Fla SE Chapter of the
Infantrymens Association Spring Luncheon
VBOB Donates TV to Faith, Hope, Love, Charity
VBOB Christmas Luncheon 2013
Veterans' Day Parades, Lake Worth & West Palm Beach
Forgotten Soldiers Outreach Opens Furniture Thrift Annex
Stand Down House holds 13th annual picnic
Memorial Day 2013 Activities
VBOB Spring Meeting April 21, 2013
Forms new chapter
Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge Luncheon Dec. 16, 2012
Wreath Laying Ceremony at
Beach Coast Guard Station, Dec. 15, 2012
Attention Korean War Veterans
Veterans Day Weekend, November 10 & 11, 2012
in Lakes Worth and West Palm Beach
Memorial Day Events, May 28, 2012
Nam Knights Motorcycle Club's 14th Annual Rock 'n Roll
OF THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE ~
of the Battle of the Bulge Florida
SE Chpt. (62):
Spring Luncheon held, Sun., April 15th 2012 ~
POW Pledge of Allegiance,
submitted by Murray Stein, P.Pres. 106th Div.
Gen. Carlson's speech at the April 2003 VBOB meeting
"What is a Veteran?" submitted by Jimmy Walker,
Korean War Memorial Unveiled on 60th Anniversary
A Visit to Omaha Beach
Helping Homeless Veterans - Stand Down House, Lake Worth
Veterans' Organizations Directory
SE Chapter of the Combat Infantrymens Association Hold Spring
Stovroff, George Fisher
Florida Southeast Chapter of the Combat Infantrymens Association
held their spring luncheon at the Embassy Suites Hotel in West Palm
Beach on Friday, February 28th. The keynote speaker was Irwin
Stovroff, President and Founder of Vets Helping Heroes. He has
raised over one million dollars to purchase, train and then donate
service dogs to disabled veterans. There are 6 different levels of
training for specific needs: Guide dogs for the blind; Combat stress
relief dogs for PTSD; Service dogs for amputees; Dogs for those
suffering seizures; Therapy dogs; and Companion dogs. The cost for
training the dogs, depending on the level, can range from $10,000
for companion dogs to $60,000 for guide dogs. The dog and training
are provided at no cost to the recipient.
Stovroff himself has an assistance dog, Cash, who accompanies him
everywhere. Stovroff was a WWII prisoner of war and recipient of the
Distinguished Flying Cross Award, Purple Heart and French Legion of
Honor. Irwin became affiliated with the Vet Dog program in
Smithtown, N.Y. He started the program, funded by donations, here in
2006. They have placed 100 therapy dogs throughout the country.
book has been written about Stovroff, "Gone to the Dogs."
For more information about Vets Helping Heroes, Inc, telephone (561)
432-3324 or e-mail vhhinfo@VetsHelpingHeroes.org or visit their
website at www.VetsHelpingHeroes.org
Donates TV to
Hope, Love, Charity
Hope, Love, Charity/ Stand Down House provides much needed support for
homeless veterans and their families. They have a house in Lake Worth
that provides meals, housing, and transportation. A donation of a
37" TV was made by the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge
Southeast Chapter for the enjoyment of the residents. Pictured l/r:
Roy Foster, cofounder and executive director of the Stand Down House,
George Fisher, VBOB Chapter President, Gen. Al Irzyk, VBOB Chapter
Commander, and Joe Petrucci, VBOB member. Another example of veterans
of the Battle of the Bulge Christmas Luncheon 2013
by Jimmy Shirley
poem that was written by a Belgian citizen and recited at the
Henri - Chappelle American Cemetery and Memorial in Belgium on
Memorial Day 2004 was read at the December 15, 2013 meeting of the
VBOB. Click here to read the Ode
to the U.S. Army.
Maj. (Ret) Louis Barnes with George Fisher, president and founder of
Sgt. Maj. (Ret)
Louis Barnes and wife Jacquelyn
Florida Southeast Chapter (62) of the Veterans of the Battle of the
Bulge had their Christmas Luncheon Sunday, December 15, 2013 at
their new venue at the Embassy Suites Hotel commemorating the 69th
anniversary of that bloodiest battle of WWII. George Fisher wrote,
"By December 1944, just six months after the Normandy landings,
the total defeat of Germany seemed inevitable. Then it happened. At
5:30 am on the morning of December 16th, a vanguard of three German
Armies totaling 500,000 men attacked us in the Ardennes region of
Belgium and Luxembourg, achieving total surprise. It took six bloody
weeks to push the enemy back to where they started ... at a cost of
80,000 casualties, including 19,000 who made the supreme sacrifice.
The victory in the Ardennes belonged to the American Soldier."
was as joint meeting with the members of the Military Order of the
Purple Heart #717 and Combat Infantrymen’s Association, their
spouses and guests. State Senator Maria Sachs presented Fisher with
a proclamation from Gov. Scott proclaiming Dec. 15, 2013, Veterans
of the Battle of the Bulge Day. As a special surprise, the Senator
also presented him a U.S. flag that had flown over the state capital
in Tallahassee the previous day.
speaker was Command Sergeant Major Louis Barnes, recently retired
after serving 26 years in the U. S. Army Military Police, which
included 2 tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2005-2007. In his
capacity as commander of the Army police, he led U.S. efforts to
bring stability to the area. He sustained wounds from 5 roadside
bombs and holds the Purple Heart.
