Only The Dead Have Seen The End of War
They too, are the only ones who come home from war without wounds. None come home with their soul intact.
Don't know just when my soul and I parted ways. I think it was that night in the rain near Hill 370, Central Highlands, Vietnam. Walking the perimeter, I had stopped and nudged a young soldier with my boot to quietly make sure he was awake and stayed that way. However, when I stopped, I had a feeling some part of me kept going out past the claymores and trip flares, into the jungle.
It was October 1969. The next month my son was to be born 10,000 miles away. Past the hazy jungle and across the inky black Pacific....had to wonder if I would still be in this world to greet him. If not, would I need a soul to meet him on the other side in some other world? And what of the people I was sent here to kill? Were they parents? Surely they were someone's child. And when the time came, could I do it?
We all go to war alone, despite the size of our Unit. In spite of all the training, you still never know how you will act when that first round cracks over your head. The first reaction is shock, disbelief, maybe a bit of indignance that they had the nerve to shoot at me. Then, if you're lucky, rage kicks in....and that's where the training takes over. If you're quick and decisive, you walk away and he doesn't. Maybe my soul knew this day was coming and bailed out so I wouldn't be bothered with all those pesky, moral questions that might have slowed me down.
Jerry Donnellan, Director
Veterans Service Agency of Rockland
20 Squadron Blvd., Suite 480
New City, New York 10956
Some Veterans Day Ceremonies in Rockland
These are a few of the Veterans Day Commemorations occurring on November 11th. Please see our Upcoming Events (listed below) for other commemorations during November.
- On Sunday, November 8th at 12:00 noon, the County will commemorate Veterans Day. The ceremony will take place at the Rockland County Court House on Main Street in New City, New York 10956. The upcoming Veteran of the Year will also be honored that day. The public is welcome to attend.
- Mt. Moor Veterans Cemetery on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. The Mt. Moor Veterans Cemetery is located in West Nyack, near the Palisades Mall. The public is welcome to attend.
- John M. Perry Post 1044 Veterans Day Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. on November 11th, 2015. The public is welcome to attend. Perry Post 1044 is located at 690 Route 340, Sparkill, New York.
- Suffern Veterans Day Ceremony: On Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., the Village of Suffern and The Fromm-Maxwell-DeBaun American Legion Post #859, will hold their Veterans Day Ceremony. Suffern Veterans Day Ceremony: 10:30 a.m. Line up at Suffern Village Hall (61 Washington Avenue) and 11:00 a.m. Ceremony at Soldiers Monument.
To find a Veterans Day ceremony located near you, please contact your local Villages and Towns.
Veterans Marker at St. John's in the Wilderness
On Saturday, November 7th, at 11:00 a.m., we will place a State Marker at St. John's in the Wilderness Church to mark the area where a plane crash occurred on December 1st, 1974. A North West Orient Boeing 727, flight 6231, left from John F. Kennedy Airport to Buffalo International Airport, New York, at 7:14 p.m. The flight had been chartered since the original plane scheduled for this run, was delayed by a snowstorm in Detroit.
The plane had no passengers, only three crew members. They were scheduled to pick up the Baltimore Colts football team to take them home. When the plane crashed in Stony Point, all three crew members were killed. The pilot and co-pilot were both Vietnam veterans, The public is welcome to join us for the commemoration. The church is a bit in the woods but the address is 119 St. John's Road in Stony Point, New York 10980 and can be accessed from County Road 106 in Stony Point, or from Harriman State Park.
United Hospice of Rockland Invitation to Veterans
On Tuesday, November 17th, 2015, United Hospice of Rockland, in conjunction with their sponsor Dignity Memorial, is inviting veterans to their 12th Annual Veterans Recognition Event. This year, there will be Dinner and a Program with a Guest Speaker starting at 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. It will be held at The Regency Conference Center at Doubletree by Hilton (formerly The Comfort Inn) at 425 East Route 59, Nanuet, New York 10954. There is a cash bar available. Please RSVP by November 3rd, 2015 as seating is limited. Contact email@example.com to register for the dinner or for further information. When you register, please provide your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address for confirmation.
