TOGETHER THEN... T OGETHER N OW BETWEEN THE LINES Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. Chapter 20 August 2009 Issue 127 More than a Bike Run... Ride to the Dakota 2009 12 2 Francis George Graziosi 4 Honor Flight 5 "Grey Ghost" Apollo Recovery Mission Missing in Action Repatriated in 2006 President’s Report President’s Message Well, summer is supposed to be Ride to the Dakota 2009 Right: Our own Hank Wallace braved the wall several times - Army Strong! here and I hope all of you are enjoying it. Let me start by thanking all of you As of this reading, the delegates the helped with the 8th Annual Ride from Chapter 20 will be back from the to the Dakota vets motorcycle run. National Convention in Louisville, This year a big thanks goes out to the KY. I’m sure they will have represented Chapter for allowing the proceeds to the Chapter well. This year New York go to Wilmot Cancer Center. Wilmot State sent about 70 delegates, by far made just over $30,000 to help in the the best we have ever done. It’s so cure for cancer. With our members important that we have a voice in the and families currently suffering from issues that are before the convention. cancer and for our veterans who suf- Thanks so much to those who gave fer from the effects of Agent Orange their time to represent Chapter 20. it was the right thing to do. Dave For me, I’m so proud to serve as your Danzig and I will be talking about President at events like this, and for next year’s run and what changes we that I thank each of you. A full report will make, most likely a larger venue. will be in the next issue from each of I will keep the board informed and at the delegates as to what they did and that time we can make the decision as what they thought of it. to where we want the proceeds to go. Thanks go out to Ralph Pascale Again - thanks to all of you! and all those who volunteered to help Vets Court is going great, with at the outreaches and different events some vets well on their way to recov- with the Chapter trailer. ery and out of incarceration. At this Till next month enjoy the sum- time we have about 12 mentors. This mer and see you soon! will allow us to be scheduled for court about twice a month. Thanks go to Ken Moore President Ray Melens, Jerry McDermott and Vietnam 1966-67 others from Chapter 20. US Army Cavalry Marching Unit and September. Check the schedule elsewhere in this Ray Melens, Commander issue for the upcoming When is summer going to start? parades. Hopefully by the time this issue The Marching Unit pic- comes out, we will have had nic is coming up at the end See Parade summer arrive. This year’s of the month on Saturday, Schedule lousy weather has not kept Aug. 29th to be exact. This pg. 11 the Marching Unit from hit- year we will be having it ting the streets, though. Ah, catered by Taste of Texas marching that is. In June the Unit BBQ. The picnic will begin marched in Spencerport, Barnard and at 2 PM, with food being BETWEEN THE LINES Holley. For the month of July we served at 4 PM. Weather were at the 4th of July parade in permitting we will have the Irondequoit, and Firemen parades in bonfire out back later that Kendall, Webster, Hilton and Hamlin. night. What I need from Yes it has still been a busy season for everyone is to let me know the Marching Unit and there are still if you’re coming and how 2 more parades to come for August many from your family. I need to know for sure by the 20th of POW/MIA Recognition Day. By since 1994, this bilateral effort should Front and Center Aug. The head count has to be turned doing so, we help to draw aware- be able to expedite locating aircraft into the caterer by then. Let’s hope ness to the plight of our still unac- incident sites along Vietnam’s coast we have some decent weather this counted for POW/MIAs. It’s amazing that could help account for U.S. per- year for our picnic. Volunteers will be the number of people we meet each sonnel believed lost over water during needed the day before to help set the year on this trip that don’t even know the war. tents, tables, and chairs up. Also, I am that there is a National POW/MIA This month’s featured POW- going to need help to get the tables Recognition Day. What is good, is MIA is Francis George Graziosi. Our and chairs from the post and help to that they learn about it from us and Honor Guard was present at Rochester return them. Let me know when you then they return to their hometown International Airport to welcome R.S.V.P. if you can help with set up. and let other people know that there Francis home with all the respect and The Honor Guard is begin- is a National POW/MIA Recognition honor we could offer. We were a very ning preparations for their trip to Day and what the day is all about. visible presence at the funeral home Washington, D.C. in Sept. After a It’s all about the awareness issue. We and at the cemetery for his final hon- two year absence the Honor Guard is need to make people aware that we ors. going back to conduct a ceremony at still have over 1,700 unaccounted for At the funeral home I read a poem the Wall and ceremonies at Arlington from the Vietnam War alone, not to entitled “Remains” by an unknown National Cemetery. At Arlington we mention the number unaccounted for author. The poem is reprinted here for place wreaths at the graves of our from previous wars. you to read. three local MIAs that have been repa- If there are any individuals Please save the date of September triated. We make this trip on National that want to join us on the trip to 12th. On this Saturday night at Washington, please let me know right 7:30pm we will be at the Vietnam away and I will give you details and let Veterans Memorial in Highland Park Remains you know the cost of a room, etc. to once again have our Candlelight I hate the sound Members of the Honor Guard Vigil to read the names of our 1,740 The word in my ears and Marching Unit meet at 7PM POW-MIAs still missing from the Hate the meaning The connotation the nights of the membership meet- Vietnam War. We have done this Of pain and tears- ing. We meet upstairs at Ira and ceremony in all kinds of weather and I hate the word discuss any matters pertaining to the hopefully this year the weather gods “Remains.” Marching Unit and/or Honor Guard. will be kind to us. I hope to see quite Bits of bone All MU/HG members are encouraged a few of our members attending. I will And shreds of clothes to attend and anyone that is consider- need