Reading Of The Names – Vietnam Veteran Memorial 2012


Reading Of The Names – Vietnam Veteran Memorial 2012

From November 7 to November 10, 2012, the “Reading Of The Names” will take place at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.  I will have the honor and privilege to read 30 names on November 9th.  I will be reading the following names from Panel  37  W :

1. FIAPAI FANUA JR
2. EDDIE D FOSTER
3. FRED GERTZEN
4. MICHAEL E GIBIS
5. RICKY D GIPSON
6. NICHOLAS V GONZALES
7. DANIEL L GREGG
8. VICTOR HALE
9. CHARLES W HALL JR
10. WAYNE D HAMILTON
11. JOHN D HANCOCK
12. JOHN C HARDING JR
13. MARVIN L HARTMAN
14. JOHN F HIGGINS
15. DAVID M JALBERT
16. RICHARD D JAMES
17. JOHN K KOSTER
18. CONNARD D MALLORY
19. LARRY L MARSH
20. LEROY C MARTINSON
21. CARL J MILLER
22. DAVID N MOORE
23. FRANK F MUSICK
24. STEPHEN E NEAS
25. JERRY L OWENS
26. JOSEPH S PIRRUCCELLO JR
27. ROBERT A REX
28. EARNEST L REYNOLDS
29. FELIX D RIDGE
30. LARRY G SANDNES

I have read up about every one of these men.  Every one of them is a hero.  These names represent only 30 out of the 58,282 men and women who “Gave It All” so others could be free.  These are 30 of the bravest men who ever existed.  Some of them were killed so their “Brothers” could live.  Some were killed by “friendly fire”.  Some are still listed as MIA.  These men were men of honor, courage, loyalty, integrity, spirit, respect, dedication, and patriotism.  These men set the standard for others to aspire to obtain.  None of these men died in vain.  They died trying to preserve freedom in a land where there was none.

I salute these men, they are all my Heroes.  I will NEVER forget them.

To the members of firebase116.org, Chapter 116, Leominster, MA:

I would be honored to remember any men or women that you would like.  I can do etchings of a Heroes name, or leave a message, flowers, a prayer or something for them to let them know that you will NEVER forget them.  I’ll be at The Wall for 4 days.  Let me know if there is anything I can do for you.  Email me your requests: [email protected]

Tell Us About Your Unit, Division, Squadron or Platoon History etc.

Hello People!

If you send me the name of your unit, division, squadron or platoon etc.  I will research it and publish it’s information and photos on firebase116.org.  Any photos that you have from your days in the military will be much appreciated.  See the  email below to share your stories and photos.

If you have a son, daughter, cousin, niece, nephew, neighbor or friend that is in the Armed Forces now, I will gladly post a big THANK YOU! to them, just email me their info, photo, unit, branch of service and I’ll ‘get it done’.  Shout outs are welcome and encouraged.

firebase116.org supports our Troops 100% and we would like them to feel the love!

Email any info or photos you would like America and the World to see here: Email Info

Thanks!
J. Barry

Homeless and Hungry Veterans in America

The #1 problem that I just cannot wrap my head around and understand is homeless and hungry Veterans in America.  I can’t figure it out.  I just do not understand the whys or the hows about it.  Women and men that fought for our great country are sleeping on the streets, in cardboard shacks and in abandoned cars, AND they are hungry.  Days and weeks go by and these GREAT AMERICAN HEROES are without a hot meal, clean clothes and a shower.  People walk past them on the streets and mutter, “Get a job…”  God knows that these women and men would work if they could only find a job.  Problem is that there’s just no work for anyone.  And too few Americans care about what is happening to our Heroes.  Nothing can make me understand this phenomenon. 

Women Veterans are three time more likely to be at risk of homelessness than non-veteran women.

WHAT?  How can that be?  WHY is this happening?  HOW can this happen?  IS this the way America wants her Veterans to be treated?  What can we do to change this in America?  America is the greatest nation in the World.  America is rich beyond belief, but we have homeless and hungry VETERANS.

