VIETNAM VET “GAZETTE”
Issue 95 Together Then ..... Together Now May 2010
2nd Wednesday of the Month
3rd Wednesday of Month
At our “New Home”
Be Sure To
Important Dates to Remember
Upcoming Events— Page 19
On Sat. May 8th we held our VVA/AVVA Annual Banquet. We celebrated our 10th Anniversary of our
Chapter start-up. Approx. 90 were in attendance and chairing the event was Marty Sinclair & Barb Googins,
both AVVA members and we thank them for all the hard work in making this a very nice evening for all
attending. Our guest speaker was Fred Elliott, out of New York, National VVA Region 2 Director that
covers several states. Fred is a true friend and brother of Chapter 862. Our condolences to his lovely wife
Marie who planned on attending but because of a death in the family was unable to make the trip.
Our Awards Committee, made up of the past members who were former Vietnam Veterans of The Year,
met and I must say it is very difficult to decide who receives which award. It is not a popularity contest. So
many of you deserve to be recognized for the many hours you give the chapter and the community and some
deserve an award every year as they just won’t stop. I have mentioned this in the past but would like to say it
again. There is no limit to what a person can do if they don’t care who gets the credit. That’s the type of
members we awarded May 8th. May I again say THANKS to each of you for making this one of the best
chapters in the Nation.
Our 2010 Vietnam Veteran of the Year is a Brother many of you worked side by side, Rich
“Kamm” Kamzelski. Being your President I know what events our chapter holds and every one of them you
will see Kamm as chairperson and/or working hard along side other members. He was a very good choice by
committee members. Larry “Major” Googins and Bart Farzati were awarded the President’s
Distinguished Service Award. Both very deserving in their own way, always asking, “What do you need
done” or “How can I help?” Nick Pavkovich, Board Chairmen earned our John Namath Memorial Award
and this was presented by Sherry Namath and family. “The Chief” will never be forgotten and many times I
can feel him looking down on us and smiling with approval and I know he approved Nick to receive this
The Board of Directors approved a “Special Award” this year to go to Mike Coliqure. Mike has
donated thousands of items for our chapter to sell at our booths each year and we thank him!
President’s Message (cont on Page 17)
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Vietnam Vet Gazette May 2010
Chapter 862 Officers & Committees
COMMITTEES POW / MIA
Executive BoardArea724 Area Codes
(All 724 All Codes) "REMEMBER OUR POW/MIA'S"
L. Skip Haswell - -President -843-6930
Executive Board When one American is not worth the effort to be found,
Mike Mikulich - - 1st V.P.—266-6663
L. Skip Haswell -- -2nd V.P.—891-2089
Jon Neely - - - - -President - 843-6930 We as Americans have lost.
Jon Neely - ---- - -Secretary —775-3027
Lee Corfield - -1st V.P. - -891-2089
PeteMuns - - - ---Treasurer-—643-9169
Bill Petrosky - - -2nd VP - - 643-8999 According to Department of Defense (DOD) figures, as of 15 February,
Lee Corfield - - - - Secretary - - 775-3027
Board of Directors 2010 there are 1688 Unaccounted For U.S. Military Personnel in South-
Larry Googins- - - Treasurer- -- 869-7090
east Asia (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia) and East Asia (People's Republic
Bob Eiler———————— 457-8234
Board of Directors
Bill Harlow——————-—378-0984 of China) and 32 Unaccounted For U.S. Civilians in Southeast Asia,
Bill Hawes - - - - - -3- - - - -- 728-5065 making for a combined military/civilian count of 1720. Unaccounted for
James Allinder - - - - 3 - - - - - -375-4168 is a DOD term and is more specific than Missing in Action (MIA).
John Pavkovich - - - -3- - - - - - 847-0592
NickLaughner - - - - -1 - - - - - -843-6828
Tom Villella———————-843-7401 The names of two servicemen whose remains were recovered and identi-
Don Robes - - - - - - 1- - - - - - 728-4334
Bill Villella - - - - - - 1- - - - - - 843-7401 fied were released. They were Major Russell C. Goodman, USAF, Utah,
Rich Kamzelski Delegates- - - - -728-2479
- - - - 2- KIA/BNR 2/20/67, North Vietnam, remains recovered 12/15/93 and
Gary Shaffer - - - - -1st 2- - - - 847-9389
JoAnna Williamson - —— - 643-8941 identified 9/14/09, and Lt. Col. Elton L. Perrine, USAF, New York, MIA
Rich Tindell ———————513-0389
Tracey King - - - - - - -2 - - - - - 336-5457 5/22/67, NVN, remains recovered 7/25/07 and identified 12/7/09.
Reuben Fuller ——————-378-4990
Skip Haswell Denotes -Chairman
* - - - - - - - - - - - - 843-6930 Major Russell Clemensen Goodman was born July 19th, 1934. His home
Jon Neely - - - -*- - - - - - - - - - 891-2089
Bill Bischak - - - - - - - - - - 774-4198 of record was Salt Lake City, Utah. Lt. Colonel Elton Lawrence Perrine
Bill Laughner - - - - - - - - - - -847-9389
JoAnna Wiilliamson -843-6828 was born January 6th, 1935. His home of record was Pittsford, New
Nick Pavkovich - -- -- --------------643-1714
Tony Squadrito 847-0592 York.
Lon Hogue - Agent - - - - - - - - 846-8857
- - - - Orange
Lee Neely- - *- - - - - - - - - - - - -775-3027 In Danang, JPAC has just officiated at the largest turnover of remains
Jon Corfield - - - - - - - - - - --891-2089
Pete Petrosky --------------- -------843-0706
John Helbing - 643-8999 from Vietnam since the early nineties, remains that could be those of
Larry Yannachione------------- ---770-2267
Tony Googins - - - 869-7090 seven U.S. Personnel previously missing and unaccounted for in Viet-
Rich Kamzelski - - - - - - - - - -728-2479
Associate Liaison nam.
