James H. Unruh (SS) Central Pennsylvania

21 September 2022

 

James Unruh CenPenn Chapter, would like to extend a warm and heartfelt “Welcome home” to all the local Vets that traveled back to Vietnam in June. Chuck Bechtel and Michael Mazzaro were amongst that group. We had the opportunity to visit sites in Quan Tri, Camp Evans, the A Shau Valley and Khe Sanh, where the 1st Cav Div operated in 1968. Most of the FB and LZ we occupied are overgrown with trees and Casava plants. Camp Evans is now a Vietnamese Army Base, and of course, off limits. The A Shau is mostly rice paddies and forest, and AO clean up continues there. Khe Sanh is a museum, with an abundance of Communist Propaganda. Quan Tri and Dong Ha cities have grown along with the population. The people were friendly, the food was good, as was the entire trip. Although it was much hotter than we remembered. Do you think age has anything to do with that? Upon our return, we were escorted home by 50-75 VFW Bikers and Liberty War Birds Huey 823 flew cover. We also received a huge Welcome Home by a crowd of over 500 people. Need I mention the shedding of a few tears of joy. IT WAS A GREAT WELCOME.

We would also like to extend a Thank you to VFW post 537 for their donation to our Chapter and to the First Cav Div Assoc Scholarship Fund.

We will also be participating in the Lancaster County Airport Community Days Celebration, Sep 17 & 18. We will be set up near Liberty War Birds Huey 823 and other Military Organizations. We will be looking to new members and selling Wreaths for Wreaths Across America.

Thank You.

5 May 2022

Our chapter will meet on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 6 pm at Lititz VFW Post 1463 located at 14 N. Spruce St. in Lititz, Pa.  The meeting will be held on the lower level of the building and the entrance is adjacent to the parking lot on the north side of the building.  Membership is open to anyone who ever served with or was attached to the 1st Cavalry Division and is a member of the 1st Cavalry Division Association or is a Gold Star Family member.  Members will be discussing the upcoming Community Days at the airport program at the Lancaster Airport and the Wreaths Across America project among other items.

The James Unruh, Central Pennsylvania Chapter, is proud to continue its support of the Wreaths Across America project efforts to place a wreath on every Veterans grave at Christmas time. We currently support efforts at the Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. We are also looking into adopting a couple of smaller cemeteries in the Lancaster County area. If you would like to support our efforts, please go to:

<www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/PA0412>.  Wreaths are $15.00 each and can be donated in “Memory of” or in “Honor of” any Veteran you may know.

A couple of our members will be travelling back to Vietnam in June of this year, after a 50+ year hiatus. Seventeen Vietnam Vets will be making the trip, sponsored by a local teacher who was evacuated from Vietnam as a 5-year-old child in 1975.  Her story is amazing, but too long to publish here.  She does love her Vietnam Vets.  Several family members will accompany us on the trip, as well as a local news and film crew to document our trip.

For additional information, go to <cenpenn1cda@gmail.com> or call 717-389-1000 and leave a message.

20 April 2022

The James H. Unruh, Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the 1st Cavalry Division Association will meet on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at 6:00 pm at Lititz VFW Post 1463 located at 14 N. Spruce St. in Lititz, Pa.  The meeting will be held on the lower level of the building and the entrance is adjacent to the parking lot on the north side of the building.  Membership is open to anyone who ever served with or was attached to the 1st Cavalry Division and is a member of the 1st Cavalry Division Association or is a Gold Star Family member. Members will be discussing the upcoming Community Days at the airport program at the Lancaster Airport and the Wreaths Across America project among other items.  For additional information, go to <cenpenn1cda@gmail.com> or call 717-389-1000 and leave a message.

The James H. Unruh, Central Pa Chapter of the First Cavalry Division Association held our first meeting in over a year on May 4.  Our next meeting is on Tuesday, July 6 at 6:00 pm at Lititz V.F.W., Post 1463, 14 North Spruce St., Lititz, PA., 17543.  Use the entrance door by the parking lot on the north side of the building. For additional information, email <cenpenn1cda@gmail.com> or call 717-389-1000.  Letters can be sent to Michael T. Mazzaro, President, 2600 Willow Street Pike North, PMB 231, Willow Street, Pa. 17584.  Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every odd numbered month at the V.F.W. post.