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.
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.
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.
NCOA Central Valley Chapter Chairman CMSgt (Ret) Jim Sullivan and NCOA Spirit of Sacramento Auxiliary Chairman Tammy Sullivan recently presented a Korean War Medallion to John McKay.
VIETNAM MEDALLION PRESENTATIONS
Rogue Chapter Chairman Terry Haines, assisted by chapter trustees David Haines and Ron Kohl, presented Vietnam medallions at a veteran's breakfast recently. The veterans who received the medallions were Navy veterans Don Yor, Don Arganbright, Alan Koebrick, and Grant Pencille; Marine Corps veterans David Schultz, Steve Chandler, and Chuck DeLore; Army veterans J.P. Ford and Jim Gaines; and, Air Force veterans John Coleman and Miles Dodds were also recognized.
Members of the NCOA Rogue Chapter have been busy making medallion presentations at a variety of venues.
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Members of the NCOA Mountain Post and Mountain Post Auxiliary Chapters were on hand at the Colorado Springs Airport to welcome the Gold Star Families returning home from 2022 Snowball Express.
Snowball Express is a five-day healing retreat that serves the children of fallen military heroes, surviving spouses, and their families. Throughout the annual event, these families have an opportunity to bond with the only people who can truly understand their loss: one another.
Snowball Express was started after the publication of a letter from a soldier to his wife. U.S. Army Private First Class Jesse Givens had left the letter behind when he deployed to Iraq, instructing her in a note on the envelope to only open it if something happened to him. Following his death in Iraq while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom May 3, 2003, his wife opened the letter. It conveyed how much he loved his family and the things that he wanted them to do. Among his requests was that his wife make sure she took their children to Disney Parks.
After the letter was published, readers believed hundreds of other families were in the same situation and took the families to Disneyland Resort in 2006 as most participants lived in California.
Gary Sinise became involved with Snowball Express 2007 and has volunteered his band The Lt. Dan Band to perform every year since. As the event grew larger, it moved to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas in 2009. The program officially became part of the Gary Sinise Foundation in 2017 and moved to Walt Disney World Resort in 2018.
Gary Sinise shared, “While our hearts are heavy at the circumstances that brought these families together, I am grateful we can honor them, remembering their loved ones who are no longer with us, as we wrap our arms around each and every one of them. As we approach the holiday season, I am so glad that for the first time since our amazing event in 2019, we are once again able to bring these deserving families together to create new and wonderful memories at the most magical place on earth, Walt Disney World Resort.”
GRAND KNIGHT PRESENTS VIETNAM MEDALLION
Grand Knight and former NCOA Chairman of the Board Sir Paul Siverson recently presented an NCOA Vietnam War Medallion to former NCOA Chairman of the Board SgtMaj Joseph Houle, USMC (Ret).
NCOA life member and the 7th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Rick Trent recently presented an NCOA WWII Medallion during Veterans Homecoming Week in Branson, MO, to Dale Higgins, a 97 year old Navy WWII veteran that served in the Pacific Theater. Mr. Higgins was also the Grand Marshal of the Branson Veterans Day Parade!
During a recent Honor Flight, NCOA Rogue Chapter Vice Chairman Ken Wilson presented Korean War Medallions at the Korean Memorial in Washington, DC, to Marine Corps veteran Thomas Clark, Navy veterans Dominic LaRosa and Harry Nystrom, Army veteran Dick Traugh, Air Force veteran Bob Cline, and Army veteran Allen Wilkes.
New NCOA Life member Dale Templeman receives Korean War Medallion from NCOA Rogue Chapter trustee David Haines.
Rogue Chapter Vice Chairman Ken Wilson and Treasurer/trustee Ron Kohl present a WW2 Medallion to AAC veteran Larry Wills. Wills was a belly gunner on a B-17 during the war and was here to get a ride on a B-17 that paid southern Oregon a visit. Wills shared that during the war his mother worked in a factory the war that built B-17s.
Two life members of LeRoy’s Spanish Trail Chapter, Dr. Anne Fesler-Butts, M.D., LTC (Ret) and Arthur Fesler-Butts, SFC (Ret) of Apache Junction, AZ, presented a WWII Medallion to Corporal Garland James U.S. Army. Check out James' full story on LeRoy's Spanish Trail Chapter's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/3054706494757954).
Two life members of LeRoy’s Spanish Trail Chapter, Dr. Anne Fesler-Butts, M.D., LTC (Ret) and Arthur Fesler-Butts, SFC (Ret) of Apache Junction, AZ, presented a WWII Medallion to 2nd Lieutenant Jack Holder U.S. Army Air Corps. Check out Holder's full story on LeRoy's Spanish Trail Chapter's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/3054706494757954).
During a recent ceremony at the Roseburg National Cemetery, two WWII Veterans received Quilts of Valor and NCOA WWII Legacy Medallions. Umpqua Valley Chairman Ron Dukes presents WWII Medallions to Army veteran William Lucky Mullins (center) who was celebrating his 103rd birthday and 104 year old Navy veteran Ralph Schnorr (right).