PhillipPickering - -- -- * - - - - - - 643-4397
Cheri Morris - - 643-5725
Dave Tucker -- Denotes- Chairman
• - - - - - - - - - - 774-4074
Goals recently established by Congress setting a quota of 200 identifica-
John Wakeley - - - • - - - - - - -378-6938
Color/Honor Guards tions a year are causing concerns to the National League of POW/MIA
Jon Neely- - *- - - - -- -- -*------- 827-2782
James Montgomery - -891-2089 families. The concerns are that there will be a push to decrease Vietnam
Don Pickering - - - - -Liaison -643-5267
AVVA - - - - - War accounting operations to devote personnel and resources to WWII
Linda Pavkovich - - * - Affairs -847-0592
Community - - - - - recoveries that predictably would bring larger numbers of remains recov-
John Namath - - * - - - - Guards
Color/Honor - - - --847-9296
Ray Litzinger -------------- --------843-7401
ered to be identified.
Don Villella -
JoAnna Williamson - - -Affairs
Community - - - - 847-9389
Dan Sinclair - - * - - -& -By-Laws
Constitution - - - - - -846-7475 On that same note, on October 3rd, 2009, remains (10 teeth) found at a
Reuben Constitution- &-By-Laws
Fuller - - * - - - - - 378-4990 helicopter crash site from the November, 1965 battle of La Drang Valley
William Weiss - - - ---------------643-9169
Bill Muns - - - - * - 827-2460 that "could not be identified as those of any one soldier" were buried to-
Tony SquadritoNewsletter- - - 643-1714
Lee Corfield * Editor* ------- -847-9389 775-3027
gether at Arlington National Cemetery. One dog tag was found, that of
JoAnna Williamson - - -
Finance Army Spec. 5 Donald Grella, and the cases were closed of Specialist
Bill Muns - - * - - - - - - - - - - 643-9169
Finance Thomas Rice, CWO Jessie Phelps and CWO Kenneth Stancil. These re-
Bill Bischak - - ---------* - - - - - -869-7090
Larry Googins -- 774-4198 turns were reported in an earlier article.
Lon Hogue - - -Legislative- - - 846-8857
------- POW News (cont on Page 3)
BartLaughner -* - - - - - - - - - - -777-2193
Bill Farzati - - - 843-6828
GaryPetroskey - - * -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -643-8999
Pete Shaffer - - -* -643-8941 MONACA VA CLINIC “Changing Phone Number”
Mike Mikulich - - - - - - - - - - 266-6663
Bill Laughner Membership- - - 843-6828
-----* -- Effective: May 18th 2010
Lee CorfieldMinority - - - - - - 775-3027
- - * - - - Affairs
Bill Harlow - - * - - - - - - - - - - - 378-4990
Reuben Fuller - -378-0984
The New Phone number for the Monaca VA Clinic will be
Bill Bischak -Vets - - - Vets - 774-4198
- - - for - - - 724-709-6005
Rich Tindell- - - - - - - - - - - - - 375-4046
Tracy King - - - - - - - - - - - -- 336-5457
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VVA 862 POW News (cont from Page 2)
On April 7th, the Taliban released a new video of a thinner, bearded
Gary Wink - - * - - - - - - - - - - 728-2810 Bowe Bergdahl pleading to go home. The following is excerpted from
PTSD an ABC News report by Matthew Cole and Jim Vojtech: "In the new
Jon Neely - - - - * - - - - - - - - - 891-2089
Scholarship video, Bergdahl is bearded and dressed in military issue clothing. He
Lon Hogue - - - - * - - - - - - - - 846-8857 holds up a newspaper, but the date of the paper's publication is not visi-
Sgt of Arms ble. Bergdahl also performs push-ups to demonstrate his physical condi-
Roy Barlett - - - * - - - - - - - - -378-0272
Veterans Affairs tion and says he is being treated well, despite being a prisoner. But
Jon Neely - - - - * - - - - - - - - - 891-2089 Bergdahl begins to lose his composure as he talks to the cam-
Blaine Allinder - - - - - - - - - - - 375-4168 era. "Release me please, I'm begging you," he says. "I love my fam-
ily. I haven't shown it very well because I've been pretty lost in my life
Auditing Committee and I don't think I've given my family the love that they've given
Bill Wright * - - - - - - - - - -- - -775-0738
Wayne Cumer - - - - - - - - - - - -947-3859 me." "Let me go," pleads Bergdahl.
Joe Mavero - - - - - - - - - - - - - 494-1505
Please keep the Bergdahl family in your prayers.
Lee Corfield - - - - - - - - - - - - - 775-3027
The Navy ended the search for Missing Aviator Lt. Steven Zilberman,
31, from the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was the only member of a
Lon Hogue -*- - - - - -- - - - - - -846-8857 four man crew of an E-2C Hawkeye not recovered in the Arabia
Bart Farzati - - - - - - - - - - - - - 777-2193 Sea. The aircraft was returning from an Afghanistan support mission
Gary Myers - - - - - - - - - - - - - 728-8620
when it experienced mechanical malfunctions and the crew bailed
out. The surviving three crew members were recovered shortly after the
Please Note, Next Edition
crash and were in good condition.
DEADLINE "THIS IS OUR SOLEMN PLEDGE"
June 2nd, 2010 ***UNTIL THEY ARE HOME**
"WHATEVER IT TAKES"
VVA 862 WEBSITE "HOWEVER LONG IT TAKES"
http://www.vva862.org "WHATEVER THE COST"
“6”Names Added to the
Do we have any VVA Musicians?
Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington DC
If you play an instrument and have- This week's changes will bring the total number of names on the
n’t played for awhile, and would Vietnam Veterans Memorial to 58,267 men and women who were
like to get together for some fun, killed or remain missing in action.
