THE OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE BOYS ORGANIZATION

A SALUTE TO OUR VETERANS

ROBERT (Bobby, Skip) ST CLAIR

Photo, 1961, US Army after Boot Camp

When I got out of Florida School for Boys at Marianna, and reported back to Judge Mathews, he told me to get in the service within 3 weeks or I would be sent to Raiford – and I believed him!  My mother lied about my age so I could get in the Army, but I couldn't pass any tests for any branch of service. The army sergeant felt sorry for my butt and let me get in. I was caught again after 5 weeks for lying about my age and sent back to Tampa for signatures from all the authorities involved. I finally went to boot camp on my birthday, which was only 3 weeks later. I went to jump school after boot camp and went straight to Germany for 3 yrs.  I got an early out for being a shit bird and disrespecting officers. My discharge was honorably but I was not to enlist in any other government service or military for 3 yrs. probation. I contribute a lot of my actions from the abuse of my past. 

I stayed out about 6 months working in the D. C. area, then I went to the Marines and told them I wanted to go to the Nam. They were grateful to have me.  I tore up my old army discharge dd 214 after I was swore in. The Marines showed me some respect even though I had to go to boot camp again. I was put in for honor grad and lost it for stabbing another marine with the guide on – only one week from graduation. I went to Vietnam with Lima 3/5 1st marines and gave those people a lot of hell I had been harboring for years. I loved the marines. 


USMC 1965 - After Boot Camp

I owe my life to many and by the grace of God, he has stood by to this day. I was so badly shot up in 1966,  I spent 13 months in the hospitals, the last one at Bethesda Md. I was shot several times on operation Colorado after surviving operation Hastings which was the largest battle I had ever been on, which lasted a week or so.  I went back to full duty at Parris Island where I trained recruits on the firing range. I played football on the weapons battalion team. I left there and was assigned to the marine security battalion in D. C. I went to Honduras and in late 1969 got in a jeep wreak that broke several more bones including my left thigh just above the knee . I have a bar plate in that leg now. I was medically retired in 1971.  What a great ride that was for me. I have learned to respect everyone until I am showed differently. Today I still am a marine and God is why!  (See recent picture (below) of Mr. StClair in his Marine uniform).

 
 
Skip St Clair recently attended a Marines Ball.  Enjoy the photos (below) !





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TERRY V. LEVINS



This picture of Terry Levins made Newsweek magazine back in 1969 while he was in combat. Like all other young soldiers, he was scared, and thanks the Lord for bringing him home in one piece. Terry was awarded two purple heart's, one Bronze Star Metal, a Combat Infantry Badge,National Defense Service Medal, Marksman (rifle M_16), 1st class Gunner(M60 Machine Gunner), Viet Nam Service Medal,Viet Nam Campaign Medal W/60 DVC. Says Terry, he was also awarded a very bad memory, because the only brother he had was killed over in Viet Nam, after Terry returned home.  Says Terry, "That's why I hate WAR. God bless all of the servicemen that are fighting for our freeddom."

Terry V. Levins Plant City , Florida.



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Sergeant Robert Littlefield -
click this link:
 http://marines.togetherweserved.com/usmc/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApps?cmd=ShadowBoxProfile&type=Person&ID=7551


NOTE: AT THE END OF THIS COLUMN, THERE IS A LIST OF RESOURCES FOR VETERANS.  CHECK IT OUT.  IT MAY BE HELPFUL TO YOU NOW OR IN THE FUTURE!
 
MAY 19, 2012 . Please send a prayer out to all those men and women who serve everyday to keep us safe. AMEN! FYI: 

 Armed Forces Day is a day to pay tribute to men and women who serve the United States’ armed forces. It is also part of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May.
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IN HONOR OF VIETNAM VETERANS DAY 3-30-12

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WE SALUTE OUR VETERANS AND OUR TROOPS!




