South African Military Veterans Organisation of the USA

South African Military Veterans Organisation of the USA This is the Official page for South African Military Veterans Organisation of the USA - SAMVOUSA Registration: http://samvousa.org/membership
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This Veteran Organisation dedicates itself, in grateful recognition and memory of their countrymen, the Immortal Dead of South Africa, who, at the call of Duty, made the supreme Sacrifice on the battlefields of Africa, Asia and Europe, in the air and on the sea. Their ideal is our legacy - Their sacrifice our inspiration At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.

This Veteran Organisation dedicates itself, in grateful recognition and memory of their countrymen, the Immortal Dead of South Africa, who, at the call of Duty, made the supreme Sacrifice on the battlefields of Africa, Asia and Europe, in the air and on the sea. Their ideal is our legacy - Their sacrifice our inspiration At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.

Mission: SAMVOUSA Veterans will carry forward the memory of an amazing time in our lives, when we did our job and faced off against the world's most aggressive and formidable forces at the time. There can be no doubt that we served in the best defence force that Africa has ever seen.

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The Spirit of Hermanus
01/03/2021

The Spirit of Hermanus

Over this holiday season, one of the traditional movie line-ups in the UK is The Great Escape, and it highlights one of Hermanus' greatest sons - Squadron Leader Roger Bushell. Today, he is remembered on the Hermanus Cenotaph at the waterfront.

The third beer in our new beer line up of 'Old Tin Hat' is also making its debut in Hermanus over the Christmas holiday period.
Our Blonde Ale - and it celebrates Roger Bushell, a South African, known as Big X, who led 'The Great Escape' from Stalag Luft III during WW2.

The range supports The South African Legion - South Africa's oldest military veterans charity.

To lean a little more about Roger Bushell and why we are naming the beer 'The Great Escaper' here's his story:

Because of the famous movie ‘The Great Escape’ many believe the man who led the escape from Stalag Luft III Prisoner Of War camp was British, but he was in fact a South African. Roger Bushell was a RAF Squadron Leader during World War 2. His Spitfire was shot down behind enemy lines and he was captured, entering the German Luftwaffe Prisoner of War (POW) system for Allied Air Force personnel.

On his arrival at Stalag Luft camp he joined a committee responsible for all ‘escape operations’ and escaped, recaptured he landed up at Oflag X-C camp. Whilst transferring to Oflag VI-B camp he escaped again, only to be recaptured again. Roughly interrogated by the Gestapo secret police, Bushell was eventually sent to Stalag Luft III camp.

His bad treatment by the Gestapo only reinforced his determination to strike back at his captors as best he could. He became ‘Big X’ heading up the escape committee now committed to organising mass breakouts and disrupting Germany’s war effort.

The "Great Escape", was planned to allow 200 men to escape on a single night. To this end they resolved to dig three tunnels – known as Tom, Dick and Harry. The escape was unprecedented and involved 600 prisoners digging tunnels, converting uniforms to civilian cloths and issuing forged documents.
‘Tom’ was discovered, ‘Dick’ was abandoned, however ‘Harry’ was open. On the evening of 24 March 1944, the great escape went ahead. But things did not go as planned, with only 76 officers managing to escape.

Bushell and his partner where amongst the first to exit the tunnel and boarded a train at Sagan, they were caught in Saarbrücken awaiting a train to Alsace. On Hitler’s orders 50 of the recaptured escapees were murdered by the Gestapo, including Roger Bushell. Posthumously mentioned in Despatches, Roger Bushell is formally remembered on the war memorial located near his family home in Hermanus, South Africa.

FOX 35 Orlando
12/08/2020

FOX 35 Orlando

DAY OF INFAMY: On this day back in 1941, 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 wounded in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

MORE: https://bit.ly/33QxMQd

Happy Thanksgiving, Veterans!Wishes for a happy and safe Thanksgiving!
11/26/2020

Happy Thanksgiving, Veterans!
Wishes for a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.At the going down ...
11/11/2020

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

To all our Veteran's: Thank You For Your Service!
11/11/2020

To all our Veteran's: Thank You For Your Service!

