Taunton Area Vietnam Veterans Assoc.


Fall River Ride to Remember


  The Fall River Ride to Remember Committee is sponsoring a Motorcycle Run and Family Fun Day on Sunday May 18th, the Sunday before Memorial Day.


  This event will be conducted from the Liberal Club Grounds on Star Street in Fall River, MA


   We respectfully invite any group's color guard unit to join us at 10:00AM as the ride begins, and any members that would like to assist as volunteers at the Family Fun Day Activities that will begin when the ride ends at 12:30 PM. We will have rides and games, entertainment and vendors. It will be a fun day for everyone.


   If you need or would like additional information please feel free to contact me at tel. 508 324 4171.  We are also on facebook and can be contacted through FRR2R


Bill Desmarais

Combat Birds & White Doves of Peace

Life Member:  Vietnam Veterans of America

                         Marine Corps League

                         Disabled American Veterans

                         Veterans of Foreign Wars


Army Band is coming!




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My name is Wm.T. Ripley. I found your email address on your unit association website. I am a military historian that has been working on contacting veterans of WWII. I recently finished up a compilation book on their stories, and have started contacting veterans of Vietnam to collect their stories and observations from that time. I have a 5 page questionnaire I'd like to invite you to fill out. A bit about me first-

I'm 41, married, and have 2 kids. I majored in history at Ball State University, and presently work as one of the Natural Science curators at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. I became interested in WWII at age 4 (really) and started collecting uniforms, weapons, equipment, personal items, etc. At 16 I started contacting veterans like I mentioned above. About a week or so ago I finally finished compiling the replies. I am not really a student of the Vietnam War, but am interested in learning, and think it important to collect the stories.

If interested in receiving the questionnaire just let me know and I will send it to you via email. As I said, it is a long questionnaire, and the tone of the questions sort of implies I already "know" the answer, which will make a bit more sense once you see the questions. In a sense I do, but what I'm looking for is each individuals response to the questions. You can reply via email or postal, either one is good. I'd also like to ask if you have a photo of yourself while overseas, if you'd be willing to share it? I'm not entirely sure yet, but I'm thinking about doing a compilation book with the replies I get, and would like to include your photo as well.

I appreciate you taking the time to read this, especially since it is sort of an out of the blue email. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Wm.T. Ripley


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Rolling Thunder


Rolling Thunder®, Inc.  


 Rolling Thunder® Inc. a 501(c)(4) organization established in 1995 to seek accountability for all POW/MIA's from past wars and to promote the needs of Veterans.                                                    



 Rolling Thunder MA1

PO Box 300607

Jamaica Plain, MA. 02130

Joe D’Entremont-President









Rolling Thunder®, Inc.’s 26th Annual Memorial Day Demonstration Still Asking Accountability for those Prisoners of War/Missing in Action



Boston, MA Chapter to Participate in Annual Washington, D.C. Event


Boston, MA – The Massachusetts Chapter 1 of Rolling Thunder®, Inc is preparing to depart for Washington, D.C., to take part in the organization’s 26th  anniversary demonstration in support of POW/MIA and veterans’ issues. Speakers for this year include Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI 8); Rep. Jon Runyan (R-NJ 3); LTC. Andras Marton, Iraq/Afghanistan Veteran; Lynn O’Shea, director of research for the National Alliance of Families; Veteran’s advocate Nikki Mendicino and other supporters of Rolling Thunder®, Inc. and the POW/MIA issue.   A lineup of celebrity entertainers is slated to provide a fitting musical tribute, including the Loch Rannoch Pipes & Drums Band, perennial favorite Gordon Painter, and country artists J.D. Micals and Rockie Lynne.

Weekend Highlights include:

·         Friday, May 24

o    Candlelight vigil at the Vietnam Wall led by the Flame of Freedom which will escort Gold Star and Blue Star families to honor and remember those who gave their lives in service to their country, and those who are still missing or held prisoner - 8:30 p.m.

·         Saturday, May 25

o    TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) – visit with the children of fallen heroes - 11 a.m.

o    Saturday Program – Speakers and Musical Tribute at the stage in front of the Reflecting Pool facing the Lincoln Memorial from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Gordon Painter, J.D. Micals and Ben Mason.

o    Harley-Davidson of Washington - 9407 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD - free barbeque 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

o    U.S. Navy Memorial wreath presentation - 11 a.m.

o    Rolling Thunder Hospitality Room - Hyatt Regency, Crystal City - 8 p.m.

