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KWVA / KVA Chapter #299 Accomplishments

The KWVA / KVA Chapter # 299 original colors were displayed recently at the State House when we first established 10 years ago as the KDVA Department of Massachusetts, Garry Owen Detachment # 5. The chapter has become the largest chapter in the Korean War Veterans Association. It also performs all Color Guard duties for the Korean War Veterans Association at Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans and Memorial Day. The Chapter has erected 4 Memorials and Markers honoring Korea War and Korea Defense Service Veterans. It has also sponsored numerous State Bills and helped the KWVA obtain Federal Chartership.

Chapter #299 was the first Korea Veterans Organization in the country to put up a monument honoring all veterans who have served in Korea.

Chapter #299 was the first Korea Veterans Organization to have a State Bill (Mass. Senate Bill 2136) passed honoring all post war veterans who served in Korea.

Chapter #299 members were actively involved in getting sponsorship for the KDSM.

Chapter #299 members were actively involved in getting sponsorship for Maine Bill LD 1148 (KSDM on Maine License Plate).

Chapter #299 members were actively involved in getting sponsorship for Pennsylvania Bill HB 2295 (KSDM on Pennsylvania License Plate).

Chapter #299 members were actively involved in getting sponsorship for Minnesota Bill  SF 2540 (KSDM on Minnesota License Plate).

The Korea Veterans of America have decided to join their brother veterans in the Korea War Veterans Association. We did this to show unity between all Korea veterans and to help work on a federal charter for all Korea Veterans in the country. The Korea Veterans of America will be the biggest KWVA Chapter of Korea War and Korea Service Veterans in the country. We will be Chapter #299. We want other KWVA Chapters throughout the country to emulate the Korea Veterans of America by integrating younger Korea Veterans into their chapters.

Meetings and Event Schedule - 2013

Note: All meetings start at 12:00 Noon. Board of Directors meet for 30 minutes after all meetings.

March 2nd - Veterans Center 100 West St, Leominster, Ma. 01453

May 4th - Veterans Center 100 West St, Leominster, Ma. 01453

June 8th - Middleboro VFW, 12 Station Street Middleboro, Ma. 02346 Tel: (508) 947-8648.

September 14th - Veterans Center 100 West St, Leominster, Ma. 01453

October 5th - Middleboro VFW, 12 Station Street Middleboro, Ma. 02346 Tel: (508) 947-8648.

December 8th - West Roxbury Elks, 1Mueller Street West Roxbury, Ma. 02132 Tel: (617) 323-1125.

Korea Veterans of America, Inc.

Massachusetts State House

Room 545-2

Boston, MA 02133

(617) 523-1441

KVA Links:

1. KWVA - www.kwva.org

2. Korean War Educator - http://www.koreanwar-educator.org

3. Korea-Cold War Families of the Missing - www.koreacoldwar.org

4. Department of Veteran Affairs - www.va.gov

5. My Healthe Vet (Gateway to Veteran Health and Wellness) www.myhealth.va.gov

6. U.S. House of Representatives - www.house.gov

7. U.S. Senate - www.senate.gov

8. BKVA (British Korean Veterans Assn.) National website - http://www.bkva.co.uk/

9. KWVA/KVA Vendor Phil Darbonne www.mophproducts.com

10. Coast Guard Combat Veterans Association - www.coastguardcombatvets.com

11. The Silver Star Families of America - www.silverstarfamilies.org (SSFOA is dedicated to supporting and assisting the wounded and their families of ALL Branches of Service and ALL Wars.)

12. Veterans and Mesothelioma - www.asbestos.com/veterans/

13. Italian American War Veterans of Massachusetts - http://massitam.org/

14. Veterans Advocacy Services Inc. - http://veteransadvocacyservices.org/

15. The Combined KORUS Veterans Association - www.ckva.org

The USFKVO was founded and incorporated by KWVA National President Colonel Lou Dechert and KVA Commander Jeff Brodeur in Alexandria Louisiana on December 4, 2004. The USFKVO is a partnership between the KVA and KWVA and any other Korea Veterans Organizations that want to enhance the ethos of Korea and it's aftermath. The USFKVO will be used as a think tank to help all Korea veterans who served in defense of the Korean Peninsula. Many issues have been brought up to help enhance the sacrifices made by Veterans of Korea. Some issues have been encountered head on to ensure the survival of Korea Veterans Organizations and to ensure the sacrifices of all who served in Korea are never forgotten for generations to come.