Maj. Barnes was accompanied by his beautiful wife, Jacquelyn Barnes.
were some 175 members at this year’s luncheon. The chapter
presently has 195 members.
chapter meets twice a year, in April and in December near the
anniversary of the battle. For information about the chapter, please
contact George Fisher, president/founder, at (561) 585-7086 or
e-mail him at GeorgeFVBOB@aol.com. Visit their website at www.VBOB62.com
Day Weekend Parades,
Worth & West Palm Beach 2013
by Jimmy Shirley
more photos on our
page, click here
Veterans' Day Parade in Lake Worth was held on Saturday, Nov. 9th,
2013. Pictured above is the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge
float. George Fisher, president and founder of the chapter is
pictured standing by the float before the parade got underway.
Soldiers Outreach Opens FSO Thrift Store II/Furniture Annex
by Jimmy Shirley
Friday, July 12, Forgotten Soldiers Outreach (FSO) opened their
second thrift store, FSO Furniture Annex in Buttonwood Plaza at 3032
Jog Road. Their original thrift store, also in Buttonwood Plaza is
located at 3080 Jog Rd.
in the ribbon cutting were (pictured above) were City of Greenacres
Deputy Mayor Rochelle Gaenger and Rep. Lori Berman Dist. 90, as well
as Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Scott
Wilson, Donna McDaniels of the City of Greenacres Community Center,
the FSO Team of Volunteers and the FSO Thrift Store Team.
present were City Councilman Pearce, Roy Foster of Faith Hope &
Love Charity/Stand Down House.
pizza provided free pizza slices for attendees.
generated by the thrift stores will help fund FSO’s monthly
"We Care" packages, but will offer a voucher program for
returning soldiers as well as 50% off to returning veterans.
are needed of furniture, clothing, house-wares, etc. Free pickup.
Down House Holds Thirteenth Annual Picnic
by Jimmy Shirley
Pictured above are Andrew
Nguyen (front), Bob Leiup ("Loop") standing left, Casimiro
Crocket, Adm. Dir., and Gary Dukes. The men are members of Nam
Knights. Ms. Crocket lives at the Mayfair House in Palm Beach.
of Faith*Hope*Love*Charity, Inc.
Nelson, a Vietnam Veteran, is pictured with his wife Celia and his
Saturday, July 13, Faith*Hope*Love*Charity, Inc. held their
thirteenth annual STAND*DOWN Picnic at Dubois Park in Jupiter. Stand
Down, founded by Roy Foster, is a grassroots, community based
intervention program designed to help homeless male veterans with a
"hand up", not a hand out. Its program was developed
to help veterans who are struggling with PTSD, mental health issues
and other physical issues and have lost their home, dignity and the
ability to lead productive lives. It is a multi-tiered program that
offers supportive services to assist veterans, active duty armed
forces and families, supportive housing, job training, education
referral, VA/SSA benefit information, AA/NA meetings, peer to peer
support groups, outreach services, family counseling, and so much
more. The program has helped over 2000 veterans.
Stand Down House for homeless/displaced male veterans is located at
4309 Davis Road in Lake Worth.
Inc. has also opened a residential facility for families and female
veterans struggling with homelessness.
more information about Faith*Hope*Love* Charity, Inc. and the Stand
Down House, please call them at (561) 968-1612 or visit their
website at www.Standown.org
Soldiers Outlook with
Beach Memorial Park
Day To Remember"
by Betty Thomas
Fisher, Pres./founder of the the Veterans of the Battle of the
Bulge, Fla SE Chapter (62) is pictured with the wreath presented by
the chapter at the Memorial Day Ceremony at Palm Beach Memorial
Gardens in Lantana.
War Veterans Post 520 members with their wreath:
Herb Gordon, P. Cdr.; David Waldstein, P. Cdr.; Hy Glassman, P. Cdr.;
Bernard Kaufman, Cdr.; and Seymour Kirshner, P. Cdr.
Soldiers Outreach and Palm Beach Memorial Park in Lantana presented
their 8th annual "A Day to Remember" Memorial Day ceremony
Monday, May 27, 2013. It was the 10th anniversary for FSO.
program featured "Children of the Military" with
performances by The New Young Patriots, and colors presented by
Santaluces High School Army Junior ROTC, Seminole Ridge High School
Army Junior ROTC, Lake Worth High School Air Force Junior ROTC, Boca
Delray Sea Cadets, with the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 395 and Cub
Scouts of America, Pack 241 raising the colors and placing the
wreaths for the various organizations .
Speaker was Jonathan Castro (Lake Worth High). A poem entitled
"We Drank from the Same Canteen" was read by Samantha
Mouring (Lake Worth High) and the benediction was read by Jacob
&Jordan Williams, Boy Scouts of America, Troop 395.
Wreath of Honor was placed by Christopher Barnikel and Kashema
Powell (Santaluces High School Army Junior ROTC.
the end of the program, the Eternal Dove Release was conducted by
the Boy Scouts Troop 395 and Cub Scouts Troop 241.
Country Club's Fourth Annual Memorial Day Parade
by Ed Manley
Country Club in Western Lake Worth celebrated Memorial Day with a
parade and ceremony. For the fourth year, this senior community hosted
the JHohn I. Leonard H.S. Band, the Naval Honor Guard, Boy Scouts
& Cub Scouts Troop #208 and Brownies Troop #21127. The keynote
speaker was State Attorney David Aronberg.