With the utmost respect and appreciation, The Official White House Boys Organization has created this page to honor White House Boys (and their families) who have served in the military to protect our country and our freedom.  We want to sincerely thank them all for so bravely serving our nation.  No matter what branch of the service, nor if they served in peace time or in war, it is our intention to acknowledge the White House Brothers and/or their family members who have served (or are currently serving) our nation.  We welcome photos and info from anyone we've missed.   Please send info to mailto:theofficialwhitehouseboys@gmail.com
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BOB BAXTER
I got out of Marianna April of 1951 and went to Madison Florida.  Madison was a small town east of Marianna.  In Madison, I played football in High School and the state of Florida Athletic Association made them get my records from Dozier.  Once the news that I had been in a reform school leaked out, I was treated as a leper from the locals.  One girl I liked wasn't allowed to even talk with me at school.  We slipped around for a while, but it was really hard on her from her family.  The only jobs were farm work that paid $3.00 a day from morning until night.

In November 1951, I enlisted in the USMC.  I was sent to Parris Island, S.C. for boot camp, then to Camp Jejune, N.C. for engineering school.  After engineering school, I was sent to Camp Pendleton, Calif. for advanced infantry training.  My next stop was Korea with the 1st Marine Division and I spent time in combat.  While in Korea, I witnessed the acts of war which were bad, but regardless of that, it was much better than Marianna.

My mom had remarried after she sent me to Marianna.  My step dad was a Master Sgt. in the Air Force and was stationed at K-13 at Suwon, Korea.  I was north of the 38th parallel and I got a pass to go see him; we had a good visit.  Getting to K-13 wasn't easy because it was 90 miles away in war torn country with no transportation.  During my visit I was introduced to Captain Thompson a friend of my step dad's and he told me he would take me back to my outfit in a helicopter.  On arriving to my company, Captain Heinemann, my company commander was shocked and from that point on, if we needed anything, I was the company procurer.  I was in Korea for 18 months and got out of the Marines in November of 1954.

Bob Baxter,
White House Boy 1950-1951

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IN MEMORY OF THE VICTIMS OF 9-11

On Thursday, September 11th, 2011, an American flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment, office, and store in the United States . Every individual should make it their duty to display an American flag on this tenth anniversary of one our country's worst tragedies. We do this in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain, and those who today are fighting at home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedoms.

In the days, weeks and months following 9/11, our country was bathed in American flags as citizens mourned the incredible losses and stood shoulder-to-shoulder against terrorism. Sadly, those flags have all but disappeared. Our patriotism pulled us through some tough times and it shouldn't take another attack to galvanize us in solidarity. Our American flag is the fabric of our country and together we can prevail over terrorism of all kinds

 

Action Plan.  Here's what we can do ...

(1) Forward this message to everyone you know (at least 11 people). Take a moment to think back to how you felt on 9/11 and let those sentiments guide you.

(2) Fly an American flag of any size on 9/11. Honestly, Americans should fly the flag year-round, but if you don't, then at least make it a priority on this day.
Thank you for your participation. God Bless You and God Bless America

RESOURCES FOR VETERANS:

