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All Purple Heart recipients who reside in St. Johns County will be invited and honored as a part of this recognition ceremony. Please remember to contact Michael Rothfeld if your organization has any news or events you would like to get out to our veteran community. Michael can be contacted at mrothfeld@anyveteran.org He will put your organizations event on our web page, Facebook. and distribute to our extensive email list. Bill Dudley, Chairman Veterans Council of St. Johns County Fellow Veterans: On Friday, 30 March 2018, 10 AM, the Veterans Council and Vietnam Veterans Assoc. Chapter 1084 will honor our Vietnam veterans by conducting a Vietnam Memorial Wreath Laying Ceremony at the St. Augustine National Cemetery. Brig. Gen. Richard Capps will be our keynote speaker and Congressman John Rutherford will be a guest speaker. Congressman Rutherford will also present a Vietnam lapel pin to anyone who has not previously received a pin. You do not have to have served in Vietnam to be eligible to receive a you served in any military branch during the period from Nov. 1, 1955 May 15, 1975. Please mark the date and plan to attend as we honor our Vietnam veterans with this wreath laying ceremony. The Veterans Council has taken on two new initiatives to honor our veterans. In early May, we will hold a ceremony in front of the St. Johns County Administration Building to hoist a POW / MIA flag on the main flag pole beneath the American flag that is currently on display in that location. The flag raising ceremony will be open to the public. We will also provide a POW / MIA flag at the Health and Human Services Building. Everyone will be made aware as soon as the date is firmed up with the Board of County Commissioners After this ceremony, the Executive Board of the Veterans Council will appear before the Board of County Commissioners where they will receive a Purple Heart Proclamation declaring St. Johns County a Purple Heart County. Currently there are 17 out of 67 counties in the State of Florida that hold this distinction. Message from the Chairman Newsletter Date: March, 2018 Volume 7, Issue 3 Lassen State Veterans Nursing Home Jax National Cemetery Support Comm. VVA 1059 Clay County George Gaspard, Special Force Legend Cecil Field POW/MIA Memorial 3 Local VVAs & How to Join Semper Fidelis Society newsletter Bob Ong, My Neighbor From MOE MOAA St Augustine Chapter Dan Suttelle Remembered K9s For Warriors expands to Alachua New Veterans ID card information Veterans Council January Minutes Remembering Scott Speicher Former POW to speak in Flagler County Traveling Vietnam Wall in Melbourne Jacksonville Air Show Veterans Appreciation Day in Clay County Military Museum of N Florida Military Burn Pits Vietnam Wall of Faces Rosie the Riveter Passes Remembering the 4 Chaplains From the FL State VVA Council Inside this Edition

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2 Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans Nursing Home Another fabulous performance by Re Creation, an organization of young adults traveling the country performing their music show for veterans homes, hospitals and clinics. Helping Hands Valentines Valentines Day Social We had a Girl Scout Troop come in to sell PLENTY of cookies to the residents and staff!

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3 Jacksonville National Cemetery Support Committee Meetings for 2018 March 19th, 2018 Planning for Memorial Day Ceremony April 16th, Memorial Day Planning May 14th, Final Memorial Day Planning Sept 17th, Begin Planning for WAA 2018 Oct. 15th Nov 5th Dec 3rd Gary Newman, President VVA 1059 Clay County, presents Clay County School Board Member Michael Wingate, Director of K12 Academic Services with sets of the dvd documentaries, for all county High Schools, produced by the Veterans Council of St Johns County. The dvds tell the stories of local NE FL veterans in all wars.

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4 POLICY of Veterans Council of St. Johns County Written and approved by the EXCOMM of VC of SJC ALL: Please read. We are instituting these guidelines because we have been allowing posts that are not veterans related, political in nature and for profit postings. I will remove postings that do not comply with the above, if it happens a second time I will be forced to prohibit you from using this site. The Veterans Council of St. Johns County, Inc., is an IRC§501(c)(3) exempt organization, FEIN 27 1971825, registered (# CH31930) with the Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Contributions are deductible from taxable federal income as charitable donations under IRC§170 and/or IRC§6115. The Council does not use professional solicitors. 100% of funds received benefit the missions of the Council: supporting, advising, advocating, recommending and assisting the various commissions, organizations and citizens of St. Johns County. Please visit our website: http:// StJohnsVetsCouncil.org for more information. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL FREE WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. The toll free number of the Department is 1 800 HELP FLA (435 7352) calling from within the State of Florida, or (850) 488 2221 calling from outside Florida. It is the policy of the Veterans Council of St. Johns County, Inc. not to endorse or advertise any product(s) or service(s) that would promote personal gain for any individual or group, or otherwise violate the provisions of §501(c) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. The Veterans Council reserves the right to remove any advertising or promotional postings or links thereto, which are not in compliance with the aims and ideals of our organization, or, directly or indirectly, are political in nature, at the sole discretion of the website administrator (with or without notice to those making the deleted posting). We appreciate your support and appreciate your compliance.

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5 GEORGE GASPARD JR. Lt. Col. George Wallace Gaspard Jr. was born at Maxwell Field, Montgomery, Ala., on August 5, 1926, the son of the late George W. Gaspard of MN and Annie Lou Bamberg of AL. He passed away on January 30, 2018 in his home in Saint Johns, FL. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1944 to 1946 and first entered the U.S. Army on June 11, 1951. In May 1952, he reported to Fort Benning, Ga., as a student in the first all officer class at the Ranger course, followed by attendance at a special course at the Air Ground School located at Southern Pines, N.C. He the applied for transfer to the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), which had just been organized at Fort Bragg, N.C. He served as a team leader in the 18th SF Operational Detachment, and in November 1952 attended Special Forces Class #1. In March 1953, then Lt. Gaspard was assigned to FEC/LD 8240AU FECOM during the Korean War, where he commanded four enlisted men and 80 South Korean agents, who were dispatched behind enemy lines to gather intelligence on the North Koreans. In October 1954, Gaspard joined the 77th SF Group (A) cial Forces Department. He was subsequently transferred to the 187th ARCT and honorably discharged in September 1957. From 1960 1962, he served as a civilian mobilization designee with the Special Warfare department in the Pentagon. In April 1962, he was recalled to active duty and assigned to the 5th SF Group (A) at Fort Bragg, commanding Det A 13; and in September opened a new Special Forces Camp in Kontum Province at Dak Pek, Vietnam, which remained the longest continuously active SF/ARVN Ranger camp until it was overrun in 1972. Capt. Gaspard returned to Fort Bragg in 1963 as adjutant and HHC commander of the newly formed 6th SF Group (A). In July 1965, he reported to AID Washington, DC and subsequently to AID Saigon, assigned as a provincial