The USFKVO design was created by Don Struhar of Leesburg Florida. Don worked for many years at Jonstens and created the first Superbowl ring and First Lady Pat Nixon Presidential Seal. Don is a well known artist who also created the KWVA Florida State patch. Don Lived in Attleboro Massachusetts for over 30 years before retiring to Florida.

The USFKVO design is registered with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

USFKVO Resolutions: 1). Father Kapaun 2). Welcome Home Bill

New KWVA Patch was designed by Don Struhar. Don is a Charter member of the new KVA Chapter of the KWVA. Don also designed the USFKVO patch (see above). This patch is available through the KVA PX. It is 4 inches in size.

KVA Monument in Middleboro Mass. - Designed by Maura F. Brodeur.

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Chapter #299 Accomplishments (updated 12/17/2012)

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KORDEFVET Recognition At The Korean War Veterans Memorial

The KWVMFnd will, in the recommendations it provides and pursues for design and content of the proposed WALL OF REMEMBRANCE, will exert every effort to ensure KORDEFVET service and sacrifice in the Republic of Korea is included in the Wall. The exact substance is not finalized as yet but, at a minimum, will denote the reason and extent of service, numbers involved and casualties due to enemy action as well as personnel lost due to the exigencies of their military duties.
The foregoing will be developed by dedicating one or more panels (as needed) of the Wall to the KORDEFVET message. If the state of the art permits and design parameters can accommodate, consideration will be given to an engraved representation (but not heroic scale), of the statues recently dedicated in Korea which honors KORDEFVETS and their KATUSA counterparts today.
I MUST EMPHASIZE THAT THE KWVMFnd BOARD WILL ONLY BE ABLE TO OFFER DESIGN RECOMMENDATIONS AND PARAMETERS!!! Final decisions are made by a series of negotiations with designated Boards and Commissions that have final control over Memorial design on the Grand Mall. KWVMFnd will exert every effort to remain closely involved in the design and approval process but it will not have final control!
In this regard, it is imperative that the tens of thousands of KORDEFVETS seek and gin support from their Congressional Representatives and Senators to support KWVMFnd design recommendation efforts. Ands, of course, to get HR 2563 enacted ASAP!
Col William E. Weber (USA - Ret.)
Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation, Inc.
10301 McKinstry Mill Rd
New Windsor, MD 21776
410 775 7733


Memorial Day Ceremonies - May 28th 2012 - For the 8th year in a row the KWVA / KVA Chapter # 299 Color Guard represented the National Korean War Veterans Association at Arlington National Cemetery and the Korea War Memorial.

Color Guard (Art Griffith, John Tiilikkala, and Otis Mangrum) with KWVA President McSwain, Thomas McHugh(Chair of Ceremonies), and KVA Chapter # 299 Commander Al McCarthy.

Art Griffith parades the Colors in front of President McSwain at the Korean War Memorial.

Otis Mangrum with Ray Glock.

KVA Chapter members Bob Joy and Don Hall placed a wreath at the Middleboro KVA Monument.

