Next of kin to receive Silver Star posthumously awarded to KIA Vietnam Veteran James Castaldi – 47 years after his death.
James Castaldi, was born December 31, 1942, son of Philadelphia Police Officer James Castaldi and Violet (Caravello) Castaldi. When his father died in 1945, his mother remarried and moved to Magnolia, Camden County NJ. He entered the Army (5/7 Cav) in 1967.Unfortunately, along with over 57,000 others, he never made it home. On January 12, 1968, 1st Platoon of C Company made contact with a well-concealed, large NVA force in the Que Son Valley, which grew into a brutal battle and lasted all afternoon into the dark. Beating back the enemy force and retrieving this platoon eventually involved three platoons of C Company, and elements of B Company and A Company. At the end, three men were killed and many men were wounded. Bill Port was grievously wounded, captured by the enemy, and later died of his wounds as a POW…read more
Waco Legion Riders Return Dog Tag to Widow of Vietnam Vet, Henry Daigle
Last year, Cherry Hill Legion Riders, Ron & Carol Colucci, headed down to Texas for Ron’s Tanker Reunion. A mission before returning home to NJ was to hand off some dog tags to Rodney Mayhem of the Legion Riders in Waco, TX.
Mayhew, along with Sue Quinn-Morris of the Dog Tag Project Committee, have been working on locating the Texan Veterans that the dog tags belong to so they can be returned….read more
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.