Vietnam Veterans of the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, Inc.
My wife of forty-nine years was diagnosed with stage 4 bone cancer in mid-June. She has undergone radiation therapy and the first round of chemotherapy. The chemotherapy debilitated her, which put her into the hospital’s critical care and ICU wards for twelve days. Now that she is home, she requires constant care. Consequently, I am unable to devote the needed time to our Association and have transferred command of VV 2/1 to Tony Kilroy.
Tony has been a managing partner with me since his election as Vice President. His management and organization skills will seamlessly transition command of VV 2/1 and, with the support of our capable and excellent Trustees, they will conduct our annual reunion in Arlington, Virginia this November.
My responsibilities shifted to the care of my wife as we face this medical challenge together. Therefore, I will resign the office of president of VV 2/1 effective November 14, 2021, the date of VV 2/1’s business meeting, to allow the membership the opportunity to elect a new president to see the Association into future years. When circumstances permit in the future, I again will seek election to the Board of Trustees, as I found my work on behalf of VV 2/1 both rewarding and a labor of love to our members.
Michelle and I thank you all for your supportive comments and prayers. This group is truly a brother hood of warriors.