·         Sunday, May 26

o    Rolling Thunder Demonstration - leaves Pentagon North Parking Lot at noon

o    Program of speakers and Musical Tribute to Veterans at the stage in front of the Reflecting Pool facing the Lincoln Memorial from 1:30 - 5 p.m.


The Rolling Thunder®, Inc. Flame of Freedom will also be transported via motorcycle escort from Oklahoma to Washington, DC, arriving May 24.  The Flame will be used at the candlelight vigil to escort Gold Star families as they walk along the Vietnam Wall during the May 24 candlelight remembrance. Click here to get more information about the Flame of Freedom.

Representatives from Massachusetts Chapter 1 will depart on May 23, 2013 from Boston, MA at approximately 7AM and will travel as a group to Washington. Media who need additional information or would like to arrange for a photograph of the departing group should email or call the chapter contact listed at the top of this release.






Rolling Thunder®, Inc.’s 26th Annual Memorial Day Demonstration Still Asking Accountability for those Prisoners of War/Missing in Action


Information for Media

Program details will be available in the Rolling Thunder®, Inc. press room at rollingthunder1.org and are updated as needed. Members of Rolling Thunder®, Inc.’s national media committee will be available at event locations throughout the weekend to assist working press with interviews, photographs, and any other needs. For more information or to schedule interviews in advance, please contact Nancy Regg, National Media Committee Chairperson, at (908) 310-3268 (cell) or nregg2@comcast.net.

Rolling Thunder®, Inc., a 501(c)(4) non-profit Veterans organization incorporated in 1995, by National Director Sgt. Artie Muller, to seek accountability for all POW/MIA's from past wars and to promote the needs of Veterans. National membership is comprised of Veterans from all wars and peacetime with 40-45% of members being non-veterans. There are currently over 95 chartered Rolling Thunder®, Inc. chapters throughout the United States. Although many members ride motorcycles, a person does not have to own or ride a motorcycle to be a member.



Rolling Thunder® Charities, Inc. a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable Veterans organization, established in 2007, by Rolling Thunder®, Inc.’s National Director Sgt. Artie Muller to help needy American Veterans from all wars, active duty military and their families. Rolling Thunder® Charities, Inc. seeks private funding to further ease the lives of those who have served and are currently serving our Country, that have been forced into dire financial situations. All Rolling Thunder® Charities, Inc. officers and board members are volunteers, 95% of donations go directly to help Veterans who apply for aide through Rolling Thunder®, Inc. National office in Neshanic Station, New Jersey.

The Rolling Thunder®, Inc. National logo depicting a bald eagle whose leg is chained to a map of Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, illustrates the Rolling Thunder®, Inc. mission of being tied to American Veterans who are Prisoners of War (POW) and Missing In Action (MIA). The Rolling Thunder®, Inc. logo must not be altered in any way. No additional typography or images can be added to any Rolling Thunder®, Inc. logo or trademark. Prior to using any Rolling Thunder®, Inc. logo trademark, you must request and receive permission from the Rolling Thunder®, Inc. National. Persons or entities which use Rolling Thunder®, Inc. logo or registered trademarks without permission are subject to civil and criminal penalties pursuant to trademark law. Rolling Thunder®, Inc. intends to protect its trademarks and associated goodwill to the fullest extent of the law.





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Save the Date

Please  Save the Date


The Annual PFC Carlos James Rose

Memorial Brunch  held on Vietnam Veterans Day

A salute to

Richard Arruda- Ronald Bumpus- James Crawley-Carlos Rose


Sunday March  30, 2014    10:30 am


Dudley L. Brown VFW Post 2846

4 Gibbs Ball Park  Rd  off Onset Ave

Onset, MA 02558

Phone: 774-678-0479

Family members of  Honored Veterans Free

Donation is $15.00  Veterans ½ price two tickets

Children under 12 years ½ price

Active Ladies Aux. Members ½ price


All are welcome,  Program includes Presentation from

Two Vietnam Veterans sharing their experience


For more information contact:

Ervin L.”Tootsie”Russell chaplain post 2846 (508-295-3167

Paul Rose Sr. Vice Cmdr.2846 (774-678-0479


Veterans welcomed to bring and display their memorabilia.



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