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DAV transportation service offers more than a ride for veterans
11/11/2021
DAV transportation service offers more than a ride for veterans

DAV transportation service offers more than a ride for veterans

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- A ride to a doctor's appointment might seem like a simple task to some, but for many Northeast Wisconsin veterans it could mean some serious coordination. Caption: DAV offers free service to take veterans to and from the Green Bay VA hospital. (WLUK) In Green Bay, the Disabled Am...

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11/04/2021

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On the first Wednesday in November, we celebrate National Stress Awareness Day. On this day, remember that there is no reason to stress about things that are beyond our control. Chronic stress can have many negative effects on both your mental and physical health.

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10/31/2021

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DAV believes in the importance of young people being actively involved in community service. Too often, the good deeds of young people go unnoticed. We are proud to honor individuals under the age of 21 with a passion for service. Through the DAV Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship individuals who volunteer 100+ hours for veterans can receive up to $20,000 for college! Find out more at: http://dav.la/v2 #SpeakUpForServiceDay

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10/31/2021

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James Elliott “Willy” Williams, considered the most decorated enlisted man in the history of the US Navy!
In the history of the U.S. Navy, only seven men have earned all of the big three valor awards: Medal of Honor, Navy Cross and Silver Star. Six were World War II officers, including one aviator. The seventh was James Elliott “Willy” Williams, considered the most decorated enlisted man in the history of the Navy.
Williams also earned three Bronze Medals (V devices), three Purple Hearts and two Navy-Marine Corps Medals.
Williams, a Cherokee Indian, was born Nov. 13, 1930, in the Fort Mill area. At age 16, Williams enlisted in the United States Navy with a fraudulent birth certificate. He completed basic training at Naval Training Center San Diego. He served for almost 20 years, retiring on April 26, 1967, as a boatswain’s mate first class (BM1). During those years, he served in both the Korean War and Vietnam War.
During the Korean War, he was stationed aboard the Destroyer USS Douglas H. Fox (DD-779) from November 1950 to June 1952. He was detached off the destroyer and operated off the coast of Korea by taking raiding parties into North Korea on small boats. From 1953 to 1965, he served tours on a variety of naval vessels.
Williams volunteered for combat duty in Vietnam
In 1966, with only a year before he was to retire from the Navy, the burly man – 5 foot, 8 inches and 210 pounds. Williams arrived in Vietnam in April 1966 as a boatswain’s mate first class. He was assigned in May to the River Patrol Force, River Squadron Five, in command of River Patrol Boat 105 (PBR-105). The force’s mission was to intercept Viet Cong and North Vietnamese arms shipments, supplies and personnel on the waterways of South Vietnam’s swampy Mekong Delta and to keep innocent boat traffic on the river and canals safe.
On July 1, 1966, Williams led a patrol that came under fire from the Vietcong sampan. His deft maneuvers and accurate fire killed five Viet Cong and resulted in the capture of the enemy boat, earning Williams a Bronze Star Medal with a V for Valor. Twenty-two days later his crew captured another sampan, earning Williams a second Bronze Star Medal for Valor.
Less than a month later, he received his Silver Star and the first of three Purple Hearts he would eventually receive.
On the night of Oct. 31, 1966, Williams was commanding River Patrol Boat 105, alongside another river patrol boat, searching for Viet Cong guerrillas operating in an isolated area of the Mekong Delta. Suddenly, Viet Cong manning two sampans opened fire on the Americans. While Williams and his men neutralized one sampan, the other one escaped into a nearby canal. The river patrol boats gave chase and soon found themselves in a beehive of enemy activity, as the Viet Cong opened fire on them with rocket-propelled grenades and small arms from fortified river bank positions.
Williams, who knew the area well from months of patrols, directed his two boats in a high-speed detour to a spot he knew the fleeing sampan would eventually emerge. Both threaded an alternative channel too narrow for the boats to reverse course. At nearly 35 knots, they roared up the twisting passage, the heavily jungled bank passing in a green blur. Then as they rounded a bend to an area of more open water, to the surprise of all aboard, they stumbled into a major staging area for the North Vietnamese Army. Thirty to 40 sampans were crossing the channel, each loaded to the gunwales with North Vietnamese troops and supplies.
The enemy was equally surprised and sprang to their guns. Along the shore, the familiar “thonk” of mortars could be heard. Williams had no choice but to gun his engines straight at the enemy! Tracers streaked across the water. Williams ran his boat directly at several sampans, splitting them in half under the sharp bow of his rocketing speedboat. The PBRs twisted and jinked, blazed their weapons and spilled hundreds of dead and dying NVA troops into the water. The speed and maneuverability of the Americans kept them ahead of the enemy’s return fire. They blasted through the enemy formation and back into the narrow channel beyond.
Momentarily safe, the PBRs sped onward. Williams called in heavily armed UH-1B Huey helicopters from the Navy Helicopter Attack (Light) Squadron 3 “Seawolves” for air support, but as his speedboats rounded another bend, they found themselves smack in the middle of a second staging area as big as the first. Again, the narrow channel determined their fate, and both PBRs sped boldly at the enemy. For a second time, their machine guns blazed and splinters flew from enemy sampans and NVA soldiers spilled into the water. And for a second time, the two American gunboats sliced through the enemy, blasting and ramming as they went. Secondary explosions from several of the larger junks confirmed Williams’ suspicion that they were ammunition and supply vessels.
Despite three hours of intense combat, Williams’ crew received only two casualties – one gunner was shot through the wrist, and Williams was wounded by shrapnel. For his conspicuous bravery above and beyond the call of duty, he was put in for the Medal of Honor, which he received from President Lyndon B. Johnson on May 14, 1968, during the dedication ceremony of the Pentagon’s “Hall of Heroes.”
On Jan. 9, 1967, the Navy dredge Jamaica Bay was blown up by mines and PVR-105 arrived to pick up seven of the survivors. Another man was wrapped in the rapidly sinking dredge. Williams dove into the water and, with a rope attached to a nearby tree, pulled clear an obstruction, then swam through a hatch to recover the sailor. For this, he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal.
Six days later, Williams was wounded while leading a three-boat patrol that interdicted a crossing attempt by three VC heavy weapons companies and 400 fighters. He and his boat accounted for 16 VC killed, 20 wounded in the destruction of nine sampans and junks. Williams was awarded the Navy Cross and his third Purple Heart.
Williams transferred to the Fleet Reserve in April 1967 and returned to his native South Carolina with a list of awards unmatched by any enlisted man in Navy history. His awards included the Medal of Honor, the Navy Cross, two Silver Stars and the Legion of Merit, three Bronze Stars, and the Navy Commendation Medal. He also received three Purple Hearts and was twice awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for rescue operations under fire.
New arena of service as U.S. marshal
He retired after 20 years of service and was appointed in 1969 by President Richard Nixon as a U.S. marshal, serving more than a decade in the Marshals Service. His initial assignment was as U.S. marshal for the District of South Carolina, where he served until May 1977. He then transferred to Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Ga., as an instructor and national armorer. He was called back to South Carolina in July 1979 as a U.S. marshal and functioned in that position until April 1980. His next assignment was at the U.S. Marshal Service headquarters in Washington, D.C., as program manager, health and safety and in-district training officer until his retirement from the U.S. Marshal Service.
In fall 1999, he was in Florence, where he suffered a heart attack and died on the Navy’s birthday, Oct. 13. He was buried with full military honors at the Florence National Cemetery in Florence. The procession of dignitaries at his funeral included seven Medal of Honor recipients and state and national legislators.
Navy Guided Missile Destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG-95) was named and christened in his honor on June 28, 2003, at Pascagoula, Miss. His widow, Elaine, attended the ceremony.
The Giant Killer book & page honors these incredible war heroes making sure their stories of valor and sacrifice are never forgotten. God Bless our Vets!🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
Story by by Doug Sterner/courtesy of Vietnam Magazine
#USArmy #warheroes #navy #navyseals #specialforces #BMF #giantkiller #richardflaherty #usmarines #MedalofHonor #militaryheroes #usmilitary

