CHAPTER MEETING-SEPTEMBER 2012
 
Meeting Notice:
The monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 20, 2012 at the Continental American Legion Post # 263, at 7:30 PM sharp!!  The post is located at the corner of Wissahickon Ave. and Hansberry St.  The Post phone # is 215-844-1140.  
 
Repetitive Orders:
1) Keep me updated on all Chapter news, OR e-mail address changes.  My e-mail is mdirtdart101@aol.com. or call me at 267-973-0600.  Also, mail can be sent to our Assistant editor, Marty Tomkin.   His e-mail is … metmst@gmail.com, and his # is 215-219-8675. 
Chapter and 101st Division News:
1) Don’t forget our Chapter’s NEW website at…www.sepa101stairborne.org.    
2) CHAPTER POLO & T-SHIRTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE:  Chapter members, families, and friends can now purchase Chapter polo and t-shirts.  These high quality, USA-products are guaranteed to make every Screaming Eagle proud.  T-Shirts--$15.00.  100% cotton preshrunk.  Black with chapter logo on upper left chest. 
Polo Shirts--$35.00, or two for $60.00.  100% cotton.  Black, cool mesh
with tipping stripe, Ivory and white trim.  Available sizes for both products are:  Medium, Large, Extra Large, and 2Xtra Large.  Again, contact Marty Tomkin at
met101sepa@gmail.com or 215-219-8675 to arrange for delivery or pick-up.  Please include $3.00 per shirt if shipping is required.  You can check the shirts out on the website.
3) Mike attended the Division’s 70th anniversary and the annual “Week of the Eagles” which took place at Ft. Campbell from August 12-17.  He saw many new Tech-vehicles, weapons and other field improvements, and also spoke with many of the young troopers, some who have already been in harm’s way…and the Division was preparing to deploy in the near future.  It was very rewarding to talk with and discuss military ops and the current military situation(s) with them all, and rest assured we are in great hands…!!!

4) Our Treasurer, Marty Tomkin is on his second tour of Vietnam at this time.  Marty and his wife, Michelle are currently “in country’ with other friends checking out some old haunts and seeing some new ones that he missed the first time.  Fortunately, he won’t have to “lock and load” this time around…!!
5) The Philadelphia Vietnam Memorial will celebrate it’s 25th Anniversary during the weekend of October 26-27, 2012.  A candlelight ceremony will be held on Friday night at 6:30 PM, followed by an "R&R" Reception.  On Saturday, there will be an “Operation Brotherly Love" Parade forming at 9 AM, followed by a Rededication and POW/MIA Ceremony at noon.   Information regarding that weekend, or if interested in taking and Ad out can be found on the Memorial’s website at
www.pvvm.org, or you can call your favorite editor, me, at 267-973-0600.
Heads-Up Dept:
1) The Pentagon went live with a website intended to thwart phony or
“wannabe” heroes by listing recipients of the nation's highest awards for
valor.  Starting with Medal of Honor recipients since 9/11, the Military Awards
for Valor -- Top 3 site (
http://valor.defense.gov/) will eventually
expand to include the names of those who earned the Distinguished
Service Cross -- awarded by the Army -- the Navy Cross and Air Force
Cross, and the Silver Star.  The Pentagon decided to launch the site after the Supreme Court earlier this month struck down the Stolen Valor Act, a law that made it a crime
to falsely claim military service or military awards.
2) The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. has received preliminary approval for construction of an underground education center on the National Mall. The proposed center would include exhibits, a bookstore and a timeline of U.S. military history from Bunker Hill to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund plans to break ground for the new facility in November, 2012. For more information, visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund website at
www.buildthecenter.vvmf.org.
3) September is National Suicide Prevention Month and VA is highlighting their Veterans Crisis Line as an important reminder that you can make a difference in the life of a veteran. VA is asking organizations and individuals across the country to educate their communities to raise awareness about the confidential support available on their Veterans Crisis Line. Since its launch in 2007, the crisis line has answered more than 640,000 calls and made more than 23,000 life-saving rescues. The confidential toll-free crisis line for veterans OR loved ones is 1-800-273-8255, Press 1 chat online OR send a text to 838255.  This as available 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year…!!!
 

POW-MIA Updates:
WWII--Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. John E. Hogan, of West Plains, Mo., will be buried Aug. 24, in Arlington National Cemetery.  On Sept. 13, 1944, Hogan and eight other crew members were on a B-17G Flying Fortress that crashed near Neustädt-on-Werra, Germany.  Only one of the crewmen is known to have successfully parachuted out of the aircraft before in crashed.  The remaining eight crewmen were buried by German forces in a cemetery in Neustädt.
--Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Harry W. Eck, of Minot Ward, N.D. On Sept. 13, 1944, Eck and eight other crew members were on a B-17G Flying Fortress that crashed near Neustaedt-on-the-Werra, Germany. Only one of the crewmen is known to have successfully parachuted out of the aircraft before in crashed. The remaining eight crewmen were buried by German forces in a cemetery in Neustaedt.
KOREA--Army Cpl. Kenneth R. Block, 22, of Ann Arbor, Mich., was buried Aug. 29, in
Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C. In late November 1950, Block and elements of the 31st Regimental Combat Team, known as “Task Force Faith,” were advancing along the eastern banks of the Chosin Reservoir, in North Korea, when they came under attack. On Dec. 3, 1950, Block, along with many other Americans, was listed as missing in action as a result of the heavy fighting.
--Army Pfc. Casimir F. Walczak, 18, of Harvey, Ill., was buried Sept. 2, in Nordman,
Idaho. On Aug. 17, 1950, Walczak and the other soldiers of B Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, came under attack as they took a hill, near the town of Waegwan, South Korea. After the battle, Walczak was reported missing in action.
--Army Cpl. Francis J. Reimer, 19, of St. Cloud, Minn., was buried Sept. 8, in his
hometown.  Cpl Reimer was also assigned to the 31st Regimental Combat Team, known as “Task Force Faith.”  In late November 1950, his unit was advancing along the eastern banks of the Chosin Reservoir, in North Korea. After coming under attack, they began a fighting withdrawal to positions near Hagaru-ri, south of the reservoir. During this withdrawal Reimer went missing. 
--Army Master Sgt. Clifford L. Ryan, 27, of Muscatine, Iowa, was buried Sept. 8 in
Riverside, Calif. On Nov. 1, 1950, Ryan’s unit, the 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, occupied a defensive position along the Kuryong River, near Unsan, North Korea. Chinese units attacked the area and forced a withdrawal. Almost 600 men, including Ryan, were reported missing or killed in action following the battle.
VIETNAM--Army Sgt. 1st Class William T. Brown of La Habra, Calif., Sgt. 1st Class Donald M. Shue of Kannapolis, N.C., and Sgt. 1st Class Gunther H. Wald of Palisades Park, N.J., were buried as a group on Aug. 30, in a single casket representing the three soldiers, in Arlington National Cemetery.  Brown and Shue were buried respectively on Sept. 26, 2011, at Arlington and on May 1 2012 in Kannapolis, N.C.  On Nov. 3, 1969, the men and six Vietnamese soldiers were part of a Special Forces reconnaissance patrol
 
operating in Quang Tri Province, near the Vietnam-Laos border.  The patrol was ambushed by enemy forces and all three Americans were wounded.   Brown was reported
to have suffered a gunshot wound to his side.  Due to heavy enemy presence and poor weather conditions, the search-and-rescue team was not able to reach the site until eight
days later.  At that time, they found military equipment belonging to Shue, but no other signs of the men.
Casualty Dept and Sick Call: 
Fortunately…NO bad news of any kind…!!

Respectfully,
Mike and Marty (editor and assistant)
PS:  Remember to keep all our fallen, those who serve, and all their families in your prayers…!!.
 
 
 
CHAPTER MEETING-AUGUST 2012
 
Meeting Notice:
The monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at the Continental American Legion Post # 263, at 7:30 PM sharp!!  The post is located at the corner of Wissahickon Ave. and Hansberry St.  The Post phone # is 215-844-1140.  
 
Repetitive Orders:
1) Keep me updated on all Chapter news, OR e-mail address changes.  My e-mail is mdirtdart101@aol.com. or call me at 267-973-0600.  Also, mail can be sent to our Assistant editor, Marty Tomkin.   His e-mail is …met101sepa@gmail.com, and his # is 215-219-8675. 
Chapter and 101st Division News:
1) Don’t forget our Chapter’s NEW website at…www.sepa101stairborne.org.    
2) CHAPTER POLO & T-SHIRTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE:  Chapter members, families, and friends can now purchase Chapter polo and t-shirts.  These high quality, USA-products are guaranteed to make every Screaming Eagle proud.  T-Shirts--$15.00.  100% cotton preshrunk.  Black with chapter logo on upper left chest. 
Polo Shirts--$35.00, or two for $60.00.  100% cotton.  Black, cool mesh
with tipping stripe, Ivory and white trim.  Available sizes for both products are:  Medium, Large, Extra Large, and 2Xtra Large.  Again, contact Marty Tomkin at
met101sepa@gmail.com or 215-219-8675 to arrange for delivery or pick-up.  Please include $3.00 per shirt if shipping is required.  You can check the shirts out on the website.
3) The Division’s 70th anniversary and the annual “Week of the Eagles” will take place at Ft. Campbell from August 12-17.  All sorts of events and military ops will be taking place to remember ALL who served in the Division from it’s inception in 1942, with General Lee’s inspiring words calling the Division to its “Rendezvous with Destiny”… all the way to today’s Airborne-Air Assault troopers…!!. 
Heads-Up Dept:
1) For all Vietnam veterans…..There are now weekly updates for benefits and other issues on the Vietnam Veterans of America’s website.  Check it out at …www.vva.org
 
POW-MIA Updates:
KOREA--- Army Sgt. Thomas J. Barksdale, 21, of Macon, Ga., was buried Aug. 3, in
Milledgeville, Ga.   In late November 1950, Barksdale, and elements of the 2nd Infantry Division were in a defensive line north of Kujang, North Korea, when they were attacked by Chinese forces, in what became known as the Battle of the Ch’ongch’on. Barksdale
was reported missing in action days after the attack.  After the Armistice in 1953, when captured soldiers were returned, American soldiers had no information concerning Barksdale at that time.
Casualty Dept and Sick Call: 
1) I been notified by Vince Facenda that his mother, Mary, (Frank’s wife) has cancer and it has spread to her liver.  Vince is asking for your prayers and get-well wishes can be sent to Mary at 1 Parkview Dr, Westville, NJ, 08093.
2) Our illustrious “Band of Brothers” alumni, Wild Bill Guarnere was “WIA” while shopping the US Coast Guard PX several months ago.  Bill hit his head and broke his right collarbone.  He was laid up at his son’s Gene’s house for a couple of months, but has recovered very well, is back home, and is feeling just great.  No long-lasting complications according to his doctor.  Oh...good news and bad news.  The “Bad”..they had to replace the door Bill broke during his fall.  The “Good”..his doctor assured me that x-rays of Bill skull showed, ...”NOTHING”  !!  You can send cards to Bill at 2224 Winton Street, Phila. Pa 19145

Respectfully,
Mike and Marty (editor and assistant)
PS:  Remember to keep all our fallen, those who serve, and all their families in your prayers…!!.
PPS:  Not much information forwarded to me this month.  And everyone have a great Labor Day!! 

 


CHAPTER MEETING-JULY 2012
 
Meeting Notice: The monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at the Continental American Legion Post # 263, at 7:30 PM sharp!!  The post is located at the corner of Wissahickon Ave. and Hansberry St.  The Post phone # is 215-844-1140.  
 
Repetitive Orders:
1) Keep me updated on all Chapter news, OR e-mail address changes.  My e-mail is mdirtdart101@aol.com. or call me at 267-973-0600.  Also, mail can be sent to our Assistant editor, Marty Tomkin.   His e-mail is …met101sepa@gmail.com, and his # is 215-219-8675. 
Chapter and 101st Division News:
1) Don’t forget our Chapter’s NEW website at…www.sepa101stairborne.org.  
 
2) CHAPTER POLO & T-SHIRTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE:  Chapter members, families, and friends can now purchase Chapter polo and t-shirts.  These high quality, USA-products are guaranteed to make every Screaming Eagle proud.  T-Shirts--$15.00.  100% cotton preshrunk.  Black with chapter logo on upper left chest. 
Polo Shirts--$35.00, or two for $60.00.  100% cotton.  Black, cool mesh
with tipping stripe, Ivory and white trim.  Available sizes for both products are:  Medium, Large, Extra Large, and 2Xtra Large.  Again, contact Marty Tomkin at
met101sepa@gmail.com or 215-219-8675 to arrange for delivery or pick-up.  Please include $3.00 per shirt if shipping is required.
3) Just a follow-up to the Ripcord Association press conference on June 30th mentioned in last month’s “DZ”.  Shannon Lanier, of “Dark Ronin” productions will direct a movie based on the battle of Firebase “Ripcord” in Vietnam in July 1970.  Production will begin in 2013.  Chapter member Frank Marshall, will be portrayed in the movie along with others of the Ripcord Association who took place in the battle and were also at the press conference.  The most noted actor who will be in the film is Vincent Denofrio.  Check the promo for the movie at www.battleofripcordmovie.com or  https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Battle-of-Ripcord/302682746454166.
4) The Chapter received a $50.00 check from member Norwood Thomas, who sent it “all the way” from North Carolina to include his dues along with a donation. Thanks so much for your generosity, Norwood…!!
5) We received this note from Barb Maloney, Jack Agnew’s daughter.  The National D-Day Monument, located near Lynchburg, VA is no longer on the National Park Registry. And…it was Congress that made the decision to no longer fund this memorial.  Any donations would be very helpful to keep it going.  Check out…http://www.dday.org/
Heads-Up Dept:
1) “Honor Flight Philadelphia” recognizes veterans for their sacrifices and achievements by taking our vets to Washington, DC.  Top priority (for which we are currently accepting applications) is given to WWII veterans and terminally ill veterans from all wars. In the future, Honor Flight Philadelphia will be expanded to include Korean and Vietnam veterans. So that Honor Flight Philadelphia may help ensure a safe, memorable and rewarding experience, guardians travel with the veterans on every trip providing assistance and support.   For what veterans have given, Honor Flight Philadelphia, transports veterans free of charge.  For further information, please contact them at 610-662-1812 or visit www.HonorFlightPhiladelphia.Org.  The most recent “Honor Flight” was on April 14, 2012.
2) POW-MIA UPDATES:--- WWII---Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Dwight D. Ekstam, 21, of Moline, Ill., was buried June 14, in his hometown.  On April 22, 1944, Ekstam was a crewmember aboard a PBJ-1 aircraft that failed to return from a night training mission over the island of Espiritu Santo, in what is known today as Vanuatu.  None of the crew was recovered at that time, and in 1945 they were officially presumed deceased. 
--- Navy Radioman 1st Class Harry C. Scribner, 20, of Seattle, was buried June 29, in Minneapolis, Minn.  On Aug. 2, 1943, Scribner and two other men were aboard a TBF-1 Avenger aircraft that crashed on the island of Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, (Vanuatu) while on a routine calibration flight. Sixteen days after the crash, one crewman was rescued from the jungle but was unable to assist recovery teams with locating the crash site.
---Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Emil T. Wasilewski, 22, of Chicago.  On Sept. 13, 1944, Wasilewski and eight other crew members were aboard a B-17G Flying Fortress that crashed near Neustaedt-on-the-Werra, Germany. Only one of the crewmen is known to have successfully parachuted out of the aircraft before in crashed. 
KOREA---Army Cpl. Robert I. Wax, 21, of Detroit.  In August 1950, Wax and Battery A, 555th Field Artillery Battalion, were fighting against North Korean forces in a battle known as the “Bloody Gulch,” near Pongam-ni, South Korea. Wax would be listed as missing in action on Aug. 11.
VIETNAM---Air Force Capt. Virgil K. Meroney III, 25, of Fayetteville, Ark., was buried June 9, in his hometown. On March 1, 1969, Meroney was a crew member aboard an F-4D Phantom II aircraft that crashed while carrying out a nighttime strike mission in Kahammouan Province, Laos.  Nearby U.S. aircrews reported seeing Meroney’s aircraft hit by enemy fire. No parachutes were seen after the aircraft was hit. Heavy enemy presence in the area prevented recovery efforts.
---Navy Lt. William E. Swanson, 27, of Zimmerman, Minn., was buried June 11, at Fort Snelling in Minneapolis.  On April 11, 1965, Swanson was the pilot of an A-1H Skyraider aircraft that crashed while on an armed reconnaissance mission over Khammouan Province, Laos. Other Americans in the area reported seeing his aircraft being struck by enemy fire and no parachute was deployed prior to the crash. Recovery efforts were not possible due to enemy presence in the days following the crash.
Air Force Capt. Clyde W. Campbell of Longview, Texas, was buried June 21 at Arlington National Cemetery.  On March 1, 1969, Campbell was a pilot aboard an A-1J Skyraider aircraft that crashed while carrying out a close air-support mission in Houaphan Province, Laos. American forward air controllers directing the mission in the area reported hearing an explosion that they believed to be Campbell's bombs, but later learned Campbell's aircraft had crashed.  No parachutes were seen in the area.
---Air Force Col. Joseph Christiano of Rochester, N.Y.; Col. Derrell B. Jeffords of Florence, S.C.; Lt. Col. Dennis L. Eilers of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Chief Master Sgt. William K. Colwell of Glen Cove, N.Y.; Chief Master Sgt. Arden K. Hassenger of Lebanon, Ore.; and Chief Master Sgt. Larry C. Thornton of Idaho Falls, Idaho, were buried as a group in a single casket representing the entire crew on July 9 in Arlington National Cemetery.  On Dec. 24, 1965, the crew was aboard an AC-47D aircraft nicknamed "Spooky" that failed to return from a combat strike mission in southern Laos.  After a "mayday" signal was sent, all contact was lost with the crew.  Following the crash, two days of search efforts for the aircraft and crew were unsuccessful.
---Air Force 1st Lt. Robert E. Bennett III, 25, of Springfield, N.J.  On Dec. 13, 1967, Bennett and another officer were flying an F-4C Phantom II aircraft that crashed during a close-air support mission in Tra Vinh Binh Province, South Vietnam. Both men ejected and were seen landing in the Co Chien River. The other officer was rescued immediately by a nearby U.S. Navy patrol boat, but Bennett sank and presumably drowned.
Casualty Dept and Sick Call: 
1) Jim Patton, former President and former Executive Treasurer of the Association passed to God on June 2. Jim’s funeral took place on July 6th, and he was buried at the VA Cemetery in Florida.  Condolences can be sent to Mrs. Ginnie Patton at her daughter’s address…3324 Peninsular Dr, Port Orange, FL 32127.
2) Fred Behrens’ mother, Helen, passed to God on June 22.  She was buried near her home in New Jersey on June 25th.  Condolences can be sent to Fred at 2525 Maidens Rd, Powhatan VA 23139-5622.
***PLEASE NOTE..There MAY BE NO Dropzone in August.  I’ll be away that week for family..then Reunion at Campbell )
Respectfully,
Mike and Marty (editor and assistant)
PS:  Remember to keep all our fallen, those who serve, and all their families in your prayers…!!.

