QuAD CITIES CHAPTER 299 WWW.QCVVA299.

ORG
“We sleep safely in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would harm us.”George Orwell

FeBRuARY 2013

CHAPTER 299
VETS IN CRISIS HOTLINE 1.800.273.8255 John Katherman 309.799.7995 johndar2@mchsi.com Vice President-Terry Lynch barb.terry.lynch@gmail.com Secretary-Ron Roman 563.359.3234 ronzor01@Live.com Treasurer-Terry Kramer 309.799.7763 kramertn@sbcglobal.net Membership - Larry Tschappat 309.788.2729 let289@hotmail.com Veteran Service Officers (VSO) Al “Butch” Huber-VSO 309.721.1453 Steve Lowther-VSO 309.737.2954 VVA National Offices 800.882.1316 VA Outpatient Clinic Bettendorf 563.332.8528 VA Med Cent IA City 319.338.0581 & 800.346.1843 IL Dept of Veterans Affairs VSO Dan Bebber 309.793.1460 RI Cty Vet Ast & VSO Todd Harlow 309.558.3546 VET Cent - Fred Wyemouth 309.762.6954 IL Vet Employ Reps Ken Lilly & John Tolle 309.764.8731 IA Vet Affairs & VSO David Woods 563.326.8723 Honor Guard Co-Captains Dennis Laird - Funerals 309.278.3452 Andy Anderson - Parades C: 563.940.5980 C. Norris & J. Kerr IA Workforce Vet Reps, 563.445.3200

ATTENTION CHAPTER MEMBERS!!!
Your attendance is requested at our next scheduled Chapter meeting on Tuesday, 19 February, 1900 hours at the RI Arsenal Cafeteria. Although this is a regularly scheduled meeting, it is essential that we get a membership quorum (15%) to attend. Our membership stands at 375 and 15% puts the number needed at 56. The reason that we need a quorum is there is an important Chapter motion that will be brought to the floor and the amount of money needed to fund it will exceed the normal spending cap. A quorum is needed to approve (or disapprove) the allocation of funds. Chapter member and master hog roaster builder Dan Carothers has spent numerous hours in researching and locating a trailer to haul all the accoutrements needed in putting on a Chapter hog roast. Further, Dan has designed a highly efficient interior system to organize and codify the tools of the trade. As you are no doubt aware, the hog roast program has turned into quite a cash cow for the Chapter and with our interest in supporting the Wounded Warrior Project and the QCA Honor Flight program, we need to be completely organized and be ready to roast a hog at a moment’s notice! The 15% quorum needed to exceed our Chapter’s two tiered spending cap ($400 Board approval/$800 non-quorum membership approval) was put into place to protect our Chapter’s assets. Any Chapter special event, expenditure or project that needs funding beyond the cap must be presented to a membership quorum for approval. We need the hog roaster program up and running by early spring. To restate, the trailer is needed for efficiency and will simplify, organize and protect items needed for our roasts. Please give us an hour on the 19th. Bill Albracht

upcoming ANd MOtiONS; PAge 2 • PRESIDENT’S • Bears panthers game • a message From Your presiDent INSIDE: MiNuteS chapter 299 events • honor FLightMESSAGE; PAGE 8 • ARMY HeRO ANd NFL LegeNd; PAge 9 • WWW.