Appeals http://www.warms. vba.va.gov/ admin21/m21_ 1/mr/part1/ ch05.doc
Board of Veteran's Appeals http://www.va. gov/vbs/bva/
CARES Commission http://www.va. gov/vbs/bva/
CARES Draft National Plan http://www1. va.gov/cares/ page.cfm? pg=105  
Center for Minority Veterans http://www1. va.gov/centerfor minorityveterans /
Center for Veterans Enterprise http://www.vetbiz. gov/default2. htm
Center for Women Veterans http://www1. va.gov/womenvet/
Clarification on the changes in VA healthcare for Gulf War Veterans http://www.gulfwarv ets.com/ubb/ Forum1/HTML/ 000016.html
Classified Records - American Gulf War Veterans Assoc http://www.gulfwarv ets.com/ubb/ Forum18/HTML/ 000011.html
Compensation for Disabilities Associated with the Gulf War Service  http://www.warms. vba.va.gov/ admin21/m21_ 1/part6%20/ ch07.doc
Compensation Rate Tables, 12-1-03 http://www.vba. va.gov/bln/ 21/Rates/ comp01.htm
Department of Veterans Affairs Home Page http://www.va. gov/  
Directory of Veterans Service Organizations http://www1. va.gov/vso/ index.cfm? template= view
Disability Examination Worksheets Index, Comp  http://www.vba. va.gov/bln/ 21/Benefits/ exams/index. htm
Due Process http://www.warms. vba.va.gov/ admin21/m21_ 1/mr/part1/ ch02.doc  
Duty to Assist http://www.warms. vba.va.gov/ admin21/m21_ 1/mr/part1/ ch01.doc
Electronic Code of Federal Regulations http://www.gpoacces s.gov/ecfr/
Emergency, Non-emergency, and Fee Basis Care http://www1. va.gov/opa/ vadocs/fedben. pdf
Environmental Agents http://www1. va.gov/environag ents/
Environmental Agents M10 http://www1. va.gov/vhapublic ations/ViewPubli cation.asp? pub_ID=1002
Establishing Combat Veteran Eligibility http://www1. va.gov/vhapublic ations/ViewPubli cation.asp? pub_ID=315  
EVALUATION PROTOCOL FOR GULF WAR AND IRAQI FREEDOM VETERANS WITH POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO DEPLETED URANIUM (DU) http://www1. va.gov/gulfwar/ docs/DUHandbook1 303122304. DOC  and http://www1. va.gov/vhapublic ations/ViewPubli cation.asp? pub_ID=1158
See also, Depleted Uranium Fact Sheet http://www1. va.gov/gulfwar/ docs/DepletedUra niumFAQSheet. doc  
EVALUATION PROTOCOL FOR NON-GULFWAR VETERANS WITH POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO DEPLETED URANIUM (DU) http://www1. va.gov/gulfwar/ docs/DUHANDBOOKN ONGW130340304. DOC  
Fee Basis, PRIORITY FOR OUTPATIENT MEDICAL SERVICES AND INPATIENT HOSPITAL CARE http://www1. va..gov/vhapubli cations/ViewPubl ication.asp? pub_ID=206 Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependants 2005 http://www1. va.gov/opa/ vadocs/fedben. pdf OR, http://www1. va..gov/opa/ vadocs/current_ benefits. htm  
Forms and Records Request http://www.va. gov/vaforms/  
General Compensation Provisions http://www.access. gpo.gov/uscode/ title38/partii_ chapter11_ subchaptervi_ .html
Geriatrics and Extended Care http://www1. va.gov/geriatric sshg/  
Guideline for Chronic Pain and Fatigue MUS-CPG http://www.oqp. med.va.gov/ cpg/cpgn/ mus/mus_base. htm
Guide to Gulf War Veteran's Health http://www1. va.gov/gulfwar/ docs/VHIgulfwar. pdf
Gulf War Subject Index http://www1. va.gov/GulfWar/ page.cfm? pg=7&template=main&letter=A
Gulf War Veteran's Illnesses Q&As http://www1. va.gov/gulfwar/ docs/GWIllnesses QandAsIB1041. pdf  
Hearings
http://www.warms. vba.va.gov/ admin21/m21_ 1/mr/part1/ ch04.doc
Homeless Veterans http://www1. va.gov/homeless/
HSR&D Home http://www.hsrd. research. va.gov/  
Index to Disability Examination Worksheets C&P exams http://www.vba. va.gov/bln/ 21/benefits/ exams/index. htm
Ionizing Radiation http://www1. va.gov/irad/  
Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom Veterans VBA http://www.vba. va.gov/EFIF/        
M 10 for spouses and children < http://www1. .va.gov/vhapubli cations/ViewPubl ication.asp? pub_ID=1007  
M10 Part III Change 1 http://www1. va.gov/vhapublic ations/ViewPubli cation.asp? pub_ID=1008
M21-1 Table of Contents http://www.warms. vba.va.gov/ M21_1.html  
