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JULY Newsletter Online


The latest Chapter newsletter is now online. Some of the highlights of this month's newsletter are:

  • COVID procedures
  • Financials - "better but not good".
  • Wreaths across America update.
  • Round Table speakers.
  • IGNC Internments.
  • And more ...
  • Hope all are having a great Summer!
  • Next meeting 9 August.
    Last Updated ( Friday, 07 August 2020 15:15 )
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    Covid-19 Notice

    Ladies and Gentleman,

    Allen wants all of you to know that due to the coronavirus and the current Federal and State regulations regarding same, this Sunday's April 5th meeting is cancelled and there will be no make up meeting scheduled. Therefore our next meeting at this point in time will be the regularly scheduled meeting on May 17th.

    If you know any member who does not use e-mail please spread the word to them.

    We hope you all stay safe and healthy,

    Gary ( SPOC VVA Chapter 542 )

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 April 2020 08:17 )
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    February Newsletter Online


    The latest Chapter newsletter is now online. Some of the highlights of this month's newsletter are:

    • Wreaths Across American news and 2020 Campaign
    • VVA Chapter election nominations in March!
    • Health reports update.
    • Mayor Reed's passing
    • Special Election report.
    • Upcoming parades.
    • 22 May Golf Tournament.
    • Read about the Holeless Veterans Stand Down (already held).
    • Valor Clinic and alot more!
    • Spring forward! Next meeting 8 March.
    Last Updated ( Monday, 02 March 2020 14:13 )
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    Last Updated ( Monday, 04 February 2019 12:46 )
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    Who Is Michael Novosel?

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 April 2016 11:59 )
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    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 April 2016 21:43 )
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    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 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.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 August 2010 17:40 )
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