2

Volume 27 Issue 2

shoulder to shoulder

VVA299 BoArd of dIrectors meetIng - 15 JAn 2013 VVA299 memBershIp meetIng - 08 JAn 2013
Discussion followed, the motion was approved. Bob Brooks proposed a $200 donation for a student towards her $5000 needed Call to order by Vice for a Student Ambassador President Terry Lynch with trip to Australia. Bob gave the Pledge of Allegiance a detailed report of the and a moment of silence student’s background and remembering our fallen accomplishments. Ray and missing Brothers and Hamilton moved and Bob Sisters. Brooks seconded. The motion was passed after Present were: Terry Lynch, Terry Kramer, Ray Hamilton, brief discussion. Jim Loveless, Paul “Frenchy” Honor Guard – Dennis Laird Eaves, Bob Brooks, Dennis reported the upcoming Laird, Bob McSparin, Ron trip to New Glarus, WI this Roman weekend. Committee Reports Vet2Vet – “Frenchy” Eaves reported upcoming visit Membership – Dennis to St. Anthony’s Care Laird reported for Larry Center on 12/12/2013 at that we currently have 1400 hours. Attendees 375 members (206 Life are requested to arrive 10 and 169 Regular) and 42 minutes early. AVVA members. Proposed waiver of membership Treasurer’s Report – Terry dues for one member in Kramer reported financial need. Motion was made, results. He has included the seconded and approved. Four members transferred. recommendations from the December Board meeting. The report was accepted as Charities – Bob Brooks proposed a $200 donation presented. to Arrowhead Ranch. Bob Old Business Brooks moved and Ray Holiday Baskets – Bob Hamilton seconded we Brooks reported delivering approve the expenditure. Minutes VVA299 Board of Directors Meeting15Jan2013 a total of 144 baskets for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Christian Care sent us a “Thank You” for our donation of turkeys and hams. The February membership meeting will have a presentation on the history of 1st Army at the Rock Island Arsenal. New Business Board Meetings schedule for 2013 – Discussion regarding pros and cons of remaining meetings with current Board. It was agreed to have the Board again meet next month before the Membership meeting at 6:00 p.m. Rock Island Property – Discussions are continuing with the property owner. Scholarship Committee – Committee will be meeting in January. Respectfully submitted, Ron Roman, Secretary Minutes Of VVA299 Membership MeetingMeeting Called to Order by Vice President Terry Lynch. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited followed by a moment of silence remembering our fallen and missing Brothers and Sisters. Twenty-one Members were present. Dennis Laird introduced Stephanie Smith who presented a brief overview of an upcoming “Welcome Home” trip for Vietnam Veterans, sponsored by Burlington Trailways. The trip will run from April 14th through April 19th; destinations include Louisville, Dollywood and Cincinnati. During the time there, several special events are planned to honor Vietnam Veterans. For more information, contact Burlington Trailways or QC Times Plus 60 Club. Terry requested that the Minutes from the Membership Meeting of 20 November 2012 be approved. Bill Albracht moved, Ray Hamilton seconded and the Minutes were approved. Committee Reports Membership – Dennis Laird reported for Larry, that we currently have 375 members (206 Life and
“minutes” cont. on page 3

Volume 27 Issue 2
169 Regular) and 42 AVVA members. Charity – Bob Brooks moved to donate $200 to Arrowhead Ranch, Andy Anderson seconded, motion passed. Bob Brooks moved to donate $200 for a student to go on an international trip to Australia, sponsored by People to People. Andy Anderson seconded, motion passed. Andy reported that the Charity Committee to date has donated $6295. Honor Guard – Andy Andersen reported their trip to New Glarus, WI is coming up, the 17th time they have been invited to Present the Colors. The group will also again be marching in the St. Patrick’s Day parade, between Rock Island and Davenport, on Saturday March 16th. Vet2Vet – “Frenchy” Eaves reported the next visit is to St. Anthony’s Care Center on 12/12/2013 at 1400 hrs. Attendees are asked to arrive 10 minutes early. Treasurer’s Report – Terry Kramer reported the monthly income and expenses. The report was accepted as presented. Old Business Hog Roaster – Ray Hamilton reported he currently is working with a list of about 27 members/ helpers. He could use more people for the upcoming season. Please contact Ray if you can spare some time. President John is still looking for programs for meetings. Honor Express/Honor Flight – Bill Albracht reported on results of meetings with the Honor Flight organization. Our member Mike Haney is on their Board of Directors. The local Honor Flight plans

shoulder to shoulder
to continue to offer their service to the Korean Vets and later to the Vietnam Vets, if their sponsors continue to support the organization. Bill also reported that any Vietnam Vet who has significant health problems could apply to go to the front of the line. With our initial concerns for our era vets resolved, and the many logistical problems that developed with our plans for train service, the committee recommended to the Board to merge the funds for The Honor Express into the Honor Flight fund. The Board approved. Bill moved that the membership approve merging these funds, Bob Brooks seconded the motion. After discussion, the motion was approved. New Business Hog Roaster Trailer – Dan Carothers reported on the Special Events request

