Rhode Island State Council
President Larry Goucher heaped praise upon a fellow Vietnam
veteran, citing his "professionalism, candor, and enormous sense
of humor." Goucher notes that regardless of the event or
location, this dedicated servant is always there. With his
camera, notebook, and recorder in hand, Bob Pizzano documents
the issues and activities in his home state of Massachusetts and
throughout Region 1. Pizzano is editor of The
Bay State Vietnam Veteran. Goucher calls Bob Pizzano an
unsung hero for "his selfless dedication to bringing awareness
to the veterans and their concerns."
The annual banquet of Chester County,
Pennsylvania, Chapter 436 in Phoenixville was the
scene of a special presentation. President Morris Green
presented the Chapel of the Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award
to Jennifer Hubsch. The award recognizes selfless service to
humanity without regard to race, religion, or creed. Hubsch was
honored for her work coordinating a Thanksgiving Day dinner for
over a hundred veterans in the Coatesville VA hospital at the
Stadium Grille in West Chester. Non-ambulatory patients were
served the same meal at the hospital. Meals also were donated to
It took 9 years, 10 months, 18 days, 5
heart attacks, open heart surgery, and countless days in ICCU
and CCU before Ed Cournoyer, Jr., of Western
Massachusetts Chapter One-Eleven in Springfield
graduated from Western New England College with a Bachelor's
degree in Social Work. But he did it.
The Commo Bunker, the newsletter
of Chapter 731 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin,
crackles with news of another successful year for chapter
educational outreach efforts at Lincoln High School. Included in
the program is a flag-folding demonstration and a bagpiper. The
chapter is already preparing for the 2003 school year.
Manitowoc Chapter 731 awarded two
scholarships this spring. Bradley J. Vogel of Kiel, Wisconsin,
and Corey D. Duchow of Reedsvile were the recipients of the
grant to further their educations.
Big Sky Chapter 334 in
Billings, Montana, awarded scholarships to Nikkole Locke and
Annie Krenzer. Locke is the daughter of Raymond and Louise
Locke. Her father served with 5th Transportation Battalion,
101st Airborne Division, in Vietnam in 1967-69. Krenzer is the
daughter of Lester and Connie Krenzer. Her father served with
the U.S. Army, 355th Aviation Company, in Vietnam in 1968-71.
Each scholar will receive $1,000.
Chapter 753 in Swanton,
Vermont, awarded two college scholarships to high school
seniors. John Flood received the $1,000 Lyndon Murray, Sr.,
Scholarship, and Nicole Rogers of St. Albans was awarded the
$1,000 Chapter College Scholarship.
NEVER AGAIN WILL ONE GENERATION
VETERANS ABANDON ANOTHER
Rhode Island's Lincoln High School had
its first graduating class, fewer than one hundred students, in 1966. There were only two
Lincoln High grads who died in Vietnam, David P. Evans and Robert Lancaster. Both
died in 1970 just a couple of months apart. On May 26, the park across from Lincoln High
School was dedicated in honor of David P. Evans. Among those who took part in the
ceremony were Evans's mother, wife, and the son who never knew his father.
State Council President Larry Goucher presented a folded American flag to
the Evans family. A plaque now bears Evans's name and recognizes him as the first from
Lincoln High to make the supreme sacrifice. VVA members and members of the Lincoln
Police Honor Guard and the Rhode Island National Guard took part in the ceremonies.
Glenside, Pennsylvania, Chapter
590 reports that the effort to locate and recover remains from the Korean War is being
aided by the memories of former soldiers of that conflict. A reprinted story by Bryan Oller says that following a successful recovery mission at the Chosin Reservoir last
year when the remains of 17 American were recovered, Central Identification
Laboratory-Hawaii personnel are asking Korean War veterans to look at maps and
photographs of Korean War battlefields. They hope memories will be strengthened and some
may recall where they buried buddies. Oral history has become an important tool
for those looking for answers in the effort to achieve the fullest possible
accounting for Americans who remain listed as POW/MIA since the conclusion of World War II.
Chapter 616 in
Mansfield, Ohio, raised money for the Mansfield Domestic Violence Shelter.
