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    McManus Eppie Ortiz Joseph Jorge Eladio Rivera and James Boorman were accompanied by Miami Dolphins Brian Griese and Jeff Zgonina and Dolphins cheerleader Hennely Jiminez Members of Chapter 688 in Westfield New Jersey have visited the PTSD ward at the Lyons VA Hospital once a month for the past six years It was no different on a recent visit when Joe McCourt Bill Sinkowitz and Rick Harrison joined Pete Hogaboom Frank Chupko Joyce Morway Ken Boger Tony Tichacek and Ted Meadowcroft along with chair Frank Cuccaro brought food and entertainment to the clients in the ward NEVER AGAIN Hangar 850 at the Niagara Falls Air Force Base was the scene of a rousing Welcome Home for members of the 402nd Civil Affairs Battalion when Buffalo New York Chapter 77 s Color Guard led a procession welcoming the Army Reserve unit home from duty in Iraq The ceremony had special meaning for chapter member and former Marine Adam Zlotek whose daughter Army Corporal Kimberly Jones carried the flag of the 402nd home Jerry Thompson vice president of Tupelo Mississippi Chapter 842 presented a donation to Kelly Scott who has taken it upon herself to send nearly a hundred packages a week to soldiers from the North Mississippi area who are serving in Iraq If you would like to donate to this project contact Chapter 842 at 662 862 9858 or 662 256 9662 Chapter 875 in Oakland Tennessee commemorated Armed Forces Day at the Trinity United Methodist Church where chapter President Ed Stutler served as Master of Ceremonies and Past President Barry Ryan was a featured speaker The chapter also joined with others to watch the national satellite broadcast of the dedication of the World War II Memorial in Washington D C Joseph Ingino was among nine members of Chapter 82 in Hicksville New York who visited troops at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D C in early spring Room by room and soldier by soldier the Vietnam veterans greeted and spoke with all the wounded Joining Ingino handing out magazines phone cards and other necessities were chapter president Paul Masi vice president Carl Johnson Bob Chiappone Stan Kuchlewski Nick Graziano Frank Tobani and Richie and Dianna Meyers MEMORIALS Frankie L Cousins Sr a member of Chapter 42 in Zanesville Ohio was recently transferred to the Noble Correctional Institute in Caldwell where there is no VVA chapter Cousins reports that Chapter 42 was instrumental in placing the first permanent fixture in the Veterans Memorial Park in South Zanesville in development since 1998 An AH 1 Cobra attack gunship was put into position on a concrete pad The Cobra will be painted in Vietnam era colors and insignia and will be part of what chapter member Jack Harris called a tribute to all veterans of all services from all wars It will be a place where kids and grandkids can come and see some history see it touch it and be part of it Chapter 691 in Merced California recently

