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 America Michael J Novosel Capital Area Chapter 542. VVA Chapter 542's mission is to promote and support veterans and work with the Central Pennsylvania community for the betterment of all. Our chapter has grown by over 100% in the last year and consists of a dedicated group of individuals from all professions. Our Name . . . On April 2, 2006, the nation lost one of its true heroes when CWO4 (Ret.) Michael J. Novosel passed away at age 83. Mike served in the Army and Air Force for a total of 43 years before being forced to retire on his 62nd birthday. He flew bombers as a Lt.Col. in World War II, and helicopters as a CWO in Vietnam. The main street at Ft. Rucker, AL, is named after him. Born and raised in Etna, PA, he caddied for Art Rooney Sr. as a boy, and was at Forbes Field when Babe Ruth hit his last homerun. Enlisting just before Pearl Harbor, he was technically too short to be an aviator, but a thoughtful medical officer “gave” him an eighth of an inch – to make him 5’4” – allowing him to go to flight school. In Vietnam, where he flew “DUSTOFF” (medevac) he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for a mission where he made 15 separate passes into heavy fire to save 29 trapped soldiers and was wounded in the action. In Vietnam he flew 2,543 missions rescuing 5,589 wounded. He logged 2,038 hours of combat flight time. At one point he served with his son, Mike Jr., who was also a pilot, and they ironically got to rescue one another within the same week after each was shot down. Both served in the 82nd Med Det with our chapter President, John Travers, and through that friendship, Mike became very friendly with our chapter, often visiting and supporting our efforts. He loved central PA and Harrisburg in particular.After his passing, and with the assent of his family, our Chapter adopted his name as part of our own. We carry it with the utmost pride. By doing so his inspirational leadership, unflinching bravery, devotion to family and country, as well as his quiet determination become constant reminders of what we hope to emulate in our activities. We thank the Novosel family for the trust they have placed in us, and we resolve to never discredit the name and memory of Mike Novosel. Over the last two years our chapter has sponsored the arrival and ceremony honoring 091, the Vietnam era UH-1 helicopter which now resides in the Smithsonian's American History Museum in Washington D.C. A ceremony hosted by the Mayor Of Harrisburg Stephen Reed, and attended by the Governor and both Pennsylvania U.S. Senators, as well as many members of the Pennsylvania State Senate and House. We also hosted the Pennsylvania premier of the critically acclaimed made for TV documentary "In The Shadow Of The Blade" at the beautiful Whitaker Center in Harrisburg Pa. The event, which placed a UH-1 Huey helicopter in front of the theater thanks to the help of the Adjutant General of the Pennsylvania National Guard, Maj General Jessica Wright, drew hundreds that night. It was our honor to provide the Grand Marshals for the largest Memorial Day Parade in Pennsylvania, the Annville Parade. Again this year our chapter participated in the parade. And will continue to work with this fine group. We are proud to host the yearly Christmas Gala at the Lebanon Pennsylvania Veterans Hospital. With the help of Kathleen Torchia and her company Capital Opera Harrisburg, we are able to provide entertainment to our inpatient veterans. We provide gifts to all the patients. We also provide free tickets to veterans and their childen for any production of Capitol Opera Harrisburg. This past November VVA 542 was chosen by Mayor Stephen R. Reed to organize the first Active Duty and Veterans division of the Harrisburg Holiday Parade . The start of the parade was signaled by a flyover of 4 UH 60 BlackHawk helicopters. With the help of the Pennsylvania National Guard we provided 2000 Christmas / Holiday cards which were sent to Pennsylvania guardsmen serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. We will work with the Mayor each year to put together the veterans division. VVA 542 is the chapter which initiated the now country wide movement to have the United States Army finally recognize the heroism of the brave men and women who fly medical evacuation helicopters in combat known as "Dustoff" by creating the new "Combat Aeromedic Badge". Due to our efforts a bill has passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is currently awaiting action in The United States Senate. On May 3rd 2005 we held a ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Wall in Washington D.C. where we placed the "Combat Aeromedic Badge", a badge designed by a Vietnam medic and funded by our chapter, at the base of each panel containing a name of a fallen member of Dustoff. We will continue this fight until our mission is complete. We invite you to visit our link to Dustoff Heroes to learn more on this effort. We host dinners and nights out on the town for US Marine and PA Army National Guard units getting ready to deploy. We are also proud of our vibrant and growing Associates Of The Vietnam Veterans Of America headed by Cathy Keister. The associates include the Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania, the Mayor of Harrisburg, members of the media, members in the show business world, and others from all walks of life who work with us in staging events for the Central Pennsylvania region. The purpose of which is to honor veterans and better the community. We especially invite the American Vietnamese community who were our gallant allies to join both our organizations! We were proud to fight by your side for a noble cause. You better than any have earned the right to be called Veterans Of The Vietnam War. To Join . . . It is easy to join us! We have two groups of members: those who qualify to join VVA because of the dates of their service during the Vietnam era (see the membership application for specific dates) and those who do not qualify for VVA. Those who do not are eligible to join the Auxiliary of VVA, and we are proud of the active part that these members play in our activities; we consider the Auxiliary a partner, one that we are quite proud of. If you think you would like to join us, simply fill out the application located on this website under applications and send it in to us. If you are asking for regular membership in VVA, we will need a DD-214, of course. John M.Travers President Vietnam Veterans Of America Michael J. Novosel Capital Chapter 542

Mission: VVA Chapter #542 is a non profit organization based on Honor Commitment and Service to Vietnam Era Veterans and all Veterans of America's Fighting Forces

Operating as usual

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...

