VCA in the news – State Veteran Corps Of Artillery Holds July 4th Demonstration –

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The VCA held it’s “Annual Salute to the Nation” this July 4th, and Battery Park was filled with spectators from all over the world. They were not disappointed as the crowds watched a Change of Command ceremony, the Raising of the Colors, and of course the 50 gun salute with our 75mm Howitzers. A special thanks go to the Soldiers of the 258th Field Artillery based out of the Jamaica Armory in Queens, NY.

The 258th provided transportation and additional troops for the movement of the howitzers.

Here is short piece and video from New York’s own NY1 news channel.

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4th Of July, 2011 – VCA Annual Artillery Salute to the Nation

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on 4 July, 2011 at 1100 Hours (11AM ET), a VCA Firing Battery will be at Battery Park in Manhattan to begin its’ annual firing of its’ 75mm Pack Howitzers. The event commemorates each of the 50 states entry into the Union. and begins at 1020 Hours with a Raising of the Colors at Castle Clinton, and a Change of Command Ceremony. Members of the public are invited. The included video from youtube that was posted several years ago by someone at the event.

VCA Mess Dinner 1898 at Delmonico’s

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For you history buff’s…The VCA has been holding its’ Annual Mess Dinner for 221 years now. Here is a photo of the actual menu used 113 years ago. The event took place at Delmonico’s Restaurant, on Monday, January 17th, 1898. The “Joint” is “Saddle of Canada Mutton”. Does anyone know what a “Joint” is? Not even going to ask about the Mutton.

The “Forgotten War”

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U.S. Soldiers and military representatives from allied countries attend the memorial commemorating the 61st anniversary of the Korean War. Often referred to as the “Forgotten War”, the war took the lives of 33,000 American Soldiers and wounded nearly 100,000.

See the link below for the full story:

After 61 years, Korean democracy remains strong | Article | The United States Army.

VCA presents Morten Marott CPT of the Royal Danish Army Reserves – Queen’s Artillery Regiment with Honorary Membership

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CPT Morten Marrot and COL. Charles Lucas
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On Friday, January 8, 2011 COL Charles C. Lucas, Commandant of the Veteran Corps of Artillery-State of New York presented CPT  Morten Marott of the Royal Danish Army Reserves Queen’s Artillery Regiment with an Honorary Membership in the Veteran Corps of Artillery-State of New York.  The presentation was made at the 221st Annual VCA Mess Dinner held at Noble House in Lower Manhattan. Noble House is a historical building in what is NYC’s historical district and home to other historical buildings such as Fraunces Tavern.  In addition to the presentation of the honorary membership to CPT Marott the VCA was honored to have as guest speakers for the evening, David Rohde and his wife Kristen Mulhivill.

CPT Morten Marott of the Royal Danish Army Reserves Queen’s Artillery Regiment is a highly decorated Danish Military officer with extensive experience both domestically and internationally.  Internationally, he served in Croatia in 1995 with the United Nations Peace Keeping Forces (UNPROFOR) as Captain, Liaison Officer and Operations Officer of the Danish UN Battalion.  In August, 1995, while in the war zone in Croatia, CPT Marott successfully led a group of eleven other stranded UN peacekeepers through the ordeals of the hotspot of the conflict during the week-long Croatian attack on and bombardment of the area.  During his service with  the United Nations Peace Keeping Forces (UNPROFOR) CPT Marott conducted several negotiations with armed Croatian and Serbian commanders and war lords.

Domestically, in Denmark, CPT Marott was Commander of an Air Defense Missile Battery mobilization unit in the Royal Danish Army Reserves Queen’s Artillery Regiment.  As Commander, CPT Marott was responsible for seventy two troops including six other officers and a large inventory of weapons, vehicles and high tech equipment.

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Mr. David Rohde's receiving Honorary Membership Vice Commandant MAJ. Stephen Ryan
Kristen Mulvihill & David Rohde

The evening’s guest speaker, David Rohde, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes for his work on the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia and covering Afghanistan and Pakistan, is a War Correspondent and author.  He has covered the war in Afghanistan for the New York Times since 2001. In November 2008, en route to meet with a well-known al-Qaeda commander at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan, Rohde was kidnapped.  He was eventually taken over the border into a stronghold in the mountains of Pakistan.  While in captivity, as you might expect, Rhode had the opportunity to converse with his captors often.  Those talks helped him develop a strong understanding of his captors’ political positions and their thinking.  Held by the Taliban in hopes of reaping major ransom money, they nicknamed Rohde “Golden Rooster.”  It took him and his interpreter seven months to engineer their daring escape.  Rohde shared his experiences as a captive of the Taliban, how he maintained his edge during seven months in captivity and the details of his escape with the VCA Mess Dinner guests. Rhode’s book, A Rope and A Prayer, written with his wife, Kristen Mulvihill, delves into that harrowing experience in great detail.

The Veteran Corps of Artillery, State of New York, is the senior active military unit in the Empire State. It was originally raised in 1790 to defend the harbor of New York City. Although today, its duties are largely ceremonial, it continues to provide a firing battery for the annual salute to the nation held on the 4th of July at Battery Park in New York City. Additional information about the storied past and current activities of the VCA is available at: and

By: LTC. Allen I. Milman


Fort “HamiltonConnection”

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VCA Detail for U.S. Army 236th Birthday Celebration at Fort Hamilton

Here is the latest copy of the Hamilton Connection which is published by the PAO in Fort Hamilton Brooklyn. This issue (Volume 5, No. 19 June 17, 2011) includes an article and photo of the U.S. Army’s 236th Birthday celebration that took place on 14 June, 2011. Photo courtesy of “The Hamilton Connection”

Happy 236th Birthday U.S. Army – VCA at Fort Hamilton

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As you may have seen from our previous post, in addition to flag day, today we celebrate the 236th birthday of the United States Army. At 0700 this morning, a VCA detail reported to Garrison HQ, Fort Hamilton to participate in today’s’ celebration. At the appropriate time, 13 rounds were fired from 3 75mm Pack Howitzers to celebrate both Flag Day and the Army’s birthday.  Here are some pictures from the dress rehearsal on 13 June.  While Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the detail practiced their portion of the ceremony, VCA members inspected and readied the cannons for today’s’ celebration.

VCA Flag Day Cocktail Party at the Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast Guard and Airmen’s Club

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Come join us this coming Tuesday, as the VCA celebrates Flag Day at the Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast Guard and Airmen’s Club.  We will also celebrate MG David Ramsay’s recent 80th birthday and his 50+ years of service to the Nation!

This is going to be a great event, with plenty of drink and food  Don’t miss out.

When: Tuesday, 14, June 2011 at 1900 Hours
Where: 283 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10016-3540 – Between 36th and 37th Street in the South Lounge
Uniform: Corps Blazer and tie – Military Dress with Decorations.

If you plan on attending, please email your check as per the instructions below, and RSPV to WO Ken Cullen at

Send your checks ($40/person) today payable to VCASNY (Please include this in the memo section – 2011 Flag Day Cocktail Party) to:
Please note that it will be $50 at the door.

COL Charles C. Lucas, Jr  M.D.

2039 Palmer Avenue – Suite 103

Larchmont, NY 10538

Phone: (212) 249-3919  or  (914) 434-3074.

Charles Lucas


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WWII HERO – U.S. Army photo by Eboni L. Myart

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 Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal, left, applauds Shinyei “Rocky” Matayoshi, for his extraordinary heroism in action, which led to him being awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon on June 7, 2011. Technical Sergeant Matayoshi was the platoon sergeant in Company G, 2nd Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II.