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US Veterans MC North Carolina U.S. Veterans Motorcycle Club (USVMC)- North Carolina Chapter is a Veteran Motorcycle Club committed The U.S. We are an MC and require commitment.

VETERANS MOTORCYCLE CLUB (USVMC) is a Veterans Motorcycle Club and is comprised of members from all branches of Service. It was born of the principals : 1) To show respect for all Veterans who served honorably, 2) To promote the true meaning of Brotherhood to all members, 3) Continue to support our Active Duty Military. This North Carolina Chapter is dedicated to the remembrance of the sacrifices

by those who gave the Ultimate and for those who still struggle today. We abide by a set of by-laws and truly live by a code of Brotherhood that we do not hold lightly. We do not lend lip service but live in the Brotherhood. USVMC Patch is the sole property of the National Chapter and is not affiliated with any other Motorcycle Club.

USVMC North Carolina getting out this Christmas season and participating in Wreaths Across America. We wanna send a shou...

USVMC North Carolina getting out this Christmas season and participating in Wreaths Across America.

We wanna send a shoutout to all Veterans this holiday season and say thank you for serving and Merry Christmas.

The Continental Navy was commissioned at the Second Continental Congress on October 13, 1775 in Philadelphia, PA to comb...

The Continental Navy was commissioned at the Second Continental Congress on October 13, 1775 in Philadelphia, PA to combat the mighty British Navy during the Revolutionary War. One of the most notable heroes of the Continental Navy was Captain John Paul Jones of the USS Bonhomme Richard. In 1779 the USS Bonhomme Richard engaged the British Ship HMS Serapis off the coast of East Yorkshire. During the fight the ship sustained heavy damage and caught fire multiple times. A young ensign believing his captain to be dead shouted cries of surrender. When the British Commander asked for an official surrender Jones shouted back the immortal words, “I have not yet begun to fight!” with his ship sinking around him. Shortly thereafter gunpowder on the lower gun deck of the HMS Serapis was set aflame and exploded crippling the vessel and resulting in the surrender of Captain Pearson. Although there was a frantic effort to repair the Bonhomme Richard it was determined that the ship was lost and was allowed to sink. Captain John Paul Jones assumed command of the captured HMS Serapis and sailed on to neutral waters.
A year later Captain Jones was awarded the title of Chevalier by King of France Louis XVI, a title which he used for the remainder of his naval career considering it to be a great honor.

Today we honor the United State Navy on its 246th birthday. Throughout history the Navy has represented American maritime superiority and has served as a reminder to the rest of the world that America is ready at all times. Captain John Paul Jones immortal words stand at the heart of what it means to be a sailor. “I have not yet begun to fight”

Today USVMC North Carolina wants to highlight one of our amazing Women in Uniform Captain Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper. ...

Today USVMC North Carolina wants to highlight one of our amazing Women in Uniform Captain Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper.

Stefanyshyn-Piper received her commission from the Navy ROTC Program at MIT in June 1985. She completed
training at the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center in Panama City, Florida as a Navy Basic Diving Officer and Salvage
Officer. She completed several tours of duty as an Engineering Duty Officer in the area of ship maintenance and repair. She
qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer onboard USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53). In September 1994, Stefanyshyn-Piper reported to the
Naval Sea Systems Command as Underwater Ship Husbandry Operations Officer for the Supervisor of Salvage and Diving. In that
capacity, she advised fleet diving activities in the repair of naval vessels while waterborne. Additionally she is a qualified and
experienced salvage officer. Major salvage projects include: development of salvage plan for the Peruvian Navy salvage of the
Peruvian submarine PACOCHA; and de-stranding of the tanker EXXON HOUSTON, off the coast of Barber's Point, on the island
of Oahu, Hawaii.

