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July 2017 • Vol. 14 No. 7

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The Bookworm Sez

The Broken Road Terri Schlichenmeyer

The road is a long one. Like most, it’s rarely smooth and straight. Signs warn of curves and detours ahead, rough terrain, and rest stops for the weary; there are potholes and jagged asphalt. And in The Broken Road by Richard Paul Evans, there are many side roads to be explored. The man in the diner looked familiar. On his journey along Route 66, Evans never expected to see someone he recognized. Still, he knew that guy, had seen him on TV, so Evans approached him, indulged in a bit of small talk, and learned that his instincts were right: There, in a diner on the edge of the Mojave Desert, sat a dead man. Grizzled and sunburned, but

recognizable as the conman he’d once been, Charles James was unashamed. He even agreed to talk, to tell the truth … and so he began. Growing up, he said, it was a rare day when someone in the family wasn’t beaten. That someone was usually him, and it happened until James stood up to his father, turned the tables, and then left Utah on an L.A.-bound Greyhound.

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On the way to California, he met a girl who showed him what life could be like, and she helped him find a job. That job allowed him to gain self-confidence, experience, and a reputation for being a hard worker. He also had an eye for opportunity, so when someone invited him to a getrich seminar, James knew he’d found his dream job. He started by

volunteering with the organization and worked his way up as a valuable salesman, and then a motivational speaker for a product he knew to be a scam. He became incredibly wealthy, and then betrayed his mentor for even more riches. Soon, he’d gained the thing he wanted but lost what he loved. He couldn’t rest. He couldn’t sleep without nightmares, and he had been seeing a therapist. She helped him understand where his life was heading. She helped him see where his next step should be…. When I got The Broken Road, I had to check the calendar, and it wasn’t December. Author Richard Paul Evans even admits in this novel that he usually writes Christmassy stories,

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but this isn’t one of those. It’s better. Readers who may find Evans’ other books too sappy will be happy to know that in this modified rags-to-riches story, there’s not a lot of romance and no snow; in fact, this book begins on the edge of a desert, and it mostly features a complicated man who’s chased by the demons of his past. Yes, there’s a woman involved, but she’s only a catalyst in the tale—a supporting actress, if you will. The man himself and his immediate circle compose the

meat of this novel, and rightfully so: They are some of Evans’ best characters. This book will appeal to his fans, but it should also attract new ones, too, because it’s really quite different. Novel readers of almost any genre will find The Broken Road to be pretty smooth. The Bookworm is Terri Schlichenmeyer. Terri has been reading since she was 3 years old and she never goes anywhere without a book. She lives on a hill in Wisconsin with two dogs and 14,000 books.

Around Town New Executive Director Joins DASC The Downingtown Area Senior Center recently welcomed Muriel Kennedy as its new executive director.

Kennedy, left, and Linda Kerr, president of the DASC board of directors.

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At Your Fingertips Helpful numbers, hotlines, and local businesses and organizations eager to serve you—all just a phone call away. Dental services Anna Giacalone, DMD 100 Ridge Road, Suite 36, Chadds Ford (610) 558-1760

American Cancer Society (800) 227-2345

David Stall Dental, DMD 1646 West Chester Pike, Suite 1 West Chester (484) 551-3006

Arthritis Foundation (215) 665-9200

Disasters American Red Cross Greater Brandywine (610) 692-1200 Chester County Emergency Services (610) 344-5000 Salvation Army Coatesville (610) 384-2954 Salvation Army West Chester (610) 696-8746 Emergency Numbers Central PA Poison Center (800) 521-6110 Office of Aging (610) 344-6350/(800) 692-1100 Financial Services Internal Revenue Service (800) 829-3676 Funeral & Cremation Services Cremation Society of Pennsylvania Serving Chester County (800) 720-8221 Health & Medical Services Alzheimer’s Association (800) 272-3900 www.50plusLifePA.com

American Heart Association (610) 940-9540

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (800) 232-4636

home improvement Amramp 835 Sussex Blvd., Broomall (800) 649-5215; (610) 585-2308 Housing Assistance Community Impact Legal Services (610) 876-0804 Housing Authority of Chester County (610) 436-9200