The Huey! .🇱🇷️If you like this post please visit and like all of out pages inc. VVA Chapter 542, AVVA, Vietnam ...
10/01/2019
6 Facts About the Huey Helicopter

The Huey! .🇱🇷️If you like this post please visit and like all of out pages inc. VVA Chapter 542, AVVA, Vietnam Round Table, 1st Air Cavalry Field Cross Detail and our group page Vietnam War Photography. God Bless America.🇱🇷️

The Vietnam War was a helicopter war. Nearly 12,000 helicopters of varying types flew during the conflict, but one model in particular has taken on iconic ...

09/26/2019
Fierce Vietnam Footage

God Bless Them!🇺🇸️

I was looking around on Liveleak when I came across this, For some reason it affected me so I decided that I should put it on youtube for others to see.

09/24/2019
The Battle of Ia Drang Valley (1965) - CBS News Report

The Battle of the Ia Drang Valley in 1965 🇺🇸️

This filmed "CBS News Report" examines one of the biggest and most costly of the battles fought by U.S. troops up to 1965 -- the five-week battle of La Drang...

Surprise!👀
09/14/2019

Surprise!👀

Kris Kristofferson not only became a legendary musician, he served his nation as a US Army Ranger and helicopter pilot. We honor his service.

Our namesake for VVA Chapter 542 is CWO Michael Novosel MOH. Michael was a very good man who started flying in WW2. Afte...
08/25/2019
USA Patriotism! ... Patriotic Video > Michael Novosel - Medal of Honor Recipient

Our namesake for VVA Chapter 542 is CWO Michael Novosel MOH. Michael was a very good man who started flying in WW2. After the war he retired then Korea where he went back in. Korea ended then Vietnam happened. He was deemed to old to fly fighters or bombers in Nam so he flew "Dustoffs" where he was credited in saving around two thousand lives by flying into really hot LZ's. At one point Michael even flew "Dustoffs" along side his son who followed in his fathers footsteps. God Grant Eternal Rest and Peace to a genuine hero..🇱🇷

Michael Novosel was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions in Kien Tuong Province, South Vietnam during October, 1969. After flying for over seven hours over Southern Vietnam Michael Novosel was tasked to extract an unknown number of soldiers from the midst of an active battle.

Yes we had warm sunny walks, sang songs and just got wild and crazy! Most of us would do it again if we could.🇱🇷️
08/07/2019

Yes we had warm sunny walks, sang songs and just got wild and crazy! Most of us would do it again if we could.🇱🇷️

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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)
Trying to get a message out to all Philly area Vietnam Veterans, and all other veterans as well, to invite you to get out and see "Welcome Home, Soldier". We've had many veterans attend so far and they all have said the same thing: "All veterans need to see this play!" We only have 4 shows left, as the play closes December 8th. Don't miss it, you will never forget it! https://www.playhousewest.com/welcome-home-soldier.html #welcomehomevietnamveterans
"JUST AN OLD GUY NOW" 1968 Fresh 18 year old when I landed and departed that big silver bird knowing I would not see the civilian world for a long time,maybe never. Being young and dumb, didn't sweat too much about it because everybody else was there too in the same place getting off that plane. Then aboard a C-130 heading to the northern coastal highlands. There wasn't a lot of guys on that plane like me that got off the big silver bird down south......Kind of started to sink in a little bit that this is getting kind of military here kid.....The cargo along with us guys did not look anything like I normally would see coming over from the states on a silver bird. Ammo boxes, crates and stuff filled the inside of that thing. Scout dogs and their handlers with serious looks about them that told us new guys to keep our distance and no sudden moves. The end of the line was Chu Lia where ever that was. Spent a day and a half on a fold up cot parked in a sand dune right beside a runway for the F-4 fighter jets......Holy sh*t what a roar they did make indeed !!! Morning came not knowing anything until we were escorted to a Huey pad where I was with only two other fellas now headed for some LZ called Baldy.....Landed there and got off.....Hotter then the devil getting his nut off on some village whore that day........So now I'm the only guy left, the rest got hauled off to the artillery batteries, so there I sit waiting for somebody to haul me off somewhere......got bored just sitting there alone next to all these giant rubber bladders filled with jet fuel, gas and diesel. Low and behold when you are 18 and bored in a place like that with no common sense sh*t is bound to happen sooner or later........It did..........Laying on the ground was a pile of little packets filled with little pellet looking things inside that I poured into a neat little pile just playing around.....Decided to pull out trusty zippo lighter to see if that pile of stuff would burn......OH HELL YEAH IT DID !!!!!! KA WOOOOF !!!!Artillery propellant loves zippo lighters !! Finally it burned down to nothing and nobody was aware that I damn near torched a damn fuel depot on my 2nd day in Vietnam. Learned that life really does pass before ones eyes in a heart beat when stepping in a bucket of sh*t like that. Through it all after spending two years and eight months over there on three different LZs I fully realize now 50 years later the good lord is still shaking his head about how dumb kids can really be.........Thanks for listening. Charlie springer...............Americal Div. 1968-1971
I am trying to get the word out to as many Vietnam Veterans as I can regarding my play, "Welcome Home, Soldier" a Tribute to Vietnam Veterans. This is a play every veteran needs to see. It's very healing and positive. We did the play in Los Angeles for 25 years and some vets came to see it more than 100 times. Please please post the information about the play and hope many many veterans get out to see it. Thanks, Tony Savant.