The six new names will become "official" when they are read aloud
during the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at The Wall on Mon-
Chet Kozlowski @
day, May 31, at 1:00 p.m.
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Minutes from April 21st , 2010 Meeting
Meeting called to order by President Skip Haswell at 7:00 PM with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and
an opening prayer by Chaplain Don Villella with “110” in attendance.
Veterans “Sick “ or “In Distress” – Bob Grant
Guests and/or Prospective Members – Dan Varna, Dave Jones, Don Schweitzer.
Motion to deviate from meeting for elections Gary Martin, 2nd Steve Martin Motion Carried.
Nominations for President was Skip Haswell. Motion made to close nominations for President by Gary
Myers and 2nd by Ralph Cordes Motion Carried
Nominations for 1st VP was Jon Neely. Motion to close nominations for 1st VP by Joe Phelps and 2nd by
John Albrecht. Motion Carried.
Nominations for 2nd VP was Pete Petrosky & Rich Kamzelski nominated by Rich Tindell. Motion made to
close nominations for 2nd VP by Gary Myers, 2nd by Steve Martin. Motion Carried.
Nominations for Secretary was Lee Corfield. Motion to close nominations for Secretary by Gary Myers and
2nd by Ray Litzinger. Motion Carried.
Nominations for Treasurer was Larry Googins. Motion to close nominations for Treasurer by Joe Phelps and
2nd by Pete Herman. Motion Carried.
Nominations for BOD were Cliff Hawes, Blaine Allinder & Nick Pavkovich. An additional nomination was
Phil Morris by Rich Tindell. Motion made to close nominations for BOD by Steve Martin and 2nd by Don
Villella. Motion carried.
Nominations for Delegates were Larry Googins, Rich Kamzelski & Phillip Morris. Motion to close nomina-
tions for delegates by Joe Phelps and 2nd by Gary Myers. Motion carried.
Nominations for Trustees were Bill Wright, Wayne Cumer & Joe Mavero. Motion to close nominations for
Trustee’s by Ralph Cordes and 2nd by Ray Litzinger. Motion carried.
Nominations for Nominating Committee were Lon Hogue, Additional nominations were Bart Farzati, made
by Rich Kamzelski, Gary Myers made by Pete Petrosky and Joe Subroski, made by Tom Robes. Motion to
close nominations for the Nominating committee by Don Villella and 2nd by Joe Phelps. Motion Carried.
Motion to go back to Regular Meeting by Steve Martin 2nd by Frank Petz Motion Carried.
Voting now in Progress till 8:00 PM.
Tom Robes introduced Diane Blackburn Oncology Nurse from Medical Center. Quest Speaker.
BOD Members Present: 14 Present 0 - Absent 0 - Excused
Minutes were accepted as read in recent Newsletter.
Treasurers Report: Read by Treasurer Larry Googins to be accepted as read. Pending audit. Motion made
by Ray Litzinger and 2nd by Joe Feltz to add $100.00 to the Bond for our Treasurer. Motion Carried.
BOD needs motions to accept the following items -
1. Motion made by Lon Hogue 2nd by Tee Patillo to sponsor a hole for the Ryan Reott Golf Outing $130.00
2. Motion made by Lon Hogue 2nd by Joe Feltz to invite the winner of the scholarship award + 2 guests to
our dinner on May 8th. Cost will be $45.00 Motion Carried
3. Motion was made by Pete Herman and 2nd by Ray Litzinger to invite Region II Director Fred Elliot and
his wife to our dinner and pay the $30.00 for their meals and also the cost of their room to be determined
later. Motion Carried
4. Motion was made by Bill Harlow and 2nd Steve Martin to purchase a Cell Phone for Skip for $40.00 with
300 minutes and also cover his monthly service fee. Motion Carried
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5. Motion was made by Gary Myers and 2nd by Sam Giordano to give Pete $50.00 for the repairs of the
float for the 4th of July Parade. Motion Carried.
6. Motion was made by Phillip Morris and 2nd by Joe Feltz to change our Web Host to Yahoo Web Hosting
at a cost of $112.00 Motion Carried
7. Motion was made by Ralph Cordes and 2nd by Dennis McFee that we spend $100.00 for Trash Pick Up
Tools. Motion Carried.
8. Motion Made Bill Harlow by John Elliott to purchase Flags & Patches to be used for our summer
uniforms. Motion Carried.
Membership - VVA - 463 LIFE - 273 / AVVA - 84 LIFE - 34
Scholarship - Gave his scholarship report. The winner will be attending our Spring Banquet.
Duck Race & Brick Program - Bill Laughner gave his report on both. Duck Race Tickets are ready.
Legislative - May 10th 2010 Jason Altmire will be here at the Rochester VFW from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.
AVVA - Linda Pavkovich gave her report. 50/50 were awarded to Tom Kuhlman. Prizes were given out.
Old Business - N/A
New Business - Question was asked about the VVA License Plates. Explanation was given as to how the Pa
State Council is handling this. May 7th will be a Open House at Cranberry VA Clinic. Tee spoke about an
upcoming Diabetes Dinner in Aliquippa.
Note: Motion was made by Blaine Allinder 2nd by Ralph Cordes to continue voting until the line is done
since it’s after 8:00 PM. Motion Carried
Larry Googins gave information on the Verizon package. Larry will have flyers at the next meeting.
Good of the Chapter - Blaine spoke about the Golf Outing for Ryan Reott. Pete spoke about his article in
the newsletter. Don Villella spoke about some upcoming events here at the VFW.
Communications - were read by Secretary
Short time delay as we awaited the Results of the Elections.
