VVA Chapter 542

VVA Chapter 542 Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 542's mission is to promote and support veterans and work with the Central Pennsylvania community.
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Vietnam Veterans Capitol Area Chapter #542 is located at:
8000 Derry Street. DIRECTIONS (Google Maps)
Meetings in 2015 will we held the second Sunday of each month unless otherwise noted. Chapter 542 Picnic
September 13, 2015 (13:00)

Chapter 542 picnic: Sunday, 13 September 2015
NOTE - TIME LISTED IS ONLY AN ESTIMATE. Welcome to the page of the Vietnam Veterans Of Amer

Vietnam Veterans Capitol Area Chapter #542 is located at:
8000 Derry Street. DIRECTIONS (Google Maps)
Meetings in 2015 will we held the second Sunday of each month unless otherwise noted. Chapter 542 Picnic
September 13, 2015 (13:00)

Chapter 542 picnic: Sunday, 13 September 2015
NOTE - TIME LISTED IS ONLY AN ESTIMATE. Welcome to the page of the Vietnam Veterans Of Amer

Operating as usual

If firing a 50 cal BMG can be compared to great s*x, firing a quad 50 is like being the guest star at a o**y where your ...
06/01/2021

If firing a 50 cal BMG can be compared to great s*x, firing a quad 50 is like being the guest star at a o**y where your the only male. You won’t survive, but you’ll be the only dead guy with a smile the funeral home won’t be able to erase!

If firing a 50 cal BMG can be compared to great s*x, firing a quad 50 is like being the guest star at a o**y where your the only male. You won’t survive, but you’ll be the only dead guy with a smile the funeral home won’t be able to erase!

05/31/2021

This is a picture the Defense Department has never let the public see until now. This is a behind-the-scenes look at Dover Air Force Base where the bodies of fallen service members are prepared for burial. That includes being properly dressed, all the way down to the smallest detail.

In this picture, Staff Sgt. Miguel Deynes is making sure the uniform is just right for a U.S. Army pilot who was recently killed in Afghanistan.

There is a very specific process once a fallen service member is returned home. The bodies are flown back to the United States on a cargo jet. A team of service members wearing white gloves carry the flag-draped coffins to a white van that takes them to the Armed Forces Medical Examiner.

The remains are washed, hands are scrubbed clean, and hair is shampooed. If necessary, the bones are wired together and damaged tissue is reconstructed with flesh-toned wax. Sometimes, they will use photos. Sometimes, they just intuition to recreate the wrinkles in the faces and the lines around the mouth or the corner of the eyes.

“It has to look normal, like someone who is sleeping.”

Once the body is ready then the uniform is prepared. That includes putting medals in the proper order on the ribbon rack above the uniform’s breast pocket.

During the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan 10 to 20 bodies were arriving every day.

The embalmers often worked all night to get the bodies home on time. This can take an emotional toll on them, so the mortuary has a large gym to allow workers to blow off steam. Many say they are haunted by how young the fallen soldiers are and by how many of them leave behind small children. That’s why Sgt. Deynes says they are advised not to do research into the backgrounds of the soldiers.

“If I knew the story of every individual who went through here, I would probably be in a padded cell.”

The dress uniform being prepared in this particular case will be in a closed casket. Even so, it will be perfectly tailored, starched and pressed. Everything will be checked down to the last detail.

Sgt. Deynes says, “[The family is] not going to see it. I do it for myself. It’s more than an honor. It’s a blessing to dress that soldier for the last time.”

Memorial Day is about these service members and the families they left behind.
#memorialday2019
(Originally Posted by Marine WO2 Sherman Gillums, Jr.)

Honoring your fallen brothers and sisters this weekend. Everyone feels different about how to behave this weekend.  Most...
05/27/2021

Honoring your fallen brothers and sisters this weekend. Everyone feels different about how to behave this weekend. Most of the world sees a three day weekend with sales, events and opening of bbq season.

As veterans we see the empty places in our ranks where friends once stood. We see shadows when we remember something funny with them and start to laugh realizing only you will be laughing. And we look across the table or the bar stool next to you and realize that it’s filled with another you don’t recognize because your brother hasn’t been there for a while.

As veterans we see the emptiness, loss, and the real meaning of Memorial Day and for us it is painful, bittersweet, and lonely. To have this day ‘to honor the fallen’ seems like a good thing. But it’s more of a economical holiday that does everything but remind people that someone’s life was given for your freedom.