CHAPTER MEETING-MAY 2012
 
Meeting Notice: The monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at the Continental American Legion Post # 263, at 7:30 PM sharp!!  The post is located at the corner of Wissahickon Ave. and Hansberry St.  The Post phone # is 215-844-1140.  
 
Repetitive Orders: 1) Keep me updated on all Chapter news, OR e-mail address changes.  My e-mail is
mdirtdart101@aol.com. or call me at 267-973-0600.  Also, mail can be sent to our Assistant editor, Marty Tomkin.   His e-mail is …met101sepa@gmail.com, and his # is 215-219-8675. 
Chapter an 101st Division News: 1) Don’t forget our Chapter’s NEW website at…www.sepa101stairborne.org.    
2) MEMBERSHIP ALERT:  All Chapter members are reminded that dues for 2012 are now due.  If you have not already done so, please forward your
$10.00 membership fee to our Chapter’s Treasurer Marty
Tomkin.  Marty’s mailing address is 2326 Perot Street, Phila, PA
19130.  As always, widows of deceased Chapter members are excluded from
membership dues.
3) CHAPTER POLO & T-SHIRTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE:  Chapter members, families, and friends can now purchase Chapter polo and t-shirts.  These high quality, USA-products are guaranteed to make every Screaming Eagle proud.  T-Shirts--$15.00.  100% cotton preshrunk.  Black with chapter logo on upper left chest. 
Polo Shirts--$35.00, or two for $60.00.  100% cotton.  Black, cool mesh
with tipping stripe, Ivory and white trim.  Available sizes for both products are:  Medium, Large, Extra Large, and 2Xtra Large.  Again, contact Marty Tomkin at
met101sepa@gmail.com or 215-219-8675 to arrange for delivery or pick-up.  Please include $3.00 per shirt if shipping is required.  This is Marty’s other “hat” as Director of Sales.  Pictures will on our website shortly…so check after you receive the “DZ”.. . 
4) **The Distinguished Service Cross was awarded to LTC (R) Fred Spaulding, on the May 6, 2012.  The award was presented by the State of Indiana, and Congressman Dan Burton.  Col. Spaulding served as the S-3 Air, 3rd BDE during the Battle of FSB Ripcord, and was honored for his actions during that Battle. He is also a Life-Member of the 101st Association and DMOR 506th Inf Regt, Member. He will also be inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame on July 21st.  Col Spaulding was also at the Battle of FSB Henderson in the A-Shau Valley in 1970.
5)  Enclosed is a letter from Marty’s nephew, Max, who is an associate member of the Chapter.  Max, who is coordinating donations to our troopers overseas has written a bit of history about his uncle and also include a letter of thanks from one of the troopers. 
 

Heads-Up Dept: 1) It's official; DD-214's are NOW On-line.
The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following web site for veterans to gain access to their DD-214's on-line:
http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/. This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of his DD-214 for employment purposes. NPRC is working to make it easier for veterans with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents from their military files.  Military veterans and the next of kin of
deceased former military members may now use a new online military personnel records system to request documents.
2) The VFW Washington Office joined five Bataan and Corregidor survivors last week to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the infamous Bataan Death March. The veterans included past national commanders of the now-disbanded American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, who traveled to Japan in 2010 and 2011 to receive an official apology from the Japanese government for their maltreatment, and to visit their former POW camps. The five veterans, who represent only about 200 remaining Bataan and Corregidor survivors, are: Dr. Lester Tenney, 92, from San Diego, formerly assigned to Company B, 192nd Tank Battalion, Illinois Army National Guard; Mr. Joseph Alexander, 85, San Antonio, 440th Ordnance Aviation Bombardment Squadron, Army Air Corps; Mr. Donald Versaw, 91, Lakewood, Calif., E Company, 2nd Battalion 4th Marines (China Marines); Mr. Ben Steele, 94, Billings, Mont., 7th Material Squadron, 19th Bomb Group, Army Air Corps; Mr. Roland Towery, 89, Austin, Texas, Battery C, 60th Army Coast Artillery.
3) VA's Agent Orange Registry health exam alerts Veterans to possible long-term health problems that may be related to Agent Orange exposure during their military service. The registry data helps VA understand and respond to these health problems more effectively. Contact your local VA Environmental Health Coordinatorabout getting an Agent Orange Registry health exam. This comprehensive health exam includes an exposure and medical history, laboratory tests, and a physical exam. A VA health professional will discuss the results face-to-face with the Veteran and in a follow-up letter.  Veterans who Vietnam, Korea and Thailand are eligible, but  You can call the VA at 1-800-827-1000 or checkout the website at 
http://agentorangezone.blogspot.com/. for eligibility guidelines. 
4) Also, a 4th-grade student at Countryside Elementary School in Mount Laurel, NJ, Sam Mohnacs is doing a project for his class on the D-Day  invasion. Anyone interested in an interview can contact Sam at 856-802-2852 or email him
at…jogret1@comcast.net
5) Paul Smith..wa fellow-trooper who sidelight as a operations recorder and artist for trhe Dept of the Air Force has sent his annual request for donations regarding the 2012 Air Force Cycling Challenge Team Sabre, to benefit the Air Force Association's Wounded Airman Initiative.  Hre is the web-site which is very ineresting.  Check it out…
http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/pauldsmith/WoundedAirmanInitiative
 
POW-MIA Updates: The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced that the remains of a U.S. Army Air Forces pilot missing in action from WWII and soldiers from Korea and Vietnam have been identified and were buried  with full military honors.
 

WWII--2nd Lt. Charles R. Moritz, 21, of Effingham, Ill., was buried on May
5, 2012, in his hometown.  On June 7, 1944, Moritz, of the 555th Fighter Squadron, was the flying a P-51C Mustang aircraft that collided with another U.S. aircraft while on a training flight over Lincolnshire, England. Moritz was unable to parachute from his aircraft.  A witness reported seeing the aircraft crash north of Faldingworth and south of
 
Goxhill Royal Air Force station, however officials were not able to recover Moritz’s remains at that time.
Korea--Army Pfc. Richard E. Clapp, 19, of Seattle, Wash., was buried April 25, at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.  On Sept. 2, 1950, Clapp and the C Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment came under fire near Yulchon, South Korea, and Clapp was killed in action.  The Army was unable to identify his remains at the time, and the remains were buried as "Unknown" in a military cemetery on the Korean Peninsula.
Vietnam-- Army Capt. Charles R. Barnes, 27, of Philadelphia, Pa., was buried May 2, in Arlington.  On March 16, 1969, Barnes and four other service members departed Qui Nhon Airfields bound for Da Nang and Phu Bai in a U-21A Ute aircraft.  As they approached Da Nang, they encountered low clouds and poor visibility.  Communications with the aircraft were lost, and they did not land as scheduled. Immediate search efforts were limited due to hazardous weather conditions, and all five men were list as missing in action.
Casualty Dept and Sick Call: 
1) Vince Facenda, Frank’s son has been seeing a cardiologist due to infrequent chest pain.  However, after a recent EKG, the cardiologist said it was only heartburn.  Also, the EKG looked great and he doesn’t have to return for three months and can return to normal activity.  Outstanding Vince…!!!
Respectfully,
Mike and Marty (editor and co-editor)
PS:  Remember ALL our fallen this Memorial Day—May 28th…!!
 
 
CHAPTER MEETING-APRIL 2012
 
Meeting Notice: The monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at the Continental American Legion Post # 263, at 7:30 PM sharp!!  The post is located at the corner of Wissahickon Ave. and Hansberry St.  The Post phone # is 215-844-1140.  
 
Repetitive Orders: 1) Keep me updated on all Chapter news, OR e-mail address changes.  My e-mail is
mdirtdart101@aol.com. or call me at 267-973-0600.  Also, mail can be sent to our Assistant editor, Marty Tomkin.   His e-mail is …met101sepa@gmail.com, and his # is 215-219-8675. 
Chapter News: 1) Don’t forget our Chapter’s NEW website at  www.sepa101stairborne.org.    
2) MEMBERSHIP ALERT:  All Chapter members are reminded that dues for 2012 are now due.  If you have not already done so, please forward your
$10.00 membership fee to our Chapter’s Treasurer Marty Tomkin.  Marty’s mailing address is 2326 Perot Street, Phila, PA 19130.  As always, widows of deceased Chapter members are excluded from membership dues.

3) CHAPTER POLO & T-SHIRTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE:  Chapter members, families, and friends can now purchase Chapter polo and t-shirts.  These high quality, USA-products are guaranteed to make every Screaming Eagle proud.  T-Shirts--$15.00.  100% cotton preshrunk.  Black with chapter logo on upper left chest. 
Polo Shirts--$35.00, or two for $60.00.  100% cotton.  Black, cool mesh with tipping stripe, Ivory and white trim.  Available sizes for both products are:  Medium, Large, Extra Large, and 2Xtra Large.  Again, contact Marty Tomkin at
met101sepa@gmail.com or 215-219-8675 to arrange for delivery or pick-up.  Please include $3.00 per shirt if shipping is required.  This is Marty’s other “hat” as Director of Sales.  Pictures will on our website shortly…so check after you receive the “DZ”.. . 
 
Heads-Up Dept: 1) It's official; DD-214's are NOW On-line.
The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following web site for veterans to gain access to their DD-214's on-line:
http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/. This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of his DD-214 for employment purposes. NPRC is working to make it easier for veterans with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents from their military files.  Military veterans and the next of kin of
deceased former military members may now use a new online military personnel records system to request documents.

2) The 82nd Airborne Division Association: Hadjack-Mokan Chapter’s 3rd annual “ALL AMERICAN” Dinner and Awards Ceremony held on Friday, March 23, 2012 was very successful.  The keynote speaker was PA Chief Justice Ron Castille who gave a very spirited and moving talk.  Our All-American Awardees were Bill Hamilton, Eastern Region VP and Pennsylvania President of the Teamsters, and Ken Wong, a member of the Philadelphia Army Advisory Board.  Our “Trooper of the Year” was John Everly, a who served with the 101st in Vietnam.  Many of us went up to our chapter member Ed Bonk’s tavern, “Katie O'Donnell's” afterwards and that was a great finish to the night.   
3) City Councilman David Oh’s resolution "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" and  25th Anniversary of Philadelphia’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial  was announced on Thursday, March 29th in Council session.  Many Vietnam veteran groups attended and it was covered by the local news sources. It was a a very gratifying event for both issues.   Dave is also the Chairman of the Philly 82nd Airborne Chapter and a member of the 25th Anniversary committee.  Thanks again Dave for all your successful efforts  !!
4) The Department of Defense announced the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.  On Feb. 25, the armed forces medical examiner at the Dover Port Mortuary in Dover, Del., positively identified the remains of Staff Sgt. Ahmed K. Altaie, of Ann Arbor, Mich. He was assigned to the Provincial Reconstruction Team,
Divisional Training Center, Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.  On Dec. 11, 2006, a casualty review board declared S/Sgt Altaie “missing – captured” after his disappearance in Baghdad, Iraq on Oct. 23, 2006.  Altaie was the final missing soldier and casualty to be recovered from the Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn mission.
5) The Army and Air Force on Thursday April 12th, awarded their highest service medals for bravery to two Operation Enduring Freedom veterans.
 
Army Sgt. Felipe Pereira became the first 101st Airborne Division "Screaming Eagle" to be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross since Vietnam. During a Nov. 1, 2010, dismounted patrol in Kandahar, Afghanistan, an improvised explosive device detonated, killing two soldiers in Pereira's squad. With an enemy ambush underway, and despite sustaining shrapnel wounds and a collapsed lung himself, Pereira drove a vehicle into enemy fire to help evacuate wounded soldiers, and then went back again to help others. Pereira is credited with saving the lives of two of his fellow soldiers, while risking his own on multiple occasions. Only after all of the wounded had been evacuated and were receiving medical care did he accept treatment himself. 
 
Air Force Capt. Barry F. Crawford Jr., was awarded the Air Force Cross for his actions as a Joint Terminal Attack Controller to brave enemy fire while controlling over 33 aircraft and more than 40 airstrikes during a May 4, 2010, ambush in Laghman Province,  Afghanistan.  His efforts allowed his special operations team to get out of the kill zone and ultimately saved the lives of his American special forces and Afghan commando teammates. The team of approximately 100 personnel had to run a gauntlet of enemy fire no matter where they were in the valley. Acting without hesitation, Crawford bounded across open terrain to guide in a medevac helicopter and engaged enemy positions with his assault rifle while calling in AH-64 Apache attacks to defeat the ambush.
 
6) Also see the enclosed attachment regarding the “Veterans Legacy Project.”  This year  includes a special Welcome Home Parade and Flag Passing Ceremony, on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm, on State Street in Media, Delaware County, PA. 
 
POW-MIA Updates: The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War and Vietnam, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Korea--Army Sgt. William E. Brashear, 24, of Owensboro, Ky.  In November 1950, Brashear of Company B, 70th Tank Battalion, along with almost 600 other 8th Cavalry Regiment soldiers, was killed during a battle south of Unsan, North Korea.  Their bodies were not able to be recovered at the time and were likely buried on the battlefield by Chinese or North Korean forces.

--Army Cpl. Henry F. Johnson, 20, of Conway, Ark.  In November 1950, Johnson, of L Company, 3rd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, was deployed in a defensive line that ran east-west across the center of North Korea. On Nov. 25, after Chinese forces had attacked, Johnson was listed as missing in action. In 1953, returning Americans who had been held as prisoners of war reported that Johnson had been captured by the Chinese and died in the spring of 1951 as a result of malnutrition while in a prisoner of war camp known as “Camp 5” in North Phyongan Province, North Korea.

--Army Cpl. Patrick R. Glennon, 18, of Rochester, N.Y.  On Nov. 1, 1950, Glennon and G Company, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, were holding a defensive position along the Nammyon River near Unsan, North Korea, when they were attacked by Chinese forces. Glennon was listed as missing in action following the heavy fighting.  --Army Sgt. 1st Class Richard L. Harris, 23, of Spokane, Wash. In late November 1950, Harris and elements of the 2nd Infantry Division, were in a defensive line north of Kujang, North Korea, when they were attacked by Chinese forces in what became known as the Battle of the Chongchon. It would be learned that Harris had been captured, but died of malnutrition in a North Korean POW camp on Jan. 22, 1951.

--Army Pfc. Frank P. Jennings, 20, of Parsons, Tenn. In late April 1951, Jennings and E Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, were battling Chinese Communist Forces near Jeon-Gog, South Korea. Jennings was reported as missing in action; his status was later changed to killed in action.

Vietnam-- Air Force Tech. Sgt. Allen J. Avery, 29, of Arlington, MA was buried April 6 at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C. Exactly 40 years prior, on April 6, 1972, six airmen were flying a combat search and rescue mission in their HH-53C Super Jolly Green Giant helicopter over Quang Tri Province in South Vietnam, when they were hit by enemy ground fire and crashed.
Casualty Dept and Sick Call: 

It is with a very sad heart that I announce the passing of Nellie Coolen on March 30th.  Nellie is the wife of Jan Coolen, a member of the Dutch Society of Airborne Friends and long-time contributor to the “Screaming Eagle” magazine.  Nellie had been battling MS since 1979 and then suffered a stroke in 2008.  Jan described her last days as  extremely brave and plucky,
 
sometimes afraid, but without much pain and very quiet and peaceful. Jan, their two daughters and three grandchildren were with her at her death.  Please keep Nellie and the family in your prayers. 

2)  Chapter member, Joe Schmidt, is recovering very nicely from left foot problems.  !!!
Mike and Marty (editor and co-editor)

PS:  Please don’t forget to keep all men and women of our armed forces, along with all of our fallen and Chapter sick and deceased in your prayers.
 
 
CHAPTER MEETING-MARCH 2012
 
Meeting Notice: The monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at the Continental American Legion Post # 263, at 7:30 PM sharp!!  The post is located at the corner of Wissahickon Ave. and Hansberry St.  The Post phone # is 215-844-1140.  
 