Results of the Elections:
President: Skip Haswell
1st Vice President: Jon Neely
2nd Vice President: Pete Petrosky
Secretary: Lee Corfield
Treasurer: Larry Googins
BOD’s: Cliff Hawes, Blaine Allinder, Nick Pavkovich,
Delegates: Skip Haswell, Jon Neely, Bill Laughner, Lon Hogue, Nick Pavkovich, Lee Corfield,
Pete Petrosky, Larry Googins, Rich Kamzelski, Phillip Morris.
Nominating Committee: Lon Hogue, Bart Farzati, Gary Myers
Motion made to destroy the ballots by Lon Hogue 2nd by Steve Martin Motion Carried
Motion to adjourn by Gary Myers 2nd by Bart Farzati. Motion Carried
Lee Corfield - Secretary
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Lee’s Tid Bits
Well, the 23rd Florida Vietnam Vets and All Vets Reunion turned out great. Hooking up with Bill
Muns and Jim Janicki made it even better. While walking around with them, Bill ended up running into an-
other Army fellow who went over on the same ship to Vietnam with him. Something about a “Man Over-
board” story was shared. Evidently this man had stated prior to getting on board the ship that he wasn’t going
to Vietnam. Gee, I wonder how many times that happened. Other then that we noted a lot more Vendors, both
food and military items. A lot more room. Very well organized, but as far as the area they had for the Stage,
The Kokomo crowd would never fit. Also, from what we saw, the entertainment was nothing like Kokomo.
They did do several Special Ceremonies, Example - Nurses in Vietnam Statue by real people, The 3 Soldiers
Statue by real people, the Last Patrol re-enactment were all fantastic. John Steer was there just like in
Kokomo and did another excellent job as he always does. He also did the service on Sunday Morning.
This might seem funny, but, There was “No Fee” to get in. The Port-a-john area, I have to say was ex-
cellent. You ask, How can a Port-a- john area be rated as excellent. Well, Let me put it like this. They had one
way in & out. They only asked for Tips on the way out. At night behind the Port-a-johns, was a set of stadium
lights. The entire area was very well lit. They had a group of men who took turns every hour making there
rounds making sure each unit was spotless, mopped and cleaned. You guys know what Kokomo’s like. Jim
and his friend Tom stated they had a great shower area for the campers. If you were at the right place at the
right time, you could even obtain a Free Beer Can Cooler. Jim Janicki showed us how to do it!!!
I would say that it would be nice to see our group get some people together and make the trip some
year. It was a nice change, very spread out. I could see us taking 2 days (about an 18 hour trip) to get there and
everyone would be responsible for making their room arrangements. Those with Campers could do the same.
This could be something we could look into.
Sending Newsletters to our Deceased Members - We are asking those families of our deceased members
who receive our newsletters to let us know if you still want to receive the newsletter. We do have 3 widows
who are members who will still receive the newsletters but we never hear anything from any of the other fami-
lies My address is on the last page of the newsletter or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call my
home at 724-775-3027. If I’m not notified, your names will be removed from our list.
We are now the group of veterans which is dying at the fastest rate. 2.7 million Americans served in
Vietnam. It is estimated that there are 850,000 left. We are dying at the rate of 390 per day.
Ride to the Wall this coming Memorial Day weekend. Hope everyone is ready!!! Lee
The views and opinions are solely that of the writer and
do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions or poli- Funeral Notices
cies of the Vietnam Veterans of America, (National, State
or Local). Gertrude Lay - 80 Passed away on April 28, 2010
She was the mother of VVA 862 Member James J
All articles written by the editor unless otherwise stated. Lay.
Submissions will be gladly accepted by the editor. Dennis T Radebaugh - 73 Passed away on Friday
Lee Corfield - Editor VVA 862 Beaver County, Pa May 7th 2010. Dennis was a Vietnam Vet and uncle
140 Knob Vue Drive of VVA 862 member Dennis McFee.
Freedom, Pa. 15042
May They Rest In Peace
We reserve the right to edit submissions as space allows.
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Medal Of Honor – Leslie Sabo has been recommended for the Medal Of Honor. Sabo from the Ellwood City
area was with the 101st Army Airborne and KIA in Vietnam on May 10, 1970. The family received word from
Rep. Jason Altmire after he had been notified by Army Secretary John McHugh. It now goes to President
Obama for final approval.
U.S. Marines – I love the fact that civilians don’t have a clue what makes us tick, and that’s not a bad thing.
Because if they did, it would probably scare the hell out of them!
This week President Obama announced the charities he would be donating the money he received for the No-
bel Peace Prize. At the top of the list was $250.000 donation to the Fisher House.
Credit Report – You should check your credit report once a year and you can do that FREE. Go to:
http:www.annualcreditreport.com I do it and if you find something on your report that you don’t agree
with you can ask that it be removed. I check my report and you spouse can also check his/hers.
Congressman Altmire will hold a “Thank You” Picnic on Sunday, May 30 from 2 to 4 pm at the Center Twp.
Municipal Park, Pavilion # 1 – So they will know how much food to order please RSVP to Brian @ 412-318-
4138. For those who have GPS, enter 224 Center Grange Road, Monaca, Pa.
YES, we still and will continue to accept cell phones you no longer use. We turn them in and receive a few
bucks for them. Bring them to the meeting and we will take care of them.
POW/MIA Bracelets – We have bracelets of our Brothers still MIA from Beaver County and other bracelets
from other areas. A Bio goes with all bracelets. The only thing we ask is that once you wear it, you wear it till
he comes home !!!! Stop in between 6 & 7 pm meeting night and visit our PX, If we don’t have it we can order
it for you and we will beat any price!!! We hope to order chapter T shirts in the very near future. As I have
said, our “shirt man” has had some health problems, for 10 years he has supplied our sweat & T shirts, he can
no longer do this.
