew Butzko Via e mail THE WOMEN This is in reference to your article Vietnam Veterans and Alcoholism by Thomas Brinson and Vince Treanor Apparently these men aren t aware or don t care that over 10 000 women also served in Vietnam and came home with many of the same problems as the men i e PTSD suicidal ideation substance abuse etc It s time that women were included in these studies and articles Karen Offutt Via e mail Editor s note This article originally appeared in the August 1984 issue and was reprinted in the March April issue along with two other previously published VVA Veteran articles on PTSD SHAME AND EXPEDIENCY I want again to thank you for the article in The VVA Veteran and for the interest expressed by veterans of the Vietnam era in the sad events that befell the intelligence ship the USS Liberty Also I wanted to give you an update On June 8 a Report of War Crimes brief was filed on behalf of the USS Liberty Veterans Association concerning the 1967 Israeli attack on that vessel The report was filed with the Secretary of Defense on the 38th anniversary of the attack On that day in 1967 while patrolling in international waters the ship to which I was attached was attacked by Israeli air and naval forces More than thirty sorties were flown over the ship by at least a dozen warplanes After the first fighter aircraft exhausted their ordnance subsequent flights continued to prosecute the attack with rockets cannon fire and napalm Air attacks were followed by a surface attack by three torpedo boats Five torpedoes were launched one struck the side of the Liberty opposite the ship s research spaces Following the torpedo attack the boats moved up and down the length of the ship raking it with cannon and machine gun fire Crewmen later counted 861 holes in the ship each at least the size of a man s fist as well as thousands of machine gun holes The torpedo boats circled the ship for a long time firing at close range at anything that moved survivor James Ennes testified Men trying to aid their wounded shipmates on deck were fired upon Men fighting fires were fired upon Although the order was given to prepare to abandon ship it had to be rescinded because the crew was unable to stand on the main deck without being fired upon and the lifeboats were being destroyed as they were launched Israeli attack helicopters appeared overhead The Liberty s captain gave the order to prepare to repel boarders Then despite radio scrambling the ship s radio operators sent a brief distress signal that was received and acknowledged by

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  • The VVA Veteran
    with HQ 3rd Bn 308th Airborne at Fort Kobbe and Howard AB in Panama 1962 65 I would also like to communicate with anyone who was stationed at Fort Kobbe and Howard AB in Panama from 1962 65 and any Special Forces members who operated the Jungle Warfare School Contact Les Parker aka Eugene Beale 8461 La Salle Ave Cotati CA 94931 4467 707 586 3295 lesparker2004 yahoo com Looking for Bill Sykes Peter Jurgel Ronnie Shirley Pat Cosgrove Eddie Sizzler and Todd whom I served with in HHC 17th CAG in Nha Trang 1969 Contact Dean Muehlberg 2620 Red Fern Rapid City SD 57702 bearmakker rap midco net Trying to find Jon Reynolds or any other member who served with 3rd Plt Alpha Troop 2 17 Cav 101st Abn Div 1968 I believe Jon was from Illinois Contact Bob Hester 2015 Hwy 49 E Charlotte TN 37036 615 789 9322 Looking for anyone who served with me in C Co or HQ Co 2nd Bn 173rd Abn Bde in Aug or Sept 1968 to verify information for a VA claim Contact Oscar Vasquez P O Box 2202 South Padre Island TX 78597 956 459 7633 Trying to locate anyone who served in C Battery 3rd Bn 18th Inf Regiment January 1967 68 I was a cannoneer and was injured during the attack at Chu Lai and LZ English Need assistance with my VA Claim Contact Denver Sizemore sizemored hotmail com Looking for CPT Tomzek from Torrance California who served with the 1st Cav 1970 off LZ Nancy I was your Scout Dog Handler and have wondered for years what really happened out there Contact James Meechan 3057 Ervin Rd Dover OH 44622 330 343 5651 Looking for the door gunner who was shot down June 30 1970 off LZ II Bravo on the Cambodian border Jimmy Floyd Neighbors was the pilot and you were the only survivor You called him LTD I was the dog handler with you Contact James Meechan 3057 Ervin Rd Dover OH 44622 330 343 5651 Looking for any member of the 200th Quartermaster Plt that originated from Fort Lee Virginia and served in Vietnam from Oct 1965 to Sept 1966 Contact Donald L Harris Rt 1 Box 213 A Beverly WV 26253 304 637 5813 lindaleelewis yahoo com Trying to locate anyone who served with AIT Training Command Fort Polk Louisiana from Jan to June 1974 Contact Clance W Bynum 501 South Persimmon St Pine Bluff AR 71602 870 489 0205 Looking for anyone who served with me in Bravo Co 2nd 18th Inf 1st Inf Div