On 27 March 2017, dozens of Vietnam veterans joined family members and friends for a long-awaited "welcome home" celebration at the First Tennessee Pavilion. Hosted jointly by the City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County, the event's mission was to spotlight the fact that our country still owes a debt of gratitude to the men and women who valiantly served our country decades ago. The three-day jubilee was endorsed by President Trump, Governor Haslam of Tennessee, Andy Berke (Mayor of Chattanooga), and Hamilton County Commissioners. Many volunteers from DAR and DAV worked tirelessly to ensure that the event was a success.
Jim Lawrence, Ernie Savage, and Bud Alley (members of the 7th Cavalry, First Cavalry Division) found themselves surrounded by a brigade of North Vietnamese troops, when Garner, a young Sergeant of B. Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry, and others, reached the 7th Cavalry to fight for their safety in a notable relief operation.
Marvin Garner (pictured), Commander Chapter 525 Rome, Georgia MOPH, met army brothers he had not seen since late 1965 during the Battle of the La Drang Valley. The photo shows Vietnam veterans Marvin Garner and Bud Alley reuniting under much better circumstances than their meeting in 1965.
Commander Marvin Garner and wife Louis at the 82nd National Convention in Denver, Colorado
Patriot Larry Fleming, Cedartown Commissioner Dale Tuck presenting The Purple Heart City Proclamation to Chapter 525 Commander Marvin Gardner and Patriot Howard Cothran
Total Members 66
Chapter 525 at Walker County Purple Heart County Ceremony