Well folks, my last day of work was April 30, I am now retired!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My wife said, the bad thing
about retirement is you can’t remember what day it is…. I said, “Ya know what? It doesn’t matter!!!!!!!!!” I
retired from the Beaver Falls Police Dept. in 1989. I went to work for the Beaver County Coroners Office and
Medic Rescue and after 20 some years. It’s time!!!! Everyday is Saturday and I am really looking forward to
joining the rest of you who are retired and NO you will not find me at Wal-Mart as a greeter.
Ya know what? WE ARE IN TROUBLE !!!! Follow along with me now…….The population of this country
is 300 million, 160 million are retired. That leaves 140 million to do the work. There are 85 million in school.
Which leaves 55 million to do the work. Of this there are 40 million employed by the federal government.
Leaving 15 million to do the work. 2.8 million are in the armed forces preoccupied with killing Bin-Laden.
Which leaves 12.2 million to do the work. Take from that total the 10.8 million people who work for the state
& city governments and that leaves 1.4 million to do the work. At any given time there are 188,000 people in
hospitals & nursing homes. Leaving 1,212,000 to do the work……Now, there are 1,211,998 people in prisons.
That leaves just two people to do the work. YOU & ME!!!! And there you are, sitting on your azz reading this
newsletter. We are in trouble!!!!!!!!!
OK Brothers and Sisters, with that I will sign off. We have the VA Health Fair this coming meeting night
May 19, they will be ready to go by 5:30 PM / 6:00 PM so come early and get checked over and learn what
the VA can do for you.
Welcome Home - Skip
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Ohio Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park
July 24th, 2010
This is a Very Special Motorcycle Ride in Honor of the
3,095 Ohio Vietnam Veterans who paid the ultimate price!
Canal Fulton, Ohio
Staging will be from 10:00 AM to 1:00 AM
We will be leaving here early Saturday Morning
Pat Sajak :“Wins” for VVA
By Mark Leepson
VVA gave Pat Sajak, the popular host of Wheel of Fortune, our Excellence in the Arts Award at the National
Convention in Louisville last summer. This winter, Sajak, who served as a U.S. Army AFVN disk jockey,
gave VVA something: a check for $58,300.
Sajak didn't exactly give the money to VVA; he won it for his favorite veterans' organization in the first round
of the Jeopardy Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational tournament in a show that was aired January 21. Sajak
bested two other celebs (actors Elizabeth Perkins and Doug Savant) on the popular TV quiz show, raking in
the huge total for the non-profit of his choice. He also qualified for the championship round in which the top
prize is a million dollars
VVA CHAPTER 862 GOLF LEAGUE
STONECREST GOLF COURSE
Every MONDAY EVENING LEAGUE TEE-TIMES 5:30 PM
BLACKHAWK GOLF COURSE
Every THURSDAY EVENING LEAGUE TEE-TIMES 6:00 PM
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VVA CHAPTER 862 IS
ACCEPTING ORDERS for
memorial walkway bricks to be
placed at the Vietnam
Memorial in Beaver. You may
honor Veterans of the armed
services, loved ones and
friends (both living and
deceased) with an “In Memory
of” brick. You may also want to
honor your American Legion
post, your Veterans of Foreign
Wars post and/or all Veterans
Service Organizations. Orders
are accepted year round, with
placement every spring and
fall. Engraving is donated by
Rome Monument in honor of
Mail completed forms to:
119 Jonathan Drive
Darlington, PA 16115
Ohio River Blvd. “Highway Cleanup” on Saturday, April 24.
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TO OUR Marie Knasiak 90 years old Joins VVA
Oldest Female to join the Vietnam Veterans of America
A few months ago, a group of Charlotte County veterans formed the
Vietnam Veterans of America Gulf coast Chapter 1037. 3 weeks ago, a
Rodger Iben June 3
Dave Bollman June 4
woman showed up at one of their meetings wanting to join. “She stood up
Pam Haswell June 4 and said my name is Marie Knasiak and I am 90 years old and a Vietnam
James Wrzesinski June 5 veteran, and I go whoa!” said VVA President Ray Smith.
Ralph Hague June 7
Chuck Musser June 8 They went on to find this feisty Polish woman was the oldest living female
Paul Summers June 8 veteran and a decorated retired Lt. Col who had once dodged and fought
Jim Juillerat June 10 sniper fire in the TET offensive. They knew she deserved something spe-
Tee Patillo June 10 cial. “She's gonna be totally surprised. She has no idea this is happening.
Linda Davis June 10 None whatsoever,” Smith said before the ceremony.
Don Eiler June 11
Chuck Bowers June 12
The chapter was presented its official charter, elected officers, then Marie
Larry Kingston June 12
Bill Porupsky June 12 Knasiak was brought onstage. One after another, Marie was presented with
Ed Van Ryn Jr June 13 a vest, pins, certificates, flowers...an honor she never could have dreamed
Ken Pingatore June 15 of, especially when she first returned home from war. “As we came off that
Connie McCracken June 16 boat, and being piled into taxis, 6 and 8 into a taxi, no respect given to us,”
Jenn Basinger June 16 Knasiak said. “It was very difficult.”
Dan Godich June 17
Allys Boyer June 18 Monday night, she had the respect of the entire room. “This has been glori-
Julius Bergiel June 19 ous, unexpected and I do appreciate the tremendous applause you have
Georgiann Robes June 20 given,” Knasiak said.
Ronald Robes June 20
Ray Litzinger June 21
Ron Gabler June 23
Ron Johnston June 23 V. V. A. Meeting night - May 19
Milton Pettapiece June 23
Eugene Mattica June 25
Joe Mavero June 26 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Ralph Cordes June 30
If you don’t see your Sponsored by VVA 862 and
Birthday listed, It’s Veterans Affairs, Butler
probably because I don’t
Attend to see what VA Benefits you
I don’t have AVVA have coming.
If you want it listed,
Send it to me. Health screening will be done!
