Letters and Articles

I receive a significant amount of mail and many letters from veterans and their families. Recently I received a letter from a Mrs. Jean Pavlosky of Greenwood AR. Mrs. Pavlosky requested information on “where can I find evidence to support my son Larry William Lewis’s quest in getting his Combat Infantryman’s Award recorded”. Mrs. Pavlosky was armed with an official letter awarding the award to her son by a Major McDonald in June 1967. Larry was a Military Policeman fighting with C Troop 1st Squadron, 10th Cav.1st Cav. Division. The McDonald award letter details how Larry fought and killed Viet Cong in an attack on the base camp of Duc Pho. This award letter goes on to explain Larry’s Heroic actions and level of courage. Mrs. Pavlosky has attempted to have the CIB award placed onto Larry’s DD 214. She was denied by the board for correction of military records in Arlington, VA. We have members who fit exactly into this same category and received the award. Major McDonald would never have broken an army regulation by ordering this award for Larry. Mrs. Pavlosky has written Senators Feinstein, Kerry and others to name a few and never even received so much as an answer from some of them she told me. Larry passed away in 2008 from diabetes at the age of 58. Mrs. Pavlosky also lost her other son a Navy Veteran. Why am I telling this story you might ask? My answer is simple. This could have been many of our mothers doing the same thing that Mrs. Pavlosky is doing. You be the Judge on the award. I know what I would do.

Sincerely;

Past Commander Kennedy

1-23-2011

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Frank Buckles was the last remaining U.S. WWI Veteran,
He turned 110 on 2/1/2011
He died on 2/27/2011.

Frank Woodruff Buckles was born in 1901, Bethany, Missouri. The veteran, who served in WWI, was also the last remaining doughboy. Buckles joined the military at the age of 16. In WWI the decorated veteran served as a member of the ambulance corps, evacuating bodies from the battlefield – a particularly gruesome task during the First World War.

If that wasn’t brave enough, Buckles was dragged into WWII. He survived three years in a Japanese POW camp as a Merchant Mariner after the shipping freighter he was working on was captured.

Buckles has become a living piece of WWI history, especially in recent years. As honorary chairman of the WWI Memorial Foundation, Buckles has served as a spokesman for the group, which aims to repurpose the District of Columbia War Memorial as the National World War I Memorial. The WWI veteran even appeared in front of Congress in December 2009 to plead his case for the memorial. He was the oldest person to have ever testified before the U.S. Senate.

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I am in favor of associate membership. My grandfather is a member of the Legion of Valor, and I am an association member. My grandfather was recommended for the Medal of Honor for action in January of 1945 during the Battle of the Bulge. It was downgraded to a DSC. Membership in the Legion of Valor is limited to holders of the Medal of Honor, or DSC, or Navy and Air Force Cross. Regardless of the political factor involved in these awards (yes, officers get them more than enlisted, and there is a lot of involved) My grandpop and his colleagues never felt that my association membership infringed on their honor, rather, that my willingness to carry on their memory enhanced their noble deeds. Frankly, how many people now-a-days are getting awarded the DSC? I mean, the Army has gotten awful stingy about awarding anything beyond ARCOMs. I had to raise bloody hell just to get my squad leader a bronze star with valor in Afghanistan and as far as I am concerned he deserved a DSC. Initially, Brigade Commander Johnson (of the 101st) downgraded it to an ARCOM and took the valor off!

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Chad was awarded a 500.00 scholarship and an “Honorary Membership” on 16 May 2011. He is a graduate of Lee Co FL and participated with honors in JROTC. The ceremony was extremely honorable and hundreds were present. We stole the podium from the JROTC instructors and also gave them an “Honorary” Award for what they do for our youth.Bill Cross National Communications Officer,Burt Kurland and Jack Wagner Div CO and XO were also present and gave numerous awards.Bill Cross read the Honorary Plaque Awards wording to the recipients and those present from the podium.We received tremendous applause from the audience.

View His Letter Here

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For more than 26-years the Kitchen Table Gang Trust has been helping veterans and our troops deployed overseas. Please visit us at http://www.kitchentablegang.org/

The Kitchen Table Gang Trust is a rag-tag bunch of military types trying to make life a little more pleasant for our hospitalized veterans at VA Hospitals throughout the United States and our soldiers & Marines deployed overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan.

These guys are doing some wonderful things for our veterans and our troops overseas, and it all started with a poker game. (They donated a portion of the pot to help veterans and our active-duty troops – are you doing anything that cool with your Texas Hold ‘Em obsession, hmm?)These great guys will tell you all about it on their site, and they’ve got lots of suggestions on how you can express your gratitude to our brave men and women deployed overseas. Who knows, they might even be able to help you!

Thank you very much!

Charlie Taliaferro, Director
THE KITCHEN TABLE GANG TRUST

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Irving Berlin wrote this song in 1917 for use during WWI. Does anyone know why he did not release it then? No? Well, I will tell you. He thought it “too Saccharine,” (sentimental) even for the horrific inferno that was WWI.

Before you watch the video, you should also know the story of the song. The time was 1940.

America was still in a terrible economic depression. Hitler was taking over Europe and Americans were afraid we’d have to go to war. It was a time of hardship and worry for most Americans.
This was the era just before TV, when radio shows were HUGE, and American families

Sat around their radios in the evenings, listening to their favorite entertainers – and no entertainer of that era was bigger than Kate Smith. Kate was also large in size, and the popular phrase still used today is in deference to her, “It Ain’t over till the fat lady sings.”

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(Order of Saint Maurice is awarded by the National Infantry Association and the certificate is signed by the Chief of Infantry of the United States Army. It is named after Saint Maurice, the leader of the RomanTheban Legion in the 3rd century)

Division Commanders

National Staff Officers

Please all join me in congratulating our own Earl Kennedy, past national commander, on receiving the prestigious award and medal of “the Order of St. Maurice”. Earl was nominated, recognized, and elected for his superior, significant contribution to the infantry community.
We are all aware of the hard work and dedication earl put forth bringing the combat infantrymen’s association forward into its very best condition in many years. our members greatly benefited from earl’s selfless efforts. We are now well known in civilian communities throughout the United States thanks to earl. His organizational improvements, insistence on financial transparency, and recognizing young American achievers, barely starts to tally his accomplishments as commander. Earl continues to assist and work for the combat infantrymen’s association and we are all the better for his efforts.

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img0031-150x150Even after life has worn them down.
When they have fought their battles.
Both personal and their countries
When they can no longer STAND as TALL as they once did.
They take with them their PRIDE.

I am a Combat Veteran from World War Two
Our Ranks are getting to be very few

We may be old-frail-and not so strong
It’s been 66 years – has it been that long

The nights were long – the day’s never end
Always another battle around the bend

The blood-screams as we saw our buddies die
The scenes we never forget and at times we cry

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