• Chuck and his wife Ann

  • President and Charlie heading to the East Room

  • Chuck and his son Mike

  • Chuck and his daughter Jeanna

  • Medal of Honor

  • East Room For The Medal of Honor Ceromony

Vietnam Veterans of America

Charles S. Kettles Chapter 310

The Vietnam Veterans of America National Chapter of the Year - 1999 & 2007

Newsletter of the Year 2007, 09, 11 & 15



Chapter member LTC. (Retired) Chuck Kettles receved the Medal of Honor - July 2016

President’s Message

Dave Draper




On March 23rd, a few of our members went to the Yankee Air Museum to help put YAMtogether packages for shipment to military bases overseas. I was not able to attend but I heard that it turned out to be not too bad, especially considering that this was their first attempt at packaging.



CrossOn March 25th, around twelve of us from VVA 310 and AVVA showed our support for Horace as we attended his sister’s visitation in Ypsilanti. If you were not there you missed seeing Horace in his African clothes. Horace has a rather large family and we met and spoke with many of them. They were all very nice and complimentary of us for showing up in force. We paid our respects as we filed up to say a prayer for her. I am very thankful that we have such caring members in our organization.


DinnerOur Recognition Dinner took place on April 8. Again, this year, it was held at the UAW Hall in Ypsilanti. Attendance was down from last year, but I think all that attended had a pretty good time. And, the catered food was great. Our menu included mostaccioli, meat balls, salad, and garlic rolls. Thanks to Angel Food Catering for the terrific food. They delivered on their promises by being on time and cleanup was quiet and efficient. As is our tradition, we provided cake, which was one chocolate and one vanilla. Our honored guests were Colonel Chuck Kettles and his wife Anne, Wes Prater, his sister, his wife Barbara, Mike Eadie and his wife Shada. Also in attendance was the former Washtenaw County Sheriff Doug Harvey and his wife Margaret.


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Al Merritt - John Thompson Member
Of The Year Award
Sandy Martinez accepting for
Sandie Wilson  - David 'Doc' Martinez
President's Award
 Don Miller - Jerry Simms Always
There Award


The winner of the John Thompson Member of the Year Award went to Al Merritt, the Jerry Sims Always There Award went to Don Miller, and the newly named Doc Martinez President’s Award went to Sandy Wilson. Marv Rivers accepted the award on Don Miller’s behalf and Sandy Martinez accepted the award on behalf of Sandy Wilson. The AVVA Certificate of Appreciation went to Bill Volano. The Friends’ Friend of the Year went to Kate Kirkpatrick, the Honorary Friend of the Year went to Jan Turner of Turner Nursery, and a special presentation was given to Jane Kinzinger for her outstanding work with the Friends. It was decided by the Friends/AVVA that they would merge together into the AVVA. We also announced our Chapter’s decision to change the name of the Chapter to Charles S. Kettles Vietnam Veterans of America, Michigan Chapter 310. It was especially gratifying to make the announcement with Colonel Kettles in the audience.

The annual WCCV (Washtenaw County Council of Veterans) took place Monday, April 17. It was held again this year at the Saline American Legion Post 322. My wife and I attended representing our Chapter. Tim and Kathy Driscoll, and Al Merritt were also in attendance. Jon Luker, as Commander of WCCV, emceed the event. Others who attended were U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell, the acting Director for the VA Medical Center Mary Beth Skupien, a representative from Tim Walberg’s office, many representatives from the VA Medical Center, two Korean War Vets—one of whom was a POW, and representatives from VFW and American Legion Posts from around the state. The American Legion Post 322 Auxiliary members were excellent in serving us and very attentive to our needs. They served roast beef, smashed potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, rolls, and a wide assortment of homemade desserts. As is the tradition, each person at the tables stood and introduced themselves after the dinner. All in all, a pretty decent evening.

voteOn April 23rd we held our elections for our officers and board members. Click here to view the new officers and board members page on our site.  The official swearing in will take place at our next meeting on May 11. The only changes were that we elected Al Merritt Vice President - replacing Vance McCrumb, Jon Luker became our State Rep and Tim Driscoll moved from State Rep to Alternate Rep, and we elected five new 2-Year Board Members. Unfortunately, there weren’t too many new faces in the nomination pool. I say that meaning that we need to keep the blood flowing with participation being spread over the membership. The same people can’t perform all the work forever.

Vance McCrumb kindly took point on getting sixteen of our members to participate in talking to the players on the Dexter High School baseballbaseball team one-on-one. Each member who participates gets his name on the kid’s jacket. All the Vets told their stories and answered the kids’ questions. Thanks for a great job Vance. This helps keeps “our war” from getting lost in the public’s memory. I heard from several participants that it was a great time for both our members and the baseball team.

Visit our website to keep up to date with our activities as we are starting to enter our busy season for events. Just a few such events coming up in May is our annual Watch Fire, Saline Memorial Parade, and Memorial program at our Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Ypsilanti.


The Prez
SSgt Dave Draper
C-130 Loadmaster

See you at the next meeting, 

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