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VIETNAM GAZETTE December2010
April 21, 2010
Chapter Representative Linda Pavkovich called the regular meeting of AVVA Chapter 862 to order at 6:00
PM with 19 members present.
The report was given on our line item in the VVA budget and will be filed.
Our planned visit to Friendship Ridge has been cancelled due to illness at Friendship Ridge. Valentine cards
and Easter cards to be delivered by the staff were dropped off. We will inquire again later in the year.
The procedures for Chapter Incorporation were reviewed. A letter (and check for $25) will be sent to AVVA
National requesting the Chapter Incorporation petition.
The Vet Center donation this month will be to the Aliquippa Veterans Service Center. A motion to increase
the donations was tabled until fall.
Barbara Googins has checked with Rochester Manor about visiting the veterans there. We are waiting for a
list of veterans who would like to be visited.
Those AVVA members who wish to receive The Veteran magazine may request it only if there is no one else
at that address who is receiving it. It can also be found online at www.vva.org.
AVVA National is now selling an Agent Orange Remembrance pin. We will be buying a supply of them for
sale. The pin, designed by Mary Miller of Chapter 364, is a black heart shape with a crack in the heart. It
bears an orange tear, still being shed by all those affected by Agent Orange. Please wear this pin in honor of
those who have suffered the effects of Agent Orange.
A motion was made by Donna Corfield, seconded by Bobby Morris, to pay the lodging, dinner and breakfast
costs for Cathy Keister, AVVA PA State President when she attends our annual banquet.
Next meeting will be May 19, 2010 at the Rochester VFW in the Board Room at 6:00 PM.
BEAVER COUNTY VETERANS EXPO
JUNE 19th, 2010
Penn State, Beaver
A FREE EVENT FOR VETERANS, SOLDIERS AND THEIR FAMILIES
THE PUBLIC IS INVITED
More info will be in the June Newsletter
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The Women on the Wall
By Fred Elliott
At Line 46 of Panel 5E of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial you will see the name of Army Second Lieutenant, Carol Ann
Elizabeth Drazba. Lieutenant Drazba, of Dunmore, Pennsylvania, was twenty-two years old when the helicopter she was on
crashed killing both she and another twenty-two year old Army 2nd Lieutenant, Elizabeth Ann Jones of Allendale, South Carolina
(Panel 5E, Line 47). Both Drazba and Jones were assigned to the 3rd Field Hospital in Saigon when they died on February 18, 1966
in the crash near Saigon.
Captain Eleanor Grace Alexander (Panel 31E, Line 8) and First Lieutenant Hedwig Diane Orlowski (Panel 31E, Line 15)
were killed when their plane crashed. They were returning to Qui Nhon from Pleiku on November 30th, 1967. The two Army nurses
had been sent to a hospital in Pleiku to help out during a push. Captain Alexander of Westwood, New Jersey was assigned to the
85th Evac in Qui Nhon and 1st Lieutenant Orlowski of Detroit, Michigan to the 67th Evac. Twenty-six year old Army 2nd Lieutenant,
Pamela Dorothy Donovan (Panel 53W, Line 43), became seriously ill and died on July 8, 1968. Assigned to the 85th Evac in Qui
Nhon, Lieutenant Donovan was from Allston, Massachusetts.
Efland, North Carolina was home to Army Lieutenant Colonel Annie Ruth Graham (Panel 48W, Line 12). LTC Graham
was the Chief Nurse at the 91st Evac Hospital in Tuy Hoa. The 52 year old suffered a stroke on August 14, 1968 and died four days
later in a hospital in Japan. Vietnam was her third combat theater, having served in both World War II and Korea. When the 312th
Evac Hospital at Chu Lai was hit by rockets on June 8, 1969, Army 2nd Lieutenant Sharon Ann Lane was among the wounded. The
twenty-five year old from Canton, Ohio died from those wounds. She was posthumously awarded the Vietnamese Cross for Gal-
lantry with Palm and the Bronze Star for heroism. Lt. Lane had been assigned to Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver, Colorado
before going to Vietnam and in 1970, the recovery room at the hospital was dedicated in her honor. Canton, Ohio’s Aultman Hospi-
tal, where Lt. Lane went to nursing school, erected a bronze statue of her. The names of 100 local servicemen killed in Vietnam are
inscribed on the base of the statue. Air Force Captain Mary Therese Klinker (Panel 1W, Line 122) was a flight nurse assigned to
Clark Air Base in the Philippines. On April 4, 1975, Captain Klinker died in the crash of a C-5A Galaxy outside Saigon while
evacuating Vietnamese orphans during Operation Babylift. The twenty-seven year old from Lafayette, Indiana was posthumously
awarded the Airman’s medal for heroism and the Meritorious Service Medal.
While most people are aware that some women died during the Vietnam War, and some even recognize the names of the
eight women listed above whose names are on The Wall, how many know about the twenty-seven other women who died in the
Vietnam theater of operations? I know I didn’t, so here they are: Civilian Missionary Eleanor Ardel Vietti, captured as a Pow,
died on May 30, 1962 in Ban Me Thout Civilian Missionary Janie A. Makil was shot and killed in Dalat on March 4, 1963. US
Navy Civilian (OICC), Regina “Reggie” Williams died from a heart attack in Saigon in 1964. CIA civilian employee, Barbara
Robbins died from a car bombing in Saigon on March, 30, 1965. Journalist, Georgette “Dickey” Chapelle, died on November 4,
1965 in Chu Lai from a land mine. Journalist Marguerite Higgins died from an unspecified illness on January 3, 1966. Journalist
Philippa Schuyler died near Da Nang in a helicopter crash on May 9, 1967.
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) employee Marilyn L. Allan was murdered in Nha Trang on Au-
gust 16, 1967. Army Special Services civilian employee Dorothy Phillips died in a plane crash near Qui Nhon in 1967.