readers and bell ringers. As we Perhaps a piece of plane ing joining one or both Units. have done in the past, I do not have Physical remnants Of someone’s life- Until next month ……….AT scheduled readers. If you wish to read, “Beloved” was EASE!!!!!! you stand next to the person currently His name; reading names. When that person fin- Someone brave who died Amid the chaos POW-MIA ishes the page he is reading from that person then becomes the bell ringer And the flames Gail Bologna-Melens, Chairperson and the new person reads until some- Someone young Someone strong It seems that President Obama one stands by him or her. He is not has not made the full accounting of Please REMEMBER all of our “Remains.” our POW-MIAs a top priority. We are POW-MIAs today and every day. And though he slumbers far away still at the number 1,740 still miss- He lives on in someone’s heart ing and unaccounted for from the As real today as yesterday Vietnam War. Veterans Incarcerated Though they’ve been long apart… He smiles out of But, at long last, Vietnam’s lead- Committee Report BETWEEN THE LINES Yearbooks ers implemented their government’s Ron Trovato And grins from prior agreement for the U.S. Navy Picture frames. Ship Bruce C. Heezen, an oceano- Well, here we are gearing up for Oh, he is so much graphic survey ship, to participate in what should be a productive National More to us humanitarian POW-MIA accounting Convention in Louisville, Kentucky 3 Than a simple word efforts. An objective that was sought and I look forward to being in on “Remains.” VETERANS INCARCERATED on page 6 by the National League of Families Honor Flight by Mike General Features On May 2, 2009 I had the and gals talking to each other.) We honor to fly to DC as a Guardian then board the buses for the airport for a WWII Vet. We left Rochester and the flight home to Rochester. early in the AM (roughly 105 per- Once we land in Rochester, we sonnel) and returned on May 3, gather all the Vets and Guardians 2009. As we were sitting in the together and leave the security area plane waiting to take off, I asked my for the largest greeting to welcome Vet if he was excited about flying. home the WWII Veterans. (Very He said, "This is the first time I moving, about 300 people.) All the have flown since 1943.” Vets said they never had a wel- Honor Flight flies the WWII come home after the War. (Can 1 Vets for free. The Guardian (each You relate to that?) I never saw so Vet has a Guardian many flags waving, assigned to them) makes a donation of $300.00 to cover I TV cameras, and asked my Vet the Marine Color Guard. (Wow!) We some of the expens- if he was excited all gathered in The es. The cost per Vet is $450.00 for about flying. He International Room for a Welcome the weekend. This said, "This is the Home Reception includes the flight, buses, all meals and Guest Speaker first time I have withGary Beikirch. Sgt. a Four Star Hotel flown since 1943.” This was truly for one night. The a trip of a lifetime cost for a trip is roughly $30,000 for me and my Vet. The” Welcome which comes solely from donations. Home” will bring tears to your eyes. There is no paid staff for Honor Please go to the website for Honor Flight Rochester. Flight www.honorflightrochester. 2 On Saturday we flew Air Tran org and see how you can help, either to BWI (Baltimore) and departed for by filling out an application for a DC on two coach buses with rest- WWII Vet to fly, to be a Guardian, rooms (very important). We arrived Volunteer, or to donate. A Veteran at Arlington National Cemetery for from any era that is diagnosed as the Changing of the Guard and terminal may fly to DC on Honor the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Flight. They move right to the top Then we headed to the Mall and of the list and will go on the next the WWII Memorial. Senator Dole flight. greeted each bus. We had Lunch Some thoughts from one on the Mall next to the WWII WWII Veteran that flew. “It was Memorial. Then back on the buses one of the great honors of my life to and a visit to the Korea/Lincoln/ be on that flight. As a ‘recipient’ of Viet Nam Memorials. Back on all the wonderful services provided, the buses and a visit to the Iwo from the time we hit the airport Jima Memorial. We departed DC at 4:30 Saturday until the time I and headed back to the Baltimore left for home Sunday afternoon, BETWEEN THE LINES Hilton Hotel (Great Rooms) for a it is unbelievable what you all do, quick rest, a banquet (Outstanding as well as the ground crew in DC Meal) and much socializing. We Plus, I got a new golf buddy out of were also given two free drink cou- it (another one who ’did nothing’ pons for the Hotel Bar. although he was at Omaha Beach, 3 On Sunday we had a great Iwo Jima and Okinawa). And my 4 1. Honor Flight group at Iwo Jima 2. WWII Vet kissing the ground on his breakfast at the Hilton and more family thanks you for getting me out return to Rochester from DC. 3. Our own Mike General escorting a WWII socializing. (It is great to see the guys of their hair for the weekend.” Vet through Security Apollo 11 Remembered by V. Thomas heTheringTon eTn2 Forty years ago on July 24 ,1969 the “Grey on this historic day. This mission challenged equipment was the first link in the communi- Ghost,” USS Hornet CVS 12, added another the men of Hornet to again prove to the United cations between the recovery helo and the chapter to the history of one of the world’s most States and the world Hornet’s excellence. As world. famous military vessels - recovery of the Apollo in Vietnam, the crew was well rehearsed and After re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere, 11 astronauts. After 2½ of the 3½ years I would ready. All Hornet divisions spent many hours the updates began to occur every minute. Many spend on Hornet, this mission had different during our practice recoveries to guarantee of the crew, including myself, was now on the meaning than my two tours aboard Hornet off we were ready for today’s mission. The eyes flight deck after completing one last equipment the coast of Vietnam. I am still amazed how the of the world, especially the US, were focused recheck. We were awaiting the capsule para- United States and the world turned away from on Hornet and her crew. My ET team was no chute deployment. The excitement, although at our Vietnam mission but jumped on the band- exception, since we all worked many hours to a different level than Vietnam, was nonetheless wagon