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  • The VVA Veteran
    and eggs It s open for lunch too with sandwiches like roast chicken with citrus vinaigrette and Italiano on rosemary focaccia If it s cheaper fare you re after try Burger King or the Southern Cafe on Sixth Avenue Southern Cafe opens at 6 30 Provence at 7 00 and serves omelets 4 25 or fried eggs with side orders of grits or hash browns bacon or sausage You ll learn soon enough that in Nashville most restaurants close between lunch and dinner and it s hard to get lunch after say 2 30 Sure there are exceptions this is just a warning Directly across from the Sheraton is the Vietnam Veterans Park It sits in an enclosed plaza On one wall is engraved the names of the 1 289 men from Tennessee who gave their lives in Vietnam A plaque recognizes the more than 49 000 Tennesseans who served with distinction and valor but often without recognition In the center of the plaza is a sculpture by Alan LeQuire Like Frederick Hart s statue in Washington this contains three soldiers But those depicted here are no band of brothers overcoming racism and fear looking both forward and back who guard liberty LeQuire saw something other than that romantic notion His men are not handsome or muscular or heroic They are plain bordering on homely They assume awkward rigid self conscious poses Even among comrades they are alone confronting their own fears and private demons even as they wait alert for the enemy The Vietnam Veterans Park is a quiet place LeQuire s other famous sculpture in Nashville is a colossal Athena that dominates the interior of the Parthenon the world s only full scale Acropolis free replica Maybe it s even better because the pediment sculptures have been replaced and restored It earned Nashville the sobriquet of the Athens of the South surely a surprise to Athens Georgia The Parthenon is on Nashville s West Side a short cab ride from the hotel Nearby is Music Row where most of Nashville s recording studios are located Back behind the Vietnam Veterans Park is the Tennessee Military Museum It holds extensive WWII munitions collections and fabulous WWII propaganda posters The Vietnam collection is how would you say sparse This is the moment when the museum s director urges VVA members to contribute artifacts Just beyond the Military Museum is the handsome Tennessee State Capitol Building From the rear steps you look out at the view spread out at the foot of the hill That s right Capitol Hill Right in Nashville It s the same hill the Sheraton shares Everything is just a short walk down hill Down hill beyond the Capitol is Bicentennial Park It s your best source for local fruit and vegetables gorgeously fresh and juicy and invitingly cheap Tennessee is a rural state those farms are just a few miles away Just beyond this outdoor Farmers Market piled high with tomatoes and watermelons and peaches and

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    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 Events Collectibles Contributions

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    Army during wartime He is currently serving in Afghanistan with the 401st Civil Affairs His mother Teri top center served with the Army Nurse Corps Eric s father VVA s Phil Litteer is pictured during his service with the 3rd Armored Cavalry in Germany 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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    KIA when I was only three weeks old and I would like to contact those who served with him Contact Darcy Birdsall 29122 N Silver Meadows Loop Athol ID 83801 208 683 2466 Wish to contact Jewel Judy Staggs who served with me in 93rd Evac Hosp Long Binh 1965 66 Contact Arlene Craddock 97 Remington Rd Woodhaven Rocky Point NC 28457 910 675 9850 Incarcerated veteran looking for anyone who served with me in 24th Trans Co Cam Ranh Bay 1971 72 Would especially like to hear from an attorney dealing in criminal appeals for a PTSD claim to get back into court Contact Edward Giovanni 96746 Camp D Raven 3 R 6 Louisiana State Prision Angola LA 70712 I would like to hear from anyone who attended Basic Training Co E 4th Bn 1st Bde under Drill Sgts Collins or Harris I was with 3rd Plt and graduated May 3 1969 Contact Forrest L Harris 5351 Whitmire Dr Gainesville GA 30504 770 531 7416 Searching for 101st Abn Div Association in the Hemet California area or close by Contact Richard Keto 43694 Knight Ct Hemet California 92544 909 306 0896 Looking for anyone who served with MCB10 Seabees Bravo Co Camp Haines Camp Evans 1968 70 for possible reunion Contact Dave Gentile P O Box 124 Mercer WI 54547 715 476 2465 Looking for anyone who served with my father MSgt Byrd Long Binh and Saigon 1969 71 especially Ken Brooks I think my father was in Co 299 Contact Thu Ha Tuyet Doan 952 Sharmon Palms Ln D Campbell CA 95008 anhthu02 yahoo com or sunsetdreamxx22x aol com Looking for medics who served with me in 577th Eng Bn Duc Trong and Don Duong April to December 1971 especially Steven Leavitt Mac and Greenie Contact Allen Felisberto 14 Quaker St Newton NH 03858 603 378 0629 Would like to hear from anyone who was in Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri July to September 1968 B 1 2 Also looking for graduation book Remember SDI King and SSG Truex Contact Doug Berg 4037 Dolbil Dr St Louis MO 63125 1304 314 638 1136 Looking for anyone who served with me in Vietnam in Co A 2nd Bn 301st Sig 101st Abn Div November 1967 to June 1968 HQ II FFV 581st M I Det CMAC June to September 1968 and Co A 9th Sig Bn 9th Inf Div September to December 1968 Contact James Everett III AS 0363 1000 Follies Rd Dallas PA 18612 Looking for David L Patterson who served with 135th A H C 1968 69 or anyone who knows him or his family I have something that belongs to him Contact Mike Stenseth P O Box 303 Lyons PA 19536 Looking for SFC Jim Young who served with H Q and H Q Co 4th Inf Div An Khe in the fall and winter 1970 71 Contact Robert Bob S L Anderson 6429 Catchpole Shore Rd North Rose NY 14516 315 587 2818