Coatesville VA Medical Center (610) 383-7711

Housing Authority of Phoenixville (610) 933-8801

Domestic Violence (800) 799-7233

Legal Services Lawyer Referral Service (610) 429-1500

National Osteoporosis Foundation (800) 223-9994 PACE (800) 225-7223

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Social Security Administration (800) 772-1213

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Nutrition Meals on Wheels Chester County Inc. (610) 430-8500

Hearing Services Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (800) 233-3008 V/TTY

Pennsylvania Hunger Action Center (800) 366-3997

Senior Healthlink (610) 431-1852

home equity loans Glendale Mortgage (610) 853-6500; (888) 456-0988

Office of Aging Chester County Department of Aging Services (610) 344-6350 Pharmacies CVS/pharmacy www.cvs.com

Physicians The Center for Interventional Pain & Spine Locations in Bryn Mawr, Exton, and Wilmington (844) 365-7246 Gateway Medical Associates Locations in Coatesville, Downingtown, Lionville, and West Chester (610) 423-8181 retirement living Friends Home in Kennett 147 W. State St., Kennett Square (610) 444-2577 Senior Centers Coatesville (610) 383-6900 Downingtown (610) 269-3939 Great Valley (610) 889-2121 Kennett Square (610) 444-4819 Oxford (610) 932-5244 Phoenixville (610) 935-1515 Wayne (610) 688-6246 West Chester (610) 431-4242 Not an all-inclusive list of advertisers in your area.

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By Lori Van Ingen Recreational bicycling has become a way of life for Marilyn and Barry Gelsinger. “What I like most (about cycling) is the exercise and association with other people,” 74-year-old Barry said. Marilyn, 71, said bicycling helps her “relieve stress. I always feel better when I’m out in the fresh air.” “It’s a lot more enjoyable (to bike ride along trails and open roads) than to go to a gym and ride a stationary bike,” Barry said. When Barry retired in 1995, the Gelsingers would ride once in a while to get some aerobic exercise. Barry began bicycling in earnest in 1996 after he had a quadruple heart bypass. They started cycling on mountain bikes, averaging 10-12 miles per hour. They rode along numerous trails, such as Pine Creek Rail Trail and Valley Forge Rail Trail. Because they were riding on rough roads, they had to look out for rocks, Marilyn said. By 1997, the couple joined an area bicycle club and soon found they loved peddling out on the open country roads, trading their mountain bikes for road bikes, the lightweight type used during the Tour de France. The Gelsingers carry a GPS specifically for bicycling. That way, if they get separated from their group of cyclists, they can always find their way back, Marilyn said. They carry a bike computer that shows how many miles they’ve traveled, how fast they are going, and their average speed. When they first joined the bike club, Barry would ride around the area 20 miles a day, five days a week. Since Marilyn was still working, she would join him on the weekends for another

participated in the Seagull Century Ride, traveling 100 miles in one day to Salisbury, Maryland, and the Shoofly Classic in Oley, Berks County. The Gelsingers have taken part in rides throughout the United States, too. They were among 25,000 riders to participate in the Five Boro Bike Tour, riding Barry and Marilyn Gelsinger, across all the bridges in New second and fourth from left, York City, and the Register’s on their 2007 bike trip to Holland Annual Great Bicycle Ride and Belgium with members Across Iowa (RAGBRAI). of their bicycle club. In early 2000, they rode across the country from San Diego to St. Augustine, Florida, with six 20-mile ride. other members of the bike club. Now, they ride by themselves They averaged 68 miles per day five days a week for a breakfast on the six-week journey. ride and with the bike club “A support vehicle, a 15on weekends. The couple will sometimes get in 17 miles before passenger van, drove with us so that we could have snacks, or if the actual club ride begins, we were tired we could go on the clocking 40-70 miles total on van,” Marilyn said. Wednesdays alone. In 2001, the Gelsingers were Socializing also was a big supposed to participate in a reason they joined the bike club ride with then-Gov. Ridge, and have continued to enjoy it. The organization has grown from who is a bicyclist, but President Bush called Ridge up to head 400 to more than 650 members Homeland Security at that from neighboring counties. time. So in 2002, Gov. Mark “There’s always someone to Schweiker and his daughter rode ride with,” Barry said. And, Marilyn added, “We ride with them. Bicycling has become so to eat. We always wind up eating ingrained in the Gelsingers’ somewhere.” everyday lives that each year That was particularly true when they winter in Yuma, of the Apple Butter Ride they Arizona, they make sure their participated in at Liverpool, Perry County, which culminated bikes come along with them as in a potpie supper, cake, and pie. they have joined the Foothills The Gelsingers enjoyed riding Bicycle Club there, too. One unforgettable ride with with the bike club so much that Barry became the club’s president that bike club was when Barry traveled from International from 1998 to 2003. During Falls, Minnesota, to San Luis, those years, Barry would take rides with all classes of bicyclists, Mexico—2,300 miles—in just 35 days. from the very slow to the very “We had no side vehicle. We fast riders. carried everything with us,” Besides the local rides, the Barry said. “We started with bicycle club has organized seven people and ended with rides to the Naval Academy in five.” Annapolis, Maryland. In 2002, the pair completed “Before 9/11, you could ride the 108-mile Tour de Tucson through the academy,” Marilyn in less than nine hours, earning said. them a silver medal in the The club members also www.50plusLifePA.com


