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    Cigar Company Traditions Military Videos Truman Publishing Veterans Commemorative Veterans Viet Nam Restoration Project Wild Card 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 Releases Benefits Meetings Special

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    attended ceremonies at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington in which his son Charles Woolwine on crutches who is attached to the Army s 25th Infantry Division received the Purple Heart after being seriously wounded in Iraq Standing beside Charles is his younger brother James His uncle Ret Army Col W Droke is at far right Visit The VVA Veteran archives to locate back issues E mail us at TheVeteran

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    proceeds Call or write for an interview Contact Jim Barker 5239 Roeder Rd San Jose CA 95111 408 806 1559 Looking for anyone who served with me in support group for Americal Div 160th Eng Det Chu Lai August 1970 71 especially Gerald Johnson Neil and Lt Koons Contact Bill Newsome 5536 Ragan Dr The Colony TX 75056 214 505 9756 Searching for a veteran by the name of Noonan who gave me his name tag from his shirt sometime in October 1970 while I was performing in Vietnam with a government sponsored group on stage at Happy Valley outside of Saigon that Bob Hope had erected for concerts I would like to return his name tag Contact Helen Noonan hinoons ihug com au Searching for anyone who served with Golf 223 1968 69 Contact Tim Alessi timothyalessi webtv net Looking for veterans who served with HHC 2nd Bn 1st Inf 196th Bde LZ Hawk Hill 1969 70 Contact Bill Terry Tick28345 hotmail com Looking for SFC Charles Newton or family members to return bracelet I received in early 1970s with the date of 4 17 69 Contact Larry Rohm Sr painterlarsr315 aol com Trying to locate anyone who served with 14th Sign Co 37th Sig Bn Freedom Hill Danang 1970 71 Contact Larry wenak52 mtaonline net Looking for Marine corpsman attached to G 2 5 1967 whose leg was wounded I covered you with my body when we were ambushed March 29 1967 I was wounded in my face and you put me in for Naval Commendation Medal that I have not received Contact Richard Papineau 251931 P O Box 1900 Pound VA 24279 Looking for anyone who served with me in 229th Avn Bn Co B 1st Cav Killer Spade May 1970 to June 1971 My nickname was Hoss and I was in motor pool Also looking for Sgt Chase SP4 Peterman or anyone in the unit to verify information for VA claim Contact Douglas L Miller P O Box 4 Myrtle Point OR 97458 541 572 5960 dcmiller001 yahoo com Looking for any Marines who served with me in 2nd Bn 7th Mar 1st Mar Div Co E 3rd Sqd 2nd Plt I can t remember names only that Operation Prairie was one of our bigger operations I served with 2nd Bn 5th Reg 1st Mar Fox Co January to June 1966 Contact Michael C Thoman 403 3rd Ave Charles City IA 50616 641 257 2672 Looking for Lt Ott who served with me in D Trp 3rd 5th Cav 1967 68 Contact Charles E Schultheis P O Box 175 Verona PA 15147 Looking for Tom Schoop or John Gonzalez or any gunnersmates who served with me on USS O Hare DD 889 Vietnam May to November 1966 Contact Hector Bauza 166 Chautauqua St Fredonia NY 14063 716 679 9658 Would like to hear from anyone who took basic training with me in Echo Co 9th Bn 2nd BCT Bde Ft Jackson South Carolina November 1977 to January 1978 and also had AIT with me in B Delta Co 15th Bn 4th AIT Bde January to March 1978 to verify service related disability Contact Stan Hunt No 363715 1697 FM 980 Huntsville TX 77343 Looking for David Terry Nelson from Boulder Colorado a Navy Aviation Ordanceman Second Class E 5 in VP 19 who served at NAS Moffett Field 1968 71 Contact Pete Sanborn 407 671 3393 psanborn2 earthlink net Looking for anyone who served with me in 635th Supply Sqd or 656 Supply Sqd Utapao AFB and Nakon Phanom AFB Thailand Contact Royce E Lincoln 250 Brownswitch Rd Slidell LA 70458 985 639 3402 Looking for anyone who served with me when I repaired IBM machines in trailers parked next to 25th Inf Div HQ Cu Chi December 1966 67 Contact Ray Merrell 7654 Horse Creek Dr Pueblo CO 81004 data100man netscape net Looking for Ray Fiore from Long Island who served with me in 101st Abn 3rd Bde 1st 506th B Co March 1968 69 We were also stationed at Ft Dix and Ft Polk Contact Robert Lange 69 14 Utopia Pkwy Flushing New York NY 11365 718 969 8857 Looking for anyone who served with my uncle Thomas Garndner aboard USS Savannah 1940 45 under Chief Warrant Robert S McCarthy Sr as chief ship clerk and also served as seaman Especially C E Jackson Andrew W Dye Ed Rybczyk John B Watson John Kryniak and Thomas Hassett Contact Donald T Wingart P O Box 635 Graham WA 98338 Looking for anyone who served with me in B 2 5th 1st Cav Div 