Eagle Scout Badge Project at Camp Shanks
To earn his Eagle Scout Badge, Marco Amendola (on right, next to Jerry and Ducks) has been working on a project at the Camp Shanks Museum in Orangeburg, New York. Marco re-created a sign that was fashioned after the old signs erected at Camp Shanks during World War II. He also spruced up the flag- pole stonework, made a new sign, and painted the Camp Shanks Museum building. We truly appreciate all the hard work that Marco and his friends have done.
Sunday, November 1st, 2015: Turkey Shoot 10:00 a.m. rain or shine. Kearsing and Edwards American Legion Post 1600, 20 Station Road, Pomona, New York. For further information, call 845-354-9785.
Friday, November 6th, 2015: Jerry Donnellan will host the monthly RockVets radio show on WRCR 1700 on the AM dial. It is just after the 10:00 a.m. news break. You can call in and ask Jerry questions or share information about issues concerning veterans or our military community. The show also airs live online at: www.wrcr.com. It is also a great opportunity to tell the community about upcoming events your organization may be hosting. The call-in phone number is 845-362-0013.
Saturday, November 7th, 2015: Hudson Valley Honor Flight offers an opportunity for the community to serve as Guardians on Mission #10 of the Hudson Valley Honor Flight on November 7th. Enjoy spending the day traveling to Washington, D.C. as an escort to a World War II Veteran. Applications can be found on their website: http://hvhonorflight.com/how-to-participate/. For further information, contact Beth Vought, Executive Director, Hudson Valley Honor Flight via e-mail: Beth@HVHonorFlight.com.
Sunday, November 8th, 2015: 10:00 a.m. at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Veterans Memorial Park, 81 Hunt Road in Orangeburg, New York 10962.
Sunday, November 8th, 2015: Senator David Carlucci will host his Annual Veterans Appreciation Breakfast from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. It will be held t the Nyack Seaport at 21 Burd Street in Nyack, New York. Veterans and one guest are free to attend. RSVP is required. For further information or to register for the breakfast, please contact Senator Carlucci's office at 845-623-3627.
Sunday, November 8th, 2015: 12:00 noon, the County will commemorate Veterans Day. The ceremony will take place at the Rockland County Court House on Main Street in New City, New York 10956. The upcoming Veteran of the Year will also be honored that day. The public is welcome to attend.
Sunday, November 8th, 2015: At 2:00 p.m., to celebrate the Marine Corps Birthday, an SOS Dinner will be held at Kearsing & Edwards American Legion Post #1600, 20 Station Road, Pomona, New York 10970. For further information, contact Commandant Dale Robinson via e-mail at: Commandant@rocklandusmc.com.
Tuesday, November 10th, 2015:
Salute to Fallen Marines - at Frederick Loescher Cemetery and Gary Onderdonk Cemetery in Suffern, New York 10901. For further information, contact Commandant@rocklandusmc.com.
Tuesday, November 10th, 2015:
2015 Annual Veterans on Wall Street Employment Symposium and Hiring Fair in New York City. Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS,) a partnership between Citi, Deutche Bank, Goldman Sachs, and HSB Bank will host its annual Employment Symposium and Hiring Fair at Goldman Sachs Headquarters, 200 West Street, New York City, New York. The full-day event includes a veterans employment symposium, resume assistance programs, and hiring fair with over 50 employers conducting interviews to hire on-site. The event begins at 7:30 a.m., includes a networking lunch, and concludes at 5:00 p.m. The event is free and open to service members, veterans and their spouses. For more information and to register, view this link: http://veteransonwallstreet.com/conferences
Wednesday, November 11th, 2015: Mt. Moor Veterans Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. The Mt. Moor Veterans Cemetery is located in West Nyack, near the Palisades Mall. The public is welcome.
Wednesday, November 11th, 2015: 11:00 a.m. John M. Perry Post 1044, 690 Route 340, Sparkill, New York. The public is welcome to attend.