competition. And a bicycling excursion through California took them across San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge. “The bike lane had a fence separating the bike riders from the lanes of traffic, so we felt comfortable riding our bikes,” Gelsinger said. “At the top of the bridge it got very windy, but the view was great!” The Gelsingers crossed the Atlantic with members of the bicycle club in 2007 for a bike tour through Holland and Belgium. “We were impressed with the huge number of bicyclists in Amsterdam,” Marilyn said. “We saw a parking garage that held 5,000 bikes!” Another memorable ride was through Cuba, from Havana to the western tip of the country. Barry’s parents had taken him on vacation

to Cuba in 1953, and he always wanted to go back. “When (President) Obama opened relations with Cuba again, I wanted to do a bike trip there,” he said. Marilyn vividly recalls how “terrible the roads were. They were full of potholes. You had to keep looking at the road so you wouldn’t get a flat tire.” But, she continued, the Cuban people were very friendly and they enjoyed talking with them. The Gelsingers plan to continue cycling locally and across the country and would encourage anyone of any age to start cycling. But, they advised, new cyclists should always wear a helmet—and they should take a bike course, which trains new cyclists how to ride in traffic safely.

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July 5, 6 p.m. Memory Loss and Dementia Support Group Sunrise Assisted Living of Paoli 324 W. Lancaster Ave., Malvern (610) 251-9994

Coatesville Area Senior Center – (610) 383-6900 250 Harmony St., Coatesville – www.coatesvilleseniorcenter.org Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10:30-11:15 a.m. – Going Fit Exercise Program July 6 and 20, 11 a.m. to noon – Veterans Coffee Club July 12 and 26, 1-2 p.m. – Bingo

July 10 and 24, 10:30 a.m. to noon Caregiver Support Group Adult Care of Chester County 201 Sharp Lane, Exton (610) 363-8044 July 11 and 25, 5-6:30 p.m. Bereavement Support Group Main Line Unitarian Church 816 S. Valley Forge Road, Devon (610) 585-6604 phoenixbereavement@yahoo.com Nondenominational; all are welcome. July 11 and 25, 6:30-8 p.m. Bereavement Support Group Jennersville Hospital Conference Room B 1015 W. Baltimore Pike, West Grove (610) 998-1700, ext. 226 July 12, 1:30 p.m. Family Caregiver Support Group Sarah Care 425 Technology Drive, Suite 200, Malvern (610) 251-0801

July 12, 7 p.m. Hearing Loss Support Group Christ Community Church 1190 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester (610) 444-445 www.hearinglosschesco.com July 18, 6 p.m. Family Caregiver Support Group Sunrise of Westtown 501 Skiles Blvd., West Chester (610) 399-4464 July 18, 6:30-8 p.m. Bereavement Support Group Brandywine Hospital Conference Room 2N 201 Reeceville Road, Coatesville (610) 998-1700, ext. 226

Downingtown Senior Center – (610) 269-3939 983 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown – www.downingtownseniors.org Weekdays, 2 p.m. – Aquatics Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – Balance and Flexibility Thursdays, 9-10 a.m. – Meditation Class