to support the Apollo mission. fine tune, test and retest each transceiver. awe inspiring. We were a vital link in the first In Vietnam we were on call 24 hours moon walker program. a day, and during one Tet mission spent 52 The updates and conversations on the days in the “hostile fire” zone. The ship’s flight deck continued as we all strained to responsibilities included Seal Team One hear then view the capsule chute deploy- insertion/extraction, launching and recover- ment. Messages heard from our 1MC, ship’s ing coastal recon aircraft, and ensuring pilot intercom, provided constant updates. The rescue helos were constantly at the ready 1MC messages came at more constant for extremely dangerous missions. intervals until, “Silence about the decks. The Electronic Technicians Division The chutes will deploy in one minute,” was (ETs) consisted of a team which maintained plainly heard by all crew members and HF (high frequency) equipment and another guests. The ensuing silence cast an eerie team that maintained all radar systems. My glow across the normally busiest and nosi- team of eight ETs ensured our 21 UHF (ultra est areas of the “Grey Ghost.” I couldn’t help high frequency) transceivers were capable but reflect in the silence, as I looked across of communications with all planes, helicop- The author with memorabilia of the “Grey Ghost” and the the deck to the clouds above, how proud we Apollo 11 mission. ters, and other ships in the combat zone. were, and how proud those that had gone Of critical importance were the transceivers On the recovery morning the skies were before would be, as members of the Hornet tuned to 243.7 MHz , the Vietnam emergency overcast with occasional clouds, gentle family. mayday frequency. My team provided excellent wind and calm seas. All dignitaries, including Almost one minute after the last announce- equipment up time and quality of messages President Nixon and Admiral John McCain ment, three distinct booms could be heard, both transmitted and received. All equipment were safely on board Hornet to witness the and the orange and white chutes could finally failures were treated as true emergencies and recovery operations. This added additional be seen, almost as an aberration, when they were dealt with immediately. Although we lost pressure to the crew, but nothing we couldn’t popped through the puffy clouds. The volley of 14 of our finest men during this tour, with five handle. We were all focused on “Hornet + 3,” camera shutter action broke the moments of still MIA, the Hornet performed extremely well our motto for this activity. silence and then a huge cheer rose among the BETWEEN THE LINES under adverse conditions to continue to main- As the morning progressed we were given assembled witnesses of history. tain a “Heritage of Excellence.” updates by NASA and our ship, based on track- Although the actual splashdown could In contrast, the Apollo 11 recovery mission ing by our ship’s air search radar, on the cap- not be seen from the ship, the announcement provided a different intensity level than Vietnam sule’s exact location. The NASA and National finally came that the capsule was safe and and also demanded 100% focus. The day of the Broadcast vans, safely tethered to our flight upright in the 2’ to 3’ swells. This message was recovery started with the bosons pipe sounding deck, provided the world with ongoing capsule reassuring to us all. As we practiced in our reveille for the crew and guests of the Hornet progress. I was extremely proud that my UHF aPoLLo 11 continued on page 11 5 from page 3 Incarcerated Veteran of the Year. After The NYSC finally received checks Front and Center VETERANS INCARCERATED the Veterans’ Incarcerated Committee being released, he has been attend- from the state for $90,000 in grant Hearings there. ing Wenatchee Valley College where money. This was a result of the many We have been in regular contact he helps other veterans as President hours President Foote dedicated to with Jeff Langnese of the Vietnam of Student Transitional Assistance for lobbying specific legislators to keep Veterans’ Group San Quentin and Veterans’ Education. their promise to the NYSC. we hope he retains his position of My next column will be from You can show your pride in VVA with outside coordinator there. They have the Convention and I will be driving a personalized license plate. The order an Operation Mom packing date set there with Kenny Moore. That’s right, form can be downloaded from the there for June 27 and I believe this it will take us about five days to get state web site, www.nyvietnamvets. will be the 7th time they have held this there, driving his hippie mobile that org. You must use the 8-1/2 X 11 size event. Congrats to the VVGSQ for gets Al Gore level gas mileage, but form or it will be rejected. continuing to reach out from behind wreaks havoc on my self-esteem. All North of the border, our Canadian bars to help needy veterans, as well as of you incarcerated vets keep up the brother Vietnam Veterans have a “trav- to those in our community. good work and you are not alone. eling wall” available for display. Go to Gene Edwards has kept us updat- web site www.cvva.ca to see a video ed on the new kid on the block, the Oneida Active Veterans at the NY State Council Meeting about the wall and to learn more about Canada’s Vietnam Vets. Oneida Correctional Facility. Oneida of June 2009 Diabetes continues to be a real is a medium security facility with Fred Elliott problem among Vietnam Veterans as inmates averaging 2-4 years there, The State council meeting opened almost half of the delegates at the so the turnover of veteran inmates on Saturday morning, June 20th, meeting were diabetic. Ask your doc- is high. The group is in the process with Chapter 20 well represented. tor to check you for this condition the of reorganizing and has proposed a Besides myself, in attendance were next time you have a physical. And if Recognition Day for veterans to the Jerry McDermott, Pat Pudetti, Ron you don’t have a physical scheduled, administration there with a tentative Trovato, and of course Nick DeLeo you should have. date of November 7. We thank the (State Council Treasurer). Past NYSC President, Gordy prison administration for their interest The first item of business to come Lane, and Peter Bronstad, a former and support of the veterans there, and before the delegates was a proposed Director of Chapter 103, present- we understand