Monthly Archives: May 2010

VFW Demands an Apology From Blumenthal

If you haven’t been following the ridiculous debacle surrounding Connecticut’s state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal claiming he “misspoke” when he -repeatedly – claimed to be a Vietnam Veteran, you can catch up on numerous news sites.

But the word from our National HQ is this:

ROCKY HILL, Conn., May 21, 2010 — The department commander of Connecticut’s largest war veterans’ organization is demanding an apology from state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal for claiming he was a Vietnam veteran when he is not.

“Only those who served in Vietnam or offshore or in neighboring countries can rightfully call themselves a Vietnam veteran,” said Richard G. DiFederico, department commander for the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S.

“Mr. Blumenthal is not a Vietnam veteran, and whether he misspoke, was misquoted or regrets that some people believed he was a veteran of that war is not the issue,” said DiFederico, of Oakville. “The issue is about the top law enforcement officer in my state — someone whose very position requires higher standards of personal integrity and accountability — who won’t apologize to those he has deeply offended.”

Press reports earlier this week confirmed that Blumenthal, a Vietnam Era veteran who served honorably in the Marine Corps Reserve, alluded to being a Vietnam veteran on several public occasions. He is currently running as a democratic candidate to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.).

On Tuesday, the West Hartford mayor arranged for the democratic campaign committee to rent the meeting hall inside VFW Post 9929 for a press conference, which at the time many believed was the perfect venue for Blumenthal to issue a public apology to all Vietnam veterans. Instead of apologizing, he became defiant, and launched into full campaign mode to defend his record as a public servant.

“This issue isn’t about Mr. Blumenthal’s great service to the state’s veteran and military population, it’s about him refusing to apologize for claiming to be something he is not,” said DiFederico, who served in the Navy as a member of the 1983 multinational peacekeeping force in Beirut, Lebanon.

The VFW department commander said Blumenthal needs to apologize to the 3.4 million servicemen and women who served honorably in Southeast Asia, as well as to 5.3 million Vietnam Era veterans who served honorably elsewhere. But ultimately, DiFederico said, Blumenthal must apologize to Connecticut’s quarter-million veterans, military and their family members.

“The attorney general was considered one of the best friends a veteran could have in our state. It is a true shame that he let a false claim of Vietnam service change all that.”

T-Shirts From Our Adopted Unit!

We have the chance to purchase t-shirts from our adopted unit, the 1185th DDSB.

The back of the shirts
The back of the shirts

We’ve been given a tentative price of $15 per shirt. But if you want to help and don’t need a shirt of your own, you can also donate to the t-shirt fund to buy t-shirts for the needier family members. This is another great way to support the soldiers and families if you haven’t been able to get to any of our other events!

If you’re interested, please contact Shawn Williams via email or by phone (717-799-0991).


Are you looking for some adorable company for a brief period of time? One of our adopted soldiers is returning home in June and needs a pet sitter for two weeks as he and his wife go on a cruise! While they’re gone, they’re looking for a responsible, loving person to take care of Chloe for a little over a week.
Chloe loves to cuddle!She is a small, friendly dog
Chloe is a wonderful little dog but does best with no other pets around. She is a Boston Terrier and weighs 20 pounds. She loves belly rubs and snuggling next to people and to sleep under the covers (and really, who doesn’t?)! But she is a crate trained and can be left alone for up to a normal business day and can sleep in it if she has to. She loves to play ball; she is obsessed with fetching!

This would be a great opportunity for a child that wants to prove they’re up to the task of getting their own pet, or just someone that would like to help out one of our adopted soldier’s families!

This would be for June 12th through the 20th. If you’re interested, please email

Remembering Jay B. Hewes

Post member Jay B. Hewes passed away Wednesday, May 12th. From the Lancaster Newspaper:

Jay B. Hewes, 77, of Lancaster, died Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at Hospice of Lancaster County in Mount Joy. He was born in Lancaster, the son of the late John and Pearl (Longenecker) Hewes. He was married to Suzuko ‘Sue’ Banno Hewes for the past 52 years. He was a retired mechanic for the U.S. Air Force, where he worked for 20 years. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict and Vietnam Wars having attained the rank of Captain. Jay was a member of the Millersville VFW, Commercial Travelers Club, and was a graduate of the Milton Hershey School. He is survived by his wife Sue, his sons John Banno of Tokyo, Japan, Patrick B. married to Dawn Hewes of Lancaster, and 3 Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and Thomas Hewes, Sr.

FUNERAL SERVICES will be held Monday May 17, 2010 at 11 AM at Grace Brethren Church of Greater Lancaster, 911 Rohrerstown Road, Lancaster, with Pastor Galen W. Wiley officiating. VIEWING will be at the church on Monday from 10 to 11AM. Burial will be in the Riverview Burial Park with military honors provided by the Red Rose Veterans Honor Guard and Mountville VFW. Memorial contributions may be made to Schreiber Pediatric Center, 625 Community Way, Lancaster PA 17603. Online condolences to:

Remembering Carl T. Yarnell

Life member Carl T. Yarnell passed away this past Sunday. From the Lancaster Newspapers:

Carl Terrell Yarnell

Carl Terrell Yarnell, age 87, of Lancaster, PA, passed away on Sunday, May 9, 2010, at Hospice of Lancaster County, Mt. Joy, PA.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Isaiah H. and Clara Nagle Yarnell. He and his wife, Alice E. Coble Yarnell, celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary last Sept. 22, 2009.

Carl was employed for 34 years with Thompson “60” Case Corporation as a machine operator.

He served in the U. S. Army during WW II in the European Theater rising to the rank of Corporal. He received the Purple Heart, the European Medal with 5 Bronze Stars and the Good Conduct Medal.

Among his memberships were being a life member of VFW Millersville Post #7294; the American Legion Lititz Post #56 and the Second Indian Head Division Association.

He enjoyed many years of fishing for rockfish and sea trout on the Delaware and Chesapeake with his wife, Alice, and traveling. He was a devoted family man.

Surviving in addition to his wife is a son, Carl T., Jr., husband of Pamela Yarnell, Washington Boro; a daughter, Carol Louise Wiker, Strasburg; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Four sisters and one brother preceded him in death.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Carl’s Life Celebration Funeral service at the Funeral Home of Fred F. Groff, Inc., 234 W. Orange St., Lancaster, PA, on Thursday at 11:00 AM with Pastor Moses Baker officiating. Interment will be in Riverview Burial Park. Friends may call at the Funeral Home on Thursday from 10:00 AM until time of service. Please omit flowers. If desired, memorial contributions may be sent in Carl’s name to Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Dr., P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Fred F. Groff, Inc.