American Veteran
10/26/2021
American Veteran

American Veteran

AMERICAN VETERAN is a four-part documentary series tracing the veteran experience across the arc of American history and exploring the present-day divide betwee

10/25/2021

Happy Birthday to US! Twenty-four years ago today, the Military Women’s Memorial was opened and dedicated to the over 3 Million women who have served in or alongside the U.S. Military.

As the only historical repository documenting all military women’s service, we educate and inspire through innovative and interactive exhibitions, our world-class collections, and engaging programs and events for all generations.

We honor the commitment, contributions and experiences of every woman who serves in, or with, the Armed Forces. Learn more at www.womensmemorial.org

Todays Bart Star Raffle winner. Thank you everyone who bought tickets.
10/24/2021

Todays Bart Star Raffle winner. Thank you everyone who bought tickets.

Todays Bart Star Raffle winner. Thank you everyone who bought tickets.

Sr Vice Danny Diebold and IPC Pat Curran selling Raffle tickets at the Bart Star Plaza Tailgate Party
10/24/2021

Sr Vice Danny Diebold and IPC Pat Curran selling Raffle tickets at the Bart Star Plaza Tailgate Party

Sr Vice Danny Diebold and IPC Pat Curran selling Raffle tickets at the Bart Star Plaza Tailgate Party

Chapter 3 Color Guard presenting the colors at the 1st Annual Home Run for Heroes event.
10/18/2021

Chapter 3 Color Guard presenting the colors at the 1st Annual Home Run for Heroes event.

Chapter 3 Color Guard presenting the colors at the 1st Annual Home Run for Heroes event.

A few photos from the Homers for Heroes event yesterday.  All proceeds being donated the the DAV.
10/18/2021

A few photos from the Homers for Heroes event yesterday. All proceeds being donated the the DAV.

