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Services for Jim Monaghan


Location: Memorial Chapel, Arlington National Cemetery, VA
Date: Friday, 09 August 2013
Time: 12:45 PM

Please contact Marie Menefee – Cell: 818-404-3336 // E-Mail: marie@rshapiroantiques.com

· You will need vehicle transportation not only from the service start point but throughout the entire service.
· Please arrive 30 mins. ahead of time with your vehicles.
· For Chapel Service, you must enter Ft. Meyer. Instructions can be found at http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/docs/AccessControl_ANC_JBM.pdf
· For Service at Arlington Cemetery, please proceed to the security guards and inform them you are there for a service.

*** Immediately following the service at Arlington, the family is hosting a memorial service at the Ft. Myer’s Officers Club. Please, make contact with Marie (contact info listed above) if you plan to attend. ***


Memorial Day Ceremony

Rocky Versace Memorial

The “Friends of Rocky Versace” will host the 11th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony in Alexandria on Monday, 27 May 2013 beginning at 11:00 AM.  The approximately 1-hour Ceremony will honor posthumous Medal of Honor recipient and Distinguished Member of the Special Forces Regiment CPT Rocky Versace, 3 other 5 Alexandrians who died during the Vietnam War and all those in uniform who made the ultimate sacrifice. Location is the Capt. Rocky Versace Plaza and Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial; Mount Vernon Recreation Center in the City of Alexandria, 2701 Commonwealth Ave. (intersection of Commonwealth and Mt Vernon Aves.).

63 other items on display at the Versace Plaza include:

1. Autographed copy of Five Years to Freedom
2. Special Forces Green Beret presented by MG Ken Bowra (CG, JFKSWCS)
3. Medal of Honor

Who – Special Forces Troopers, family and friends
What – Memorial Day Ceremony
When – Monday, 27 May, 11 AM
Where – CPT Rocky Versace Plaza / Mt Vernon Recreation Center
2701 Commonwealth Ave
Alexandria, 22305

Why – To honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice

Weblinks: www.virginia.org/Listings/EventsAndExhibits/MemorialDayCeremonyVersacePlazaMemorialinAlexandriaVA


Capt. Versace was captured and taken to a prison deep in the jungle along with two other Americans, Lieutenant Nick Rowe and Sergeant Dan Pitzer. He tried to escape four times, but failed in his attempts. Versace insulted the Viet Cong during the indoctrination sessions and cited the Geneva Convention treaty time after time. The Viet Cong separated Versace from the other prisoners. The last time the prisoners heard his voice, he was loudly singing “God Bless America”. On September 26, 1965, North Vietnam’s “Liberation Radio” announced the execution of Captain Humbert Roque Versace. Versace’s remains have never been recovered. His headstone at Arlington National Cemetery stands above an empty grave and can be located in the Memorial section MG-108.

JFK Wreath Laying Ceremony


FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Oct. 9, 2012)

The U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne) will hold its commemorative President John F. Kennedy Wreath Laying Ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 at 12:10 p.m. at the Kennedy grave site at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va.

The event will pay tribute to Kennedy’s vision of building a dedicated counter insurgency force, a vision that helped build the Green Berets into the elite force they have become over the last five decades.

Following the Wreath Laying Ceremony, a Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha will conduct a Special Forces capability demonstration at the Fort Myer Spates Community Club.

In a message to Lt. Gen. William P. Yarborough in October 1961, Kennedy commended the men of the Special Warfare Center on their efforts to prepare a force of unconventional warriors to combat growing threats to our nation.

“The challenge of this old but new form of operations is a real one and I know that you and the members of your command will carry on for us and the free world in a manner which is both worthy and inspiring,” Kennedy wrote. “I am sure that the Green Beret will be a mark of distinction in the trying times ahead.”

To honor that foresight and the support Kennedy gave to the Green Berets, Brig. Gen. Christopher K. Haas, USASFC (A) Commanding General, will lead a contingent of Green Berets in the ceremony at Arlington. A wreath in the shape of a Green Beret will be placed on Kennedy’s tomb.


Always Remember.


Final Burial of Recon Team Maryland from MACV-SOG, CCN

US Military Funeral Afghanistan
On 3 November 1969 Recon Team Maryland from MACV-SOG, CCN, was inserted in Laos on a recon mission. The team consisted of Gunther Wald, Bill Brown and Don Shue. The team came under heavy attack and all were mortally wounded. By the time a Bright Light team went in delayed by bad weather all that was found was some web gear. In 2009 a farmer in Laos discovered some remain that were determined by JPAC to be those of Wald, Brown and Shue. Brown and Shue were identified early, returned and buried with full honors.On 30 May 2012, Gunther Wald was finally accounted for.
On 30 August 2012, the members of RT Maryland will be buried together in Arlington National Cemetery. There will be a visitation and service for families and friends on 29 August from 1800 to 2000 at the Robert Murphy Funeral Home, 4510 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA 22203. There will be a formal service at 1100 at the Old Post Chapel on Fort Myer. A caisson will take the remains of Wald, Brown and Shue to their final resting place in Arlington. They will be burried together with full military honors.
Cliff Newman
Administrative Director
Special Forces Association
PO Box 41436
Fayetteville, NC 28309
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