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    Jsinger uwm edu DLISW Class 6N 71 reunion September 17 19 Denver All members of Vietnamese language class 01VN47B0671 6N 71 or other classes present in El Paso from March to November 1971 are invited to attend Contact Rick Francona 541 253 7576 rick francona net or www class6n org The 504th Military Police Battalion is holding its 50th reunion outside of Ft Lewis Washington September 23 25 All past and present members are invited Contact Jim Pope 205 N 9th Ballinger TX 76821 915 365 4176 RuthJim worldnet att net 3rd Marine Division Association 50th Golden Reunion September 8 12 Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort Scottsdale Arizona for anyone who served since formation on September 16 1942 Contact Bobby Biers 480 991 5165 bobbybiersusmc cox net or Robert S Delsi 520 836 1022 kakar delsi cgmailbox com or www caltrap com USS Perry fourth reunion September 29 to October 3 Charleston South Carolina Contact Steve steve ussperry com or www ussperry com 101st LRRP Ranger Association reunion June 14 20 Wingate Inn Clarksville Tennessee 931 906 0606 for reservations Contact Gary Linderer 636 937 7204 molrp earthlink net or Linda Cox 303 838 4403 dozer101 earthlink net Subic Bay Alumni Foundation reunion Manila Philippines October 16 28 for all soldiers sailors airmen Marines Coast Guard in Corregidor Subic Olongapo Bataan or Clark Field and their families Contact Judy Buzzell 4600 Duke St 420 Alexandria VA 22304 703 212 0695 info subicbayreunion com or www subicbayreunion com First Engineer Combat Battalion will hold annual reunion September 12 15 Lamplighter Inn Springfield Missouri Reservations 800 707 0326 Contact Bob Brink 262 639 4405 or Larry Blair 505 821 1386 or blairylar hotmail com MCB 74 Seabees Vietnam era tenth reunion October 14 17 Biloxi Gulfport Mississippi Contact Bill Christiansen P O Box 303 Maplewood WI 54226 920 856 6842 pinhole doorpi net First Battalion Third Marines Third Marine Division Chapter family reunion September 8 12 Doubletree Hotel Scottsdale Arizona All attached units also invited Contact Dennis Richardson 1315 Van Gogh Cr Orange CA 92867 5240 714 639 8723 19th Combat Engineer Association Vietnam and attached units reunion September 10 11 Roubidoux Park Campground Waynesville Missouri Contact Tom Ebrite 8280 W Nixon Rd Yorktown IN 47396 765 759 7820 s2snoopy comcast net Class 6N 71 is hosting a reunion for all graduates of the Defense Language Institute Southwest Vietnamese language classes Denver September 17 19 Contact Rick Francona 541 253 7576 www class6n org USS Renville APA 227 joint reunion for those who served from 1944 68 or all troops who sailed aboard the Renville San Diego California September 29 to October 3 Contact Don Wright 4289 Alex Ave Cincinnati OH 45211 513 481 8317 jdwrightstuff cs com Navy Seabee Veterans of America will hold its fourth annual Pennsylvania Tail Gate Rally for all Seabees at the American Legion Post 34 Lancaster Pennsylvania September 25 Contact Joseph P Tack Jr 427 Humeville Rd Langhorne PA 19047 2715 215 275 0044 joe tack prodigy

