(updated 12 Aug 2015)
Chapter article & photos submitted for "The Drop"
Submitted by Bob Moreau, Chapter XXX Drop Editor
12 Aug 2015
The Chapter held its Quarterly Meeting on
Saturday July 25th 2015 at Cris Mandry’s Boathouse in the Marina of New
Orleans, LA (next to Lake Pontchartrain). As usual a lot of the
attendees arrived around 1030 hours, including the caterer VOODOO BBQ &
GRILL. At 1100 hours the meeting was called to order by President Tom
Fierke who led all in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed with an
invocation by Chaplain Willie Stevens. Our guest speaker SGT Bill
Morange, LA State Police was introduced by Vice-President Art Zieske.
The SGT is assigned to the Louisiana State Analytical & Fusion Exchange
of the Louisiana State Police, The center exchanges information &
intelligence to maximize, streamline and improve the ability to fight
crime and terrorism. He related examples of how they responded to recent
incidents and potential ones. Needless to say his presentation was well
received and elicited several questions from the audience.
The business part of the meeting was then held with discussion on old
and new business. A treasurers report was given and accepted, a few
local future activities were mentioned. We observed a moment of silence
for our recent fallen brothers listed in the current issue of THE DROP
magazine. Ed Gainey a long-time Chapter member from Baton Rouge, LA.
Bernard Huval Jr. a member of Chapter 81 who is known by many of our
chapter members. COL (RET) Herb Couvillion former US Army Advisor
(1964-1967) to Co D 20th SFGA, LA NG who is well remembered and held in
high esteem by many chapter members who were in that unit. Another
long-time member Richard Price passed away May 01st 2015 after a long
illness for the past four years.
A VIETNAM VETERAN
LAPEL PIN has been authorized by the US Congress and is being issued
through the VIETNAM WAR COMMERATION Commission (through the US
Department of Defense). It is authorized for “Living U.S. veterans who
served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces from November 1, 1955 to
May 15, 1975, regardless of location, are eligible to receive on lapel
pin.” (Quote from the commission’s SITREPs). The pins will be issued by
COMMERATIVE PARTNERS of the commission, one of which is Chapter XXX SFA.
Initial availability will be in August with full supply set for
mid-winter 2015, notification will be disseminated when our pins are
Our next meeting for October 24th is
being coordinated by Lloyd Stout, at the Firing Range of the Livingston
Parish Sheriff’s Office near Walker, LA. Details are forth-coming.
Members and guests present were; Jim & Mitzi Anthony, Jack & Janet
Cahall, Russ Copping, Ernest Bryant, John Demelo, Ted Ellision, Tom
Fierke, Mike Hatchett, Richard Kuntz, Ken Lanzalaco, Tony Levata, Geary
Mason, Ron Monce, Bob & Judi Moreau, Lester Poirrier, Tony & Sandy
Riddle, Lee & Ruby Roberts, Robert Smith, Willie & Vita Stevens, Lloyd
Stout, Dave Thibodaux & Becky, Bill & Quetha VonWeg, Owen Wall, Art
Zieske and special guests Joe & Sandy Ridolfo.
on images to enlarge)