1968 69 and was involved in the battle on March 8 1969 where I was wounded and medevaced to Saigon Hospital Contact Ernest L Stevens 4806 Cle Esta Dr Loris SC 29569 843 756 8842 Looking for Trevino or anyone who served with him on a swiftboat in Chu Lai 1968 I thought that he was KIA or MIA all these years I served with USMC 1967 69 Contact Ismael Blue Olivarez P O Box 50993 Amarillo TX 79159 806 373 7132 Looking for anyone who served with A Co 228th Aviation Bn 1st Air Cav Div Phu Bai 1968 and remembers the twin cooks I am one of them Contact George A Kuehne 444 Elm St Hinesville GA 31313 george kuehne hotmail com Looking for fellow team members who served with Mobile Advisory Team MAT IV 35 especially SFC Andy Anderson who served with me in Chau Doc Province in 1970 Contact Richard Hanson 1255 California St 405 San Francisco CA 94109 415 776 3739 Would like to hear from any cooks who served in 815th Eng Bn HH Co Engineer Hill Pleiku 1969 70 or any cooks at Camp Di Linnh or Bao Loc 1970 Also anyone who went through basic training with me at Ft Jackson D 8 2 October 1968 and the food service course Co A 14 4 January 1969 as well as D Co 92nd Eng

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    takes place in the Lady Luck Hotel Las Vegas www ladlylucklv com January 23 28 2005 Contact Dick Willie P O Box 2243 Winnipeg Manitoba R3C 4A6 Canada 204 284 3861 reunion veteranplatform com Bravo Co 2 12 1st Cav Div reunion for Vietnam veterans who served between 1965 73 to be held in Washington D C area November 10 14 Contact Al Zeller 517 694 5869 India Co 3rd Bn 3rd Mar 3 Div will hold a reunion for Marines and corpsmen who served in Vietnam between 1965 69 in Birmingham Alabama June 7 12 2005 Contact T Smith 450 Schubert Rd Bethel PA 19507 9664 wsmith paonline com 12th Evac Hospital 1966 70 reunion at Clarion Hotel San Antonio Texas November 12 14 Contact Richard Harder 210 657 3526 richarder mymailstation com Vietnam Security Police Association USAF Security policemen and augmentees who served in Vietnam and Thailand during Vietnam War will hold its reunion October 7 10 Tucson Arizona Contact Don Graham 2911 Westminster Rd Bethlehem PA 18017 610 691 6960 tuyhoa68 att net or visit web site at www VSPA com Echo Company 2nd Battalion 7th Marines Vietnam will hold a reunion June 24 25 2005 at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino Las Vegas For reservations contact Nicole Chino Rio Rancho Travel 505 891 2772 Contact Jim Toya P O Box 2062 Corrales NM 87048 2062 JToya msn com 25th Infantry Division Association 1941 2004 will hold a reunion September 28 to October 2 Tucson Arizona Contact Butch Sincock P O Box 7 Flourtown PA 19031 0007 TropicLtn aol com or visit web site www 25thida com VP 50 all years will hold it reunion November 10 14 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel San Jose California Contact Nick Mulich P O Box 26884 6884 Jacksonville FL

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    a heart attack He was born January 30 1924 Pierce served in the U S Army during World War II with the 2nd Rangers at Pointe du Hoc on D Day He was a life member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America Moses Lake Chapter 686 Mark E Platt died December 28 2003 in Pittsgrove New Jersey of metastasis adenocarcinoma and diabetes He was born December 13 1947 Platt served in the U S Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Bayonne Chapter 151 Charles Edgar Reese died February 19 in Opelika Alabama of acute cardiac and respiratory failure from a ruptured thoracic aneurysm due to hypertension and Post traumatic Stress Disorder He was born January 27 1948 Reese served in the U S Army from 1967 69 in Vietnam and was awarded the Purple Heart He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Birmingham Chapter 418 Bill R Ross died November 6 1995 in Merced California He was born October 20 1938 Ross was a veteran of the Vietnam War He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Merced Chapter 691 Kenneth L Saari died recently in Centerline Michigan Saari was a veteran of the Vietnam War He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Mt Clemens Chapter 154 John Kendrick Savage died recently in Coolin Idaho He was born September 12 1949 Savage served in the U S Navy during the Vietnam War from 1968 73 He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Panhandle Chapter 673 Harold E Simmons died June 11 2003 in New Market Alabama Simmons was a veteran of the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Fayetteville Chapter 580 Gladys Arlene Duey Steadman died April 20 in St Joseph Missouri She was born August 7 1918 Steadman was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America St Joseph Chapter 638 Frank Stewart died recently in Winnemucca