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    your hard work and dedication to such a worthy cause I am not as concerned with the political aspects of the desires by some veterans for Purple Hearts Although I understand their wishes I believe that the acknowledgment of the In Memory Plaque will be very appreciated by many They do not die if we remember James H Turner IV Via e mail PAST DUE As a believer that all our brothers and sisters should be recognized for their service in Vietnam and as a director of the Order of the Silver Rose I thank you for the great spread in the May June issue in the Vietnam Veterans Assistance Fund Report I hope it will help our diseased brothers and sisters get help and approach us for an award that is way past due Go in peace Serve a vet Billee Culin Via e mail NOT FORGOTTEN I was doing a search on the Internet looking for more information on the U S S Frank E Evans Melbourne collision when I ran across A Forgotten Tragedy Death on the I Melbourne in the January February issue My husband is one of the survivors of that terrible accident at sea and one of the many survivors and family members who are fighting with the DoD to have our 74 the number of sailors lost in the incident inscribed on The Wall I have been trying for the last few years to get some national coverage of the Frank E Evans story I would like to send your article to 20 20 48 Hours and other magazine type TV shows to see if they would be interested in the story and our fight to place Tom s shipmates names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Mary Manley Long Beach California BAD LUCK I was pleased to read your article about the 1969 collision between the U S S Frank Evans and the H M A S Melbourne I was however disappointed to find the most interesting detail about the incident missing The Melbourne was involved in an eerily similar destroyer collision five years before which resulted in the deaths of 82 Australian sailors To understand why this is interesting one must know more The Melbourne was originally constructed by the English near the end of World War II and commissioned the H M S Majestic but arrived too late in the war and was therefore never commissioned In 1955 she was renamed Melbourne and commissioned in the Australian Navy Any old sailor will tell you changing the name of a ship is bad luck Who needs more proof Mikhail Sneevy Alexandria Virginia BATTLE HARDENED Bernie Edelman did an excellent job of highlighting some of us World War II old geezers in the May June issue He did us proud I watched the dedication ceremony on TV It was splendid from start to finish and it made us regret that we had decided against being there Us old coots were already battle

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    all I knew was I was going to get a story out of his music and I didn t know what it was I was very up front with him I said Look I don t know what the story is but I want to tell one using your music There were two songs that anchored the thing in the story One was Angry Young Man which was written about one of Billy s techies who was a veteran and Good Night Saigon which is one of the classics and sort of tells the whole story I was listening to these two songs and I began to see what the story was because I could see the chorus In the great tragedies it s the chorus that is responsible for the action I feel that once you can tell who your chorus is you have a sense of what your story is So once I could see the chorus I realized that the spine of this whole thing was sing to me muse of the rage of Achilles the opening line of The Illiad It goes like this Sing to me that would be me muse that would be Billy Joel of the rage of Achilles who would be a generation of Long Island men Then I was able to locate it both in myth because Goodnight Saigon exists not simply with the warriors of Vietnam but with the one warrior who goes back into the past and back into the hell to find his buddy This is an ancient tale One of the earliest pieces of literature Gilgamesh has this episode in it And it s common to all wars All men have this It s Eddie s finally being able to do that and finally reconciling himself face to face with Jimmy that allows him to go forward and stop looking back VVA All of this coalesced from those two songs All of the rest of it fits in so well TT Doesn t it A little twisting here a little tormenting there you d be amazed at what you can do VVA How did you conceive of the idea of no dialogue just dance and music TT Because I felt and Billy understood this as well that he had already told the story with a great deal of emotion because it s in poetry What art attempts to do is distill experience and make it more potent than it actually was One of the reasons Billy Joel agreed to do this project is because I said Look there s no language but yours You re telling the story VVA What about verisimilitude What kind of research did you do TT We did a great deal of research We had Stephan Wolfert a Special Forces man come in and work with people We tried to get an M 16 you try to get an M 16 sometime We had dummies The dancers learned something about the real weight

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