Commander
Robert Sweeney
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Sgt. Robert Lepple Marine Vietnam Veteran was  honored as the
Grand Marshall of this year’s Pelham Memorial Day Parade. Born and
raised in Pelham and a 1962 graduate of Pelham Memorial High
School, Mr. Lepple enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1965. After rigorous
training at Paris Island and Camp Jejune, he received orders sending
him to the Republic of Vietnam from 1966 to 1967. He was involved in
numerous combat operations in Chu Lai, Phu Bai and Da Nang with the
2nd Marine Division and then received numerous ribbons including a
Presidential Unit Citation.

After returning from Vietnam, Mr. Lepple was stationed at the Naval Air
Station in Hawaii were he received his honorable discharge and
returned to Pelham. Mr. Lepple is a long time member of Post #50
Mr. Lepple is leaving Pelham this year for his new home in upstate New
York where he plans to relax and get in some fishing and hunting.
He donated the bronze plaque for the Gold Star Mother’s Memorial in
Veterans Park to be installed in honor of all the young men who died in
Vietnam.
Harry Engstrom Navy USNR-R, Petty Officer 3rd class.
Served active duty April 1967 to December 1968 Republic of
South Vietnam, combat service (three tours)COMSERVRON5.
Supporting activities North of
DMZ in the Gulf of Tonkin. Served, reserve duty New Rochelle
Navy and Marine Corp Center, surface division #3-69 assigned
USS DeLong 684 (DE), four years. In addition taught/trained
recruits on introduction to active duty and marlinspike
seamanship.
A Long time resident of Pelham and a member of the American
Legion for over 40 Years
Joseph L. Brown Airman First Class (E-4).  Born and raised in
Washington, DC. Served active duty from December 5, 1956 until May
6, 1963. Basic Training at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX. Attended
technical school for Communications Center Specialist at F.E. Warren
AFB, Cheyenne, WY. After school was assigned to the Strategic Air
Command at the 321st Bomb Wing, Pinecastle AFB, FL. Was sent
overseas when transferred to the 49th Communications Squadron,
attached to the 16th Air Force (SAC) located at Torrejon AB, Spain.
While there had TDY assignments to North Africa and other European
locations. Returned to the CONUS with an assignment to the 93rd
Bomb Wing (SAC) located at Castle AFB, CA. After about two years
was reassigned to the 641st Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron
which was part of NORAD, located at Melville AFS, Labrador. While at
Melville worked as a disk jockey for the local AFRS Radio Station.
After serving a year at this isolated duty station was sent back to the
CONUS to the 2045th Communications Group, part of the Air Force
Communications Service, located at Andrews AFB, MD. After
honorable discharge was immediately employed at NASA
Headquarters in Washington, DC.  A Member of the American Legion
since 1997
Louisa J. Gonzalez Technical Sergeant (E6). 1987, joined the U.S.
New Orleans, LA. Was then assigned to Fort Schuyler in New York. My
Navy service lasted four ½ years. In 1991 transferred to the US Air
Force
Stationed at Homestead AFB in Florida.  Attended Tech School for
Information Management Specialist at Keesler Air Force Base, MS.
1994 transferred to the 337 Airlift Squadron at Westover AFB, MA. In
2000 promoted to Technical Sergeant. In 2004 Attended Paralegal
Course at Maxwell AFB, AL. Retired in 2008 after 21 ½ years of service
from Family Support Center_.439 Airlift Wing, Westover,
AWARDS
1. Meritorious Service Medal  4/2008
2. Naval Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal
3. Air Force Longevity Service Award w/4 devices
4. Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/M and Silver Hourglass
5. Air Reserve Meritorious Service Medal w/5 devices
6. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 2 devices
7. Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
8. Air Force Reserve Meritorious Service Medal with 4 devices
9. Air Force Meritorious Medal
10. Air Force Commendation Medal
11. NCO Professional Military Education Ribbon
12. National Defense Service Medal with 1 device
Member Served in support of Operations Noble Eagle/Enduring
Freedom/Iraqi Freedom Title 10 USC, Section 12301 (D)
Aguilar, William (Bill) – USAF E4,  1959,to 1964 ACTIVE AND
iNACTIVE.  - Overseas. Good Conduct Medal - National Defence
Service Medal.
While on a C47 cargo plane delivering cargo to ground troops Cargo
plane caught fire and crashed. I was one of the fortunate ones.
After 40 years of treatment for PTSD and TBI (traumatic brain Injury)
Three (3) back surgery’s, Cancer, I still volunteer at Montrose and
Fordham VA. Hospital,  My motto is
(AT LEAST IM WALKING AND
TALKING
).   So many of our veterans cannot.
For this, I say, I am the lucky one. Currently Comander of
Plham Post 50
Barbieri, Frank A - USAF Captain - Jan 2, 1966 to Aug 26,
1971. Served Supply Operations Officer.  Kirksville AFS, MO,
Norway
Received the National Defence Service Medal.. USAF
Outstanding Supply Officer Award 1969
Wife Diana R. Barbieri
Durnin, Joseph E. Jr - United States Army - Sergeant E5 -
Sept 1967 to Sept 1970 Area Intelligence Specialist.
Intelligence School, Fort Hood MD.  Japanese Language
School, Ft.Myers, VA. 500th MI Group Tokyo, Japan.
Awarded Army Unit Commendation

Wife Jan Louise Durnin
Hall, Joseph T - United States Army Feb 12 1962 to Feb 11,
1964.  SP4  351.10 Power Gen specialist.- Combat Viet
Nam/Thailand- Received the Good Conduct Medal, Viet Nam
Service.

Wife Jo-Ann Hall
Boyle, Michael J.- United States Army - Spec 5- 12B30
Demolition Specialist.-  Combat Vietnam, CONUS.
Awarded Good Conduct Medal, National Defence Service,
Vietnam Service , W/3 Bronze Star. Republic of Vietnam,
Campaign Ribbon W/Device, Expert Badge Machine Gun and
Rifle Bars.
Wife Michelle
Giuistino, Oronzo (ron) United
States Navy -
Korean Veteran - Good Conduct
Medal -- Norfolk, Indian Ocean,
Pakistan
Dechiario, Sebastian, United States Navy - Avaiation Electronics
Tech 2nd Class. 19-52/56  Hawaii, Japan. China Service, Good
Conduct Medal
Kaegi, Brian, United States Navy- E 3 Plane Caption. VA-81
1972 to 1975. Meritorious unit commendation
Rambusch, Len, United States Coast Guard, Captain
1959 to 1962 20 year reserve
O'Rourke, Francis X  United States Army. SP 4  1960- 1962
McGuirl, Robert "Big Bob" United States Army.  1968 to 1971
Sgt E 5 Signal Corps. Viet Nam Combat - Bronze Star - Army
Commendations with 2 oak left cluster. National Defence Medal - Viet
Name Service Medal. Vietnam Campaign Medal with 3 battle stars

GOD BLESS AMERICA
Anderson, Jim, United States Army -Sp 4 Radio Operator -
1966 to 1971
Cassidy, Martin, United States Army Sgt E 5 1965 to 1967
Presidential Salute Battery, US Army Honor Guard
Koester, Edward  United States Army Reserve 1985 to 2012 Lt. Col.
Sweeney, Robert , United States Marines. 1966 to 1969 Captain
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