Veterans of the Vietnam War, Inc.
& The Veterans Coalition
Electricians School USNR
Electronics School, Keesler AFB, MS
Numerous electronics courses at Patrick AFB, FL and Otis AFB, MA
1964 Dunmore, PA. USNR
1965 Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS
1966 – 1967 6549th C&EMS Squadron, Patrick AFB, Cocoa Beach, FL
1967 553rd Recon Wing Otis AFB, MA
1967 – 1968 553rd Recon Wing Korat Royal Thai AFB, Korat Thailand
Awards and Honors
Air Force Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Medal
Republic of Vietnam Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Life Member Post PA-1
1985 – 1989 Adjutant Post PA-40
1989 – 1990 Commander Post PA-40
1990 – 1991 Pennsylvania State Commander
2006 – Present National Honor-guard Coordinator
2007 – Present National Board Member
Ed is a life member of The Veterans of the Vietnam
War, Inc. & The Veterans Coalition.
He is also a life member of the Citizens Flag
Alliance, was a member of Post #7069VFW, and an associate member of the
Ezra F. Griffon Memorial Post, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
and a charter member of Brotherhood Rally of All Veterans Organization.
He was Chairman of the Committee to bring the
Moving Wall to Chinchilla, PA, in 1987, and organized the week long
event that included an essay contest, musical performances every night,
speeches and counseling and the largest parade in the Abington area’s
history, complete with helicopter fly-over, speeches and counseling. He
worked with other members of PA-40 to name a bridge on US Routes 6 & 11,
“The Parker Wescott Memorial Bridge” to honor David Parker and
Richard Westcott (Ed’s childhood friend), both casualties of Vietnam.
He spearheaded a statewide drive of combined
Veteran organizations to name the northernmost bridge on the Northeast
Extension of the PA Turnpike the “FREEDOM BRIDGE” to honor and remember
the POW/MIAs from all wars.
He has volunteered to work on United Veterans
Beacon House houses in West Virginia and South Dakota and has
volunteered at the ‘MALL’ in Washington DC with National Headquarters.
He has served as the National Honor Guard
Coordinator for the past two years.
What I Truly Believe
I believe the United States of America is the
greatest country on the face of the earth. I firmly support the American
Flag. I fully support our troops in Iraq and all other areas in which
they serve. I believe in freedom and that all the benefits and
privileges of living in America are to be enjoyed and accepted by all
legal citizens of the USA. I believe that America is made up of
immigrants from all over the world and welcome all those who wish to
enter legally and become citizens of this great nation. I believe that
all immigrants should remember their heritage, and also have the freedom
and obligation to learn and speak English.
I receive great pleasure while working with my fellow veterans and
active military. Veterans are our greatest resource. We need to tap this
resource and use it to continue to build this country into even a
greater world leader of freedom. If I can help one homeless Vet to
get back on his feet, help one Vet gain benefits, or help one member of
our military feel less lonely while away from home, my heart will be
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Veterans of the
Vietnam War, Inc.
805 So. Township Boulevard
"An organization succeeds, not because it is long-established,
but because there are people in it who live it, sleep it, dream it,
and build future plans for it."