Flag Day personal for veterans, families, all of us

| June 11, 2015
Kevin Howell

Kevin Howell

On 6 June 2015, I had the honor of attending the Memorial Services of Chief Master Sergeant (CMS) Dean A. DuVall, United States Air Force (USAF). My trip to Buffalo, Ind., near Monticello, was to represent U.S. Congressman Marlin Stutzman, as well as, in my position as chairman of the 50th Anniversary Celebration Committee of Vietnam & Vietnam Era Veterans, and their families of Northeast Indiana, 2013.

CMS DuVall was declared Missing In Action (MIA) Sunday 31 March, 1966, over Laos, Southeast Asia. He was buried with Full Military Rites by the Veterans Administration of the Scott Air Force Base.

CMS DuVall’s services were more than ceremonial to me. It is personal.

My older brother Laurence A. “Tony” Howell, who was drafted in the United States Army (USA) also served in Southeast Asia-Laos. For nearly 50 years, our family thought he served in Germany, out of harm’s way in South Vietnam. The DuVall Family-Ms. Kay Martinez- a sister of CMS DuVall, lives in Fort Wayne, had known for 50 years that their loved one WAS in Laos—somewhere.

For veterans, and their families, and the families who lost loved ones in Southeast Asia, or “lost” their loved ones here in Indiana after their tour of duty “over there” Flag Day is always special to us. I hope and pray that you, and your family, honor our national flag in your own way this 14 June. People from around the world are still-literally losing their lives trying to enter our country to be under the flag of the United States of America.

Do not take what it represents for granted.

Happy Flag Day!

—Kevin M. Howell

Staff Asst. to US Congressman Marlin Stutzman

USMC 1983-1993

 

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