Mental Disorders, Schedule of Ratings http://www.warms. vba.va.gov/ regs/38CFR/ BOOKC/PART4/ S4_130.DOC  
Mental Health Program Guidelin es http://www1. va.gov/vhapublic ations/ViewPubli cation.asp? pub_ID=1094
Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers http://www.mirecc. med.va.gov/        
MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Centers of Excellence http://www.va. gov/ms/about. asp
My Health e Vet http://www.myhealth .va.gov/
NASDVA.COM http://nasdva. com/  
National Association of State Directors http://www.nasdva. com/
National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention http://www.nchpdp. med.va.gov/ postdeploymentli nks.asp
Neurological Conditions and Convulsive Disorders, Schedule of Ratings http://www.warms. vba.va.gov/ regs/38cfr/ bookc/part4/ s4%5F124a. doc
OMI (Office of Medical Inspector) http://www.omi. cio.med.va. gov/
Online VA Form 10-10EZ https://www. 1010ez..med. va.gov/sec/ vha/1010ez/
Parkinson's Disease and Related Neurodegenerative Disorders http://www1. va.gov/resdev/ funding/solicita tions/docs/ parkinsons. pdf  
and, http://www1. va.gov/padrecc/        
Peacetime Disability Compensation http://frwebgate. access.gpo. gov/cgi-bin/ getdoc.cgi? dbname=browse_ usc&docid=Cite:+ 38USC1131
Pension for Non-Service- Connected Disability or Death http://www.access. gpo.gov/uscode/ title38/partii_ chapter15_ subchapteri_ .html         and, http://www.access. gpo.gov/uscode/ title38/partii_ chapter15_ subchapterii_ .html  
and, http://www.access. gpo.gov/uscode/ title38/partii_ chapter15_ subchapteriii_ .html
Persian Gulf Registry http://www1. va.gov/vhapublic ations/ViewPubli cation.asp? pub_ID=1003  
This program is now referred to as Gulf War Registry Program (to include Operation Iraqi Freedom) as of March 7, 2005: http://www1. .va.gov/vhapubli cations/ViewPubl ication.asp? pub_ID=1232
Persian Gulf Registry Referral Centers http://www1. va.gov/vhapublic ations/ViewPubli cation.asp? pub_ID=1006
Persian GulfVeterans' Illnesses Research 1999, Annual Report To Congress http://www1. va.gov/resdev/ 1999_Gulf_ War_Veterans' _Illnesses_ Appendices. doc        Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 2002, Annual Report To Congress http://www1. va.gov/resdev/ prt/gulf_ war_2002/ GulfWarRpt02. pdf  
Phase I PGR http://www1. va.gov/vhapublic ations/ViewPubli cation.asp? pub_ID=1004
Phase II PGR http://www1. va.gov/vhapublic ations/ViewPubli cation.asp? pub_ID=1005        
Policy Manual Index http://www.va. gov/publ/ direc/eds/ edsmps.htm  
Power of Attorney http://www.warms. vba..va.gov/ admin21/m21_ 1/mr/part1/ ch03.doc         Project 112 (Including Project SHAD) http://www1. va.gov/shad/
Prosthetics Eligibility http://www1. va.gov/vhapublic ations/ViewPubli cation.asp? pub_ID=337
Public Health and Environmental Hazards Home Page http://www.vethealt h.cio.med. va.gov/  
Public Health/SARS http://www.. publichealth. va.gov/SARS/  
Publications Manuals http://www1. va.gov/vhapublic ations/publicati ons.cfm?Pub= 4
Publications and Reports http://www1. va.gov/resdev/ prt/pubs_ individual. cfm?webpage= gulf_war. htm  
Records Center and Vault Homepage http://www.aac. va.gov/vault/ default.html  
Records Center and Vault Site Map http://www.aac. va.gov/vault/ sitemap.html  
REQUEST FOR AND CONSENT TO RELEASE OF INFORMATION FROM CLAIMANT'S RECORDS http://www.forms. va.gov/va/ Internet/ VARF/getformharn ess.asp?formName =3288-form. xft  
Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses April 11, 2002 http://www1. va.gov/rac- gwvi/docs/ Minutes_April112 002.doc  
Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses
http://www1. va.gov/rac- gwvi/docs/ ReportandRecomme ndations_ 2004.pdf
Research and Development http://www.appc1. va.gov/resdev/ programs/ all_programs. cfm
Survivor's and Dependents' Educational Assistance http://www.access. gpo.gov/uscode/ title38/partiii_ chapter35_ .html
Title 38 Index Parts 0-17
