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Chapter VIII Officers
Jay Ledee – President Pro-Tem
Pete Tingstrom – Vice President Pro-Tem
John E. Gallop Jr – Secretary
Gary Chamberlin– Treasurer
Bob Silva – Sergeant at Arms
MSG Earl Kalani
You’ll find that many of the SEA chapters are named as a memorial to an Army Special Forces individual. Our namesake is MSG Earl Kalani.
MSG Earl Kalani, 14th SFOD and ODA-323. An original member of 1st SFG, he was deployed in 1957 on the first SF mission to Vietnam. He served three more tours in RVN. While stationed at Phu Bai in 1967, he was critically wounded when he shielded his captain’s body from an assassination attempt by a VC who had infiltrated the CIDG strike force. MSG Kalani never recovered from the injury, despite several surgeries, and died of his wounds in 1974.
He is buried at the National Cemetery of the Pacific (“The Punchbowl”) in Section T Site 260 on Oahu. Kalani Street at Fort Lewis is also named in his honor.