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"Memorial  Day Thoughts" Lunch Topic For  

Vietnam Marine Veteran Jim Newton May 25;

Pancake Breakfast & Food Drive Coming Soon

 

Marine Second Lieutenant Jim Newton, 25, at base Camp Carrol, Leatherneck Square, Conthien South Vietnam in 1967.

Wilton Resident and Vietnam Veteran Jim Newton will speak at Wednesday's Kiwanis lunch.  Lieutenant Newton was a forward observer for Charlie Company, First Battalion, Fourth Marines assigned to the fight against the North Vietnamese Army in the demilitarized zone.  Firefights were common along the very active area of the DMZ traversed by NVA coming down the Ho Chi MInh trail.  On March 26, 1967, Lt. Newton went on patrol with 170 men across terrain not unlike Wilton, except there were no trees.  During an ambush by 500 to 600 NVA, he was wounded.  The firefight resulted in 25 American soldiers' and 150 North Vietnamese' being killed in action.  Subsequently evacuated by helicopter to a hospital ship, he learned his first son, Steven, had been born while he was under fire.  After recovering from his wounds, he was returned to his unit for the balance of his 13-month deployment as an artillery observer and fire support coordinating officer.

Jim Newton lives on Valeview Road in Wilton with his wife Ann.  He is a native of Oakfield, NY, near Buffalo and a graduate of Harvard College.  He decided to enlist in the Marines in 1966, commenting that "if I had to fight a war, I would rather be with people who choose to be there than with those who didn't.  Marines are well-disciplined, highly trained, savage fighters: the people you want to go to war with."

Other Memorial Day Week Events

Don't forget to sign up on the website to work at the Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast May 30 and also the Food Drive next weekend, Friday June 3 through Sunday, June 5.  Go to the member section of the website and click on events or click here:

                  Click Here for Pancake Breakfast                                           Click Here for Food Drive

Kiwanis meets every Wednesday for lunch at the Episcopal Presbyterian complex on New Canaan Road from noon to 1:30.  For more information contact Bud Taylor at 203-354-0208.

Upcoming Programs

June 1           Middlebrook Singers, Directed by Janet Lofink Nobles

June 8           Men's Canticle Singers of the Wilton Congregational Church

June 15        Rudy Marconi, Ridgefield First Selectman

June 22        First Lunch at Kiwanis Park: No Program