Vietnam Veterans of America South Bay Chapter 53

"Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another."

Welcome to LZ 53 -- Southern California

Chapter Officers

Board Members


LZ 53 Editor

Steve Mandel

LZ 53 Webmaster

Jerry Orlemann

AVVA Liaison

Kyle Orlemann



General Meetings

4th Wednesday of the month
Carson VFW Post 10166
20820 S. Vermont Ave.
Torrance 90502

Note: There are no meetings during the month of December.

Board Meetings

2nd Wednesday of the month
Lomita VFW Post 1622
1865 W Lomita Blvd.
Lomita 90717

2019 Scholarship Essay Program
Winners to be Announced


proudly presents our



Student must report on a Vietnam Era Veteran: Veteran served in the U.S. armed forces on active duty (other than for training purposes) in the Republic of Vietnam between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975 or in any duty location between August 5, 1964 and May 7, 1975. (NOTE: Verification of veteran's military service may be required.)

Student must submit an essay of at least 500 but not more than 1,000 words containing

  1. a brief biography of the veteran including the veteran's Branch of Service, Military Unit, and dates of active military service, AND
  2. covering ONE of the following topics:
    • What the Vietnam War meant to the veteran.
    • What the Vietnam War meant to the veteran’s family.
    • What the Vietnam War means to the student.
    • How the Vietnam War relates to America's history.
    • How current events impact the student’s views about Vietnam Veterans.
    • How the Vietnam War experience affects current events today.

Student must include, separate from the essay, a short biography highlighting school and community involvement, and scholastic achievements and goals.

NOTE: Spelling, grammar and punctuation will be considered.

* Vietnam Veterans of America South Bay Chapter 53 will award scholarships of $1,000 to selected college- or technical-school-bound South Bay area high school seniors.

Entries must be received before 11:59 p.m.
on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

E-MAIL ENTRIES TO:     (Microsoft® WORD© or pdf format required)

[Download 2019 Scholarship Flyer in pdf format]


Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Pursuant to the guidelines set forth in the Constitution of the Vietnam Veterans of America, an annual meeting of the members of the chapter shall be held Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 7 p.m. for the purpose of electing Officers, each for a one-year term; Nominating Committee members, each for a one-year term; Directors, each for a two-year term; and for the transaction of such other business as may properly come before the meeting.

Any chapter member who desires to nominate someone or self-nominate for any position indicated above may do so by sending an email to with the subject "Nomination" or by calling 310-540-8820. Be sure to include your name and VVA Membership ID#.


Effective October 20, 2018, there is only one class of membership in VVA - LIFE.

At this point in time, all those members who had been 3-year members have been converted to life members.

All 1-year members will have to renew as life members. Cost will be $50. To renew as a life member there must be a DD-214 on record. If not, one must be included with the renewal application. A new renewal application can be filled out online and downloaded. Membership Application


Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America (AVVA) needs our support and is looking to increase their roles of 'dual members' (VVA members who are also non-voting members of AVVA). VVA members can become life members of AVVA for $50.

Their motto - Together always. - expresses their view and support of Vietnam Veterans.


A Tribute to Vietnam Veterans

My Vietnam veterans! I saw you there. You had been in my village scouting and fighting the enemy. I saw you standing tall heroically . . . (To read further and hear the voice of this grateful individual please click here.

VA Continues PTSD Outreach with AboutFace Campaign

Veterans Provide Video Testimonials on Experiences with PTSD

AboutFace, produced by the VA's National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, is a website dedicated to improving the lives of Veterans with PTSD. Here, Veterans can learn about PTSD, explore treatment options and, most importantly, hear real stories from other Veterans and get advice from clinicians who have treated thousands of cases of PTSD.

The National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is the world's leading center for PTSD research and education. The Center is committed to improving the well-being of American Veterans through the advancement of research, education and training in the science, diagnosis and treatment of PTSD and stress related disorders.

To learn more visit the website at

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Contact Us

By mail:

Vietnam Veterans of America
South Bay Chapter 53
4733 Torrance Blvd. #553
Torrance, CA 90503

Or call: 310-540-8820

Or email:

Or for matters pertaining to our newsletter email:

Or for matters regarding this website email:

Or just join us at the Carson VFW Post 10166, 20820 S. Vermont Ave. in Torrance on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m.


Service: All Services
Instituted: 1965
Criteria: Service in Vietnam and contiguous waters or airspace thereover, after 3 July 1965 through 28 March 1973, or service in Thailand, Laos, or Cambodia, or the airspace thereover, during the same period and serving in direct support of operations in Vietnam.
Devices: All Services: bronze, silver star; Army: bronze arrowhead; Navy: bronze Marine Corps device

Notes: Authorized by Executive Order 11231 on July 8, 1965 for US military personnel serving in the Vietnam Theater of Operations after July 3, 1965 through March 28, 1973. Personnel must have served in Vietnam on temporary duty for at least 30 consecutive/60 nonconsecutive days or have served in combat with a unit directly supporting a military operation in Southeast Asia. Military personnel serving in Laos, Cambodia, or Thailand in direct support of operations in Vietnam are also eligible for this award. The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal was awarded for earlier service in Vietnam from July 1, 1958 to July 3, 1965, inclusive; personnel receiving that award may be awarded the Vietnam Service Medal but are not authorized both awards for Vietnam service. The front of medal depicts an oriental dragon behind a grove of bamboo trees; below the base of the trees is the inscription: REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM SERVICE. The reverse of the medal depicts a crossbow with a torch through the center and contains the inscription: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA along the bottom edge. The colors of the suspension drape and ribbon suggest the flag of the Republic of Vietnam (the red stripes represent the three ancient Vietnamese empires of Tonkin, Annam, and Cochin China) and the green represents the Vietnamese jungle. Bronze and silver stars are authorized to signify participation in any of the 17 designated campaigns during the inclusive period.

Vietnam Advisory: 15 March 1962 - 7 March 1965
Vietnam Defense: 8 March 1965 - 24 December 1965
Vietnam Counteroffensive: 25 December 1965 - 30 June 1966
Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase II: 1 July 1966 - 31 May 1967
Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase III: 1 June 1967 - 29 Jan 1968
Tet Counteroffensive: 30 January 1968 - 1 April 1968
Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase IV: 2 April 1968 - 30 June 1968
Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase V: 1 July 1968 - 1 November 1968
Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase VI: 2 November 1968 - 22 February 1969
Tet '69 Counteroffensive: 23 February 1969 - 8 June 1969
Vietnam Summer-Fall: 9 June 1969 - 31 October 1969
Vietnam Winter-Spring: 1 November 1969 - 30 April 1970
Sanctuary Counteroffensive: 1 May 1970 - 30 June 1970
Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase VII: 1 July 1970 - 30 June 1971
Consolidation I: 1 July 1971 - 30 November 1971
Consolidation II: 1 December 1971 - 20 March 1972
Vietnam Cease-Fire: 30 March 1972 - 28 January 1973

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