February 21, 2021
Dale Throneberry, producer and host of Veterans Radio, has three guests this week.
- VFW Comander-in-Chief Hal Roesch II, to share the story of Dr. Doris “Lucki” Allen, an Army intelligence specialist in Vietnam
- Career Major General William Henderson, who piloted over 120 combat missions in SE Asia, transitioned to Michigan’s Air National Guard, and also directed the corporate flight operations of General Motors Corporation
- PFC Horace Frazier, from Ypsilanti, Michigan, Horace was an artillery cannoneer with the 1/39th Artillery Battery at Firebase Tomahawk in Vietnam in 1969.
VFW Highlights of Dr. Doris Allen PLUS Major General (ret) Henderson
VFW Commander-in-Chief Roesch Honors Dr. Doris “Lucki” Allen
Commander-in-Chief Hal Roesch II of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) joins Dale to talk about the VFW.
In the February issue, pictured to the left, he highlights the many African-American veterans who have served the United States. In his “Command Post – From the Chief” introduction on page 2, Chief Roesch recounts the intelligence specialist Allen who serves 3 tours in Vietnam and becomes a named target of the enemy. Dr. Allen became a member of one of the most exclusive organizations in the world: The Military Intelligence Corp Hall of Fame.
Dr Allen is a graduate of Tuskegee University in Alabama, Ball State University in Muncie Indiana and the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California where she obtained her doctorate in psychology.
Her medals and decorations include:
Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters (3rd award)
Meritorious Service Medal
Army Commendation Medal Good Conduct Medal with Silver Loop (6th award)
Army of Occupation Medal (Japan)
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star (2nd award)
Vietnam Service Medal with two Silver Stars
Vietnam Campaign Medal
United Nations Service Medal
Korea Presidential Unit Citation Meritorious Unit Citation
Korean Service Medal
Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry
Thank you to the National Association of Black Military Women and the West Point Center for Oral History for the background information and photo.
Bill Henderson, Ready for His Next Mission
Our Friends, Bill Henderson and Horace Frazier
Major General (ret) William A. Henderson was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. As a Marine pilot he flew 125 combat missions over South Vietnam, Laos and North Vietnam.
From 1970-1974, he served as an F-4 check pilot and instructor.
He left active duty and then joined the Michigan Air National Guard, flying F-100s and A-7s. He was named commander of the Michigan Air National Guard in 1992 and was promoted to major general in 1996.
He also served as the corporate pilot, chief pilot and director of flight operations for General Motor Corp.
And PFC Horace Frazier, from Ypsilanti, Michigan, Horace was an artillery cannoneer with the 1/39th Artillery Battery at Firebase Tomahawk in Vietnam in 1969.
Medal of Honor Reading for SFC Webster Anderson
Sfc. Anderson (then S/Sgt.) distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as chief of section in Battery A, against a hostile force. During the early morning hours Battery A’s defensive position was attacked by a determined North Vietnamese Army infantry unit supported by heavy mortar, recoilless-rifle, rocket-propelled-grenade and automatic-weapons fire. The initial enemy onslaught breached the battery defensive perimeter. Sfc. Anderson, with complete disregard for his personal safety, mounted the exposed parapet of his howitzer position and became the mainstay of the defense of the battery position.
Webster Anderson was severely wounded in the action that earned him the Medal of Honor, and was evacuated promptly by helicopter in efforts to save his life. The pilot of the medical evacuation helicopter (MEDEVAC) that flew him out to the hospital was Patrick Brady, who would later earn the Medal of Honor for heroic actions in evacuating other wounded in a different action.
Content from CMOHS.org and HomeOfHeroes.com
Salute & Honor Program
Thank you Kate Melcher, Fisher House Michigan Executive Director, for sponsoring our first Medal of Honor reading for our Salute & Honor Program. Kate honored all Army Aviation brethren who fly “above the best.”
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