Wednesday, November 11th, 2015: 11:00 a.m., the Village of Suffern and The Fromm-Maxwell-DeBaun American Legion Post #859, will hold their Veterans Day Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. at Soldiers Monument. Meet near Suffern Village Hall, 61 Washington Avenue, Suffern, New York.
Wednesday, November 11th, 2015: 11:00 a.m. Veterans Day Remembrance of Gulf and Bosnian Wars at Rockland Community College Technology Center, Suffern, New York 10901.
Wednesday, November 11th, 2015: Benefit Buffet and Cocktail Party hosted by Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Nyack. Starting at 6:30 p.m. to benefit the CR&RO Nyack American Legion Post #310, to assist with their Roof Replacement Project. The Buffet will take place at LaFontana Restaurant, 95 South Broadway, Nyack, New York 10960. Price per ticket: $45.00 includes food and beer/wine. $10.00 from each ticket will be donated to the American Legion and will be matched by the Rand Community Fun Silent auction with baskets and gift certificate from local establishments too. For reservations and further information, please call: 845-358-7310. Seating is limited so please respond early.
Wednesday, November 11th, 2015: Caminez Chiropractic in Orangeburg, New York will be collecting donations to benefit our local Chapter 120, of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. 100% of these donations go directly to our local veterans. They are offering a complete Chiropractic Exam (value $175 - X-rays included if necessary) for a $20.00 donation. The public is invited to visit their office on that day between 9:00 am. and 6:00 p.m. They are located at 60 Dutch Hill Road, Suite 1, Orangeburg, New York 10962. 845-353-1543 or visit their website: http://caminezchiro.com/
Wednesday, November 11th, 2015: Smile More Dentistry is offering a free filling, cleaning, or extraction to all veterans on Veterans Day, and 30% off any additional work for the month of November. Please call 845-359-1763 for more information. To be eligible for offer, you must show proof of service. Smile More Dentistry is located at 140 Oak Tree Road, Tappan, New York 10983.
Wednesday, November 11th, 2015: HONORING SOLDIERS FROM NEW JERSEY LOST DURING THE VIETNAM WAR - All Veterans, especially Vietnam Veterans are invited. On this Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2015, Prudential Damiano Realty will be honoring the fallen U.S. soldiers from New Jersey that were lost during the Vietnam War with over 1,400 personalized American flags in a special Memory Flag Display. The display, in honor of Veteran’s day, is open to the public. The Veterans will conduct a Veteran’s Day Service in the morning. The Memory Flag Display will be located in Wilmore Park in Little Falls. Please SHARE and spread the word, this will be a moving tribute all Vietnam Veterans. The public is invited to visit the park and take a Memory Flag and display at their home. For those of you who did not attend last year's Service take a look at the video here:
Saturday, November 14th, 2015: Knights of Columbus Council, Cardinal McCloskey Council #4565, has been working on a project to distribute wheelchairs to veterans free of charge. The funds have been raised, the chairs have been ordered and a distribution date has been set. The Council will have 60 high quality folding wheelchairs with 24" seats available. They will be distributed on Saturday, November 14th, 2015 starting at about 12:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Parrot Road in West Nyack, New York 10994. For further information, contact Steve Barry at 914-924-6463 or email: SBarryEsq@yahoo.com.
Saturday, November 14th, 2015: The Rockland County American Legion will host their Department Commanders Dinner at Platzl BrauHaus at 6:00 p.m. on this date. Tickets are $55.00 per person in advance, or $65.00 at the door. For further information, please contact John Dulise at 845-623-6831.
Saturday, November 14th, 2015: Suffern American Legion Post 859 presents The Essential Elvis Tribute Show, featuring Jeff Krick with Jeffrey Krick, Jr. There will be a Hot and Cold Buffet Dinner and Beverages. Tickets are $35.00 in advance - limited seating - first come, first served and are available at:
http://mkt.com/bje-productions-llc. The event will be held at the American Legion Hall, 17 Pavilion Road in Suffern, New York 10901. For more information, call Chris at (845) 709-4705. Proceeds of the event to Benefit the Legion's Youth and Scholarship Programs.
