Delaware Chapters Dedicate Pearl Harbor Memorial

The Vietnam Veterans of America’s Delaware State Council, Chapter 83 and Chapter 850 joined in dedicating a new Pearl Harbor Memorial in Smyrna on Dec. 7. The project was spearheaded by the Vietnam Vets Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club, the town and state officials, and funded by the state, the motorcycle club and the Delaware State Council.

According to the Clayton-Smyrna Sun-Times, the memorial features an anchor from a 1942 U.S. Navy destroyer and a stone marker with an image of the attack with the inscriptions, “In memory of those who perished December 7th, 1941,” “A date which will live in infamy,” and VVA’s motto, “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”

Navy Command Master (Ret.) Chief Charles Baldwin arranged for the donation of the anchor and unveiled the monument. Its construction was spearheaded by Terry Baker, a life member of the Vietnam Vets Legacy Motorcycle Club. “It is a great honor that my brothers had that faith in me to allow us to do this,” he said.

Paul Davis, president of the VVA Delaware State Council thanked everyone who played a part in making the monument a reality. “It was an honor to be part of this,” he said. “Particularly I want to thank the Vietnam Legacy Motorcycle group. You guys are fantastic. You worked hard on this. Terry worked hard. God bless all of you guys, and God bless America.”

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