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  • The VVA Veteran
    served with the 1st Battalion 1st Marines outside Danang His namesake William D David Whaley Jr bottom serves with the 82nd Airborne Division He fought in Afghanistan and went to Fallujah Iraq twice He currently is serving with the Ohio National Guard in Columbus Visit The VVA Veteran archives to locate back issues E mail us at TheVeteran vva org Home Membership Publications Events Government Relations Contact Us Press Releases

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  • The VVA Veteran
    I would like to thank Vietnam Veterans of America and AVVA for their vital assistance in making the In Memory Plaque a reality In 1997 Piedmont Area Chapter 752 in Culpeper Va and Battlefield Chapter 617 in Prince William and Stafford Counties welcomed our first presentations of the concept of a plaque on the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D C which would offer recognition to countless veterans suffering post Vietnam service related casualties who are ineligible for a place on The Wall The Virginia State Council and national VVA representatives endorsed the project and provided invaluable guidance and moral support as did AVVA During the legislative process VVA officials affirmed with authoritative and effective testimony the importance for veterans their loved ones and America of such an addition to the memorial At the fund raising stage you provided effective communication through the The VVA Veteran and on Veterans Day eve you orchestrated a beautiful respectful and emotionally fulfilling candlelight dedication ceremony We are honored to have worked toward this goal and to have had Vietnam Veterans of America and AVVA as our loyal and enduring allies Ruth Coder Fitzgerald President Vietnam War In Memory Memorial Inc FULL CIRCLE Thanks for the review by Marc Leepson of my book Full Circle A Marine Rifle Company in Vietnam I also thoroughly enjoyed The Martians are Coming by Steve Mason as an example of the quirky off beat writing by veterans that should be encouraged to a greater degree Your providing a platform for such expression is commendable Bill Buchanan Mill Valley California WE CAN HELP Great article on our exhibit A Thousand Words Photographs by Vietnam Veterans in the arts column in your October November issue Thank you very much for the excellent story and background on the

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  • The VVA Veteran-Locate Former Fellow Servicemembers
    Armored Div Ft Hood Texas Contact Pat Bell 2468 Attala Rd 5238 Ethel MS 39067 pbell47 bellsouth net Looking for anyone who served with 169th Eng Bn 159th Grp 20th Eng Bde 46th Eng Co 1969 Contact Bill Shaw larboardside att net Looking for anyone who served with C Co 40th Sig Bn Bien Hoa and Long Binh April to December 1971 Contact Charlie Shores 703 447 3140 cshores52 adelphia net Trying to contact William Bond USMC Recon Vietnam prior to 1973 He attended Defense Language Institute Monterey 1973 74 and was promoted from major to lieutenant colonel Contact Chuck Ford chuckford frontiernet net Looking for anyone who served with SP5 Ralph D Smith 147th Avn Co APO 96291 EDCSA October 4 1969 Contact G A Smith krumb1 hotmail com Looking for graduation book of Basic Training at Ft Jackson C Co 6th training B 2nd Bn January to February 1967 Contact Bruce A Botsford 235804 2500 South Sheridan Dr Muskegon Heights MI 49444 Looking for anyone who served with me in 97th LCU Boat Co Cam Ranh Bay 1965 66 1099th Medium Boat Co Cat Lai 1968 69 and 557 MP Co Long Binh 1971 72 PBR River Patrol Contact Charles Kidwell P O Box 297 Jackson TN 38301 0297 731 803 2857 Trying to locate SFC Howard L Foster who was assigned to the Michigan Army National Guard Advisory Group Grand Rapids Michigan 1963 64 and later to a MACV Advisory Group with an ARVN division 1967 or 1968 He served in Okinawa Japan and Germany Contact James L Hughes 1906 NW Couch St Camas WA 98607 1051 360 834 4376 gyla pacifier com Searching for anyone who served with me in 2nd Field Force 1st 27th FA Danang Bear Cat Long Binh July 1970 71 Need to find someone who remembers me carrying wounded from the perimeter I remember Lumpy McCaddy Bigham and Tom Martin Contact Mario Montes 42 Lodi Dr Storrs CT 06268 lbailey biblio org Looking for John Evans 9th Inf Div Dong Tam 1969 He has dragon tattoos on his forearms Contact Joseph Boggs 2173 Forestlake Dr Sacto CA 95670 jrboggs gmail com Looking for Sgt James Kelly A Co 2nd 8th 1st Cav Div 1968 Last known address was Queens New York Contact Rod Doc Dockstader P O Box 10213 Golden Valley AZ 86413 208 520 2447 Looking for Senior Medical Corpsman Mike 3 5 Plt 1st Mar Div E3 Sonnet and Danny McKay My right hand was injured in March April 1969 at An Hoa Firebase and I did not receive Purple Heart Contact