Kirtland Kiwanis honored Vietnam Veterans with dinner at the
Kirtlander Party Center, January 24, 2013.
Speakers for the evening were Dennis Brand, USMC and Frank
Tomaselli, Technical Sergeant, USAF, MP (ret.)
The two men announced that they were forming a new Veteran’s
group at the Kirtland Senior Center that would be meeting at Noon on Wednesday,
Feb. 27. The group is open to all veterans, widows, widowers and patriotic
Tomaselli who spent two tours of duty in Vietnam, 65-66 and
67-68, gave a brief history of the war and an idea of what it was like to be
Vietnam was guerilla warfare on a grand scale. Once the tour
of duty was over and the soldiers came home, most did not experience a happy
homecoming. While trying to deal with the effects of PTSD and Agent Orange they
were met with protesters.
A moment of silence was observed for Kirtland residents who
were killed in Vietnam: Daniel Zegarac, Ronald Bohannon and Jack Logan, Jr.
Kirtland Vietnam veterans were recognized: David Grinstead,
Walt Harrison, David Pastor, Alan Thornton, Don Webbe and Fran Raishart.
Kiwanis veterans who served during the Vietnam era were
recognized: Wayne Baumgart, Chuck Bickart, Rich Blum, John Bodmer, Jim Emch,
Steve Romelfanger, Richard Steudel, Tony Zalar and Bill Parsons.
Other Kiwanis veterans were also recognized Bob Eversole, Jim Naughton, Lew Schupp, and Don White.
The veterans received certificates of appreciation and Viet
Back Row: David Grinstead, Alan Thornton, David Pastor
Front Row: Don Webbe, Walt Harrison, Frank Raishart
Labels: Kirtland, Kiwanis, Vietnam Veterans