http://ecfr. gpoaccess. gov/cgi/t/ text/text- idx?sid=1b0c269b 510d3157fbf8f880 1bc9b3dc&c=ecfr&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/ Title38/38cfrv1_ 02.tpl  
Part 18
http://ecfr. gpoaccess. gov/cgi/t/ text/text- idx?sid=1b0c269b 510d3157fbf8f880 1bc9b3dc&c=ecfr&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/ Title38/38cfrv2_ 02.tpl
Title 38 Part 3 Adjudication Subpart Aââ,¬"Pension, Compensation, and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation http://ecfr. gpoaccess. gov/cgi/t/ text/text- idx?c=ecfr&sid=1b0c269b510d315 7fbf8f8801bc9b3d c&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/ Title38/38cfr3_ main_02.tpl  
Title 38 Pensions, Bonuses & Veterans Relief (also Ã,§ 3.317 Compensation for certain disabilities due to undiagnosed illnesses found here) http://ecfr. gpoaccess. gov/cgi/t/ text/text- idx?c=ecfr&sid=1b0c269b510d315 7fbf8f8801bc9b3d c&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/ Title38/38cfr3_ main_02.tpl        Title 38 PART 4--SCHEDULE FOR RATING DISABILITIES Subpart B--DISABILITY RATINGS
http://ecfr. gpoaccess. gov/cgi/t/ text/text- idx?c=ecfr&sid=ab7641afd195c84 a49a2067dbbcf95c 0&rgn=div6&view=text&node=38:1.0. 1.1.5.2&idno=38
Title 38 Ã,§ 4.16 Total disability ratings for compensation based on unemployability of the individual. PART 4ââ,¬"SCHEDULE FOR RATING DISABILITIES Subpart Aââ,¬"General Policy in Rating http://ecfr. gpoaccess. gov/cgi/t/ text/text- idx?c=ecfr&sid=1b0c269b510d315 7fbf8f8801bc9b3d c&rgn=div8&view=text&node=38:1.0. 1.1.5.1.. 96.11&idno=38
U.S.Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims http://www.vetapp. gov/  
VA Best Practice Manual for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) http://www.avapl. org/pub/PTSD% 20Manual% 20final%206. pdf  
VA Fact Sheet http://www1. va.gov/opa/ fact/gwfs. html
VA Health Care Eligibility http://www.va. gov/healtheligib ility/home/ hecmain.asp
VA INSTITUTING GLOBAL ASSESSMENT OF FUNCTION (GAF) http://www.avapl. org/gaf/gaf. html        
VA Life Insurance Handbook ââ,¬" Chapter 3 http://www.insuranc e.va.gov/ inForceGliSite/ GLIhandbook/ glibookletch3. htm#310
VA Loan Lending Limits and Jumbo Loans http://valoans. com/va_facts_ limits.cfm  
VA MS Research http://www.va. gov/ms/about. asp  
VA National Hepatitis C Program http://www.hepatiti s.va.gov/  
VA Office of Research and Development http://www1. va.gov/resdev/  
VA Trainee Pocket Card on Gulf War http://www.va. gov/OAA/pocketca rd/gulfwar. asp  
VA WMD EMSHG http://www1. va.gov/emshg/  
VA WRIISC-DC http://www.va. gov/WRIISC- DC/  
VAOIG Hotline Telephone Number and Address http://www.va. .gov/oig/ hotline/hotline3.htm
Vet Center Eligibility - Readjustment Counseling Service http://www.va. gov/rcs/Eligibil ity.htm  
Veterans Benefits Administration Main Web Page http://www.vba. va.gov/  
Veterans Legal and Benefits Information http://valaw. org/  
VHA Forms, Publications, Manuals http://www1. va.gov/vhapublic ations/  
VHA Programs - Clinical Programs & Initiatives http://www1. va.gov/health_ benefits/ page.cfm? pg=13  http://webmaila. juno.com/ webmail/new/ UrlBlockedError. aspx>
VHA Public Health Strategic Health Care Group Home Page http: // www.publichealth. va.gov/  
VHI Guide to Gulf War Veteransââ,¬(tm) Health http://www1. va.gov/vhi_ ind_study/ gulfwar/istudy/ index.asp  
Vocational Rehabilitation http://www.vba. va.gov/bln/ vre/  
Vocational Rehabilitation Subsistence http://www.vba. va.gov/bln/ vre/InterSubsist encefy04. doc  
VONAPP online http://vabenefits. vba.va.gov/ vonapp/main. asp  
WARMS - 38 CFR Book C http://www.warms. vba.va.gov/ bookc.html  
Wartime Disability Compensation http://frwebgate. access.gpo. gov/cgi-bin/ getdoc.cgi? dbname=browse_ usc&docid=Cite:+ 38USC1110        
War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center - New Jersey http://www.wri. med.va.gov/  
Welcome to the GI Bill Web Site http://www.gibill. va.gov/
What VA Social Workers Do http://www1. va.gov/socialwor k/page.cfm? pg=3  
WRIISC Patient Eligibility http://www.illegion .org/va1. html