Raul E Vela 14820 New Lothrop Rd Byron MI 48418 810 266 4233 Looking for units that had special logos on vehicles that were state of the art Please send photos Contact Norma Ryman 137652 P O Box 534 Jessup MD 20794 0534 Trying to locate Sgt David Joseph Dreher a medical specialist USAF stationed at 358 USAF DISP KORAT RTAFB Thailand 1967 68 and transferred to Japan in 1968 or anyone who knows his whereabouts Contact Robert A Kochenderfer 1904 Riata Rd Warrensburg MO 64093 660 747 2750 Seeking anyone who had Basic Training in B 5 1 June to August 1965 Tank Hill Ft Jackson Most were draftees from New York City My nickname was Rosie Contact Ed Rosado 14654 467th St Lucas IA 50151 Looking for anyone who served at LZ Ross 1970 71 Contact Ken Auburn 100 Betsy Ross Dr Youngsville LA 70592 SPR142 worldnet att net Looking for Cpl Sgt Ramon Fernandez who served with B Co 2nd Bn 2nd Inf 1st Inf Div December 1965 66 I was with him when he got wounded at Chu Chi while filling canteens Contact David W Eister 196 Pattie Ln Maysville NC 28555 910 326 1072 Looking for anyone who served in the U S Air Force with 62 OTCS Det 1 Radar Ops January to July 1968 Contact Michael Bond 1215 Colorado Texarkana TX 75503 michaelb willingbond com or michael bond LEISD net Would like to hear from all combat engineers radio operators or medics who served with 1st Eng Bn 1st Inf Div Big Red One the Die Hard battalion Contact Bill Isaksen 312 Versailles Dr Apt F Melbourne Beach FL 32951 billisaksen yahoo com Looking for photographs taken in the field by any members of Delta 1 503 173rd Abn Inf Bde February 1968 69 Contact Bernie Maez 21860 Towns Cir 712 Caldwell ID 83607 208 989 9592 Looking for Kevin P Knight a fireman with 61st AHC Lane Field An Son I lost contact when I transferred to gunships at LZ English Bong Son Also would like to hear from former Star Blazer crews Contact George Bittner 3709 Blenheim Rd Phoenix MD 21131 410 852 6469 Looking for anyone who served with C 2 8 Mech 4th Inf Div and has a picture of the truck I was driving 31 It was hit by a B 40 rocket behind the driver s seat Contact Bob Byrne 1832 Sanford Dr Elizabeth City NC 27909 252 335 5693 Looking for anyone who served with me in 92nd Eng Bn 515th Asphalt Plt ZomTom 1969 70 Long Binh Contact Jim Trago 8217 SW 61st Ct Ocala FL 34476 352 245 8217 cjjTrago aol com Looking for Quinn from Massachusetts who served with Fox Btry 2nd Bn 12th Mar 1966 67 Contact Tom Hoover 143 Prides Way Seward PA 15954 814 446 6215 pmref aol com Looking for John Daley who served with me in the Marine Corps for testimony for Purple Heart Contact Joe Demetski 6 Conrad St Sayreville NJ 08872 732 254 4447 732 257 1535 Looking for Vinnie Reilley Bob Smoke Jack Henderson or John Driessen who were stationed at Cam Ranh Bay Naval Repair Facility with me Contact Richie Kirshen 946 41st St Miami Beach FL 33140 954 816 3477 R5454 bellsouth net Looking for Vietnam veterans who landed at Long Binh Bien Hoa at the beginning of 1968 Tet Offensive

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  • The VVA Veteran-Reunions
    Marines who were aboard for 67 day cruise around Vietnam and those who served anytime from 1944 on to be held on 60th anniversary of Okinawa invasion March 30 to April 2 Norfolk Virginia Contact Don Wright 4289 Alex Ave Cincinnati OH 45211 513 481 8317 jdwrightstuff cs com Red Cross Donut Dollie reunion July 8 10 Albuquerque Contact Jenny Young P O Box 42 Mabank TX 75147 redcrossservice yahoo com 17th Infantry Regiment reunion of Buffaloes WWII Korea Vietnam and Cold Wars Lightfighter Thundering Herd all eras and peacetime Ft Benning Georgia October 5 9 Contact Donald Shook 1010 Manor Rd New Kensington PA 15068 724 334 8876 724 575 2286 deshook 7thinfantry com or visit web site www 17thinfantry com 145th Combat Aviation Battalion and attached units active in Vietnam December 1961 to April 1972 will hold its reunion September 28 through October 1 Kansas City Missouri Contact Jim Bodkin 850 747 4710 Jbodkin145 aol com 554th Engineer reunion planned for all Vietnam era veterans weekend of May 20 Ft Leonard Wood Missouri Contact Peter Kreutzfeldt 1797 Sunvale Dr SW Wyoming MI 49509 616 249 0125 sunvale1 sbcglobal net Saigon Mission Association U S Embassy DAO 30th annual reunion April 29 30 Holiday Inn and Suites Anaheim California Military civilian and contractors welcome Contact John Guffey john guffey netzero net or visit web site www saigonmsn org USS Reeves DLG CG 24 reunion tenatively scheduled for fall 2006 Contact John H White TechWrite Inc 65 Perry Ave Monroeville AL 36460 251 575 7396 jhwhite techwriteinc com or Michael E Lalancette 17 Drury Dr Essex Junction VT 05452 802 878 9942 melalancet aol com Charlie Company 2 12th 25th Infantry Division reunion for grunts who served from 1969 70 will be held Memorial Day weekend May 26 30 in

