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  • Welcome our new First Vice President - Wilbur Rhodes
  • Health reports. Wish this particular update was shorter.
  • Officer's reports.
  • Status of our lease.
  • We will be part of the November election as a new polling place.
  • Wreaths across America update.
  • Perry County Memorial & Parade information
  • Harrisburg Holiday Parade - November 23 @Noon.
  • New York City Veteran's Parade trip information.
  • We would like to thank everyone for their donations.
  • Roundtable speakers for October.
  • Our Holiday Party - Mark your calendars for Saturday, 7 December!!!
  • And more ...
  • Next meeting - 13 October @12:30 


Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 October 2019 18:09 )
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Wreaths Across America 2019

Vietnam Veterans of America, Michael J. Novosel, M.O.H. Capitol Chapter 542 is taking on the challenge to assist the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery put a wreath on every grave this year during the holiday period from December 14th through mid January. Your sponsorship to our Wreaths Across America Program will help us do just that. Download and complete the online brochure and help us do our part. The Cemetery goal this year is to receive and place 41,500 wreaths.


Last Updated ( Monday, 11 March 2019 11:29 )
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VVA542-PaypalDonationScreen-CEYou can now donate
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Last Updated ( Monday, 04 February 2019 12:46 )
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Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 542
2019 Sportsmans Gun Raffle

Tickets are on sale now! See a member to buy your tickets which will be on sale through 1 September, 2019.

You may request tickets by email by contacting Bill Schweigler VVA-542 VP ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or send a regular mail request to:

Bill Schweigler
2051 S3rd St.
Steelton, Pa. 17113

Drawing is scheduled to be held 8 September, 2019.

Winners will have thirty (30) days from the drawing date to claim their prizes. If prizes are not claimed within that period an alternate ticket will be drawn.

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Who Is Michael Novosel?

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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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