top of page


The Official Newsletter of the
Shenandoah Valley Chapter #313
Korean War Veterans Association
Lewis M. Ewing, Editor
August 2016

    At our picnic held on Sunday, July 24th,we were proud to recognize two individuals who have made major contributions to our Chapter. Commander  Don Netschke , presented certificates to Lea Hoak and Neil Bombardier naming them as Honorary Members of our Chapter. (We are sorry that we were unable to get any pictures of the presentations.)

    Lea, who is the wife of Charles Hoak, was recog-nized for the exceptional job she did in researching the records to identify all of the local men who were killed-in-action during the Korean War and she produced a booklet outlining the names and history of those men.

    Neil, who is the son of our Secretary, Paul Bombardier was recognized for the outstanding job he did , and continues to do, in creating and main-taining our exceptional Website. A number of Chapters have their own Chapter Websites. However, none of them can compete with ours.

    We wish to thank both Lea and Neil for their wonderful contributions to our Chapter.

We were very happy to see two of our Chapter heroes, former POW's James Berry (l) and Ed Reel (r) at our family picnic. They are an inspiration to all of usand have earned our respect and gratitude for their service and sacrifices.

    Prior to lunch, a brief Memorial service was held at our Memorial Honoring the 23 deceased members of our Chapter who have passed away since our Chapter was chartered in 2008.

    Also, Millard Pippin Jr. a Charter member of our Chapter was presented his "Ambassador for Peace" Medal by Commander Don Netschke and 1st Vice-Commander Steve Culbert.

    Millard has been unable to attend our meetings recently, due to medical reasons, however he continues to be one of our most dedicated members.

Steve Culbert places the Ambassador for Peace Medal around the neck of Millard Pippin

    The weather for the day was probably the hottest we have encountered this year with the temperature hovering in the high 90's, however, approximately 70 of our members, families and guests braved the heat and enjoyed the festivities and the great food.

    We want to thank the dynamic duo of Herb Taylor and "Peachie" DeHaven for planning and organizing the picnic.

The Mystery Member of the Month found on

Page 2 is: Richard (Dick) Clark

bottom of page