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  • The VVA Veteran
    member of Vietnam Veterans of America Rochester Chapter 20 Ernest F Garon died September 3 2004 in Providence Rhode Island of renal failure and heart disease He was born May 15 1949 Garon served in the U S Army during the Vietnam War with the First Air Cavalry Division from 1969 70 He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America James Michael Ray Memorial Lincoln Chapter 818 Dennis A Gershman died recently in Indiana Pennsylvania Gershman was a veteran of the Vietnam War He was an at large life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Pennsylvania Edward Ronald Grabenstein died September 1 2004 in Washington D C He was born January 24 1933 Grabenstein served in the U S Army from 1953 73 with a tour in Vietnam He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Cumberland Chapter 172 Alvin H Gurkins 58 died December 4 2004 in Greenville North Carolina Gurkins served in the U S Navy with the Fighting Sea Bees and served two tours of duty in the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Greenville Chapter 272 Donald Charles Hare died September 4 2004 in Jacksonville North Carolina He was born May 10 1927 Hare served in the U S Marine Corps as a gunnery sergeant and retired from the service He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Jacksonville Chapter 654 Rex Don Hare died October 13 2004 in Bay City Michigan of cancer related to Agent Orange exposure He was born December 9 1934 Hare retired from the U S Air Force having served a tour of duty in Vietnam He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Bay City Chapter 494 Charles James Harper Jr died August 26 2004 in Leavenworth Kansas He was born January 17 1949 Harper served in the military and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Leavenworth Chapter 75 Lawrence A Hawthorne died October 14 2004 in Mexia Texas of liver cancer He was born December 17 1942 Hawthorne served in the U S Air Force and was a flight engineer during his tour of duty in Vietnam He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Emporia Virginia Chapter 627 Martha Jane Hendricks died September 6 2004 in Oklahoma of massive head injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident She was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America Tulsa Chapter 216 June Marie Hettinger died July 1 2004 in Wernersville Pennsylvania She was born June 11 1927 Hettinger served in the U S Air Force and retired at the rank of major She served as a nurse and nursing administrator while in the service She was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Reading Chapter 131 Robert Hicks died October 13 2004 in New Philadelphia Ohio Hicks was a veteran of the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America New Philadelphia Chapter 857 Robert T Hoehn died recently in Pleasantville Ohio He was born March 27 1948 Hoehn was a veteran of the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Mount Clemens Michigan Chapter 154 William Turner Huggett died August 31 2004 in Miami Florida of a massive brain hemorrhage He was born May 25 1940 Huggett served in the U S Marine Corps in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Coral Gables Chapter 121 Douglas G Inks died June 2 2000 in Floral Park New York He was born November 8 1950 Inks was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Hicksville Chapter 82 Kenneth Gillis Irwin Jr died August 30 2004 in Seattle He was born March 7 1945 Gillis served in the U S Army 1968 71 with service in Vietnam from 1968 69 as an aircraft maintenance crewman He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Vancouver Washington Chapter 512 Harry Kessler died recently in Brooklyn New York He was born December 30 1942 Kessler was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Thomas P Coughlin Memorial Brooklyn Chapter 72 Robert J Kinloch Jr died September 28 2002 in Chicago Ridge Illinois He was born May 6 1957 Kinloch was a Vietnam era veteran He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Orland Hills Chapter 796 Erwin H Koehler died October 5 2004 in El Paso Texas He was born February 9 1939 Koehler retired from the U S Army after 27 years of service and served during the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America El Paso Chapter 844 William Koontz died October 14 2004 in Michigan City Indiana He was born January 2 1953 Koontz was a Vietnam era veteran He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Lawrence Chapter 434 Loy D Knight died recently in Princeton Kansas He was born April 8 1934 Knight served in the U S Air Force from 1968 74 with service during the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Ottawa Kansas Chapter 912 Joseph M LaFatch died February 16 2004 in Akron Ohio He was born April 23 1948 LaFatch served in the U S Army in the Vietnam War with the First Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division and was awarded the Purple Heart He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Akron Chapter 34 L David Lamb died October 4 2004 in Lawton Oklahoma of liver failure He was born December 3 1947 Lamb served in the U S Army from 1969 71 with a tour of duty in Vietnam and he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Lawton Chapter 751 William L Lederer died recently in Wells New York He was born June 28

