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I received this email last week from Hal Peper <email@example.com>
Subject: Wilbur 3pm 3/1/2017
Wilbur Bettis underwent major arterial surgery for 12 hrs. two and a half weeks ago at UCLA. He has remained in ICU since then. His sister Trish just sent me a message that he passed away while holding her hand an hour ago. I will keep all of you informed as I learn more. Hal
I am waiting to get an Obit for Bill and I will post it here.
Bill was a great person and I am sad to hear of his passing.
The Museum is hosting a Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran’s Ceremony on Saturday, March 11th at Noon. All Vietnam Era Veterans and their families are cordially invited to attend. We also welcome all Veterans and patriotic Americans to join us as we honor the service and sacrifice of those who served during the Vietnam Era.
Our honored guest speakers include Chris Bischoff, Captain US Army Special Forces. Also speaking will be Vin Dao, Colonel, Vietnam Air Force, who served as a pi…lot from 1964 to 1975.
This national commemoration was authorized by Congress, and signed into law by President George W. Bush. The 50th Anniversary Commemoration was established by President Obama. President Obama’s Presidential proclamation said in part:
As we observe the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, we reflect with solemn reverence upon the valor of a generation that served with honor We pay tribute to the more than 3 million servicemen and women who left their families to serve bravely, a world away from everything they knew and everyone they loved. From Ia Drang to Khe Sanh, from Hue to Saigon and countless villages in between, the pushed through jungles and rice paddies, heat and monsoon, fighting heroically to protect the ideals we hold dear as Americans. Through more than a decade of combat, over air, land, and sea, these proud Americans upheld the highest in traditions of our Armed Forces.
The President of the United States of America proclaimed May 28, 2012, through November 11, 2025,as the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. Admission to the Museum will be free for all Vietnam Veterans and 25% off for ALL other visitors. All Vietnam era veterans* will be presented with a VIETNAM VETERAN LAPEL PIN, “A Lasting Memento of the Nation’s Thanks!” PSA Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans
“A Lasting Memento of the Nation’s Thanks!”
I am sorry to announce that Fred Turbeville Jr. passed away on 12/20/2016.
Fred was a LTJG while in VP40 from 1964-1966.
I have posted his Obit on our Arrival/Departure page.
Here is a picture of him to remind you of him in his glory days.
It was decided at the last reunion in Oct that the VP40 membership dues will be $20 per year instead of $20 for 2 years.
For those that have already paid the 2016-2018 dues you are grandfathered in, in other words you are good until the 2018-2020 period.
For all those that have NOT paid the 2016-2018 dues, you will now pay $40 for that time period or pay $20 for each year.
Any questions please notify me
I received word from Bob Foss that Bruce Tippie’s wife Marilyn passed away on Christmas Eve.
I cannot find an Obit for her. If someone has one please send it to me and I will post it.
She had been ill for some time. Bruce came to our last reunion but only for an hour or so, as he could not leave her alone for to long.
I had my triple heart bypass, aortic valve replacement, 2 aneurysms in my upper ascending aorta, 4 major operations at once.
I had it Nov 7 and I am going to Cardiac Rehab starting tomorrow. I am driving and doing GREAT.
I should be paying a little more attention to the site now..
see you all in Nashville, Tn in 2018…
I am sad to announce another of our members has passed away.
JOHN HONAKER passed away on 9/27/2016.
John was an ADR2 while in VP40 from 1965-1966. John and his wife Elizabeth
were planning on attending our reunion in Oct this year but at the last moment he called and had to cancel
due to health issues. He never made it to the reunion date. His OBIT is posted on our ARRIVALS/DEPARTURES page
I was informed today that because I have a tooth abscess,
they will not operate on my heart Tuesday. It has been rescheduled until 10/31/2016.
I guess it is bad to have heart valve repair(replacement) when you have an abscessed tooth.
WHO KNEW ???????? I guess it was good I called them today and informed them about it.
Oh well 2 more weeks of not playing golf bah bah
Well we pulled it off. The 2016 reunion was a huge success.
I will post some info about it this weekend.
Unfortunately I am going under the knife next Tues 10/18/16.
I will have triple heart by-pass along with a heart valve replacement and a repair of an aneurysm
on my ascending artery. Not exactly an out patient operation. I will keep you all updated when I can.
I will post some pictures etc from the reunion in the next couple of weeks.
On a good note our next reunion will be in Nashville, TN in Sept of 2018. A lot
more to follow about that in the future.
Thank you for all who attended the reunion and for those who wanted to but could not for various reasons.
I received news last night from Tom Bigley that
ANTHONY (TONY) LAZZARETTI passed away Sept/29/2016.
Tony was in VP40 from 1963-1966 as a LT. He retired from the US Navy as a Captain.
Tony and Sharon were looking forward to attending the reunion but He called last month and
had to cancel as his cancer had surfaced again. Tony had been battling Melanoma
for a long time and it finally won.
He will be missed by us all that knew and flew with him.
He was one of the good ones.