• 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
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.......


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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

 This month we will have an extra meeting. It will be on our usual second Thursday at 1900, April 8th. We will discuss and decide whether to file papers to form a new group. The new group would include all VVA 310 and AVVA members and recruit post-Vietnam Veterans, caregivers, and family members. We will also discuss possibly partnering with WACU (Warriors and Caregivers United) in future events and projects.
This meeting will be a time to consider our future as the Charles S. Kettles Chapter. We are not at the end of our road yet. We can't even see the end of the road from where we stand, but we had better decide how we want to get there.
On Sunday, April 11th, from 1200 until 1500, we will be voting for all elected offices, as we do every year. Please remember to stop by and cast your ballot.
One more note—we WILL have a Pig Roast this year. It will be on August 29th from noon until 1600 at the American Legion in Saline. The Saline Legion has expertise in drive-through service, in case that is what Covid forces us to do. We will need volunteers and monetary donations to pull this off. So, step up and stay proud.

Stay safe, Be proud,

Stan Harrison, President