10/13/2021

Do you read DAV Magazine? If so, we want to hear from you! Whether you read an article and you'd like to share your thoughts with us or you have an idea about a current veteran issue that you'd like to read more about, let us know!

Visit https://www.dav.org/dav-magazine-inquiry/ to share your thoughts.

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09/26/2021

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On Gold Star Mother's Day, let us pause to recognize the sacrifices of these women and their families. You know the truest meaning of loss and have our deepest condolences and respect. #GoldStarMothersDay

Join Your Team.
09/21/2021
Join Your Team.

Join Your Team.

We are dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity

Winners of the raffle prizes at the Bart Starr Plaza Tailgate Party. Thank you to all who bought tickets..
09/20/2021

Winners of the raffle prizes at the Bart Starr Plaza Tailgate Party. Thank you to all who bought tickets..

Winners of the raffle prizes at the Bart Starr Plaza Tailgate Party. Thank you to all who bought tickets..

09/20/2021
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09/18/2021

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Happy Birthday to the greatest Air Force in the world! Thanks, to all of America's aimen, past and present. #AirForceBirthday

Pictures from the picnic!
09/18/2021

Pictures from the picnic!

09/18/2021

Great time had by all at the annual summer picnic!!! Thank you all who came and celebrated with us.

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09/13/2021

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On Thursday, September 16 at 11 a.m. (PDT), DAV and RecruitMilitary will host an in-person career fair for transitioning service members, veterans, members of the National Guard, Reserves and military spouses in the San Diego area! https://fb.me/e/2A70oxJ5R

Join Your Team.
09/07/2021
Join Your Team.

Join Your Team.

We are dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity

09/07/2021

The Wisconsin Badgers Salute to Veterans ticket raffle is NOW OPEN for the UW vs. West Point - The U.S. Military Academy on October 16.

www.WisVetsSports.com

Registration will be open until 11:59 PM on Sunday, September 11.

2021 National Convention
07/21/2021
2021 National Convention

2021 National Convention

The DAV & DAV Auxiliary National Convention will be held in Tampa, FL from July 29 – August 3, 2021.

Address

1253 Scheuring Rd., Ste. A
De Pere, WI
54115

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 3pm
Tuesday 9am - 3pm
Wednesday 9am - 3pm
Thursday 9am - 3pm
Friday 9am - 3pm

Telephone

(920) 338-8620

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Rides Program
DAV operates a fleet of vehicles around the country to provide free transportation to VA medical facilities for injured and ill veterans. DAV stepped in to help veterans get the care they need when the federal government terminated its program that helped many of them pay for transportation to and from medical facilities. The vans are driven by volunteers, and the rides coordinated by almost 190 Hospital Service Coordinators around the country.

If you are in need of a ride in the Green Bay area, call (920) 431 2641 for more information and/or a ride.

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DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Russell Leicht Wisconsin Chapter 3

Mission Statement: Fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served

We are dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. We accomplish this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.

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There is a family that is donating a bedroom set to the Chapter. I am looking for a couple volunteers that will be free Friday morning. Looking at a start time of 10am. So far it will be myself and 1 other. Feel free to send a direct message if you can volunteer. Thank you in advance!
"Honor Viet Nam Vets Month" President Donald Trump on Nov. 10 signed into law that March 29 be designated “National Vietnam War Veterans Day” to honor the close to 500,000 American troops who fought in Vietnam and, many say, were not properly honored for their sacrifice. “Throughout this Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, and every March 29 thereafter, we will honor all those who answered our Nation’s call to duty,” Trump said in the proclamation.
Yes, there is such a thing as a FREE lunch. Roosevelt Lodge 322, F&AM, in Green Bay, is holding the 6th Annual Veterans Lunch for veterans and their families on April 25, 2020, from 11 am - 2pm. No reservation is necessary.
Wisconsin Women Veteran Annual Luncheon Hosted by: DAV Woman Veteran Committee The importance of maintaining your physical and mental health Presenters: Jim Strong, Tiffany Koehler, GB Veteran Housing & Recovery Program MC: Sandy Pharis Guest Artist: John Miller Vendors: WDVA, H**p Works, Green Bay Vet Center, Herb & Things, UWGB, Bravo Company, Green Bay Veteran Housing & Recovery Program, Veteran Village, Neurolumen, DAV Service Officer Date: September 28, 2019 Time: 10-3 Location: Duckcreek Pub 754 Riverview Dr Green Bay WI 54303 Lunch menu catered by Texas Road House of Green Bay. $20 per person RSVP required by Sept 15 Contact: Lisa Drossart (920)304-9361 [email protected]
Matt Kempainen's procedure went well. He is recovering on the 7th floor of the Milwaukee VA hospital. If everything continues to go as planned, Matt should be home tomorrow night. Sending prayers and good thoughts his way for a quick recovery!
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