Herman “Skip” Hochreich was elected as Region 1 Director at VVA’s 18th National Convention in New Orleans, La., representing Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Maine.
Hochreich served in the U.S. Army’s 86th Combat Engineer Battalion, which left Fort Dix, N.J., on the USS Weigle in October 1966 and deployed to Phu Loi and other locations in the Mekong Delta. After about a year of active duty — including three months with the 11th Armored Cavalry near the Cambodian border at Tay Ninh — Hochreich left Vietnam.
Hochreich is a charter member of Chapter 111 in Springfield, Mass., and served as president of Chapter 866. Hochreich is a past president of the Massachusetts State Council, and is also a life member of the VFW, a member of the American Legion, and a member of the Massachusetts Chapter 2-1 of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association. Hochreich attended the dedication of the Vietnam Memorial in 1982, and serves on VVA’s National POW/MIA Committee.
Hochreich holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Westfield State University. After graduating from the Massachusetts Police Academy in Worchester and Springfield, Mass., he served as a police officer for several years; Hochreich later drove as a long-haul trucker. He has one son and enjoys motorcycling and skydiving.Send Email