Repetitive Orders: 1) Keep me updated on all Chapter news, OR e-mail address changes.  My e-mail is
mdirtdart101@aol.com. or call me at 267-973-0600.  Also, mail can be sent to our Assistant editor, Marty Tomkin.   His e-mail is …met101sepa@gmail.com, and his # is 215-219-8675. 
Chapter News: 1) Don’t forget our Chapter’s NEW website at…www.sepa101stairborne.org.    
2) MEMBERSHIP ALERT:  All Chapter members are reminded that dues for 2012 are now due.  If you have not already done so, please forward your
$10.00 membership fee to our Chapter’s Treasurer Marty
Tomkin.  Marty’s mailing address is 2326 Perot Street, Phila, PA
19130.  As always, widows of deceased Chapter members are excluded from
membership dues.
3) CHAPTER POLO & T-SHIRTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE:  Chapter members, families, and friends can now purchase Chapter polo and t-shirts.  These high quality, USA-products are guaranteed to make every Screaming Eagle proud.  T-Shirts--$15.00.  100% cotton preshrunk.  Black with chapter logo on upper left chest. 
Polo Shirts--$35.00, or two for $60.00.  100% cotton.  Black, cool mesh
with tipping stripe, Ivory and white trim.  Available sizes for both products are:  Medium, Large, Extra Large, and 2Xtra Large.  Again, contact Marty Tomkin at
met101sepa@gmail.com or 215-219-8675 to arrange for delivery or pick-up.  Please include $3.00 per shirt if shipping is required.  This is Marty’s other “hat” as Director of Sales.  We hope to have pictures of all the shirts soon on our website. 
3) The 2nd Annual Veterans Fair was held on Sunday, February 19, 2012 and was another success this year.  Our own Guy Anhorn did another outstanding job of organizing the tribute to veterans, especially our WWII brothers.  Bob Corey, Marty, Joe Schmidt, along with yours truly, spent the day on behalf of the Chapter.  It’s was an enjoyable and rewarding day..!! . 
Heads-Up Dept: 1) It's official; DD-214's are NOW On-line.
The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following web site for veterans to gain access to their DD-214's on-line:
 

http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/. This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of his DD-214 for employment purposes. NPRC is working to make it easier for veterans with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents from their military files.  Military veterans and the next of kin of
deceased former military members may now use a new online military personnel records system to request documents.
2) The 82nd Airborne Division Association: Hadjack-Mokan Chapter will hold its annual “ALL AMERICAN” Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Friday, March 23, 2012 from 6:30pm-11pm at the Iron Worker’s 401 Union Hall, 11600 Norcom Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154.  Tickets are just $35 and include dinner, desert and open bar.  Our Keynote Speaker is former Governor Ed Rendell and our Guest of Honor is Major General Mark McDonald, Commanding General of the US Army Cadet Command.  Our All-American Awardees are Bill Hamilton, Eastern Region VP and Pennsylvania President of the Teamsters, and Ken Wong, member of the Philadelphia Army Advisory Board.  Our “Trooper of the Year” is John Everly, a Vietnam War Veteran.  ALL proceeds go toward helping veterans in need. 
3)  National "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" is on March 30.  Thanks to  Councilman David Oh, a resolution was passed unanimously in Philadephia’s City Council on March 1st.  All are invited to the presentation of this resolution which will be  on Thursday, March 29th in Council session.  The resolution also recognizes the 25th Anniversary of Philadelphia’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  Dave is also the Chairman of the Philly 82nd Airborne Chapter and a member of the 25th Anniversary committee.  (See the proclamation below).  Thank you, Dave…!!!
POW-MIA Updates: 1)  The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of a U.S. pilot and servicemen, missing in action from WWII and the Korean War respectively, have been identified. .
WWII--2nd Lt. Charles R. Moritz, U.S. Army Air Forces, of the 496th Fighter Training Group, was lost on June 7, 1944, when his P-51C Mustang crashed near Goxhill airfield, England. He was accounted for on Feb. 26, 2012.
Korea--Master Sgt. Elwood Green, U.S. Army, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, was captured on Nov. 28, 1950, and died in 1951 in a POW Camp in North Korea. He was accounted for on March 1, 2012.
--Sgt. 1st Class Richard L. Harris, U.S. Army, L Company, 3rd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, was captured on Nov. 30, 1950, and died in January 1951 in a POW Camp in North Korea. He was accounted for on Feb. 29, 2012.
-- Army Cpl. William R. Sluss, 21, of Nickelsville, Va.  In late November 1950, Sluss, along with many other American soldiers, was listed as missing in action as a result of that heavy fighting.  In 1953, returning Americans who had been held as prisoners of war reported that Sluss had been captured by the Chinese in November 1950, and died in the spring of 1951 as a result of malnutrition while in a prisoner of war camp in North Phyongan Province, North Korea.  He was buried on February 19, 2012 in his hometown cemetery.  
Casualty Dept and Sick Call:
Unfortunately, our Vietnam veterans community lost another Gold Star mother, Peggy Magerr,        on March 10th.  Her son, William, was lost on Aug 19, 1969.  Peg was very active in the Gold Star Mothers of Delaware County, especially with VVA 67 and annual  trips to Arlington
 
National Cemetery.  Online condolences may be given at WWW.MSBFH.COM.
2)  Chapter member, Joe Schmidt, is also laid up with foot problems.  No,  not “mental” foot problems, based on rumors,…honest…!!!!
Mike and Marty (editor and co-editor)
PS:  Please don’t forget to keep all men and women of our armed forces, along with all of our fallen and Chapter sick and deceased in your prayers.
CITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION
Recognizing March 30th as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day and October 2012 as the 25th Anniversary of the dedication of the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Penn’s Landing.
WHEREAS, The United States Congress annually recognizes March 30th as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day; and
WHEREAS, The Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in October 1987 to honor the sacrifice of 646 brave Philadelphians who gave their lives in defense of freedom; and
WHEREAS, For the past 25 years, the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial has served as a gathering place for countless veterans on Memorial Day and Veterans Day to share camaraderie and reflect on all who have served; and
WHEREAS, The Memorial not only honors the sacrifice of the brave soldiers who gave their lives in service to America, but also is a sanctuary of healing and remembrance for veterans and their families throughout the Greater Philadelphia Region; and
WHEREAS, The Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial Advisory Fund, Inc. will hold its 25th Anniversary Commemoration on Friday, October 26th and Saturday, October 27TH; therefore, be it,
RESOLVED, that the Council of the City of Philadelphia, hereby recognizes the March 30th as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day and October 2012 as the 25th Anniversary of the dedication of the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Penn’s Landing.
RESOLVED FURTHER, That an engrossed copy of this resolution be presented to the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial Advisory Fund, Inc. as evidence of the respect and admiration of this legislative body for their dedication to maintaining the memorial and the memories of the brave Philadelphians who gave their lives in defense of freedom. 
 
CHAPTER MEETING-JANUARY 2012
 
Meeting Notice: The monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at the Continental American Legion Post # 263, at 7:30 PM sharp!!  The post is located at the corner of Wissahickon Ave. and Hansberry St.  The Post phone # is 215-844-1140.  
 
Repetitive Orders: 1) Keep me updated on all Chapter news, OR e-mail address changes.  My e-mail is
mdirtdart101@aol.com. or call me at 267-973-0600.  Also, mail can be sent to our Assistant editor, Marty Tomkin.   His e-mail is …met101sepa@gmail.com, and his # is 215-219-8675. 
Chapter News:
 
1) Don’t forget our Chapter’s NEW website at…www.sepa101stairborne.org. 

2) Per our treasurer, Marty Tomkin, the Chapter received a very generous donation of $101 dollars from member John Vollrath, who lives in Egg Harbor City, NJ.  Thanks so much, John…!!!..

3) Speaking of the Chapter, we’ve been invited to attend the Flyers-Minnesota game on January 17th.  The tickets were donated by the Flyers’ James Van Reimsdyke.  They’ll be at least 10 chapter members going.  This was orchestrated by member Reed Mazzie.  We’ll update you in next month’s “DZ”.
 
Heads-Up Dept: 1) It's official; DD-214's are NOW On-line.

The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following web site for veterans to gain access to their DD-214's on-line:
http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/. This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of his DD-214 for employment purposes. NPRC is working to make it easier for veterans with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents from their military files.  Military veterans and the next of kin of deceased former military members may now use a new online military personnel records system to request documents.

2) Additions to Fleet Will Expand Veterans’ Access to VA Services Across U.S.  The Department of Veterans Affairs today deployed 20 additional Mobile Vet Centers from the production facility of Farber Specialty Vehicles to increase access to readjustment counseling services for Veterans and their families in rural and underserved communities across the country.  The 20 new vehicles have destinations ranging across the continental United States, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.  “Mobile Vet Centers allow VA to bring the many services our Vet Centers offer Veterans to all communities, wherever they are needed,” said VA Under-Secretary for Health Robert A. Petzel. “VA is committed to expanding access to VA health care and benefits for Veterans and their families, and these 20 new vehicles demonstrate that continued commitment.”
 
3) VA Launches Facebook Pages for All 152 Medical Centers | U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs-The Dept of Veterans Afairs announced that all of VA’s 152 medical centers are now represented on Facebook—an important milestone in trying to reach more Veterans at the local level than ever before. “By leveraging Facebook, the Department continues to expand access to VA, and embrace transparency and two-way conversation,” said Secretary Shinseki.  Check it out via wwwva.gov, 

5)  *** A Special request…
Mario Launi, a WWII veteran who served in the Pacific, will be turning 100 years old on January 26, 2012.  He is currently at the Hollidaysburg Lutheran Home.  His family and caregiver have requested the community and all veterans to come together and shower him with cards.  So we’re requesting that every patriotic and freedom-loving American in the area join in thanking him for his sacrifices.  This will be a small token by letting him know how much we appreciate his selfless and dedicated service.  His address is--- Hollidaysburg Lutheran Home… 915 Hickory St….Hollidaysburg, Pa. 16648.  C’mon..Get off your tooshies and send him a card…!!!
POW-MIA Updates:

The Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced the identification of remains belonging to one soldier from Korea.  Returned home are:
--Army Sgt. Joseph A. Bowen, 19, of Augusta, Ga.  On Nov. 30, 1950, Bowen was assigned to the 31st Regimental Combat Team when it was attacked by Chinese forces on the east side of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea.  Bowen was one of more than 1,000 soldiers reportedly killed, missing or captured during the battle. Sgt. Bowen was buried Jan. 7 in Hephzibah, Ga., near his hometown.

--Army Cpl. Agustin Alvarez, 22, of Los Angeles. In November 1950, Alvarez and soldiers from the Heavy Mortar Company, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, were forced to withdraw during a battle on the eastern side of the Chosin Reservoir, near Kaljon-ri, North Korea. Alvarez was captured but would die from his wounds and lack of medical care in December 1950.

--Army Pfc. Maximo A. Troche, 24, of New York. On Feb. 4, 1951, Troche and soldiers from the I Company, 3rd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, fought against Communist forces near Yangpyeong, Kyonggi Province, South Korea. After the battle, Troche was listed as missing in action. It was later learned that he was captured but died from dysentery in April 1951.
Casualty Dept and Sick Call:  1) Two 101st troopers, one who was on active duty.  On 14 November, David Emanuel Hickman, 23, who was serving with D Company 2nd Btn. 325th Airborne Infantry Bde, was killed in Iraq by an IED.  David was from Greensboro, NC.  Our next trooper, Edward C. Schultz, Jr., 81, served with the 101st at Fort Campbell from 1951 to 1953.  Lastly, I received a notice from Buddy Rhoades, who’s with me in the Philly 82nd Abn chapter.  He emailed a notice that one of our SF (Abn)  brothers had passed on Christmas Day.  He was Sgt. Kenny McMullin.  Kenny earned a Silver Star for his actions during the secret Son Tay Raid on 21 November 1970, which was organized to rescue Vietnam Pow’s.  Although unaware of the raid, the Vietnamese had moved the prisoners just prior to the operation.  However, Vietnamese AND Cuban troops still stationed there who resisted were killed in the operation.  NO casualties were suffered in our troops. 
 
2) Some unfortunate Chapter news…Joe Schmidt’s brother-in-law, Bill Murphy passed to God on December 29th.  Bill was instrumental in helping raise funds for the Philly Vietnam Memorial in 1987, and donated to many volunteer and religious causes, and help folks with periodic employment at his business.  He attended Roman Catholic HS in Philly and graduated in 1967. His viewing and Mass were attended MANY, MANY friends, including your editor, because Bill had that many!!!  He will be sorely missed.       
God rest all of you..!!

Mike and Marty (editor and co-editor)
 
PS:  Please don’t forget to keep all men and women of our armed forces, along with all of our fallen and Chapter sick and deceased in your prayers.
 
 
 
CHAPTER MEETING-DECEMBER 2011
 
Meeting Notice: The monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at the Continental American Legion Post # 263, at 7:30 PM sharp!! The post is located at the corner of Wissahickon Ave. and Hansberry St. The Post phone # is 215-844-1140.

Repetitive Orders: 1) Keep me updated on all Chapter news, OR e-mail address changes. My e-mail is
mdirtdart101@aol.com. or call me at 267-973-0600. Also, mail can be sent to our Assistant editor, Marty Tomkin. His e-mail is …met101sepa@gmail.com, and his # is 215-219-8675.
Chapter News: 1) Don’t forget our Chapter’s NEW website at…www.sepa101stairborne.org.
2) Mike, Guy Anhorn, and Joe Schmidt participated in 70th Anniversary ceremony for 4 Pearl Harbor survivors at the Freedom Foundation. Chapel in Valley Forge, PA on the 7th. They fired as part of a rifle team commanded by Guy, and rendered a 21 gun salute in their honor. Representatives of the Governor and Mayor of Philadelphia were also there and read testimonials.
Heads-Up Dept: 1) It's official; DD-214's are NOW On-line.
The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following web site for veterans to gain access to their DD-214's on-line:
http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/. This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of his DD-214 for employment purposes. NPRC is working to make it easier for veterans with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents from their military files. Military veterans and the next of kin of deceased former military members may now use a new online military personnel records system to request documents.
2) Also, the VA has a site that list all benefits under the law. It’s called the “A-Z Benefit Information Index”. The website is
http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/benefits/.
POW-MIA Updates:
The Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced the identification of remains belonging to two airmen from World War II, one soldier from Korea, and three airmen and one soldier from Vietnam. Returned are:
WWII--Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. John J. Bono, 28, of Denver, CO. On Sept. 13, 1944, Bono and eight other crewmembers were on a B-17G Flying Fortress that crashed near
Neustaedt-on-the-Werra, Germany. Only one crewman successfully parachuted out of the aircraft before it crashed.
--Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Stephen L. Pascal, 20, of Hollywood, Calif. On April 7, 1945, Pascal was flying a photo reconnaissance mission between Gottingen and Alfeld, Germany, when his P-38 Lightning aircraft went missing.
Korea--Army Cpl. Theodore A. Reynolds, 19, of Syracuse, NY. In November 1950, Reynolds, who was serving in the Company B, 2nd Chemical Mortar Battalion attached to the 8th Cavalry Regiment of the 1st Cavalry Division, went missing during a battle near Unsan, North Korea.
Vietnam--Army Lt. Col. Glenn McElroy, 35, of Sidney, Ill., and Capt. John M. Nash, 28, of Tipton, Ind. On March 15, 1966, the men were flying an OV-1A Mohawk aircraft that failed to return from a reconnaissance mission over southern Laos in Savannakhet Province
--Army Sgt. David E. Lemcke, 20, of Rochester, NY. On May 21, 1968, Lemcke and four other servicemen were in a bunker in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam, when a fire broke out due to the accidental firing of a weapon. Two escaped, but Lemcke and two others did not;
Capt. Thomas E. Clark, 29, of Emporium, Pa., was attacking an anti-aircraft artillery position in Savannakhet Province, Laos, on Feb. 8, 1969 when his F-100D Super Sabre aircraft was struck by enemy fire and crashed. No parachute was seen, and immediate search and rescue missions were unable to locate the crash site or the pilot.
Casualty Dept and Sick Call: 1) Some more unfortunate news from the National Association. Vinnie Vicari, aid to General McAuliffe in WWII, notably in Bastogne, Past President 101st Airborne Division Association, and Chairmen of the Monument Committee passed to God on the morning of December 5th. Vinnie was 92 in October, and was always a cyclone of energy. We affectionately nicknamed him “The Pope”, since he always officiate and “pontificate” at the NY-NJ chapter affairs each December.
And...he would always make sure we made Sunday mass at the National Reunions. Donations in Vinnie's name can be made to the 101st Airborne Division Association Monument Fund and mailed to PO Box 929 Fort Campbell, KY 42223; or to the Wounded Warrior Project, Attn: Donor Services, 4899 Belfort Rd. Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256 or online at
https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org.
2) Also, Gene Standish was buried in Arlington on Dec 13th. Bob Ponzo and Charles Gailey of the 101st Capitol Area chapter attended. After military honors were rendered, Bob was able to retrieve and present to the family all 21 cartridge cases from the three volleys of seven rifle volley salutes. Rest in eternal peace, our airborne brother…!!.
Wishing ALL a joyful Christmas, Hanukkah and memorable holidays…
Mike and Marty (editor and co-editor)
 
 
CHAPTER MEETING - NOVEMBER 2011
 
Meeting Notice: The monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at the Continental American Legion Post # 263, at 7:30 PM sharp!! The post is located at the corner of Wissahickon Ave. and Hansberry St. The Post phone # is 215-844-1140.

Repetitive Orders: 1) Keep me updated on all Chapter news, OR e-mail address changes. My e-mail is
mdirtdart101@aol.com. or call me at 267-973-0600. Also, mail can be sent to our Assistant editor, Marty Tomkin. His e-mail is …met101sepa@gmail.com, and his # is 215-219-8675.

Chapter News: 1) Don’t forget our Chapter’s NEW website at…www.sepa101stairborne.org.

Heads-Up Dept: 1) The website for veterans to gain access to their DD 214’s is
http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/index.html Also, the VA has a site that list all benefits under the law. It’s called the “A-Z Benefit Information Index”. The website is http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/benefits/.

2) Please get this out to all returning Vets. They have 5 years to enroll in the VA Medical system. Do it ASAP.

Keep in mind that this may help prove Service Connection in future years. A condition must manifest itself while in the service or within one year after discharge. An example, a back injury. As we know exposure to chemical substances might be able to be service connected at a later time.

3) On October 21st, the Veterans of Foreign Wars today declared victory in a Federal Lawsuit ( Rainey v VA) filed over allegations of religious hostility and unlawful censorship by the VA and its director of the Houston National Cemetery. Federal District Judge Lynn N. Hughes signed a consent decree ordering the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to:

• lift the ban on prayer and the word “God” at national cemeteries
• revoke national policies hostile to religion
• reopen the Chapel at the Houston VA National Cemetery (Its identity had been changed to a "meeting facility.")

