• Chuck and his wife Ann

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  • Chuck and his son Mike

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  • Medal of Honor

  • East Room For The Medal of Honor Ceromony

Vietnam Veterans of America,
Charles S. Kettles Chapter 310
National Chapter of the Year - 1999 & 2007
Newsletter of the Year 2007, 09, 11, & 15
E-Newsletter of the Year 2017
Chapter member LTC. (Retired) Chuck Kettles receved the Medal of Honor - July 2016

LTC Charles S. Kettles (ret) Passed Away On January 21, 2019.  Rest In Peace My Friend, Rest In Peace.......


Press Release:

Dingell, Peters, Stabenow Announce Enactment of Bill to Rename Ann Arbor VA Facility after Lt. Colonel Charles S. Kettles


Lt. Colonel Kettles Received Medal of Honor in 2016 for Heroic Service During Vietnam War


WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced that President Donald Trump signed their legislation to rename the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Ann Arbor after Lieutenant Colonel Charles S. Kettles. Lieutenant Colonel Kettles, a lifelong resident of Ypsilanti who passed away in January of 2019, served in the Vietnam War as an Army helicopter commander and was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2016 for leading a rescue operation that saved 44 soldiers. The lawmakers’ legislation passed the House of Representatives in October and the United States Senate earlier this month.

“LTC Charles Kettles never asked for recognition or sought the spotlight for his selfless service and courage. But by engraving his name above the Ann Arbor VAMC, we will ensure his story is told for generations and his legacy cherished by all who seek care within those walls,” said Congresswoman Dingell. "He was a hero, a mentor, and a friend, and I will forever be grateful for the time I was able to share with him"

 In May of 1967, Lieutenant Colonel Kettles led three rescue flights into enemy territory to deliver supplies, reinforcements and to evacuate wounded airborne soldiers who had been ambushed by Northern Vietnamese forces. After Kettles was informed during the middle of his final flight that eight soldiers remained on the ground, he immediately returned without any support to rescue the remaining men. All told, his actions saved the lives of 40 soldiers and 4 crewmembers from the 176th Aviation Company. In 2015, Dingell led legislation to waive time limitations that deemed Lieutenant Colonel Kettles ineligible for consideration of the Medal of Honor. Finally, after the bill was enacted, President Obama awarded Kettles the Medal of Honor on July 18, 2016, nearly 50 years after his heroic actions.


President’s Message January 2021

  I am grateful for our newsletter.  The Dispatch serves the very important function of keeping us in touch with our chapter and with what we are up to and why we exist.

     Paulo does a great job of putting it together every month along with a whole team of people who help by contributing articles, pictures, information, printing and distribution.  A lot more goes into producing it than you might think.  The quality of the product speaks for itself.  Four time “ National Newsletter of the Year”  and “E-Newsletter of the Year” in 2017.  All involved have earned a hearty “THANK YOU” from the rest of us.

     One feature of the Dispatch is the list of upcoming events.  This can be very informative but since it only comes out once a month there are bound to be additions.  Our web page, www.vva310.org , is a good place to find the most up to date information.

     Another way to stay informed is via email.  Vance McCrumb and Dave Draper do the work of keeping us in the loop on short notice.  If you haven't been hearing from them it means they don't have your address.  In that case just drop Vance a line, click here This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to email him with your current email address.

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Stan Harrison, President