NASA EXPERIENCE: Selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in April 1996, Stefanyshyn-Piper reported to the Johnson
Space Center in August 1996. Having completed two years of training and evaluation, she is qualified for flight assignment as a
mission specialist. Initially assigned to astronaut support duties for launch and landing, she has also served as lead Astronaut
Office Representative for Payloads and in the Astronaut Office EVA branch. A veteran of two space flights, STS-115 in 2006, and
STS-126 in 2008, Stefanyshyn-Piper has logged over 27 days in space, and 33 hours and 42 minutes of EVA in 5 space walks.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-115 Atlantis (September 9-21, 2006) successfully restarted assembly of the International
Space Station. During the 12-day mission the crew delivered and installed the massive P3/P4 truss, and two sets of solar arrays that
will eventually provide one quarter of the station’s power. The crew also performed unprecedented robotic work using the
Shuttle’s arm. Stefanyshyn-Piper made 2 spacewalks (EVAs) that completed truss installation, enabled the solar arrays to be
deployed and prepared an important radiator for later activation. She and Joe Tanner also replaced an S-Band Antenna, signal
processor and transponder that transmits voice and data to the ground and retrieved an external science payload for return to earth.
STS-126 Endeavour (November 14-30, 2008) launched at night from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and returned to land at
Edwards Air Force Base, California. It was NASA’s 4th shuttle flight in 2008 and the 27th Shuttle/Station assembly mission.
Highlights of the almost 16-day mission included expanding the living quarters of the space station to eventually house 6 member crews by delivering a new bathroom, kitchenette, two bedrooms, an exercise machine, and a water recycling system. The crew also
completed 4 spacewalks to repair the damaged Starboard Solar Alpha Rotary Joint (SARJ), lubricate the Port SARJ, install an
external camera group and a GPS Antenna on the Japanese Logistic Module. Stefanyshyn-Piper was the lead space walker and
performed 3 of the spacewalks. STS-126 also delivered a new resident to the station, replacing Greg Chamitoff, Expedition 17-18
with Sandy Magnus, Expedition 18. STS-126 returned to Earth after completing 250 orbits in over 6.6 million miles.

In July 2009, Stefanyshyn-Piper retired from NASA's Astronaut Corps to return to her Navy duties. Fellow astronaut Steven Lindsey, Chief of the Astronaut Office at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, stated on her retirement: "Heide has been an outstanding astronaut, contributing significantly to the Space Shuttle and Space Station programs. In particular, her superb leadership as lead spacewalker during the STS-126 mission resulted in restoring full power generation capability to the International Space Station. We wish her the best of luck back in the Navy – she will be missed." She was awarded two NASA Space Flight Medals, and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.

Veteran of the Day is this hero who even has a workout named after him. The Murph. Lt. (Seal) Michael Murphy died a hero...

Veteran of the Day is this hero who even has a workout named after him. The Murph. Lt. (Seal) Michael Murphy died a hero for his brothers in uniform and his country. Rest in Peace Sir.

Lt. (SEAL) Michael Murphy: For actions during Operation Red Wings on Jun. 28, 2005
On June 28, 2005, deep behind enemy lines east of Asadabad in the Hindu Kush of Afghanistan, a very committed four-man Navy SEAL team was conducting a reconnaissance mission at the unforgiving altitude of approximately 10,000 feet. The SEALs, Lt. Michael Murphy, Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Danny Dietz, Sonar Technician 2nd Class (SEAL) Matthew Axelson and Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SEAL) Marcus Luttrell had a vital task. The four SEALs were scouting Ahmad Shah – a terrorist in his mid-30s who grew up in the adjacent mountains just to the south.

Under the assumed name Muhammad Ismail, Shah led a guerrilla group known to locals as the "Mountain Tigers" that had aligned with the Taliban and other militant groups close to the Pakistani border. The SEAL mission was compromised when the team was spotted by local nationals, who presumably reported its presence and location to the Taliban.

A fierce firefight erupted between the four SEALs and a much larger enemy force of more than 50 anti-coalition militia. The enemy had the SEALs outnumbered. They also had terrain advantage. They launched a well-organized, three-sided attack on the SEALs. The firefight continued relentlessly as the overwhelming militia forced the team deeper into a ravine.

Trying to reach safety, the four men, now each wounded, began bounding down the mountain's steep sides, making leaps of 20 to 30 feet. Approximately 45 minutes into the fight, pinned down by overwhelming forces, Dietz, the communications petty officer, sought open air to place a distress call back to the base. But before he could, he was shot in the hand, the blast shattering his thumb.

Despite the intensity of the firefight and suffering grave gunshot wounds himself, Murphy is credited with risking his own life to save the lives of his teammates. Murphy, intent on making contact with headquarters, but realizing this would be impossible in the extreme terrain where they were fighting, unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his own life moved into the open, where he could gain a better position to transmit a call to get help for his men.