Spring Meeting April 21, 2013
by Jimmy Shirley
G. Poe, Brig. Gen. Al Irzyk (Ret.) and Lisa Poe
G. Poe and his wife Lisa were guests of Al Irzyk, Veterans of the
Battle of the Bulge chapter president at the spring luncheon held on
April 21st for chapter members, their families and guests.
Poes lived at the Tower 1515 from 1996 until they vacated it after
the 2004 Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne, and Hurricane Wilma in 2005.
They were on the 8th floor and the storms blew right through the
grew up in the Army, his father, a noncommissioned officer was a
Sgt. Maj. Sid often saw stories in the Condo News, which went
to Tower 1515, and other papers about Veterans of the Battle of the
Bulge featuring Al Irzyk, Brig. Gen. (Ret.), U.S. Army, a tank
commander during WWII. Sid, being very interested in military
history, contacted the Irzyks and they planned to meet.
fueling his desire to meet Al was a letter among his father’s
military records that mentioned a speech Al had given at Ft. Knox,
KY, where his father was stationed. As it turned out, Sid’s father
was Irzyk’s Sgt. Maj. when he was a young soldier there in 1965.
in August, 2002, the Poes and Irzyks got together at the Irzyks’
home on Flagler Dr. in West Palm Beach. Their friendship has grown
over the years.
Wilma hit, Tower 1515 was condemned and all who were still there
were vacated. Sid, who had a career with Southern Bell, then
BellSouth in public relations, and his wife Lisa, opted to leave the
area. They relocated to Oregon Bend, Oregon, east of the Cascades in
what is known as the "high desert."
that didn’t end the association the Poes have with the Irzyks. Sid
and Lisa often travel to the area and always get together with Al
and Evelyn Irzyk, further cementing their bond.
Fisher (right) presenting Norman Frajman with a clock to commemorate
his speaking at the meeting.
Frajman displays an authentic uniform that prisoners in the
concentration camps wore.
of the Battle of the Bulge, Fla SE Chpt. (62) held their spring
luncheon Sunday, April 21st at the Hilton Hotel Palm Beach Airport
with some 100 members and guests in attendance.
Lois Frankel introduced the guest speaker, Norman Frajman, Holocaust
Survivor. He related his story of living through the Warsaw Ghetto
(2 years) and from there to the Majdanek extermination camp at the
age of 13 where he lost members of his family, among them his mother
(34) and sister (12). He described conditions in the box cars they
were transported in and in the barracks where they were housed. Some
400 in a space meant for 100-120. Disease was rampant.
Majdanek, he and 3000 prisoners (out of 20,000) were taken to
another camp to manufacture munitions. The remaining 17,000 were
machine gunned to death.
last trip out of the munitions factory was a death march. One night,
they were put up in a school, but they were awakened by Russian
tanks — they were liberated. It was May 8th, he recalled. And, he
added, he was born on 9/11.
story was so compelling that Fisher asked Frajman to come back for
the Christmas meeting in December to speak.
Frajman is Chairman of the Speakers Bureau. He lives in Boynton
information about the chapter, please call George Fisher, President,
at (561) 585-7086.
Combat Infantrymens Association
Forms New Chapter
C.I.A. chapter B11FL founding members: Muriel Berkman, Harold
Berkman (Exec. Officer), Connie Roth (Chapter Secy), George Fisher
Cross (National Commander, and Annette Fisher (seated).
first meeting of the newly formed Combat Infantrymens Association
Chapter B11FL was held at the Wycliffe Country Club.
more information about either the Veterans of the Battle of the
Bulge or the Combat Infantrymens Association, please call George
Fisher at 561-585-7086.
of the Battle of the Bulge Fla SE Chpt. (62) Hold 68th Anniversary
by Jimmy Shirley
Chapter Cdr. Brig. Gen. Al Irzyk (Ret), Mrs. Genevieve Verbeek, George
Fisher and Mike Pendergast.
of the Battle of the Bulge local chapter met for their 13th annual
"The Christmas We Never Had" meeting at the Hilton Hotel
at the Palm Beach airport on Sunday, December 16th, 2012, the 68th
anniversary of that bloodiest of all battles of WWII. The gala
luncheon was attended by veterans representing most of the Infantry,
Air Force and Armored Divisions involved in the battle.
of the Military Order of the Purple Heart #717 and members of the
Combat Infantrymen’s Association also attend these meetings. Also
attending were wives, children, significant others and guests of the
Prendergast, Executive Director, Florida Department of Veteran
Affairs, read the Proclamation from Governor Scott making December
16, 2012, Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge Day in the state of
speaker was the Consulate General of Belgium, Mrs. Genevieve Verbeek.
founder and president George Fisher announced the forming of a new
Combat Infantrymen’s Assn. chapter, inviting all those interested
in joining to contact him.
George Fisher at (561) 585-7086 for more information.
Coast Guard, Riviera Beach,
Annual "Wreaths Over the Water,"
by Jimmy Shirley
Col. Mel Pollack, Air Force (ret), tosses the last of seven wreaths
into the water at the Lake Worth Inlet honoring service members lost
at sea. Pollack represents all POWs and MIAs. His plane was shot down
in North Vietnam where he spent 5 years as a POW at the Hanoi Hilton,
sometimes sharing a cell with Sen. John McCain.