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6 adviser in Quang Duc Province. He was instrumental in negotiations to peacefully transfer FULRO personnel to the Army of South Vietnam. He was promoted to major in 1966, and after completing this tour, reported to 1 SF Group (A), Okinawa. In October 1967, he returned to Vietnam and directed the MACVSOG Strata program. With the SOG Commander, Col. Jack Singlaub, Maj. Gaspard briefed Gen. Westmorland and Gen. Abrams on future STRATA operations, resulting in 24 helo insertions and 22 1 coming surrounded and requiring emergency extraction. Maj. Gaspard, riding a hydraulic penetrator, twice descended to remove a wounded agent and was awarded the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross for Heroism and the Purple Heart Medal. He returned to SOG 1969; 2qw promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1971; and reported to 1st SF Group, Okinawa as the group executive officer, and later assuming command of the 1st Battalion. Lt. Col. Gaspard retired in August 1973. His awards and decorations include: the Silver Star Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with V device and five Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with V device and three Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart Medal with one chutist Badge, Pacific Theater Service Ribbon with one Campaign Star, Korea Service Ribbon with two campaign Stars, Vietnam Service Campaign Ribbon with 15 campaign Stars, 18 other service and foreign awards including the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Gold, Silver and Bronze stars, U.S. Navy Parachute Wings, Korea Master Parachutist Wings, Vietnamese Master Parachutist Wings, Thailand Master Parachutist Wings and Cambodia Parachute Wings. In 1985, Colonel Gaspard entered the South Carolina State Guard and was subsequently appointed in 1987 as Chief of Staff with the rank of Brigadier General. In 1991, he was inducted into the Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, Georgia. In 2010, BG Gaspard became a Distinguished Member of the Special Forces Regiment. Lt. Col. Gaspard was a member of SFA, SOA, VFW, MOAA, American Legion and Sons of Confederacy. Lt. Col. Gaspard is survived by his loving wife Suzanne R. Fox Gaspard; children, Margaret A. Wornica (Dennis), George W. Gaspard, III., Michael B. Gaspard

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7 adviser in Quang Duc Province. He was instrumental in negotiations to peacefully transfer FULRO personnel to the Army of South Vietnam. He was promoted to maIn October 1967, he returned to Vietnam and directed the MACVSOG Strata program. With the SOG Commander, Col. Jack Singlaub, Maj. Gaspard briefed Gen. Westmorland and Gen. Abrams on future STRATA operations, resulting in 24 helo coming surrounded and requiring emergency extraction. Maj. Gaspard, riding a hydraulic penetrator, twice descended to remove a wounded agent and was awarded the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross for Heroism and the Purple Heart Medal. He returned to SOG 1969; 2qw promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1971; and reported to 1st SF Group, Okinawa as the group executive officer, and later assuming command of the 1st Battalion. Lt. Col. Gaspard retired in August His awards and decorations include: the Silver Star Medal, Distinguished Flying device and five Oak Leaf Clusters, device and three Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart Medal with one chutist Badge, Pacific Theater Service Ribbon with one Campaign Star, Korea Service Ribbon with two campaign Stars, Vietnam Service Campaign Ribbon with 15 campaign Stars, 18 other service and foreign awards including the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Gold, Silver and Bronze stars, U.S. Navy Parachute Wings, Korea Master Parachutist Wings, Vietnamese Master Parachutist Wings, Thailand Master Parachutist Wings and Cambodia Parachute Wings. In 1985, Colonel Gaspard entered the South Carolina State Guard and was subsequently appointed in 1987 as Chief of Staff with the rank of Brigadier General. In 1991, he was inducted into the Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, Georgia. In 2010, BG Gaspard became a Distinguished Member of the Special Forces Regiment. Lt. Col. Gaspard was a member of SFA, SOA, VFW, MOAA, American Legion and Sons of ConLt. Col. Gaspard is survived by his loving wife Suzanne R. Fox Gaspard; children, Margaret A. Wornica (Dennis), George W. Gaspard, III., Michael B. Gaspard (Donna), Jeannette G. Marshall (John), Graham C. Gaspard (Marla), Towsend Gaspard and Kirsten Gaspard; eight grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Green Beret Foundation, The George C. Morton Memorial Scholarship Fund(SOA), Community Hospice of Jacksonville, FL, St Augustine Humane Society, St Augustine, FL, Jacksonville Humane Society, Jacksonville, FL.

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9 How to Join and Who to Contact about joining a local Vietnam Veterans of America group Duval County: Anyone can get in touch with the Duval County VVA 1046 at 904 419 8621 or email info@vva1046.com, or call me directly, info listed below. Anthony (Tony) D'Aleo, President, Nicholas J. Cutinha VVA Chapter 1046, Cell # 904 910 2386 ------------------------------------Clay County: Anyone wishing to join the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter in Clay County should contact Gary Newman, Chapter # 1059 President. Any Vietnam veteran is eligible to join this very exclusive organization, era veterans are included. Contact information is as follows: Gary Newman, P.O. Box 626, Orange Park, Fl. 32067 0626 Tel: 904 269 1857, E mail: agnjustice@yahoo.com We meet on the 1st Saturday of each month at 11:00 AM @ the Middleburg American Legion, Post # 250. Come join your Brothers and Sisters. St Johns County, VVA Leo C Chase Chapter 1084 : Those seeking information can call 904 233 4712 (leave message), or email to president@vva1084.org or membership@vva1084.org. One can also check out our website at vva1084.org. rant at 2600 N Ponce de Leon Blvd, St Augustine. For the hardcore, a smaller group meets We have a great group, and all are welcome to visit and participate! John Leslie, President, Vietnam Veterans of America Leo C Chase Chapter 1084, (904) 233 4712 From left: Gary Newman and Tony Award from the VVA FL State Council. On right is John Leslie receiving Award for Newsletter of the Year. Photo by Dave Treffinger

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10 How to Join and Who to Contact about joining a local Vietnam Veterans of America local group Duval County: Anyone can get in touch with the Duval County VVA 1046 at 904 419 8621 or email info@vva1046.com, or call me directly, info listed below. Anthony (Tony) D'Aleo, President Nicholas J. Cutinha, VVA Chapter 1046, Cell # 904 910 2386 ------------------------------------Clay County : Anyone wishing to join the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter in Clay County should contact Gary Newman Chapter # 1059 President Any Vietnam veteran is eligible to join this very exclusive organization, era veterans are included. Contact information is as follows: Gary Newman, P.O. Box 626, Orange Park, Fl. 32067 0626 Tel: 904 269 1857, E mail: agnjustice@yahoo.com We meet on the 1st Saturday of each month at 11:00 AM @ the Middleburg American Legion, Post # 250. Come join your Brothers and Sisters. -----------------------------------St Johns County, VVA Leo C Chase Chapter 1084 : Those seeking information can call 904 233 4712 (leave message), or email to president@vva1084.org or membership@vva1084.org. One can also check out our website at vva1084.org. Our membership meetings are held on the 4th (Blather, BS, and Brotherhood). We have a great group, and all are welcome to visit and participate! John Leslie, President, Vietnam Veterans of America Leo C Chase Chapter 1084, (904) 233 4712 The 3 Presidents: from left, and John Leslie