Sept 1968 to March 1970 Contact Richard Jake Jacobs 1204 E Mechanic Harrisonville MD 64701 816 380 6872 jakeandjake2001 yahoo com I am looking for anyone who served with my cousin Michael Moore Reynolds who was killed in 1968 I know nothing about his unit but believe he was a tunnel rat Contact Gregory Engleman gengleman charter net Searching for all members of Charlie Co 1st Bn 1st BCT Brigade 5th Army Fort Polk June 1972 Sept 1972 I am looking for 1st LT Richard J Reno Sgt Ray Sam from Chicago Grimes from New Mexico PFC Standberry from Houston Sgt Jones Sgt Annis Pvt Blace and PFC Davis Additionally I am looking for Senior Red Cross Worker Linda Smith who worked at Fort Polk in 1972 Contact Ronnie Lee Wallace 2459 S Seneca Ave Alliance OH 44601 330 823 7510 Looking for anyone who served with me in 1st Plt Bravo Co 196th Inf Bde Americal Div 1970 71 I am looking for R Hines West Derrick Chief Sgt Garcia LT Melton and Stretch all of whom were in Danang Contact Harry D Boone 563 Laurel St Franklin VA 23851 757 562 2563 Looking for anyone who served in 1 505 82nd Abn Div in 1982 and who was sent to the southern part of the Sinai at Sharm el Sheikh Airfield and was part of the Multinational Force and Observers between Egypt and Israel in the DMZ keeping the peace Contact Darrell W Ross 821058 9055 Spur 591 Neal Amarillo TX 79107 9696 Looking for James Kennedy a medic at Quon Loi in late 69 early 70 It is possible he was attached to a Special Forces Unit Contact James A McDermott P O Box 638 Tom Bean TX 75489 jimmy mac verizon net Searching for anyone who was in the 15th S S Bn 1st Air Cav Sept 1968 69 I loaded bodies on aircraft at Song Be Our unit transported supplies to forward areas Need assistance to verify PTSD claim Contact Steve Duman P O Box 12 Harbeson DE 19951 302 945 6766 Looking for anyone who served in the 575th Supply Co 96th S S BN at Cam Ranh Bay Contact Ron Demery 3107 Matthews Joplin MO 64801 417 623 7944 ronddem yahoo com or see web site www 575supply com Geronimo Looking for 09ers from the early 1970s The 509th Para Inf was the only U S Airborne division in Europe during the Cold War except the10th Spec Forces HQ at Mainz Our main base was in Kaiserslatten Contact Craig R McLaren 115624 honor Holman Unit 3700 Atmore AL 36503 Interested in re establishing contact with personnel serving with MACV Team 60 especially 9th ARVN Div 1966 77 Contact Rex H Latham 4711 Rippling Pond Dr Fairfax VA 22033 Looking for Samuel Sallins who served with me 2 5 Cav 1st Cav Airmobile 1965 We were both wounded by a booby trapped mine and were medevaced to Qui Nhon Contact Garvin Mindt 2610 343rd Ave NW Cambridge MN 55008 763 689 5623 Looking for anyone who served with A Co 589th Eng Bn 18th Eng Bde Asphalt Platoon May 1970 to April 1971 Phan Rang Base I need info for claim Contact Edward C Pavlich P O Box 610 Port Jervis NY12771 845 856 3935 Fireman6 citlink net Attention all U S Army Vietnam era doctors and pilots I must locate

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  • The VVA Veteran-Reunions
    913 441 6344 510th Fighter Squadron Buzzards reunion Hope Hotel Fairborn Ohio October 12 16 Contact Stephen W Tanner 6219 Billinsgate Dr Katy TX 77449 buzzardroost charter net 575th Supply Co Cam Ranh Bay reunion in Joplin Missouri September 24 25 Contact Ron Demery 417 623 7944 or visit web site www 575supply com U S Coast Guard Combat Veterans Association reunion Holiday Inn Tampa Florida October 20 23 All eligible CGCVA are welcome Contact Baker Herbert LM P O Box 544 Westfield Center OH 44251 330 887 5539 USS Thetis Bay CVE 90 CVHA 1 LPH 6 20th reunion September 7 11 in Ironwood Minnesota for shipmates and their spouses from 1942 46 and 1954 64 Contact Dennis R Doc Moss P O Box 65 410 West Lake St Isle MN 56342 0065 320 676 8940 drmoss ecenet com USS Reeves DLG CG 24 reunion to be held in the fall 2006 for those on board 1972 73 Contact Michael E Lalancette 5 Taft St Essex Junction VT 05452 802 878 8892 melalancet aol com 19th Combat Engineer Association Vietnam and Attached Units reunion Roubidoux Park Campground Waynesville Missouri September 9 10 Contact Tom Ebrite s2snoopy comcast net or John Hack 219 947 2363 jchack3 verizon net USS Cogswell DD 651 reunion to be held in Las Vegas October 20 22 Contact George H Overman 15 Trinity St Oceanside CA 92057 760 721 5730 uss cogswell destroyers org or visit web site www destroyers org uss cogswell 15th Field Artillery reunion all units and years Middleburg Heights Ohio August 18 21 Contact Dan Gillotti 4204 Berkeley Dr Sheffield Village OH 44054 440 934 1750 firstcav68 adelphia net Reunion for the 45th Surgical Hospital in Tay Ninh Vietnam Original members of the 45th Sept 1966 to Sept 1967 will be in Chicago Oct 21 23 Contact Jerry Mines 618 594 3623 The society of the 18th Engineer Brigade would like to hear from you We are accepting members from all units and