To all Veterans: We Thank You For Your Service!
11/11/2020

To all Veterans: We Thank You For Your Service!

8 MILLION hero horses were killed in First World War. This incredible picture shows the poignant tribute hundreds of Fir...
11/02/2020

8 MILLION hero horses were killed in First World War.
This incredible picture shows the poignant tribute hundreds of First World War soldiers paid to the horses who died fighting by their side.

8 MILLION hero horses were killed in First World War.
This incredible picture shows the poignant tribute hundreds of First World War soldiers paid to the horses who died fighting by their side.

SA Weermagvereniging / SA Defence Force Association
06/11/2018

SA Weermagvereniging / SA Defence Force Association

Saluut.

Fox 35 WOFL
05/08/2018

Fox 35 WOFL

73 YEARS AGO marked the end of World War II in Europe when the Allies accepted Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces.

The Observation Post
02/21/2018

The Observation Post

Bi-annual conscription intake. National Service Recruits at this time in the Witwatersrand area were mustered at Sturrock Park railway station in Johannesburg and taken to thier respective training units by train - the unit facilitating their mustering and transit was 15 RCD with the assistance of Military Police from Wit Command. This intake was later moved to NASREC and the primary mode of transport changed from trains to busses. For more on Conscription in the SADF see this link: https://samilhistory.com/2015/10/10/conscription-in-the-sadf-and-the-end-conscription-campaign-the-ecc-by-peter-dickens/

Rolling Thunder Washington, DC Inc.
12/19/2017

Rolling Thunder Washington, DC Inc.

Remembering their service at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

You Are Not Forgotten.

Photo - Angela Pan

12/18/2017
Goalcast

Goalcast

Of guns, grit and gifts: the miracle that continues to inspire hope

To all veterans:Thank You for Your Service.
11/10/2017

To all veterans:
Thank You for Your Service.

The South African Air Force discovered Auschwitz extermination camp
10/13/2017
The South African Air Force discovered Auschwitz extermination camp

The South African Air Force discovered Auschwitz extermination camp

Little known historic fact but it was a South African Air Force reconnaissance aircraft which first discovered and then photographed the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp. This is one of the ae…

Arthur D. Piercy – 27th September 1987
09/20/2017
Arthur D. Piercy – 27th September 1987

Arthur D. Piercy – 27th September 1987

It was approximately 1500B (local) on 27th September 1987 when all hell broke loose. There had been numerous call-outs previously which proved to be nothing at all, so when the “hot-line̶…

09/13/2017

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by hurricane Irma especially those in the Caribbean, Florida, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina.

The whole state of Florida has been declared a Major Disaster area.
Those needing assistance please contact FEMA.
This is a great website to apply for assistance, especially for those hardest hit.
You can apply for lender forbearance which will grant you 3 MONTHS OF NO MORTGAGE PAYMENTS with the 3 months being added to the backend of your loan. Check the map and website by clicking the FEMA link above.

The SAMVOUSA head office which recently moved to Florida has no current phone service or internet.
Cell service is up but unstable and erratic for both voice calls and data.

We ask members to please reach out to others and check on their well being and if possible provide assistance.

Thank you from all at SAMVOUSA and SAMVOINT.

Steve Porter
Chairman SAMVOUSA
Vice Chairman SAMVOINT

Wishing all our veterans and their families and safe and relaxing Labour Day Weekend
09/01/2017

Wishing all our veterans and their families and safe and relaxing Labour Day Weekend

South African Military Veterans Organisation of AustralasiaPublished by SAMVOANewsletter Issue 8 August 2017 - WYNAND DU...
08/22/2017
Newsletter Issue 8 August 2017 - South African Military Veterans Organisation Australasia

