Chapter 172 Celebrates Veterans Day

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 172 performed a POW/MIA ceremony at Veterans Day event held at the Rocky Gap (Md.) Veterans Cemetery on Nov. 11. American Legion Post 13 joined VVA to present the colors, and the Mountain Ridge Jazz Orchestra performed.

James Marchinke, a Disabled Veterans Outreach Program specialist, provided a keynote address. Marchinke enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, working in helicopter maintenance, and was stationed at New River, N.C. He served three tours of duty in Beirut, Lebanon, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.

Marchinke has earned the Meritorious Service Medal, a Combat Action Ribbon, Army Commendation medals, Army Achievement medals, six Good Conduct medals, a Master Aircraft Crewman Badge, three Overseas Service ribbons and other unit awards.

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