4) U.S. and North Korean officials reached an arrangement to resume operations to recover the remains of American service members missing from the Korean War. The recovery operations are expected to begin in Unsan County, about 60 miles north of Pyongyang, and in the Chosin/Jangjin Reservoir area, where more than 2,000 soldiers and Marines are believed to be missing. The U.S. had halted its recovery missions in 2005 due to increased tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The new arrangement is a stand-alone humanitarian matter that is not tied to any other issue between the two countries. Almost 8,000 American service members are listed as MIA from the Korean War. More than 5,500 of them are believed to be missing in North Korea.

POW-MIA Updates: 1) WWII--Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Robert R. Bishop of Joliet, Ill.; 2nd Lt. Thomas Digman, Jr. of Pittsburgh; 2nd Lt. Donald W. Hess of Sioux City, Iowa; 2nd Lt. Arthur W. Luce, of Fort Bragg, Calif.; Staff Sgt. Joseph J. Karaso, of Philadelphia; Staff Sgt. Ralph L. McDonald of East Point, Ga.; Sgt. John P. Bonnassiolle of Oakland, Calif.; Sgt. James T. Blong of Port Washington, Wis.; Sgt. Michael A. Chiodo of Cleveland; and Sgt. John J. Harringer, Jr. of South Bend, Ind., were buried on Oct. 26, in Arlington National Cemetery. On April 29, 1944, the 10 airmen were ordered to carry out a bombing mission over Berlin, Germany, in their B-24J Liberator aircraft, piloted by Bishop and Luce. German documents captured after the war noted that the aircraft crashed near the town of East Meitze, Germany, and there were no survivors. German forces buried the remains of Digman, Blong, and one unknown airman in a cemetery near Hannover, Germany, around the time of the crash. In 1946, the Army Graves Registration Service exhumed the remains of the three individuals for identification and reburied them in a U.S. Military Cemetery in Condroz, Belgium.
2) Korea--In late Nov. 1950, PFC Henry L. Gustafson, 18, of Cook, Ill., and his 31st Regimental Combat Team, were forced to withdraw after coming under attack by communist forces near the Chosin Reservoir. After the 1953 armistice, a surviving POW confirmed that Gustafson had been captured but died from lack of medical care shortly afterwards. B) Cpl. Eugene M. Morelli, 21, of Santa Ysabel, Calif. In February 1951, Morelli and elements of the 2nd Infantry Division were forced to withdraw during the Battle for Hoengsong in South Korea. Morelli was captured but died in captivity due to malnutrition. C) Pfc. Aaron Pearce, 23, of Johnston, N.C. In late April of 1950, Pearce and the 25th Infantry Division were advancing north when Chinese forces attacked and pushed them back to Seoul. Pearce and many others were reported as missing in action as a result of the engagement. In 1952, military clothing and human remains were recovered near the area but the Army was at the time unable to identify Pearce at that time.

3) Vietnam--Army Capt. Arnold E. Holm Jr. of Waterford, Conn.; Spc. Robin R. Yeakley of South Bend, Ind.; and Pfc. Wayne Bibbs of Chicago, were buried on Nov. 9, in Arlington National Cemetery. On June 11, 1972, Holm was the pilot of an OH-6A Cayuse helicopter flying a reconnaissance mission in Thua Thien-Hue Province, South Vietnam. Also on board were his observer, Yeakley, and his door gunner, Bibbs. The aircraft made a second pass over a ridge, where enemy bunkers had been sighted, exploded and crashed, exploding again upon impact. Crews of other U.S. aircraft, involved in the mission, reported receiving enemy ground fire as they overflew the crash site looking for survivors. B) Air Force Col. Gilbert S. Palmer Jr., 37, of Upper Darby, Pa., was buried Nov. 1, in Arlington National Cemetery. On Feb. 27, 1968, Palmer and one other crew member were carrying out photo-reconnaissance of enemy targets in Quang Binh, North Vietnam, in their RF-4C aircraft. After losing radio communication, Palmer’s plane crashed in an unknown location and could not be located during search efforts at the time.

Casualty Dept and Sick Call: 1) It is with the deepest regret that I inform the Chapter of the death of long-time Association and Chapter member, Bill Priest. I was informed by Bill’s daughter, Eileen that Bill passed to God on October 12th. I met Bill on my first trip to Holland in 1989. It was on a train from the airport in Amsterdam to Eindhoven. There he was, with all his 101st gear on. He looked like an 101st elf !! I was honored to jump with him for the 45th Anniversary of Market Garden that year. I also spent many annual reunions with Bill. One of my fondest recollections is my first trip to Nashville. Bill didn’t have a room, and due to a mistake by the hotel, I just happened to given a suite..!! So Bill bunked with me and he was nice enough to drive me to the airport on Sunday morning. It was a great reunion, esp. with Bill being there. You can send condolences to his wife, Joan, at 144 Almeda Way, NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33704. .

Rest in eternal peace, our airborne brother…!!.

With gratitude and respect,
Mike and Marty (editor and co-editor)

PS: Please don’t forget to keep all men and women of our armed forces, along with all of our fallen and Chapter deceased in your prayers.
 
 
CHAPTER MEETING - OCTOBER 2011
 
Meeting Notice: The monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at the Continental American Legion Post # 263, at 7:30 PM sharp!! The post is located at the corner of Wissahickon Ave. and Hansberry St. The Post phone # is 215-844-1140. 

Repetitive Orders: 1) Keep me updated on all Chapter news, OR e-mail address changes. My e-mail is mdirtdart101@aol.com. Also, mail can be sent to our new Assistant editor, Marty Tomkin. His e-mail is …met101sepa@gmail.com. 

Chapter News: 1) Don’t forget our Chapter’s website at http://sites.google.com/site/sepa101stairborne. 

Heads-Up Dept: 1) The website for veterans to gain access to their DD 214’s is http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/index.html Also, the VA has a site that list all benefits under the law. It’s called the “A-Z Benefit Information Index”. The website is http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/benefits/. 

2) The new address for the National Personnel Records Center is: National Personnel Records Center 1 Archives Drive St Louis, MO 63138-1002. The majority of personnel have moved to the new location and the military personnel records are in the process of moving. The entire move should be completed by the end of the Summer of 2012. As a reminder, ALL retirees and Honorably Discharged veterans should ensure that their family knows the location of their military Separation Document (DD Form 214 from 1950 to present and WD (War Department) Form 53-55 and other variations prior to 1950). Note that registering a copy at the county court house may make that document a public record. Separation Documents issued after 1969 may contain a Social Security Number which could be used for identity theft. Storing the Separation Document in a safe deposit box may make it difficult to retrieve immediately upon the death of the retiree or honorably discharged veteran. The preferred method of submitting a request to the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) is via the Internet. Please note that in some cases using a browser other than Internet Explorer may create problems with data entry. The NPRC provides copies of documents from military personnel records to authorized requesters. Its web-based will provide better service on these requests by eliminating our mailroom processing time. Also, since the requester will be prompted to supply all information essential to process the request, delays for more information will be minimized. You may access this application at: 

http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/. This improved on-line request process should be used INSTEAD OF Standard Form 180 for requests from the veteran or the veteran's next of kin, if possible. 

3) The Philadelphia Flag Day Association is looking for any American flags that were either carried or flown in Vietnam. They will be added to their educational collection, not just put in a drawer. They do programs on the history of the American flag for schools etc. They just received one that was flown at Normandy during the invasion. If you have a flag and would like to donate it to the association, please call Michael Axelrod at 215-333-8604. 

4) In honor of Veterans Day: Sam’s Club® locations nationwide will distribute 36,000 Hugo® canes free of charge on November 9th, 10th and 11th, 2011 to U.S. military veterans in need of mobility assistance. Limited quantities available only while supplies last. Sam’s Club® Membership is not required. Proof of military service may be required. Canes provided by Hugo®. Sam's Club® is a proud sponsor of this program. 

B) All U.S. veterans and active duty personnel with proof of current or former military service will be treated to a free meal at all Applebee’s in their respective neighborhoods on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. Proof of service includes the following: U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, photograph in uniform or wearing uniform, DD214, Citation or Commendation. 

C) The History Channel is sponsoring a trip on Nov. 11 to Washington for Vietnam veterans who have never seen The Wall. The trip will be provided by Honor Flight Philadelphia, and will be overnight and all expenses including lodging will covered by the History Channel. Vietnam veterans who meet the criteria and would like to participate should contact: Andrew Schiavello at Andrew@HonorFlightPhiladelphia.org
610-662-1812. 

7) Vietnam Sevice Medal: Created by Executive Order 11213, July 8, 1965, The Vietnam Service medal ( http://www.afpc.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=7807 ) was awarded to all service members of the Armed Forces who between July 4, 1965 and March 28, 1973, served in the following areas of Southeast Asia: in Vietnam and the contiguous waters and airspace; in Thailand, Laos, or Cambodia or the airspace thereof and in direct support of military operations in Vietnam. Personnel previously awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for service in Vietnam between July 1958 and July 1965, may, upon request, exchange that medal for the Vietnam Service Medal; however, no one is authorized to wear both medals solely for services in Vietnam. 


Learn about eligible Coast Guard service (http://www.aug.edu/~libwrw/awards/vns.htm) Lost yours? Check out Ordering Replacement Awards and Medals  
http://www.archives.gov/veterans/replace-medals.html  

6) Renovating Hope Helps Vets
This charitable organization is headquartered in West Chester, PA. Renovating Hope is a not-for-profit organization (501(c)(3)) created to provide basic housing rehabilitation services (repairs, plumbing, electrical and HVAC / appliance purchases and installations) to those service members and veterans in immediate need, who have been unsuccessful in their sincere efforts to find sufficient income to hire help and/or to effect the repairs to their homes themselves. www.renovatinghope.org 

POW-MIA Updates: 1) The remains of Maj. Bruce Lawrence of Phillipsburg, N.J., were buried Saturday September 22, 2011at the grave of his parents in Raubsville Cemetery in Northampton County's Williams Township. Major Lawrence served with the 557th Tactical Fighter Squadron, of the 12th Tactical Fighter Wing. On July 5, 1968, Lawrence and Maj. Edward D. Silver were flying in an F-4C Phantom II aircraft on a night armed-reconnaissance mission of enemy targets in Quang Binh Province, North Vietnam, when the aircraft was hit by ground anti-aircraft fire in North Vietnam. 

2) The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced that the remains of three servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and were buried on Oct. 5 at Arlington National Cemetery. They are: Master Sgt. Charles V. Newton of Canadian, Texas; Sgt. 1st Class Douglas E. Dahill of Lima, Ohio; and Sgt. 1st Class Charles F. Prevedel of St. Louis, Mo., all U.S. Army. On April 17, 1969, the men and three Vietnamese soldiers were on a long-range reconnaissance patrol operating in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, near the border of Laos, when the patrol was ambushed. Although they radioed for air support, thunderstorms in the area prevented rescue attempts. 

Also recovered by DPMO were two other MIA’s. Army Specialist 4 Marvin F. Phillips, 20, of Palmer, Tenn. and Army Sgt. 1st Class William T. Brown, 24, of Lahabra, Calif On Sept. 26, 1966, Phillips and three others crashed off the coast of South Vietnam when their UH-1B Huey helicopter was struck by small arms fire. One crewmember survived and the remains of a second were recovered; Phillips and the fourth were not found. Sgt. Brown and two other Americans, plus six Vietnamese soldiers, were part of a Special Forces reconnaissance patrol on Nov. 3, 1969 that was ambushed near the Vietnam-Laos border. Search and rescue teams found equipment but no sign of the three missing American soldiers. 
Rest in eternal peace…! 
With gratitude and respect, 
Mike and Marty (editor and co-editor) 





CHAPTER MEETING - September 2011
 
Meeting Notice: The monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at the Continental American Legion Post # 263, at 7:30 PM sharp!!  The post is located at the corner of Wissahickon Ave. and Hansberry St.  The Post phone # is 215-844-1140.  
 
Repetitive Orders: 1) Keep me updated on all Chapter news, OR e-mail address changes.  My e-mail is
mdirtdart101@aol.com.  Also, mail can be sent to our new Assistant editor, Marty Tomkin.   His e-mail is met101sepa@gmail.com.  
 
Chapter News:
 
1) Don’t forget this Chapter’s website at http://sites.google.com/site/sepa101stairborne.

2) Chapter member Ed Bonk has recently opened a restaurant, Irish pub, & sports bar in Northeast Philly.  Ed's establishment is "Katie O'Donnell's" - better known as "Katie O's - which is located at 4501 Woodhaven Rd. (web address: 
www.katieos.com).  So, if you're in the neighborhood, or even if you're not, stop in for some great food with some great people.  Good luck Ed.

3)  On September 11th, chapter members Joe Schmidt, Guy Anhorn, and Mike Daily participated as members of Central Montgomery County Honor Guard in a ceremony honoring the fallen of that tragic day 10 years ago.  It took place in Whitpain township which constructed and dedicated a memorial out of a girder from one of the twin towers.  Unfortunately Guy, who also commands the Honor Guard, lost his cousin Daniel McGinley that day.  May all of the victims rest with God.  

Heads-Up Dept:
 
1) The website for veterans to gain access to their DD 214’s is
http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/index.html  Also, the VA has a site that list all benefits under the law.  It’s called the “A-Z Benefit Information Index”.  The website is http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/benefits/.

2) The Phila. Veterans Comfort House,
http://vetscomforthouse.org/ , won a “top-to- bottom” makeover from Home Depot.  Volunteer manpower is needed on October 19th all day.  They also need some help with breakfast nosh, coffee/juice, bagels or donuts, etc that morning, if anyone has a connect for that sort of thing.  The House feeds any and all veterans who arrive on Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Typically that's 40-50 on Thanksgiving and 80-100 on Christmas.  That Board can use help with getting all the fixings together for those dinners too.  However, due to the recent rains, the basement flooded and the carpet will need to be replaced before the makeover, because it was not originally included in that plan.  Also, there is a hole in the back wall of the house, which 

is allowing water to drain in unabated.  If anyone has a connect for some masonry type work , done pro bono, we would be highly appreciative.  The hole is roughly 8-10 inches across at ground level and, to someone with the proper skill set, shouldn't take more than a couple hours to repair.  Please contact, Chris Hill, a brother vet, whose on that Board at 215-290-0705.
3)  Veterans who served aboard U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships operating on the waters of Vietnam between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975, may be eligible to receive Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation for 14 medical conditions associated with presumptive exposure to Agent Orange.  An updated list of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships confirmed to have operated on Vietnam's inland waterways, docked on shore, or had crewmembers sent ashore, has been posted at http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/ to assist Vietnam
Veterans in determining potential eligibility for compensation benefits.
4)  The “DZ” has been sent several definitive search list and resource sites for Vietnam War statistics, operations, and you name it.  Check them out, their very similar.  http://www.cc.gatech.edu/fac/Thomas.Pilsch/Vietnam.html#Linebacker .
and…
http://www.cc.gatech.edu/fac/Thomas.Pilsch/Vietnam.html

POW-MIA Updates:
 
1) Air Force Major Thomas E. Reitmann of Red Wing, Minn., was buried on Sept. 8 in Arlington National Cemetery.  On Dec 1, 1965, he was flying a strike mission as the number three aircraft in a flight of four F-105D Thunderchiefs as part of Operation Rolling Thunder.  His target was a railroad bridge located about 45 nautical miles northeast of Hanoi.  While attempting to acquire his target and release his ordnance, Maj. Reitmann received a direct AA hit and crashed in Lang Son Province, North Vietnam.  Other pilots in the flight observed no parachute, and no signals or emergency beepers were heard.  Due to the intense enemy fire in the area a search-and-rescue team was not able to survey the site and a two-day electronic search found no sign of the aircraft or Maj. Reitmann.
Casualty Dept and Sick Call:   
 
1) SPC Christopher J. Scott, 21, of Tyrone, N.Y., died Sept. 3 at Kandahar province, Afghanistan of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire.  He was assigned to the 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY.
2)  August 15th, the 10th Mountain Division lost 5 soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, when their vehicle rolled over an improvised explosive device in southern Kandahar province.  The fallen were  Sgt. Edward J. Frank II, 26, of Yonkers, N.Y.; Spc. Jameel T. Freeman, 26, of Baltimore, Md.; Spc. Patrick L. Lay II, 21, of Fletcher, N.C.; Spc. Jordan M. Morris, 23, of Stillwater, Okla.; and Pfc. Rueben J. Lopez, 27, of Williams, Calif.  Rest in peace, our brothers. 
 
With gratitude and respect,    Mike and Marty (editor and co-editor)                             
                                     
                         
 
CHAPTER MEETING-AUGUST 2011



Meeting Notice: The monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at the Continental American Legion Post # 263, at 7:30 PM sharp!! The post is located at the corner of Wissahickon Ave. and Hansberry St. The Post phone # is 215-844-1140.

Repetitive Orders: 1) Keep me updated on all Chapter news, OR e-mail address changes. My e-mail is

mdirtdart101@aol.com. Also, mail can be sent to our new Assistant editor, Marty Tomkin. His e-mail is …met101sepa@gmail.com.

Chapter News: 1) Don’t forget our Chapter’s website at
http://sites.google.com/site/sepa101stairborne.

2) As stated in the July “DZ”…the 101st Division Association Annual reunion is taking place in Lexington KY from August 17-21st. For more information, call the Association office at 931-431-0199.

Heads-Up Dept: 1) Dakota Meyer, a Marine who braved intense enemy gunfire in Afghanistan to recover the bodies of four fallen comrades and nine Afghan allies, will receive the Medal of Honor. However, White House and defense officials have not released details of the award or the timing of its presentation. He’ll also be the first living Marine to receive the honor since the Vietnam War. The 22-year-old’s heroics came while serving with the III Marine Expeditionary Force in September 2009 in the battle of Ganjgal.

2) The website for veterans to gain access to their DD 214’s is
http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/index.html Also, the VA has a site that list all benefits under the law. It’s called the “A-Z Benefit Information Index”. The website is http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/benefits/.