July 26, 6 p.m. Living with Cancer Support Group Paoli Hospital Cancer Center 255 W. Lancaster Ave., Paoli (484) 565-1253

Great Valley Senior Center – (610) 889-2121 47 Church Road, Malvern Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – Coloring and Puzzles July 18, 5 p.m. – Senior Supper July 19, noon – Summer Picnic

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Community Programs Free and open to the public July 1 and 15, 5-10 p.m. Bingo Night Marine Corps League Detachment 430 Chestnut St., Downingtown (610) 429-8174

July 6, 7:30 p.m. Compassionate Friends Valley Forge Chapter Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 132 E. Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia (484) 919-0820 www.tcfvalleyforge.org

Library Programs Downingtown Library, 330 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, (610) 269-2741 July 11, 6:30 p.m. – Film Forum July 20, 6:30 p.m. – Downingtown Library’s Writers Group July 27, 1 p.m. – Senior Book Club Paoli Library, 18 Darby Road, Paoli, (610) 296-7996 Mystery Book Club – Call for dates/times

Kennett Area Senior Center – (610) 444-4819 427 S. Walnut St., Kennett Square – www.kennettseniorcenter.org Oxford Senior Center – (610) 932-5244 12 E. Locust St., Oxford – www.oxfordseniors.org Wednesdays, 8:30-11:30 a.m. – Paint Class Phoenixville Area Senior Center – (610) 935-1515 153 Church St., Phoenixville – www.phoenixvilleseniorcenter.org West Chester Area Senior Center – (610) 431-4242 530 E. Union St., West Chester – www.wcseniors.org Thursdays, 1 p.m. – WCASC Chorus Just a snippet of what you may be missing … please call or visit their website for more information.

parks and recreation July 1, 6-11 p.m. – Freedom Fest, Nottingham County Park July 14, 7:30-9 p.m. – Sunset Wagon Ride and Campfire, Hibernia County Park July 18, 6-8 p.m. – Beauty of the Barrens, Nottingham County Park

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By Jackie Chicalese Though June 8 presented clear skies and sunshine, the warm weather did not prevent baby boomers, seniors, and caregivers from opting for a day spent indoors at the 14th Annual Chester County 50plus EXPO. Hosted by OLP Events, the EXPO was free to attend and provided exhibitors, demonstrations, seminars, and entertainment geared toward the 50-plus community. Attendees had access to various health screenings, including hearing, glucose, blood pressure, vision screenings, and spinal scans. Many visitors took advantage of the screenings to ensure they were in good health. “[The screenings] come in handy,” said Nina A., of West Chester. In addition to more than 80 exhibitors, the EXPO featured seminars and entertainment throughout the event. Ameer Blackmon, education and outreach specialist at the Office of the Attorney General, presented a segment on fraud and financial exploitation. Blackmon noted that senior scams tend to spike near the end of the year and in April. One popular phone scam that may appear convincing is the IRS scam. “If you get a call from the IRS, you didn’t get a call from the IRS,” Blackmon explained. “They don’t call you. They’ll send you mail in a white envelope—regular U.S. Mail.” As for detecting other cases of fraud and exploitation, Blackmon offered this advice: “If someone uses the word ‘wire,’ run in the other direction,” and, “If [a mail lottery or sweepstake] seems too good to be true, it is.” Aside from educational presentations, the stage provided fun and entertainment. Peggy Keller, winner of the 2011 pa State Senior Idol competition, serenaded attendees with classic songs, including “Under the Boardwalk,” “Cabaret,” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Alexis Margraff, from LeBeau Gardens in Dowingtown, took to the stage to create seasonal container gardens and fielded the audience’s questions about gardening. Those looking to satisfy their daily exercise requirements joined in chair dancing led by Holly Beebee of Dancin’ Chairs, LLC. “Dancers” were able to perform upper body choreography right in their seats. According to a study performed by the National Institutes of Health, dancing frequently reduces the risk of dementia by 76 percent. “When you’re dancing, it reduces stress and depression and increases serotonin, that feel-good chemical in your brain,” Beebee said.

