Quartermaster International Initiative
Do you remember Viet Nam? In mid-1964, prior to the massive buildup of US forces in Viet Nam, a small US Army Huey helicopter company was hurriedly organized to respond to a critical support need in the Mekong Delta region of South Viet Nam. The unit was activated and required to be in Viet Nam within 34 days! Personal affairs had to be arranged. Families were disrupted. Many of the members were young, between 19 and 22 years of age. The unit radio call sign was “Outlaw” and the nearest village was named Vinh Long. After a year in combat, most members returned to their homes and began to build their lives. Twenty-five years later, some of those original members began locating each other, and a reunion group, the Vinh Long Outlaws Association (VLOA) was formed and registered as an IRS 501(c)(19), a war-veterans organization (tax-exempt).
To learn about the Outlaws, you will find an extensive history of the unit on this website. First, look at the History Page. See how and when the unit was formed. Look at the Easter Sunday tab to read of an epic combat operation in which the Outlaws were engaged on that day.
While members pay their own way to the biennial Outlaws’ Reunions, the group primarily maintains contact with each other through its quarterly VLOA Outlaws Newsletter, excellent web site, and Facebook page.
The primary source of VLOA income has been our biennial reunion’s Silent Auction and 50-50 Raffle Tickets. The somewhat minimal proceeds cover the cost of the quarterly Outlaws Newsletter for the next two years, annual renewal of the Outlaws Website domain names, annual webhosting costs, and various incidentals necessary for successful Outlaws Reunions. Because of the pandemic, the VLOA has not been able to meet for over three years with no source of income, other than a few membership applications.
This is where we’re asking for your support. We’re not asking for your money, although you can make a donation if you so desire. Rather, we have asked our members (and any others) to donate items which they would otherwise have sent to the Outlaws reunion’s Silent Auction or donated to causes in their local hometowns. These items are relatively easy to put in one’s suitcase, easy for “carry on” as luggage, or easily shipped at a minimal cost for ground delivery. These items are displayed on our VLOA website on the Quartermaster International Page. It’s somewhat akin to a neighborhood yard sale, but oriented primarily on Vietnam-era and military related items (NO GUNS, AMMUNITION, OR EXPLOSIVES). A PayPal account will ensure the safety of the purchases. Donations, purchases, and shipping costs are tax-deductible, since the IRS has stated that “…all contributions made to and for the VLOA are tax-deductible.
Here’s how you can help us reconstitute our small VLOA treasury. Any support, donation, or purchase will be greatly appreciated. Please click on our Quartermaster International Page and purchase items of your choice - - - just follow the instructions.