Inmates were encouraged to have their photos taken in exchange for a small donation
to the chapter project. The chapter then matched that amount and eventually donated
more than $3,700 to the shelter. Staff Adviser Parris Windham said:
"VVA saw the Domestic
Violence Shelter as an organization whose mission is to help keep families safe
and provide a haven of safety for them as they deal with abusive living in a temporary
Howard Goldin, education chair of
Chapter 333 in New York City, reports that the chapter sponsored a
Martial Arts Expo at North Rockland Senior High School. Some 250 people attended the
event and saw demonstrations of six different martial arts disciplines. Chapter
member Bill Winder is a fourth degree black belt and conceived the idea, which is a
fund-raiser for the chapter Reservist Relief Fund. The fund provides relief for Rockland County
citizens who suffer hardship as a result of being called to active duty since September
11. Winder was wounded twice while serving in Vietnam as a U.S. Marine in 1968-69 and
has been awarded the New York Police Department Medal of Honor.
Chapter 333 and
Chapter 310 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, participated in Watch Fire activities
during the Memorial Day holiday. The fires are lit at midnight and burn for 24 hours,
reminiscent of the practice used by the Continental Army during the American Revolution.
Veterans stand watch throughout the Watch Fire program. Chapter 333 has secured four
permanent watch sites in Rockland County. In Ann Arbor, members of Chapter 310 also
performed a Flag Retirement ceremony, respectfully burning worn and soiled
American flags as prescribed by the U.S. Flag Code.
Merced, California, Chapter 691
is proud of the new marble sign designating the area of Courthouse Park as a memorial
area, officially called the "Merced County Veterans Memorial."
Chapter 81 in
Roanoke, Virginia, organized a spring bus trip to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in
Washington. Taking part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the apex of
The Wall were Fred Falin, Dallas Praax, and Doug Burnette.
ODDS 'N' ENDS
Medal of Honor recipient retired
Marine Corps Col. Wesley Fox was Keynote Speaker at the 2002 Virginia State Council
convention, where he signed copies of his book, Marine Rifleman.
Colby L. Shoemake served on one of the
82-foot cutters that comprised Coast Guard Squadron One in Vietnam and wants to
display a cutter as a memorial to the squadron. Many of the decommissioned boats have
been sent to the Republic of Georgia. If you have information or would like to be
part of this effort, contact Shoemake at
Chapter 172 in
Maryland, held the second annual Chapter Chili Challenge at Hidden Springs
Campground in May. The event was governed by International Chili Society rules,
which forbid beans in the chili.
Southwest Montana Chapter 788 in
Bozeman reminds everyone that the 48-star flag flew longest, from July
4, 1912, to July 3, 1959. In 1912, two white stars representing Arizona and New Mexico
were added, and in 1959 two additional stars representing the entry of Alaska and
Hawaii into the Union were added. There have been no modifications to the American flag
since that time.
If your veteran has fallen victim to
Agent Orange-related illnesses, you are entitled to receive the Order of the Silver Rose.
VVA member Gary Chenett is National Director of the volunteer program and encourages
you to contact the Order of the Silver Rose at
Chapter 866 in
Massachusetts, sponsored a trip by six Boy Scouts to the Woburn Sportsmen's
Association. The scouts had no previous weapons experience, but by the end of the day
all had qualified for NRA Marksmen certification. Another trip is planned for October.
Hicksville, New York, Chapter 82
held a Fluke Fishing Trip in July. No reports on whether they actually fished for
fluke or whether it was a fluke that they caught anything.
Chapter 862 in
Freedom, Pennsylvania, is selling duck tickets throughout the summer in front of the
Giant Eagle and JR's Warehouse, both in Rochester.
Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Chapter 437
participated in the Miss Wisconsin Parade in June. The chapter color guard followed
cadence called by Bill Benedict.
The VVA North Dakota State
Council will hold its 20th annual picnic in July at the Willowood Park in
Mayville-Portland. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dancing are on the agenda. The price is $10 per
person or $15 for the entire family.
The VVA Illinois State Council
held a golf tournament as part of the activities at the annual state convention in Moline
in June. Hackers were encouraged to play the wide-open course
with few trees and only one water hazard.
The Moving Wall was presented in
Easthampton, Massachusetts, in July. Chapter One-Eleven was a sponsor of the
Northern Virginia Chapter 227
hosted John Gibbs, an Australian Army veteran, over the Memorial Day weekend. Gibbs
served in Vietnam in 1970-71. The chapter also heard a presentation from
Spring, Maryland, Chapter 641 member Larry Zimmerman in June. Zimmerman was an
aerial photo interpretation officer who identified enemy targets on the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
ON THE INTERNET
Chattanooga, Tennessee, Chapter
203 announced that the Veterans On Line Application (VONAPP) web site is
The site allows you to apply for benefits directly over the Internet.
Chapter 120 in Hartford,
Connecticut, is the latest chapter to put its newsletter on line. Check it out: