The Heroes Cafe tipped their hat to local Vietnam Veterans in honor of Vietnam Veterans Day, March 29, 2022. The KAVV was out in force! Thanks Anne and the rest of the HC Staff for all they do for the KAVV and all local veterans. Oh, and thanks for the doughnuts too!

March 25, 9:00 AM – Heroes Cafe – Caps & Coats only

March 29, 11:30 AM – Mission BBQ Color Guard for Vietnam Veterans Day

Once in a while, we get more people than equipment. March 12, 2022 was one of those days. Larry Olle even showed up after the picture was taken! It was another cold one, but the total was 14. Hope you are having fun in the sun Roy!

Also, Long time KAVV Member Jim Rossman is now a member of the Honor Guard. Welcome!

Last night, Rich Willoughby, a former Navy Corpsman, answered the calls of guests at the funeral we were guarding for someone with medical experience. Rich rodger’d up and followed them to a woman who was having a seizure. With his experience, he was able to provide instruction and comfort to the other guests while awaiting the ambulance. Other members of the KAVV helped out by directing the ambulance and clearing a path in the snow. The woman came out of the seizure very much ok. Glad you are part of the team Rich!

The Honor Guard attend Swede’s Annual Fundraiser to show thanks and support for this veteran friendly establishment. Rich Bowker presented pictures and framed Thank You’s to Joan Spair and Jon Olson.

1 Rich Presenting Photos and Thank you’s to Joan Spair

2 Joan Spair of Swede’s accepting Awards

3 Ron Olson mixing Tom & Jerry’s

4 A good time was had by all!

5 The KAVV Honor Guard at Swede’s Annual Fundraiser

The KAVV Honor Guard was on hand to help dedicate the section of 58th Street between Sheridan Road and the Lake as the Honorary Paul Herrick Blvd.

Marine Private Herrick, a son of Kenosha, was killed aboard the USS Arizona (BB-39) on December 7th, 1941. He is the namesake of The American Legion, Post 21 in downtown Kenosha.

I received comments from many of the attendees including State Representative Samantha Kerkman, The American Legion State Commander Eirich, 1st District Commander Stuvengen, and our very own Post 21 Commander Thomas “Woody” Visintainer Sr. below, about the professionalism of the Honor Guard, and what they added to the ceremony!

Tim stated he was truly surprised at his birthday party last month thanks to Woody and Tim Jr’s sneakiness! Good food and good company! Great Party Sue.

  • November 7th 1:00 pm – Pleasant Prairie POW/MIA
  • November 10th 2:30 pm – Casa Del Mare 3508 7th Ave
  • November 11th Veterans Day
  • 10:30 am American Legion
  • 11:15 am Dayton Hotel
  • 12:00 pm Library Park
  • 1:30 am St. Catherine Commons

Jim Van Lone with Joe CampoloI at LZ Lambeau in 2010.

Jim Van Lone was an original member of the KAVV, as well as a member of the Honor Guard, and he was a friend.

I think it is fair to say that all of you have witnessed first hand how the KAVV Honor Guard is profoundly important to the families that request our service. You probably know that the KAVV has been described as a “Dead Man’s Club”. Well the current leadership is determined to change that. The KAVV now has Honor Guard Associate Members. The first such member is Tom “Woody” Visintainer, pictured below at his first funeral. Welcome Woody, we’re glad to have you!

Tom “Woody” Visintainer honoring a fallen brother.