3) There are a large number of websites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file and/or ask for them, or how to obtain books, military/medical records; information and how to appeal a denied claim with the VA, etc. Most of this information is free and available to all veterans, but you have to ask for it. One such site is...
Veteran Government Resource Sites Directory.

4) Special Notice: If you are a veteran in emotional crisis and need help RIGHT NOW, call this toll-free number 1-800-273-8255, available 24/7, and tell them you are a veteran. All calls are confidential.

POW-MIA Updates: 1) On July 18, 2011, The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced that the remains of three World War II servicemen had been identified and had been returned to their families for burial with full military honors. Army Pfc. Lawrence N. Harris, of Elkins, W.V., Cpl. Judge C. Hellums, of Paris, Miss., and Pvt. Donald D. Owens, of Cleveland, were buried on July 20 in Arlington National Cemetery. On Oct. 9, 1944, their unit, the 773rd Tank Battalion, was fighting its way east to France’s eastern border, clearing German forces out of the Parroy Forest near Lunéville. in the final battle for control of the region, Hellums, Harris, Owens were attacked by superior enemy fire in their M-10 Tank Destroyer.

2) On July 28th, the DPMO announced that the remains of additional WWII servicemen had been identified. They are Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Jack E. Volz, 21, of Indianapolis; 2nd Lt. Regis E. Dietz, 28, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; 2nd Lt. Edward J. Lake, 25, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; 2nd Lt. Martin P. Murray, 21, of Lowell, Mass.; 2nd Lt. William J. Shryock, 23, of Gary, Ind.; Tech. Sgt. Robert S. Wren, 25, of Seattle, Wash.; Tech. Sgt. Hollis R. Smith, 22, of Cove, Ark.; Staff Sgt. Berthold A. Chastain, 27, Dalton, Ga.; Staff Sgt. Clyde L. Green, 24, Erie, Pa.; Staff Sgt. Frederick E. Harris, 23, Medford, Mass.; Staff Sgt. Claude A. Ray, 24, Coffeyville, Kan.; and Staff Sgt. Claude G. Tyler, 24, Landover, Md. The entire crew was buried on Aug. 4 in Arlington National Cemetery. These 12 airmen were ordered to carry out a reconnaissance mission in their B-24D Liberator, taking off from an airfield near Port Moresby, New Guinea, on Oct. 27, 1943.due to Allied plans to mount an attack on the Japanese redoubt at Rabaul, New Britain. The last radio transmission from the crew did not indicate their location, and in the following weeks, multiple searches over land and sea areas did not locate the aircraft.

3) Lastly, the DPMO identified the remains of Army Chief Warrant Officer George A. Howes, of Knox, Ind, lost during the Vietnam War. He was returned to his family for burial with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery on Aug. 5th. On Jan. 10, 1970, Howes and three aircrew members were returning to their base at Chu Lai, South Vietnam aboard a UH-1C Huey helicopter. Due to bad weather, their helicopter went down over Quang Nam Province.

Casualty Dept and Sick Call: 1) The PA Guard officials announced that three soldiers were killed as a result of a roadside explosion and that five others were wounded. They are Sgt. Edward Koehler, 47, of Lebanon; Sgt. Brian Mowery, 49, of Halifax, north of Harrisburg, and Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen, 30, of Kane, in the big woods of Northern Pennsylvania. Also, an active-duty Army soldier from Bucks County - Sgt. First Class Kenneth B. Elwell, of Holland - was one of two soldiers who died of injuries caused by another homemade bomb.

The 131st Transportation Company, which is headquartered in Williamstown, in a rural area of north-central Pennsylvania, was mobilized in November. This is the company's third deployment for combat duty in the decade since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

2) Chapter-wise,… Ed Bonk’s mother, Emma, passed to God on June 26, 2011 as the result of a massive stroke. Emma, who was 93, had been in good health and taking care of herself up until she suffered the stroke 5 days earlier. A very religious women, Emma was very family oriented and a strong supporter of the Military and Police. Her deceased husband, Edward Sr, was a WWII vet and retired Philadelphia Policeman. Rest in peace, Emma.

With respect,
Mike and Marty (editor and co-editor)

PS: Please don’t forget to keep all men and women of our armed forces, along with all of our fallen and Chapter deceased in your prayers.



CHAPTER MEETING-JUNE 2011

Meeting Notice: The monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at the Continental American Legion Post # 263, at 7:30 PM sharp!! The post is located at the corner of Wissahickon Ave. and Hansberry St. The Post phone # is 215-844-1140.

Repetitive Orders: 1) Keep me updated on all Chapter news, OR e-mail address changes. My e-mail is mdirtdart101@aol.com. Also, mail can be sent to our new Assistant editor, Marty Tomkin. His e-mail is …met101sepa@gmail.com.

Chapter News:

1) Don’t forget our Chapter’s website
 
2) Max Newman, of Newtown, PA, was unanimously accepted as an honorary Chapter member. Max, who is 12 years old, put together an effort that led to 23 cartons of goodies being sent to troops in Afghanistan. Coordinating with Chapter members Guy Anhorn and Marty Tomkin, Max posted items to Guy’s distribution contacts in the 101st Airborne Division, 10th Mountain Division, and the 1st Marine Division. As much as our troops will appreciate the “taste of home,” they are sure to appreciate as much, if not more, the personal letter Max included in each carton along with notes of thank-you and well wishes from his siblings and school friends. Welcome to our Chapter Max. “AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY.” And… Marty is Max’s great-uncle, so obviously, dedication to veteran and active-duty issues runs in the family…!!

3) Wild Bill and Babe attended a tribute to Major Dick Winters and “D Day” at an Independent League ball game on June 6th. It was held in Lancaster PA, where the Major was born and raised. It was very well attended, along with a meet-and-greet” earlier in the day with them, and Bill and Babe threw out ceremonial “first-pitches” Also, Chapter associate member, Julie Wolf from Reno, Wild Bill’s psychiatric nurse, er..I mean,…very good friend, also made the trip to the game…!!!

4) Lorraine and Dom Manderachi would like to invite all Chapter members to come for a flag ceremony at Diamond Beach, Cape May NJ on June 28th. Lorraine is deceased Chapter member, Lou Zotti’s (WWII) daughter and Lou’s burial flag will be flown that day, and then lowered at sunset. God Bless America and the National Anthem and “taps” will also be rendered. A spaghetti dinner is free at the house to one and all. You can give them a heads-up at 610-630-0992.


Heads-Up Dept: 1) The website for veterans to gain access to their DD 214’s is http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/index.html Also, the VA has a site that list all benefits under the law. It’s called the “A-Z Benefit Information Index”. The website is http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/benefits/ .

2) An Army Ranger who lost his right hand and suffered shrapnel wounds after throwing an armed grenade away from his fellow soldiers will be the second living Medal of Honor recipient from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Army Staff Sgt. Leroy A. Petry, now serving as part of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Fort Benning, Ga., will receive the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama on July 12, 2011.

On July 12, President Barack Obama will present the nation’s highest award for battlefield gallantry to Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry for his actions during May 26, 2008, combat operations against an armed enemy in Afghanistan’s Paktia province.


3) The Department of Defense announced today it has released a new mobile application for health care professionals, the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Pocket Guide. This application, developed by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2), gives providers a comprehensive, quick reference that includes clinical practice guidelines for assessing and treating service members and veterans who have sustained a mild traumatic brain injury, commonly referred to as a concussion. "This new tool is about providing clinicians with quick and convenient access to clinical guidelines for concussion care. It not only allows the clinician to provide evidenced-based care but maximizes time spent with the patient," said Katherine Helmick, deputy director for traumatic brain injury. The mobile application is free and available for download on Android smart phones at https://market.android.com/details?id=org.t2health.mtbi . Hard copies of the pocket guide can be ordered by contacting the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center at info@dvbic.org or 1-800-870-9244.

4) Pennsylvania's six veterans homes, operated by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, will celebrate the 20th annual State Veterans Homes Week, June 12-18. "During State Veterans Home Week, we encourage community members and neighbors to visit our homes, meet some of America's honored veterans and explore the many volunteer programs available," said Brig. Gen. Mike Gould, the state's deputy adjutant general for veterans affairs. "We also use this week to highlight the outstanding efforts of the staff and volunteers who provide exceptional care for our veterans throughout the year." Special activities throughout the week will include ceremonies, special musical entertainment, golf and fishing tournaments, carnivals and picnics. The six homes serve more than 1,600 eligible veterans and their spouses, and include the Delaware Valley Veterans Home in Philadelphia, the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center in Scranton,


the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home in Hollidaysburg, the Pennsylvania Soldiers and Sailors Home in Erie, the Southeastern Veterans Center in Spring City, and the Southwestern Veterans Center in Pittsburgh. For more information about veterans home eligibility, volunteer opportunities or employment at a veterans home, visit www.paveterans.state.pa.us or follow DMVA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/padmva.


Casualty Dept and Sick Call: 1) Unfortunately more sad Division news. 1LT John M. Runkle, 27, of West Salem, OH, SSG Edward D. Mills Jr., 29, of New Castle, PA, SSG. Ergin V. Osman, 35, of Jacksonville, NC, SGT Thomas A. Bohall, 25, of Bel Aire, KS, SGT Louie A. Ramos Velazquez, 39, of Camuy, PR, and SPC Adam J. Patton, 21, of Port Orchard, WA, all died on May 26 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. All were assigned to the 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY. Also, PFC Anthony M. Nunn, 19, of Burnet, TX, died May 30, in Paktika province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team.


2) PFC Robert “Bobby” Dembowski, 82nd ABN Division, stands at the grave of his grandfather, who was a WWII veteran and who died a natural death at the end of a long life. Bobby was home on leave, and his mother Francine Dembowski says that “Bobby” wanted his grandfather to “see” him in his Army uniform. So he polished his boots & brass, donned that uniform and together they drove to the cemetery. Bobby was proud of his grandfather's service, and he wanted his grandfather to be proud of him. Six months after this photograph was taken, Bobby was killed in combat, in Iraq. He now lies buried not 20 yards from where he stands in this photo. Grandfather and grandson deserve to be perpetually memorialized by a grateful nation.


3) On a constructive note, the Defense POW/MIA Office announced the identification of remains belonging to Army Cpl. Harold B. Moore, 19, of Wood County, W.Va. Moore’s unit, the 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, was occupying a defensive position in North Korea when enemy attacks collapsed their perimeter and forced a fighting withdrawal on Nov. 1, 1950. Almost 600 men were reported missing or killed in action following the battle.

Humbly… Mike and Marty (editor and co-editor)

PS: I certainly don’t enjoy reporting our casualties. But in light of their deaths for OUR freedom, their sacrifices, along with their families, must always be honored, and NEVER forgotten, especially in light of the recent Memorial Day commemoration.
 
 
CHAPTER MEETING-MAY 2011
 
Meeting Notice: The monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at the Continental American Legion Post # 263, at 7:30 PM sharp!!  The post is located at the corner of Wissahickon Ave. and Hansberry St.  The Post phone # is 215-844-1140.  
 
Repetitive Orders:  1) Keep me updated on all Chapter news, OR e-mail address changes.  My e-mail is
mdirtdart101@aol.com.  Also, mail can be sent to our new Assistant editor, Marty Tomkin.   His e-mail is met101sepa@gmail.com
Chapter News:
 
1) Don’t forget our Chapter’s website at  http://sites.google.com/site/sepa101stairborne
2) On Saturday, June 4, at 1100 hours, the 101st NY-NJ chapter will have a memorial service at  the Viet Nam Memorial at the Garden State Arts Center in Holmdel

followed by an outside family picnic/cookout.  Call President George Fallon for details and what you can bring at 1-856-767-6437
Heads-Up Dept: 1) The website for veterans to gain access to their DD 214   Also, the VA has a site that list all benefits under the law.  It’s called the “A-Z Benefit Information Index”.  The website is http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/benefits/ .
2) The DOD announced the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration Program.  A website was also launched on May 2nd.  It’s http://www.vietnamwar50th.com/.
3) Paul Smith, who gets “TDY’d” with the DOD for Air force OPS, and who painted the “Special OPS” picture that was attached in the February DZ, is participating in the 2011 Air Force Cycling Classic (Arlington, VA).  This year, the Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) is the principal beneficiary. The AFAS will receive money raised through pledges made by Paul and his teammates for Team Sabre.  An official charity of the United States Air Force, the AFAS helps Airmen and their families in times of need.  Please join Paul and other members of Team Sabre as they ride to raise funds for Airmen!.  Donation can be made through the website… http://www.active.com/donate/SquadronAid2011/paulsmiths
3) Earlier this month, President Obama presented the Medal of Honor posthumously to the families of Army Pfcs. Anthony T. Kaho’Ohanohano, from Hawaii, and Henry Svehla, of New Jersey. The two soldiers were assigned to the 7th Infantry Division. Both were killed in action and had previously received the Distinguished Service Cross for their actions.  Unfortunately, Pfc Svehla's body was never recovered. He continues to be among the 8,000 MIAs from the Korean War.
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4) The eBenefits portal is an online resource that veterans  can use to find and manage benefit-related information.  The website is located at www.ebenefits.va.gov and will allow veterans to follow the development process of their claim among many other things. Note, it also has a link to state benefits.

5) There are new Purple heart regulations going into effect regarding battlefield concussions.  The criteria for the Purple Heart award now states that the injury must have been caused by enemy action or in action against the enemy and has to be of a degree requiring treatment by a medical officer.  DOD spokeswoman Eileen Lainez said. "This will allow more battlefield concussions to be eligible for a Purple Heart, embracing the latest scientific findings.  This is why we created this baseline standard,”
6)  On the same theme, Deputy Postmaster General of the U.S. Postal Service Ron Stroman unveiled the “Purple Heart with Ribbon” ‘forever’ stamp in a ceremony this week  aboard the USS Midway in San Diego harbor. It now joins the Liberty Bell as the nation's only two’forever’ stamps.
7) Veterans Burial Benefits: Veterans who died on or after Nov. 1, 1990, and whose grave is marked with a privately purchased headstone or marker, are eligible for a “Veteran’s Medallion”.  This can be affixed to the existing privately purchased headstone or marker to honor the deceased veteran's status, and will be furnished upon request in lieu of a traditional Government headstone or marker.  These are available through the VA.  The medallion is currently available in three sizes, 5 inches, 3 inches, and 1.5 inches. Each medallion will be inscribed with the word VETERAN across the top and the Branch of Service at the bottom.  The VA nation-wide phone # is 1-800-827-1000. 

Casualty Dept and Sick Call:  1) More sad Division news.  Sgt Linda L. Pierre, 28, Immokalee, FL, SSgt Cynthia R. Taylor, 39, of Columbus, GA, SFC Charles L. Adkins, 36, of Sandusky, OH, Spc Joseph B. Cemper, 21, Warrensburg, MO, died April 16, at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan.   Spc Sonny J.Moses, 22, of Koror, Palau, died April 18 in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany.  All were  was assigned to the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade.  Sgt John P. Castro, 25, of Andrews, TX died April 22 at Paktika province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team. Locally, Pfc. John F. Kihm, 19, of Philadelphia, Pa., died April 19 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.  John graduated from Cardinal Dougherty High School in Philadelphia, who along with Father Judge lost 27 alumni in Vietnam.  These are the highest Vietnam losses among private and Catholic school systems in the country.  Thomas Edison High School in Philly leads all public schools in the country with 65+ in Vietnam.       
 
 

2) On a positive note, the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced that U.S. Army Air Forces Tech. Sgt. James G. Maynard, of Ellenwood, Ga., was buried on April 22 at Arlington National Cemetery.  Sgt Maynard and five crew members aboard a C-47A Skytrain mission out of the Phillipines had been missing since March 12, 1945.  Also, Army Pfc Robert B. Bayne, of Dundalk, Md.  He had been missing since March 28, 1945, while patrolling the Rhine river near Schwegenheim, Germany.  Pfc Bayne had initially been buried as an "unknown" in an American cemetery in France until 2010, when new case leads and forensic tools would lead to his exhumation and identification. 
Ye faithful editor and co-editor… Mike and Marty
PS:  Please remember ALL those who gave their lives for our freedom this Memorial Day, May 30th.  May they rest in God’s love…!!
 
 
 
CHAPTER MEETING-APRIL 2011
 
Meeting Notice: The monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at the Continental American Legion Post # 263, at 7:30 PM sharp!!  The post is located at the corner of Wissahickon Ave. and Hansberry St.  The Post phone # is 215-844-1140.  
 
Repetitive Orders:  1) Keep me updated on all Chapter news, OR e-mail address changes.  My e-mail is
mdirtdart101@aol.com.  Also, mail can be sent to our new Assistant editor, Marty Tomkin.   His e-mail is …met101sepa@gmail.com
Chapter News: 1) Don’t forget our Chapter’s website at  http://sites.google.com/site/sepa101stairborne

2) No Chapter news on the positive side, except for Ed “Bomber” Kane, our past presidente.  Ed is recovering very well from carotid artery surgery, and hopes to be returning to our meetings very soon.  He also thanks all for their thoughts, and especially for past prayers for his son Ed, and wife Nancy, whose past illnesses were mentioned in previous Dropzones.     
Heads-Up Dept: 1) The website for veterans to gain access to their DD 214’s is http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/index.html  Also, the VA has a site that list all benefits under the law.  It’s called the “A-Z Benefit Information Index”.  The website is http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/benefits/ .
2) April has been designated the National Month of the Military Child.  This was approved so all those in our nation can recognize and honor the service and sacrifices America's military personnel and their families have made, past and present.  This month has been set aside to recognize the sacrifice that the children and youth of our military personnel make because when parents serve in the military, their kids are heroes too.  ‘Bout time…!

3) The 82nd Airborne’s Hajdack/Mokan chapter’s “All American” dinner held on March 25th was a great success.  Governor Corbett was the keynote speaker and LTC James “Maggie” Magellas, the most decorated 82nd Airborne officer in WWII and Rear Admiral Lynch, were honored, along with Judge Pat Dugan, and Frank Egan, who heads the 82nd’s Honor Guard.  Fellow chapter member Leon Anderson rendered the ‘Airborne Prayer’ and local veteran’s advocate, Chris Hill, led the Pledge of Allegiance.  As noted in last months “DZ”, all proceeds from the dinner will go to veterans’ causes. 
 