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12 36 Granada Street, St. Augustine FL 32084 (904) 679 5736 Corazoncinemaandcafe.com Stop by the Corazon Cinema and Caf located in the heart of St. Augustine to catch a great film or a bite to eat (free parking). Tell us you are a veteran and receive 10% off any food or drinks Beer and wine available. The newsletter of the Semper Fidelis Society http://semperfidelissociety.org/newsletters MISSION STATEMENT: The Semper Fidelis Society is an association of Marines whose purpose is to maintain the camaraderie, espirit de corps and sense of purpose that identifies us as United States Marines. We believe that the Marine Corps values of honor, courage and commitment, coupled with the historical tenacity of Marines to accomplish their mission are traits that are worthy of respect and emulation. In the interest of Marines taking care of Marines and sharing our values within our community, we will provide a forum/fraternity of Marines that will foster an atmosphere of friendship and cooperation with the intent of providing a network of Marines who will work towards the goal of Marines taking care of Marines and establishing a set of connections that can benefit Marines, Navy FMF Corpsmen and their families. VISION STATEMENT Ensure that Marines and Navy FMF Corpsmen are respected and recognized for their services, always receive their benefits and entitlements; are recognized for the sacrifices they and their families made on behalf of this nation.

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14 From Anthony G D'Aleo: On Wed. Feb. 7th at the VVA 1046 Chapter meeting, I was proud to present Harrison Conyers, City of Jacksonville Manager of Military and Veterans Affairs with an Honorary Lifetime Membership of the Vietnam Veterans Association. Only few individuals were similarly recognized in the nation! Please join me in congratulating Harrison on this well deserved honor.

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15 Bob Ong: An American Hero passes, his story lives on Bob Ong passed away this week. I met Bob Ong about 11 years ago when I started my documentary career. Bob lived in my community, had a friendly personali t y a n d a g o o d m e m o r y My first project, interviewing and recording WW II veterans service stories, started in my senior community in Elkton, FL when I found out that there were over 30 WW II veterans living in Coquina Crossing. all my WW II neighbors stories for future generations to learn about the Tinian Island in the Pacific during the war. One day he observed something different happening on the airfield. Although no one was allowed on the airfield Bob watched nearby. He noticed a plane, the Enola Gay, moving to cover a large This was very different from the normal way things are loaded onto a plane. Normally, the objects are moved to the plane not the other way around. Not knowing what was being loaded Bob went about his assigned tasks. Later on, Bob realized that he had witnessed the reason why WW II ended with Bob is pictured here standing in front of the Enola Gay and ready for an exercise.

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16 From Moe Moyer A recent post on the VCSJC Facebook site https :// www.facebook.com/groups/VCSJC/ permalink/1574909622556821/ referenced Everett Alvarez as being the longest held POW in US History. That record is often attached to his eight plus years in captivity during the Vietnam War but it actually falls quite short of the true holder of that specific record. Colonel Floyd James Thompson is the true holder. He was held ten days short of ten years. 3,278 days in captivity. Thompson notes not talking to another American for five years while he was held in the jungle camps of South Vietnam. His life military and civilian was tragic to say the least from his return in 1973 until his death in 2002. https://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Floyd_James_Thompson. It is just my opinion but I believe that the USG/DoD concerns with FYI Longest held enlisted man Bill Robinson, USAF, E 5 2,703 days 7 yrs. 4 months and a few days. 1965 September 1973 February

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18 Newsletter of the Year award presentation to John Leslie (President VVA 1084) John McGinty (1st Vice President, Florida State Council) and Mike Bousher (President, Florida State Council) Photo by David Treffinger The Ancient City Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America installed its 2018 leadership in January during a dinner meeting at Creekside Restaurant. From left: Board Members Marcus Cornelius III, Ken Russon, Jerry Hanchett and Harry Metz; George McCrea, Treasurer; Rick Erkelens, 2nd Vice President; Gary List, 1st Vice President; Hap Thompson, Secretary; Ron Birchall, President, and Pat Ivory, Northeast Area Vice President of the State of Florida. Not pictured is Board Member Joe Naftziner.

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19 This was the opening monolog in our Vietnam documentary, read by Vietnam veteran, Michael Isam The myth that the war in Vietnam was not as intense as World War II life is in danger and each and every one of them has to fight for their own life and those of their fellow troops. Why does the myth that the war in Vietnam was not as intense as in World War II even exist? During the Second World War, the average infantryman would see around 40 days of combat in four years, however, during the Vietnam war the average would be around 240 days in one year due to how mobile helicopters had gotten. A number of 2,7 million people served in Vietnam and one in ten of them was a casualty with a total of 58,148 being killed. One of the main diff erences between combat in both wars was that during the Vietnam war amputations and crippling wounds were 300 percent higher. Furthermore, over 900,000 of the soldiers were patients who had to be airlifted where about half were American. Helicopters were a lot of times like gifts sent from above. From all the wounded soldiers who survived in the first 24 hours, le ss than one percent died due to the low average time lapse from wounding to hospitalization. The mobility that the helicopters provided was one of the most significant differences between the wars and a welcome change that helped save many lives during the Vietnam war. However, the average Vietnam soldier did see more days of combat exactly because of the mobility of the helicopters so the Vietnam war was in no way less intense than the Second World War for the troops themselves and often in the eyes of the American public too.

