POST PA-35, YORK COUNTY, PA
PA-35, York County, PA reports that there are changes at their post home – a new road sign. This new aluminum sign was made and donated to Post PA-35 by Craig Deist of Panographs Co. It is 44 inches high and is colored white, blue and red. It is mounted and displayed at the driveway entrance to the post. The Post feels sure that people will be able to find the Post without a problem now. If any other Post would like to have a sign like this please notify Robert Humble Sr. at Post 35, P.O. Box 115, Red Lion Pa. 17356. It makes a great attention getter for your Post.
The Tribute to America’s Veterans CD fundraiser raised $550 for the Veterans at the Lebanon VAMC. Pictured is DJ “Hitman” (Leo Lowe, Jr.) as he presents the check to Kathy Trostle of the Lebanon VA. Also pictured in the back row, left to right: Lori Kiser, Charles Althoff, Bill Dietz, Jr., Paul Kiser and Carrie Page all from Post PA-35, York County, PA. Picture was taken by Judy Althoff.
Not present are members of American Legion Post 372 Columbia, PA; AMVETS Department of PA and AMVETS Post 153, Columbia, PA who helped with this project.
If any post would like to see these great CDs, please contact Post PA-35, P.O. Box 115, Red Lion, PA 17356.
Members of Post PA-35 attended the funeral and acted as the Honor Guard for a veteran who was a close friend to a member of Post PA-35. Those attending were from the left: post member Rick Spangler; brother of the deceased, Steve Yohe; member Mike Depew; member Paul Stover and the sister of the deceased Navy Lt. Pamela Keller of Long Beach, CA. Members who attended but are not in the photo included Paul Kiser, Bob Frederick, Gordie Dunn and Christine Behler.
Michael Breighner, National Board Member conducted the Installation of New Officers for Post PA-35. Shown from the left are: Mike Depew, Mike Baker, Gerald Teitsworth, Walt Boyer, and Michael Breighner. Walt Boyer was elected to the position of Post Commander.
POST VA-06, WOODBRIDGE, VIRGINIA RECEIVED CHARTER AND FIRST
FUND RAISER A HIT!
By: Jerry Alan Foster
A long awaited day for the town of Woodbridge, Virginia and its newest members, as National Commander Peter Forbes conducted the ceremony making post VA-06 an official post of the Veterans of the Vietnam War, Inc. & The Veterans Coalition and issued VA-06 its charter, on May 6th, 2006. Although there are now more members, the original charter certificate contains twenty-seven names. Officers were sworn in by Peter, followed by a speech by the National Commander giving words of encouragement and wishing VA-06 much success.
Shown from the left: Lawrence Collins, VVnW & The Veterans Coalition National Board Member and Virginia State Coordinator; Peter J. Forbes, VVnW & The Veterans Coalition National Commander; Helen Campbell, Post VA-06 Commander; Margaret Steele, Post VA-06 Vice Commander; Nancy Verespy, VVnW & The Veterans Coalition Executive Director; Dianne Bekele, Post VA-06 Secretary; Russ Wittman, Post VA-06 Master Sgt-at-Arms and Chesley Doctor, Post VA-06 Treasurer.
Post Commander Helen Campbell being presented the Post Charter by National Commander Peter Forbes.
From the left: Co-Editor and Photographer, Jerry Foster; National Commander Peter Forbes and Editor Robert Funches
The timing was quite uncanny for post VA-06 as Memorial Day was right around the corner. May 20th launched the post’s first fundraiser at Giant Food on Route 1, located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Without any solicitation needed, members set up a table displaying various VVnW logos and the members of the community approached our table offering both generous donations and words of encouragement thanking all of us for our service and sacrifices that we made. Post VA-06 would like to express a heartfelt thank you to Giant Food’s general manager, George Evans for the use of his store front. On a final note I’d like to thank all members and junior members that assisted with this successful fund raiser.
Junior supporters: from the left:
Fund-raising squad (left to right) Jerry Foster, MT Jones, Russ Wittman, Helen Campbell and Karen King
POST IN-11, MADISON, IN
Recently the remains of Donald Hoskins, MIA in Vietnam in 1972 were returned. There has been a plaque in his honor for many years at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison, IN that had been located by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Once the Post members made the discovery of the plaque they paid homage to their lost and fallen brother on Memorial Day. His brother Owen (a US Army helicopter pilot) joined the members for the gathering. Plans are underway for the final internment of Donald in the Columbarium for remains that is just behind the spot where the picture was taken. Shown in the photos are the plaque and members as they visited the cemetery. In the front row from the left are: George Schirmer, Herb Nolan, Dick Jones, and Nick Schultz. Behind Jones in the middle is Owen Hoskins, brother of Donald. In the back row are: Larry Jones, Leon Perry, Alan Campbell, Tom Ringwald and Charlie Stiver.