Honoring your fallen brothers and sisters this weekend. Everyone feels different about how to behave this weekend. Most of the world sees a three day weekend with sales, events and opening of bbq season.

As veterans we see the empty places in our ranks where friends once stood. We see shadows when we remember something funny with them and start to laugh realizing only you will be laughing. And we look across the table or the bar stool next to you and realize that it’s filled with another you don’t recognize because your brother hasn’t been there for a while.

As veterans we see the emptiness, loss, and the real meaning of Memorial Day and for us it is painful, bittersweet, and lonely. To have this day ‘to honor the fallen’ seems like a good thing. But it’s more of a economical holiday that does everything but remind people that someone’s life was given for your freedom.

04/28/2021
Greetings!
04/25/2021

Greetings!

Greetings!

----- Original Message -----From: Terry CoheeTo: Gary LewisSent: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 1:39 PMSubject: Frank RoweDoc...
04/17/2021

----- Original Message -----
From: Terry Cohee
To: Gary Lewis
Sent: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 1:39 PM
Subject: Frank Rowe

Doc

Sandy Allen and I went to visit Frank Rowe yesterday. We took this picture of him. He was in great spirits and ask to say hello to everyone. We set the visit up through his daughter Amy and we had a nice short visit with him.
Frank is our Brother and he’s a member of VVA Chapter 542. He now resides in a care facility near Hershey.
Frank might look like a mild majored man which he is, but back in the day Frank served in the army with none other than Elvis Presley. I posted the story and photos on our site and will look for the article to repost.
Give Frank a shout out to a very good man!

----- Original Message -----
From: Terry Cohee
To: Gary Lewis
Sent: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 1:39 PM
Subject: Frank Rowe

Doc

Sandy Allen and I went to visit Frank Rowe yesterday. We took this picture of him. He was in great spirits and ask to say hello to everyone. We set the visit up through his daughter Amy and we had a nice short visit with him.
Frank is our Brother and he’s a member of VVA Chapter 542. He now resides in a care facility near Hershey.
Frank might look like a mild majored man which he is, but back in the day Frank served in the army with none other than Elvis Presley. I posted the story and photos on our site and will look for the article to repost.
Give Frank a shout out to a very good man!

Melody Miller Newman Sanford NewmanHappy Birthday!
04/10/2021

Melody Miller Newman Sanford Newman
Happy Birthday!

Melody Miller Newman Sanford Newman
Happy Birthday!

03/29/2021
To all the dads who never came home.
03/22/2021

To all the dads who never came home.

To all the dads who never came home.

This is the front cover of my first publication - some very cool stories, some never publicity told. Just WHAT is MACVSO...
03/11/2021

This is the front cover of my first publication - some very cool stories, some never publicity told. Just WHAT is MACVSOG ? Well you take the U.S armies best which is the Special Forces - then you take the best of those men - Military Assistance Command, Vietnam – Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG) was a highly classified, multi-service United States special operations unit which conducted covert unconventional warfare operations prior to and during the Vietnam War.
This magazine is the work of Jason Collins. He is one of the good guys!

This is the front cover of my first publication - some very cool stories, some never publicity told. Just WHAT is MACVSOG ? Well you take the U.S armies best which is the Special Forces - then you take the best of those men - Military Assistance Command, Vietnam – Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG) was a highly classified, multi-service United States special operations unit which conducted covert unconventional warfare operations prior to and during the Vietnam War.
This magazine is the work of Jason Collins. He is one of the good guys!

Remember windage and elevation!
03/10/2021

Remember windage and elevation!

Remember windage and elevation!

I see all these men running around wearing Viet Nam veteran caps. Can't be the same war I was in. They're old men.
02/25/2021

I see all these men running around wearing Viet Nam veteran caps. Can't be the same war I was in. They're old men.

I see all these men running around wearing Viet Nam veteran caps. Can't be the same war I was in. They're old men.