You many want to print this out and save it in your VA files. There may be a time for its use in the future .

SGT ROBERT LITTLEFIELD, 




WE SALUTE THOSE WHO SO BRAVELY SERVED OUR COUNTRY
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MAY GOD BLESS THE WHITE HOUSE BOYS AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS WHO SO BRAVELY SERVED OUR COUNTRY AND GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS! (If you are a White House Boy who served our country, or have a family member who is a Veteran or currently serving.  Please send a photo and info to theofficialwhitehouseboys@gmail.com)

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We salute our Veterans and Members of the Armed Forces today and everyday.  Our prayers are with you all! See our video tribute for Memorial Day at the end of this column

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11-11-11 Message From Eric Utley:  Happy Veterans Day!   Airborne, All The Way!       ~Eric~   173rd Airborne Brigade, Vietnam 68-69.   
ERIC UTLEY

Eric Utley was drafted into the U.S. Army on April 9, 1968  His Basic training was at  Ft. Benning, Georgia - Sandhill. ~  Advanced Infantry training, at Fort McClellan, Alabama

U.S. Army Parachute School, Ft. Benning Ga, Sept 18th 1968. ~ Vietnam - Oct. 1969 to Nov 1969, 173rd Airborne Brigade, B-Co, 4th Bn.  

 Awards: Parachutists Badge, Combat Infantrymans Badge,  Vietnam Cross of Galantry, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and Bronze Star with V device, Honorable Discharge.  Combat Infantryman, M-16 Rifleman, and M-79 Grenadier, Seirra Delta, Search & Destroy, II Corps Vietnam.  Honorable discharge November 1969.