POST WA-12, SHORELINE, WA
Whenever the opportunity presents itself, Sonny Alvarez, his wife Barbara and various other members of Post WA-12 do all they can to bring about awareness of the Veterans of the Vietnam War, Inc. & The Veterans Coalition. These photos, taken during a recent event, highlight the ways the post provides information to veterans and their families.
WC Petty’s POW/MIA Mustang Sonny Alvarez with his information display.
WWII, Korea, and Vietnam who recently passed away. Opening ceremonies
POST CAI-01, SAN QUENTIN
Thomas Northrop reports that this incarcerated post is doing well. They have had their fourth packing day with Operation MOMS for the troops deployed. They love to do these care packages. They have also sent 100 - 75 minute phone cards to Ramstein in Germany for the wounded soldiers. They have a yearly $1500 scholarship program for the child of a veteran which is into its second decade. Incarcerated … yet very viable!
POST IN-01, NEW ALBANY, IN
The post home of Post IN-01 of the Veterans of the Vietnam War, Inc. & The Veterans Coalition in New Albany, IN is currently closed and the liquor license has been suspended. This situation has been caused purely by the actions and lack of responsibility by the Post Officers and Post Members. The Post Charter was suspended because of illegal activities and activities contrary to the Post Operating Procedures and contrary to the bar rules. The Post will be re-established once the investigation has been completed, charges filed and actions taken on nominations of officers and an election will be held. Once this is all accomplished, the Post will be re-established and the post home reopened. The Post will be reopened under a supervised scheme of arrangement.
POST VA-05, NORFOLK, VA
During our recent participation in the Neptune Festival in Virginia Beach, Virginia we were assisted by a man by the name of Sam Allen. During the time we spent together we learned of the exceptional history of Mr. Allen who is a proud member of Post VA-05 in Norfolk, VA. Sam assisted with the organi-zation’s display in Virginia Beach and we wanted to share with you his story.
HAMPTON ROADS AFRICAN AMERICAN SPORTS HALL OF FAME 2003 INDUCTEE –
If there were such a thing as a “barnstorming player” instead of barnstorming teams, Sam Allen would easily fit the bill. At one time or another, Allen played for several of Norfolk’s semi-pro baseball teams such as the West End Giants, Norfolk Eagles, Battling Palms, South Norfolk Aces and Norfolk Tigers. Sam Allen will be remembered most for his career with The Negro Baseball Leagues: The Kansas City Monarchs in 1957, the Raleigh Tigers in 1958 and the Memphis Red Sox in 1959.
According to his contemporaries and local fans, Allen was an athlete who possessed considerable natural ability and instinct.
Born on April 25, 1936 Sam Allen was raised by his mother and grandfather in the community of Lindenwood in Norfolk, Virginia. During a time when baseball was still American’s favorite passion, Allen played as often as he could along with life-long friend Walt Lundy, also a Hampton Roads African-American Sports Hall of Fame inductee. At Booker T. Washington High School, Sam played running back on the football team and as an outfielder on the baseball team. Even now, he still holds the school’s single game scoring record with six touchdowns and four extra points set during a game against archrival Crestwood High School.
“During the time we were playing, people did not have television sets, so everyone went to baseball games,” said Allen. “People looked forward to those games, especially on Sundays. A lot of times they would come and watch us right after church; many of them would still be dressed in their church attire.”
“It was a lot of fun. You didn’t make a lot of money, but we’d have a great time once we hit the field,” said Allen.
“The more games you played the more money you would make, and we would play as many games as we could. Typically, you would play single games Monday through Thursday and double-headers on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.”
Sam Allen – we’re proud to have you as a member.
Post NY-01, Brooklyn, NY reports that they lost one of their finest members recently, Herbert Robinson. Herb was a true measure of our manhood. He was selfless, profound, creative and supportive of the Post and all its members. He will be deeply missed by all who were fortunate enough to have made his acquaintance. To his wife and family, may God bless you forever and always.