Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Vietnamese vets invite AWG to remembrance event on June 16

(Note: General Skip Dreps has indicated that AWG members are welcome to attend this event on June 16 and requested that this invitation be shared).

General Dreps,
On behalf of the Vietnamese Veterans Community we invite you to join us, as an honored guest, our annual Vietnam Memorial Day celebration.
The ceremony brings together the NW Vietnamese American community. It pays tribute to our comrades who sacrificed in the struggle for democracy in the Republic of South Vietnam.  It gives us the opportunity to pay our respects and honor the memory of our brethren who are not with us on this day.

The ceremony will take be conducted Saturday, June 16, at 1:00 pm to 4:00pm, at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School 1301 E Yesler Way, Seattle WA 98122. 

Chuyen Nguyen                                                         Thai Phan
President, RSVN SF Association                              Past-President, RSVN SF Association
Cel. 425-773-1721     Cel. 206-235-1364

Remembering D-Day and Technical Sergeant Gerald M. Henderson

(Note: AWG member Skip Dreps asked that this invitation be shared with the general membership. Col. Phil Smart. Sr. was inducted into the association last August.  Washington's First Gentleman,  Mike Gregoire is expected to be present as well).


Wednesday, June 6, 2012 Family friends, veterans and general public are invited to join us in paying tribute to Technical Sergeant Gerald M. Henderson and all veterans who participated in D-Day.
 Technical Sergeant Gerald M. Henderson was killed in action on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944.  For this activity, Technical Sergeant Henderson was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. Retired Colonel Phil Smart, Sr. of Seattle has assisted the family in obtaining the Distinguished Service Cross to honor their loved one. General Peter Chiarelli, USA (Ret.), formerly Vice Chief Staff of the United States Army, will present the award to the family.
This event will take place on June 6th, 2012 at 3:00pm in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Evergreen Washelli, located at 11111 Aurora Avenue, Seattle, WA 98133.
We will also place a wreath in the Normandy Section of our Veterans Memorial Cemetery to honor the memory and sacrifice of all the members of the 18th Infantry Regiment in Technical Sergeant Henderson’s honor.
The President of the United States takes pride in awarding the Distinguished Service Cross (posthumously) to Gerald M. Henderson, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division (The Big Red One), in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in Normandy France, on D-Day.
Technical Sergeant Henderson, while exposed to intense enemy artillery mortar, machine gun, and small arms fire, heroically supervised the unloading of men and vehicles from his landing craft. Observing that a vehicle from an adjoining craft had stalled, he voluntarily drove a truck along the fire swept beach, plunged in the water and fastened a cable to the disabled vehicle.

After towing it safely to shore, he personally carried two wounded occupants to covered positions and rendered first aid. He returned to the beach, and amid bursting shells and devastating small arms fire, courageously continued his rescue work. While carrying a wounded soldier across the beach to safety, a shell landed near this valiant soldier fatally wounding him. His heroic achievements during the initial landing resulted in the saving of many lives and much vital equipment.

The self-sacrificing devotion to duty, personal bravery and valorous leadership displayed by Technical Sergeant Henderson exemplified the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Chuck Hardaway, past commanding general of AWG, to receive Maple Valley's top award

Chuck Hardaway, a past commanding general of the AWG, will be receiving the city of Maple Valley's highest and most prestigious award, the Maple Valley Golden Leaf Award, in a ceremony on May 29 at 7 p.m. at the Wilderness Lodge near Maple Valley.

Hardaway has a long record of distinguished community service in addition to his past work with the Association of Washington Generals.  A recent biography of Hardaway is below. He will be honored by a proclamation by the city council in a special ceremony at the lodge.

Members of the AWG are welcome - and even encouraged - to attend the ceremony, according to Commanding General Ralph Ibarra.

Hardaway's spouse, Marge, said the award is a surprise to Chuck so mum's the word!   


Chuck Hardaway and his wife of more than 55 years have lived in Maple Valley, Washington for well over 30 years. He is was the commander of the Association of Washington Generals between 2004 and 2007. Chuck served on the Tahoma School Board over ten years, the Greater Maple Valley Area Council for seven years, and the Maple Valley City Council for two years. He was chairman of the Seattle-King County Private Industry Council and on the board of directors of the Kent Business Development Center.

In 1990, Chuck was Maple Valley’s Citizen of the Year at Large. Governor Christine Gregoire of the State of Washington declared by proclamation December 19, 2005 as “Commander General Chuck Hardaway Day,” and the City of Maple Valley proclaimed December 20, 2005 as “Chuck Hardaway Day” to honor him for his distinctive service to nation, state, and the local community. He has been knighted into the Order of the Knights of Rizal from the Philippines and appointed as an Arkansas Traveler and Ambassador of Goodwill by Governor Mike Huckabee for contribution to the progress, enjoyment, and well-being of the state of Arkansas and her people. He was also commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Chuck holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from George Washington University and is a retired United States Air Force officer, flying over 100 combat missions in Vietnam. He has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, seven Air Medals, the Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Force Commendation Medals, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.

He has been a co-owner of a real estate company and a computer company, both based in Kent, Washington, and was chief of staff of the Washington State Democratic Caucus. For the past 10 years, Chuck has written a weekly “One man’s opinion” column for the Voice of the Valley newspaper.

The Hardaways have one son, John, who graduated from the United States Naval Academy and is a commander in the United States Navy. John is an ophthalmologist and Director of Surgical Services at the Naval Hospital Bremerton in the state of Washington.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

New flagpoles at Vietnam Veterans Memorial to be dedicated May 28

OLYMPIA – Installation work is nearly complete for three new flagpoles at the state’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Capitol Campus. The Association of Washington Generals donated more than $3,000 to this project last year.

This is just one of many activities being done to prepare the campus for Memorial Day on May 28.

This is the 25th anniversary of the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The flagpoles, which were part of the original memorial design but not included during the construction, will fly the U.S., state and National League of POW/MIA Families flags.

The flagpoles will be dedicated following the annual Olympia Thunder Run event, which is sponsored by the Vietnam Vets/Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club. This Memorial Day event typically draws about 200 veterans on motorcycles to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. This year’s Memorial Day observance begins at noon. More information is available at

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Volunteers needed for ship monument project

Want to be a part of history?

Volunteers are needed right away to help out with a historic project near the Washington coast to commemorate the expedition of a Russian American Company schooner dispatched from Sitka in 1808.

This vessel, the s.v. Nikolai, was becalmed then pushed ashore by heavy swell, leaving its crew of 22 stranded. Their harrowing story of capture and survival over the course of two years while awaiting rescue is one for the history books.
The memorial project, under the direction of General Bill Sperry, is being built on or near the site of the crew’s winter encampment near our city of Forks. Sperry says volunteers are needed as soon as possible to help with prep and sealing work (similar to painting). Sperry owns a lodge in Forks so is able to provide accommodations.
To volunteer, you may contact Bill or Kitty Sperry by telephone at (360) 374-4090 or by email at