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  • The VVA Veteran: The Needle and the Damage Done-Vaccinating America's Soldiers
    so Berger and a few other soldiers were taken to a second building which was padlocked with a condemned sign nailed to the door Finally at a third building Berger was billeted on the third floor where despite his post heart attack status he had to struggle up three flights of stairs with his duffel bag Although Berger had been advised that Ft Knox was where I would get the best care available he quickly learned there was no cardiologist assigned to the base nor was there a cardiac rehab program In fact there were inadequate numbers of Army doctors in general and a civilian contract physician handled Berger s case Hired just days before Berger s arrival the doctor had received no orientation on Army medical policies Although sympathetic to Berger s predicament he felt there was little he could do A civilian cardiologist however visited the base although he was a specialist in heart disease in children Still that doctor renewed Berger s medications and prescribed an exercise regimen As he performed his examination the doctor happened to inquire if Berger had ever received either smallpox or anthrax vaccinations Berger said that he had The doctor told me it looked like the vaccines that some of us soldiers got might not be all that safe Berger said The doctor added that with Berger s family history of heart disease he was surprised the Army gave me the shots at all Berger had heard something to this effect when he had follow up care in La Crosse before shipping out to Ft Knox but this cardiologist seemed to speak with greater certainty I asked the doctor what was going on and he told me there was evidence of a strong correlation between a family history of heart problems and bad even fatal reactions to the smallpox vaccine During Michael Berger s frustrating summer in Kentucky medical hold living conditions similar to those at Ft Knox were revealed on other bases and the military vaccine issue became more convoluted and contentious In addition to the connection between smallpox and heart disease the anthrax vaccine was implicated in a parade of catastrophic health effects including an abrupt and lethal pneumonia heart failure and blood disorders In May as Berger was en route to Ft Knox Judge Emmet G Sullivan a federal judge in Washington D C ordered the Department of Defense to stop using anthrax vaccine on the grounds that it was an experimental drug The vaccine the same one that was used in the first Gulf War never cleared U S Food and Drug Administration FDA standards for human use before it was administered to thousands of military men and women Those recipients were given the vaccine without their awareness or consent a flagrant violation of federal guidelines regulating the use of experimental drugs or medicines in human subjects The FDA however outflanked the court order on a bureaucratic technicality solicited no public comment and quietly reapproved the vaccine By late July the military vaccine program had notched a trail of questionable deaths and chronic illnesses along with the outrage of those who were finding themselves the targets of disciplinary proceedings even courts martial for refusing smallpox or anthrax vaccines As soldiers and their families began to alert congressmen and senators Assistant Secretary of Defense William Winkenwerder Jr reported that the Army had identified 37 cases of heart inflammation in the wake of smallpox vaccination but no deaths Rachel Lacy s death it seemed was still categorized as unexplained by DoD But in early August Rachel s father told a UPI reporter that he was convinced a proper investigation into the cause of his daughter s death was being blocked by the Army He believed his daughter died as a result of the smallpox vaccine and the Army was stonewalling in an attempt to avoid the criticism such a revelation might bring Rachel Lacy s father was seconded in this opinion by Dr Jeffrey Sartin a physician who cared for Rachel early in the course of her illness Sartin an infectious disease specialist based in La Crosse at the same hospital where Michael Berger was taken after he collapsed at Ft McCoy said he believed that Rachel