South African Military Veterans Organisation of Australasia
Published by SAMVOA
Newsletter Issue 8 August 2017 - WYNAND DU TOIT – SAMVOA’s GUEST of HONOUR – ANNUAL MESS DINNER
The first exchange of prisoners of the Border War with Angola took place on September 7 1987, in Maputo, Mozambique. The event involved the release of Wynand du Toit, a high-profile South African officer. Although not breaking news internationally, in South Africa, the drama played out on foreign soil over a long day to a national audience.
Captain Wynand du Toit, a Recce 4 Command...
Continue reading:
http://samvoa.org/newsletter-issue-8-august-2017/

WYNAND DU TOIT – SAMVOA’s GUEST of HONOUR – ANNUAL MESS DINNER The first exchange of prisoners of the Border War with Angola took place on September 7 1987, in Maputo, Mozambique. The event involved the release of Wynand du…Read more ›

South African Battle of Britain Heroine -Jackie Moggridge
08/09/2017
South African Battle of Britain Heroine -Jackie Moggridge

South African Battle of Britain Heroine -Jackie Moggridge

This is a very special South African military heroine. Jackie Moggridge (born Dolores Theresa “Jackie” Sorour), during the Second World War she left South Africa for England and joined the ATA Hatf…

A failed SADF Operation; Ops Firewood – truths & myths!
08/07/2017
A failed SADF Operation; Ops Firewood – truths & myths!

A failed SADF Operation; Ops Firewood – truths & myths!

In any military campaign there are always setbacks, and Ops Firewood qualifies one of the very few real setbacks that the SADF experienced during the Border War.  To view it as a resounding  victor…

Outapi war museum
06/26/2017

Outapi war museum

Ondangwa

Combat Footage
06/17/2017

Combat Footage

South Africa Defense Forces basic training photos. So much has changed in the past forty years... So much. With the ending of the apartheid the SADF lost everything. The SADF was one of the world's most powerful, well equipped, well led and better trained Defense Forces. They even had nuclear weapons but disbanded them. This goes out to all you salty old Afrikaans ! We remember you 🇿🇦✊

Alfie
06/13/2017

Alfie

Artwork by Brent Best.

South African Military Veterans Organisation of the USA's cover photo
06/12/2017

South African Military Veterans Organisation of the USA's cover photo

South African Military Veterans Organisation of the USA's cover photo
06/09/2017

South African Military Veterans Organisation of the USA's cover photo

06/09/2017
Storm Report SA

Update on Knysna fires

Jamaine Krige - [WATCH AND LISTEN] A first-hand account of the #KnysnaFire... Pics: Twitter.

War History Online
06/07/2017
War History Online

War History Online

Ghosts of Time: 39 Incredible Then & Now WWII Pictures

Planes of Fame Air Museum
06/06/2017

Planes of Fame Air Museum

It was 73 years ago that the French coast of Normandy became a stepping stone of world history. Five allied beachheads made up of Utah Beach, Gold Beach, Juno Beach, Sword Beach, and Omaha Beach were invaded by brave souls from 13 different countries making up one of the largest invasion forces the world has ever seen. The success of the operation couldn't have been done without the aid of the thousands of paratroopers that were dropped into France the night before the invasion. They helped clear the way for the invasion force to link up with them and continue on the eventual path straight to Nazi Germany and the eventual Victory in Europe. Sadly, it is estimated that there were 10,000 casualties with more than 4,400 confirmed to never make it off those beaches, paying the ultimate sacrifice in turning the tides of war in Europe. Today we remember all those who took part in this incredible moment in world history.
#dday #history #operationoverlord #ww2 #worldwar2

Julinda
06/06/2017

Julinda

Today 73 years ago

On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which, “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. The cost in lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolf Hitler’s crack troops.

War History Online
06/01/2017
War History Online

War History Online

Brushy Bill Roberts: The man who claimed to be Billy the Kid, he had all the same scars as Billy

Memorial DayTheir ideal is our legacy – Their sacrifice our inspirationAt the going down of the sun, and in the morning,...
05/27/2017

Memorial Day
Their ideal is our legacy – Their sacrifice our inspiration
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.

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SAMVOUSA is a single rank organisation with "Veteran" being the only rank. The organisation's strength will come from veteran membership and comradeship at Club level, and the organisation will take its lead and direction from this membership level.

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