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20 St. Johns Family Funeral Home & Crematory 385 State road 207, St.Augustine, Florida 32084 904 824 1625 OBITUARY NOTICE Daniel Allen Suttelle, age 96, of St. Augustine, passed away on Wednesday, Feb.14, 2018 at Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans Nursing Home. Dan was born on Sept. 27, 1921 in Ambridge, Pa. to Frank and Margaret Griffin Suttelle. After graduating from high school, Dan joined the US Navy in Oct of 1939 serving as a Chief Pharmacist Mate specializing in Aviation Medicine. He served aboard the USS Seiverling, DE441 in most all of the major battles in the Pacific in WW II. His ship was tied up alongside the USS Missouri during the signing of the Japanese surrender in Japan at the end of the war and he witnessed along with many of his shipmates the signing of the surrender. He retired from the U.S. Navy in June of 1960 after 20 years of service. Dan was married to the former Lois Marie Demko. She preceded him in death in 1990. After his retirement, Dan was employed as a Director at the Red Cross in Long Island, N.Y and United Way in Long Iswas heavily involved in development of St. Augustine Shores. He served as a docent at World Golf Hall of Fame giving tours, was a former President of the St. Augustine Navy League Council, a National Director and a member of the US Navy Fleet Reserve. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Exchange Club, and Lions Club. Dan will be best remembered as a caring and giving person who was always ready to help a friend or fami l y m e m b e r i n n e e d In addition to his wife, Dan was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Margaret Suttelle, brothers, Francis, Clayton, and John Suttelle. He is survived by a niece, Lynne Suttelle Stasi and her children Spencer Stasi and Alisa Daglio and a nephew, Robert Schmetzer and his wife Kathy. Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at St. Johns Family Funeral Home with Father Nick Marziani officiating. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery will take place at a later Palm Coast Navy League Council, P.O. Box 2117, St. Augustine, FL. 32085. Bill and Nancy Dudley, longtime friends, neighbors, and caretakers for Dan would like to thank the nurses and staff of the Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans Nursing Home, Northeast Florida Community Hospice and the caretakers from Visiting Angels for their excellent and skillful care of Dan during his illness. St. Johns Family Funeral Home in St. Augustine is in charge of arrangements.

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21 From ABC 20 Alachua, A non profit group that serves veterans is preparing their new property in Alachua for use this spring. The K9s for Warriors (Ponte Vedra Beach) program helps veterans with PTSD, brain injuries, or other trauma. Participants take part in a three week live in program where they train dogs with the goal of returning to independent civilian living. The property was donated by the Gold family and features a nine bedroom house on 67 acres. "The warriors will come here. They'll get to stay in this beautiful house. They'll have everything paid for. You'll see us out in the community driving around in our K9s for Warriors vans as the warriors get to learn how to use their dogs at restaurants and sporting events. I mean, you're going to see us," said Rory Diamond, CEO of K9s for Warriors They are working to get kennels for the dogs. The facility will begin classes May 1st. Anyone interested in volunteering or participating can find out more information at https://www.k9sforwarriors.org/

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22 Applications for new VA ID cards are open By: Leo Shane III The Department of Veterans Affairs is accepting applications for new Veteran ID cards as of toclear. The cards designed to be an easy way for veterans to prove their military service for a host of nongovernment services will be delivered within 60 days of applying with digital copies available next month. Veterans can start the application process now through the main VA website at www.vets.gov. The cards were mandated by Congress in July 2015, with the expectation of distribution sometime in 2017. In a release announcing the official start of the program Wednesday, VA officials around their paper DD Cards will be printed and shipped by Office Depot, an arrangement that VA officials said will allow veterans to receive the IDs free of charge. VA officials declined to release the cost of the printing and shipping arrangement with Office Depot. The final design of the cards has not information on the front. Under rules developed by VA, individuals who served in the armed forces, including the reserve components, and have a character of discharge of honorable or general under honorable conditions are eligible for the new IDs. Veterans with other than honorable status are not eligible. had no such restrictions. ry any force of law behind them. Veterans will also need to register for an online account with VA to apply for the card.

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23 Veterans Council of St. Johns County, Inc. Minutes of January 25, 2018 Officers present : Chairman Bill Dudley, Vice Chairman Ray Quinn, Treasurer John Mountcastle, Secretary Michael Rothfeld Chairman Dudley called the meeting to order at 1900 hours Chairman Dudley led the Pledge to the Flag, Vice Chairman Ray Quinn gave the Invocation Introduction of Guests : Mike Lee (USN), BG Mike Fleming (Ret), Craig Soleim (USN), Arnold Shaheen VVA 1084 Speakers: Mike Mitchell, Jacksonville Univ., Veterans Student Coordinator JU Program for active duty, veterans & retirees. Teach them the GI Bill, and Chapter 35 and how to use money for schooling. Available to all students students in program, 40 staff. BG Fleming, Sr VP asks all students to set examples for other students. Alison Simpson, Historian, FL National Guard. The FLNG has been in St Augustine since 1907. There are 12.000 NG in FL in 128 Units, 200 are deployed now. The NG Museum building was a Friary until 1960. Alison discussed in detail the 5 most common myths associated with the Museum building, see https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/histarch/sa.htm Committee Reports: Mac: The SJC VSO will be at SPIN (Sr. Provider Information Network) at was incorrectly taxed. Ray Quinn : Thanked all who helped with the WAA cleanup. The COL Ed Taylor Award, in honor of the founder of the VC of SJC and highly decorated,

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24 was presented to Judge H. McGillin, COL, USA ret, and co founder of the Veterans Treatment Court Judge McGillin accepted the Award on behalf of the VTC Team. There are 24 in court program, 22 still involved, 1 graduated, 1 dropped out. Michael R: Invited all to the AUSA Dinner meeting on Feb. 15 to hear Judge McGillin speak about VTC and to attend the March 28th Council meeting to heat the County Secondary Social Studies Curriculum Specialist talk about how Vietnam is taught in County Schools. Ron Birchall : the Military Ball profits will be donated to the Veterans Council to be used to directly help veterans. Chairman Dudley: Met with Dr McKenzie (CMO) and VA about location of new permanent CBOC still no decision. Also discussed new ways to keep veterans in existing VA Health Care. Under discussion was a plan to add another van to start/end in Palm Coast travel to St Augustine and from there to either Jacksonville or Gainesville VA facilities. The Council may purchase (with Grant money) 22 flag holders for St Augustine National Cemetery to line walkways during events. Also briefly discussed, but for further discussion is to have St Johns County designated as a Purple Heart County. John Leslie president VVA 1084 presented Vets4Vets President George McCrae with two checks totaling $ 1000. The Council will be raising the POW/MIA Flags over the two County buildings in a ceremony with the County Commissioners (flags donated by Mike Cassata of the Cecil Field POW/MIA Memorial). Meeting adjourned at 8:40 pm. The next meeting of the Veterans Council will be on Thursday, February 22, 7 pm in the Health & Human Services Building, 200 San Sebastian View. Future speakers : February 22, Leigh Devane, Traci Mansour, Lassen State Veterans Nursing Home March 28 Laura Wynn, Curriculum Specialist, Secondary Social Studies, Advanced Academic Programs, SJC School District April 26, Thomas Richardson, Asst Director, Veterans Employment & Training Service (VETS)

