The Dolittle Raiders turned the tide of American opinion after Pearl Harbour.
We celebrated the Year of the Horse with our Vietnamese friends who fought beside us. The first question that is always asked to someone who was in Vietnam is “Were you there during Tet?” If they did not serve during the Tet Offensive, they for sure have heard about it. Tet began in 2014 on January 31. The Celebration of Tet was at the Shrine Club on February 1, 2014. It was a super evening that we shared with our friends. There were also attendees from VVA 1049 in Spartanburg.
Here are a few photos; there are many more on our photo site.
The Christmas Party was held on Wednesday might at the Golden Corral in Cherrydale. There was a great turnout. Maybe next year, we’ll have to get a bigger room! A good time was had by all. Here are some photos from the event. There are even more in the photo section.
Thanks to all of our military veterans for their service. The Chapter was very involved in local activities to salute our veterans including taking advantage of the multiple restaurants offering free meals. We first attended the Veterans Tribute at the Greenville County Square at 10:00 A.M. then we headed to Cleveland Park where the Chapter did a Salute to Veterans and a Flag Retirement Ceremony at the Greenville Vietnam Memorial, beginning at 1:00 P.M. The day was not over yet; the Chapter headed for The Bon Secours Wellness Center (formerly the BiLo Center) where we were guests at the Greenville Road Warrior ice hockey game at 7:00 P.M. which was attended by Pat Ramsey, Tony Aldebol, Harold White, and Doris and Jerry Brock. Check out the photos posted in the Photos folder.
Today is the 238th birthday of the Corps.
VVA members Pat Ramsey, Jerry Brock, Harold White, Steve Ehrlich, Carroll Kelley, and Tony Aldebol along with AVVA members Nancy Nix, Doris Brock, Tony Gutherie and James Hyman III participated in the Stand Down For Homeless Veterans in Boiling Springs on October 17 at The Restoration Church Expo Center. The event was put together by Craig W. Burnette, PhD (Psychology), who served in the 82d Airborne Division in Vietnam. This was the second year of hopefully an annual event; they helped 218 veterans last year and 354 this year. (They even had Dentists there doing x-rays and basic services.) The Chapter will participate in this event next year. I was with one of the veterans when another veteran came up and talked to the veteran while I was there. He said “The clapping and cheering when they got off of the bus really made them feel good.” It was a great event since it was what we are all about, caring for veterans.
Here’s an email that Steve Ehrlich sent to one of our chapter members, Carroll Kelley:
Per usual, you told it like it is. Precise and to the point. We, did what was asked, and I for one was glad that I did. This was such a heart warming experience that I know I will answer the call again next year, as I’m sure you will. As far as Gilbert is concerned, he went above and beyond the call of duty. But the one most important thing that we all learned was to be thankful for what we do have rather than complain about what we don’t have. We all worked as a team and that is something money just can’t buy. American Legion Post 3 should take a good hard look at themselves and bow thier heads in shame. Even with the overwhelming turnout of volunteers, they still could have asked “what they could do” to help out brother vets. But then again we all know the answer to that. God bless all of the Chapter 523 members who helped support this great effort. I’m sure that when we report the days events to our other chapter members, they to will want to help out next year. We certainly did not “Leave Anyone Behind” Thank you Pat, Tony, James, Nancy,Doris, Jerry, Tony A., Carroll, Gilbert and Harold for a job well done.