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NCOA Oregon State Advisory Council
Lady Barbara Weatherill recently swore in the new trustees of the Oregon State Advisory Council.
rogue chapter presents medallions
Rogue Chapter Chairman Terry Haines assisted by trustees Ron Kohl & David Haines presented several medallions during a Memorial veteran breakfast honoring deceased Air Force veteran Gerald Zieman who received his medallion shortly before his passing. a Korean Medallion to Air Force veteran John Madigan. He also presented Vietnam Medallions to Air Force veteran Skip MacQueen, Army veterans Curtis Swift & Geno Valdez and Marine veteran Monte Lenz. The presentation took place at a Memorial veteran breakfast honoring deceased Air Force veteran Gerald Zieman who received his medallion shortly before his passing.
During the May 8th Special Olympics the NCOA Korea Chapter was able to attend in partnership with Grace Stables and the Community Bank. Noted sponsors for the event were the Knights of Columbus from the Our Lady Queen of Peace. The event was a 4 hour event with several vendors and people coming out. Due to the NCOA outreach to other organizations it helped to raise awareness of the event and provide some direction on who to contact. The NCOA awarded the Special Olympics Korea and the CP Humphreys special Olympics with a plaque sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.
NCOA Past Grand Knight CMSgt Ted Pilihos, USAF (Ret), presents fellow chief John Talbot, with the NCOA Vietnam Service Medallion in recognition of his service while assigned to Da Nang Airbase during 1969 and 1970.
Past Grand Knight Lady Sunny Wirth presented World War II Medallions to Carlos Barrios to honor his father Hermengildo Barrios who was at the Battle of the Bulge, and his father-in-law Ruben Sierra who was at Iwo Jima.
NCOA Grand Knight Sir Paul Siverson and VFW Post 9133 Commander Wendy Silvera presented NCOA Vietnam Medallions to LTC Ed Hughes USA (Ret) and MSG Danny Elzie USA (Ret) during Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day in Jacksonville, NC, on 29 April 2023. LTC Hughes and MSG Elzie are members of the North Carolina Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association.
Regional Chapters of the year announced
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special vietnam medallion presentation
Rogue Chapter Vice Chairman Ken Wilson presented an NCOA Vietnam War Medallion to Alaska Airlines flight attendant Nancy Garcia on behalf of her brother Vernon Schrock who was KIA in Vietnam. The presentation took place on the return flight of Honor Flight of Oregon after a trip to Washington DC. Many tears and much applause erupted when this spontaneous presentation took place during the flight home.
NCOA Vanguard Life Member Lady Vicky Hensley recently presented an NCOA Vietnam War Medallion to Luis Lopez, Texas District Vice Commander of the Marine Corps League.
According to Alan Reams, the Commander of VFW Post 4676 in Universal City, Texas, the Post presented NCOA Vietnam Medallions to some of their members who served in Vietnam and welcomed them home!
ROGUE CHAPTER MEDALLION PRESENTATIONS
MAGNUM fORCE cHAPTER
Magnum Force Chapter member Scott Mader stepped in to assist the Easter Bunny who just could not be everywhere at the same time. The chapter helped sponsor Bridgeport Township's Easter Egg Hunt put on by Bill Wheeler of Bridgeport Township's Parks and Rec department. Suffice it to say, a good time was had by everyone!
Karen Haltiner, Chairman of the Trails End Auxiliary, recently presented an NCOA JROTC Award to C/SSG Nolan Fielder a junior at Oregon City High School.
Members of the NCOA Umpqua Valley Chapter 1308 traveled recently to present a WWII Legacy Medallion to Tech 6 Leroy Hopkins at his home in Yoncalla, Oregon. Leroy was a WWII combat medic in New Guinea and the Philippines with the 6th Infantry Division, with 18 months in combat. The photo on the left is a photo of Mr. Hopkins and his wife Carol and a shadow box of Leroy Hopkins’ military achievements…to include the Army Bronze Star Military Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Philippine WWII Liberation Medal, Army WWII Occupation Ribbon, Distinguished Unit Citation and Combat Medic Badge. Pictured in the photo on the right is Mr. Hopkins in front and from right to left in the back are Ron Dukes, Chapter Chairman; Don Adams, our newest chapter member; his wife Betty; and son Tom Adams, the Commander of the Oakland American Legion 152.
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VIETNAM MEDALLIONS PRESENTED
Seven members of the Maj. John Keith Wells Detachment of the Marine Corps League received the NCOA Vietnam War Medallion on Tuesday, March 7 in Abilene, TX. The Medallions were presented by fellow MCL (and NCOA) member Vicky Hensley. This Detachment was named after the Platoon Commander of the unit that raised the flag on Iwo Jima. Maj Wells was a resident of Abilene and was one of the first individuals to receive the NCOA WWII Remembrance Medallion.
Pictured L-R are Jr Vice Commandant Ron ”Doc” Smith, Joe Hudson, Chaplin George Adams, Bill Bell, Marvin "Woopie” Jennings, Judge Advocate Brian Batchelder, and Dave Watson.
Rogue Chapter Chairman Terry Haines, assisted by trustee David Haines presented a Korean medallion to Air Force veteran Otto Williman and Vietnam Medallions to Army veteran Gene Newman and Navy veteran Harry Rich at a recent veteran's breakfast. One of the recipients joined NCOA as a result.
WWII medallion presentation
Lt Col Harry Andonian in Canton, GA. Harry is 99 and flew aircraft transport in WWII and in China-Burma-India flying “the hump” over the Himalayas. He had a long career as a test pilot, was in the Berlin Airlift, has flown over 300 types of aircraft from C-47, P-51, F-4 (combat in Vietnam), U-2 and SR-71. He’s done it all! He just quit flying in 2021!