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Beebee kept her audience engaged with routines to popular songs, such as Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” ABBA’s “Dancing Queen,” and Bill Haley & His Comets’ “Shake, Rattle, and Roll.” Though the main stage was lively, the energy did not halt there. Exhibitors provided information and options for life insurance, living assistance and communities, medical services, home amenities and renovations, and more. Raymond Hulse, from Wagontown, was impressed with the variety of vendors present. “The vendors have been good,” Hulse said. “I’m in the position where I needed a lot of this information.” Exhibitors expressed interest in engaging with the attendees and educating them about services available. Steven Trubey, business development manager for Surrey Services for Seniors, shared what he considered the importance of attending expos such as this: “If you can make a difference in somebody’s life—like for five people— it’s worth the time you spend here,” Trubey said. Mildred Wilson, of Phoenixville, had been living in the area for several years before happening upon the EXPO. “I just discovered [the EXPO] by mistake and I loved it,” Wilson said. Although she did not come seeking particular information, “there are always new things that you come upon,” Wilson noted. Hoping to come across a 50plus EXPO? Visit www.50plusexpopa.com or call (610) 675-6240 for more information on previous and upcoming EXPOs near you.

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Hepatitis C Screening Recommended for Boomers — Are You at Risk? By Claire Yezbak Fadden The generation that tuned their transistor radios to listen to the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, or the Carpenters has something else in common: the potential for being infected with hepatitis C. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 30 baby boomers is at risk of the disease, and most don’t know it. Baby boomers, born primarily between 1946 and 1964, are five times more likely to be infected than other adults. Yet, most infected boomers do not know they have the virus because hepatitis C can damage the liver for many years with few noticeable symptoms. Hepatitis C causes serious liver diseases, including liver cancer, currently the fastest-rising cause of cancer-related deaths and the leading cause of liver transplants in the United States. Those factors contributed to the CDC proposing that boomers get a one-time test for the hepatitis C virus. CDC believes this approach will address the largely preventable consequences of this disease, especially in light of newly available therapies that can cure up to 75 percent of infections. “With increasingly effective treatments now available, we can prevent tens of thousands of deaths from hepatitis C,” said CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. More than 2 million U.S. baby

boomers are infected with hepatitis C, accounting for 75 percent of American adults living with the virus. The number of new hepatitis C infections has been going down since the late 1980s, when blood transfusions became regulated and the population stopped sharing needles in response to concerns about HIV, said Michael Ryan, M.D., a clinical professor of medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. “However, the number of people developing advanced liver disease, or cirrhosis, is steadily rising. It’s estimated that 20-50 percent of those infected will develop advanced liver disease,” Ryan said. “When I began my practice 27 years ago, I rarely saw serious liver disease.” Upward of 15,000 Americans, most of them boomers, die each year from hepatitis C-related illness, such as

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cirrhosis and liver cancer. Deaths have been increasing steadily for more than a decade and are projected to grow significantly in coming years, peaking around 2025. Ryan said 80 percent of the patients he sees exhibit no symptoms.

“The disease takes an average of 20-50 years for people to develop cirrhosis, and those exposed in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s may not get into trouble for many years. By the time they come in complaining of characteristics of the illness, like fatigue, it’s way too late.” Hep C is transmitted through the blood, rarely through sexual encounters. The good news is the virus can be discovered through a hep C antibody test. Ryan, who is also a practicing gastroenterologist with Digestive and Liver Disease Specialists of Norfolk, Virginia, encourages adults 56-66 to ask their physicians to run this additional blood test during their yearly physical to detect the illness. “With hep A and B, the majority of adults will become jaundiced. Rarely does that happen with hep please see HEPATITIS page 15

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Quick—what food is red, salty, chewy, and delicious? If you said bacon, you’re close … sort of! I’m actually talking about dulse (rhymes with “pulse”), which is a kind of seaweed, or technically a form of algae that grows attached to rocks near the shore of the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Its leaves are roughly the same shape as bacon, which is appropriate because when you pan-fry dulse, it actually tastes kind of like bacon. Don’t roll your eyes at me—I’m totally serious. Unlike bacon, dulse is a superfood. The high content of minerals makes it particularly useful for the production of thyroxine, a thyroid hormone. Dulse comes in many forms, even powder. Think of it like you would salt, and just sprinkle it on soups,

chicken, salads, popcorn, and stir fries. It might also replace some of the salt in your food. But my favorite way to eat it is pan-fried, which is when it comes close to tasting like bacon. I have a simple recipe posted on my website for a DLT (dulse, lettuce, and tomato) sandwich and a comprehensive version of this article with precautions.

