Event Photos & Videos – 2022

1/7/2022:

Here are the 1st pictures and story of 2022 for our VVA chapter:

Our VA point of contact Geno Marascio, hosts a monthly informational meeting for all veterans at the Allen Senior Center on the second Thursday of the month. Most importantly he passes on current and relevant information from the Veterans Administration (VA). A Vietnam Veteran showed up for the first time to see what was going on and what information was available – a claim was started 45 years ago and the process and information received discouraged the individual – so never pursued any farther. But getting current up to date information and the interaction with other veterans now has created a positive attitude and the strength to start the process once again.

So join Geno the first Friday of the month at 11 am at:

Allen Senior Recreation Center
451 St Mary Dr
Allen, TX 75002
(214) 509-4820


1/12/2022:

We enjoyed the first meeting meeting of 2022 at the Spring Creek BBQ in McKinney.

Our guest speaker was Robert Emminger LtCol (Ret) USMC, a board member for the Honor Flight DFW  / www.honorflightdfw.org

Honor Flight is a network of volunteers established for the express purpose of getting as many WWII Veterans as possible to Washington, DC to view the World War II Memorial. Earl Morse, a physician’s assistant from Ohio, originally set up honor Flight in 2004. 

Honor Flight DFW (HFDFW) was established in September 2008 to bring this wonderful effort to the Dallas/Ft Worth/North Texas area. The first flight departed DFW in 2009 and, to date, Honor Flight DFW has flown over 2,000 WWII, Korean and Vietnam veterans to Washington, DC.

The all-expense paid, overnight trip to Washington, DC includes visits to: WWII, Korean, Vietnam, Marine (Iwo Jima), Navy and Air Force Memorials and Arlington Cemetery. 

Each veteran is assigned a Guardian to ensure his/her safety. Additionally, a team of volunteer medical professional’s travels with each flight.

The flights depart Love Field on Southwest Airlines and there will be four flights this year; the first two will be April 28-29 and June 10-11.  Geno Marascio presented Rob Emminger one of our new coins.

Photographer: Patrick Nugent


1/12/2022:

Our latest “Fundraiser”: Challenge coins have arrived and are ready for us to market and sell. The coin costs $10.

Get your coins from: Geno Marascio  r.marascio@tx.rr.com


2/9/2022:

Executive Board Meeting and Chapter Meeting at Spring Creek BBQ in McKinney, TX.

Photographer: Patrick Nugent


2/12/2022:

A cruise down memory lane with the de Havilland Canada DHC-4 “Caribou”.

A Vietnam veteran with 21 bullet holes is getting ready to leave the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison.

I had the opportunity to photograph the veteran Caribou before it leaves for Alaska to continue its service.

Just wanted to share because we all remember the “Caribou”.

-Pat Nugent


2/15/2022:

Images from the CCVC lunch where the VVA & DAV were presented checks from the bowling tournament, and images where the chapter presented awards to the American Legion Color Guard.

Photographer: Patrick Nugent


3/15/2022:

Presentation of 50th anniversary pins to Vietnam vets at the CCVC luncheon, by CCVVA past president Roger Carver.

Photographer: Patrick Nugent


3/17/2022:

Our chapter presented a certificate of appreciation to Sytrim (Timmy) Gashi, owner of Napoli’s Italian Restaurant  in Allen, Texas on St. Patricks Day for his continued support of veterans and our chapter.

Photographer: Patrick Nugent


4/29/2022:

Veteran’s 100th Birthday
Friday – April 29 at 2:30pm

 Jack R. Robinson
US Air Force
22 Years of Service

WWII Veteran
Army Air Corps
B-17 / Ball Turret Gunner
Shot down over Romania
POW (Austria) repatriated by Gen Patton’s troops

Korean War Veteran

Vietnam War Era Veteran

Retired in 1967

Currently livening in:
Christian Care Communities & Services
560 Prestige Circle
Allen, TX 75002

Event POC:

Bailee Duncan
Life Enrichment Coordinator  
Christian Care Communities & Services – Allen

Photographer: Patrick Nugent
nuge@tx.rr.com
(C)  214-621-6830


7/13/2022: In lieu of our regularly scheduled chapter meeting, one of our members, Steve Litherland, was honored with an awards ceremony. Steve received several medals that he was awarded in Vietnam while serving as an air traffic controller with the 1st Aviation Brigade, but never received until now. These medals include, the Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Expert Badge with Rifle Bar, National Defense Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Following are photos of the event.

Photographer: Patrick Nugent


Medal Presentation Ceremony for

Stanley W. De Yager

August 31, 2022 – 4:00 pm

VFW Post 2150 in McKinney- 1710 N Church St, McKinney, TX 75069

4:00     Welcome – Commander Keith Yarber- VFW Post 2150

            Give a bit of information about VFW Post 2150

4:05     Keith Yarber will Introduce Order of the Purple Heart Chaplain

Invocation – Order of Purple Heart Chaplain

4:08     Keith Yarber will introduce Member of VFW Post 2150

Pledge of Allegiance – Member of VFW Post 2150

4:10     Keith Yarber will Introduce Lance Corporal Lee Scott

National Anthem: led by Lance Corporal Lee Scott.

4:15     Keith Yarber will Introduce Paul Huff, President of CCVVA, Chapter 1122

4:17     Paul Huff will give a bit of information about CCVVA Chapterf1122

4:20     Paul will Introduce Pat Nugent, Photographer, Retired Air Force and Thunderbird Photographer

Paul will Introduce Denise Voss, Congressman Van Taylor’s office

4:21     Greetings from Congressman Taylor – Denise Voss

4:23     Paul Huff will introduce Colonel Dick Thompson to assist with Vietnam Medals presentation

Paul Huff will read description of each medal, Dick Thompson will pin the medals on Mr. DeYager

4:25     Medal Presentation

  • COMBAT INFRANTRYMAN BADGE 1ST AWARD
  • EXPERT BADGE & MORTAR BAR & PISTOL BAR
  • MARKSMAN BADGE & RIFLE BAR
  • NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL
  • REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM CAMPAIGN RIBBON W/ 1960 DEVICE
  • VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL & BRONZE STAR ATTACHMENT (TRIPLE)
  • REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM GALLANTRY CROSS W/ UNIT PALM CITATION
  • OVERSEAS SERVICE BAR

4:35     Paul Huff will introduce Commander John Bagwell, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 542

4:37     PURPLE HEART PRESENTATION  – Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 542     

4:45     Paul Huff thank everyone for coming and ask Stan to call his family up and introduce them

4:55     Keith Yarber will introduce Ron Price, Post 2150 Chaplain and ask De Yager family to stay up front for photos after the benediction.

4:57     Benediction – Ron Price, Post 2150 , Chaplain

Photographer: Patrick Nugent

De-Yager-medals


11/13/2022:

The 3rd Annual Veterans Bowling Tournament was held at the Plano Superbowl, proceeds of which benefit the VVA Chapter 1122 and DAV Chapter 38.

Paul Huff managed the VVA table and was the master of ceremonies as the the colors and the 13 folds of the flag ceremony were conducted by the color guard from the American Legion Post 321 in Plano.

Photographer: Patrick Nugent