October 2019 Meeting Notice
  • Our October 15th Meeting of the Korean War Veterans and Defense Veterans Chapter 189 will be held in the banquet room at the John Mealy Memorial VFW Post 3282, Port Orange, Florida. The Post is located a 5810 S. Williamson Blvd, Port Orange, Florida. The doors will be open for this meeting at noon. A lunch menu prepared by VFW Post kitchen will be available for the first time in sever years. The doors will open at 12:00 for lunch and social hour. Our meeting will start at 1:00 PM with the Guest speaker Dr. Leo Murphy a Professor of Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Dr. Murphy served 30 years on active duty as a Naval Aviator.  He will present a program about Lt. James Polkinghorne a Tuskegee Airman who was lost in battle during WWII. Dr. Murphy is also the author of four books on aviation history, a television documentary and a play. will be available at 12:00 PM. The meal will be Sandwiches, Drinks and Cookies. The cost of the meal will be on a donation basis Please! The official meeting will begin promptly at 1:00 PM. Guests as usual are always welcome.  This will be a very interesting meeting so don't miss it.  Also time to make your reservations for our December 17th Christmas Party.  Any question call Command Joe Sicinski at 386.492.6561.

Members of the KWVA Chapter 189 receiving their Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin and a Certificates (September 17, 2019)

  •  At our 17 September Meeting of the Korean War Veterans and Defense Veterans Chapter 19 our guest speaker was Mr. Fred Robinson, a former Marine who served in Vietnam.  He currently serves VITAS in Healthware Admissions. During the meeting he presented a "Pinning Ceremony."  In this ceremony he provided a Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin and a Certificate to all veterans present who served our country, in the military, during the period 1 November 1955 until 15 May 1975.  The picture above shows the 11 veterans who stepped forward to accept this honor.
  • Our KWVA Chapter has been activity supporting the new War Museum being established in the "Tick Tock" shop on Beach Street in downtown Daytona Beach. Many of the Korean War Treasures previously displayed at the Museum in New Smyrna Beach have been transferred there and many more have been added. The museum has expanded to a real tourist attraction in Daytona Beach. Bob Hawes, one of the museum's organizers is extremely active in this outreach program. He could use any of the volunteer help that you can give him. Just contact Bob and he will give you the lowdown on what you can do to help.
  •  Dues for 2019 are now being solicited. Please pay your dues of $10 either at the meeting or send them to KWVA, POB 214005, South Daytona, Florida 32121.  If you cannot afford the dues, the chapter will pay them for you (It's in the by-laws), see Bob Hawes or Joe Sincinski.
  • On October 26th Joe Sicinski and Chuck Husbands will attended a Department of Florida Council Meeting in Orlando, Florida. A number of items are on the agenda to be discussed at that meeting. If you have any subject that you would like the Department of Florida to consider contact Joe Sicinski or Chuck Husbands.  
  • As some of you may know since last year, as an outreach program, the members of Chapter 189 have been serving coffee and doughnuts at the VA clinic on the fourth Friday of each months.  This month the service at the VA Clinic will be on Friday 25 October 2019. The program has been well received by the Veterans going in early for blood work and other appointments.  This is a wonderful outreach program for our chapter and we are always looking for volunteers. The task involves getting to the VA Clinic at about 7:30 AM to help serve coffee and doughnuts. When the coffee and donuts are gone... we are gone, which is usually well before 10:00 AM.  If you are looking for a very satisfying volunteer position for a couple of hours, contact Chuck Husbands or just show up. We can always use your help and spirit in support of our Veterans. We want to sincerely thank everyone who has donated their time to this effort, in the past, and know the efforts are appreciated. Thanks CRH.
  • The Cape Canaveral National Cemetery is now open and accepting in ground burial for caskets and cremated remains.  It is located at 5525 U.S. Highway 1 in Mims, Florida.  Cemetery Administration Office phone is 321-383-2638.  Burial arrangements phone 1-800-535-1117.  The Cemetery is open from dawn to dusk, burials are scheduled between 9:30 AM and 2:30 PM Monday through Friday. For qualifying Veterans there are no charges for burial for you and your spouse, and the National Cemetery will provide final Military Honors. This includes standard burials and cremation burials.  If anyone is interested in visiting the National Cemetery and needs a ride to look the place over or talk with the administration staff, just contact Chuck Husbands at 386.760.7163.
  • During the past several months the Chapter has been presenting the "Tell America" Program to a number of organizations. If you know an organization that might want to learn about the history of the Korean War please contact Joe Sincinski at 386.493.6551 and he would be pleased to try to set up a presentation. We are in the process of preparing a short brochure on the history and impact of the Korean War, to go along with the presentation. We would like to spread the story of the Korean Conflict for all those who may never have heard of it, or its impact on our current global condition.
  • In recent days we have become aware that their are Veterans in our community that have recently died and have not been provided with an opportunity to receive a military ceremony in their memory.  Chapter 189 of the KWVA does not think that this is proper, and we will help you receive a small final military ceremony for any Veteran that requests it in cooperation with VFW Post 3282 Color Gurard. If you know of a Veteran's family that needs a final military ceremony please contact Chuck Husbands at 386.760.7163 and he will attempt to get that request fulfilled.  If you know of someone who is sick at home or in the hospital and would like a visit from a member of the chapter have them contact Chuck Husbands he we will try to make a personal visit.