Donald R. Burning - January 23, 2012

Leicester--Donald Raymond Burning, 81, passed away on Monday, January 23, 2012. Born in Worcester, MA on February 24, 1930; son of Alice and Ernest Burning and brother of Florence McGuinness.
Following graduation from Commerce High School, Don enlisted in the US Army and served with the 3rd Infantry Division 7th Regimental Combat Team. He was involved in 4 major battles including the battle of the Chosin Reservoir. Donald was awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, Korean Service Medal with 4 Bronze Stars, along with other medals and awards including the Ambassador of Peace Medal from the Korean Government.
After leaving the service, Don continued his education and received degrees from Becker College and Clark University. He moved to Leicester in 1954. Donald was active in the veteran’s community, having lifetime memberships in numerous organizations including The Chosin Few, Military Order of the Purple Heart, DAV, American Legion, VFW, Korean War Veterans Association, Trench Rats, and Korean Veterans of America. He held office in each of these organizations, worked tirelessly on behalf of other veterans and their families, and served as Chaplain for the Worcester Veterans Council and the Korean War Veterans Association. Don was selected Worcester Veteran of the Year in 2010.
Don was an avid New England sports fan and supporter of Penn State football. In his spare time, he was a craftsman and enjoyed spending time with his family.
Donald is survived by the love of his life, Jacqueline (DeMers), his wife of 58 years; four daughters: Cheryl Albano, Donna (Doug) Hawks, Kathryn (Bill) Kenney, and Julie Lobacz; and seven grandchildren: Nicholas and Maria Albano, Jennifer Hawks, Joseph, Matthew, and Jacqueline Kenney, and Emily Lobacz.
Burial with Military Honors will be in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia at a later date.


KVA loses a beloved member of the KVA Auxiliary.

July 28, 2011 - Alberta Joy passed away early this morning after a courage's battle with lung cancer which continued to spread to other organs. She was at Beth Israel in Boston since July 13th . Bob was with her daily.   Alberta has been in the KVA from day one . She has helped out since day 1 and was on the KVA Auxiliary and attended every fundraiser in Wareham. She will be missed by all !!

Veterans Day 2010 - KVA Director Bob Joy and member Don Hall place a wreath at the Middleboro Monument.

Art Griffith and Otis Mangrum present Brigadier General Sutton from the Pentagon with a KVA Challenge coin at the October 17th grand opening ceremony of The Veterans Homestead site in Gardner Mass. - Art, Otis and Henry Clifford were there to represent the KVA.

May 9th, 2009 - The Korea Veterans of America Chapter #299 KWVA at the 5th year anniversary of it's Middleboro Monument. It is the first monument in the Country to honor all Korea Veterans who have served in defense of the Korean Peninsula and to all who paid the ultimate sacrifice from 1945 to the present date.

SP4 Vincent Mannion - WIA TIKRIT, IRAQ 3-11-07

Vincent is the son of Jeff and Maura Brodeur. Jeff founded the KVA and is a National Director of the KWVA. We have been following Vincent's progress since he was wounded to honor his service and sacrifice and to honor all of those brave men and women who protect our country.

May 2012 - KWVA / KVA Chapter # 299 members Steve Elliott, Jeff Brodeur, Vincent Mannion-Brodeur were present to support the Valor Act that was signed by Governor Patrick. This bill will help thousands of Massachusetts Veterans.

April 2012 - The greatest brain surgeon in the world, Colonel Dr. Rocco Armonda who saved thousands of US soldiers discussing future treatments with Vincent and his dog Luigi at his office in Walter Reed / Bethesda National Medical Center.

November 2011 - Korea War Veterans Association, Korea Veterans of America Chapter # 299 and Cape Cod Veterans Inc and VFW Post 10274 Dennis Ma unveil Vincent's windsculpture to him at Barnstable Ma H.S.

April 22, 2010 - KVA Chapter #299 recognizes Spaulding Rehab Center in Boston for their work with the Wounded Warriors Program.


November 11, 2009 - Fenway Park Homebase Program - KVA member Jeff Brodeur with his wife Maura and son Vincent along with Mass Senator Paul Kirk represented the KVA at Fenway Park on Veterans Day for the new Homebase Program.

November 8, 2009 - Veterans honored at Patriots football game. Vincent was among those honored at the Patriots football game. KVA members Vartkess Tarbassian and Jeff Brodeur represented the Korea War and Korea Defense Service Veterans. KVA member Art Griffith represented Vietnam Veterans at the game.

July 2009 - Vincent was inducted as the first member of the newly formed OIF / OEF Veterans of Massachusetts - the first organization that specifically represents veterans of Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom – OIF), and Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom – OEF) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This event took place at the Massachusetts State House.