Moving away from the protective mountain rocks, he knowingly exposed himself to increased enemy gunfire. This deliberate and heroic act deprived him of cover and made him a target for the enemy. While continuing to be fired upon, Murphy made contact with the SOF Quick Reaction Force at Bagram Air Base and requested assistance. He calmly provided his unit’s location and the size of the enemy force while requesting immediate support for his team. At one point he was shot in the back causing him to drop the transmitter. Murphy picked it back up, completed the call and continued firing at the enemy who was closing in. Severely wounded, Lt. Murphy returned to his cover position with his men and continued the battle.

An MH-47 Chinook helicopter, with eight additional SEALs and eight Army Night Stalkers aboard, was sent is as part of an extraction mission to pull out the four embattled SEALs. The MH-47 was es**rted by heavily-armored, Army attack helicopters. Entering a hot combat zone, attack helicopters are used initially to neutralize the enemy and make it safer for the lightly-armored, personnel-transport helicopter to insert.

The heavy weight of the attack helicopters slowed the formation’s advance prompting the MH-47 to outrun their armored es**rt. They knew the tremendous risk going into an active enemy area in daylight, without their attack support, and without the cover of night. Risk would, of course, be minimized if they put the helicopter down in a safe zone. But knowing that their warrior brothers were shot, surrounded and severely wounded, the rescue team opted to directly enter the oncoming battle in hopes of landing on brutally hazardous terrain.

As the Chinook raced to the battle, a rocket-propelled gr***de struck the helicopter, killing all 16 men aboard.

On the ground and nearly out of ammunition, the four SEALs, Murphy, Luttrell, Dietz and Axelson, continued the fight. By the end of the two-hour gunfight that careened through the hills and over cliffs, Murphy, Axelson and Dietz had been killed. An estimated 35 Taliban were also dead.

The fourth SEAL, Luttrell, was blasted over a ridge by a rocket propelled gr***de and was knocked unconscious. Regaining consciousness some time later, Luttrell managed to escape – badly injured – and slowly crawl away down the side of a cliff. Dehydrated, with a bullet wound to one leg, shrapnel embedded in both legs, three vertebrae cracked; the situation for Luttrell was grim. Rescue helicopters were sent in, but he was too weak and injured to make contact. Traveling seven miles on foot he evaded the enemy for nearly a day. Gratefully, local nationals came to his aid, carrying him to a nearby village where they kept him for three days. The Taliban came to the village several times demanding that Luttrell be turned over to them. The villagers refused. One of the villagers made his way to a Marine outpost with a note from Luttrell, and U.S. forces launched a massive operation that rescued him from enemy territory on July 2.

By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit and inspirational devotion to his men in the face of certain death, Lt. Murphy was able to relay the position of his unit, an act that ultimately led to the rescue of Luttrell and the recovery of the remains of the three who were killed in the battle.

This was the worst single-day U.S. Forces death toll since Operation Enduring Freedom began nearly six years ago. It was the single largest loss of life for Naval Special Warfare since World War II.

The Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community will forever remember June 28, 2005 and the heroic efforts and sacrifices of our special operators. We hold with reverence the ultimate sacrifice that they made while engaged in that fierce fire fight on the front lines of the global war on terrorism (GWOT).


On June 28, 2005, three of four SEALS on the ground (Murphy, Dietz, Axelson) were killed during combat operations in support of Operation Red Wing. ON the same day, a QRF of eight Navy SEALs and 8 Army Night Stalkers were also killed when the MH-47 helicopter that they were aboard was shot down by enemy fire in the vicinity of Asadabad, Afghanistan in Kumar Province.

Navy SEALs
SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Lt. (SEAL) Michael P. Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y.
Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class (SEAL) Matthew G. Axelson, 29, of Cupertino, Calif.
Machinist Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Eric S. Patton, 22, of Boulder City, Nev.
Senior Chief Information Systems Technician (SEAL) Daniel R. Healy, 36, of Exeter, N.H.
Quartermaster 2nd Class (SEAL) James Suh, 28, of Deerfield Beach, Fla.
SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 2, Virginia Beach, Va.
Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Danny P. Dietz, 25, of Littleton, Colo.
SEAL Team 10, Virginia Beach, Va.
Chief Fire Controlman (SEAL) Jacques J. Fontan, 36, of New Orleans, La.
Lt. Cmdr. (SEAL) Erik S. Kristensen, 33, of San Diego, Calif.
Electronics Technician 1st Class (SEAL) Jeffery A. Lucas, 33, of Corbett, Ore.
Lt. (SEAL) Michael M. McGreevy Jr., 30, of Portville, N.Y.
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SEAL) Jeffrey S. Taylor, 30, of Midway, W.Va.
Army Night Stalkers
3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Hunter Army Air Field, Ga.
Staff Sgt. Shamus O. Goare, 29, of Danville, Ohio.
Chief Warrant Officer Corey J. Goodnature, 35, of Clarks Grove, Minn.
Sgt. Kip A. Jacoby, 21, of Pompano Beach, Fla.
Sgt. 1st Class Marcus V. Muralles, 33, of Shelbyville, Ind.
Maj. Stephen C. Reich, 34, of Washington Depot, Conn.
Sgt. 1st Class Michael L. Russell, 31, of Stafford, Va.
Chief Warrant Officer Chris J. Scherkenbach, 40, of Jacksonville, Fla.
HQ Company, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Ky.
Master Sgt. James W. Ponder III, 36, of Franklin, Tenn.