Civilian Missionaries Carolyn Griswold, Betty Ann Olsen, Ruth Thompson, and Ruth Wilting all died during an enemy raid at
Ban Me Thout on February 1, 1968.
Army Special Services civilian employee Rosalyn Muskat died in Long Binh in a jeep accident on October 26, 1968. American
Red Cross worker, Hannah E. Crews died on October 2, 1969 in a jeep accident in Bien Hoa. USAID employee Dr. Breen Rat-
terman died in the same accident.
Knights of Malta, civilian volunteer Maria L. Kerbeer, died in 1969 from an illness in a POW camp.
Gloria Redlin, a Catholic Relief Services worker, was shot to death in Pleiku in 1969.
Virginia E. “Ginny” Kirsch, an American Red Cross worker was murdered on August 16, 1970 in Cu Chi.
On February 9, 1971, Lucinda J. Richter, of the Red Cross, died from illness in Cam Ranh Bay. Illness claimed the life of Tempo-
rary Captain Barbara Frances Black of the Royal Australian Army Nurse Corps on March 11, 1971.
CIA civilian Betty Gebhardt died in Saigon in 1971. Evelyn Anderson and Beatrice Kosin, both civilian missionaries, died in a
fire in 1972 in Kengkok, Laos. Sister Lesley Cowper, believed to be working for the New Zealand Foreign Affairs Ministry, died in
Qui Nhon. Knights of Malta civilian volunteer, Hindrika Kortman, died in a POW camp.
Australian entertainer, Cathy Wayne (Warnes) was murdered in Vietnam.
Were there more? possibly. I don’t know but these are all that I was able to find using the internet. Regardless of the number, it’s
important to remember that women have died in time of war serving their country and continue to do so today. So far over 100
women have died during Operation Iraqi Freedom / Operation Enduring Freedom.
Note: Fred Elliott was our Main Speaker at our recent 2010 Awards Banquet
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President’s Message (cont from Page 1)
AVVA President Linda Pavkovich presented the award to a very special young lady. The AVVA mem-
bers voted Marilyn Piccirilli to receive the AVVA Member of the Year for 2010. Marilyn is not only busy
all year with the AVVA but is also a driving force with the TET Committee. Congratulations to all who have
earned the awards. You have made this group of 550 some members a better chapter and as your President, on
behalf of its membership, we Thank You!!!!!!!!
The 2010 High School Scholarship winner was a young lady from Monaca, Pa. and a senior at Quig-
ley High School. Ms. Valerie Fudurich was awarded a check for $1,000.00 to help her out at college. Valerie
and her family were our guests for the evening. We would like to thank Lon Hogue as chairperson of the
scholarship committee year after year and also the members who judge the entries.
To round out the evening, service pins were presented to 5, 10, 15 and 20 year members. Special guest
were Tom & Linda Haberkorn, & Fred Elliott. We are honored to have them in attendance.
VA makes it easer to apply for Health Care Benefits “Online”!
WASHINGTON (May 5 2010) - Veterans will find it easier and faster to apply for their health care benefits
now that the Department of Veterans Affairs has updated its online Form 10-10EZ, "Application for Health
"VA is committed to tapping into the best that technology has to offer to ensure Veterans receive the benefits
they have earned," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. "We continue to look for new ways to
improve access to care and benefits."
This revised online application provides enhanced navigation features that make it easier and faster for Veter-
ans to apply for their health care benefits. This new version also allows Veterans to save a copy of the com-
pleted form for their personal records.
The most significant enhancement allows Veterans to save their application to their local desktop and return
to the application at any time without having to start over. Previously, Veterans had to complete the form in a
This updated online form, along with the revised VA Form 10-10EZ, reduces the collection of information from
Veterans by eliminating some questions.
In addition, there are minor changes to simplify the wording of questions and provide clarity in the instruc-
tions. Further enhancements to the online application are expected to be delivered in increments throughout
Veterans may complete or download the 10-10EZ form at the VA health eligibility website at https://
Veterans may also contact VA at 1 (877) 222-8387 (VETS) or visit the VA health eligibility website at
Page 18 VIETNAM VET GAZETTE May 2010
The U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve S. 1963, the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus
Health Services Act, with a vote of 419-0. The bill creates a caregiver support program, improves health care
services for America’s women veterans, and expands the mental health services provided by the Department
of Veterans Affairs (VA). The bill expands mental health care and expands the number of places where home-
less veterans can obtain services. The bill now goes back to the Senate where we hope for quick passage.
On May 5 at 10 a.m., the House Veterans Affairs Committee held a hearing on “Health Effects of the
Vietnam War – The Aftermath.” This hearing was web cast live at the committee website http://
veterans.house.gov. where it can also be viewed at a later date. HR 2254 the Agent Orange Equity was
addressed with no mention of a schedule for a vote. The House bill has 256 cosponsors and its Senate com-
panion has 18 cosponsors. We were promised by Secretary Shinseki and Senator Specter that our Blue Wa-
ter Veterans presumptive conditions would be addressed by this legislation. Chairman Filner assured us
that this concern would be addressed legislatively after the loss of the Haas Case in the Supreme Court.
Now is the time for action on this issue!
The President signed into law HR 4887 (P.L. 111-159) to recognize all Defense Department TRI-
CARE and nonappropriated fund healthcare programs as meeting minimum essential coverage standards under
the new national healthcare law
HR 5014 and S 3162 also being considered will clarify that the health care provided by the Secretary
of Veterans Affairs will constitute minimum essential coverage. This legislation has passed the Senate and has
yet to be considered by the House.
The Commissary relocation project has made progress. All parties concerned have agreed that the new
facility will be located at the U S Army McGarrity Reserve Center in Moon Township. The lease has been
completed and Environmental and Feasibility studies should start this summer. Look for possible ground-
breaking in Aug 2011 and completion in Dec. 2012.