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26 Our Executive Director, Mike Cassata, and Communications Director, John Sutherland, CDR, USN, Ret., were invited guests of the Speicher Family for this moving tribute to one of the heroes of Cecil Field. Bravo Zulu to FSU for such a tremendous ceremony and lasting memorial legacy for "Spike". We are committed to ensure all of Cecil Field Heroes are honored and Never Forgotten. Join our cause now! FSU unveils memorial in honor of U.S. Navy war hero Scott Speicher By: Dave Heller TALLAHASSEE, Fla. The spirit of Scott Speicher, an FSU alumnus celebrated as a true American war hero, is alive and well on the campus of Flori d a S t a t e U n i v e r s i t y unveil a new memorial honoring the U.S. Navy pilot whose fighter jet was shot down on the first night of the Iraq War in 1991. The memorial, located at the entrance of the tennis facility named after bronze flight jacket and hat similar to what Speicher would have worn. five years ago, we named this tennis center in his honor. Today, The story of Scott Speicher became an agonizing journey of twists and turns that continued for nearly 20 years because it was unclear if he was dead or alive. On Jan. 17, 1991, as the United States launched Operation Desert Storm, Lt. Cmdr. Speicher was piloting his F/A 18 Hornet toward Baghdad in the pitch black of night around 3 a.m. as his aircraft carrier, the USS Saratoga, fired tomahawk missiles into Iraq. His mission was to destroy a battery of surface to air missiles. Speicher was within 45 seconds of his target when an enemy MiG 25 appeared and fired a missile that ripped off one of the wings on his jet. Witnesses saw a fireball in the sky and then about 20 seconds later, a huge explosion on the ground. It looked like Speicher was killed in the crash, and the U.S. military classified him as killed in action. Years later, new evidence indicated Speicher had actually ejected from his jet around 13,000 feet. Satellite The memorial includes a bronze helmet similar to one that Scott Speicher would have worn as a pilot of the F/A 18 Hornet. A bronze flight jacket and aviator hat will be added later. (FSU Photography Services)

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27 U.S. military that a soldier was reclassified from KIA to MIA. In 2002, he was promoted to the rank of captain. 18 years after his plane was shot down and his case resulted in fundamental changes in the way the military handled cases of missing soldiers. Now, there must be proof of death before a search is called off; previously, that action would happen when there was no proof of life after 12 months. said the new military protocol is saving lives. ago when FSU dedicated its new tennis facility and named it the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. Hyde, a student athlete in 1993, attended the ribbon cutting for the tennis center, and she was one of the tennis players to hit the first ball on the new courts. On Friday, Hyde pulled out that same tennis ball at the ceremony, held it up to the crowd gathered athletes and student ter Craftsman Studio, Mad Dog Construction and Student Veterans Center. from all backgrounds and unite in a common purpose to safeguard freedom, he believes the Speicher Memorial will spur the same kind of response. point of sacrifice one for the other ceremony.

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28 Former prisoner of war (POW) Bill Robinson, the longest held enlisted military captive in our country's history will speak in Palm Coast, March 14, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the VFW Post 8696. Tickets are required for entry but are FREE (see below). days in captivity. He has a lot to say about his experiences. Time will be available afTHE PUBLIC. TICKETS are free and can be reserved at www.FlaglerVeteran.com Do not wait! Get your tickets now for this rare opportunity to hear and meet a POW. (Sponsored by the Flagler County Veterans Advisory Council and organizations: VFW, DAV, American Legion, AMVETS, MOAA, and Marine Corps League.) www.FlaglerVeteran.com

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32 Here is Chapter 1046 supporting the Vietnamese community for the 2018 Tet Celebration.

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33 Wickham Park, Melbourne, FL is open 24 hours each day during the week the Wall is visiting. You are welcome at any time. Our Wall is a 3/5 scale of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC, it stands six feet tall at the center and covers almost 300 feet from end to end. This Traveling Memorial stands as a reminder of the great sacrifices made during the Vietnam War. It was made for the purpose of helping heal and rekindle friendships and to allow people the opportunity to visit loved ones in their home town who otherwise may not be able to make the trip to Washington.

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34 Welcome to the official 2018 NAS Jax Air Show event. The NAS Jax Air Show, Birthplace of the Blue Angels, will be October 27 28, 2018 aboard NAS Jacksonville. Admission, parking and the Kids Zone is FREE. At the NAS Jax Air Show you will witness thrills like never before from a variety of military and civilian demonstrations. The grand finale will be While you are at the show, enjoy military and civilian aircraft displays, shop at novelty, food and beverage booths, or head to the free Kids Zone for games and activities for all ages. While there will be 2 ATMs onsite, it is highly recommended that you bring cash with you. Save the date! More details to come. Visit our website: http://www.nasjaxairshow.com

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39 From FOX News Court determines military burn pits caused lung disease in service members The thousands of U.S. military personnel and private contractors whose health was compromised by the dense black smoke of burn pits and who were then denied proper treatment may finally be vindicated by a recent court ruling. air burn pits -where thousands of chemicals were released into the air after trash and other waste were incinerated at American military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan -are connected to lung disease, Fox News has learned. The decision marks a victory for the nearly 64,000 active service members and retirees who have put their names on a Burn Pit Registry created by the Veterans Administration, bringing them one step closer to getting adequate medical coverage, something that has never been guaranteed. Private contractors who were also exposed to the burn pit toxins also have been denied coverage. former contractor Veronica Landry of Colorado Springs, still not getting the treatment they need. in Afghanistan and Iraq, but they are not the only ones who have gotten sick. Civilian workers and private contractors like Landry are also suffering an array of maladies including cancer, respiratory problems and blood disorders and, like military victims, they say they are being ignored. But private employees don't even have the Veterans Administration to lean on. Landry filed her case with the Labor Department for this very reason. Landry was sent home early after developing PTSD and making matters worse, she started to develop problems with her lungs and other ailments such as migraines, chills and dangerously low blood pressure. She has been in out of hospitals for nearly ten years. When symptoms flare up, Landry experiences severe pain and wheezing every time she takes a breath due to inflammation of her lungs. Tasks as simple as speaking can cause her to become light headed when her condition acts up. She also suffers from fibrosis, which causes her to experience shallow breathing and swelling of her legs and feet from pitting edema. Landry has been in out of hospitals for the past decade. Her employer's insurance company has re-

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40 fused to provide coverage. but the recent judicial ruling made clear that AIG should be covering her expenses. dence to show working conditions caused the alleged harm. She need only show working conditions [KBR] and Carrier [AIG] are liable for all past, present, and future reasonable and necessary medical related post traumatic stress disorder and deployment related lung Officials for Kellogg, Brown, and Root declined to comment on the ruling, instead referring to a previous comment made to back in 2016 when Fox News first reported on Ms. Landry. providing the federally mandated and specified insurance coverage required for employees working overKBR insurance provider, AIG, did not respond to requests for comment. Those in the military community feel that the ruling will help to shine an overdue light on the complications that have arisen for those exposed to burn pit fumes while serving their country. founder of Burn Pits 360, an advocacy group for service members who have fallen ill, told FoxNews.com. Torres, whose husband, LeRoy Torres, became ill almost immediately after his return from Iraq in 2008, said that the federal ruling grants them evidence that determines that there is a strong association between lung disease and exposure to burn pits. address this honestly, unknown thousands even millions will fade into history as the invisible and Being told your lung disease or cancer is While Landry has been able to keep her symptoms under better control through diet and constant care, she fears what the future may bring.

