The Vietnam Veterans of America National Chapter of the Year - 1999 & 2007
Newsletter of the Year 2007, 09, 11 & 15
|LTC. (Retired) Charles Kettles receiving the Medal of Honor - July 2016|
|US Army photo by Sgt. Brand|
David "Doc" Martinez (left) passed away at 2245 hours on 10/03/2016. Doc was a three time Chapter President and was President when our Chapter was awarded our 1st National Chapter of The Year in 1999.
As John K said, "Those who ever met David 'Doc' Martinez would never forget meeting him. My good friend, and many of yours too, breathed his last breath at about 10:45pm this evening.
No one could ever take his place. He will never be forgotten. He was President of VVA Chapter 310 for three terms. He was past Commandant of the Washtenaw County Marine Corps Detachment and just an all around involved Veteran. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. A great neighbor and would help any deserving person.
He is going on to a better place. One with no more pain. He has much work to do there to prepare for the arrival of all of us. Now you can rest in peace Corpsman. Our Lord has called "Corpsman Up." He is getting a good one in Doc for sure".
Click here to see the schedule for visitation at Ochalek-Stark Funeral Home as well as Doc's Service at the Memorial.
Click here to view a interview with Doc two years ago where he talks about who he dedicates a flag to at our Watchfire ceremony.
We had an absolutely great time at our annual Pig Roast. The weather could not have been better and the attendance was excellent. There were a few who thought that we may run out of meat before the end of the event. Thankfully there was just a little left over. It was sold by the pound for takeout. I went around to a lot of the tables during the day and asked how everyone was enjoying their visit and how the food tasted. It was a unanimous decision that the day was great and the food even better. Many stayed after eating to listen to music and to visit.
I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity both personally and on behalf of our Chapter to thank Don Miller and Al Dyer for the many hours of work they put into making this event the success that it was. It seems like it gets better every year. Of course they could not have made it all happen on their own. So, many thanks go to the committee members who helped plan the event, to all the volunteers that helped out the day of the event, to all the volunteers that took watch duty from the wee hours of the morning to serving time making sure the pork was cooked to perfection with no hiccups. Special kudos to George Perrault who was there for many hours before the event and from beginning to end on the day of the event. Meni Draper and Shirley Hitte kept the kitchen and serving line in great shape. Job very well done everyone!
While I was not able to attend the Clinton Fall Festival this year, I hear it was a great event. The weather was absolutely beautiful and apparently we had quite a few volunteers to help out. It is my understanding that sales were great also. Great team effort by everyone who attended. Kudo’s to Al Dieter for his leadership in this effort.
I hope everyone will join us at our next event on October 29 for our annual Halloween Party at the Ann Arbor VA Hospital. Come dressed in your favorite costume and meet in the lobby at 1730 hours. From there we will visit with patients and hand out cards and gifts. It's always a great time talking with the Veteran patients and hearing their stories.
Not long after that we will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the dedication of the Vietnam Memorial at the Ypsilanti Township Civic Center. A few of the people who were part of the original dedication will be at this event. It’s hard to believe that it’s been twenty-five years already! Hope to see you there. If you are able, please come out and attend this memorable event.
SSgt Dave Draper