Choppers the work horse of Nam
12/11/2020

Choppers the work horse of Nam

The NAM
12/11/2020

The NAM

I am proud to have served America!🇱🇷️
10/24/2020

I am proud to have served America!🇱🇷️

Another beautiful photo of the Wall in DC!🇱🇷
04/02/2020

Another beautiful photo of the Wall in DC!🇱🇷

We have a great new group page on Facebook called "Vietnam War Photos and Videos". Please visit, like and share your pho...
04/02/2020

We have a great new group page on Facebook called "Vietnam War Photos and Videos". Please visit, like and share your photos, videos and stories of Vietnam. All of our pages on Facebook are doing great so check out VVA Chapter 542, AVVA, Vietnam Round Table, 1st Air Cavalry Field Cross Detail and the new group page "Vietnam War Photos and Videos". 🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷

03/26/2020
National Vietnam War Veterans Day 2020

Vietnam Veterans Day 2020

Maj. Gen. Jim Jackson, U.S. Army (Ret.), Director of the Vietnam War Commemoration, delivers a National Vietnam War Veterans Day video message. For more info...

03/14/2020
Dad's Vietnam War Images

Dad's Vietnam War Images. Hell, I'm dad.😆

These images were taken by my dad, Robin 'Butch' Date, during his Tour of Vietnam in 1970/71 (2 Troop 1 Field Squadron -- Royal Australian Engineers). I scan...

03/12/2020
To Save A Soldier (1966)

To Save A Soldier (1966)

Henry Fonda-narrated 1966 ABC documentary that follows a wounded soldier in Vietnam from the field, through the medical system, and back home to the USA. It ...

This Saturday at 1:30 PM the 1st Air Cavalry Field Cross Detail will have a Q&A about Vietnam before the showing of the ...
02/12/2020

This Saturday at 1:30 PM the 1st Air Cavalry Field Cross Detail will have a Q&A about Vietnam before the showing of the powerful movie "The Last Full measure" is shown. We hope you can come out to the Allen Theater in Annville, PA to experience this powerful and meaningful event. God Bless America!🇱🇷️

01/28/2020
"Vietnam: The Soldier's Story" Doc. Vol. 5 - "Secret Wars, Secret Men"

Many Nam, Laos and Cambodia Vets were not allowed to say what they did. It's kinda like "We were never there"!🇺🇸

A superb ABC News TV mini-series - hosted by reporter and veteran Jack Smith - is a set of documentaries, with each episode providing a different segment of ...

12/23/2019
Christmas in Vietnam

Here is a rare video of Christmas in the Nam. If you like these posts, please visit and like our veteran pages on Facebook. VVA Chapter 542, AVVA, Vietnam Round Table, 1st Air Cavalry Field Cross Detail and our group page Vietnam War Photography.https://youtu.be/QTjec37w_FU

Charles Kuralt takes us to Vietnam during the Christmas ceasefire in 1965. And shows us the family life of one soldier, plus their day to day ritual of visit...

12/05/2019
Meanwhile in Canada

Now I understand! 🤣🎅 Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Ever wonder what creates the Northern Lights?

How does that song go? "In the Navy, we'll sail the seven seas"? Anyway here is a shout out to all our navy brothers and...
11/27/2019

How does that song go? "In the Navy, we'll sail the seven seas"? Anyway here is a shout out to all our navy brothers and sisters. PS: never let anybody talk down to you about being on a ship. Think about how screwed you would be if you were below deck and the ship got hit????? If you like these posts, please visit and like our veteran pages on Facebook. VVA Chapter 542, AVVA, Vietnam Round Table, 1st Air Cavalry Field Cross Detail and our group page Vietnam War Photography.https://www.facebook.com/USS.Slater/photos/a.334055959518/10157571341819519?type=3&sfns=mo

Who remembers the Great Lakes Sea Bag Inspection? Life Archive photo by Bernard Hoffman, 1940.

Many people asked me what special weapons and tools we used in dark units (Seals, MACV, Recon etc.) so this might shed s...
11/26/2019
The Gear They Carried: The Equipment of MACV-SOG

Many people asked me what special weapons and tools we used in dark units (Seals, MACV, Recon etc.) so this might shed some light on a subject we were not allowed to talk in a lecture format at of all places the Army War College 50+ years after the fact. If you like this post please visit and like my Vet pages on Facebook. VVA Chapter 542, AVVA, Vietnam Round Table,
1st Air Cavalry Field Cross Detail and our group page Vietnam War Photography.🇺🇸️🇺🇸️🇺🇸️🇺🇸️🇺🇸️🇺🇸️🇺🇸️🇺🇸️

Due to the unconventional nature of MACV-SOG's mission, the gear these men carried did not match the equipment typically carried by soldiers.

