In 7 years, the Rogue Chapter's VeteRun has raised and given away $131,850. This year the chapter raised $43,200 with the assistance of Tabitha Carlson who held a golf tournament focusing on Veteran suicide prevention and helping veterans, as a result we were able to present checks at our annual Christmas social in the amount of $14,400 each to David's Chair, Mighty Oaks Foundation and Operation Rambo.
Every year the gross amount earned has increased and the amount given to each charity has increased so our goal next year is to exceed $50,000. The 5K fun run usually happens in October, so plan to help us out next year.
Veterans and family members from 3 wars were presented NCOA medallions for their service in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. A huge thank you to CSM Edwin Sizer, USA (Ret), GEICO's Military Agency Operations Manager, for attending the presentations during the Fort Sam Houston Chapter's End of Year Christmas Social and to the NCOA Fort Sam Houston Chapter and GEICO Military for sponsoring the medallions!
Rogue Chapter member and member of the International Board of Directors Vicky Hensley recently presented a number of NCOA Korean and Vietnam War Medallions.
The Sunshine State Chapter #1683 recently presented an NCOA World War II medallion to World War II Army veteran John Ter Borg, who is in in-home hospice. John and his family were elated for this presentation. Mr. Ter Borg exclaimed that he would never forget this moment!
had the honor of presenting It’s Veterans Day in cloudy Roseburg, OR, and the annual parade is an annual highlight in the town’s agenda of events. Roseburg just experienced a flyover of twin F-15 Eagle Fighter jets from the 173rd Fighter Wing from Klamath Falls Air National Guard…and all action stopped and the crowd celebrated the awesome sight! The local NCOA Umpqua Valley Chapter 1308 was on hand with a Legacy Medallion display to advertise NCOA’s program to seek and honor local veterans. Located directly behind this display is the renowned Veterans Traveling Wall, sponsored by the local Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 805. Pictured from right to left are Roger Arnold, Vice Chairman; Don Adams, and Ron Dukes, Chairman. All are members of the Vietnam Veterans of America…a strong supporter of the NCOA’s Legacy Medallion program. After the parade, Don Adams and Ron Dukes had the honor of presenting three Korean War Legacy Medallions at the Brookdale Care Center as family members and staff helped celebrate their military service. (Photo by Cleta Yarbrough)
Three NCOA Medallions were presented to two deserving individuals during the 248th Marine Corps Birthday Ball with the Marine Corps League, Sumter Detachment 1202.
In the photo on the left, an NCOA Vietnam War Medallion was presented to Mr. Harry Thompson, a Vietnam Veteran and Purple Heart recipient (left). Mr. William Hartley (right) received both the NCOA World War II and Korean War Medallions for his service in both conflicts.
In the photo on the right, members of the Marine Corps League pause to enjoy some birthday cake.
A big thank you to Eric Shumpert, NCOA life member, for providing the photos and to the Marine Corps League Sumter Detachment for your efforts to get these small symbols of tremendous sacrifice and service around the necks of those who deserve them!
It’s a beautiful day in the Umpqua Valley at Roseburg, Oregon, as another Korean War veteran is presented the NCOA Korean War Legacy Medallion. Pictured are the family and friends of past 82nd Airborne paratrooper, Jerry Fueston. Making the presentation on behalf of the NCOA is Ron Dukes, Chairman of the NCOA Umpqua Valley Chapter and Honor Guard Chaplain for the Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter #805.
Rogue Chapter Chairman, assisted by chapter trustee David Haines, recently presented NCOA Medallions at a veteran's breakfast in Grants Pass, OR.
World War II Medallions
Korean War Medallions
Vietnam War Medallions
Rogue Chapter Chairman Terry Haines recently presented a Vietnam Medallion to Army veteran Bob Dhone on behalf of his twin brother, Army veteran Rod Dhone.
The NCOA Medallion program in Roseburg, OR, was in full swing on a beautiful September Sunday afternoon at the Linus Oaks Retirement Home. The NCOA Umpqua Valley Chapter #1308 and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #805 joined their efforts to present the WWII Legacy Medallion to Dick Stark (Navy Seaman 2nd Class) seated far right. The Korean War Legacy Medallion was then presented (from right to left) to: Don Newsom (Navy Reserve Seaman 1st Class); George Howse (Army SFC); Sam Coomer (Navy 3rd Class Metalsmith); Ernest Farley (Air Force SMSgt and NCOA member); and Joe Cortez (Army SGT). Standing behind the honored veterans are Ron Dukes, Chairman, Umpqua Valley Chapter #1308 and NCOA Member, Don Adams. Both are also members of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #805, which was instrumental in providing a substantial grant to aid in recognizing these veterans. (Photo by Cleta Yarbrough).
NCOA Central Valley (#1551) and Spirit of Sacramento Auxiliary (#270) were invited to Francis "Buff" Bufkin's 100th birthday celebration on September 10. Buff is a WWII POW captured after jumping from his aircraft. He spent 13 months in captivity.
The community celebration had almost a hundred people come and share their stories with Buff and his daughter Mary Anne Beasley. Look at all the cards and one made by a 3 year old (big blue one). Thank you Mike TeSelle for sharing this story of an American “doing his job!” (TeSelle is an Emmy-award winning journalist who has been with KCRA 3 since 1998.)
NCOA Umpqua Valley Chapter Chairman Ron Dukes recently presented a Korean War Legacy Medallion to former Marine First Sergeant Jim Barnett at his home. Barnett - aka "Mr. Marine" - of Roseburg, Oregon, has an incredible collection of U.S. Marine Corps paraphernalia throughout his home. Pictured is just a portion of his collection depicting the Korean War era.
"It was a great day at "Music in the Park" in Myrtle Creek, Oregon, when NCOA Umpqua Valley Chapter Chairman, Ron Dukes, was honored to present an NCOA Korean War Medallion to Delfino Coco...a 93-year-old veteran. Music in the Park is a weekly Summer event that brings the community together to picnic and enjoy a variety of songs from different genres. Mr. Coco was caught by surprise--his daughter had previously contacted the local NCOA chapter and presented the idea of honoring her father with the NCOA's Korea War Medallion while approximately 150 people stood and cheered for Delfino Coco. Also pictured is Annabelle Voss, his daughter. (Picture by Cleta Yarbrough)"
NCOA Central Valley and Spirit of Sacramento Chapters were EXTREMELY HONORED to receive a call to meet and present Francis Bufkin with the NCOA WWII Honor and Legacy Medallion. He was a B17 Waist Gunner who was shot down. He jumped out at 8000ft. He was captured for 15 months and was part of the great European march as allies sought to find any surviving POWs. Amazing history. Thank you Jeff Douglas and Maryanne Bufkin!
Rogue Chapter members Mike Sklar and Woody Wooten presented 2 Korean War Medallions and 20 Vietnam War Medallions at a veteran's breakfast held in Jacksonville, FL. As a result of these presentations, 5 new members were recruited. Thanks, shipmates, for your support of this important program.
June 3, 2023 - The Marine Corps League Swansboro Detachment #1407 and Swansboro Mayor John Davis presented Virginia Revis, a 102 year old WWII Air Force veteran, with an NCOA WWII Commemorative Medallion. The Medallion was presented at the Annual Military Appreciation Day, hosted by the Swansboro Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee and Hammocks Beach State Park.
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.
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.
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.