that progress will be change to the State By-Laws. It was ed a paper titled Onondaga County slow but steady. proposed to remove the residency Veterans Diversion Program. The VVA Chapter 205 at the Auburn requirement for a NYSC District authors had proposed a veterans court Correctional Facility is alive and well Director so that a District Director program for Onondaga County simi- and we just received their bi-month- need only be a resident of New York lar to the program in Erie County but ly newsletter. It contained a special State and not the district. After some were unsuccessful in their efforts. The thank you to Superintendent Harold spirited discussion, a vote was taken paper details a program they hope to Graham and his staff for support- and the change passed, 49 for and 33 start in Onondaga County. ing the veterans’ groups there. It also against. A recess was then called so AVVA of NYS presented a check contained columns by Andy Restivo that the Southern District Chapters for $500 to the state council to pay (VVA Chapter President) and Dennis could elect a new director to fill the for lunch on Saturday and said that all Conway outlining their goals and ways vacancy created by Connie Steers’ res- future proceeds from “basket raffles” to achieve them. Terrific newsletter ignation from the position. Pat Toro, would be split between AVVA and guys, keep up the good work! Chapter 32 Pesident, was elected as VVA. AVVA is also requesting the Finally, we heard from VVA the new Southern District Director. donation of NEW wool hats, scarves, Chapter 745 at the Twin Rivers It was reported that….NYS and mittens to be given to homeless Corrections Center in Monroe, Department of Veterans Affairs has veterans. BETWEEN THE LINES Washington. Sixty-two men were increased its number of counselors… in attendance at the chapel there when SFC Michael Malm and CSM NYS has increased its support to Legislation for Veterans county veteran service agencies by Fred Elliott Jerry McClain visited the chapter. 20%...NYS legislative hearings have We also congratulate former Twin been postponed to September to allow I wish I could tell you that the 6 Rivers Inmate Thad Lawson who us to prepare for the hearings and NYS Legislature passed some signifi- was previously honored by VVA as arrange for people to attend. cant veteran legislation, but as you hear this: news & notes Front and Center visit the VA health eligibility website at http://www.va.gov/ VFW Golf Tournament healtheligibility/ for more information. 1st Annual VFW Post 8495 Golf Tournament benefiting The Wall That Heals – Saturday September 26, 2009 at Eagle Vale Golf Course. Scramble Format, $75.00 per golfer. Reservations Thrift Store News must be received by 9/1/09. Submit names of golfers in four- We made about $250.00 at the Dakota, but the best part is some, with check payable to VFW Post 8495 and mail to VFW that we got our name out there! We had 3 car donations from Post 8495, Attn: Dick Grube, 300 Macedon Center Road, the flyers we handed out and people calling asking directions Fairport, NY 14450. to the store, which they had a business card from the Dakota and they weren’t sure where we are located. We hit a record $7000.00 in sales on the 3rd of July sale! We still NEED Priority Group 8 Enrollment Relaxation Changes SHOPPERS! Thanks! (submitted by Beth) VA eligibility rules changed on June 15, 2009, making it easier for more Veterans to enroll in VA’s health care system. Under this new regulation, VA relaxed income restrictions on Social Security Payments enrollment for health benefits. While this new provision does Anyone who's had active duty service prior to January 2002 not remove consideration of income, it does increase income and planning for retirement, qualifies for higher social security thresholds. A web–based calculator is available for Veterans payments because of military service, for active duty any time to enter their income information, dependents, and zip code to from 1940 to 2001. Veterans have to supply their DD214 to the assess if their income would fall within the proposed income Social Security Office and you must ask for them to receive it. threshold adjustments. Veterans are encouraged to contact More info is available at http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/military. VA’s Health Resource Center at 1–877–222 VETS (8387) or htm. probably know, the children in Albany program specialists (DVOPS) and H.R.1513, a bill to increase, effec- are more interested in power games local veterans’ employment represen- tive as of December 1, 2009, the rates than working for the people who tatives (LVER) by National Veterans’ of disability compensation for veterans elected them. Maybe next month. Employment and Training Services with service-connected disabilities and Fortunately, our federal legisla- Institute. No companion bill in the the rates of dependency and indemnity tors are doing better. The House of Senate yet. compensation for survivors of certain Representatives passed the following H.R.1089, a bill that would service-connected disabled veterans, bills and sent them on to the U.S. amend title 38, USC, to provide for and for other purposes. The compan- Senate for debate, amendment, and the enforcement through the Office ion bill in the Senate is S.407. voting. of Special Counsel of the employ- H.R.403, a bill that would pro- ment and reemployment rights of Passed or agreed to be the House but vide housing for very low income veterans and members of the Armed not yet sent to the Senate are: veterans. As of this writing, there is no Forces employed by Federal executive H.R.1016, a bill to amend title companion bill in the Senate, but we’ll agencies, and for other purposes. No 38, USC, to provide advance appro- keep watching for one. companion bill in the Senate yet. priations authority for certain medical H.R.466, a bill that would amend H.R.1171, a bill to amend title care accounts of DVA, and for other title 38, United States Code, to pro- 38, USC, to reauthorize the Homeless purposes. hibit discrimination and acts of repri- Veterans Reintegration Program H.R. 1172, a bill to direct the sal against persons who receive treat- (HVRP) for fiscal years 2010 through Secretary of VA to include on the ment for illnesses, injuries, and dis- 2014, and for other purposes. No internet website of the DVA a list of abilities incurred in or aggravated by companion bill in the Senate yet. organizations