(updated 08 Aug 2010)
Chapter article & photos submitted for "The Drop"
Submitted by Bob Moreau, Chapter XXX Drop Editor
08 Aug 2010
The Chapter had its annual participation in the Armed
Forces Day Ceremonies at the USS KIDD Veterans Memorial in Baton Rouge,
LA. May 15th 2010. Willie Stephens gave the Benediction. Jim McCurry was
Master of Ceremonies and Henry Cook who gave the Keynote Address both
lamented the lack of public turnout saying “ The Nation is at war, but
American’s aren’t, they’re at the Mall”. Attendees included; local MOPH
Cdr Rick O’Brien & ViceCdr Tommy Jenkins, Marine Corps League Chaplain
Woodrow Craft, ViceCmdt Bob Finley and Marion Lee, SFC Dwayne Joseph of
the LANG Job Challenge Program and twenty teenage youth members, and
former US ARMY SGT Joe Jenkins a Silver Star recipient. Also present
were BLUE STAR MOTHERS, Karen Wright and Janice Cook who every three
months mail about 125 large PO boxes containing “goodie Items” for our
service members in the combat zones. NOTE, Karen’s son SPC Kleyn is now
in Iraq – he’s Jim McCurry’s grandson. See Photo for members present.
On June 5th members were on hand when SFC Gregory Stube (An
SF Medic severely wounded in Iraq 2006) spoke of his experience. This
was part of the 10th Anniversary Celebration of WW2 at The National WW2
Museum in New Orleans, LA. SFC Stubes presence was arranged by Mrs.
Phyllis Taylor (of Taylor Energy Co) who is a patriotic friend and
supporter of Chapter XXX. Following the ceremonies, SFC Stube, his
pilot/friend Ben Baker, Jim Anthony with Bob & Judi Moreau shared a
drink at the museum’s bar – Henry Cook and J.J. Witmeyer joined in.
Other members & friends present were; Willie Stevens, Tom Tubesing, Bill
& Quetha VomWeg, Lee & Ruby Roberts and Mrs. Taylor (hope I didn’t miss
anyone). SFC Stube was thrilled to meet the three Very Lovely Young
Ladies of the museum’s THE VICTORY BELLES who entertained the audience
with songs from the WW2 era. The ladies surprised three old veterans
when taking a picture (See Photos).
Saturday, July 24th our quarterly meeting was at a new
location – SARITA’S CANTINA in ST AMANT, LA. The Mexican food buffet was
excellent which everyone enjoyed. When the business part was concluded a
few members spoke, among them; HENRY COOK who recommended we become
involved with activities such as; a) a legislative committee to discuss
with elected officials on issues affecting veterans, AD military and
their families, b) re-involvement with ROTC & JROTC programs, and c)
assist deployed units and other SF projects by partnering with an
organization already doing this, SOLDIERS ANGELS:
www.soldiersangelsla.org JOHN HURTH (see www.tyrgroup.net ) asked
for volunteers willing to assist the SOTD at JRTC Ft Polk, LA. on SOF
training exercises in local Louisiana areas. Willie & Mike remarked we
had done so a few years ago – twice. President Fred Dent Jr. stated we
will appoint a committee(s) (several members signed-on with John).
Chapter XXX member MYKEL HAWKE and his wife RUTH ENGLAND are
TV Stars in a new survival series on The Discovery Channel, titled “MAN,
WOMAN, WILD” on Fridays at 8:00 PM, three programs have aired, see
Mykel’s survival blog is:
http://mykelhawke-survivingtogether.blogspot.com check it out.
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