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42 The Vietnam Veterans Memorial "Wall of Faces" is missing photos of FL Vietnam veterans. There are quite a few from Jacksonville, one from Clay County, one from Palatka, and one from St Augustine.Does anyone know these names, below, or their families? Their photos should be on the Wall so they are not forgotten. FLORIDA FRIENDS Only 75 Vietnam War Heroes need photos submitted to their VVMF web page and the Wall Of Faces! Do Not Forget Your FLORIDA HEROES! http://www.vvmf.org/how to submit Based in Arlington, Virginia, VVMF (the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund) is the nonprofit organization authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1980 to build a national memorial dedicated to all who served with the U.S. armed forces in the Vietnam War. Incorporated on April 27, 1979 by a group of veterans led by Jan C. Scruggs, the organization sought a tangible symbol of recognition from the American people for those who served in the war. BECKWITH JR WALTER LEE 1/4/1949 DEERFIELD BEACH Broward County FL BELL JR RUBEN 4/26/1948 ST PETERSBURG Pinellas County FL BISHOP ROSTEN WAYNE 2/20/1933 TAMPA Hillsborough County FL BRANNON CLAYTON CHARLES 10/31/1942 FREEPORT Walton County FL BROCKMAN ROBERT DAVID 3/10/1949 HIALEAH Miami Dade County FL BROWN HERMAN FRANK 11/6/1942 JACKSONVILLE Duval County/City of Jacksonville FL BROWN LARRY 1/13/1946 BALDWIN Duval County/City of Jacksonville FL BROWN MANCE 1/15/1933 PENSACOLA Escambia County FL BRUNSON LOUIS 4/30/1928 JACKSONVILLE Duval County/City of Jacksonville FL BURTON THOMAS JOHN 11/16/1947 POMPANO BEACH Broward County FL CAIN ALLEN 1/16/1947 MIAMI Miami Dade County FL CARTER GREGORY 6/2/1950 FT LAUDERDALE Broward County FL CHARLTON JOHN WILLIAM 5/16/1947 ST AUGUSTINE St. Johns County FL CHATMAN TYRONE 7/31/1950 PENSACOLA Escambia County FL CRUTCHER JOE ALBERT 7/25/1946 WINTER PARK Orange County FL DANCER WALTER JAMES 7/17/1945 FT LAUDERDALE Broward County FL DAVIS ERNEST PETTWAY 1/3/1945 MIAMI Miami Dade County FL DEESON MICHAEL DANIEL 12/13/1944 MIAMI Miami Dade County FL DIXON ROBERT DALE 12/30/1947 PLANT CITY Hillsborough County FL FERRA FLORES PEDRO 5/20/1947 MIAMI Miami Dade County FL FIELDS KENNETH WAYNE 5/15/1947 FT PIERCE St. Lucie County FL FURNISH THOMAS HAROLD 7/11/1951 MIAMI Miami Dade County FL

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43 GASKIN DAVID WILLIAM 7/24/1948 DEERFIELD BEACH Broward County FL HARPER JOSEPH JAMES 6/10/1928 BELLE GLADE Palm Beach County FL HATCHER ROBERT LEE 4/14/1950 JACKSONVILLE Duval County/City of Jacksonville FL HICKS WILBUR LEE 12/25/1948 JACKSONVILLE Duval County/City of Jacksonville FL HILERIO JR ALBERT 8/1/1950 MIAMI Miami Dade County FL HUYLER CECIL 1/21/1928 MIAMI Miami Dade County FL JACKSON HERMAN 2/28/1945 MIAMI Miami Dade County FL JACOBS GARY ORLAND 2/13/1948 SARASOTA Sarasota County FL KIRBY MICHAEL CHARLES 10/10/1937 MIAMI Miami Dade County FL KURLIN WAYNE CARLTON 11/29/1949 ORANGE PARK Clay County FL LABRECQUE ROBERT WILLIAM 5/21/1951 RIVIERA BEACH Palm Beach County FL LADSON LAFON WINSTON 2/22/1943 JACKSONVILLE Duval County/City of Jacksonville FL LEE EDGAR 8/17/1947 HOLLYWOOD Broward County FL LEE JOE LEWIS 7/16/1948 JACKSONVILLE Duval County/City of Jacksonville FL LILLIE JOE H 6/13/1949 PERRINE Miami Dade County FL LINDER JR JAMES 6/6/1948 MIAMI Miami Dade County FL LINTHICUM DON WILLIAM 11/8/1946 SARASOTA Sarasota County FL LUTZ JOSEPH PATRICK 3/5/1951 DEERFIELD Broward County FL MCCLENDON WILLIE JAMES 4/21/1945 MIAMI Miami Dade County FL MCCRAE JAMES HENRY 6/1/1943 MIAMI Miami Dade County FL MCCRAY EUGENE 1/25/1947 LAKE CITY Columbia County FL

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44 MILLER EARNEST LEE 11/3/1949 JACKSONVILLE Duval County/City of Jacksonville FL MILLER RICHARD DANCY 10/23/1951 DELRAY BEACH Palm Beach County FL NELSON JR ARCHIE LEE 1/12/1948 DELRAY BEACH Palm Beach County FL PALMER JOHNNY LEE 10/6/1940 OPA LOCKA Miami Dade County FL PEACOCK JR NATHAN EDDLOW 7/5/1943 WINTER GARDEN Orange County FL PETTIS LORENZO RICHARD 8/22/1949 WEST PALM BEACH Palm Beach County FL PHILLIPS THOMAS FRANK 2/16/1946 POMPANO BEACH Broward County FL PHILLIPS MARK JOHN 12/12/1948 HIALEAH Miami Dade County FL PICKETT WILLIE CLARENCE 7/10/1946 PENSACOLA Escambia County FL POWELL JOHNNIE EARL 6/6/1947 JACKSONVILLE Duval County/City of Jacksonville FL REID JR LEROY 12/21/1941 FT LAUDERDALE Broward County FL RHUE CHARLES RUSSELL 1/12/1947 FT LAUDERDALE Broward County FL ROBERTS ALBERT FRED 2/29/1932 MIAMI Miami Dade County FL ROYAL JAMES NORMAN 8/19/1947 MIAMI Miami Dade County FL SCOVILLE HOWARD JAMES 9/7/1943 HOLLYWOOD Broward County FL SCRUGGS ALBERT JOSEPH 1/11/1949 WEST PALM BEACH Palm Beach County FL SLOAN JR ARTHUR 12/2/1928 GRACEVILLE Jackson County FL SMITH OTIS THOMAS 2/28/1944 JACKSONVILLE Duval County/City of Jacksonville FL SOLIS ISMAEL 11/18/1947 LAKE WORTH Palm Beach County FL STARLING WALTER LEO 6/26/1946 MIAMI Miami Dade County FL STEWART EDWARD SAMUEL 10/17/1936 PENSACOLA Escambia County FL STRICKLAND BILLIE GRANVILLE 1/5/1947 SARASOTA Sarasota County FL SULLIVAN GLENN 5/1/1947 PENSACOLA Escambia County FL TURNER RAYMOND RIVERS 9/27/1947 MIAMI Miami Dade County FL TYNES GREGORY ALLAN 4/24/1949 OPA LOCKA Miami Dade County FL VICKREY CHARLES CRAIG 8/1/1947 HOMESTEAD Miami Dade County FL WATTS FRANK TAYLOR 9/27/1949 PENSACOLA Escambia County FL WILLIAMS JR JOHNNIE LEE 12/11/1944 JACKSONVILLE Duval County/City of Jacksonville FL YOUNG CHARLIE M 6/8/1942 RIVIERA BEACH Palm Beach County FL YOUNG WILLIAM 9/5/1947 PALATKA Putnam County FL

