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Start Date:Sep 20th, 2008
End Date:Sep 20th, 2008
Address:Mt. Soledad
La Jolla, CA   92037-5852
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DescriptionNATIONAL POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY 2008 This POW/MIA NATIONAL RECOGNITION DAY, PLEASE come show your support by remembering the Motto of the VETERANS of NAM! “BRING THEM HOME OR SEND US BACK” “WE CAN NEVER FORGET” On Saturday September 20th, 2008 the Veterans of San Diego County will HONOR not only the 22 Servicemen from San Diego County and who are STILL unaccounted for from Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. We will also pay Special Tribute to the ONLY San Diego County Servicemen who is still listed as a PRISONER OF WAR. Lieutenant Commander Marvin B.C. Wiles Jr LCDR Marvin Wiles was shot down over North Vietnam on May 6th 1972 he was a Corsair pilot assigned to Attack Squadron 22 on board the USS CORAL SEA. Of the San Diego 22, Col. Scharf’s remains were recovered and he was buried in 2006 at The Arlington National Ceremony with FULL MILITARY HONORS. We have located 5 other family members across the Nation and presented Flags to them. ALL of the first 21 were listed as MIA while ONLY San Diego County Servicemen who is still listed as a PRISONER OF WAR. Lieutenant Commander Marvin B.C. Wiles Jr was the ONLY POW listed. The Ceremony will be held at Mt. Soledad on September 20th 2008, at 1:00PM Any Motorcyclists wishing to ride in the escort with Donna J. Wiles (wife of LCDR Marvin Wiles) who will be in a Limousine will meet at the La Jolla VA Hospital lower parking lot at 11AM. The Escort will depart the VA Hospital at 12:00PM. The 4 mile trip to Mt. Soledad will travel at a slow rate of speed along Torey Pines Road. At Mt. Soledad all Motorcycle parking will be in the lower lot and will be directed by The SAFETY Crew. Vehicle parking will be announced at a near in the future date. There will be a Presentation to the wife and son of LCDR Marvin Benjamin Christopher Wiles Jr. of a SPECIAL POW/MIA Flag with the name of LCDR MARVIN WILES, BRANCH of SERVICE, DATE of PRISONER of WAR, LOCATION (N.VIETNAM). A COMMEMORTIVE POW/MIA coin, the reading of THE POW/MIA FLAG POEM, There will also be a POW/MIA MISSING MAN TABLE CEREMONY and a MISSING MAN FLY OVER, a POW/MIA Balloon Release for the 22 Servicemen and than at the end of the Ceremony, Food and Beverages will be available and a Band will play. There is a $10 Donation request Can at the food table to help finance the Ceremony and to Continue locating the families and manufacturing the SPECIAL POW/MIA Flag to the remaining 21 Servicemen of San Diego County. And when needed the transporting the POW/MIA Flag across this Great Nation by Brothers, Members of other Clubs, the Motorcycle Community, and ALL Patriotic Citizens that REMEMBER WE CAN NEVER FORGET not even ONE of these Heroes. To find out more info on this project please visit: http://vnvmc-cai.com/ Synopsis; While on an armed reconnaissance mission in search of convoys, he and his wingman CDR Roger "Binkie" Sheets spotted a missile launch from a SAM site to their right. Because this valley was heavily used by American aircraft their priority changed to destroy the SAM Site. Unknown to them an "Iron Hand" SAM strike mission aircraft in the area had picked up the SAM launch signal and was monitoring the site as well. CDR Sheets went in on a bombing run once the smoke from the previous missile launch had cleared and dropped his bombs. He pulled up and rolled over to see his bomb strikes when all of a sudden the site was hit with a SHRIKE missile from the “Iron Hand” aircraft. The site was destroyed by both bombings. CDR Sheets pulled back to the left when his radar picked up another launch of a SAM Missile from another site. He radioed LCDR Wiles if he had picked up the location and when no response he looked back and saw LCDR Wiles Corsair crash into the ground. The launch he had picked up had hit LCDR Wiles aircraft. Shortly thereafter, Sheets saw Wiles' parachute and he followed it down right into a village a few miles from the city of Quang Khe and about 14 miles northwest of Dong Hoi in Quang Binh Province, North Vietnam. Wiles landed uninjured right in the middle of the village and according to reports began evasive action on the ground. Sheets began to receive ground fire and was forced to leave the area. The Air Wing Commander never saw Wiles again. We Americans OWE …THESE HEROES FOR THE SACRIFICE THEY’VE MADE AND THAT OF TIER FAMILIES FOR OUR FREEDOM!
Host:Viet Nam Vets MC / Legacy Vets
Phone:619 241-6958

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