Rep. Tim Murphy (Lt. Cmdr. USNR) has hired a veteran to provide service to veterans in his Mt.
Lebanon office. He is Mr. James Hill (CSM, USA Ret.). Jim served his active duty time as a Marine with two
tours in Vietnam 67-69). He later joined the Army Reserve and served two tours in Iraq before retiring. Wel-
come Home Jim! We applaud Rep. Murphy for hiring a vet to represent vets. Jim can be reached at 412-344-
VVA 862 Legislative Rep
GOOD THING TO KNOW: New Law: If a patrol car is pulled over to the side of the road, you have to change to the next lane
(away from the stopped vehicle) or slow down by 20 mph. Every state except Hawaii and Maryland and the D.C. has this law. In
California, the "Move-over" law became operative on January 1, 2010. http://www.moveoveramerica.com/ A friend's son got a ticket
for this recently. A police car (turned out it was 2 police cars) was on the side of the road giving a ticket to someone else. He slowed
down to pass but did not move into the other lane. The second police car immediately pulled him over and gave him a ticket. He had
never heard of the law. It is a fairly new law that states if any emergency vehicle is on the side of the road, if you are able, you are to
move into the far lane. The cost of the ticket was $754, with 3 points on your license and a mandatory court appearance. Please let
everyone you know that drives about this new law.
Thanks to VVA 862 Member Don Wolfe for this info. I also seen this on my recent trip to Florida. Lee
Page 12 Calendar of VET GAZETTE
VIETNAM Events for 2006 January 2010
‘TOGETHER Calendar of Events for 2010 “TOGETHER NOW”
May 3 VVA Golf League starts Aug 4 Newsletter Deadline . US Coast Guard Birthday 1790
May 5 Newsletter Deadline Aug 10 - Aug 15 National VVA Conference Orlando Fl
May 7 “Vietnam Veterans Day” in Pennsylvania (2003) Aug 11 VVA BOD Meeting Rochester VFW 7 PM
May 8 VVA / AVVA Spring Banquet—Rochester VFW Aug 13 - 15 Regatta - Bridgewater (Booth will be set up)
May 9 “Happy Mothers Day” Chairmen will be Rich Kamzelski
May 12 VVA BOD Meeting - Rochester VFW 7 PM Aug 18 VVA Picnic - Industry Park
May 19 VVA Regular Meeting Rochester VFW 7 PM Aug 22 Honor SW PA Viet Vets 10AM to 6PM
AVVA meets @ 6:00 PM South Park Fairgrounds Parade 11:00 AM
May 27 Memorial Day Eve Candlelight Service Beaver Pa Aug 24 - 28 “Hookstown Fair” Booth set up all week
& Flags on Graves Sylvania Hills Cemetery Aug 27 VVA “Duck Race” 6:00 PM @ Hookstown Fair
May 28 Ride to the Wall - Washington DC
Leaves Vanport Hot Dog Shoppe @ 7:30 AM September
May 30 Rolling Thunder Ride in Washington D.C. Sept 1 Newsletter Deadline
May 31 Memorial Day - VVA 862 will be marching in Sept 6 “Labor Day”
Rochester Parade Sept 8 VVA BOD Meeting Rochester VFW 7 PM
Sept 11 POW / MIA Run & Memorial Program
Sept 15 VVA Regular Meeting Rochester VFW 7 PM
June Sept 16 - 19 Kokomo, In. Vietnam Vet Reunion
June 2 Newsletter Deadline Sept 18 US Air Force Birthday 1947
June 5 & 6 VVA PA State Council Meeting State College Pa Sept 26 “Gold Star Mothers Day”
June 9 VVA BOD Meeting - Rochester VFW 7 PM
June 13 U S Army Birthday 1775 October
June 13 Support the Troops Rally - 1:00 PM Oct 6
Gazebo in Beaver Oct 13U. S. Navy Birthday
June 14 Flag Day “Fly them Flags” Oct 13VVA BOD Meeting Rochester VFW 7 PM
June 16 VVA Regular Meeting Rochester VFW 7 PM Oct 16
- 17 PASC Meeting State College Pa
June 20 “Happy Fathers Day” Oct 20VVA Regular Meeting Rochester VFW 7 PM
AVVA meets @ 6:00 PM
Oct 23 Hi-Way Clean Up Meet @ Baden McDonald’s 9:AM
July Clean Up detail starts at 10:00 AM
July 4 Independence Day * Parade in Midland* Oct ?? Agent Orange Poppy Days
July 7 Newsletter Deadline
July 14 VVA BOD Meeting Rochester VFW 7 PM
July 17 BIKERS For VETS Run - Butler VA PA. 10:00 AM November
July 21 VVA Regular Meeting Rochester VFW 7 PM Nov 2 “Election Day” Be Sure to Vote’
AVVA meets @ 6:00 PM Nov 3 Newsletter Deadline
Nov 7 Daylight Savings Time Ends
Please join Nov 10 US Marine Corp Birthday
Congressman Altmire for a Nov 10 VVA BOD Meeting Rochester VFW 7 PM
Memorial Day Picnic Nov 11 Veterans Day Parade in ???????? Pa
to thank our Veterans! Nov 17 VVA Regular Meeting Rochester VFW 7 PM
Nov 25 “Happy Thanksgiving “
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Center Township Municipal Park
Pavilion 1 December
224 Center Grange Road Dec 1 Newsletter Deadline
Aliquippa, Pennsylvania 15001 Dec 7 “Pearl Harbor Day”
2 PM—4 PM Dec 8 VVA BOD Meeting Rochester VFW PM
Free Food! Family Friendly! Dec 15 VVA Regular Meeting Rochester Elks 7 PM
Please R.S.V.P. to Brian at Dec 25 “Merry Christmas”
412-318-4138. Dec 31 New Year’s Eve
Paid for by Citizens for Altmire.
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