Lacy s illness and death should be classified as vaccine related If she had been a civilian Sartin said the case would almost certainly have been reported as such At the same time conditions in medical hold facilities at several bases were reaching a breaking point In the course of his stay at Ft Knox Berger recalled living in a decrepit barracks some 60 years old that featured a roof open to the elements Buckets dotted the floor during thunderstorms When base authorities failed to respond to complaints two soldiers from the company both on patient status climbed onto the roof and positioned a tarp Before they put the tarp up Berger said you could see the stars at night through that hole Michael Berger s living conditions at Ft Knox proved to be symptomatic of overwhelmed Army medical facilities in general a system that seemed to be grossly unprepared for the many wounded and ill soldiers who would inevitably be returning from a combat theater or whose illnesses like Berger s would keep them from deployment UPI reporter Mark Benjamin in a series of articles that brought him a prestigious journalism prize detailed med hold barracks in such poor repair that they were in danger of collapse and waits for doctor appointments and therapy stretching out four to six months and longer Benjamin wrote that in nearly two dozen interviews soldiers consistently described substandard living conditions and interminable waits for any kind of medical attention After being at Ft Knox for nearly eight months during which time all his heart care was delivered by contract civilian doctors a medical board found Mike Berger unfit for duty He was offered a ten percent disability Berger objected noting that a ten percent disability wouldn

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  • The VVA Veteran - The Numbers Game: How Many Vietnamese Fled South in 1954
    By August 28 according to French records 65 706 persons had left Tonkin aboard aircraft and 81 074 by boat Because Ike s message invited the world to view the evacuation as a political event the number of refugees became more important than ever Suddenly it became opportune to generate refugees for the flow and the Central Intelligence Agency entered the picture Frank G Wisner the CIA s deputy director for plans and its director for covert operations had argued for an effort to remain in Hanoi through the evacuation to drive a wedge between the Viet Minh and the People s Republic of China The CIA had sent a team there under Edward G Lansdale working undercover as a U S Air Force colonel Lansdale s group swung into action with propaganda and harassment activities in the North Although Lansdale arrived in Saigon in June it was not until August that most of his unit the Saigon Military Mission SMM was in place Lansdale sent in Army Major Lucien Conein an old Indochina hand and a friend of the South Vietnamese military commander in Tonkin to lead the mission in Hanoi The SMM started rumor campaigns in Hanoi the first centering on a planted report that a Chinese communist unit had entered North Vietnam and massacred Vietnamese villagers Another psychological warfare ploy was a lurid poster campaign suggesting the Viet Minh would be out of control One poster featured Viet Minh soldiers looming over the Hanoi skyline with an atomic mushroom cloud rising behind them There were about 6 000 French civilians in Hanoi and about 24 000 in Tonkin overall It would have been a propaganda disaster if they decided to stay on under a Viet Minh government One ploy was a leaflet that looked like official Viet Minh regulations for their assumption of control containing draconian provisions for monetary reform abolition of property and an instruction that workers could leave their jobs for three days a holiday to mark the Viet Minh arrival Lansdale records show that registrations for evacuation tripled the day after the leaflet was distributed As the evacuation began the CIA proprietary Civil Air Transport CAT later Air America asked SMM s help to get a contract to participate Lansdale complied The CAT flights then gave him a means to insert people and carry materials to the North Conein organized a variety of clever anti Viet Minh maneuvers He recruited a senior Hanoi police official to release any of his people arrested on their missions But the move backfired when the policeman insisted on helping distribute the phony Viet Minh regulations leaflet The official apprehended by French Sûreté after a high speed chase through downtown Hanoi in the dead of night was jailed as a Viet Minh agent Viet Minh radio denounced the leaflets but within days their currency had lost half of its value Conein s network of agents also contaminated the oil supply of the local bus company so that its machines would malfunction and collaborated with a CIA sabotage team