KWVA National Director Jeff Brodeur, OIF / OEF Director Ken Isaksen, Vincent Mannion-Brodeur, OIF / OEF Executive Director Dominick King at the successful launch of the OIF/OEF Veterans Of Massachusetts.

Maura Brodeur and Jeff Brodeur (Vincent's Parents), Massachusetts Lt. Governor Tim Murray, Vincent Mannion-Brodeur, Colleen Mannion-Brodeur (Vincent's Sister), Gold Star Mother Deb Booth whose Son Joshua was killed in action in Iraq, and Massachusetts Undersecretary of Veterans Services Coleman Nee.

Many KVA members were in attendance to support the new OIF /OEF VSO. Along with the Brodeur family were Honor Guards Art Griffith and Otis Mangrum, Adjutant Charlie Morris, and long time member Brad Chase. Otis Mangrum's daughter Nicki was also there to support the new VSO.

Vicent with KVA Honor Guard and Representative Linda Campbell - Vice Chair of Veterans and Federal Affairs Committee.

Vincent was escorted by KWVA / KVA Chapter # 299 Honor Guards Art Griffith and Otis Mangrum who have represented the KWVA at Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day and Memorial Day.

March 2009 - Vincent receives Meritorious Service Medal

In a ceremony at Walter Reed Hospital Vincent was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. Shown above with Vincent from left to right: Congressman Stephen Lynch, KWVA National Director Jeff Brodeur (Vincent's Father), Congressman Randy Neuberger, Congresssman Jim McGovern, Congressman Bill Delahunt, Maura Brodeur (Vincent's Mother) and Senator John Kerry.

Massachusetts Senator John Kerry pins Meritorious Service Medal on Corporal Vincent Mannion-Brodeur - 82nd Airborne Division.

Vincent and Soldier from 25th Infantry Division at Walter Reed.

Vincent and parents this Fall at Fort Bragg with Captain Greg Sakimurga who was Vincent's Commanding Officer in Iraq.

Vincent Mannion at General George Patton House in Hamilton, Ma. (Oct. 5, 2008)

Vincent being presented Colors from General Patton Farm by Joanne Holbrook Patton (Wife of Major General George Patton Jr)

Maura Brodeur and Jeanne Holbrook Patton. Maura also designed our KVA Monument in Middleboro Mass.

July 13, 2008 American Legion Post 85
River Street, Woonsocket, RI
82nd Airborne Division WIA - TIKRIT - 3-11-07

I would like to thank the 400-500 bikers who attended. This was hosted by the Baystate/Ocean State Iron Indian Riders. Chapters from the Backstone Valley, Gunfighters, Combat Veterans Assn. Covenant, Bikers for Christ,  and many individual riders participated. Roldo Cesaroni President of the Baystate/Ocean State Iron Indian Riders organized the event with the chapter.

Korean War Veterans Assn National Director, Massachusetts Governors Veterans Advsory Member - Jeff Brodeur - Father of Corporal Vincent Mannion.

Vincent with Blackstone Valley Chapter members.

Vincent with Mom and Dad and vehicle Vincent rode in.

SP4 Vincent Mannion - WIA TIKRIT 3-11-07 - Fort Bragg 5-22-08 - Memorial Day

Note from Jeff Brodeur (Vincent's Father) - I and my family just returned from Fort Bragg from a very memorable and momentous display of courage and sacrifice I have ever witnessed in my life by not only my son but the 82nd Airborne Division. My son Vincent returned to his unit 14 months after being severely wounded. On hand, were his friends to meet him SP4 Andy Taylor, SP4 Jared Wardell, Sgt. Hart and his whole company including Captain Greg Sakimura,  his Company Commander. Friends from Walter Reed and Bethesda Naval, 82nd Commander General David Rodriguez and his wife Ginny, Colonel Paul Bricker who commands the 82d Airborne Combat Aviation Brigade. 82nd CSM Capel. 82nd Water Reed Liaison SFC James Babin and SFC Jonathon Mackey. LTC Michael Lopez. and 82nd Wounded warrior Committee Vincent's Brigade Commander Bryan Owens, Deputy Commander Edmondson and 319 FA Commander DiRuzza. 2-505th Battalion Commanders LTC.  Leung and LTC .Zeisman.  Captain Sakimura provided us with 2 excellent escorts in LT. Keith Weaver and SSG John Sastre. Bert Schmitz from the 505th Panther Association was on hand to greet us. Vincent also met MOH Recipient from the Korean War Rudy Hernandez and President Bush welcomed all the families.

