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Support the Troops Rally and Chapter Picnic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dennis McMahon   
Friday, 23 October 2009 13:51

Support the Troops Rally and Chapter Picnic


On Saturday 23 July there will be a support the troops rally on the steps of the State Capitol starting at noon. All members of our chapter and all others are urged to attend. Remember we the veterans of Vietnam have sworn never again will troops be treated as we were.

Following the rally we will all meet at Mike Mc Laughlin's home for our first annual chapter picnic. Our guests at the picnic will be the Vietnamese Community. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy an afternoon by the pool. Please RSVP to Mike McLaughlin at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 697-0046 by Monday July 18th. Directions to Mike's are take the Carlisle Pike to Skyport Road, by the Applebee's restaurant. Turn on to Skyport road, at third intersection turn left onto Westover Drive. After stop sign go about 4 houses and turn right onto property set back from the street. Park on lawn where indicated. Hope to see you there.

Rain date July 24th
 
VVA 542 To Receive Its Own UH-1 Flyable Huey PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dennis McMahon   
Friday, 23 October 2009 13:49

VVA 542 To Receive Its Own UH-1 Flyable Huey


VVA 542 has received word that the paper work has been forwarded to receive from the Pa. Army National Guard a flyable UH-1 Huey that was due to be mothballed. The chapter has several members who are still employed as mechanics with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard at Fort Indiantown Gap and are also licensed A&P mechanics, and have volunteered to work on our aircraft. Also the chapter has several former UH-1 Instructor Pilots all with several thousand hours in the Huey. Included in those that have volunteered to fly our aircraft are BG (Ret) Cecil Hengeveld, CW4 (Ret) Gerry Burton, CW5 (Ret) Gerry Hess, CW5 (Ret) Don Beatty, CW5(Ret) John Travers, and CW4 (Ret) John Calaman.

Thanks to Harrisburg Jet Center we will have hanger space at Capitol City Airport, and plan to have a ceremony when the aircraft is turned over to the chapter. We plan to make the aircraft available to other veteran organizations for events and also to provide it to the city of Harrisburg and surrounding communities for civic events. Delivery is hopefully to happen within the year. Stay tuned for more information.
 
May 28th VVA 542 in Annville Parade PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dennis McMahon   
Friday, 23 October 2009 13:48

May 28th VVA 542 in Annville Parade


On May 28th VVA 542 will participate in the largest Memorial Day parade in Pennsylvania, the Annville Parade. Last year VVA 542 with the help of American Airlines and the Dustoff Association provided the Grand Marshalls for the parade. They were the Dustoff crewmen of the year who were members of the 571st Dustoff Unit just back from the Iraq War. Also riding as Grand Marshalls were Col (Ret) Doug Moore Vietnam Dustoff Pilot and holder of the Distingushed Service Cross, and Kevin Donoghue Vietnam medic from the 57th Med Det. This year VVA 542 will provide a flatbed truck with many of our members on board and gifts for the crowd.
 
Friends of Vietnam Veterans Golf Tournament PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dennis McMahon   
Friday, 23 October 2009 13:46

Support Your Local Veterans!

 

Sign Up for “Friends of Vietnam Veterans Golf Tournament


The Harrisburg Chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is offering area residents an opportunity to honor local veterans over the Memorial Day Weekend by sponsoring its 4th annual Friends of Vietnam Veterans Golf Tournament.

The tournament will take place Friday, May 27, starting 8:30 am, at Manada Golf Course (near Penn National Race Track in Grantville).

Originally organized as a day for veterans to get together for a friendly match of golf, the tournament has grown in popularity and now is open to the public in response to the many requests from friends and family members of veterans seeking to participate.

All proceeds from the tournament are used to support local veterans in need. In addition to annual VVA donations to local homeless shelters, the proceeds also are distributed through the Harrisburg Vet Center to veterans for emergency situations and hardships.

The cost of the tournament is $60, which includes greens fees, carts, prizes, refreshments and buffet.

The VVA welcomes area businesses or individuals to sign on as golf hole sponsors at $100 per hole assignment.

