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March Newsletter Online


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

  • 26 May Golf Tournament.
  • Download the form HERE.
  • Chapter reports.
  • The continuing Wreaths program news.
  • We are in the St. Patrick's Day Parade!
  • Vietnam Era Veterans Dinner in Etters.
  • Consider the Hershey High School visit this month.
  • We will continue to support local groups.
  • Veterans Court Support Fund needs your financial support.
  • ... and more!
  • Next meeting 16 April (get those taxes in!)
Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 March 2023 12:22 )
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Reading of the Names 2023

Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Vietnam Veterans Day
8000 Derry Street, Harrisburg PA 17111
11:00 a.m.
Chapter 542 will host a formal reading of the names of the 411 service members from our area that lost their lives during the Vietnam War.  Those lost were from the nine counties that form the service catchment for the Lebanon VA Medical Center and comprise the counties of Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster Lebanon, Perry, Schuylkill and York.
Keynote Speaker: Gary Crowell, USMC 
Music by Guitars for Vets, Mrs. Kathleen Travers and Mrs. Terry Novak
The Field Cross will be posted by American Legion Riders, Post 751, Enola
VVA Associate member Robert Goodman will serve as bugler
A pinning ceremony by National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
VVA Chapter 1008, Lancaster, will toll a bell for the names
Special ceremony dedicating plaques to John Chrin and John Travers
Joel Buch's Vietnam memorabilia will be displayed
Flyover by Liberty Warbird's Huey (weather permitting)
Silent Auction
Support from Humana, Central Pennsylvania Vietnam Roundtable
and all those noted above.
For further information contact Richard Burton at 717-545-2336 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 March 2023 12:23 )
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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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Our Chapter ...

Over the last several years  our chapter has sponsored the arrival and ceremony honoring America's Huey 091, the Vietnam era UH-1 helicopter which now resides in the Smithsonian's American History Museum in Washington D.C.  A ceremony hosted by the Mayor Of Harrisburg Stephen Reed, and attended by the Governor and both Pennsylvania U.S. Senators, as well as many members of the Pennsylvania State Senate and House, greeted the arrival of the chopper.

We also hosted the Pennsylvania premier of the critically acclaimed made for TV documentary "In The Shadow Of The Blade" at the beautiful Whitaker Center in Harrisburg Pa. The event, for which a UH-1 Huey helicopter was placed on the street in front of the theater - thanks to the help of the Adjutant General of the Pennsylvania National Guard, Maj General Jessica Wright — drew hundreds that night.

It was our honor to provide the Grand Marshals for the largest Memorial Day Parade in Pennsylvania, the Annville Parade.  Every year our chapter participates in this event and will continue to work with this fine group.  In recent years we have created a new tradition of passing out thousands of small American flags along the way, in advance of the parade itself, something that the marchers have told us makes for a very inspiring sight as they pass by.

Last Updated ( Friday, 28 December 2012 12:36 )
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