3

for the Trailer expense, which was approved by the Board in December. Extensive discussion followed, including the need for a quorum of 15% of the total membership to vote on this as it is a major expenditure. The by-laws were discussed, Terry suggested we table this item until February so that we can attempt to get a quorum of 15% membership in attendance. Again, discussion followed with the final agreement to attempt passage at the February Membership meeting if enough members are present. Good of the Order Mike Haney won the $25 drawing and donated it back to the Honor Flight. There was no Life Membership drawing this month. Respectfully submitted, Ron Roman, Secretary

chapter 299 – thanK You LinDa peterson
AVVA Member Linda Peterson became involved with QCVVA Chapter 299 through her brother’s Membership and decorated combat service in Vietnam as a U.S. Marine. Since his death, Linda has moved to Kentucky but she continues her involvement in Chapter 299. Responding to the Sick Bay – Sick Call section in the January 2013 issue of Shoulder To Shoulder, Linda took the time to get the contact information of our “under the weather” Chapter 299 Members to give them a telephone call with her personal, effusive style of “Get Well Soon”. Linda, we thank you for your kindness and consideration for Members who are ill. It’s impossible not to feel better when Linda engages you in conversation – a Chapter Salute to Linda Peterson.

4

Volume 27 Issue 2

shoulder to shoulder

vva chapter 299 event pLanning guiDe
Description of Event: Primary objective is to acquire an enclosed cargo trailer to assist the BBQ Cooking Team in fundraising. The secondary objective of this project is to reduce the amount of physical labor from our volunteers and to represent Chapter members in a professional manner to the public. Date and Time of Event: This application is offered on 12/11/2012 to the Board of Directors. The time of acquisition and modification upgrades will begin upon acceptance by the Board and later by full Membership in January 2013. Planned Location: Quad Cities area through volunteers and merchants. Event funding amount Not to exceed budget of $11,000. See attached itemized amounts. We also qualify the line item budget estimate to allow committee to increase or decrease line items at our discretion. This request is made so in the event we come in under budget that we will have the committee freedom to add features at our discretion. Our committee will be soliciting sponsors, for various commitments, to assist the Chapter funding requirements. All donations will be submitted into Chapter treasury, with disbursements for purchase and improvements to be made through Treasurer, or such instrument as Board may approve. Budget for BBQ Team Trailer VVA Chapter #299 Project Name: CHINOOK ONE Item Description 2013 Haulmark 14’ Cargo trailer Electrical 110v hookups Air compressor and accessories Seville 12 drawer stainless roll around Seville 5 drawer stainless roll around Steel, caster, powder coat for roll arounds Steel, wood, aluminum for shelving Graphics and lettering $850 License$100 Insurance $200 Utensils, openers, containers $125 Canopy tent cover-replacement $150 Brake controller for tow vehicle $150 Overrun contingency $650 Budget Request $11,000 Cost $5,000 $250 $125 $800 $400 $1100 $1100

Requested by: Dan Carothers, Chairman, Support trailer Committee Committee Members: Ray Hamilton, Bob Jackson, Bob McSparin, Mike Healea, Frenchy Eaves, Dan Carothers Chairman____________________________ 12/11/12 Board Approved Date: Chapter Membership Approved Date:

avva meeting FeBruarY
AVVA chapter meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm at the Rock Island Arsenal cafeteria. We would like for you to join us with your ideas and thoughts. Come join us in parades, helping with hog roasts and other charity events along with the members of the VVA chapter. We look forward to seeing you!

Volume 27 Issue 2

shoulder to shoulder

5

apriL 2013 eLection notiFication
Quad Cities Vietnam Veterans of America – Chapter 299 Election Board announces that Election Night will be held Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at the Moline American Legion at 6 P.M. Any Member may advance the candidacy of another Member or himself for Chapter Officers, Board Members and Delegates. 1. Please advise any Member of the Election Committee proposals for Elected Offices. Contact Tom Marxen [ 309-523-2727 ], Joe Ramos [ 309-755-1471 or Mike Ellis [ 309-792-8569] who will prepare the slate of Candidates. 2. A short, simple biography may or may not be submitted by the Candidate. This is the decision of the candidate. ALL CANDIDATE NAMES MUST BE SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 25, 2013 TO APPEAR IN THE MARCH ISSUE OF SHOULDER TO SHOULDER.