that provide scholarships BETWEEN THE LINES service in the uniformed services. As H.R.1377, a bill to amend title to veterans and for other purposes. with HR 403, we’ll be watching for a 38, USC, to expand veteran eligibility H.R. 1211, a bill to amend title companion bill in the Senate. for reimbursement by the Secretary of 38, USC, to expand and improve H.R.1088, a bill that would Veterans Affairs for emergency treat- health care services available to women amend title 38, USC, to provide for ment furnished in a non-Department veterans, especially those serving in 7 a one-year period for the training facility, and for other purposes. S. 404 OEF and OIF, from the DVA, and for of new disabled veterans’ outreach is the companion bill in the Senate. other purposes. Features Elmira’s Vietnam War Museum by Kathy Gleason When Tom and I read in a recent magazine about the open- interest in the project allowed them to stay, join in and join up. ing of a Vietnam War museum in Elmira, NY we took a trip Denny Wolfe, Rusty Drake and Jim Clark were all there to down to check it out. What a great visit it turned out to be! The visit with Tom and I. They are the primary participants in the museum was easy to find, just down the street from Woodlawn museum and are there to converse with visitors, educate local school National Cemetery. The exterior of the building had flags for each groups that plan field trips there. Elmira College students are fre- branch of the military proudly flying, a bombshell by the sidewalk quent visitors to use their audio-visual resources for assignments for (the military kind, guys – not the blonde kind) and both ramps their Vietnam War History course and the professor of this course and steps leading to the front door. works with museum staff regularly. The American, VVA and POW flags The museum is still a work in graced the front deck. progress. Monetary donations are As we entered my eyes were helpful as there is no funding stream immediately drawn to life-size exhibit, for the support of the building except complete with sandbags and mortar for a small box labeled “Donations” by launcher. We were both impressed with the front door. There is an annual let- the overall presentation of this convert- ter requesting donations sent to those ed house. Three veterans welcomed us, on the mailing list and local compa- invited us to look around and then to nies. More items for the museum itself sit and chat. What initially was thought are requested as there is a wish to have to be a 30-minute visit extended into a enough to rotate exhibits. Navy items couple hours of friendly conversation. (and Navy uniforms) are especially Chapter 803 of Vietnam Veterans sought. of America was chartered in 1997. Almost immediately, the mem- It’s only a couple hours from Rochester to Elmira and we bers voiced their desire to create a legacy consisting of a Vietnam encourage you to visit this museum at 1200 Davis Street in Elmira. War museum and plans were started. Funds were raised, but were The museum is open 7 days a week and you can call for specific never enough to support the purchase of a building to house this hours at 607-737-2760. It is free to the public. legacy. In December 2007, Bobby Edger (Edger Enterprises, Elmira, NY) informed the Chapter that his family was donat- ing the building at the corner of Grant and Davis Streets to the Chapter for the purpose of fulfilling this dream. The building had BETWEEN THE LINES previously been a local bar run by his wife’s mother. After ownership was formalized, work began with just a small group. Some donations were made and the building was gutted and 459 South Avenue, Rochester, New York 14620 renovated into the large museum area, rest room and small office/ storage space. Decks and handicap-access ramps were added and www.veteransbusinesscouncil.org 8 donations of items started arriving. 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The mission of Help Base Greater Rochester is to enhance services by coordinating, mobilizing and educating the community-at-large about the issues facing veterans, service members, and their families and advocating for the necessary services to ensure that these community members can regain and maintain their physical, emotional, and economic well-being. Call 224-8484 Greece Memorial Post 206 WETZEL ASSOCIATES The Newest Post in Monroe County Telecommunications Engineering Consultation Business Continuity Planning A casual Meeting the 3rd Thursday of the month 6:30 - 7:45 pm at Lawrence R. Wetzel, PE The Legacy at Park Crescent — Mt. Read Blvd. 21 Bridgewood Drive Fairport, New York 14450 For details, please call 227-4383 or 225-4228. (585) 474-4883 email@example.com U.S.S. LIBERTY (AGTR-5) JOHN M. HRANKOWSKI SURVIVOR 45 Drumcliff Way • Rochester, N.Y. 14612 1-585-225-0385 E-Mail: USSLIBTY@Rochester.RR.com Web Page: http://www.USSLiberty.org BETWEEN THE LINES William H. Wallace Certified PubliC ACCountAnt 636 Middle road 10 Henrietta, nY 14467 585-334-5352 aPoLLo 11 continued from page 5 greeted the veteran ship and her three spe- meetings Features training sessions, the recovery helo, #66, cial guests. Mission accomplished! was on station within less than a minute. I feel a couple side notes concerning The broadcast from the helo pilot/air group the ship’s activities are appropriate. During commander, through my UHF equipment the training session for this mission, Hornet VVA Chapter 20 Board Meetings was, “ The recovery helicopter is in position crossed the equator and the ship came to a See page 13 for meeting attendance. and orbiting the capsule.” I was personally halt after entering the Domain of Neptunus • August 3 • November 2 relieved and very proud of my team’s part in Rex, the Ruler of the Raging Main. Navy • September 8 • November 30 – this operation. tradition requires that an initiation for all (Tues.) Budget Review Mtg. The next phase of the recovery was for pollywogs be held on the equator. After • October 5 • December 7 Seal Team One members to exit the helo and hours of crawling through garbage tubes use their rubber raft to secure a flotation on the flight deck, visiting the Royal Barber Scheduled Membership Meetings collar around the capsule, and then assist for a “trim,” and the Royal Doctor for a taste 2nd Thursday of the Month, beginning at the three astronauts out of the capsule into of his famous “medicine,” 600 pollywogs 7:30 pm. All meetings are held at the Ira the