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Saturday, December 6, 2014 – POW/MIA Holiday Candlelight Service to be held at Glassboro VFW, 275 Wilmer St., Glassboro, NJ.
July 9, 2014 – It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of the passing of Vice President, Tony Halas. Tony, was a very generous and kind man who would always do for others and offered his time and support in anything someone needed. He proudly served the US Air Force during the Vietnam War, dedicated many years as a dispatcher for EP Henry of Turnersville, and was a proud and active member and initiator of numerous organizations and Veterans Groups.For more info, including funeral details, photos and videos, click here
In December 2012, Jack Hutchings, a prominent businessman in Florida, had been traveling on his yacht in the Solomonian Islands. There, the villagers gave him some American WWII dog tags they had found. He brought them home in hopes of getting them returned to the veterans/families.
Upon returning home, he stumbled across a newspaper article in the Orlando-Sentinel about the dog tag return to USMC Vietnam veteran, James Alderman. This prompted him to send the POW/MIA Awareness Committee the dog tags in hopes they could locate and return them to the veterans or their families.
One of those dog tags belong to Elias J. Padilla. Elias was born August 18, 1918 in New Mexico and he served in the Army during WWII. Unfortunately, Elias passed away in 1948.
Padilla’s son, Joe, was located in Santa Fe, NM. In a private gathering, Fred “Ironhead” Gerdes, of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Nam Knights of America, presented Joe with his fathers dog tag and coined him. Joe also shared photos of his father. See below.