For additional information or inquiries, please contact the following tournament coordinators:

Mike Groff 717-272-9759

Jan Yupcavage 717-533-5863

Interested individuals are encouraged to register early since the tournament sells outs quickly.

Click here to download the registration form.

See you May 27!

 
September Harrisburg Chapter 542 to Host State VVA Meeting PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dennis McMahon   
Friday, 23 October 2009 13:43

September Harrisburg Chapter 542
to Host State VVA Meeting

In September VVA chapter 542 will host the Pennsylvania VVA State Council meeting. Plans are in the works to coordinate with the city of Harrisburg to park a Vietnam era UH-1 helicopter in front of the Hilton Hotel in Downtown Harrisburg. Since the meeting coincides with POW/MIA week we also plan a reading of the names of Pennsylvania service men listed as Missing In Action. There are also plans for a public seminar by former Vietnam Prisoners of War. More details will be coming in the next few months.

Last Updated ( Friday, 23 October 2009 13:45 )
 
Friday May 6th Harrisburg Riverboat Event PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dennis McMahon   
Friday, 23 October 2009 13:41

Friday May 6th Harrisburg Riverboat Event

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VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA

Capitol Chapter 542

To our friends in the Vietnamese community.


On Friday May 6th at 4:00 PM the Vietnam Veterans of America Capitol Area Chapter 542 will be on board the “Pride Of The Susquehanna” river boat for an afternoon ceremony for one of our members. In honor of our Vietnamese friends and fellow warriors we will be flying both the American and Republic of South Vietnam flags as we sail up and down the river. One of our members Chieu Van Li will be on board and we invite the Vietnamese community to join us at the river.

 
May 4 High School Fly In PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dennis McMahon   
Friday, 23 October 2009 13:31

May 4 High School Fly In


On Wednesday the 4th of May VVA Chapter 542 will sponsor a fly in to Both Bishop McDevitt and Harrisburg High School. On board the UH-60 Blackhawk will be the Adjutant General of Pennsylvania as well as Congressional Medal Of Honor Recipient Mike Novosel and several other members of VVA 542. Joining us at the High Schools will be many of the members of our chapter as well as WW2, Korean,, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

Thanks to the producers at Arrowhead Films we will be showing a specially prepared film on Vietnam Vets. Following the school assembly the students will move to class rooms where veterans will be able to answer questions and hold discussions on the Vietnam War and being a Veteran.

VVA 542 will present gift certificates to the winner at each school of an essay on veterans and the Vietnam War, to be judged by the high school history departments.

We welcome all veterans to join us, if you are not a member of VVA 542 band wish to participate please contact John Travers at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Event in Washington on May 3rd, 2005 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dennis McMahon   
Friday, 23 October 2009 13:23

Event in Washington on May 3rd, 2005

On Tuesday May 3rd at 12:00 noon at the Vietnam Memorial WALL there will be a ceremony where the Vietnam Vterans of America Chapter 542 will place the Combat Aeromedic Badge at the base of the panels containing the names of the Fallen Dustoff crewmembers of the Vietnam War.

The badge is based on a design rendered by Billy Cunningham a medic who served with the 57th Med Det Republic of Vietnam. The badges will be contained in jewelry cases and after the ceremony forwarded to those relatives of the men on the Wall who requested them.

This ceremony will highlight the new Bills that have been placed in both the House and Senate calling for the Army to officially recognize the service of Dustoff both past and present.

Present at the ceremony to help place the badges will be Congressional Medal Of Honor recepitiant Mike Novosel, former Vietnam Prisioner of War for over 7 years US Navy Cpt. ( Ret) Ed Davis, double amputee infantry solider Fred Castleberry, and many other Vietnam veterans including Congressman Joesph Pitts of Pennsylvaniaa former B52 crewmember during the Vietnam War, and co sponser of the new Bill in the House.

With the advent of the new "Close Combat Badge" the Vietnam Veterans of America feel time has come to bring this matter to public attention. We expect a media presence and are ready to state our case to the public. To all who can attend we welcome you to join us. To those currently serving with Dustoff we especially would love to have you attend as the new bills in Congress affect you as well.

Last Updated ( Friday, 23 October 2009 13:31 )
 
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