When Dennis Tom arrived to work at Clermont Senior Services on March 29th, he had a surprise waiting in the lobby. Dennis’ wife, Ellen, had arranged a special pinning ceremony to take place on National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
Dennis is a Meals on Wheels Driver for CSS. He enlisted in the United States Navy on September 21, 1965 and completed basic training at the Naval Training Center in Illinois. He served as an Aircraft Carrier Electronics Technician working on the automatic carrier landing system. Dennis served on the USS F.D. Roosevelt(CVA 42) while it supported freedom and peace in the Tonkin Gulf during the Vietnam War.
On June 22, 1971, Dennis received an honorable discharge from the USN. He then flew as a professional air carrier pilot and retired from the Federal Aviation Administration after serving 18 years as an Aviation Safety Inspector.
Shelby Duncan, a Legion Auxiliary member and Commemorative Partner, was on hand to present Tom with the commemorative lapel pin, a proclamation from the president, car decals and a congratulatory cake from Grace Hospice.
The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration was authorized by Congress,m established under the secretary of defense, and launched by the President in May 2012. Through the dedicated efforts of their Commemorative partners, 7 million living Vietnam Veterans and families of the 9 million who served are being thanked and honored where they live and work by neighbors, family and friends. Each living veteran who served at any time on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, regardless of location during the period of November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975 is eligible to receive one Vietnam Veteran Lapel pin on behalf of a grateful nation.
For more information about the U.S. Vietnam War Commemoration, please visit:http://www.vietnamwar50th.com