from Japan to set explosive charges on the Hanoi Haiphong railroad line as the French pulled out of Tonkin s capital in early October The medical officer aboard the transport Montague reassigned on temporary duty from the U S base at Yokosuka was Lieutenant j g Thomas A Dooley III A medical doctor Dooley initially functioned as medical officer and interpreter In August he was sent ashore at Haiphong as part of a preventive medicine and triage unit set up by Captain Julius Anderson Before long the unit began conducting research on the other side Infectious diseases parasites and medical intelligence became its function just as much as delousing the Vietnamese awaiting passage to the South Dooley s highly stylized account of the events Deliver Us to Freedom could have been written by one of Ed Lansdale s CIA propaganda experts and its publication subsidized by the CIA From November on Dooley was the officer in charge of the Haiphong unit Some social engineering took place on the evacuation vessels American officers saw the Vietnamese as a simple people capable of being swayed Aboard the transport Bayfield in late August some Vietnamese passengers insisted on viewing the Americans as priests and all 320 crewmen were regarded as full fledged clergy American officers did not dissuade such thinking believing it useful to maintaining order on the ship Admiral Sabin endorsed this method On the Mountrail just as aboard Bayfield American sailors went out of their way to help the passengers many of whom were destitute Meanwhile the evacuation had reached full stride The French were moving about 3 400 people per day by air plus about 20 000 per month by sea Although the British lent their aircraft carrier HMS Warrior Admiral Sabin s Task Force 90 remained the main source of the sea lift The burden carried by the Navy s amphibious ships and those vessels of the Military Sea Transportation Service was considerable Sabin s plans had envisioned the use of four Landing Ship Docks four attack cargo ships eight transports and eighteen Landing Ship Tanks At French request in mid September the Navy added a hospital ship to move French Union wounded In all more than fifty ships participated A peak occurred in September when 10 000 people arrived in Saigon on a single day That month nearly 101 000 people moved by sea On October 2 the 400 000th person left Tonkin After that numbers began to decline steadily 75 000 in October 46 500 in November 24 500 in December An additional 82 000 moved during the first three months of 1955 Efforts to move passengers by air were complicated by the withdrawal of French Air Force transport units Air efforts compared favorably with sea lift in August 1954 when over 72 000 persons left the North on airplanes In September there were more than 54 000 aerial evacuees Air travelers from October through December averaged only

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  • The VVA Veteran
    force that motivates our members in every state Puerto Rico U S Virgin Islands Guam the Philippines and beyond In addition to pursuing our agenda in the legislative executive and judicial branches of government VVA and AVVA members have worked in many areas creating identification packages for children at local malls conducting clothing and food drives registering voters offering Honor Guards for ceremonies and funerals restoring and maintaining monuments and memorials visiting patients in VA hospitals Soldiers Sailors homes and nursing homes providing service and shelter to homeless veterans and their families and speaking to a new generation of Americans at schools Our members in the Washington D C area and beyond visit with wounded servicemembers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital Our members also meet and support returning troops throughout the country We continue our groundbreaking working on the SHAD program part of the Cold War era Project 112 that tested the effects of chemical and biological weapons on U S military vessels aircraft and thousands of American servicemembers Every servicemember who was subjected to SHAD tests should be notified of his participation in order to evaluate his health We should all be proud of the part VVA played in the dedication of the In Memory Plaque November 10 This plaque is the final element of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial It honors those among us who returned home and found out years later their health had been compromised Now just steps from where the names of over 58 000 of their comrades are engraved on The Wall the spirits of these men and women who served together rest in peace together We are concerned about the placement of the Plaque and will continue to promote a more prominent placement for this important part of the

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