raft. The astronauts were individually were welcomed into the Royal Order of Jacobson American Legion Post, 90 St. lifted by the helo’s rescue basket into the Shellbacks. Officers and enlisted men par- John’s Park, unless otherwise noted. aircraft, which then flew towards Hornet. ticipated side by side in this very humbling • August 13 (Annual • October 8 The Seal Team and a Hornet boat crew and important traditional ceremony. A very Picnic/Membership • November 12 towed the capsule to Hornet, which was important document was presented to each Meeting) • December 10 then hoisted aboard utilizing the starboard shellback, which is held in safe keeping • September 10 boat sponson, or crane. for the next equator crossing. Failure to The recovery helo proceeded to the present this document usually results in re- Special Events ship and. upon landing on the flight deck. initiation. • Thurs, Aug. 13 – Annual Chapter 20 our motto was complete - “Hornet + 3.” After An additional side note, Hornet went Picnic, 6 pm at Ira Jacobson Post landing, the helo with astronauts dressed in on a few months later to recovery Apollo (annual flag burning will commence isolation suits, was transferred to the hang- 12. Helicopter #66 recovered the Apollo 12 at approximately 5 pm) er bay. The astronauts then walked from the astronauts, and was the recovery helo for • Aug. 20-23 – The Wall that Heals at helo to the Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF) Apollo 13. I continued my “membership” Perinton Memorial Post 8495 (see p. 13) air stream trailer. in the Hornet team completing 3½ years of In the hanger bay, official greetings duty, and with this length of time onboard I and congratulations were completed by became senior division, “Salt.” the ship’s captain, President Nixon, Admiral In conclusion, I am proud to say that I McCain and other dignitaries. The three participated in two extremely vital missions astronauts were presented with “Hornet + - Vietnam and Apollo. I have always consid- 3” lapel pins, which were visible as they sat ered both missions equally important to the at the window of the MQF to participate in United States and the world. I am also proud the ship’s celebration. that I am a “Plank Owner” of the Hornet The last phase of the operation was having contributed to the ship’s purchase. transit of the Hornet from the recovery area The Hornet, “Grey Ghost,” lives on as the to Pearl Harbor to offload the astronauts Aircraft Carrier Hornet Museum docked at housed inside the MQF. Pride billowed Alameda Point, California. Please visit the among the entire Hornet crew as the ship Hornets web site, www.uss-hornet.org, to approached the pier and a broomstick was view the Apollo exhibits, tour the ship and hoisted up the mast signifying a mission hopefully get a feel for how I spent 3½ years At the July membership meeting, Bugler Fred Elliott well done. The offload was accomplished aboard one of the world’s most decorated was presented with the Purple Bugle Award, the 1st in history to have ever received this distinguished honor. without a hitch as a throng of 2,500 people ships. VIETNAM VETERANS of AMERICA CHAPTER 20 2009 PARADE SCHEDULE BETWEEN THE LINES DAY DATE PARADE START TIME FORMATION AREA AUG 21-23 MOVING WALL TBA Fairport VFW SAT AUG 29 Marching Unit Picnic 2 pm Ray & Gail's 151 Curtis Rd. Hilton SAT SEPT. 12 Town of Gaines 10:30 am TBA SAT OCT. 10 Columbus Day Parade TBA TBA NOTE: LISTED ARE START TIMES. PLEASE PLAN TO BE AT FORMATION APPROX. 45 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE START TIME LISTED 11 Features Francis George #66-739, correlates to a C model, the first two numbers indicating that the aircraft had been made in 1966, and the H model only had come out a few months before this Graziosi time. Although C models were gunships and usually flew more or less independently, while this aircraft was flying in tight formation as flight lead which would correlate O with the H model, it has been confirmed that the ship n January 10, 1970, Capt. Herbert C. ion which this crew was flying was definitely a Charlie Crosby, pilot; WO George A. Howes, co- model.) pilot; SP5 Wayne C. Allen, crew chief; and SP4 Francis G. Graziosi, door gunner were From the Desk of Gail Bologna-Melens, flying a UH1C helicopter (serial #66-739) as the flight Chairperson, POW-MIA Committee: lead in a flight of three helicopters returning from Tien In December 2006, the Department of Defense POW/ Phuoc to the unit based at Chu Lai, South Vietnam. Missing Personnel Office announced that the remains of three At 1300 hours, the three helicopters departed Tien US servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War were Phuoc. Five to ten minutes later, due to instrument identified and returned to their families for burial with full flight rules, Capt. Crosby directed the flight to change military honors. In May 2007, Chapter 20’s honor guard was to a different flight heading. When the helicopters present at the service to give SP4 Francis G. Graziosi a final changed frequencies to contact Chu Lai ground control Welcome Home. approach, radio contact was lost with Capt. Crosby and was not regained. The other two aircraft reached Chu Lai heliport and at 1400 hours, search efforts were begun for the missing aircraft, although the crew was not found. According to a 1974 National League of Families Chu Lai report, George Howes survived the crash of this helicop- ter. The report further maintains that the loss occurred in Laos, although the coordinates place it some 40-odd miles from that country. A North Vietnamese prisoner Tien Phuoc released later reported that he had seen Howes in cap- tivity the same month the helicopter went down. A second sighting by a villager in Phuoc Chouc (or Phouc Chau) village reported Howes and two other POWs stopped for water at his house in February 1970, en route to Laos. Whether these reports also relate to Allen, Crosby and Graziosi is unknown. (Note: Records differ as to the aircraft type on this incident. Some records show the aircraft type this crew was flying as UH1H, and some show it as a UH1C. Herbert Crosby flew Charlie models every day from at least July 1969 to January 1970. The serial number, NAME: Francis George Graziosi RANK/BRANCH: E4/US Army UNIT: 71st Aviation Company, 14th Aviation Battalion, 16th Aviation Group, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal), BETWEEN THE LINES Chu Lai, South Vietnam DATE OF BIRTH: 