eras Contact us for updated reunion information Contact Jennifer Streszoff President 1077 Viking Dr Warminster PA 18974 215 672 3345 engr18thbde yahoo com www 18thengineerbrigade org The 7th Field Artillery is holding a reunion from September 29 to October 1 All members past and present all battalions and all periods of service are invited to join us at the Woodfield Suites in San Antonio Contact Stanley C Stankiewicz 112 Bremer St Fayetteville NC 28303 3602 910 822 0703 The 21st annual reunion for the Nebraska Vietnam Veterans will be held August 18 21 at the Ramada Inn 301 2nd Ave Kearney NE For reservations call 800 652 1909 Contact www vetsreunion com Reunion for the Vietnam 687th Land Clearing Company will be held Sept 2 4 at the Super 8 Motel 4141 Timberlake Dr Pontoon Beach For reservations call 618 931 8808 Contact Jim Topps 517 265 2048 jtopps tc3net com The Pennsylvania Island of the Navy Seabee Veterans of America will be holding its fifth annual Pennsylvania

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  • The VVA Veteran
    with a tour in Vietnam from 1965 66 He was an at large member of Vietnam Veterans of America Kentucky Otis J Hull Jr died January 31 in Richland Indiana He was born October 25 1935 Hull served in the U S Army during the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Rockport Chapter 769 Hubert Jerue died recently in Hastings Michigan He was born May 17 1915 Jerue was a veteran of the Vietnam era He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Fort Smith Arkansas Chapter 467 Harold James Kline died February 4 in Friendship Wisconsin of cancer He was born February 20 1941 Kline served in the U S Army with a tour of duty in the Vietnam War He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Castle Rock Adams Wisconsin Chapter 729 William T Larson died recently in Wyandotte Michigan Larson was a veteran of the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Taylor Chapter 259 Thomas Shaun Laverty died February 22 in Fargo North Dakota of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease He was born July 24 1947 Laverty served in the U S Marine Corps from 1968 71 with service in the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Queens Chapter 32 He later became heavily involved in North Central Plains Mayville VVA Chapter 374 Michael Lawton died February 4 in Saint Albans Vermont He was born August 6 1951 He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America St Albans Chapter 753 Walter Doug Link died March 10 2002 in Cleveland Tennessee as a result of suicide Link was a veteran of the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Cleveland Chapter 596 Leonard J Mansolino died December 29 2004 in Vineland New Jersey He was born November 10 1945 He served in the U S Navy from 1965 69 with a tour of duty in Vietnam He was a permanently hospitalized veteran member of Vietnam Veterans of America Mays Landing Chapter 825 John P Marceau died June 3 2001 in Portsmouth Virginia He was born June 2 1933 Marceau was a veteran of the Vietnam War He was an at large member of Vietnam Veterans of America Virginia Buenaventura Marrero Santos died January 24 in Corozal Puerto Rico of acute myocardiac infarction and coronary heart disease He was born July 15 1927 Marrero Santos served in the U S Army in Vietnam and retired after 20 years at the rank of Staff Sergeant He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America San Juan Chapter 59 Melvin Mason Jr died February 28 in Philadelphia of an acute brain aneurysm He was born October 31 1948 Mason served in the U S Army during the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Liberty Bell Philadelphia Chapter 266 Alan Robb McLean died February 11 in Wenatchee Washington of a self inflicted gunshot

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  • Reno: A Photographer's Walking Tour
    two Nevada photographers is included Jeff Brouws s brooding and elegiac urban landscapes and Adam Jahiel s Cowboy Series Many of the paintings are western landscapes sometimes pristine sometimes altered by humans and sometimes devastated by greed During the VVA Convention the museum will be exhibiting the results of the Nevada Triennial a juried competition Situated by itself on South Lake Street by the river is the National Automobile Museum Yes it s all about cars over 220 vintage antique and unique vehicles are on display NORTH But if we return to the spot where Stevie Nicks and the swirling neon pincushions chased us into the light and we stand again before the uninspiring face of Shooters but this time we turn north we will in short order arrive at the University of Nevada Reno The campus is very pretty and peaceful In August I m not sure that even summer school will be in session The Breakaway Lounge just off campus at the corner of Ninth and Virginia Streets is offering discounts to VVA members