Dulse has powerful antioxidant properties and can inhibit runaway cell proliferation; plus, it provides the following nutrients and several others not listed here: Carotenoids – These are potent antioxidants, like alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, all of which are known Photo by Cwmhiraeth (Own work) to be good for Red dulse. healthy eyesight, reducing free radical damage, and decreasing the risk or duration of chronic illness.

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Iodine – Iodine is essential to your thyroid’s ability to produce enough thyroid hormone, and iodine deficiency is very common. But it’s not just for your thyroid; it’s needed in all your cells, especially your reproductive organs and for immune function. Iron – This mineral is necessary to make a protein called hemoglobin, which acts like a tow truck and lugs

oxygen all over your body. It supports the health of your blood, helping to prevent anemia. Iron is also vital to carry out dozens of life-sustaining chemical reactions throughout your body. Potassium – Potassium is a vasodilator and functions as an electrolyte to help balance sodium; this regulates fluid balance in your cells, so it supports healthy blood pressure. Potassium provides for an alkaline environment, which counters common acidosis caused by a fast-food Western diet. Vitamin A – This skin- and visionloving nutrient can also boost immunity by keeping your mucous membranes “wet” and strong, meaning they are empowered to filter particles and pathogens before they enter your body. Free Glutamate – Dulse has a lot of glutamic acid, as does most shellfish and seaweed. It is not the same as the food additive MSG, but it can sometimes behave that way in a small percentage of people. This information is not intended to diagnose, prevent, or treat your disease. For more information about the author, visit SuzyCohen.com

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Soldier Stories

Robert Naeye

Stranded at a Remote Vietnam Airfield, Vet Lives to Tell the Tale

Imagine you’re in the Vietnam War, flying over the central highlands of South Vietnam. Your pilot drops you off on a remote airstrip. Moments after he takes off, you realize you’re 15 miles from where you were supposed to be, and your only companions are husband-andwife American missionaries. Fortunately, Greg Gaffney, of Hummelstown, is still around to tell his story. Gaffney, 71, was born and raised in Harrisburg, in what he describes as a “much simpler time.” After graduating from John Harris High School in 1963, Gaffney followed in his father’s footsteps and went into the construction business. But after receiving a low draft number, he joined the U.S. Air Force in September 1965, thinking it would offer better opportunities for training and travel than the other services. After receiving his basic training in communications at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, Gaffney was transferred to Niagara Falls International Airport in upstate New York, where a fighter squadron was stationed. Gaffney spent 14 months in the communications center, doing everything from working at a switchboard to sending and receiving messages over a teletype machine.

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Gaffney with a model he created of his base, OL-25.

In December 1967, he and about a half-dozen buddies received orders to go to Vietnam. After a series of long flights across the Pacific on a giant C-141 transport jet, he landed just outside Saigon at Tan Son Nhut Air Base. “When they opened the door of the airplane, you could feel the heat smack you in the face,” says Gaffney, who describes this as one of his most vivid memories. “I had never been in the tropics. We could hear explosions and see flashes in the distance. My friend turned to me and said, ‘I guess we’re here.’ I replied, ‘I think you’re right.’” A few days later, after being issued

jungle gear and weapons, he took a short flight to an airstrip near the city of Da Lat. He and his companions were driven in an old Dodge wagon (with a missing door) to a small house in a valley where Air Force personnel lived. The house was outside a security compound, and quite vulnerable. “We didn’t ask why,” says Gaffney. The local Vietnamese were outwardly friendly, but Gaffney notes, “They could be washing your clothes in the daytime and setting a booby trap at night.” Gaffney worked inside Operating Location 25 (OL-25), a well-defended base about 6 miles away on top of a hill. OL-25 was never assaulted on the ground during Gaffney’s time there, but the Viet Cong sporadically fired rockets in its general direction, without inflicting casualties. He worked 12-hour shifts in the communications center. His primary mission was to receive coordinates for airstrikes, including small jets flying from nearby bases and B-52 bombers originating in Thailand and Guam. Gaffney would pass that information on to radar operators, who directed the attacks. Conditions at OL-25 were primitive, with no medical facilities.

