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Congressman Bradley Schneider Honors Vietnam Veterans #271Z

Congressman Bradley Schneider #271Z with Stephen F. Condren of Condren Galleries and USS Midway CV-41.

This article is about Congressman Bradley Schneider honoring Vietnam War Veterans, written by artist Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC, of Condren Galleries, a Fine Arts Gallery. The event was to give Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition to the Veterans. Mr. Schneider posed with each veteran as he gave them their certificate. Most importantly, I proudly served aboard the USS Midway CV-41, and I was the ship’s artist for the Cruise Book “Taking care of business”. Congratulations Vietnam War Veterans!

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Honor

I served my country with honor as I am an Honorably Discharged Veteran of the United States Navy.

Service

The great thing about Veterans is that they think outside of themselves and direct their efforts towards others!

Veterans of the Vietnam War

Present at the ceremony to honor Vietnam War Veterans, were member of local American Legion and VFW post in all honor. These fine men and women that have served our country were there to support those that have given their lives for our freedom as well as to share in the spirit of truth and honor the service of our local patriots.

USS Midway CV-41

I joined the Navy at the very end of the Vietnam War, however, I was there in spirit. I served on the aircraft carrier USS Midway CV-41, now a museum in San Diego. Because the Midway was involved in “Operation Frequent Wind”, which was the evacuation of Vietnam, where there were many refugees on the Midway. I served my country with honor as I am an Honorably Discharged Veteran of the United States Navy.

Cruise Book ~ Taking Care Of Business

While serving aboard the Midway, there was an art competition for the artist of the Ship’s WestPac Cruise Book “Taking Care Of Business”. Because I was the best artist on board, I won the competition. As the artist, I was given the honor to sit before the Commander of Carrier Group Three, Rear Admiral William Newell Small , Chief of Staff, Captain David E. Leue, Captain, USS Midway CV-41, Lawrence C. Chambers, and Executive Officer Captain L. H. Grimes Jr., and draw their portraits! Further, I drew every Department of the USS Midway CV-41.

Rear Admiral Small, USS Midway CV-41, pen & ink drawing.
Rear Admiral Small, USS Midway CV-41, Pen & Ink Drawing by Stephen F. Condren.

Signature and note by Rear Admiral William N. Small

After the Cruise Book was published Rear Admiral Small personally invited me into his suite on board the USS Midway and to expressed to me how pleased he was with the drawing. After this he had a copy made of the pen & ink portrait that I drew of him. After this, right in front of me, he sat down and wrote a commemorative note on the drawing and signed it. This signed drawing now hangs in my home and is ever cherished.

Rear Admiral Small, USS Midway CV-41, 1976
Signature and note by Rear Admiral William N. Small, USS Midway CV-41, 1976.

Captain L. C. Chambers, Commanding Officer, USS Midway

The Commanding Officer of the USS Midway was Captain Lawrence Cleveland Chambers. Captain Chambers was the first Black American to command an air craft carrier. Later in his career, Captain Chambers was promoted to Rear Admiral and Commander of Carrier Strike Group Three.

Captain Lawrence C. Chambers, Commanding Officer USS Midway CV-41
Captain Lawrence C. Chambers, Commanding Officer USS Midway CV-41, pen & ink drawing by Stephen F. Condren, 1976.

Russian Bear

A short interesting story about the captain. One day while at sea the Air Boss, Commander Theodorelos, was looking out the window of his post on the island, and then noticed, with his naked eyes, a Russian Bear (Russia’s leading bomber), headed directly to the port side of the USS Midway. Immediately he sounded Alert-5 (a five minute readiness response by our F4 pilots). However, it was too late, long after our boys were in the air to escort the Russian bomber, it was long gone. I can just hear the Russians in their glory, howling with laughter.

Russian Bear Bomber
Russian Bear Bomber. Courtesy Wikipedia.

Broken Window

Captain Chambers was notified of all this by phone, and when he heard that the Russians superseded the USS Midway without a strike force escort he took his phone and threw it at the bridge window ~ he cracked the bullet proof window! I would not want be the Operations Officer that day.

Operation Frequent Wind

The final phase of the evacuation of Vietnam from Saigon is called “Operation Frequent Wind”. The USS Midway played a vital role in this strategic naval deployment. In the pen & ink drawing below is an image of Executive Officer, Captain L. H. Grimes Jr., holding a refugee child in his arms, securing the child’s freedom. This was the drawing that won the competition and secured my post as ship’s artist for the USS Midway’s cruise book.

Operation Frequent Wind pen & ink drawing Stphen F. Condren.
Captain L. H. Grimes Jr. With Child In Operation Frequent Wind Pen & Ink Drawing By Stephen F. Condren.

Helicopters Thrown Overboard

For ship security and integrity, the helicopters used for the evacuation of Saigon where thrown overboard.

Operation Frequent Wind helicopter thrown overboard.
Operation Frequent Wind Helicopter Thrown Overboard. Courtesy of Wikipedia, Operation Frequent Wind.

Cruise Book ~ Taking Care Of Business 1975 & 1976

Below on my coffee table is one of my copies of the USS Midway ship’s cruise book “Taking Care Of Business”.

USS Midway Cruise Book ~ Taking Care Of Business.
USS Midway Cruise Book ~ Taking Care Of Business.

Location

The ceremony took place at Cook Memorial Library in Libertyville, Illinois. Because there a large number of people attending, a large meeting room in the lower level of the library where the event took place.