Saturday, November 14th, 2015: The United States Military Academy at West Point will host their Military Appreciation Day on this date. There is an Army vs. Tulane football game between 12:00 noon and 3:30 p.m. Tickets for the game are $20.00 each The folks at Michie Stadium, West Point, offer many different options for tailgating, rentals of tents, chairs, and tables. Catered food is available to order as well. For further information contact Zoe Cohen, Army Athletics - 845-446-2349 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, November 28th, 2015: A group of Veterans known as the Bob Hope Division will visit the NYS Veteran’s Nursing Home on Saturday November 28, 2015 at 1230hrs. During this event they will show the patients a Bob Hope Christmas Show. They need your help moving the wheel chaired patients to the show. The nursing home is located at: 2090 Albany Road, (Route 9) Montrose, NY 10548. For further information contact email@example.com.
Sunday, December 6th, 2015: The Wm. E. DeBevoise Jr., Auxiliary Unit 1682, has a fundraiser scheduled for December 6th, 2015 at the Sands Casino with a Tony Orlando Christmas Show. The bus will leave the New City Legion Post, located at Route 304 and American Legion Way at 9:00 a.m. and will return back at approximately 7:00 p.m. to the Legion Post. Donation of $85.00 per person is due by November 15th, 2015. Included is Roundtrip bus fare, $30.00 in bonus play, show tickets, sandwiches, wine and beer on the way home. Please make checks payable to: American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1682, Route 304 and American Legion Way, New City, New York 10956. For more information or to sign up, contact: Ellie Callahan at 845-623-0219.
Vietnam Pro and Con - The Battle of New City
This article is reprinted here from the Rockland Review News, Friday, October 23, 2015
October 18-24, 1965
50 Years Ago - The Journal News
Research From: Rockland County Journal, The Journal News
This feature has been prepared by Clare Sheridan on behalf of The Historical Society of Rockland County. To learn about HSRC's mission, upcoming events or pgorams, visit www.RocklandHistory.org or call (845) 634-9629.
It was business as usual again today at the County Courthouse in New City, following a near-riot on the courthouse steps Saturday afternoon.
Some 110 demonstrators most of whom had marched from Nyack to Spring Valley were shouted down by an angry mob as they attempted to make speeches opposing the United States position in Viet Nam.
The demonstrators were lending their support to the two "International Days of Protest" throughout the country Friday and Saturday.
Some 50 counter-demonstrators, from among some 200 counter-pickets on the courthouse lawn shouted abuse, political epithets and obscenities at the demonstrators for more than one hour.
They waved American flags and sang "God Bless America," "My Country 'Tis of Thee" and The Battle Hymn of the Republic."
Three or four brief skirmishes developed. No serious injuries were reported and no arrests were made. However, on several occassions the safety of women and children in the crowd, which grew to about 400 near 4 p.m., appeared to be in danger.
One observer, a Clarkstown educator commented: "I look upon this crowd and see the faces of hate."
Another man said: "It doesn't matter which side you're on. This is no good."
The marches began shortly after noon from Memorial Park, Nyack and Memorial Park, Spring Valley with about 30 in each group -- about half of them of high school age. Others joined the marches along the seven or eight mile route.
Leading the Nyack group was Neil Mullin, 16, of West Nyack, a Nyack High School senior who is chairman of the 15-member Rockland County Committee to End the War in Viet Nam. The committee's vice chairman, Dr. Leo Koch, who is the headmaster at the Collaberg School, Stony Point led the group from Spring Valley.
No violence erupted during the march along Route 59. There were occasional epithets from passing motorists or from small groups at street corners and outside bars.
At the demonstrators joining point, where Route 304 meets Route 59, one car shot by with the male driver shouted "Commies." Another driver called out "Nazis!" and gave the Nazi salute.
Meanwhile, on the courthouse lawn an American Legion color guard and representatives of the Marine Corps League and the Veterans of Foreign Wars had formed.
