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Medals awarded to Jerry Schafer

Senator Rounds presented three medals to Jerry Schafer Tuesday at City Hall. Jerry should have received these medals when he was discharged from the Navy but did not. The medals were the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal W/Combat “V”, the Combat Action Ribbon and a Good Conduct medal. While in Vietnam Jerry went on 53 missions on a river patrol boat and engaged the enemy 19 times. Pictured are Ray Feist, Doug Modica, Mayor Steve Thorson, Senator Mike Rounds, Jerry Schafer, Elwin Karges, Phil Braeger, Myron Johnson and Don Reconnu. All are members of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1054 except for Senator Rounds.

Chapter 1054 has been chosen to receive the “Best VVA Chapter” award for the 300-400 member category. Dan Stenvold (National Board of Director) is going to try and present it to us unless the Region 6 Director does at our next chapter meeting. Attached is a photo of Dan holding the award. Be proud of your accomplishments.

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Region 6 VVA Conference

The Region 6 Conference is on June 3rd and 4th in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The information on the Conference will be in the May edition of the Veteran magazine on page 18 under Region 6.

The Annual State Conference of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution was held in Watertown at Joy Ranch on April 30. In recognition of service during the Vietnam War and for service in helping veterans today, two Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1054 members were honored. Pictured receiving certificates from Lois Larson are Don Reconnu and Jim Hanson.

April 21 Chapter election results

President – Jack Kempter continues
Sr Vice Pres – Phil Braeger continues
Jr Vice Pres – Dennis Solberg new
Chaplain – Don Zafft continues
New board members: Steve Strege, Dean Halajian, Ed Timm

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President Rollie passes away

Brothers and Sisters of the Vietnam Veterans of America and all Veterans.
It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of Roland [Rollie] Lambert.Rollie was a very good friend of mine and a Great Advocate for all the Veterans and all Veterans organizations. Please keep Rollie’s Family in your prayers. Obituary and arrangements are on the “Taps” selection.

Jack R. Kempter
President Chapter 1054
Vietnam Veterans of America
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