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45 OUR GREATEST AMERICAN HEROES: The woman believed to be the "real" Rosie the Riveter died Saturday at age 96, according to her daughter in law Marnie Blankenship. Naomi Parker Fraley, who Blankenship says died in hospice care, was not recognized as the inspiration for the famous World War II era poster until 2015. During World War II, Fraley was a factory worker at Alameda Naval Station. She was one of millions of women across the United States who filled the labor force during the war. While Fraley was working a press photographer approached her to take her picture, Blankenship said. Over 60 years later, Fraley attended a convention for women who, like Rosie the Riveter, worked during the war. There, said Blankenship, Fraley saw a photograph promoted as the likely inspiration behind the iconic image of Rosie the Riveter in the "We can do it" poster. Blankenship says Fraley immediately recognized the picture as the one the photographer captured of her all those years ago. But the picture was credited as being of another woman: Geraldine Hoff Doyle. Doyle had previously been known as the real Rosie. According to Seton Hall University Professor James J. Kimble, Doyle's identity as Rosie the Riveter began when the photograph of the woman in the factory was first released as the most likely inspiration for Rosie. Kimble says Doyle recognized her likeness in the picture -and the propaganda poster it inspired -and her resemblance was accepted in reports as the origin of Rosie the Riveter. But in 2015 Kimble's years of research into the iconic image revealed the original photograph with a caption that named the woman as Naomi Parker. Even when she found out that Dr. Kimble's research claims that she was likely a face of both World War II propaganda and subsequent feminist movements, Blankenship says Fraley didn't make a big deal of it. "She didn't think she did anything special," said Blankenship. "A lot of women did what she did. She just wanted her picture corrected."

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46 Remembering The 4 Chaplains It was the evening of Feb. 2, 1943, and the U.S.A.T. Dorchester was crowded to capacity, carrying 902 service men, merchant seamen and civilian workers. Once a luxury coastal liner, the 5,649 ton vessel had been converted into an Army transport ship. The Dorchester, one of three ships in the SG 19 convoy, was moving steadily across the icy waters from Newfoundland toward an American base in Greenland. SG 19 was escorted by Coast Guard Cutters Tampa, Escanaba and Comanche. tected a submarine with its sonar. Danielsen knew he was in dangerous waters even before he got the alarming information. German U boats were constantly prowling these vital sea lanes, and several ships had already been blasted and sunk. The Dorchester was now only 150 miles from its destination, but the captain ordered the men to sleep in their clothing and keep life jackets on. Many soldiers sleeping deep in the life jackets were uncomfortable. On Feb. 3, at 12:55 a.m., a periscope broke the chilly Atlantic waters. Through the cross hairs, an officer aboard the German submarine U 223 spotted the Dorchester. The U 223 approached the convoy on the surface, and after identifying and targeting the ship, he gave orders to fire the torpedoes, a fan of three were fired. The one that hit was decisive and deadly striking the starboard side, amid ship, far below the water line. Captain Danielsen, alerted that the Dorchester was taking water rapidly and sinking, gave the order to abandon ship. In less than 20 minutes, the Dorchester would slip beneath the Tragically, the hit had knocked out power and radio contact with the three escort ships. The CGC Comanche, however, saw the flash of the explosion. It responded and then rescued 97 survivors. The CGC Escanaba circled the Dorchester, rescuing an additional 132 survivors. The third cutter, CGC Tampa, continued on, escorting the remaining two ships.

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47 Aboard the Dorchester, panic and chaos had set in. The blast had killed scores of men, and many more were seriously wounded. Others, stunned by the explosion were groping in the darkness. Those sleeping without clothing rushed topside where they were confronted first by a blast of icy Arctic air and then by the knowledge that death awaited. Men jumped from the ship into lifeboats, over crowding them to the point of capsizing, according to eyewitnesses. Other rafts, tossed into the Atlantic, drifted away before soldiers could get in them. Through the pandemonium, according to those present, four Army chaplains brought hope in despair and light in darkness. Those chaplains were Lt. George L. Fox, Methodist; Lt. Alexander D. Goode, Jewish; Lt. John P. Washington, Roman Catholic; and Lt. Clark V. Poling, Dutch Reformed. Quickly and quietly, the four chaplains spread out among the soldiers. There they tried to calm the frightened, tend the wounded and guide the disoriented toward safety. One witness, Private William B. Bednar, found himself floating in oil smeared water surAnother sailor, Petty Officer John J. Mahoney, tried to reenter his cabin but Rabbi Goode stopped him. Mahoney, concerned about the cold Arctic air, explained he had forgotten his gloves. his own gloves. In retrospect, Mahoney realized that Rabbi Goode was not conveniently carrying two pairs of gloves, and that the rabbi had decided not to leave the Dorchester. By this time, most of the men were topside, and the chaplains opened a storage locker and began distributing life jackets. It was then that Engineer Grady Clark witnessed an astonishing sight. When there were no more lifejackets in the storage room, the chaplains removed theirs

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48 and gave them to four frightened young men. of the four chaplains constitutes one of the purest spiritual and ethical acts a person can make. When giving their life jackets, Rabbi Goode did not call out for a Jew; Father Washington did not call out for a Catholic; nor did the Reverends Fox and Poling call out for a Protestant. They simply gave their life jackets to the next man in line. As the ship went down, survivors in nearby rafts could see the four chaplains arms linked and braced against the slanting deck. Their voices could also be heard offering prayers. Of the 902 men aboard the U.S.A.T. Dorchester, 672 died, leaving 230 survivors. When the news reached American shores, the nation was stunned by the magnitude of the tragedy and heroic conduct of the four chaplains. ultimate test. In doing so, they became an enduring example of extraordinary faith, courage and selflessness. The Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart were awarded posthumously December 19, 1944, to the next of kin by Lt. Gen. Brehon B. Somervell, Commanding General of the Army Service Forces, in a ceremony at the post chapel at Fort Myer, VA. A one time only posthumous Special Medal for Heroism was authorized by Congress and awarded by the President Eisenhower on January 18, 1961. Congress attempted to confer the Medal of Honor but was blocked by the stringent requirements that required heroism performed under fire. The special medal was intended to have the same weight and importance as the Medal of Honor.