Veteran of the Day. USVMC North Carolina believes that our history and our veterans are of the upmost importance. The pe...

Veteran of the Day. USVMC North Carolina believes that our history and our veterans are of the upmost importance. The people who sacrificed so much for this country should be remembered. Today’s Veteran of the Day is August Bolino.

August Bolino was born in 1922 in Boston, Massachusetts. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Bolino wanted to join the service right away, but his mother persuaded him to wait. He joined July 31, 1942.

Bolino began his service in 1943 with the 388th Bombardment Group, 4th Bombardment Wing in the 8th Air Force. He went to Nashville, Tennessee, for testing and then to Monroe, Louisiana, to attend navigation school because of his knowledge in mathematics. Eventually, Bolino went to Brooklyn, New York, where he and his unit boarded a boat and traveled to England. While in Europe, his unit flew bombing missions, including campaigns in Bergen, Norway; Hanover, Germany; and Liege, Belgium. Bolino guided his unit during their mission in Liege, Belgium, for which he earned a Distinguished Flying Cross.

During the Normandy Landings, the 388th Bombardment Group took part in three bombing missions with Operation Overlord. These missions entailed bombing coastline targets and interdiction areas to help allied forces in the War. Overall, Bolino flew 30 missions throughout World War II, two of the missions taking place on June 6, 1944, D-Day. In an interview for the American Veterans Center, Bolino reflected on his views of that day: “I don’t know how I would rate D-Day. Sometimes I think it was not a success because really, 9,200 dead is not a successful mission. Everything seemed to go wrong except…every single airplane destroyed something in Germany. So, in that sense, D-Day was not a total loss.”

In 1945, Bolino left the service as a second lieutenant after completing his 30 missions. After the military, he attended the University of Michigan, where he earned both a bachelor of business administration and master of business administration. In 1957, Bolino earned his doctorate of philosophy degree in economics from St. Louis University. He taught as an economics professor at Catholic University in Silver Springs, Maryland, until his retirement. In his spare time, he liked to collect coins and watches.

We here at USVMC North Carolina have tremendous respect and love for this country and the men and women that have made t...

We here at USVMC North Carolina have tremendous respect and love for this country and the men and women that have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of freedom. Millions of regular everyday people have answered the call to serve this country, but each and everyone of them was one individual making the choice to do the right thing and stand for what they believe in. When millions of people all choose to do what is right real change can happen.

On this day in 1776 the final draft of the Declaration of Independence was submitted to Congress. 56 colonists would eventually sign their names to this document on August 2nd declaring American independence from the tyranny of British rule and laying the groundwork for the creation of the great nation that we live in today. Over the course of the revolutionary war 6,800 colonists gave their lives to make the dream of freedom a reality. Over the course of American history over a million men and women have given their lives to protect freedom and the ideals this nation stands for that were born in 1776 and signed by just 56 men.

We were blessed to be able to make a trip to support our Pennsylvania brothers in their efforts to raise money to help b...

We were blessed to be able to make a trip to support our Pennsylvania brothers in their efforts to raise money to help bring awareness to and help prevent the 22 Veterans a day that take their lives. The USVMC nationwide strives to do whatever we can to help reduce this tragic statistic and our brothers incredible event in PA is just another example of the effort it takes from everyone to make a difference.

USVMC North Carolina would like to wish a Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. We also want to give a special s...

USVMC North Carolina would like to wish a Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. We also want to give a special shoutout to the fathers out there that are deployed overseas protecting our freedoms who do not get to spend this special day with their families.





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