Nevada He was born June 26 1933 Stewart was a veteran of the Vietnam era He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Winnemucca Chapter 744 Robert G Taylor died recently in Mt Clemens Michigan He was born June 12 1944 Taylor was a veteran of the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Mt Clemens Chapter 154 Thomas A Tomczak died February 21 2002 in Philadelphia of heart failure He was born June 26 1950 Tomczak served in the U S Army during the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Liberty Bell Chapter 266 Roger D Trickler died February 28 in Daleville Alabama He was born August 19 1936 Trickler served in the U S Army for 27 years He was awarded the Silver Star the Distinguished Flying Cross two Bronze Stars and the Air Medal of Valor with 17 subsequent awards of the Air Medal He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Daleville Chapter 373 George Thomas Tucker died April 4 in Black Zion Mississippi of pancreatic cancer He was born June 9 1943 in Tupelo Mississippi Tucker served in the U S Army with two tours in Vietnam He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Verona Chapter 842 Larry Allen Walter died August 11 2003 in Austin Texas as the result of a motorcycle accident He was born December 29 1948 Walter served in the U S Army during the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America La Grange Chapter 893 George Robert Washburn died April 18 in Pleasantville New York of emphysema He was born January 1 1947 Washburn served in the U S Army in Vietnam from 1968 69 He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Pleasantville Chapter 49 Allison F Worley died March 15 in Lake Charles Louisiana She was born September 12 1931 Worley served in the U S Marine Corps from 1965 69 She was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Kinder Chapter 215 Phillip David Alcantar died May 2 in El Paso Texas of cirrhosis of the liver caused by hepatitis C He was born October 20 1946 Alcantar served in the U S Army in Vietnam and received the Purple Heart He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America El Paso Chapter 574 Joseph Lamar Arrington died May 18 in Chickamauga Georgia of cancer He was born June 25 1938 Arrington served 28 years in the U S Air Force He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Chattanooga Chapter 203 William Lloyd Birch died May 20 in West Salem Township Pennsylvania of ischemic brain injury due to basilar aneurism surgery He was born February 24 1942 Birch served four years in the U S Navy and Marines with a tour of duty in Vietnam He was awarded the Purple Heart He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Erie Chapter 435 Ronald P Buczakowski died March 30 in Central Square New York He was a veteran of the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America East Syracuse Chapter 103 Dale Burger died May 28 in Bel Air Maryland of a heart attack Burger served in the U S Marine Corps in the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Bel Air Chapter 588 Wayne E Clift died May 29 in Bethel North Carolina He was born October 3 1933 Clift retired from the U S Air Force and served during the Vietnam era He was a life member and member of the Board of Directors of Vietnam Veterans of America Greenville Chapter 272 William A Conklin died recently in Novato California He was born October 14 1930 Conklin was a veteran of the Vietnam War He was an at large life member of Vietnam Veterans of America California Peter M Conrad died May

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    Asia Army Security Agency Veterans Association We recently saw the documentary at the reunion of the Vietnam Helicopter Crew Members Association This provided us an opportunity to recall the first mission of the crewmembers the recovery of the body of an Army Security Agency soldier who was the first American killed in action in Vietnam I made the following remarks In December 1961 two U S Army helicopter units the 8th and the 57th Helicopter Companies arrived at the port of Saigon The only American unit there to witness this event was an Army Security Agency contingent None of the helicopter crewmen could have known that these other Americans were ASA because the presence of the ASA in Vietnam and its mission was and until recently remained a secret On December 22 ASA Spec4 James Thomas Davis was leading a team of ten South Vietnamese signalmen on a radio direction finding mission in search of Viet Cong radio transmitters northwest of Saigon The VC detonated a land mine under the truck in which Davis and his team were riding and attacked with machine gun and rifle fire killing nine of the ten Vietnamese Tom Davis escaped the wreckage and against overwhelming odds began returning fire before falling to a bullet wound to the head The first mission of the newly arrived helicopter units was to recover the body of Specialist Davis from that first battlefield History does not record whether anyone at the time thanked the men of the 8th and 57th Helicopter Companies for recovering Tom s body So we thank you now Gary D Spivey First Vice President SEA ASA Veterans Association Via e mail WHO IS A VIETNAM VETERAN I served with the U S Marine Corps from 1967 71 but did not go to Vietnam I