10 January 1951 HOME CITY OF RECORD: Rochester NY DATE OF LOSS: 10 January 1970 COUNTRY OF LOSS: South Vietnam STATUS (in 1973): Missing in Action (repatriated in 2006) OTHER PERSONNEL IN INCIDENT: George A. Howes; Wayne C. Allen; 12 Herbert C Crosby (all missing) Map Circa 1992 • Courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin Features The Wall That Heals Is coming to Picnic The August Membership meeting Perinton Memorial Post 8495 on the 13th will include On “Freedom Hill” a picnic supper and 300 Macedon Ctr Rd. • Fairport, NY will start at 6:00pm. Opening Ceremony Aug. 20 at 7pm There will be a brief Closing Ceremony Aug. 23 at 6pm membership meeting. The wall will be available for Please bring your flags viewing August 20-23, 2009. for proper disposal, which will be done that evening. We will serve hots, hamburgers and salads. Feel free to bring a snack or dessert to share. Call Notice to Members 585-482-7396 prior In the best interest of the members of Chapter 20 we no longer to August 7th for recommend the use of Barefoot Sportswear in Spencerport, reservations. NY for embroidery or other work on Chapter 20 Gear. roll call: b.o.d. attendance 2009 NAME 1/5 2/2 3/2 4/6 5/4 6/1 7/6 8/3 9/8 10/5 11/2 12/7 President: Moore, Ken X E X X X X X 1st V. Pres: Gleason, Tom X X X X E X X 2nd V. Pres: Elliot, Fred X E X Secretary: Macaluso, Chuck X X X X X X X Treasurer: Melens, Ray X X X X X X X Corona, Dan X X E X X X X Gatto, Valentino X X X Gleason, Kathy X X X X E X X Harkness, Joe E X X X X X X Lill, Max E X X X X X X Madigan, Jack X X X X E X X BETWEEN THE LINES McDermott, Jerry X X X E X X X Oleksyn, Dick X X X X X X X Peck, Joe X X X X X X X Pudetti, Pat E E X X X X X Trovato, Ron X E X X X X X 13 Wallace, Hank X X X X X X X X=Present E=Excused A=Absent Chapter 20’s New Members Help Build The Please give these new members a Veterans Walk hearty Welcome Home! (l to r): Ronald Fox, Dick Lynch, and Jim Schenkel at the Rochester Vietnam Veterans Memorial Any past or present member of the United States Armed Services, Active or Reserve, is eligible for an engraved paver brick. For information and an order form, please contact the Chapter 20 office at 482-7396. membership application Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 20 Name: ________________________________________ Date of Birth: _______________________ Sex: q M q F Address: ______________________________________ Home Phone: ( ___) ______________________________ City: _________________________________________ Work Phone: ( ___) ______________________________ Zip: _______________Country: _______ Email Address: _______________________________________ q W q H Chapter # (if known) ______________________________ Sponsor: _____________________________________ I am not a Vietnam Vet, but I want to help Vietnam veterans and their families. Please accept my donation: ______q AVVA Membership q $10 q $20 q $50 q Other ($________) eligibility: Vietnam and Vietnam-era veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Military (for other than training purposes) between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975 (in-country Vietnam), or between August 5, 1964 and May 7, 1975 (for Vietnam-era veterans). Term: q 1 year: $20 q Life Membership: $250 (ages 49 and under), $225 (ages 50-55), $200 (ages 56-60), q 3 years: $50 $175 (ages 61-65), $150 (ages 66 and over) BETWEEN THE LINES Payment options: q Check q Money Order Return this application, along with a copy of your DD214, to: Vietnam Veterans of America, P.O. Box 12580, Rochester, NY 14612 VVA is a non-profit veterans service organization. Programs and services are funded by member dues and public donations. 14 contact information: vva, chapter 20 Numbers to Know P. O. Box 12580, Rochester, NY 14612 • www.vva20.org • (585) 482-7396 • Fax (585) 482-5513 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS Ken Moore ...................... 17CAV@rochester.rr.com • 392-0269 (h) • 576-9000 (c) AND INFORMATION Tom Gleason .................................................firstname.lastname@example.org • 978-1995 (c) Greater Rochester Vietnam Veterans Memorial... Fred Elliott...................................................... email@example.com • 288-5756 585-753-7275 (enter 9; enter 2 to leave a message) Ray Melens ..........................................................firstname.lastname@example.org • 392-2079 (h) Ira Jacobson American Legion Chuck Macaluso ......................................email@example.com • 225-8288 (h) Post #474.............................................663-7030 VA Clinic - 465 Westfall Road ................463-2600 DIRECTORS Veterans Outreach Center.......................546-1081 Dan Corona ...................................................... firstname.lastname@example.org • 406-6108 (c) Vet Center ................................................232-5040 Valentino Gatto................................................................... email@example.com Veterans Administration ................. 800-827-1000 Joe Harkness ................................................ firstname.lastname@example.org • 889-9728 (h) NYS Council .....................................888-678-VETS Max Lill .......................................email@example.com • 288-4646 x.18 Monroe County Veterans Service Jack Madigan .................................... firstname.lastname@example.org • 392-8259 (h) Agency.................................................753-6040 Jerry McDermott ........................... email@example.com • 313-8188 (c) e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Dick Oleksyn ...................................................email@example.com • 663-5255 (h) Veterans Benefits Hotline ............... 800-827-1000 Joe Peck.................................................... firstname.lastname@example.org • 734-9046 (c) Veterans Bill of Rights..................... 800-342-3358 VA Medical Center in Batavia ........ 585-297-1000 Pat Pudetti ............................................ email@example.com • 753-6040 (w) VA Hospital in Buffalo..................... 716-834-9200 Ron Trovato ......................................................... firstname.lastname@example.org • 544-8470 (h) VA Medical Center in Canandaigua .......394-2000 Hank Wallace ........................................................email@example.com • 334-5352 (h) VA Medical Center in Bath ............. 