Casualty Dept and Sick Call:  1) Some unfortunate Chapter and Division news.  Mary Facenda, wife of deceased member, Frank Facenda, recently had a colostomy and she at Manor Care in West Deptford recovering. The also found some cancer in her.
 

2) Reggie Davis died March 14.  I was notified by his wife Nancy, and she said he passed to God very quietly after a long illness.  He had also served as past president of the 101st National Association.  Reggie was with the Division from Normandy on.  He was awarded the Silver Star and  the Bronze Star, along with the Purple Heart.  Condolences may be sent to Nancy at 2778 71st ST CT W, Brandenton, FL  34613

3) Paul Corr, the son of James J. Corr, notified us that Jim passed last year on March 11, 2010.  Paul is living in Australia, and this prevented a timely notice to us.  Jim served in the ‘H’ company 502nd Infantry Regiment, as did our Sgt-at-Arms, Cass Costroff in WWII, and he was awarded the Silver Star for valor.  I remember Jim at the meetings, and he was a great member of the Chapter. 
 
4) The active Division also suffered the deaths of brother troopers.  They are PFC Dustin J. Feldhaus, 20, of Glendale, AZ, SSG Bryan A. Burgess, 29, of Cleburne, TX, SPC Jameson L. Lindskog, 23, of Pleasanton,CA, SSG Frank E. Adamski III, 26, of Moosup, CT, and SFC Ofren Arrechaga, 28, of Hialeah, FL.  All died on March 29 and were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. 
4) Also killed was an allied paratrooper from the Republic of So. Africa.  He’s Private  Daniel Prior, A Co, 2nd Parachute Bn.  His uncle, Stevie Prior, was killed in the Falklands in 1982 and received the Elizabeth Cross for valor. 
 
5) Ending on a constructive note, Army Cpl. John W. Lutz, 21, of Kearny, N.J., was buried on April 13th  at Arlington National Cemetery.  He served in the 1st Ranger Infantry Company, and was part of Task Force Zebra.  Cpl. Lutz went missing while his unit was attempting to infiltrate enemy lines near Chaun-ni, South Korea, along the Hongcheon River Valley.  After the 1953 armistice, surviving POWs said he had been captured by enemy forces on May 19, marched north to a POW camp in Suan County, North Korea, and died of malnutrition in July 1951.  His remains were recently identified by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC).  
 
Ye faithful editor and co-editor…
Mike and Marty
PS:  Please don’t forget to keep all men and women of our armed forces, along with sick member of the Chapter in your prayers.
 
 
 
CHAPTER MEETING-MARCH 2011
 
Meeting Notice: The monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 16. 2011 at the Continental American Legion Post # 263, at 7:30 PM sharp!!  The post is located at the corner of Wissahickon Ave. and Hansberry St.  The Post phone # is 215-844-1140.  
 
Repetitive Orders:  1) Keep me updated on all Chapter news, OR e-mail address changes.  My e-mail is
mdirtdart101@aol.com.  Also, mail can be sent to our new Assistant editor, Marty Tomkin.   His e-mail is …met101sepa@gmail.com
 
Chapter News: 1) Don’t forget our Chapter’s website at  http://sites.google.com/site/sepa101stairborne
 
2) The chapter also welcomes another new member that served with the Division in Iraq,   Reed Mazzie.  Reed served with the 2nd Bn, 327th Infantry Regt. from September 2005 to September 2006.  Welcome to the chapter, Reed..!  

3) The Veterans Fair on February 27th, mentioned in last month’s “DZ” was well attended.  Guy Anhorn did a great job organizing this for VVA Chapter 349, and the Chapter had a table to sell our T-shirts.  Besides, Guy, Duke Gallagher, Marty Tomkin, Reed, “Moi”, Joe Schmidt, and Lorraine (Lou Zotti’s daughter) and her better half, Dom, along with their sons, and were in attendance.  Of course, the guest of honor was Wild Bill, who “charmed” and autographed for everyone who stopped by our table.  Bill also brought some special items to sell for the Chapter, one of which we christened “Wild Bill’s Bourbon”…Reed was the purchaser of that item..!!
 
Heads-Up Dept: 1) The website for veterans to gain access to their DD 214’s is http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/index.html  Also, the VA has a site that list all benefits under the law.  It’s called the “A-Z Benefit Information Index”. 
 
2) The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is launching the first of a series of new and enhanced services supporting family caregivers of seriously ill and injured Veterans.   In May 2010, President Obama signed the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010 legislation authorizing VA to establish a wide range of new services to support certain caregivers of eligible Post 9/11 Veterans. Access to VA's toll-free Caregiver Support Line: 1-855-260-3274.  Expanded education and training on caring for Veterans at home,  along with other support services such as counseling and support groups and referral services, website, etc., are available. 

3) The Department of Veterans Affairs provides a medallion, by request, to be affixed to an existing privately purchased headstone or marker to signify the deceased's status as a Veteran.  This new product is furnished in lieu of a traditional Government headstone or marker for those Veterans whose death occurred on or after Nov. 1,
 
1990, and whose grave in a private cemetery is marked with a privately purchased headstone or marker.  The medallion is available in three sizes: 5 inches, 3 inches and 1 ½ inches. Each medallion will be inscribed with the word “VETERAN” across the top and the branch of service at the bottom.  Once a claim for a medallion is received, approved and processed, VA will mail the medallion along with a kit that will allow the family or the staff of a private cemetery to affix the device to a headstone, grave marker, mausoleum or columbarium niche cover.  The VA Toll-free # is 1-800-827-1000.

4) President Barack Obama's approval of the extension of the continuing resolution means that Service Members and Veterans have until March 18 to file for RSLSP funds if their service was involuntarily extended between September 11, 2001 and September 30, 2009. Eligible members should visit their specific service's website and submit their application online. The average payment under "Stop Loss" is $3,700..!!.For information about other types of payments, including disability, retirement and survivor benefits, visit the National Resource Directory's Benefits & Compensation section. 
 
 
Casualty Dept and Sick Call:  1) It is with regret that inform the Chapter of the death of a brother trooper from the 101st.  Spc. Jonathan A. Pilgeram, 22, of Great Falls, MT, died February 17 in  Afghanistan.  Jonathan  was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team.    

2)  Chapter member, Joe Moderski passed to God on February 24.  Joe served with the  101st during Vietnam, and was lifetime member 101st  Association.   Joe’s father, Joseph, was also a member of the Chapter.   Contributions can be made to the Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.  Condolences may also be sent to his wife, Mary Ann, children and family by visiting
www.nolanfidale.com.

3) Frank Buckles, the last surviving U.S. veteran of World War I, died of natural causes Sunday, February 27th, at his home in Charles Town WV at age 110. He was repeatedly rejected by military recruiters and got into uniform at 16 after lying about his age. He also survived being a civilian POW in the Philippines in World War II.  In 1941, while on business in the Philippines, Buckles was captured by the Japanese. He spent more than three years in prison camps. "I was never actually looking for adventure," Buckles once said. "It just came to me." Buckles had been advocating for a national memorial honoring veterans of the Great War in the nation's capital. 
 
He was repeatedly rejected before convincing an Army captain he was 18. He was actually 16 1/2.  He enlisted Aug. 14, 1917, serial number 15577.  The family asks that donations be made to the National World War One Legacy Project. The project is managed by the nonprofit Survivor Quest and will educate students about Buckles and WWI through a documentary and traveling educational exhibition.
 
 
 
CHAPTER MEETING-FEBRUARY 2011


Meeting Notice: The monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 16. 2011 at the Continental American Legion Post # 263, at 7:30 PM sharp!! The post is located at the corner of Wissahickon Ave. and Hansberry St. The Post phone # is 215-844-1140.


Repetitive Orders: 1) Keep me updated on all Chapter news, OR e-mail address changes. My e-mail is
mdirtdart101 @ aol.com.   Also, mail can be sent to our new Assistant editor, Marty Tomkin. His e-mail is met101sepa @ gmail.com.

Chapter News:
 
1) Don’t forget this Chapter’s website
 
2) The chapter also welcomes new member, Pete Benniger. Pete served with the Division in Iraq. He’s also succeeding Joe Surina on the Board, and thanks for the affirmation on this Joe.

3) IMPORTANT request !!! Frank Marshall, a fellow 101st-er, who heads the “Ripcord” Association, is looking for film footage of FSB Ripcord, Camp Evans, surrounding hilltops, out in the field, or other firebases, etc, during the time of Ripcord. These are necessary, because a documentary of FSB Ripcord is in the planning stages. The battle of Ripcord was fought in July 1970, over 23 days, and is considered by many military historians as the last major battle of Vietnam.
 
You can contact Frank at: frank @ ripcordassociation. com.  Some additional info…in May 1987, Frank was also a member of the “Last Patrol” for the Phila. Vietnam Memorial, and they traced the names of 630 Philadelphians from the National VN Memorial in DC and then walked those names over 6 days to be interred at the Philly Memorial, which was dedicated in October 1987.

Heads-Up Dept: 1) The website for veterans to gain access to their DD 214’s is
http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/index.html Also, the VA has a site that list all benefits under the law. It’s called the “A-Z Benefit Information Index”. The website is http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/benefits/ .
 
2) The federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) adopted a new rule that makes it easier for veterans exposed to herbicide along the demilitarized zone in Korea (DMZ) to receive health care benefits. The rule becomes effective on February 24, 2011, and would apply to benefits claims received by the VA on or after February 24th and to those pending before the VA, the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on February 24th.

CHAPTER MEETING-JANUARY 2011

Meeting Notice: The monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at the Continental American Legion Post # 263, at 7:30 PM sharp!! The post is located at the corner of Wissahickon Ave. and Hansberry St. The Post phone # is 215-844-1140.

Repetitive Orders: 1) Keep me updated on all Chapter news, OR e-mail address changes.
 

Chapter News:
 
1) Don’t forget this Chapter’s website for news and events.

2) Chapter Officers and Board of Governors have been affirmed for 2011. They are: Pres.-Duke, VP-Wild Bill, Treas. and Record. Sect - Marty, Sgt-at-Arms-Cass, Corres. Sect.- Mike D. BOG-Guy Anhorn, Ed Bonk, Ed (Bomber) Kane, Joe Schmidt, and Joe Surina.

3) The chapter also welcomes new associate member, Leon Anderson. Leon served with the 82nd Airborne during Korea and his last unit was HQ Company, 2nd Bn, and 325th Inf. Regiment. Leon also serves as chaplain in the Philly 82nd Airborne chapter. Welcome to the “Stick”, Leon…!!

Heads-Up Dept: 1) The website for veterans to gain access to their DD 214’s is http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/index.html Also, the VA has a site that list all benefits under the law. It’s called the “A-Z Benefit Information Index”. The website is
http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/benefits

2) An organization called Veterans Affairs Services (VAS) is providing benefit and general information on VA and gathering personal information on veterans. This organization is not affiliated with VA in any way..!!

3) The National Veterans Foundation (NVF) announced that it’s extending the hours of its Lifeline for Vets™ to aid a growing number of veterans who need help with crisis intervention and resource referrals. The new Lifeline for Vets™ hours will be 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., (PST) Monday through Friday. The Lifeline will continue to operate 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.(PST) on weekends. The Lifeline is staffed by trained veterans with access to extensive resources and information to help former servicmembers in need. The Lifeline's toll-free number is 888-777-4443. For more information, visit the National Veterans Foundation website.

Casualty Dept and Sick Call: 1) Unfortunately, the Division has suffered more deaths in Afghanistan. In December, the following lost their lives to enemy action: Cpl. Sean M. Collins, 25, Cpl. Willie A. McLawhorn Jr., 23, Spc. Patrick D. Deans, 22 Spc. Kenneth E. Necochea Jr., 21 Spc. Derek T. Simonetta, 21 Spc. Jorge E. Villacis, 24. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. For more information regarding these fallen brothers, you can contact the Fort Campbell public affairs office at 270-798-2035.

2) Also, Major Dick Winters, 506th PIR and “Easy” Company of “Band of Brothers” fame, passed to God on January 2. This was not made known until after his funeral on January 10th, due to the Major’s last wishes. May all of the above rest in God’s loving embrace..!!

3) Reggie and Nancy Davis send their new year’s wishes to all. Reggie is in a nursing home because he cannot walk and get around in a wheel chair. But, he is being well taken care of and is in pretty good health for a 91 yr. old “Screaming Eagle”. Get-well commo can be sent to 2778 71st ST CT W, Bradenton, FL 34613

Ye faithful editor and assistant…

Mike and Marty

PS: Please continue to keep all men and women of our armed forces in your prayers, along with any of the sick of the chapter.
NOTE:   Our chapter will be represented at the VETERANS FAIR on February 27th 2011. 
 
This event will be at the National Guard Armory, 1046 Belvoir Road, Plymouth Meeting PA 19462.  This is a huge affair with Vietnam War memorabilia, weapons, equipment, actors in uniform and numerous VA service officers there to answer vet questions.   Don't miss it.   Here is the link to the event.


CHAPTER MEETING-DECEMBER 2010
 
Meeting Notice: The monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at the Continental American Legion Post # 263, at 7:30 PM sharp!!  The post is located at the corner of Wissahickon Ave. and Hansberry St.  The Post phone # is 215-844-1140.   
 
 
Chapter News: 1) Don’t forget our Chapter’s website at  http://sites.google.com/site/sepa101stairborne

 
2) Nominations have been made and accepted for Chapter Officers and Board of Governors for 2011. They are:  Pres.-Duke, VP-Wild Bill, Treas. and Record. Sect - Marty, Sgt-at-Arms-Cass, Corres. Sect.- Mike D.  BOG-Guy Anhorn, Ed Bonk, Ed (Bomber) Kane, Joe Schmidt, and Joe Surina.  Mike will also continue to furnish Chapter news for publication in the Screaming Eagle magazine. 
 
Heads-Up Dept: 1) The website for veterans to gain access to their DD 214’s is
http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/index.html  Also, the VA has a site that list all benefits under the law.  It’s called the “A-Z Benefit Information Index”.  The website is http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/benefits/ .

 
2) The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched its first official blog, opening a new line of communication between the department and its veterans and employees.  The blog, called VAntage Point, has two primary features: a main column of articles written each day by VA staff and a section comprised of guest pieces submitted by other stakeholders including employees and the public. Readers will be able to comment and participate on all articles.  The main column will be authored by VA Alex Horton, a former infantryman, who will address veteran’s issues.  Lauren Bailey, special assistant to the chief technology officer, will provide readers with the latest on VA's information technology initiatives.  Both writers will interact frequently with readers.

 
3)”Scam Alert”…An organization called Veterans Affairs Services (VAS) is gathering personal information on veterans. This organization is not affiliated with VA in any way.  VAS may be gaining access to military personnel through their close resemblance to the VA name and seal.  Do NOT fall for this scheme…!!!

 
4) Attention all you WWII brothers of the 1st Bn 502nd PIR and the 401st GIR.  Noted author, and 101st veteran of Iraq, Leo Barron, is writing a book about the battle on Christmas Day, 1944, which occurred on the west side of Bastogne. Leo wants to interview paratroopers and glider men who participated in, or remember that famous battle.  Leo has already spoken with the Association’s 
history guru. George Koskimaki.  However, some voices have yet to be heard.  He can be contacted at 931-538-9165 or leobarron2000 @ yahoo.com  Also check the website out at…http://nosilentnight.com

 
5) A “heads-up” regarding the annual Snowbird Reunion next February.  The dates are the 10th -12th.  Cost is $65 for the affair (dinner, hospitality, etc).  Contact Tony Mabb at 904-696-4011 or..deucerecon @ aol.com.  Rooms are $79 + tax per nite and can be reserved at 800-421-8001.
Casualty Dept and Sick Call:  1) Unfortunately, the Division has suffered more deaths in Afghanistan. 
 
On November 13th-Staff  Sgt. Juan L. Rivadeneira, Cpl. Jacob R. Carver, Spc. Jacob C. Carroll.  November 22nd-Staff Sgt. Sean M. Flannery , all who were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.  
 
Also killed was Army Spc. William K. Middleton.  On November 29th- Sgt. 1st Class Barry E. Jarvis, Staff Sgt. Curtis A. Oakes, Spc. Matthew W. Ramsey, Pfc. Jacob A. Gassen, Pfc. Austin G. Staggs, Pvt. Buddy W. McLain, all assigned to the 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team.  For more information regarding these fallen brothers, you can contact the Fort Campbell public affairs office at 270-798-3025.

 
2) Association-wise, Larry Redmond is recovering very well from some cardiovascular problems.  However, “Jungle Jim” Joiner is also dealing with cancer and has stooped chemotherapy.  Please keep him and the family in prayers..!!  Commo can be sent to Jim at 1521 SE 24th Ave, Pompano Beach Fl 33062.   

 
3) I have not received any news of any chapter member being ill or injured.
To all have blessed Hanukah, Christmas and Holiday season…!!
 
Ye faithful editor and assistant…
Mike and Marty

 
PS:  Please continue to keep all men and women of our armed forces in your prayers, along with any of the sick of the chapter.
 
 
 
 
CHAPTER MEETING-NOVEMER 2010
 
 
Meeting Notice: The monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at the Continental American Legion Post # 263, at 7:30 PM sharp!!  The post is located at the corner of Wissahickon Ave. and Hansberry St.  The Post phone # is 215-844-1140.    
 
2) A reminder that  we also have Chapter “T shirts for sale for only $15, thanks to Guy and Marty.    
Heads-Up Dept:
 
1) The website for veterans to gain access to their DD 214’s is http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/index.html  Also, the VA has a site that list all benefits under the law.  It’s called the “A-Z Benefit Information Index”.  The website is http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/benefits/ .

 
2) There is also a support site for active duty troopers at …http://sites.google.com/site/SupportModernWarriors

 
3) Additional information about Agent Orange and VA’s services for exposure to the chemical is available at www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange.  One can also check the phone directory for the local VA “800…#.