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The men ate the same bland military rations day after day, so Gaffney and his buddies often bought food from local Vietnamese. This included bread with bugs baked in. “At least we got a little protein with our bread,” jokes Gaffney. They sometimes drank locally brewed beer, which was later found to be unfit for human consumption. But it was safer than the water. Unsurprisingly, many of the men came down with dysentery and hepatitis, including Gaffney. His weight dropped below 100 pounds. Eventually, he became so sick that he had to be medevacked by helicopter to a field hospital at Nha Trang. “Being in a field hospital gave me deep appreciation for the men and women who worked there,” says Gaffney. Severely wounded GIs would be flown in, but the doctors and nurses always maintained their composure under severe stress, and almost always kept the injured men alive. After recuperating for 10 days, Gaffney took the earliest available flight, aboard a six-seat Air America propeller-driven airplane flown by a U.S. mercenary. The pilot flew over mountainous terrain in cloudy weather, by visual navigation alone. He dropped off Gaffney and two American missionaries on the wrong airstrip and took off before anyone realized the error. Fortunately, the missionaries spoke fluent Vietnamese and somehow arranged for a white van to take them back to Da Lat. “If not for the missionaries, I would be speaking Vietnamese today,” says Gaffney. Gaffney returned to the U.S. in December 1968, just before the Tet Offensive. Gaffney learned several years ago that OL-25 was evacuated and captured by enemy forces shortly after he left the base. www.50plusLifePA.com


The war was “a non-subject” when Gaffney got home. “People would say, ‘Hey, it’s good to see you,’ and that was it. It was a volatile time in the country’s history,” recalls Gaffney. After serving for 10 months at Charleston Air Force Base in Maine, Gaffney volunteered to return to Southeast Asia. He spent a year at Nakhon Phanom Air Base in northeast Thailand, just across the border from Laos. After a total of four years in the Air Force, Gaffney was honorably discharged. He returned home to his family in August 1969. Like many returning Vietnam veterans, Gaffney did not exactly receive a warm welcome on the mainland. He was spit upon while walking down a ramp in the San Francisco Airport. Gaffney holds no grudges for the poor reception he and other veterans received. “Bitterness doesn’t pay; it just weighs on you as an individual,” he advises. Just three days after returning to his family in Harrisburg, he was back on the job for his uncle’s construction

company. He still works two mornings a week in construction, and says he has enjoyed every minute. Although his work doesn’t use many of the communications skills he acquired in the Air Force, he says his military experience helped him learn the importance of teamwork. “When I came home, I wasn’t afraid of anything,” he adds. A few years ago, Gaffney created an impressively detailed model of OL-25. He mostly used off-the-shelf parts, such as a measuring spoon for a radar dish. He keeps the model in a closet but displays it whenever he receives visitors who are interested in his Vietnam experiences. Gaffney occasionally gives talks to students about his time in Southeast Asia. “Any time I have a chance to speak in a high school, I’ll tell my story,” he says. “But the main reason is to bring honor to those 58,315 names on the wall.” Robert Naeye is a freelance journalist living in Derry Township. He is the former editor-in-chief of Sky & Telescope magazine.

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The Evolution of Independence Day If Americans have one holiday in common, it’s the Fourth of July. How long have we officially been celebrating independence from Great Britain? Here’s a timeline: July 4, 1776 – Members of the Second Continental Congress meet in Philadelphia and adopt the final draft of the Declaration of Independence. July 4, 1777 – To commemorate the first anniversary of the signing, Philadelphians light candles and set off firecrackers. Yet with no sure outcome in the war for independence, celebrations are kept to a minimum. July 4, 1778 – On the second anniversary of the signing, Gen.

George Washington issues his troops a double ration of rum and orders a Fourth of July artillery salute. 1781 – Massachusetts carries out the first official state celebration of the Fourth of July. 1801 – The White House hosts its first public Fourth of July reception. 1870 – Congress establishes the Fourth of July as an unpaid holiday for federal employees and the District of Columbia.

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