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Memorial to Chattanooga's Fallen Five in Collegedale (Tennessee) Veterans Memorial Park

Welcome to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697, located in Collegedale, Tennessee!

EVERYONE IS CORDIALLY INVITED to all regular meetings that are held monthly on the second Thursday at 6:30 PM in Fuller Memorial Community Center of Collegedale, Tennessee, City Hall. SEE YOU SOON!

 

2016 Samaritan Center Donation Presented *

From left: SENIOR VICE COMMANDER Johnny Arp, Ooltewah (Tennessee) VFW Post 1697; Executive Director Tony Dahlberg, The Samaritan Center, during the 2016 VFW Post 1697 Christmas Program.

Go to 01 DEC 2016 in NEWS & EVENTS 2014 TO 2016 for details.

 

 

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CONTINUING IN 2017 . . .

 

EVERYONE IS CORDIALLY INVITED to all regular meetings that are held monthly on the second Tursday at 6:30 PM in Fuller Memorial Community Center of Collegedale, Tennessee, City Hall. SEE YOU SOON!

 

 

6:30 p.m. THU April 13

6:30 p.m. THU May 11

6:30 p.m. THU June 8

etc.

 

Saluting a Hero

KENNETH A. BURNHAM was laid to rest in Chattanooga National Cemetery.
The Silver Star was awarded to PFC Kenneth A. Burnham, USA in 1968.

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY

HEADQUARTERS 1ST INFANTRY DIVISION

APO San Francisco 96345

 

GENERAL ORDERS                                                            5 December 1968

NUMBER   12782

 

AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR

 

  1. TC 320. The following AWARD is announced.

 

BURNHAM, KENNETH A US56502296 (   - -   ) PRIVATE FIRST CLASS United

States Army

Company B 2d Battalion 28th Infantry

 

Awarded:         Silver Star

Date of Action:  13 October 1968

Theater:         Republic of Vietnam

Reason:          For gallantry in action while engaged in military

                 operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force

                 in the Republic of Vietnam: On this Date, Private First

                 Class Burnham was serving as a medical aidman with his

                 company on a reconnaissance in force operation seven

                 kilometers south of Phuoc Vinh Base Camp. As the

                 friendly force proceeded through the dense jungle, it was

                 suddenly subjected to intense small arms, automatic

                 weapons, and claymore mine fire from enemy bunkers which

                 caused numerous casualties. With complete disregard for

                 his personal safety, Private First Class Burnham

                 maneuvered through the hail of hostile rounds to the

                 point of heaviest contact and began assisting the

                 injured. While treating one casualty, Private First

                 Class Burnham was wounded in the leg. Ignoring his

                 painful injury, he dragged his comrade to a more secure

                 location. When Private First Class Burnham was seriously

                 wounded again, he continued to brave the aggressor

                 barrage raking the area and administered first aid to the

                 casualties until contact was broken. His exemplary

                 courage, outstanding professionalism, and selfless

                 concern for his companions were instrumental in saving

                 many soldiers’ lives, and significantly contributed to

                 the successful outcome of the encounter. Private First

                 Class Burnham’s unquestionable valor in close combat

                 against numerically superior hostile forces is in

                 keeping with the finest traditions of the military

                 service and reflects great credit upon himself, the

                 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.

Authority:       By direction of the President, as established by the

                 Act of Congress, 9 July 1918, and USARV Message 16695,

                 dated 1 July 1966.

 

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Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697 gratefully acknowledges the assistance of Dennis Smith, Commander of Desmond T. Doss American Legion Post 257, in explaining the Department of Veterans Affairs application process!


Apply for VA Health Benefits at http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/apply/

 

Or apply for VA Health Benefits in person here:

Chattanooga Community Based Outpatient Clinic

(near Eastgate Mall)

 

VA OUTPATIENT CLINIC

150 Debra Rd Suite 5200 Bldg 6200
Chattanooga, TN 37411

Phone: 423-893-6500

Want to get all the service medals you're entitled to? Start by submitting the REQUEST PERTAINING TO MILITARY RECORDS:

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REQUEST PERTAINING TO MILITARY RECORDS
Download this Form to request "All Ribbons and Medals Authorized to be worn" as introduced by Dennis Smith, 1st Vice Commander, American Legion Desmond T. Doss Post 257, on April 11, 2013.
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HOW TO FILL OUT THE FORM REQUEST PERTAINING TO MILITARY RECORDS:

 

Complete SECTION I - INFORMATION NEEDED TO LOCATE RECORDS. and mark Question 6 NO.

 

In SECTION II - INFORMATION AND/OR DOCUMENTS REQUESTED check the DD Form 214 or equivalent box and All Documents in Official Military Personnel File (OPMF) box.  Under 2. Purpose: check boxes Personal and Other, explain:  Write in All Ribbons and Medals Authorized to be worn.

 

In Section III - RETURN ADDRESS AND SIGNATURE under 1. REQUESTER IS: check box Military service member or veteran identified in Section I, above.

Fill out 2. SEND INFORMATION/DOCUMENTS TO:  and 3. AUTHORIZATION SIGNATURE WHEN REQUIRED

 

Mail completed Standard Form 180 to:

 

National Personnel Records Center
(Military Personnel Records)
1 Archives Drive
St. Louis, MO 63138-1002 

 

Consult http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/standard-form-180.html for additional information.

 

OUR THANKS TO DESMOND T. DOSS AMERICAN LEGION POST 257 1ST VICE COMMANDER DENNIS SMITH FOR HIS GUIDANCE TO US!

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