Congressman Bradley Schneider #271Z

  • Congressman

The Congressman honored each of the Vietnam War Veterans with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition. He called each veteran up to the podium and stood next to him for a photo-op while holding the certificate.

The Room was filled to capacity, and the presence of the military and veterans was seen everywhere.

Certificate Of Special Congressional Recognition

Congressional Recognition From Congressman Bradley Schneider to Stephen F. Condren, of the USS Midway CV-41
Congressional Recognition From Congressman Bradley Schneider.

Photograph of Stephen F. Condren on shore, Japan, 1976

Stephen F. Condren wearing commemorative service jacket.
Stephen F. Condren Wearing Commemorative Service Jacket, 1975.

Photographs of the event

Congressman Bradley Schneider honors Vietnam War Veterans with Stephen F. Condren, of the USS Midway CV-41
2, Congressional Recognition Ceremony for Vietnam War Veterans by Congressman Brad Schneider.
Congressman Bradley Schneider honors Vietnam War Veterans with Stephen F. Condren, of the USS Midway CV-41
3, Congressional Recognition Ceremony for Vietnam War Veterans by Congressman Brad Schneider.
Congressman Bradley Schneider honors Vietnam War Veterans with Stephen F. Condren, of the USS Midway CV-41
4, Congressional Recognition Ceremony for Vietnam War Veterans by Congressman Brad Schneider.
Congressman Bradley Schneider honors Vietnam War Veterans with Stephen F. Condren, of the USS Midway CV-41
5, Congressional Recognition Ceremony for Vietnam War Veterans by Congressman Brad Schneider.
Congressman Bradley Schneider honors Vietnam War Veterans with Stephen F. Condren, of the USS Midway CV-41.
6, Congressional Recognition Ceremony for Vietnam War Veterans by Congressman Brad Schneider.
Congressman Bradley Schneider honors Vietnam War Veterans with Stephen F. Condren, of the USS Midway CV-41
7, Congressional Recognition Ceremony for Vietnam War Veterans by Congressman Brad Schneider.
Congressman Bradley Schneider honors Vietnam War Veterans with Stephen F. Condren, of the USS Midway CV-41
8, Congressional Recognition Ceremony for Vietnam War Veterans by Congressman Brad Schneider.
Congressman Bradley Schneider honors Vietnam War Veterans with Stephen F. Condren, of the USS Midway CV-41
9, Congressional Recognition Ceremony for Vietnam War Veterans by Congressman Brad Schneider.
Congressman Bradley Schneider honors Vietnam War Veterans with Stephen F. Condren, of the USS Midway CV-41
10,Congressional Recognition Ceremony for Vietnam War Veterans by Congressman Brad Schneider.
Congressman Bradley Schneider honors Vietnam War Veterans with Stephen F. Condren, of the USS Midway CV-41
11, Congressional Recognition Ceremony for Vietnam War Veterans by Congressman Brad Schneider.
Congressman Bradley Schneider honors Vietnam War Veterans with Stephen F. Condren, of the USS Midway CV-41
12, Congressional Recognition Ceremony for Vietnam War Veterans by Congressman Brad Schneider.
Congressman Bradley Schneider honors Vietnam War Veterans with Stephen F. Condren, of the USS Midway CV-41
13, Congressional Recognition Ceremony for Vietnam War Veterans by Congressman Brad Schneider.
Congressman Bradley Schneider honors Vietnam War Veterans.
14, Congressional Recognition Ceremony for Vietnam War Veterans by Congressman Brad Schneider.
Congressman Bradley Schneider honors Vietnam War Veterans.
15, Congressional Recognition Ceremony for Vietnam War Veterans by Congressman Brad Schneider.
Congressman Bradley Schneider honors Vietnam War Veterans.
16, Congressional Recognition Ceremony for Vietnam War Veterans by Congressman Brad Schneider.
Congressman Bradley Schneider honors Vietnam War Veterans.
17, Congressional Recognition Ceremony for Vietnam War Veterans by Congressman Brad Schneider.

Honorable Discharge

DD-214 Honorable Discharge Certificate Stephen F. Condren.
DD-214 Honorable Discharge Certificate

Thank you!

  • Greatly Appreciated

Dear Mr. Schneider,

I personally want to thank you for recognizing the Vietnam Veterans. Further, I want to thank you demonstrating to us your care and concern for all of us veterans that served our great country. Most importantly, I want to say “Thank you, for giving each one of us veterans here today this most honorable Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition and Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin!

God bless you and your family,

Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

Scans

  • JPEG & PDF

JPEG & PDF scans of the Congressman Bradley Schneider #271Z event are available.

Condren Galleries Ltd.

  • Fine Arts Gallery

Condren Galleries is deeply honored to be part of the Vietnam War Veterans ceremony of Congressman Bradley Schneider #271Z.

Stephen F. Condren

  • Artist

As an artist and a Vietnam War Veteran I am proud to receive this Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman Bradley Schneider #271Z.

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Congressman Bradley Schneider #271Z with Stephen F. Condren of Condren Galleries and USS Midway CV-41.

Congressman Bradley Schneider #271Z honors Vietnam War Veterans by Stephen F. Condren at Condren Galleries.

USS Midway CV-41 Cruise Book ~ Taking Care Of Business

USS Midway CV-41 Museum

The USS Midway is located at 910 Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 544-9600

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