November 19, 2017, Chapter Meeting Veterans Honored
Philadelphia Winn Chapter NSDAR continued to honor veterans, including HODARs (husbands of DAR members) and guests of the chapter, at the November meeting.
Veterans and their families were invited to hear our guest speaker, Major Jim Freeman, US Army Infantry, retired.
Jim Freeman, Major, U. S. Army, graduate of the Army Infantry Officer Candidate School and Army Advanced Infantry Officer's Course, completed training at Fort Bragg Army Special Warfare Center, served a tour in French Morocco, Italy, Greece, and Gibraltar, 1967-1968 - 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Forward Air Controller, 200+ combat missions, 1969-1970 - First Air Calvary Division, Combat Infantry Commander.
Jim’s program was entitled “A Wounded Warrior’s Story”, which is his own story. Jim was the Combat Company Commander with the First Calvary Division in Vietnam and the lone survivor when a North Vietnamese rocket destroyed the Division Field Hospital. Critically injured, he spent the next year recuperating in hospitals in Vietnam, Japan, and the U.S.
At the conclusion of his speech, Jim and his wife, Peggy, who serves as State Chair DAR Service for Veterans Committee and our Chapter Chair, recognized attending veterans in a ceremony. Jim called their names, and as they came to the front, he called out each one’s name, rank, service, and where he was stationed. Peggy thanked them and presented to each one a “Thank you for your Service” challenge coin.
Veterans Attending PW Chapter Meeting - November 19, 2017
Robert S. Richman (Bob), USAF, Captain, served in Istanbul Turkey and Vietnam
John Victor Craig, U.S. Navy, Electronics Technician 3rd Class, stationed on the Destroyer - USS Prichett - Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam
Irv Perry, SGT, US Air Force, stationed at Keesler AFB, Ramstein AFB Germany
Michael Jeffries Hudson, U.S. Navy, (AE 2 E5) Aviation Electrician’s Mate, 2nd Class, Served all over the US, various deployments
Doug Byrum, US Air Force, Staff Sargent, Air Traffic Control, Japan and Vietnam
Matthew Carter Seguin, U.S. Army, Sergeant, served at Walter Reed Institute of Research and Biological Research, attached to Fort Detrick Rapid Deployment Force for Biological Incidents.
Austin Shepherd, U.S, Navy, Aviation Electronic Technician, 2nd Class (AW), served at Naval Air Station Lemoore, attached to U.S.S. Nimitz
Alexis Shepherd, U.S, Navy Aviation Technician, 3rd Class (AW), Served at Naval Air Station Lemoore, attached to the U.S.S. Nimitz. She is currently serving in the U.S. Navy Reserve, with the Strike Fighter Squadron, VFA-204, known as the “River Rattlers”, out of New Orleans, and, a member of Philadelphia Winn Chapter, DAR.
Sebastian Andres Santacruz Armellini, U.S. Marine Corps, Aviation Electrician Mate on aircraft platform KC-130, Africa, and Benghazi
Gary Pero, U.S. Navy, Aviation Electronics Technician, Petty Officer, 2nd Class.
James Hay, U.S. Army, Corporal, Korean Conflict, Panmunjom Peace Conference
Bill Grube, U.S. Navy, Electronic Technician (Radar), Petty Officer, 2nd Class
Frank Ancona, U.S. Navy, Electronics Technician 1st class (E6) US
Richard Curtis, U.S. Navy, Communications Technician 2nd Class (E-5)
Frank Marchese, U.S. Army, 1st Lt, Fort Lewis, Washington State, Fort Sill OK, Fort Bliss, TX
For more information regarding the Philadelphia Winn Chapter of the NSDAR, please visit our website at philadelphiawinn.georgiastatedar.org