RICHARD HUNTLY
(US) Army Feb.1969 B-Co.  - Fort Benning, Georgia "23

 

Richard was a firefighter.  All Army bases have their own protection services, including fire departments. Army firefighters are responsible for protecting lives and property from fire. Firefighters control fires and help prevent them in buildings, aircraft and aboard ships. Firefighters supervise or performs firefighting, rescue, salvage and fire protection operations.

Some of the duties as a Firefighter may include:

  • Perform rescue and firefighting operations during structural fires, aircraft crash incidents, vehicle emergencies and natural cover fires
  • Perform emergency response duties during hazardous materials incidents
  • Operate pumps, hoses and extinguishers
  • Force entry into aircraft, vehicles and buildings in order to fight fires and rescue personnel
  • Drive firefighting trucks and emergency rescue vehicles
  • Give first aid to injured personnel
  • Inspect aircraft, buildings and equipment for fire hazards
  • Teach fire protection procedures
  • Repair firefighting equipment and filling fire extinguishers

JOHN GIDDENS, US ARMY
(Son of Brother Manuel Giddens)

John Giddens served our country in the Army.   He joined the army after he graduated High School in 1983, He was a member of ROTC in High School and earned the rank of PVT1 ,  He attended basic training for 8 weeks at Ft Jackson, SC. After that he attended Advanced training for 26 weeks as an Aircraft power plant repairer at Ft, Eustis, VA.  Then he was stationed at Fort Hood in TX where he worked as a helicopter engine mechanic. He was assigned to the 34th Support Bn 6th Calvary Brigade and worked on many types of helicopters until 1986 when our unit was the first ever to receive the new Apache attack helicopters. After that he was reassigned to the 2nd Armored Division at Ft. Hood, the same unit as General Patton commanded. He achieved many awards and was presented with the Army Accommodation medal with oak leaf cluster and the Army Good Conduct medal. When he was Honorably discharged he held the rank of E-4p. John is very proud of his service to his country and glad he had the opportunity to learn all he did. His father was a big supporter of my service and he is grateful to my father for my upbringing.


ALTHOUGH THE FOLLOWING VIDEO WAS MADE AS A MEMORIAL DAY TRIBUTE... IT IS APPROPRIATE FOR *ANY* DAY OF THE YEAR!   WE APPRECIATE *ALL* OF YOU!


174th Assault Helicopter Company
DOLPHINS & SHARKS
Crash Rescue  //  NCOSP4-SGT

1967-68 October 1964
He volunteered for the draft in Arcadia, FL and was inducted into the US Army at Coral Gables, FL. As a PVT-E1, and took his first train ride to the Reception Center, Ft Jackson, SC, where he was processed into the Army. October-December 1964He received my basic training at A-1-1, Ft Gordon, GA. 
 January-April 1965
He was extremely fortunate to have his mechanical skills recognized and was assigned to the Aviation School, Ft Rucker, AL. There he received aircraft ground handling (MOS 67A10), SE/SR helicopter mechanic (MOS 67M20 for the OH-13 & 23), and SE/SR/T helicopter mechanic training (MOS 67N20 for the UH-1).  He was also promoted to PVT-E2.