607-664-4000 V.V. of America in Washington .......800-VVA-1316 ASSOCIATE LIAISON V.V. Memorial Fund “The Wall” ...... 202-393-0090 Kathy Gleason ............................................. firstname.lastname@example.org • 978-1331 (c) Nat.’l Lge. of Fam. MIA/POW Updates ....................................... 202-223-6846 STATE COUNCIL Richards House........................................506-9060 The Resource Center ...............................546-4250 Nick DeLeo..............................................................................email@example.com Stars & Stripes ........................................546-3524 Persian Gulf Vets, Inc. .............................385-4097 REGION 2 DIRECTOR Operation Welcome Home .....................234-4694 Fred Elliott...................................................... firstname.lastname@example.org • 288-5756 COMMITTEE CONTACTS WEB SITES/E-MAIL ADDRESSES Veterans Widows international network: AVVA ....................................... Kathy Gleason • email@example.com • 978-1331 firstname.lastname@example.org/vetwindows Between The Lines ................. Kathy Gleason • email@example.com • 978-1331 nYs Department health: www.health.state. Chaplain ................................................. Tom Puff • firstname.lastname@example.org • 227-3426 (h) ny.us/nyvets Chapter Gear .................................................Valentino Gatto • email@example.com Vietnam Veterans memorial at highland Comm. Service/Pub. Affairs........................................................................................ Park: www.monroecounty.gov/ Constitution ................................. Fred Elliott • firstname.lastname@example.org • 288-5756 parks-highland.php Finance ......................................... Hank Wallace • email@example.com • 334-5352 (h) operation Welcome home: Health Affairs .........Jerry McDermott • firstname.lastname@example.org • 313-8188 (c) www.operationwelcomehome.org Sue Oleksyn • email@example.com • 663-5255 VVa new York state Council: www.nyvietnamvets.org Incarcerated Veterans ..........................................................Ron Trovato • 544-8470 Marching Unit ................................... Ray Melens • firstname.lastname@example.org • 392-2079 Membership ........................................................................Ralph Pascale • 755-2560 (c) MISCELLANEOUS BETWEEN THE LINES POW/MIA ....................... Gail Bologna-Melens • email@example.com • 392-2079 VVA 20 Thrift Store, LLC Mgmt., Social Events .................................Dick Oleksyn • firstname.lastname@example.org • 663-5255 Beth Affeldt .....................................482-8036 Speakers Bureau ............................. Geno Lenyk • email@example.com • 423-0206 Donation Pick-up .................................482-8016 Veterans Affairs/Benefits ........Pat Pudetti • firstname.lastname@example.org • 753-6040 VVA Vehicle Donations .......................224-8484 Veterans Walk.................. Chuck Macaluso • email@example.com • 225-8288 VVA Chapter 20 ....firstname.lastname@example.org • 482-7396 c=cell h=home w=work 15 Vietnam Veterans of America NON-PROFIT ORG. Chapter 20, Rochester, NY U.S. POSTAGE P.O. Box 12580 PAID ROCHESTER, NY Rochester, NY 14612 Permit No. 439 BETWEEN THE LINES Between the Lines is published monthly by Chapter 20, Vietnam Veterans of America. The views and opinions expressed are not necessarily those of Chapter 20 or the Vietnam Veterans of America, its officers, board of directors august 09 1 SAT US Air Force Day • or the general membership. No subscription fee is charged for this publica- 3 MoN Board of Directors, 7:00pm • tion, and inclusion on the mailing list is available on request. Between the Lines can also be viewed on the Chapter 20 website at www.vva20.org. 4 TUE Coast Guard Day • 7 FRI Purple Heart Day • We welcome letters to the editor, poetry, original articles and suggestions. Submissions should include name and phone number and can be sent to 13 THU Membership Meeting – Annual Picnic, 6:00pm (flag • Between the Lines, P.O. Box 12580, Rochester, NY 14612 or emailed to burning starts at 5:00pm) email@example.com. We reserve the right to edit for space and clarity and to not use materials we think inappropriate for the publication. Deadline for 20 – 23 • Wall That Heals, Fairport VFW submissions for each issue is the 5th of the preceding month. Exceptions may be granted by contacting the editor. 29 SAT • Marching Unit Annual Picnic Between the Lines runs paid advertisements to help defray the costs associated with publication and as a convenience to our readers. Chapter 20 does not endorse NYS Division of Veterans’ Affairs Launches New Website any advertiser or guarantee satisfaction with goods or services provided. In an effort to improve its electronic reach to veterans and their families, the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs launched a new version of its website. The new address is: http://www.veterans.ny.gov. Could Please bookmark the new, simplified web address to receive the lat- est information on veteran’s benefits, services and programs for New York someone State’s veterans and their families. Much of the new content is based on feedback from users of the site you know (available through Google Analytics) and oriented on better information surrounding veteran’s education benefits and employment issues. be in crisis? The new site features not only great information about the Post 9/11 GI Bill, but a veterans’ education benefits calculator for New York State to help veterans decide where their benefit goes the farthest in New York. Check it out at: http://www.veterans.ny.gov/education.html. The VA’s National On the employment side, the new site directs users to the New York Department of Labor’s Resource Center site for veterans, where they Suicide Crisis Line receive Priority of Service in recognition for their service. Check it out at: http://www.labor.state.ny.us/VETs/VETINTROPAGE.shtm. Aside from a few ‘tweaks’ to still be made, the Division’s new site 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-273-8255 is available for all to use. Individuals using the old site address will be 24/7 365 days/per year re-directed to the new site after about 10 seconds. Provides professional counseling to veterans, their family members or friends. Reprinted with permission from the NYSDVA’s electronic newsletter.
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