January 2021 Member Luncheon
Highlights of our January 28, 2021 Luncheon
Guest Speaker: Dr. Hal Kushner
Dr. Kushner was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in June 1941; His military experience includes active duty in the United States Army from 1965 to 1977,
and duty as an Army reserve officer from 1977 to 1986 when he retired with the rank of Colonel.
Dr. Kushner served with the 1st Squadron, 9th US Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry Division in Vietnam. He was captured on 2 December 1967 west of
Tam Ky, South Vietnam, during a dark and rainy evening when he was aboard a helicopter that crashed into the side of a mountain in, leaving
only himself, the copilot, and the crew chief as survivors.
crashing Kushner had received a broken arm, collar bone, and multiple wounds
from an M-60 that fired while the aircraft was engulfed, yet he managed to belt
strap his arm to his side and walk down the mountain in search for help.
Kushner was quickly picked
up by enemy soldiers and although he showed them his Geneva Convention card
declaring himself a noncombatant, they pulled him away shouting, “POW, POW,
criminal”. Kushner spent the next few years
in the jungles of South Vietnam, surviving with other POW’s on spoiled rice and incredibly
desolate conditions. In 1971 Kushner and the other men in his jungle prison were moved 560 miles over
57 days to the POW camp called the Hanoi Hilton where he remained until released to
American Control in Hanoi on 16 March 1973.
Chapter President Kim Ramos with Dr. Kushner
Distinguished guests included Volusia County Counsel Members Heather Post and Billie Wheeler.
Chapter President Kim Ramos presented the MOAA Leadership Award to Billie Krueger,
and the Outstanding Support to Veterans Award to Leaffilter Gutter Protection.
Billie Krueger, USN, NC