The university s Fleischmann Planetarium shows movies during the summer Walgreen s that little bit of paradise straddles the interstate at Center Street It s just a few blocks from the hotel Aside from the usual drug store supplies Walgreen s stocks food sodas and snacks Yes and coolers too EAST Should VVA conventioneers venture east two large municipal buildings immediately come into view The L A Times quipped that the National Bowling Stadium at 300 Center Street is the Taj Mahal of Tenpins It has 78 professional lanes the world s largest video screen a turn of the century bar a shop selling all the latest bowling gear don t ask me and a mammoth movie screen However you can t just walk in and bowl But you can register for the STORM National Mixed Championships August 11 and 12 are available They tell me it s a lot of fun not seriously competitive Or maybe competitive and fun Go to the web site www nationalmixed com to fill out a registration form or call 800 304 BOWL At any rate slip inside to take a look at the sculpture in the lobby of a family on the way to the bowling alley Norman Rockwell on speed Next door is the Reno Events Center While it is host to many competitive events such as 8 ball championships it is also the site of many concerts During the Convention on August 13 Los Lonely Boys will perform Ask your grandkids who they are They will be preceeded on August 9 by Carole King Tickets are available through Ticketmaster Fourth Street is a broad avenue that starts out pretty grand and ends up pretty seedy Just beyond the aforementioned municipal behemoths but before the street turns seedy you ll find Louis Basque Corner The Basque arrived in Nevada in the early 1900s herding their sheep Occasionally they d come into town to buy and sell

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  • Desert Life: Nevada Incarcerated Chapters
    doors open The Lower Yard the center of the original sandstone quarry is formed by the interior walls of three and four story cellhouses But instead of the harsh drab cruel vision of my expectations what we see seems almost hallucinatory Lush beds of bearded iris bloom in profusion and push against the walkways The gurgle of water attracts the eye to beautifully tended ponds Koi glint in the sun as they shyly swim under pads of pale pink water lilies I keep the koi until they reach a certain size explained one inmate Then I sell them back to the pet shop and they give me more koi and more plants Everything s a privilege The prison authorities can give and they can take Chapter 545 members submitted plans and made tentative initiating steps Each time the privilege was granted or denied Each time in turn inmates must recommit themselves to their projects The gardens started small The Yard was grim and stark Yet step by step as trust developed the gardens grew and flourished They flourished to the extent that trucks now bring in compost purchased through inmate fund raising efforts to enrich the otherwise rocky soil Enormous amounts of time have been spent digging cultivating and caring for the gardens Now the gardens originated by Chapter 545 have become a major part of the prison s social and economic life as well as a powerful recruiting tool for both VVA and AVVA The vegetable harvest is so bountiful that it feeds the prison population and food is donated to organizations on the outside In another week or so the artichokes should be ready remarked an AVVA member as he tended his plot On one garden hilltop is the future site of a Vietnam Veterans Memorial another privilege negotiated crab like each side gradually buying into the idea permission granted step by step Chapter 545 started with permission by the administration to beautify The Yard Over the period of a decade the Yard Beautification Program has transformed the bleak dusty and oppressive yard into a virtual botanical garden The funds were raised by VVA members and associates who recycled aluminum cans Later VVA barbeque fund raisers supplemented those funds The prison administration and staff were at first reluctant and skeptical But through hard work and persistence the chapter demonstrated that it could be a positive force in the yard and a positive force in the lives of the inmate population The transformation of The Yard which now boasts basketball and handball courts and a large and popular weight lifting area convinced the NSP to work with VVA further Psychologist Bob Farrar the staff sponsor initiated a prisoner literacy program that brought reading specialists into the prison to train VVA and AVVA members to be literacy tutors Drug and alcohol awareness programs also were initiated These programs were so successful that the prison administration eventually adopted and funded them VVA Chapter 545 conducts Commercial Driving License courses for inmates

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