April 1965-October 1966
He sailed out of Brooklyn Army Terminal on the USNS Patch for an eight day journey to Bremen Haven, Germany. He was assigned to the 8th Infantry Division at Bad Kreuznach, for further reassignment to Company A, 8th Aviation Battalion at Finthen Army Airfield, approximately 15 miles north of Mainz/Wiesbaden. However, since Company A had CH-34 helicopters and an abundance of 67P20's, and Chaz had 67-November and typing skills from college, he was utilized as a clerk in the Orderly Room, Flight Operations, and Finthen Consolidated Mess Hall. No slacker, this draftee,  received promotions to PFC-E3 and SP4-E4.
October 1966
Alas, he did not perceive himself to be a lifer either, so he took his honorable discharge at Ft Hamilton, NY.
January 1967-January 1968
After two months of civilian life back in Arcadia, he re-enlisted and was processed back into the Army at the Reception Center, Ft Benning, GA. Enroute to RVN instead of going back to Germany, he was processed through Oakland, CA, to 90th Replacement Battalion, Long Binh. He was assigned to the 1st Aviation Brigade at Nha Trang, then to the 174th Assault Helicopter Company at Lane Army Heliport outside of Quin Nhon. When the company moved to Bong Son in March, he drove a convoy 2 ½ ton truck and saw Viet Nam's beautiful country side from ground level. He went by landing craft to Duc Pho in April 1967. He was promoted to SGT-E5, Crash Rescue Team Chief (MOS: 51M40) while maintaining supervision of the Orderly Room clerks, mail room, guard mount, preparation of the Officer Efficiency Reports, and flew relief flare ship and other "milk" runs. He left RVN via Cam Rhan Bay to Ft Lewis, WA. He received a Bronze Star for Meritorious Service and was recommended for, but never received, an Air Medal.  

February-October 1968
He was assigned to Headquarters Company, Aviation Division, Dugway Proving Grounds, UT as the hangar maintenance liaison NCO (the military signature) to Page Aircraft Maintenance. They maintained an OH-13 and a CH-21 "Flying Banana," and a U-6 Beaver and a U-8 Seminole fixed-wing airplanes. This was when the thousands of sheep were killed by nerve agent and the civilian pilot, with Chas as his trusty crew chief, flew the visiting dignitaries over the area. He was also was called upon to assist an Air Force team in unloading an UH-1D from a C-140 at Hill AFB in Orem and reinstalling the main rotor and blades.August 1968-November 1969
He was assigned to Headquarters Detachment, Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, GA as a Crash Rescue Team Chief for helicopter "touch'n'go" training fields. During the thousands of touchdowns conducted day and night, there was only one emergency call. This was an outstanding record of flight safety training on behalf of all the new fling-wing jockeys and their RVN veteran IP's.
September-October 1969
He completed the NCO Battalion Staff Chemical School (MOS: 54E40) at Ft McClellan, AL. His request to attend the school was precipitated by the Utah sheep incidence. No pun intended, but he was unnerved by the incident and wanted to know more about chemical warfare.
December 1969-July 1970
Assigned to S3, Headquarters Company, 6th Missile Battalion (Hawk), 65th Artillery at Key West Naval Station, FL as Battalion Staff Chemical NCO. He was promoted to SSG E6.
August 1970-August 1971
He was assigned to G2, Current Affairs Division, 8th Army Headquarters, Seoul, Korea as the Classified Document Custodian NCOIC.
August 1971-December 1972
His last assignment was to Headquarters Company, Chemical Center and School Battalion, Ft McClellan, AL as an instructor for EOD shipping and handling of leaky chemical munitions. He received another honorable discharge  


IN MEMORY OF THE VICTIMS OF 9-11

On Thursday, September 11th, 2011, an American flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment, office, and store in the United States . Every individual should make it their duty to display an American flag on this tenth anniversary of one our country's worst tragedies. We do this in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain, and those who today are fighting at home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedoms. 

In the days, weeks and months following 9/11, our country was bathed in American flags as citizens mourned the incredible losses and stood shoulder-to-shoulder against terrorism. Sadly, those flags have all but disappeared. Our patriotism pulled us through some tough times and it shouldn't take another attack to galvanize us in solidarity. Our American flag is the fabric of our country and together we can prevail over terrorism of all kinds

 

Action Plan.  Here's what we can do ...

(1) Forward this message to everyone you know (at least 11 people). Take a moment to think back to how you felt on 9/11 and let those sentiments guide you.

(2) Fly an American flag of any size on 9/11. Honestly, Americans should fly the flag year-round, but if you don't, then at least make it a priority on this day. 
Thank you for your participation. God Bless You and God Bless America

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