11/20/2019
Helm Honors Veterans

Before my bud Warren left for NYC for the Centennial Americas Parade he along with Sgt Dave Donmoyer 5th Group Special Forces RVN and Sgt Larry Carter 1st Air Cavalry RVN along with his wife Carol worked with PA House Rep Sue Helm at her annual Veterans Thank you Lunch at Harrisburg's Civil War Museum. Sgt Carter and his wife started the 1st Air Calvary Field Cross Detail for the past 29 years. Sgt Donmoyer and Sgt Castaneira placed and set the table for all the missing men who never came home. Sgt Castaneira sang the National Anthem and at the end of the meal led every one in singing Kate Smiths "God Bless America". It goes without saying that Pennsylvania is very lucky to have in the House, Rep. Sue Helm, always a friend and defender of veterans. Rep Helm thank you so very much for what you do for Pennsylvania and America. God Bless America!🇺🇸️

In this Legislative Report, Pa. State Rep. Sue Helm Honors Veterans during Veterans Day. 2019.

11/19/2019
We Were Soldiers-Epic Video

God Bless those Brave men!🇺🇸️

my third video of tryin to make emtional shorts of movies/trailers. this is an example from the movie "We Were Soldiers" music credited and idea picked up fr...

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IF YOU SEE A VET JUST STARING OFF SOMEWHERE, LEAVE HIM ALONE AND NEVER, EVER, ASK HIM WHAT HE'S THINKING
Inaddition to mypost I am leaving your group do not know how I got on it in the first place. Please clean it up
You need to edit some of the postings and photos being posted on your page, some real junk being posted and unbelievable comments????????????
i am a marine and we are taught to always move forward and i am an honorable marine so i go forward. all the way the Whitehouse front gate and i ask my president, why deny? why deny the facts? i got the people right here who sprayed agent orange on Lejeune or dug rusty barrels of it out of the ground clean up to 84. i was there in 86. i walked through the vapors of it on guard duty at the ammo dump. sir why deny us coverage and compensation. i got out of the marines i got two degrees from Coolidge and became an Oregon state licensed electrician for Weyerhaeuser with 10 years in when the 20 year latency period hit and put me in a chair. why deny me? why deny my brothers who just like me are dyeing un recognized many never even knowing why they got some weird disease that just don't make medical sense. sir the time is now to help the million marines poisoned at camp Lejeune before we all just fade away
Thank you for the invitation.
Dear VVA Chapter 542 Comrades, My name is Warren Hunt. I live in Michigan, and am a life member of both the VVA (Chapter 35, Toledo, Ohio) and the VFW. I am also a retired active duty Army E-7, beginning with service in Vietnam in 68-69 with the First Infantry Division. In 2018 I published a memoir, “Reflections on the Vietnam War: A Fifty-Year Journey,” an overview of what the Vietnam Era looked like to me. It covers the span of time from when I was in high school, through my Army service in Nam, culminating with my attendance at the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. in 1982. The book is available at amazon.com in paperback as well as Kindle format. A link to my book’s website is attached here: www.facebook.com/rvw50. This memoir has been included by Bowling Green State University and Lourdes University as part of the reading list for their classes on the Vietnam War. In addition, it has received positive reviews from well-known literary publications, including Manhattan Book Review, Publishers Weekly/Book Life, and the VVA Veteran: Books in Review (Henry Zeybel). In April of 2018 an excerpt from my book appeared in a special commemorative issue of USA Today: “Echoes from Vietnam.” “Reflections on the Vietnam War: A Fifty-Year Journey” has been well-received by readers; including Vietnam veterans and their family members. Many non-veterans, especially younger people, have also found it enlightening as an aid to gaining a broader perspective on the Vietnam War era. I am now in the process of sharing my work with local veterans organizations; not to make money, but because I have been told I should share it by so many people who find it an inspiring and informative read. Best wishes to your post members for a safe and pleasant summer. Sincerely, Warren Hunt Vietnam 68-69
I am with Chap 133 Oakland County Welcome Home brothers
Thank God such men lived!
You Magnificent Bastards. The right people were always with you, the right people welcomed you home, and the right people in the following generation came after you. Thank God for those who served when many did not appreciate you.
I am a life member of Vietnam Veterans. When and where do you meet?
Just wanted you to know that my husband, Jeffrey W. Rudolph, passed away on February 4, 2020. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 542. He was in Da Nang from 1969 thru 1970. If you would like to see his obituary, please go to cumberlink.obit to see his full obituary. If you need to ask me anything you may message me at Laurie Rudolph.
WELCOME TO AMERICA AGAIN (Snapshots of Vietnam)