 
4) The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia is displaying the “Art of the American Soldier”.  It is a never-before-seen collection of art created by American soldiers on the front lines.  The display has been shown from September 24, 2010, and will continue until January 10, 2011. Tickets and info can be found at: www.constitutioncenter.org.     
                                                   
Casualty Dept and Sick Call:  1) It is with regret that I inform the chapter of the deaths of four 101st troopers in Afghanistan.  They are Staff Sgt. Kenneth K. McAninch, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, Oct. 21; Specialist (Spc.) Gerald R. Jenkins, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, Oct. 20; Spc. Andrew L. Hutchins, Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, Nov. 8; and Spc. Anthony Vargas, 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, also on Nov. 8.If anyone is interested in more information regarding these fallen brothers, you can contact the Fort Campbell public affairs office at 270-798-3025

2) I also received word of the passing of chapter member and WWII trooper Art Jones on November 3rd.  Art was an alumni of West Catholic HS in Philly and enlisted in 1943.  Unfortunately, the only source of contact that I was sent is… www.donohuefuneralhome.com.  Rest in God’s eternal peace, our fellow troopers…!!!

 
3) Fortunately, I have not received any news of any chapter member being ill or injured.
4) Lastly, the “Dropzone” will arrive the week after Veterans Day, so I hope all had a memorable day as we honored ALL veterans who served and continue to serve our country.  THANK YOU for your service, and also, to the family members who kept the vigil…!! 

Ye faithful editor and assistant…
Mike and Marty

 
PS:  Please keep all men and women of our armed forces in your prayers, along with any of the sick of the chapter.               

 
 
CHAPTER MEETING-OCTOBER 2010
 
Meeting Notice: The monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at the Continental American Legion Post # 263, at 7:30 PM sharp!!  The post is located at the corner of Wissahickon Ave. and Hansberry St.  The Post phone # is 215-844-1140.   
 
 
Chapter News: 1) Just a reminder, annual dues are only $10.  Not too late to pay them.  Remember, only Chapter widows are EXCLUDED, along with those who paid for 2010 last year.  Dues can be sent to me at 3333 Indian Queen La, Phila, PA 19129. 
       
2) Don’t forget this Chapter’s website.
And we now have additional Chapter “T shirts for sale for only $15, thanks to Guy and Marty. 
   
3) Wild Bill is currently attending a reunion of Easy Co, 506th PIR in Las Vegas.  Julie Wolf, is baby,,er, I mean “escorting” Bill to make sure he gets there and back, and also doesn’t cause any more trouble,…than usual…!!   Good luck, Julie…!!  
 
Heads-Up Dept: 1) The website for veterans to gain access to their DD 214’s is http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/index.html Also, the VA has a site that list all benefits under the law. It’s called the “A-Z Benefit Information Index”. The website is http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/benefits/ .

2) Richard L. Etchberger, from Hamburg PA, killed in action in Vietnam War, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by the President at a White House ceremony on Sept. 21. His family was there to receive the medal on his behalf. Richard, a chief master sergeant in the Air Force, was recommended for the honor after he was fatally wounded while single-handedly fighting off dozens of North Vietnamese attackers while rescuing three of his men in 1968. However, officials said then-President Lyndon B. Johnson balked at giving Etchberger the honor because it would have brought attention to the fact that he and his men were stationed in Laos, which was neutral during the war.
3) The Department of Veterans Affairs has expanded the list of health problems VA officials presume to be related to Agent Orange and other herbicide exposure. The new regulations include Parkinson’s disease, ischemic heat disease, and chronic lymphocytic leukemia to include all chronic B cell leukemias, such as hairy cell leukemia.
 
Check out the website at www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/AO/claimherbicide.htm to get an understanding of how to file a claim for presumptive conditions related to herbicide exposure, as well as what evidence is needed by VA to make a decision about disability compensation or survivors benefits.
 
Additional information about Agent Orange and VA’s services for exposure to the chemical is available at www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange. One can also check the phone directory for the local “800…#

4) Commemorating the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, and the heroism demonstrated by emergency responders that solemn day, American Legion Post 184 dedicated a memorial in East Greenville, PA, which will eventually include a piece of steel from the Twin Towers. This resulted from hundreds of hours of hard work, months of planning and the effort of dozens of members of the American Legion Post, to include the Sons of the American Legion from that post, and the American Legion Riders. The memorial, which stands more than 6 feet tall, depicts the Twin Towers, and a stone marker in front of the towers is inscribed with information about the World Trade Center and the quote "Not just a piece of steel ... But a piece of our hearts.”
Sick Call and Casualty Dept: 1) Besides the ongoing deaths of our armed forces in Afghanistan, especially our fellow 101st troopers, there is some other sad news to reveal. TEC5 Joe McGinley, a radio operator in Fox Co, 501st PIR who participated in Market Garden and was also wounded in Bastogne, passed on to God on October 8th. His nephew Guy Anhorn, (Vietnam) is a chapter member and our website guru. Rest in eternal peace, our brother…!!
2) Fortunately, no news of any illnesses.
Ye faithful editor and assistant…

Mike and Marty
PS: Please keep all men and women of our armed forces in your prayers, along with any of the sick of the chapter. 
        
 
 
CHAPTER MEETING-SEPTEMBER 2010
 
 
Meeting Notice: The monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at the Continental American Legion Post # 263, at 7:30 PM sharp!!  The post is located at the corner of Wissahickon Ave. and Hansberry St.  The Post phone # is 215-844-1140.   
 
 
Chapter News: 1) Just a reminder, annual dues are only $10.  Not too late to pay them.  Remember, only Chapter widows are EXCLUDED, along with those who paid for 2010 last year.  Dues can be sent to me at 3333 Indian Queen La, Phila, PA 19129.    
    
2) Don’t forget our Chapter’s website at http://sites.google.com/site/sepa101stairborne
3) Speaking of dues, we recently received same from Ed Bonk, and new member Brian Kulp.  We also received generous donations of $20 from former prez, Dennis Spohn, and $101 from chapter widow, Joanna Flynn.  Thanks gang, and especially to you, Joanna…!!! 
 
Heads-Up Dept:
 
1) The website for veterans to gain access to their DD 214’s is http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/index.html  Also, the VA has a site that list all benefits under the law.  It’s called the “A-Z Benefit Information Index”.  The website is http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/benefits/ .

 
2) Penna. State Senator Andy Dinniman is encouraging volunteer organizations and individuals to participate in a large-scale cleanup of the Freedoms Foundation’s Medal of
Honor Grove scheduled for Friday, Oct. 8, Sunday, Oct. 10 and Monday, Oct. 11.  The foundation in charge of caring for this hallowed ground, which is the oldest memorial to Medal of Honor recipients in the nation, has been totally deficient in their duty.  Those interested in volunteering should contact his West Chester District Office and Deb Woolson 610-692-2112.

 
3) The Defense Department is as committed as ever to bringing home thousands of U.S. servicemembers who remain missing from the Korean War and Cold War conflicts, the Pentagon’s undersecretary of defense, Michele Flournoy  said.  As many as 5,400 Americans may still be in North Korea, and another 900 may be in the demilitarized zone that has divided North and South Korea since an armistice in 1953.   Because there has never been a peace treaty to officially end the war, those areas remain inaccessible to the department’s search and recovery teams, she said.  American search teams were allowed into North Korea under tight control between 1996 and 2005, and recovered the remains of 225 U.S. servicemembers, 81 of whom have been identified so far.  But rising international tensions with North Korea over its efforts to obtain nuclear weapons and the sinking of a South Korean navy ship this year have ended those operations, the undersecretary said.  Meanwhile, the United States has had increasing collaboration with Russia and China to recover missing servicemembers, and currently is evaluating remains found from a plane crash in the China Sea reported by Chinese officials, the undersecretary said.

 
4) Veterans exposed to herbicides while serving in Vietnam and other areas will have an easier path to access quality health care and qualify for disability compensation under a final regulation that will be published on August 31, 2010 in the Federal Register by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  The new rule expands the list of health problems VA will presume to be related to Agent Orange and other herbicide exposures to add two new conditions and expand one existing category of conditions. 
 
The final regulation follows Shinseki’s determination to expand the list of conditions for which service connection for Vietnam Veterans is presumed. VA is adding Parkinson’s disease and ischemic heart disease and expanding chronic lymphocytic leukemia to include all chronic B cell leukemia, such as hairy cell leukemia. 
 
Individuals can go to a website at http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/AO/claimherbicide.htm to get an understanding of how to file a claim for presumptive conditions related to herbicide exposure, as well as what evidence is needed by VA to make a decision about disability compensation or survivors benefits.  Additional information about Agent Orange and VA’s services for Veterans exposed to the chemical is available at www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange.
 
Sick Call and Casualty Dept:  1) The old axiom applies…No news is good news…!!!
 
Ye faithful editor and assistant…
Mike and Marty
PS:  Please keep all men and women of our armed forces in your prayers, along with any of the sick of the chapter. 
 
 
 
CHAPTER MEETING-AUGUST 2010
 
Meeting Notice: The monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at the Continental American Legion Post # 263, at 7:30 PM sharp!!  The post is located at the corner of Wissahickon Ave. and Hansberry St.  The Post phone # is 215-844-1140.   
 
 
Chapter News: 1) Just a reminder, annual dues are only $10.  Not too late to pay them.  Remember, only Chapter widows are EXCLUDED, along with those who paid for 2010 last year.  Dues can be sent to me at 3333 Indian Queen La, Phila, PA 19129.   
     
2) Don’t forget our Chapter’s website at
http://sites.google.com/site/sepa101stairborne
3)  We recently received dues from Dennis Spohn, Bill Priest, Bob Corey, Lorraine Manderachi, and John Vollrath…thanks troopers !!  John also gave a donation of $40 to be used for…ahem,  …refreshments…!!  Thanks again, John. 
 
Heads-Up Dept:  1) The website for veterans to gain access to their DD 214’s is http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/index.html   

 
2) The Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center will be hosting its 5th Annual Philadelphia Doo Wop Festival on September 11, 2010 from 1-7PM.  The festival is part of the Penn’s Landing Summer Concert Series and it will be FREE to the public. All proceeds will benefit the PVMSEC to help with direct services to veterans.  The festival will feature many performers from the local Doo Wop community, along with Little Isidore & The Inquisitors, Cornerstone and the Chantels as the featured group. More info can be found at Phillydoowopfestival.org, or call 215 926-2600.

3) Continuing last issue’s VA automation update:  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs plans to develop a fully automated, online system for handling Veterans’ disability compensation claims by the end of this year. More than a simple digitization of existing paper-based claims, the new system is part of VA’s modernization of the end-to-end processing workflow. Automation will substantially reduce processing time and increase accuracy while simplifying the way that Veterans interact with the claims process. Initial use of the new system will focus on Vietnam Veterans exposed to Agent Orange who today have B-cell leukemia (hairy-cell leukemia), Parkinson’s disease, or ischemic heart disease added to the list of AO-related disabilities. 
 
4) The newly refurbished Three Servicemen Statue at the national Vietnam Veterans Memorial was recently unveiled after six weeks of restoration.  The statue was created by sculptor Frederick Hart. Nearly 26 years after its original unveiling in 1984, weather damage and age had taken a toll on the statue.  The restoration was done in place, and it repaired oxidation damage and added a new patina coating and wax. The statue sits on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial site in Washington, D.C. about 200 feet away from and facing the Vietnam War Memorial Wall.  The restoration project is part of a maintenance and restoration program by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund to assist the National Park Service in site upkeep.  For more information, visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund website.
 
Sick Call:  1) The old axiom applies…No news is good news…!!!

Casualty Dept:  1) I received a letter from Helen Schwenk, dated June 8th saying that her husband and our fellow trooper, Russ, passed to God on May 21st.  Russ was buried in Indiantown Gap National cemetery.  The chapter owes a “thank you” to Helen for a very generous donation of $50.  Condolences can be sent to her at 488 Hess St, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972. 

2)  It is also with regret that I announce the passing of Modal of Honor recipient, Dave Dolby. 
Dave, who was a fixture at local veteran events in recent years, died Friday morning, August 6th,  in Spirit Lake, Idaho. He was 64 and lived in Royersford. He was in Idaho for a veterans' gathering, according to friends.  Currently there is no set date for the burial at Arlington Cemetery.  However, there will be memorial service at the VFW Post, 200 Starr St in Phoenixville, on Sept 18th.  No time has been announced as yet.   Dave’s wife Xuan died about 10 years ago, but he is survived by a brother and his mother.  There are no children to my knowledge. Dave’s obit can be read in the Phila Inquirer dated August 15th, and from the West Chester Daily Local News site at
http://www.dailylocal.com/articles/2010/08/08/news/srv0000009044279.txt  May both of you rest in God’s peace…!!!
 
Ye faithful editor and assistant…
Mike and Marty

PS:  Please keep all men and women of our armed forces in your prayers, along with any of the sick of the chapter. 
 
 
CHAPTER MEETING-JULY 2010
 
Meeting Notice: The monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, July 22, 2010 at the Continental American Legion Post # 263, at 7:30 PM sharp!! The post is located at the corner of Wissahickon Ave. and Hansberry St. The Post phone # is 215-844-1140.

Chapter News: 1) Just a reminder, annual dues are only $10. Not too late to pay them. Remember, only Chapter widows are EXCLUDED, along with those who paid for 2010 last year. Dues can be sent to me at 3333 Indian Queen La, Phila, PA 19129.

2) Don’t forget our Chapter’s website at
http://sites.google.com/site/sepa101stairborne.
Heads-Up Dept: 1) The website for veterans to gain access to their DD 214’s is
http://vetrecs.archives.gov/.
 
2) Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki recently announced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is offering bronze medallions. Each service has own medallion. It can be furnished in lieu of a traditional government headstone or marker for Veterans whose death occurred on or after Nov. 1, 1990, and whose grave in a private cemetery and is marked with a privately purchased headstone or marker to signify a deceased's status as a Veteran.

3) The VA is plans to develop a fully automated, online system for handling
Veterans' disability compensation claims. More than a simple digitization of existing paper-based claims, the new system is part ofVA's modernization of the end-to-end processing workflow. Automation will substantially reduce processing time and increase accuracy while simplifying the way that Veterans interact with the claims process.
 
4) There will be a “Viet Nam Veterans Appreciation Day” at Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia. The Old Fort Mifflin Historical Society presents this event each summer and it is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday July 24th & 25th. The program is focused on museum quality displays and venues for Viet Nam War Veterans, their families, and those who honor their service. Times are 10AM to 4PM each day, with a special USO show on Saturday from 2-4PM. For info call 215-685-4167 or visit
www.fortmifflin.us.


4) For all you “history-philes”, June 25 marked the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. In Seoul, it was commemorated by veterans from more 15 nations that were part of the U.S.-led United Nations Command that defended South Korea.
 
For many veterans, it's their first visit back since the war. June 25th is also date of the battle of the Little Bighorn, and we all know who triumphed in that one…!!!
Sick Call: 1) Wild Bill is still recovering from his right eye operation, which I mentioned in the last “DZ”. He has to put drops in about 3x/day. Good news is…the psychological profile is still listed as… “No change”…(???)
 
Casualty Dept: 1) Some very sad news..Alice Worrell just passed away. She was married for 60 years to Ivan Worrell, who heads up the 1st Brigade (Sep) for the Association. In lieu of flowers it was Alice’s wish that a contribution be made to the Friends of the Sweetwater Public Library, 210 Mayes Ave, Sweetwater, TN 37874. her Memorial Service will be at 2:00 pm, Saturday, July 24, 2010 Kyker Funeral Home, 113 West North Street, Sweetwater, TN 27874.
 
2) Pfc. David Jefferson, 23, of Philadelphia, died July 2 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY.
3) Spc. Louis R. Fastuca, 24, of West Chester, died July 5 at Abdulhamid Kalay, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Camp Ederle, Italy.

May all of you rest in God’s peace…!!!

Ye faithful editor and assistant…
Mike and Marty

PS: Please keep all men and women of our armed forces in your prayers, along with any of the sick of the chapter.
 
CHAPTER MEETING-JUNE 2010

Meeting Notice: The monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, June May 17, 2010 at the Continental American Legion Post # 263, at 7:30 PM sharp !!. The post is located at the corner of Wissahickon Ave. and Hansberry St. The Post phone # is 215-844-1140.

Chapter News: 1) Just a reminder, annual dues are only $10. Not too late to pay them. Remember, only Chapter widows are EXCLUDED, along with those who paid for 2010 last year.

2) Don’t forget our Chapter’s website at
http://sites.google.com/site/sepa101stairborne.

Heads-Up Dept: 1) The website for veterans to gain access to their DD 214’s is
http://vetrecs.archives.gov/.

2) Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors - Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs  
http://www1.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book.asp


3) News from the National Association. It has a new web site at
www.screamingeagle.org. Sign the Guest Book and all comments on the web site are welcome so they can continue to improve it while keeping 101st members and others informed about Association news. Also, the active Division will fully deploy in Afghanistan by July/August of this year under the leadership of MG Campbell. Please keep all troopers and their families in your prayers.

4) Remember the attempted Times Square terrorist attack several weeks back that was foiled ?? After the coward fled, Vietnam Veterans Chapter 817 president Duane Jackson who was nearby, alerted the police when he heard suspicious sounds and saw smoke coming from the car, which had its engine running and hazard lights flashing. Police bomb disposal experts stated the subsequent explosion would have created a “death toll that could have been enormous,” and credited Duane’s vigilance and actions with saving hundreds of lives

5) As thousands of Vietnam veterans roared through Washington, DC, during the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally to honor our fallen on Memorial Day weekend, volunteers passed out free “I Served-Vietnam” stickers in recognition of their service in the Vietnam War. The project is an extension of the successful “I Served” sticker program, which has distributed more than 400,000 stickers to soldiers who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Sick Call: 1) Wild Bill had an out-patient eye procedure on Thursday, June 9th. He’ll be recuperating at his son Gene’s. After the operation, rumor has it that an MRI of Bill’s brain showed “nothing”. Who woulda figured…!!!