Vincent back with his Company B-2-505the PIR and friend SP4 Andy Taylor, 14 months after his injury.

Vincent's Battalion (2-505th PIR) made the jump into Sicily Drop zone and his company did the JRTX assault. President Bush was on hand to review the troops and unveil the new Global War on Terrorism Monument. He also awarded 3 Distinguished Service Crosses. 2 of those medals were awarded to 2 members of Vincent's Battalion (2-505th PIR). SGT. Chris Corriveau and SGT. Eric Moser who were part of a 4 man sniper team surrounded by hundreds of terrorists. The trapped team killed dozens of insurgents and only half of them made it off the roof top, Corrieiveau and Moser held until reinforcements from the battalion came to their aid. 5 Silver Stars were also awarded by the President,  one to SSG Peter Rohrs of the 82nd Aviation Brigade for rescuing 12 critically wounded soldiers while under fire in Afghanistan.

President Bush and General Rodriguez review the Panther Brigade.

Vincent and his mother with 82nd Commanding General David Rodriguez at the new memorial.

The courage and valor displayed by the 82nd was incredible. If the public ever knew the sacrifices these men and women make. You don't hear any of these soldiers complaining about the war or having to go back. They know their mission and they do it.  The country is very fortunate to have a unit like this. President Bush was at Fort Bragg all day and gave outstanding praise to the division for its valor.  Guest Speaker LT. Gen Vines couldn't have said it better when he said he was watching the news and someone who made a last second basketball shot to win the game was described by the announcer as a hero for making the winning shot. What a laugh  !! The real hero's were at Fort Bragg that day including my son Vincent. God Bless America.

The Final Chapter and a new beginning.


Recently,  Vincent's Neurosurgeon came up to Boston to see  and evaluate him. I had the pleasure of escorting Army Colonel Rocco Armonda MD around the city of Boston. Dr. Armonda gave presentations at both Spaulding Rehab and Mass General Hospital. He also ran the Boston Marathon on behalf of Vincent. Dr Armonda is a true American hero who has saved Hundreds of wounded American lives at Ballad Iraq,  Bethesda Naval Hospital and Walter Reed. We are forever grateful to him for saving not only Vincent but all our troops lives. Vincent will be leaving Spaulding and coming home as an outpatient shortly. He will then be medically discharged from the Army.

April 2008 - Mass. DAV State Chaplain Lorraine Ahern and past American Legion National Commander Jake Comer (Vincent's cousin) present PFC Vincent Mannion a GPS at Spaulding Rehab.

March 12th, 2008 - Update on PFC Vincent Mannion - Vincent is recovering slowly and is scheduled for more surgery this month at Boston Medical. Please continue to keep Vincent and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

December 2nd, 2007 - Special Ceremony to honor PFC Vincent Mannion took place at the KVA/KWVA Chapter #299 annual Christmas party.

March 12th, 2007 - Special Request - Please keep PV2 Vincent Mannion, son of Jeff and Maura Brodeur in your thoughts and prayers. PV2 Mannion was seriously wounded when Task Force Lightning soldiers were attacked while conducting combat operations in Salah Ad Din province near Tikrit Iraq. Many of you met Vincent at last year's Christmas party where he presented challenge coins to the KVA on behalf of the 82nd ABN Assoc. and the 173rd ABN Assoc. In picture below KWVA National Director Jeff Brodeur awards his son Vincent his Infantry Blue Cord at Fort Benning in Fall of 2006.

PFC Vincent Mannion September 9th Boston Sunday Globe Article

Note from Vincent's father, Jeff Brodeur - "I would like to thank everyone for their support for Vincent and our family.