MEMBERSHIP REPORT
VVA Chapter 299 currently has 374 members. Our newest annual member is Billy Montgomery. AVVA Chapter 299 has 42 members. Their newest annual member is Tom Stout. Welcome aboard to you both !!! Regretfully, I must report the passing of long time VVA member Barrie Gibson. He was a 19 year Navy veteran. And he was a member of our Chapter’s Honor Guard for many years. His good nature and winning smile will be missed by all of us good ol’ boys. Our condolences go out to his family and many friends for their loss.

the cut oFF Date to orDer Your chapter 299 varsitY JacKet WiLL enD JanuarY 21st. the orDer WiLL Be suBmitteD JanuarY 22nD, 2013.iF You Want a chapter JacKet at these prices: orDer noW ! prices are going up !
SHOuLdeR tO SHOuLdeR iS BROugHt tO YOu eAcH MONtH BY: BILL ALBRACHT & JIM LOVELESS NEWSLETTER CO-EDITORS SeAN MuRPHY - cHAPteR WeBMASteR & NeWSLetteR cOORdiNAtOR JIM HIxSON; MANAGING EDITOR [ 309 ] 792-0068 E-MAIL = NxG211@QCONLINE.COM

6

Volume 27 Issue 2

shoulder to shoulder

honor eXpress out – honor FLight in
Over two years ago, our Chapter set about to figure out a way to send area Vietnam Veterans our Nation’s Capital to see the Vietnam Memorial as well as other national monuments and memorials. It seemed to be the right thing to do, give those who had served in-country a chance to see The Wall. A chance to reflect, remember and heal. The Honor Flight Program (HFP) for WWII vets was having such a tremendous positive effect on all that went, we decided to put on our own version. The only problem with the HFP was that the WWII vets were dying off before they could make the trip. Realizing that we as a group are not getting any younger, our Chapter undertook a bold initiative our goal: transport QCA VN vets to the VN Memorial. Not wanting to diminish the support for the HFP or confuse the public, the decision was made to attempt to make the trip by rail. A committee was formed, fund raising was initiated (over $3000 to date), and research begun. The committee’s diligent research revealed that although it could be done, the logistics and financial considerations to accomplish the mission were monumental. It became “a bridge too far” in that the obstacles presented were stating to overshadow the reward. In the initial stages of the committee’s research, a meeting was held with the QCA Honor Flight committee. Our committee wanted to learn what works and what does not. In conversation it was learned that it was the intention of the HFP to start sending the QCA Korean War vets when the WWII vets were done. Further, there were seriously contemplating reaching down to the Vietnam vets after the Korean vets were taken care of. This has since been recently reaffirmed. The position of the HFP Board is as long as the funding continues and the interest remains, the VN Vets are next up. When you look at what the HFP has accomplished in their relatively short existence, it is almost beyond belief. The national recognition, the funding and their organizational structure speaks volumes to the devotion and selfsacrifice of all those who have dedicated their time and resources to this incredibly worthwhile project. This year, there will be eight Honor Flights. The majority will be Korean vets. Keeping in mind that many Korean War Vets were also WWII vets, the list should move along quickly. But to be very realistic, VN vets would not be making the trip for at least two years. There is one caveat, if a VN vet is suffering from a life threatening illness, they go now. Chapter member Mike Haney is on the HFP Board. Mike has volunteered to be our Chapter’s liaison to the HFP as well as head our Chapter’s committee in our support of the HFP. Mike will provide updates with reference to the progress and timeline of the Korean vets transport. At the Chapter meeting in January, an oral report was given on the aforementioned facts. A motion was made and the membership voted to dissolve the Honor Express project and back the Honor Flight Program. Remember, there are no guarantees that the HFP will continue after the Korean War vets are finished, but then again what in this life is guaranteed? Bill Albracht

Volume 27 Issue 2

shoulder to shoulder

7

the mYth anD the truth oF “trang Bang inciDent”
By chance, you might read a report or a story on American mainstream media that asserted that Kim Phuc, the little nine-yearold Vietnamese girl running naked from the napalm strike near Trang Bang on 8 June 1972, was burned by Americans bombing Trang Bang. Unfortunately the public never realized that no American had involvement in this incident near Trang Bang that burned Phan Thi Kim Phuc. The planes doing the bombing near the village were VNAF ( South Vietnam Air Force) and were being flown by Vietnamese pilots in support of ARVN troops on the ground. The Vietnamese pilot who dropped the napalm in error is currently living in the United States. Even the AP photographer, Nick Ut, who took the picture, was Vietnamese. The incident in the photo took place on the second day of a three-day battle between the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) who occupied the village of Trang Bang and the ARVN (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) who were trying to force the NVA out of the village. The reports in the news media that an American commander ordered the air strike that burned Kim Phuc are incorrect. There were no Americans involved in any capacity. “We (Americans) had nothing to do with controlling VNAF,” according to Lieutenant General (Ret) James F. Hollingsworth, the Commanding General of TRAC at that time. Also, it has been incorrectly reported that two of Kim Phuc’s brothers were killed in this incident. They were Kim’s cousins not her brothers. A different detail report is presented as follow. This is also a Tribute to Ret. Major Ron Timberlake. He was a great warrior, and defender of the truth. In his unwaining search for the truth, he has contributed to dispelling the MYTH about the Bombing of Trang Bang. His untimely death has been a real loss not only for his family but also the Vietnam Veteran community. He has led the way in dispelling the myths of the war. One such myth is listed below. In Honor of Ron Timberlake, may the truth be our light! *submitted by Dan Johnson