Ye faithful editor and assistant…

Mike and Marty

PS: Please keep all men and women of our armed forces in your prayers, along with any of the sick of the chapter.
 
CHAPTER MEETING-APRIL 2010

Meeting Notice: The monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at the Continental American Legion Post # 263, at 7:30 PM sharp !!. The post is located at the corner of Wissahickon Ave. and Hansberry St. The Post phone # is 215-844-1140.

Chapter News: 1) Dues were received from Joe Schmidt, Guy Anhorn, Duke Gallagher, Dr. Dave Low, Cass Costroff, and Mike Daily…thanks gang !

2) Just a reminder, annual dues are only $10. Only Chapter widows are EXCLUDED, along with those who paid for 2010 last year.

3) Don’t forget our Chapter’s website at
http://sites.google.com/site/sepa101stairborne.

Heads-Up Dept: 1) Don’t forget, the website for veterans to gain access to their DD 214’s is
http://vetrecs.archives.gov/. 2) Got this off a veteran web-site…It’s worth checking out. For anyone who's had active duty service between January 1, 1957 to December 31, 2001 and planning for retirement. You may qualify for a higher social security payment because of your military service. through December 31, 2001 (the program was done away with January 1, 2002). Up to $1200 per year of earnings credit credited at time of application. You must bring your DD-214 to the Social Security Office and you must ask for this benefit to receive it. The website is: http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/military.htm

3) Operation “First Response” will present its third annual Pennsylvania Walk for the Wounded Saturday, May 22 in Rose Tree Park. Walks in years past have been emotionally charged events, as active military and veterans meet and mingle with people from all over the Delaware Valley who come to walk in support of the nation’s seriously wounded soldiers. This year’s Walk will feature free concerts, military helicopters soaring overhead and flags flying across the fields of Rose Tree Park. Upwards of 8,000 people are expected to walk for Operation First Response (OFR), a national non-profit organization that donates 90 cents of every dollar directly to wounded soldiers and their families. To sign up to walk visit the OFR web site, www.operationfirstresponse.org and join a team or start one of your own.

4) Philadelphia’s newly restored Vietnam Veterans Memorial (November 11, 2009) has suffered significant damage from skaters on March 7th. However, they were caught and appeared in court on May 13th. Restitution of $6425 was awarded and the 3 juveniles from Quakertown have to give 50 hours each of community service at the Phila VA Medical Center and the Bucks County VN Memorial, along with other judicial dictates.

Sick Call: 1) Just a bit of sad chapter news. Ginger Pontlitz, Dick Winters significant other, recently passed on to God on May 5th. Dick served in Vietnam and is the cousin of “Band of Brother” Dick Winters. Please keep her and Dick in you prayers. Also…

2) Mark Daily, the Sect-treasurer’s brother, passed to God on April 23rd, due to a stroke he suffered on April 16th. Thank you all for your prayers while Mark was hospitalized !! Pleas continue to prayer for he and his family.

Division Taps: 1)Also, Sam Bass, former Secretary-Treasurer for our National Association, passed away on Saturday, May 8th, from prostate cancer. Sam put a hearty battle for the past several years. He joined us at Snowbird this past February and terrorized everyone on his scooter. He was a very generous man with a great big heart. He will be missed him immensely. Sam’s wife’s name is Llewanne, and the address to send condolences is: 450 Belmont road, Clarksville, TN 37040.

Sam and his family have asked that in lieu of flowers that a donation be made to the Screaming Eagle Support Fund to help soldiers in need or the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville.

Ye faithful editor and assistant…

Mike and Marty
 
PS: PS: Please keep all men and women of our armed forces in your prayers, along with any of the sick of the chapter
 
CHAPTER MEETING-APRIL 2010
 
Meeting Notice: The monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at the Continental American Legion Post # 263, at 7:30 PM sharp !!. The post is located at the corner of Wissahickon Ave. and Hansberry St. The Post phone # is 215-844-1140. 
 
Chapter News: 1) We got 2010 dues 2010 from Ken Rozzell, …thanks Ken !! Just a reminder, annual dues are only $10. Only Chapter widows are EXCLUDED, along with those who paid for 2010 last year.

2) Don’t forget this Chapter’s website at
http://sites.google.com/site/sepa101stairborne.
Heads-Up Dept: 1) Don’t forget, the website for veterans to gain access to their DD 214’s is http://vetrecs.archives.gov/. Also, to learn more about Social Security for veterans, read a copy of the SSA publication, Military Service and Social Security. You can find it online at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10017.html or call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) to request a free copy.

 
Sick Call: l) Bomber Kane’s son, Ed, who’s been battling brain cancer has just gotten a clean bill of heath from his doctor. Thanks for all your prayers, everyone..!!.
2) Please keep Mark Daily, the Sect-treasurer’s brother, in prayers. Unfortunately, Mark just suffered a stroke. The good news is that Mark is already recovering, thanks to immediate prayers. 3) A letter from Nancy Davies, Reggie's wife informed us that he’s been in a nursing home and making a strong attempt to regain some strength so he can come home. So far it has been touch and go but his therapy has been getting good results.
 
Taps: Now for the bad news… Jack Agnew passed away last Thursday, April 8th. Jack jumped with the Division on D-Day and in Market Garden in Holland. He also volunteered as a Pathfinder and jumped into Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge. He earned three Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart and many other awards. Jack was anoriginal member of the famous "Filthy Thirteen," which became famous in the movie, "The Dirty Dozen." They were known for their Mohawk haircuts and painted faces when they jumped into battle.

Besides being a long-time member of the Chapter, he was also a member of Huntingdon Valley Presbyterian
Church, the Purple Heart, and a longtime member of Langhorne Rod and Gun Club Phila Chapter of the 82nd Abn. Jack was also the oldest member of the National Rifle Association, joining as a junior in 1938, and he was the longest term NRA instructor. Duke and Mike did make the Funeral. Farewell, our Airborne brother…!!!!

Ye faithful editor and assistant…

Mike and Marty
PS: Please keep all men and women of our armed forces in your prayers, along with any of the sick of the chapter.
 
 
CHAPTER MEETING - MARCH 2010

Meeting Notice: The monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at the Continental American Legion Post # 263, at 7:30 PM sharp !!. The post is located at the corner of Wissahickon Ave. and Hansberry St. The Post phone # is 215-844-1140.

Chapter News: 1) We got dues 2010 from Joe Russella and Joe Surina...thanks men !!. Annual dues are only $10. Only Chapter widows are EXCLUDED, along with those who paid for 2010 last year. Last reminder will be next month.

2) Duke, Ed Bonk and Mike attended a 82nd Abn dinner on March 4th that honored the outgoing president, Walt Bosak, who stepped down after 22 years at the helm. Well deserved, Dan !! Also honored was PA supreme court justice, Seamus McCaffery. Congressman Pat Murphy, who served with the 82nd (325th Inf Rgt) in Iraq also attended, and his Uncle Bill served with the 101st in Vietnam.

3) Don’t forget our Chapter’s website

Heads-Up Dept: 1) Sons and Daughters In Touch (SDIT)—a national

nonprofit organization comprised of nearly 3,000 Americans who lost their fathers in the

Vietnam War—will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a series of national events during Father’s Day weekend this year.

2) Don’t forget, the website for veterans to gain access to their DD 214’s is
http://vetrecs.archives.gov/. Also, to learn more about Social Security for veterans, read a copy of the SSA publication, Military Service and Social Security. You can find it online at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10017.html or call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) to request a free copy.

3) The Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs announced that the gravesites of more than 6.7 million Veterans easier to locate using the Internet and handheld devices with that capability. The updated web-site –
http://m.va.gov/gravelocator...and will provide the name of the cemetery and grave location, offer a link to a Google map, driving directions to the cemetery, and if the deceased is buried in a national cemetery or state Veterans cemetery, provide a link to a cemetery map to help find the section where the grave is located. 4) Thanks to the generosity of countless donors and the work of more than a dozen veterans and their associates, more than 100 National Guard soldiers — including many from the area — will take toiletries, snacks and other supplies with them on their next deployment.


The troops, members of the 228th Engineer Company, are all from Pennsylvania, with some coming from as far as Pittsburgh, to deploy from the Spring City Armory in the near future. Many of the troops are from Pottstown, Stowe, Royersford and other area communities.
5) The federal departments of Veterans Affairs, Labor and Defense unveiled today an improved Web site for wounded warriors. The Web site has been enhanced to provide a single point of access to a wealth of information from more than 10,000 sites by federal, state and local governments and organizations offering services for wounded warriors. Visit the site at
www.nationalresourcedirectory.gov

Sick Call: l) Fortunately, NO bad news this month…

Taps: Sgt. Vincent L.C. Owens, 21, died March 1of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle using direct fire in Yosuf Khel, Agfhanistan. He was assigned to the
3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st
Airborne Division which was recently deployed there. The rest of the division will follow shortly.

Ye faithful editor and assistant…

Mike and Marty

PS: Please keep all men and women of our armed forces in your prayers, along with any of the sick of the chapter.
 
CHAPTER MEETING - FEBRUARY 2010


Meeting Notice: The monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at the Continental American Legion Post # 263, at 7:30 PM sharp !!. The post is located at the corner of Wissahickon Ave. and Hansberry St. The Post phone # is 215-844-1140.

Chapter News: 1) I forgot to put this in the last newsletter, but 2010 due are due. It’s only $10. Only Chapter widows are EXCLUDED…!! Last reminder will be next month.

2) Wild Bill was in Las Vegas for his annual trip. He went with his nephew, Mike, and his 2 sons. He had a GOOD time, but it was tempered by the fact that his return flight was delayed from the 8th to the 10th, due to our two recent snow storms in Philly. Unfortunately, Julie Wolf, a Chapter associate, was not able to meet with Bill. However, Duke, Mike and Ed Bonk did arrange a “Sayonara” visit with Bill, on Jan. 31st. Bill, as usual, was his “charming” self.



Heads-Up Dept: 1) WASHINGTON CROSSING NATIONAL CEMETERY - Holding back the tears, U.S. Navy World War II veteran Fred Caldwell, 84, raised the American flag for the first time over the Washington Crossing National Cemetery on Friday, Jan. 15. The first burials were on Jan 20th. For information on the cemetery, call Daniel Lasko at 215-335-3355, or e-mail him at
Daniel.lasko @ mail.house.gov.

2) Don’t forget, the website for veterans to gain access to their DD 214’s is
http://vetrecs.archives.gov/. 3) The names of veterans who gave their lives in Vietnam can be located on the National Memorial by state & city or by unit by accessing http://www.virtualwall.org/iStates.htm

4) At West Point, on Feb. 2, Army Capt. Scott M. Smiley , airborne ranger, combat diver, mountain climber, skier, and tri-athlete, became the first blind officer to lead a company as he assumed command of the Warrior Transition Unit at the U.S. Military Academy here. Smiley was wounded and permanently lost his vision during his 2005 deployment to Iraq. He attributes his strength and drive during his recovery to his wife, children, family, faith and friends.

Sick Call: l) Fortunately, NO bad news this month…

Ye faithful editor,…Mike
 
CHAPTER MEETING - JANUARY 2010

Meeting Notice: The monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at the Continental American Legion Post # 263, at 7:30 PM sharp !!. The post is located at the corner of Wissahickon Ave. and Hansberry St. The Post phone # is 215-844-1140.

Repetitive Orders: 1) Keep me updated on all new OR e-mail address changes. 
Mail can be sent to me at 3333 Indian Queen La, Phila PA, 19129. Also, any AND all info or news pertinent to the Chapter can be sent also.

Chapter News: 1) The 2010 slate of officers and Board of Governors was approved at the December meeting. They are: Pres-Duke Gallagher; V/Pres-Wild Bill; Corresponding Sect-Treas-Mike Daily; Recording Sect-Marty Tomkin; Sgt-at-Arms-Cass Costroff. BOG’s-Joe Surina, Guy Anhorn, Bomber Kane, Ed Bonk, and Joe Schmidt.

2) Don’t forget our new Chapter’s website at
http://sites.google.com/site/sepa101stairborne.

(Thanks as always to Guy Anhorn)

3) Next month, Marty will also assume the duties of Co-editor for the “Dropzone”, and…this will give Duke a chance to catch up on his neglected Airborne “necessary therapy” sessions…!!!

Heads-Up Dept: 1) The website for veterans to gain access to their DD 214’s is
http://vetrecs.archives.gov/. 2) If you know any U.S. service men or women (or their families) now
deployed or about to be deployed overseas who might be interested—books
are available in formats that can be read on their computer, Kindle,
Sony reader, iPhone or any other electronic reader--please refer them to--
http://operationebookdrop.com/forum, the “Operation e-Book Drop” Web site, or directly to Ed Patterson at edpat@att.net.


3) PennDOT has announced the availability of a new series of military license

plates honoring veterans of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard. Honorably discharged veterans must complete and mail Form MV-150, which, along with the plates, is available on PennDOT’s web site, www.dmv.state.pa.us.

Click on the Military License Plates link under the

Military Personnel/Veterans Information Center. Send it in with a certified copy of your DD-214, and $20.

4) The website is dedicated to every man and woman who ever served in the United States Military and their families. www.theamericanveteran.org.

Sick Call: l) Fortunately, NO bad news this month…and Bomber Kane’s wife is revering very successfully with her post-stroke therapy and his son, Ed, is continuing his cancer treatments.

Ye faithful editor,…Mike

PS: Remember to keep also keep the sick in the Chapter, along with all our active duty Air, Army, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard folks in your prayers…
 
 
 
CHAPTER MEETING - DECEMBER 2009
 

Meeting Notice: The monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at the Continental American Legion Post # 263, at 7:30 PM sharp !!. The post is located at the corner of Wissahickon Ave. and Hansberry St. The Post phone # is 215-844-1140.

Repetitive Orders: 1) Keep me updated on all new OR e-mail address changes.  Mail can be sent to me at 3333 Indian Queen La, Phila PA, 19129. Also, any AND all info or news pertinent to the Chapter can be sent also.

Chapter News: 1) We still have some T-shirts left for your “winter-wear”…!!!. They’re only $15, regardless of size. Call one of our notable committee members, Marty Tomkin at 215 219 8675.
 
For a “look-see”, they can be found on the Chapters website at http://sites.google.com/site/sepa101stairborne (NOTE: This is a new site !!).
 
2) Chapter elections will also be in December. Unfortunately, the same slate as last year. See what “good work” gets you.
3) Your prestigious Prez and Treasurer attended the NY-NJ Chapters “Nuts” affair from Dec. 4th-6th in Wildwood NJ. It was a very nice affair, and the food at the dinner on Saturday was outstanding!!
 
The western theme on Friday nite at the pool was also a lot of fun. Compliments must go to George (Fallon), Frank (Febus) and Jim (Agins); esp. Jim for the extra effort he extended all weekend. Thanks for such a great time men, and it was very special to see one and all. A special guest was Dave Dolby, Medal of Honor recipient in Vietnam, and Carolyn Krochka and Marianne France from our Chapter, who also attended!!
 
4) Matthew Van Luyt, the Prez of the Society of Dutch Airborne Friends sends his best regards to all in the Chapter, and his e-mail came while travelling in Spain. Thank you, Matthew..!!
Heads-Up Dept: ) The website for veterans to gain access to their DD 214’s is http://vetrecs.archives.gov  
 
2) FedEx Office is helping collect photos of people whose names appear on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. Families who lost relatives credit the project for putting a face with a name and honoring the memory of those who never came home.
 
They will be on display at the completed Education center at the National Vietnam Memorial.
3) Xerox will help send holiday cards to our service folks in Iraq and Afghanistan. Just go to…www.letssaythanks.com <http://www.letssaythanks.com/. You can pick out a thank-you card and
Xerox will print it and send it. You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to some member of the armed services.

Sick Call: l) Fortunately, NO bad news this month…!!!

Ye faithful editor,…Mike
 
PS: Remember to keep all the sick in the chapter, along with all our active duty Air, Army, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard folks in your prayers…
Also…everyone have a great, safe, Chanukah, Christmas and New year in 2010…!!
 

CHAPTER MEETING-NOVEMBER 2009


Meeting Notice: The monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at the Continental American Legion Post # 263, at 7:30 PM sharp !!. The post is located at the corner of Wissahickon Ave. and Hansberry St. The Post phone # is 215-844-1140.


Repetitive Orders: 1) Keep me updated on all new OR e-mail address changes.
Mail can be sent to me at 3333 Indian Queen La, Phila PA, 19129. Also, any AND all info or news pertinent to the Chapter can be sent also.


Chapter News: 1) We still have some T-shirts left for your “winter-wear”…!!!. They’re only $15, regardless of size. Call one of our notable committee members, Marty Tomkin at 215 219 8675. For a “look-see”, they can be found on the Chapters website at 
wwww.SEPA101st.org  Heads-Up Dept: 1) The website for veterans to gain access to their DD 214’s is
http://vetrecs.archives.gov/

2) The American Red Cross again will sponsor a national "Holiday Mail for Heroes" campaign to receive and distribute holiday cards to servicemembers, for those working and receiving care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
 
A special P.O. Box address can be found online at http://www.redcross.org/holidaymail. Or,… call the Red Cross. Remember cards should be addressed to a specific wounded warrior, as generic mail addressed to "A Recovering Soldier" or "Any Soldier.". Cards postmarked no later than Dec. 7 will reach service members recovering at Walter Reed.

3) A national program will provide 25,000 canes free of charge to members of the United States Armed Forces in need of mobility assistance to honor them for their incredible contributions to our country. The program “Hugo Salutes Our Veterans” will be launched Veterans Day, November 11, 2009 and will provide Hugo® Folding Canes at all Sam’s Club locations nationwide, while supplies last.


Sick Call: l) I spoke with Bomber who said his son, is back for chemo treatments. Ed’s wife, Nancy also had a stroke, but Bomber says she is recovering very well. Again, Ed’s address is 27 Paul Rd, Maple Shade, NJ 08052. Please drop them a card

Ye faithful editor,…Mike

PS: Remember to keep all the sick in the chapter, along with all our active duty Air, Army, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard folks in your prayers…