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49 MESSAGE FROM THE VA SECRETARY VA Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War In 2017, President Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act designating March 29 of each year as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. ration is an opportunity for all Americans to recognize, honor, and thank our Vietnam Veterans history. As a commemorative partner, VA joins nearly 10,000 organizations across the Nation supporting the Department of Defense in this mission to honor and thank our Vietnam Veterans. I encourage all VA leaders to either host ceremonies or participate in community events during the period March 25 29, 2018, to express our tremendous gratitude to this generation of warriors and their families. The commemoration recognizes all men and women who served on active duty in the U.S. November 1, 1955 May 7, 1975. Nine million Americans, approximately 7.2 million living today, served during that period. The commemoration makes no distinction between Veterans who served in country, in theater, or were stationed elsewhere during those 20 years. All answered the call to duty. Please visit www.vietnamwar50th.com to learn how your organization or facility can become a commemorative partner and participate in this commemoration. VA currently sustains more than 400 commemorative partnerships, and I am so proud of their contributions to honor and thank our Vietnam Veterans. Importantly, a partnership provides historical media and the ability to request beautifully struck lapel pins and other recognition items for presentation to Vietnam Veterans. David J. Shulkin, M.D. PLEASE PRODUCE LOCALLY FOR ALL THOSE WHO DO NOT ROUTINELY ACCESS EMAIL DUE TO THEIR SPECIALTIES.

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50 Information on Running for Florida State Council Officers January 19, 2018 http://www.vvafsc.org/ SPECIAL EDITION ELECTION COMMITTEE REPORT Attention Prospective Candidates BY Ben L. Humphries, Chair Vietnam Veterans of America Florida State Council will conduct its election of all State Officer positions June 10, 2018 during FSC meeting in Orlando, Florida. Fellow veterans: The Elections Committee invites you to think about your future role in the leadership of FSC. The committee encourages all those who are considering running for office in 2018 to think about and evaluate whether you are willing to take on the responsibilities of an Officer. Take time now to consult with your family, friends, and those whose opinions you value to determine if this is the next step you are willing to take in your involvement in FSC. The election process started January 1, 2018 and the committee is accepting Letters of Intent, so be committed, and be sure. The future of FSC could be in your hand s as a representative of this organization. The Elections Committee welcomes all those who wish to be a part of the elections process and who aspire to be the leaders of FSC. POSITIONS OPEN FOR ELECTION: FSC President, FSC 1st Vice President, FSC 2nd Vice Presi d e n t F S C S e c r e t a r y a n d F S C T r e a s u r e r TERM OF OFFICE: All State Officer positions are for terms of two years, beginning at the end of Officer reports at June FSC meeting. ELIGIBILITY: Candidates for all positions open for election must be individual members of VVA in "good standing" To qualify for election ... to any of these offices a candidate must have been an individual member of the Corporation, in good standing, (1) for a continuous period of not less than twelve months immediately preceding June 2018 FSC meeting ... and (2) such candidate must have held a position as an officer or board member at the National level or as an officer at the State Council or Chapter level, during any continuous period of twelve months prior to the date of the opening of the June 2018 FSC meeting at which such candidate seeks election."

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51 LETTER OF INTENT : Prospective candidates must submit their Letters of Intent to the Ben L. Humphries at benlhumphries@gmail.com (mailto:benlhumphries@gmail.com) no later than May 18, 2018. Starting with the 2018 FSC Elections, prospective candidates considering running for positions will need to include their telephone numbers, e mail address, and current physical mailing address in the body of the Letter of Intent or on a separate sheet of paper. Prospective candidates must also include the position he or she wishes to run for. A prospective candidate may run for only one position. Questions should be directed to Ben L. Humphries at 772 538 6963 RESTRICTIONS: Incumbents must not use their Position to solicit votes. Candidates may use the national flag of the United States of America, VVA national logo, and the VVA national flag on their campaign material. Any kind of VVA, State Council, or Chapter letterhead may not be used. Campaign materials are (but are not limited to) buttons, pins, brochures, posters, pictures, emails, websites, etc. A photograph of a candidate wearing his or her VVA National, State Council, or Chapter lapel pin is acceptable. Candidates may not solicit or accept any campaign endorsements from VVA, any VVA State Council, Chapter, or VVA newsletters, newspapers, web, or electronic mail sites. It is strictly prohibited for any person to use VVA National, State Council, or Chapter letterhead, website, or e mail for writing letters of endorsement. A candidate's own website or e mail may be used to campaign, but the restrictions mentioned above remain in effect. Failure to abide by all rules, instructions, and requirements set forth in this announcement will result in disqualification from the election. The FSC Elections Committee welcomes those members willing to step forward and take part in a most important part of FSC: the election of Officers who will guide FSC for the next two years. Ben L. Humphries, Chair Past President VVA FSC 772 538 6963 "Together Then, Together Now" VVA Website (http://www.vva.org); VVA FSC Website (http://www.vvafsc.org) https://www.facebook.com/vvafsc/, http://www.vvafsc.org, mailto:e recon@vvafsc.org

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52 WARBIRD AIRSHOW Saturday, April 6,7,8, 2018 we have been given permission to have a Membership Drive and Buddy Poppy Campaign at the 2018 Space Coast Air Show at the Regional Airport in Titusville. This event drew over 58,000 people according to last years gate attendance. Any post wishing to participate please let me know. This is a great opportunity to represent the VFW at the largest event in Florida that weekend.

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62 NEW INFO: Ride in comfort to your appointments at the VA Medical Center in Gainesville. The van is provided by the Disabled Veterans Chapter 6, and leaves no later than 6AM from the new VA Clinic location at 195 Southpark Blvd. The corner of Southpark and Old Moultrie Road. To schedule your seat please contact the VA Clinic at 904 823 2954 and ask for Veteran Van Scheduling.

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64 The Veterans Council of St. Johns County welcomes article submissions from all County Veterans & organizations. Articles should be of interest to all and veterans related. Submissions may be edited &/or shortened and used if space permits. Send to: mrothfeld@anyveteran.org Please send to: mrothfeld@anyveteran.org Veterans Council of St. Johns County,