The Vietnam Veterans of America National Chapter of the Year - 1999 & 2007
President’s Message - David 'Doc' Martinez
“I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being let me do it now… for I shall not pass this way again.”
William Penn (1644 – 1718)
As I was sitting here thinking of what to write to the Chapter in this,
my second, President’s Message, I came across the above verse that has
always meant a lot to me. I include it now because I want with all my heart to
be a good and strong leader for our Chapter. I strongly believe in you, the
membership, to continue to help us to grow and to remain strong in
everything we do for our Chapter.
We are the Vietnam Veterans, Chapter 310, one of the greatest
Chapters among the many in the United States and as we pass on, as the
World War II and Korean War veterans have, we can be proud of what we
have done. We were the best America had to offer and we acquired
ourselves honorably. When needed, we fought a good fight. Our ranks are
getting smaller; but, out there, there several veterans who need to join our
Chapter. I ask you, the Chapter members, to seek them out and have them
attend a meeting so they can see what we are about. We are one big happy
family who care about each other. Maybe we can help them and their
families. But, they need to be here with us.
I need at this tme to apologize to the Chapter for not being here for
our last meetng but all my responsibilities were assumed by our Vice
President, Vance Crumb. I have heard he did a wonderful job. I am so proud
to have such great officers to support me and our Chapter.
Sandra and I went to the 1st Marine Air Wing Reunion in Pensacola,
Florida and then went on to visit different parts of Florida with my dear friend
Larry Scherer who was a Medevac corpsman with me in Vietnam. We went to
oyster restaurants recommended by John Kinzinger, Disney World, Universal
Studios and Bush Gardens. By then we were pooped out and came home.
No matter where you roam it’s sure good to get back home. This trip was planned
long before I had any inclination of running for Chapter president.
I have plans for bringing Father Vincent H. Van Doan, to the Chapter to
speak to us about his tme in Vietnam, being in a Rehabilitation Camp and
making his way to America. Father said he doesn’t want any press coverage. I
would like the Chapter to take him out to dinner with a small group so he can
have the opportunity to meet us and then set up a date to have him attend a
meeting as a guest speaker.
SEMPER FI and WELCOME HOME
Together, we truly make a difference.
DAVID “DOC” MARTINEZ
MEDEVAC’S HMM-163 & HMM-262
MAG-39, 1ST MAW, QUANGTRI, RVN 67-68
OFF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA, RVN 71,72 73
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