Counter picket signs carried by several businessmen, lawyers and other politically active person read "Jaycees Support US Policy in Viet Nam," and "One Nation Under God, We Like It That Way."
William R. Niehaus, Conservative candidate for the State Assembly, carried a sign reading "One Nation Under God: Fight Atheistic Communism."
County GOP Chairman John J. Reilly carried a sign reading "Rockland County GOP Support America in Viet Nam."
Clarkstown GOP supervisor candidate Anthony D'Antoni and Orangetown GOP Chairman Theodore Schultz were among the group.
Reilly had issued a plea earlier in the day on the radio for people "to support freedom of speech...come over to the courthouse to join Republicans who carry the banner of freedom."
Many Democrats who were there, including William F. Warn, former candidate for Congress, made it clear that they were there supporting President Johnson's position in Viet Nam, and not under the Republican banner.
Conservative Frederic P. Roland arrived with a six foot paper-mache Statue of Liberty atop his station wagon. His car was also plastered with signs such as "Send the Draft Dodgers to Moscow."
As the marchers entered the driveway leading to the courthouse, with Dr. Charles Lawrence of Pomona now leading the way, they were confronted by some of the counter demonstrators. Dr. Lawrence, who is a professor of sociology at Brooklyn College was scheduled to preside at the assembly.
Mrs. Joan Orth of New City, carrying a counter picket sign stepped in front of Dr. Lawrence, and the marchers stopped.
"My father died for this country," Mrs. Orth said.
"I want us all to be able to live for their country," Dr. Lawrence said. "Will you let me pass?"
"You'll have to fight me to pass," said Mrs. Orth, "I have just as much right to be here as you."
"I wouldn't fight you, lady...even if I were not a pacifist, I wouldn't hit a lady," Dr. Lawrence replied. Rev. John Nevins Sayre of the Fellowship of the Reconciliation stood behind Dr. Lawrence. Lee Stern of Nyack was also among the marches.
One man called Dr. Lawrence to his face "the lowest scum of the earth" The Negro professor did not respond.
The issue of passing was not pressed, however, as the line in back of Dr. Lawrence made its way to the counrthouse steps, with one of the demonstrators carrying a podium and a microphone. The counter demonstrators -- many of them singing patriotic songs, others shouting abuse -- mingled among the demonstrators.
Half a dozen of the county sheriff's partrol and four or five Clarkstown policemen made no effort to keep the two groups apart. Individual and group arguments broke out and violence appeared imminent.
The more vociferous anti-demonstrators drowned out Dr. Lawrence as he tried to speak by chanting "Commies...Commies," or "Garbage...Garbage." A Clarkstown policeman was bitten by a dog. One youngster kept blowing a bugle.
End of story....
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The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is an Equal Opportunity Employer that welcomes all veterans to consider employment throughout our Eastern Territory. Locally, The Salvation Army has its Territorial Headquarters in West Nyack and the College for Officer Trainining is in Suffern. Job postings may be viewed through our website at: https://careers-usesalvationarmy.icims.com/. For further information, please contact Sharon Reynolds, PHR, Human Resources Specialist at 845-620-7483, extension: 20483.
RJ Staffing: If you are looking for work, I can help! My name is Jennifer and I work for RJ-Staffing in Rockland County, New York. We have many job opportunities available and would love to speak with you if you're looking for work! Please contact Jennifer directly via e-mail: email@example.com or call Jennifer at 845-624-0400.
American Paper Mills: Tarrytown, New York: Seekng Class A CDL Driver, TWIC card preferred, though not necessary. Local pick-ups, great benefits. Monday to Friday.
Maintenance and Cleaning for commercial buildings in Manhattan. Minor plumbing and electrical repairs. Call Mr. Kirsh - Monday - Wednesday between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. 212-730-9790.
General, Electrical, and Mechanical Contractor: DBE Certified for NYCT Contract.