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    beyond general opinions based upon his analysis that Hanoi might prefer to settle the war before the next administration came to office which is how Bundy characterized Kissinger s denials THE ACTION COMPONENT The second part of the Nixon operation involved Republican political operative Anna Chennault head of Women for Nixon Agnew vice chair of the Republican National Finance Committee and Washington hostess She was well connected in Washington circles Her associates ranged from political lawyer Tommy The Cork Corcoran to FBI director J Edgar Hoover She was married to World War II hero Gen Claire Chennault a founder of Civil Air Transport which became the CIA proprietary Air America Anna Chennault became vice president for international affairs of Flying Tiger Air Lines She was a hawk on Vietnam and had direct links to Saigon She was also close to President Thieu s elder brother Nguyen Van Kieu the South Vietnamese ambassador to Taiwan and was connected to prime minister Gen Tran Thien Khiem who had been Saigon s ambassador to the United States in 1964 and to Taiwan in 1965 Anna Chennault also was closely associated with South Vietnam s ambassador to the United States Bui Diem Chennault favored increased bombing of North Vietnam not a halt Her nickname was Dragon Lady Anna Chennault met Richard Nixon in 1954 at a banquet in Taiwan She was in Taiwan again in 1967 when summoned to meet candidate Nixon in New York where she took on the assignment of organizing Republican women Chennault volunteered to furnish advice on Vietnam In June 1968 in a series of letters Chennault suggested that she arrange for Nixon to meet with South Vietnamese ambassador Bui Diem She may have hoped to set up an encounter between Nixon and Thieu The meeting took place in Nixon s New York apartment on July 12 and included an hour long private session between Nixon Diem Chennault and the candidate s campaign director John Mitchell Anna Chennault emerged from the Nixon meeting as the go between for Nixon and the South Vietnamese She reported through Tower or Mitchell who was also Kissinger s contact In late August Chennault and Bui Diem just back from observing the Paris negotiations had a long session with Tower in which Chennault reported to Nixon in a Dear Dick note A month later Nixon sent Chennault a note on personal stationery complimenting her efforts in his behalf The Chennault channel remained open in October when the negotiations with North Vietnam began to move quickly By Chennault s own account she was in touch with John Mitchell at least once a day On October 15 Anna Chennault sent Nixon a memo warning that a bombing halt would have no impact on negotiations Nixon was in Kansas City the next day where the White House telephone switchboard found him at Union Station Nixon took a conference call from Lyndon Johnson in which the president informed all the candidates that there had been movement in the negotiations LBJ accurately recited the conditions he was imposing on the bombing halt insisting that there had not been a breakthrough in the talks however and that anything might jeopardize the arrangement Suddenly in Saigon President Thieu began to backtrack on his understandings with Washington He told Ambassador Bunker that the National Liberation Front could not be an entity at the forthcoming negotiation in contravention of the our side your side formula and that the joint Washington Saigon government announcement of the bombing halt should contain no statement regarding new talks Thieu was silent in the face of Bunker s protests On that day the carefully crafted diplomatic arrangement began to unravel On October 17 Saigon s position was that it would study the latest American proposals and Saigon s foreign minister told Bunker s counselor that his government would not participate in a negotiation in which the NLF was represented as a separate entity Hanoi also got cold feet In Washington on October 18 Bui Diem met with Walt Rostow and according to the declassified record declared that Thieu is opposing categorically the presence of the NLF at the Paris conference In Saigon on October 19 Thieu gave a televised speech in which he thundered that Hanoi had made no concessions that would justify a bombing