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Our new series, Third Thursday VetChat, gives you front row seat to an intimate exchange with our Vietnam Veteran Volunteers led by NJVVMF Trustee Melissa Ziobro, Specialist Professor of Public History at Monmouth University.
Bill “Doc” McClung acts as a tour guide at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation. He has volunteered at the Memorial since 2009. Bill was drafted into the US Army from his hometown of Kearny, NJ after graduating from college and teaching for a year in the NJ public school system. He entered the service in June 1968.
Bill is a member of the VFW, Vietnam Veterans of America, the First Cavalry Division Assn., the 7th Cavalry Assn., the 5th Bn. 7 Cav. Assn. and the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation. He enjoys volunteering at the Memorial and Vietnam Era Museum to ensure that today’s younger generation supplements their classroom learning and hear from veterans who actually experienced the Vietnam Era and War.
Michael J. Coale was drafted into the United States Army in 1966 from his hometown of Glen Rock, New Jersey. He received his Basic Training and Anti-Tank training at Ft. Carson in Colorado.
Michael served in Vietnam from 1967 through 1968 in Reconnaissance Platoons. He served with the 4th Battalion 9th Regiment and the 2nd Battalion 12th Regiment, both in the 25th Division. Michael achieved the rank of E4.
Michael retired as a Captain from the Newark Fire Department after a thirty year career in 2004. Michael is a member of the 25th Division Association. Has been a volunteer since 1996 / 1997 and also volunteers at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial – “The Wall” – in Washington DC. The Wall Volunteers are committed to sharing the legacy of all Vietnam veterans, spreading the healing power of the Memorial and educating future generations.
Michael made a return trip to Vietnam in 2004.
Peter Meloro volunteers as a tour guide at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation. Peter joined the US Army in 1987 and served in the Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division (Screaming Eagles), the same battalion depicted in the HBO Mini Series, Band of Brothers televised in 2001..
Peter served as a Specialist V in Vietnam from July 1969 until July 1970 in I Corp, East of the A Shau Valley at Camp Evans – north of the City of Hue in the most northern part of South Vietnam – as Company Clerk for an Infantry Company. He enjoys volunteering at the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and sharing his firsthand experiences from his time in Vietnam with visitors of all ages.
Third Thursday VetChats are Free and Open to the Public
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