Welder Needed in Brooklyn: looking for a welder for hollow metal doors and frames in a metal door company, Experience working in a door company is a big plus. For further information, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Macy's: Macy's in Nanuet and Palisdes Shopping Center are currently hiring people for part-time and full-time positions in sales, as well as part-time positions in support. To complete an online application, visit: http://www.macysjobs.com/.
Greyhound - Now Hiring Motorcoach Operators in New York City
Free training (and money while you learn!)
Free travel passes
Comprehensive benefits including 401 (k)
Snow Removal/Heavy Equipment Operators - Top Pay for Seasonal snow/heavy equipment operators. CDL license Drivers, Fuel Truck Drivers. (HAZMAT/TWIC,) Spreader drivers (CDL B). Valid driver's license and able to pass background check. LaGuardia and JFK Airports and locations in Port Washington, Long Island. Apply: http://www.dejanaindustries.com/ or call 516-944-3100.
United States Postal Service: The US Postal Service is looking to hire veterans as well as other qualified candidates. Please check out their website for positions of interest to you: http://www.usps.com/employment.
Local Veterans' Organizations
For your information, here are the addresses for some of our local veterans' organizations:
- Rockland County Marine Corps League, P.O. Box 191, Haverstraw, New York 10927
- Vietnam Veterans of America, P.O. Box 243, New City, New York 10956
- Nam Knights, 1 Western Highway, Tappan, New York 10983
- Korean War Veterans, P.O. Box 304, New City, New York 10956
- R.C. Military Order of the Purple Heart, 20 Station Road, Pomona, New York 10970
- Jewish War Veterans, P.O. Box 38, New City, New York 10956
- Veterans of Foreign Wars, P.O. Box 921, New City, New York 10956
- Air Force Association, Chapter 251, 207 Treetop Circle, Nanuet, New York 10954
Rockland County Marine Corps League Auxiliary
The Rockland County Marine Corps League Auxiliary continues its on-going campaign - Pet Rescue - to reunite our troops with pets they may have had to leave in Afghanistan. Cans and bottles (no glass bottles) that can be recycled for cash, may be brought to Kearsing Edwards American Legion Post 1600, Pomona, NY. They are collected by ARC Pet Rescue volunteers and recycled. Contributions for the Pet Rescue Project are also welcome! The funds pay for food and water to sustain pets on their journey home; their transportation is free. For more information contact Chairman Dale Fisher 845-304- 3595.
Rockland County Marine Corps League - MASH Unit
We regularly receive donations of handicap assistance equipment for disabled veterans from people who want to help. Our donated equipment is available for free to military veterans and their families. The items include the following:
- Motorized Wheelchairs
- Manual Wheelchairs
- Bath Chairs
- Transfer Benches
If you have need of any of this equipment, contact the folks at the Rockland County Marine Corps League - 845-323-8774 or via e-mail: email@example.com.
RockVets - A Project of New York Vets
You can find information, useful links, and view our webpage at www.rockvets.com. Previous copies of our newsletters are also available on our website.
On the first Friday of each month, just after the 10:00 a.m. news-break, RockVets has a live call-in talk show on Rockland County's local radio station - WRCR 1700 AM dial. This live show is hosted by Jerry Donnellan. We encourage you to call-in and ask any questions you may have relating to veterans or the military. This is also a good opportunity to promote any upcoming events for your organization that would be of interest to the veteran/military community. The call-in number is 845-362-0013. Please note, WRCR is now on 1700 AM dial. The show is also live on the internet at: http://www.wrcr.com.
At the discretion of the editor, we'd be happy to add your upcoming events to our newsletter. Please submit the details to us as soon as possible, but no later than the 20th of each month so we can get the information in the following issue. Send information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veterans Service Agency of Rockland
If you plan to come to the Veterans Service Agency office, please call to make an appointment so we can give you the time you need: 845-638-5244.
Jerry Donnellan, Director
Veterans Service Agency of Rockland County
20 Squadron Blvd., - Suite 480
New City, New York 10956
RockVets website: http://www.rockvets.com
RockVets newsletters: http://www.rockvets.com/newsletters