I ask each and every one that reads this post to change the statistics and how America treats her Heroes.  I’ll post a bunch of links where YOU can make a difference.  And it’s not all about money either.  Volunteering and giving some of yourself to put an end to hunger and homelessness.  When you don’t have a dollar in your own pocket, you can still give a smile.  Don’t look down on our Street Vets.  A little understanding and a smile goes a LONG way.  If your of the type that prays and believes in a Power Greater than yourself…say a prayer asking Her or Him to help them AND you overcome this problem.  Bring a bag of apples or oranges to a homeless shelter.  Think.  This is our problem, they are our Sisters and Brothers.  Love, compassion, understanding and support are what our Heroes need.  They need a hand up and not a hand out.  Respect.  Dignity.  These are honorable men and women.

I know first hand what it’s like to be without a job and without a home.  I survived the streets of Boston.  I’ve been hungry and alone out there.  I don’t want to go back there.  Most importantly, I do not want my Brothers or Sisters to go through what I went through.

As promised, here are the links for you to consider.  Do what you can, whatever that may be to help.  Thank you.  – J. Barry

Business and Professional Woman’s Foundation – Connect a Vet Resources

Make the Connection – Homelessness – Veterans

Help a Homeless Veteran – VA.gov

For Homeless Women Veterans – VA.gov

The Veterans Site – Feed a Veteran  <– This site will cost you 1 click!

New England Center for Homeless VeteransA Hand UP!  Not a Hand out!

Volunteers of America – Veterans Services

Project Foot – A Charity For Homeless Veterans and Military Families

The Veteran Homestead Inc.

The Jericho Project – Off the Streets – On With Life

Feed Our Vets – Food Pantry

The above links are just a sample of some wonderful ways for you to SUPPORT AND HELP  AMERICA’S HEROES.

 

Fathers of the Brave

Fathers Of The Brave is dedicated to supporting the fathers of America’s military men and women through community, shared information, and referrals. While we welcome the input of all individuals, our focus is on the fathers of U.S. service personnel, active or reserve, at home or on deployment. Fathers Of The Brave is open to all such individuals regardless of race, creed, or marital status. We are a non-profit organization.

firebase116.org proudly supports our Troops and the Americans that support our Troop.

“My Gentlemen” – Ann Margret

Richard, (my husband), never really talked a lot about his time in Viet Nam, other than he had been shot by a sniper.  However, he had a rather grainy, 8 x 10 black and white photo he had taken at a USO show of Ann Margret with Bob Hope in the background that was one of his treasures.A few years ago, Ann Margret was doing a book signing at a local bookstore. Richard wanted to see if he could get her to Sign the treasured photo so he arrived at the bookstore at 12 o’clock for the 7:30 signing.

When I got there after work, the line went all the way around the bookstore, circled the parking lot, and disappeared behind a parking garage.  Before her appearance, bookstore employees announced that she would sign only her book and no memorabilia would be permitted.Ann Margaret
Richard was disappointed, but wanted to show her the photo and let her know how much those shows meant to lonely GI’s so far from home.. Ann Margret came out looking as beautiful as ever and, as second in line, it was soon Richard’s turn.

He presented the book for her signature and then took out the photo.  When he did, there were many shouts from the employees that she would not sign it.  Richard said, “I understand. I just wanted her to see it.”

She took one look at the photo, tears welled up in her eyes and she said, “This is one of my gentlemen from Viet Nam and I most certainly will sign his photo. I know what these men did for their country and I always have time for ‘my gentlemen.”

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With that, she pulled Richard across the table and planted a big kiss on him.  She then made quite a to-do about the bravery of the young men she met over the years, how much she admired them, and how much she appreciated them.  There weren’t too many dry eyes among those close enough to hear.  She then posed for pictures and acted as if he were the only one  there.

Later at dinner, Richard was very quiet.  When I asked if he’d like to talk about it, my big, strong husband broke down in tears.. ”That’s the first time anyone ever thanked me for my time in  the Army,” he said.

That night was a turning point for him. He walked a little straighter and, for the first time in years, was proud to have been a Vet. I’ll never forget Ann Margret for her graciousness and how much that small act of kindness meant to my husband.

I now make it a point to say ‘Thank you’ to every person I come across who served in our Armed Forces.  Freedom does not come cheap and I am grateful for all those who have served their country.

If you’d like to pass on this story, feel free to do so. Perhaps it will help others to become aware of how important it is to acknowledge the  contribution our service people make.

“The country is behind you 50 percent”         – Bob Hope to the troops, Christmas Tour Vietnam 1966

Stay tuned for more about Bob Hope and the USO Tours in Vietnam.  – J. Barry