Condo News publisher, and this writer, were privileged to
have been invited to the 5th Annual "Wreathes Over The
Water" ceremony last Saturday morning, 15 December, at the Coast
Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet in Riviera Beach, Fla. The
brainchild of Auxiliarist Ed Greenfield, the moving ceremony
commemorates the veterans who had no headstone to mark their graves,
those lost at sea.
the land-based ceremony held at the Station, we were part of a group
who were taken by boat to the Lake Worth Inlet. We were supposed to
have been taken out into the open water. But the seas were angry
that day. So, the seven wreaths, representing the six branches of
the service including the Merchant Marines plus one for the
POWs/MIAs, were cast into the water of the inlet instead. A bagpiper
on the boat with the wreaths played "Amazing Grace" as the
wreaths were tossed overboard.
KOREAN WAR VETERANS
name is Charles Koppelman and I have been recently recognized by the
Department of Defense 60th Anniversary of the Korean War (KW60)
Commemoration Committee as your KW60 Ambassador here in the Condo
Committee, a three-year program initiated in 2010, seeks to honor
the service and sacrifice of Korean War Veterans, commemorate the
key events of the war, and educate Americans about the Korean War’s
Korean War is often referred as "The Forgotten War" As a
KW60 Ambassador, I hope to propel Korean War Veterans and their
contribution to greater public awareness. I will focus on
establishing a local voice of sincere appreciation for the selfless
service and sacrifices that Korean War Veterans made on behalf of
all Americans. I look forward to incorporating Korean War Veterans
history and Veterans into local activities such as community
festival events, school programs and commemoration ceremonies.
part of the program, I plan to thank and honor as many of our
treasured Korean War Veterans (June 25,1950 – July 27, 1953) as
possible in a heartfelt and meaningful way. I hope that working
together locally and reaching across the Palm Beach community, we
can partner, collaborate and achieve more to acknowledge our valued
Korean War Veterans.
you are a Korean War Veteran (June 25, 1950 –July 27, 1953)
interested in being recognized with an official Certificate of
Appreciation sent to you by the Department of Defense and signed by
the Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta, you may Email me at:
following information is requested: (PLEASE PRINT) Rank,
First and Last Name, Service Branch, Street Address, City, State and
Zip Code. Email address optional.
to: Charles Koppelman
Palm Beach, FL 33417-1209
Day Weekend, 2012
Worth & West Palm Beach
by Jimmy Shirley
of the Battle of the Bulge marched in both parades, Saturday in Lake
Worth, and Sunday in West Palm Beach..
(holding banner) Bob Erskine, Will Jasmund, and George Fisher
and in the vehicle Al Irzyk & Joseph "Juggs"
of Post 501,Golden Century Post of the Jewish War Veterans marched
in the West Palm Beach parade on Sunday.
year’s Veterans’ Day Parade returned to Lake Worth on Saturday,
November 10, 2012 as part of the city’s kickoff of its 100th
on Sunday, November 11th, West Palm Beach hosted their Veterans’
Day Parade, with even more participants. (Jewish War Veterans do not
march on Saturday.)
weather was spectacular for both events and the spectators were as
enthusiastic on both days. The parades were followed by festivities
featuring honored guests and speakers.
Lakes Village, Ph A, West Palm Beach, FL
Flight Veterans at the Iwo Jima memorial.
Morris is in the front row 4th from left.
Morris with his
my humble opinion, one of the most honored organizations that have a
very low profile in the long lists of organizations is the
"Honor Flight Network." So many people, including World
War II and Korean veterans have never heard of this wonderful
volunteer program that aims to give appreciation to those men and
women that served in the Armed Forces during those periods. Right
now, the figures are from 900 to 1000 World War II veterans are
dying each day. They were members of the "Greatest
Generation," and that is why they are asked if they would like
to be part of a free, all expense paid trip, to our National
Capital, with visits to the World War II Memorial, (at the same stop
a visit to the Korean and Vietnam Memorials as well as the Lincoln
Memorial) and visit Arlington National Cemetery watching the
Changing of the Guard. This includes a free flight on U.S. Airways.
had orientation with the Southeast Honor Flight located in Stuart,
Florida who meet at the Knights of Columbus building on Gaines
Avenue a week before we left. On Nov. 3rd at 4 A.M. they had free
transportation to the airport where coffee and snacks were
available, breakfast on the flight, lunch at the Knights of Columbus
in Arlington, Virginia, coffee plus at the airport and dinner served
on the flight home, we were well fed. If you lived in the West Palm
Beach area, you met the group at the PBI airport. Free parking was
arranged for the Veterans that drove to the airport in this area and
again coffee, Danish and very warm greetings welcomed us. Each
Veteran was assigned to a guardian and wheel chairs were available
for all veterans. They were encouraged to use them. Most of the
guardians came from the Martin County Fire Rescue group located at
800 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996 and deserve as much
recognition and support that they can get. I was very fortunate to
have LaMar Shell as my guardian. Yes, I did use the wheelchair and
she pushed me to where we had to go many times. Her son, Owen, only
14 years old, was also a guardian that was assigned to help a
veteran in the wheelchair. What made tears come to eyes of most of
the Veterans on the trip was the greeting that we received from the
people at the Ronald Reagan Airport in D.C, when we debarked. Young
to old, men and women, civilians and service women and men greeted
us. There were signs and applause, hugs and kisses. Thanks over and
over again. There was a band playing for us. Unbelievable but true.
There were four busses waiting for our group and we had a police
escort from one place to another. I have never in my life seen or
have been part of a day being honored by so many people who
appreciated our service in the Armed Forces of this great United
did not end there. Before boarding the plane home, there was
entertainment for us from the 1950s and of course, dinner and mail
call on the plane home. When those that left the group that lived in
the West Palm Beach area, there were people waiting to greet us as
we left the terminal and that was at 9 P.M. Thanks must go to so
many volunteers for having these flight from all over our Country.
You might have never heard of the Honor Flights before, but now you
have. I want to say another "Thank You" to the guardians
and volunteers because they have to pay for the flight that they
volunteer on. Nothing is "free" for them. I was so happy
to read in the paper that Tequesta Fire Rescue held a "Boot
Drive" to raise money for the Honor Flight.
more information you can write to SEFL Honor Flight, Inc., P.O. Box
1503, Stuart. FL 34995. I hope that you will join me in sending a
donation so that more World War II Veterans and Korean Veterans may
have the same wonderful experience that I and many others had.
Golden Lakes Village - Phase "A".
Day POW/MIA Ceremony
supplied by the
who have served and those currently serving the uniformed services
of the United States are ever mindful that the sweetness of
enduring peace has always been tainted by the bitterness of
personal sacrifice. We are compelled to never forget that while we
enjoy our daily pleasures, there are others who
by Jimmy Shirley
have endured and
may still be enduring the agonies of pain, deprivation and
call your attention to this small table, which occupies a place of
dignity and honor near the podium. It is set for one, symbolizing
the fact that members of our armed forces are missing from our
are referred to as POWs and MIAs.
call them comrades.
are unable to be with their loved ones and families tonight, so we
join together to pay our humble tribute to them, and bear witness
to their continued absence.
table, set for one, is small, symbolizing the frailty of one
prisoner, alone against his or her suppressors.
tablecloth is white, symbolic of the purity of their intentions to
respond to their country's call to arms.
single red rose in the face signified the blood many have shed in
sacrifice to ensure the freedom of our beloved United States of
America. This rose also reminds us of the family and friends of
our missing comrades who keep the faith, while awaiting their
yellow ribbon on the vase represents the yellow ribbons worn on
the lapels of the thousands who demand with unyielding
determination a proper accounting of our comrades who are not
among us tonight.
slice of lemon on the plate reminds us of their bitter fate.
sale sprinkled on the plate reminds us of the countless fallen
tears of families as they wait.
glass is inverted - they cannot toast with us this night.
chair is empty - they are not here.
candle is reminiscent of the light of hope which lives in our
hearts to illuminate their way home, away from their captors, to
the open arms of a grateful nation.
us remember and never forget their sacrifices.
us now have a moment of silent prayer that all of our comrades
will soon be back within our ranks.
God forever watch over them and protect them and their
Veterans of the
Battle of the Bulge Florida SE Chapter (62)
of the Battle of the Bulge Fla SE Chpt. (62) Held Their Spring
Thomas and Jimmy Shirley
Twelve and a half years ago in
December 1999, the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, Florida
Southeast Chapter (62), held their first ever luncheon/meeting at
the 391st Bomb Group Restaurant that was located at the south side
of the Palm Beach International Airport on Southern Blvd. in West
Palm Beach. The restaurant had a WWII U.S. Army Air Force theme.
There had to be at least 25 diners to rent the room. There were
34. They called their meeting "The Christmas We Never
next meeting in April 2000 had to be held at the Hilton
Hotel, Palm Beach Airport, due to the rapid growth of the Chapter.
was due to the work of one man, George Fisher, with the help of
his wife Annette. The Chapter became the fastest growing group in
the U.S. even as the number of veterans of WWII are dwindling in
got a letter from George Fisher," explained Chapter Commander
Brig. Gen. Al Irzyk (ret), "saying that he wanted to form a
Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge Chapter in Palm Beach County,
but he needed signatures and would I agree to sign the petition. I
did," said Irzyk. The rest is history.
Chapter meets twice a year for their "Anniversary of the
Battle of the Bulge" gala/luncheon in December and again in
the Spring, in April.
next meeting will be on the 68th anniversary of the Battle,
Sunday, December 16th, 2012. It will be the 13th anniversary for
year's spring meeting was held on Sunday, April 15th, 2012.
Keynote speaker was State Senator Maria Sachs, a true friend of
all veterans. She has introduced and co-sponsored many bills to
benefit veterans. In fact, she said she has not served on any
other committees as State Senator so she can put all her efforts
towards veterans issues.
in the program, Charles Dykes, a National Service Officer with the
Military Order of the Purple Heart, detailed the claims process.
He reminded the audience that he is always at the VA Hospital to
assist veterans in making their claims.
information on the Chapter please call George Fisher,
at (561) 585-7086.
Stovroff, V.P. of Veterans Helping Today’s Returning
Heroes, Inc.; Charlene Szabo, Dir. of the VA Hospital; and
Cash, a Veteran Service Dog. These dogs are trained for
veterans who were severely wounded in the global war on
terrorism. Stovroff is a WWII U.S. Army veteran. He was
shot down over Germany and was a POW for 1 year. He was
awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. The organization
has raised nearly $3 million for the program to date.
more information about Vets Helping Heroes, Dogs for
Disabled, contact Mr. Stovroff at 561-488-6155 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
by Jimmy Shirley
2011 - M.O.P.H. #717 members and wives:, l-r:
Barone, Helen Nunberg,
Ott, Bunny Mathisen,
Fisher, Kip Monroe (Adj),
Al Irzyk, (Ret), and
2011 (Couples, l-r)
& Robert Russo;
& Tony Barrasso
from Greenway Condominium, Royal Palm Beach
Herman & William Langfan,
South Ocean Blvd.,
the Dec. 2009 Christmas Gala.
and Rose Steenkiste from Belgium. Mr. Steenkiste is a
photographer with special interest in nature. He also has
photographed Battle of the Bulge sites and chronicled Gen.
Irzyk's December 2006 revisit to Bastogne and Chaumont
Battlegrounds where Gen. Irzyk and Gen. James Leach were
honored in a ceremony at the Mardasson Memorial for parts
they played in the liberation. Gen. Irzyk if referred to
as the Liberator of Chaumont and holds the Purple Heart,
Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Cross, Bronze Cross
and legion of Merit. To read Steenkiste's account and see
his remarkable photographs, visit General
Thanks to a Vet
arise each morning
do as we please;
to work or to church,
bend our knees;
shop or to plant
prune a tree;
we live in a land
lest we forget,
thanks to a Vet.
went off to war
fight for freedom
some distant shore,
glamour nor fame,
bullet had their name.
home and their family,
that we will be free.
lest we forget,
thanks to a Vet.
paid the price,
to come home
the wife, mother or child,
called before God,
did you come
replied without thinking, f
they knew, you see,
keep our land a
our family free."
lest we forget,
thanks to a Vet.
Pledge of Allegiance.
by Murray Stein
PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG ...
am an American. I was a POW. I have served my
country. I need no one to tell me what allegiance
I owe ... to my flag ... to my home ...
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ...
is my country. I have fought for it. I have been
imprisoned for it. I have died for it.
TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS...
flag stands for me, for love. My love for my
family. My love for my friends. I did not forsake
it when I was beaten, when I was starved, when I
was killed ...
NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE ...
am one man. I have one country. I worship one God.
Under God I was saved. Under God I have no fear...
LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL ...
allegiance is to Liberty, to Justice. My flag
represents the best of myself, my effort, my home,
my country. I will pledge allegiance to the flag,
I will pledge under the love of God. It is my
right, My privilege, My duty. I have earned it.
Tell me not how! I have given you much. I am an
EX-POW. Take nothing more from me.
PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG ...
"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who
points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer
of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs
to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is
marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly,
who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the
great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself
in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the
triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he
fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his
place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who
know neither victory nor defeat."
— Theodore Roosevelt
KEEP THE SPIRIT ALIVE. PLAN TO JOIN US.
& Annette Fisher with Evelyn and Al Irzyk. George
Fisher is founder and president of the VBOB chapter and
Albin Irzyk, Brig. Gen. (Ret) is commander.
by Betty Thomas
Senator Maria Sachs with George Fisher, Pres. &
founder of the Chapter.
by Jimmy Shirley
Rep. Ted Deutch
by Jimmy Shirley
Alan L. Weierman, Commanding Officer of the Southeastern
by Jimmy Shirley
Crespo served with the U.S. Army 4th Inf. in Iraq from
Sept. 2008 to Sept. 2009, the same unit that captured
Saddam Hussein in 2005.Crespo had served in the National
Guard during peace time. After 9/11, he enlisted in the
Army. He was a guest of the VBOB Chapter.
by Jimmy Shirley
Rev. Anthony Beasley,
Chief Chaplain, VA Med. Ctr.;
Gen. Al Irzyk (Ret), VBOB Cdr.;
Alan L Weierman,
C.O. Southeastern Mil. Academy;
McKillop, Asst. Dir., VA Med.Ctr.;
Fisher, Pres./founder VBOB
Janine Mendelsberg, Celina Portnoy, George Fisher, Yvette
Sendker and Yvonne Jeck.
Belles Nicole Oberleitner, Courtney Bae and Victoria Reed
with George Fisher, VBOB President after the Dec. 2010
#717 members and wives: couples, l-r:
& Martin Nunberg; Louise & Patrick Barone; Fla
State Service Officer Angela next to M.O.P.H. Exec.
Officer Kip Monroe (center standing); Anita & J.P.
Haskins, State Executive; Flo & Don C. Smith, State
April, 2010, (L-R)
George Fisher, president/and founder of the VBOB Chapter,
with BOSN4 James T. Mullinax and PA Specialist Edwin
Greenfield, U.S. Coast Guard. Millinax was assigned to the
Coast Guard Cutter Baranof in the North Arabian Gulf
during Operation Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and the
first Gulf War.
With husbands standing behind their wives: William &
Edna Panzini; Tony & Chicki Ditizio; Louie & Jo
Panzini; Tony & Grace Barrasso; and Joseph &
Johanna Currao. The group is
from Greenway Village in Royal Palm Beach.
For information about the chapter, call George
Fisher, Pres., at 585-7086.
Combat Infantryman's Assn.
Co. B, 1st Bn, 1st Reg, FL
veterans bear visible signs of their service:
a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the
Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding
a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg -
or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul's
ally forged in the refinery of adversity.
Except in parades, however, the men and women who
have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem.
You can't tell a vet just by looking. What is a vet?
He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi
Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the
personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel.
He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden
whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a
hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of
exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.
She - or he - is the nurse who fought against futility
and went to sleep sobbing every night for
two solid years in Da Nang.
He is the POW who went away one person and came back
or he didn't come back AT ALL.
He is the Quantico drill instructor who has never seen
but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy,
rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching
watch each other's backs.
He is the parade - riding Legionnaire who pins on his
and medals with a prosthetic hand.
He is the career quartermaster who watches the
ribbons and medals pass him by.
He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The
whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must
preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose
dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield
or in the ocean's sunless deep.
He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket -
palsied now and aggravating slow - who helped liberate a
Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his
still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.
He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being -
a person who offered some of his life's most vital years
the service of his country, and who sacrificed his
so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.
He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the
and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest
behalf of the finest, the greatest nation ever known.
So remember, each time you see someone who has served
just lean over and say Thank You. That's all most people
and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they
have been awarded or were awarded. Two little words that
mean a lot,
Father Denis Edward O'Brien
speaker at the April 10, 2003 spring luncheon of the V.B.O.B. was Brig. Gen. William E. Carlson,
who is a veteran of the wars in Korea and Viet Nam, and holder of
the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, Silver Star
and Bronze Star. He played an important role in the creation of the
Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge Monument in Orlando, FL, and
was the keynote speaker for the National Convention there.
he was too young to serve during WWII, Gen. Carlson has been a
student of the greatest battle ever fought in modern times. He
skillfully traced the Battle of the Bulge from the planning stage
to the end in a breathtaking speech that drew vivid pictures for
the rapt audience and rendered most eyes tearful and voices mute
when it was over. It was so moving that we elected to carry it as
a permanent feature of this Web page
here to read the text
Gen. Carlson's Speech:
Brig. Gen. Wm. E. Carlson's Speech
War Memorial Unveiled on 60th Anniversary, June 25, 2010
& Photos by Jimmy Shirley
W. Green, 1st Vice President of the Richard E. Cronan Chapter #17
of the Korean War Veterans looks on during the ceremonies.
Hwa Oh, a Sgt. in the ROK Marine Division, stands with the
Memorial. He has lived in Palm Beach County for over 35 years.
Friday, June 25th, the 60th Anniversary of the beginning of the
Korean War, a Monument to the Veterans of that war was unveiled at
the Boynton Beach Bicentennial Park.
monument was sponsored by the Richard E. Cronan Chapter #17 of the
Korean War Veterans, Delray Beach. Some 200 people attended the
for WWI, Pearl Harbor, POW/MIAs, plaques commemorating
individuals, and now Korea, fill the park.
to the Department of Defense, more than 54,000 U.S. troops gave
their lives during the war and some 100,000 were wounded.
Visit to Omaha Beach
& photos by Ralph Wugman,
Golden Century Post #501 Jewish War Veterans of the USA
Beach in its present peaceful condition. The size of this beach,
compared to the length of New York beaches where the writer grew
up, was, in comparison, small, yet deadly, where many of our
troops lost their lives.
Beach American Cemetery Memorial
at the Omaha Beach American Cemetery. Each grave marker has the
name of the deceased, his rank, his unit, date of death, but not
the age of these heroes.
markers at the Omaha Beach American Cemetery with Star of David
markers in the foreground.
a visit to Normandy, France last year, I visited Omaha Beach and
the American Cemetery there. There are over 5,000 graves of the
young men who made the supreme sacrifice for our country. Many of
the fallen heroes from WWII remains were returned t their families
in the United States.
Foster at the Stand Down House in Lake Worth
by Jimmy Shirley
Tairetha Foster, Casimiro Hampton-Crocket, Ph.D., Admin. Dir. of
Faith*Hope*Love*Charity, Inc. (resident of Mayfair House
Condominium in South Palm Beach), (name) , and Roy Foster at City Hall in
West Palm Beach on Veterans' Day, Nov. 11, 2009, where Roy was
honored as a nominee for CNN Hero of the Year 2009 Award.
J. Foster is a modern success story. An Army veteran, 54 years
old, he overcame the hopelessness of being a homeless alcoholic to
co-found The Stand Down House, a rehab halfway house for what is a
national scandal - homeless veterans. I say this because it aught
to fall on the federal government, for whom these proud men and
women pledged their very lives, if need be, in the service to
their country, to care for them the rest of their natural born
Roy was one of those who found it hard to readjust back to the
civilian life they had left behind. After serving nearly 6 years
in the Army, four of those in Germany, he came back home with
little sense of direction. Heading to California, where he had
some family, Mr. Roy mostly found some drinking buddies and party
animals that only wanted to good times to roll forever. He began
to realize this was not the life for him and headed back east.
in South Florida he connected with Faith Farm to have a place to
stay and something to do, refurbishing the furniture they sell to
help fund their program. Eventually, through his Faith Farm
connection, he got a job working to counsel borderline criminals
in the Palm Beach County jail, contracting through the Sheriff’s
Department. His counseling was with drug addicts and alcoholics,
having some real life experience with the latter. Mr. Roy worked
for a time out at the county stockade located near the South
1994, Mr. Roy and his friend Donald Reed, deceased, formed
Faith*Hope*Love*Charity, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization
dedicated to offering struggling veterans a hand up to help them
find dignity in their lives once again and to find a worthy
endeavour for their life’s work. In May of 2000, Stand Down
House opened on Davis Road in suburban Lake Worth. The facility
has the sound endorsement of Rep. Ron Klein (D) Florida, Rep. Tom
Rooney (R) Florida and Charisse Grant, VP for Programs of the Dade
Community Foundation, among others.
Stand Down House provides 46 beds and has contracted with the
Department of Veterans affairs to provide 21 more on referral. The
help they provide includes medical classes, substance abuse
classes, psychiatric visits and compensated work therapy. My hat
is off in total respect for what Mr. Foster and his dream has
done, the good that has come from it and the broken lives from
war, that he and his organization have helped put back together.
more information on how you can help, please call their
administrative office at 561-968-1612, the Stand Down House at
561-649-9919 or visit their website at http://www.standown.org/.
Trust me on this. Their mission is worthy, you could almost say
"They are on a mission from God."
of World War 1 U.S.A., W.P.B. Barracks No. 507
Service Branches -- Jump Qualified Eligible)
Hunter, Chairman: (561) 793-3597
Robinson: (561) 706-9299 (M-F)
Legion District 11
Bosco, Commander, 561-281-8454
Palm Beach Unit 12, 3201 So. Dixie Hwy.,
W P B., (561) 655-1343
47, 2315 N. Dixie Hwy., Lake Worth, FL
33460, (561) 585-4616
258, 364 Swain Blvd., Greenacres, FL 33463, (561) 432-0781
Beach Memorial Post 268,
Ave. H. West, Riviera Beach, FL 33404, (561) 844-7125
367, meets in the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center,
(561) 792-3813, (561)
371, Palm Beach Gardens, Duke Peters, Adj., (561) 626-1460
Infantrymen's Association, Inc., Chapter B11FL
George Fisher (561) 585-7086
American Veterans, Chap. 42
N. Mil. Trl., Rm 1A-141, West Palm Beach, FL 33410
American Veterans of So. Palm Beach County, Chap.
Stahl, Cdr, (561) 789-8280;
Coleman, Vice Cdr., (561) 558-3279.
Co. Civic Ctr., 16700 Jog Rd., Delray Beach
Air Force Historical Society
H. Nolan Fl. Chapter
membership, Jim Hart, 114 Monterey Way, Royal Palm Bch., FL 33411
266, Delray Beach, Cdr. Morry Goldfarb,
266-A, " " , Roberta White,
321, Delray Beach, Arthur Greenwald,
" " , Rhea Sahl, (561-496-7024
440, Boynton Beach, Jerry Schnur,
459, Boca Raton, Leo Petrover,
" " , Lee Hoppen, (561-637-8430
501, Gldn.Century, WPB, Ralph Wugman,
502, W. Palm Beach, Jack Tare, (561)
520, W. Palm Beach, Bernie Kaufman,
520A, W.Palm Bch., Edith Crosby,
631, Boca Raton, David Richman,
Boca Raton, Annette Rose, 561-483-8113
684, R. P. Bch.,Jules Horowitz,
819, W.Boynton Bch., Bob Pickman,
Beach District Council, Charles Epstein,
Coast Dist. Council, Dr. Mike Weiss,
War Veterans Association
Richard E. Cronan Chapter 17
Bob Kempler, Sect. (561) 499-4892
A.A. Vandegrift Detachment 068
Box 210545, West Palm Beach, FL 33421
Totz 561-267-3346 or Manuel Moreno 561-846-0150
Officers Association of America (MOAA)
Beach Area Chapter (out of Boynton Beach)
Call Sonny Barber @ 561-362-5206
Beach-Martin Counties Chapter (out of Jupiter)
Call Marc Oliveri @ 561-753-7565
Order of the Purple Heart, Post 717-West Palm Beach
Veterans' Administration Hospital, Suite 1A-143
Call (561) 422-5647
Seabee Veterans of America
of Florida, Island X-12 Palm Beach County
Edwards, Secretary, (561) 881-8245
Harbor Survivors Association, Inc. Fla. Gold Coast Chpt. 4
Mintz, Pres: (954) 472-2754
Carstens, Sec'y.: (954) 989-8438
Officers Association, Chapter 20, Palm Beach County, FL
call Don Isaacs (561) 697-4902
Coast Guard Combat Veterans Ass.
Box 544, Westfield Ctr., Ohio 44251
W. Herbert, LM, National Secretary
Beach County contact Jack Campbell
732-229-2413; W.P.B.: 561-842-3057
of the Battle of the Bulge, Fla. SE Chapter (62)
Irzyk, Brig. Gen., Ret., Commander; George Fisher, President
George Fisher, (561) 585-7086
of Foreign Wars
4143, 2404 Broadway (US-1), Riviera Beach, FL 33404, (561)
4360 & Ladies' Aux,217 Alemeda Dr, Palm Springs, FL 33461,
4445, 364 Swain Blvd., Greenacres. FL 33463, (561) 432-0781
Services of America
P.O. Box 8035, West Palm Beach, FL 33407
(561) 613-1181 • email@example.com
Cease Fire House (Shelters for Veterans)
NE 19th Ave., Boynton Beach, FL 33435 (561) 533-5797
Veterans of America
Chpt. 25, West Palm Beach, FL
call (561) 512-0678
Veterans of America
call (561) 686-7262.
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