Steve Vermillion talks about his combat flying in the Vietnam War as an Medivac Helicopter Pilot at the August meeting of the 8th Air Force Historical Society at the Baverton Elks Lodge on August 13, 2005.
(PRWEB) July 7, 2005 -- On Saturday August 13th the Oregon Chapter of the
Eighth Air Force Historical Society will hold its quarterly meeting at the
Beaverton Elks Lodge starting at 10:30 A.M.
There is no cost to attend the meeting and it is open to the public.
Steve Vermillion will be the program presenter at this quarterly meeting. Steve recorded 1127 hours of combat time, 1450 missions, and rescued 2210 soldiers from the battlefields of Vietnam. During his combat career he earned the Silver Star, DFC, and 29 Air Medals as well as an Air Medal for Valor.
Steve published a book about his missions in Vietnam called: "Dustoff - No Compromise! No Rationalization! No Hesitation! Fly the Mission." It won the Gold Medal Award in 2004 in the Military Unit History category. The book is published by Wild 'N Woolly Publishing, PO Box 731452, Puyallup, Washington 98373. http://www.dustoff40.com
This meeting will sharply contrast the differences in combat flying in Vietnam compared to that of the 8th Air Force. A few documented cases exist where pilots landed their fighter planes to pick up downed fellow flyers during World War II.
The meeting doors open at 10:00 and the meeting adjourns at 2 PM. Social hour starts at 10:30. Call to order of the meeting starts at 11:30. Lunch starts at Noon and the presenter starts at 1 PM.
Lunch is available at the Elks Lodge and costs $9.50 per person. Lunch consists of sandwiches, rolls, condiments and coffee or tea. You Must contact Tom Philo at 503-350-3744 and tell him the number of people who plan to eat at the meeting. You can also notify him via e-mail at tom @ taphilo.com.
The Beaverton Elks Lodge address is:
3500 SW 104th Avenue
Beaverton, Oregon 97005-1941
Elks Lodge web site: http://www.teleport.com/~elks1989
The 8th AFHS main web site is at: http://www.8thafhs.org
Oregon Chapter information is available at: http://www.taphilo.com/history/8thaf/8thAFHS.shtml
Meetings are held on the first Saturday of the first full week of February, May, August, & November.
The "Mighty Eighth", is the United States Army Air Forces Bomber and Fighter Command that, during World War II, flew strategic daylight bombing missions against Germany from July 4, 1942 until May 8, 1945 - VE Day - in Europe.
People interested in learning more about the 8th Air Force, or to pass on what they know to others concerning the 8th AF contribution and other aviation unit histories that brought victory to the Allies in the European theatre of war (ETO) or other world locations, are encouraged to join the Oregon Chapter. Please fill out a form at the meeting. The annual dues is $10. In addition, you have to join the national organization whose dues are $25 a year. The national chapter puts out a quarterly magazine while the Oregon chapter puts out a quarterly newsletter.
Money contributed above the annual dues is normally tax-deductable.
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Source : http://www.prweb.com/releases/2005/7/prweb256839.htm