Northport Veterans Administration Important Phone Numbers

Pharmacy Call Center: 1-631-863-4826 = Monday thru Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Auto Refill Line: 1-800-799-3023 (24 hours)
Veterans Administration Nurse HELPLINE: 1-800-877-6976 (24 hours)
Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255
DAV Transport (for morning appointments only): 1-631-754-7980 (2 weeks’ notice required)

To find out how to look up your appointments, refill prescriptions, contact your provider, and more! PLEASE VISIT: www.myhealth.va.gov

Memorial Day Program 2019

(printing of program courtesy of Printing Emporium)

Merrick’s Memorial Day 2019 Grand Marshal, James W. O'Neill

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James W. O'Neill

Jim was drafted into the United States Army on February 15, 1966 at the age of 19. He received specialized training as a Combat Engineer at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri and was shipped overseas to Vietnam in July of 1966. He landed in Saigon, South Vietnam and was assigned to the 588th Engineer Battalion. His main duties involved setting up base camps, clearing personnel, claymore, and anti-Tank mines, and explosives. He was involved in building hospitals, mess halls, and living facilities for the troops.

Jim was involved in several military operations to rescue troops who were in jeopardy of being overrun by the enemy. This was done by building and repairing roads, bridges, and airstrips so the troops could advance their positions.

Jim’s platoon received two, unit citations for rescuing the infantry units of the 101st Airborne who were trapped deep in enemy territory.

Jim received the Army Commendation Medal for bravery, when his lieutenant was wounded by gunfire. Although Jim was told to stand fast until enemy fire was pinpointed and destroyed, he picked up his wounded lieutenant and carried him to a waiting ambulance. His lieutenant was saved by Jim’s quick thinking and bravery while under fire. His lieutenant who hailed from Suffolk County, New York returned back to duty after two months, after he recuperated in a military hospital in Japan. The other soldier, who was also wounded and put in the same ambulance, died of his wounds upon arrival at the hospital. Jim said the inside of the ambulance had so much blood; it looked like the inside of a butcher shop.

One Less American Flag flies

The following correspondence is a letter written by 2nd Vice Commander Frank D. Pedagno to the New York State Department of Parks & Recreation, Long Island State Park Region, concerning the Jones Beach Air Show for 2019. Courtesy of 2nd Vice Commander Frank D. Pedagno.

New York State Department of Parks and Recreation
Long Island State Park Region
Permit Office
P.O. Box 247
Babylon, N.Y. 11702-0247
Re: Permit # 19-0287

Dear Sir,

We request a refund for the $50 fee; paid by the Merrick Post No. 1282, American Legion, for Permit #: 19-0287.

For the past four years, Merrick Post No. 1282, American Legion, has attended the Memorial Day air show at Jones Beach and distributed American Flags free of charge to attendees at the show.  We do this to promote Patriotism and Americanism.  Our organization always set up a small tent; table and chairs from with to distribute American flags.  We usually distribute about 1500 flags at this event.