8

Volume 27 Issue 2

shoulder to shoulder

a DaY i WiLL never Forget!
On October 28, 2012, four members of the Chapter Honor Guard (Andy Andersen, Dennis Laird, Bob Brooks, and myself) were privileged to present the Colors at the Chicago Bears/Carolina Panthers football game. Man, what a day that was! First of all, the Manager of Events and Entertainment, Lee Sicinski met us at gate 14. He in turn introduced us to the young lady (probably around 21 years old or so) who was to be our escort and leader throughout our stay, Paulie Bassin. She was as an absolute joy to work with. These two people as well as any other members of the Bears organization with which we came in contact treated us with the utmost kindness and respect. It was a great experience for us to be able to honor all veterans, the NFL, and the Chicago Bears. As for me, being a Bears fan all of my life, I thought I had died and gone to heaven! The Chicago Bears fans were incredible! When we came off the field and were headed to the tunnel to await the kickoff, the fans along the railing of the first few rows of seats made us feel like celebrities. They were shaking our hands, thanking us for our service to our country, taking pictures of us and with us.

 

way up the upper levels of the stands to our seats. Again, the fans made it a point to shake our hands, thank us for our service, take pictures of us and with us, and even offered to buy us beer and something to eat. What an incredible day it was! – Jim Loveless

As Vietnam veterans, we are not used to this kind of reaction. This scenario continued as we made our

veterans get Designation on ioWa Driver’s Licenses
A new Iowa law will allow veterans to have a designation on their driver’s license or identification card. The state Department of Transportation says the law was implemented several months ahead of schedule. The law, signed by Gov. Terry Branstad last year, is a voluntary initiative designed to help veterans get discounts throughout the state without carrying official military documents. Iowa law only allows the designation when a driver’s license or identification card is first issued or renewed. If you would like an application, please contact either Jim Loveless or Steve Lowther.

10

Volume 27 Issue 2

shoulder to shoulder

a message From Your presiDent
Here in the middle of a good old Midwest winter it is a treat to be able to look forward to the days getting longer and thoughts of Spring only two months away. With that, we can also think of our Annual Meeting and elections. Our Chapter is loaded with quality members, have really stepped up, this last year in particular, and been involved in our many chapter activities. We have a good number of experienced and relatively new members who have shown leadership ability in many ways. This year, as in other years, there are 4 officers, 6 Board of Director, and 2 State Delegate positions up for election. If you are interested, contact Tom Marxen, 309-236-5652. We also have some important business to discuss and vote on at our February meeting, and we Really need as many members as possible to be in attendance. We will have a guest speaker, George Eaton, who is the Historian for the First Army. Should be very interesting, and there will be NO test afterwards! I hope to see as many of you as possible at the February meeting. John Katherman President, VVA #299

WiLLiam r.i. “easY” smith
Easy Smith served with A Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division { The Wolfhounds } in Vietnam in 1967. William was awarded two Purple Heart Medals and the Bronze Star Medal with “V” device for saving a couple of troopers, also wounded, from a canal. Easy is a Lifetime Member and Past President of the 27th Infantry Regiment Historical Society. He serves on the Board of VVA Chapter 500 and is active in the Veterans Community. Easy travels a great deal visiting Veterans, their Families, including trips to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii to support Wolfhounds and other units of the 25th Infantry Division when they deploy and re-deploy. The Wolfhounds have 14 Medal of Honor recipients [ which include Master Sgt. John F. Baker, deceased Member of 299 – and personal friend of Easy ] and more than 29 Battle Streamers with over 12 Citations on its Colors. Easy and the Wolfhounds have supported the Holy Family Home [ orphanage ] in Osaka, Japan for over 60 years.

Volume 27 Issue 2

sponsor pAge 11

61204-6076

only

l! rship specia 0.00 membe $1

61204-6076

Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful