Vietnam Veterans of America

Liberty Bell Chapter #266

1515 E. Luzerne Street, Phila., PA 19124     215-288-7998 

Chapter 266 Welcomes All to Our Site
more importantly we
WELCOME YOU HOME
"Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another."
 
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NEXT MEETING APRIL 7, 2014
7:30 PM
 
IMPORTANT NOTICES:
CANTEEN OPEN DURING EAGLES GAMES (EXCEPT MONDAYS)
will update for the 2014 EAGLES SCHEDULE


 
 
 
 
 
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Members interested in serving on any committee or work group for the Chapter should discuss it with our Chapter President, Steve Uchniat, or with our First Vice President, Len Johnson
  

                                    
THEY ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
 

NAMES OF REMEMBRANCE

 

Earl Charles Willoughby

Chief Master Sergeant
DET 1, 620TH TAC CTRL SQD, 505TH TCG, 7TH AF
United States Air Force
30 December 1921 - 07 September 1965
Philadelphia, PA
Panel 02E Line 077

Willoughby had attended Overbrook High School before entering the old Army Air Corps in World War II. The chief master sergeant saw action in North Africa and Italy and re-enlisted four times over the next two decades. The Air Force veteran's last enlistment began in July 1962. Willoughby, an air controller with Detachment 1 of the 619th Tactical Control Squadron at Da Nang Air Base in Viet Nam, died at Clark Air Base in the Philippines, on September 7, 1965, as a result of injuries sustained in Viet Nam. He was 43 years old, and the first member of the Air Force from Philadelphia to die in the war as a result of other than natural causes. Willoughby was survived by his wife and several children.


John W. Wilson, Jr.

Corporal
CAP DELTA-5, 2ND CAG, COMBINED ACTION, III MAF
United States Marine Corps
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 22, 1948 to November 08, 1967
 Panel 29E, Line 55

The 19-year-old lance corporal attended Philadelphia public schools and was a stockboy for nine months before enlisting in the Marine Corps in October 1965. He was sent to Vietnam and worked with the 2nd Civil Affairs Group of the 3rd Marine Amphibious Force. Wilson died in Da Nang, Quang Nam Province on Nov. 11, 1967.



 
Lloyd Calveria Wilson

Private First Class
B CO, 1ST BN, 327TH INFANTRY, 101ST ABN DIV, USARV
Army of the United States
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
April 10, 1946 to March 05, 1966
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Family and friends recalled that Wilson was always well dressed and never without a necktie. "He played football with a tie and well-shined shoes," his mother joked. Wilson attended Frankford High School and Lincoln Preparatory School before joining the Army in September 1964. The 19-year-old private first class, an ammunition bearer, was sent to Vietnam in November 1965 and assigned to Company B of the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. He died on March 5, 1966. Survivors included his parents. Several of Wilson's friends who served in Vietnam are leading an effort to rename an American Legion post in Frankford in his memory. Wilson lived on Hawthorne Street in the Frankford section of Philadelphia.

 

The purpose of Liberty Bell Chapter 266 shall be to promote the welfare of Veterans of military service in the United States of America and their families, thus fulfilling our obligation to insure the lessons learned through service and sacrifice are never misplaced.

Meetings are held the first Monday of every month, except for August and September.

September's meeting is held the 2nd Monday, due to the Labor Day holiday.

Please join us - our meetings begin at 7:30pm sharp

Vietnam Veterans of America

Liberty Bell Chapter 266

Juniata Park Memorial Post #738

1515-17 East Luzerne Street

Philadelphia, PA 19124

215-288-7998
contact President Steve Uchniat at Bogie609@aol.com  if you have any questions 

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Founded in 1978, Vietnam Veterans of America is the only national Vietnam veterans organization congressionally chartered and exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families.


The VVA’s goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans.

VVA strives for individual and group empowerment and locally originated action to assist veterans and other needy members of their communities. These volunteer programs offer unique and innovative services to an ever-widening population. They include: support for homeless shelters; substance-abuse education projects and crime-prevention campaigns; sponsorship of youth sports, Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts, Big Brothers/Big Sisters; and relief to other communities affected by natural disasters and chronic poverty.

VVA helps to provide greater public awareness of the outstanding issues surrounding Vietnam-era veterans by disseminating written information on a continual basis.The VVA Veteran, VVA's award-winning newspaper, is mailed to all VVA members and friends of the organization. In addition, self-help guides on issues such as Agent Orange and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
are published and made available to anyone interested.
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School Education
If you would like our Veterans to speak at your school (all grades) about their experience in serving the country or to host a patriotic essay contest for your students, please email our
Education Committee, Del Stones (del173abn@comcast.net ) to discuss the details.
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Liberty Bell Chapter 266 Officers: Click here for Officers Bios
  • Stephen Uchniat, President, email Bogie609@aol.com
  • Len Johnson, 1st Vice President
  • James K. Chappelle, 2nd Vice President
  • Rich Micucci, Treasurer
Liberty Bell Chapter 266 Board of Directors: Click here for Board Bios
  • Charles Bauer
  • Gregory Cason
  • Larry Holman
  • Flint Jackson
  • Al Mikutis
  • George Murphy
  • Gerry Ney
  • Victor Smith
  • Delano Stones
  • Henry Taylor

Liberty Bell Chapter 266 AVVA Officer: Click here for AVVA Officer Bio
        Sue Justice, AVVA Liaison
If you need assistance from any of the committees,
please email Manchu-sandy@comcast.net and your request will be forwarded.

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