Posted by: arbeam | March 16, 2018

May 23: Vietnam Pinning Ceremony

The Navy Gold Star Program is partnering with Kitsap Naval Station’s Fleet and Family on May 23rd.  We will be holding a Vietnam Pinning Ceremony to honor all of our Vietnam Veterans because you were not given a proper welcome home.  Also at the ceremony we will be honoring two of our local Fallen Vietnam Veterans.

Every four months the Navy Gold Star Program has a Tribute, the Navy Region Northwest Tribute to our Fallen Triannual Rotating Watch.  A short biography and picture of the Hero is placed at every Fleet and Family in the NW Region as well as most of the NOSCS (Navy Reserve Centers) in the NW eleven state Region.  The picture and biography are rotated out every four months and are replaced by a new member of the watch.

At the Vietnam Veteran’s Pinning Ceremony we are going to also honor the ‘changing of our watch’.  Our current Tribute is to Explosive Ordinance Chief Patrick Wade who died in Afghanistan in 2007.  His watch will end and 2nd Lt. John Michael Odell who died in Vietnam in 1968 will take the next watch.

The event is to take place May 23rd 10am to noon at the Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport WA.

If you intend to come please RSVP to

If you are a Vietnam Veteran and would like receive a pin please ensure your email includes your name, rank and branch.  Gold Star Families that wish to attend and get preferential seating, please ensure you include your Hero’s name, rank and your relationship to him or her.
Thank you! –

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