halt and proclaimed his opposition to NLF representation The moment for a joint announcement of a bombing halt and peace talks slipped further out of reach as the Johnson administration tried to iron out these last minute difficulties Secretary of Defense Clark M Clifford revealed in his 1991 account of these events that American intelligence knew that Anna Chennault was in repeated contact with the Saigon government Ambassador Bui Diem sent one cable to Saigon on October 23 observing that senior Republicans were encouraging a firm stance in the face of American pressure to proceed with the bombing halt In a second cable four days later he said that he was regularly in touch with the Nixon entourage and that the longer the present situation continues the more we are favored On the evening of October 28 Walt Rostow s brother Eugene received a telephone call from an old friend on Wall Street who had connections with associates close to the Nixon campaign According to sealed presidential records opened in 1994 Gene Rostow reported that one of these individuals recounted the Nixon Vietnam strategy He was trying to frustrate the President by inciting Saigon to step up its demands By that time the bombing halt announcement had slipped several times and Saigon s line had hardened with Thieu making occasional noises of accommodation but then going back on them On October 29 after Walt Rostow had passed this information on to him Johnson ordered National Security Council executive secretary Bromley Smith to contact FBI deputy director Cartha DeLoach and begin monitoring the contacts between Anna Chennault and Bui Diem In 1975 depositions to the congressional Church Committee investigating U S intelligence Attorney General Ramsey

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    Father Philip Salois s invocation the house lights dimmed and Nashville recording artists the Bakers took the stage The mother daughter combo welcomed the packed hall of VVA members AVVA members who were holding their biennial meeting and guests to Nashville with a stirring acoustic version of Travelin Soldier the Bruce Robison song about a young woman whose boyfriend goes off to fight in Vietnam Ralph Land a local VVA member and longtime Nashville studio musician accompanied the Bakers on drums A color guard of young 101 st Airborne troopers from nearby Fort Campbell Kentucky presented the colors the Bakers sang the National Anthem Nashville style and local Boy Scout David Mullins led the Pledge of Allegiance Active duty Army sergeant Ray Gutierrez a former singer with the U S Army band who had orders to ship out to Iraq sang Toby Keith s American Soldier to a rousing ovation Members of the Tennessee State Council presented the service flags and young Mullins solemnly presented the POW MIA banner Tom Corey s welcoming remarks included introducing Paul Buddy Bucha and Gary Beikirch Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipients who later spoke at seminars Ed Vick a one time Navy River Patrol Boat commander in Vietnam who recently retired as CEO of the huge marketing firm Young and Rubicam gave an uplifting and well received keynote speech Vick exhorted everyone in the room to get motivated and to help get out the vote in November The ceremonies ended with remarks from U S Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge A longtime VVA supporter the former Pennsylvania governor was the first enlisted man who served in the Vietnam War to be elected to the U S House of Representatives Conference attendees then went off to attend the first tier of seminars Over the next three and a half days they had the chance to take part in dozens of seminars on topics as varied as Duties of Boards of Directors How to Use Disciplinary Procedure Vote for America 2004 Agent Orange 2004 Update and Fund Raising In addition to the seminars were screenings of the award winning documentary In the Shadow of the Blade along with two other video presentations a Louisiana high school power point honoring veterans and an Idaho college student salute to the Moving Wall A conference highlight was Friday s Awards Luncheon which included Deputy VA Secretary Gordon Mansfield s Keynote Speech Twyla Tharp one of the nation s most honored choreographers who created the Vietnam themed smash Broadway musical Movin Out Tharp and who received a VVA President s Award for Excellence in the Arts told the cheering crowd she had purchased that morning a hundred VVA pins and planned to present one to every member of the show s cast and crew We re starting a renegade VVA chapter in New York she said and invited all Vietnam veterans who see the show to come backstage afterwards and meet the cast The other President s Awards went

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