Thomas M. Oakley, Chairman of the Board of Directors

Served in Vietnam from arrival in country via troop ship USNS John Pope in May of 1967-April of 1968 as a door gunner with a helicopter recovery team. Served during the TET Offensive.

Tom learned that the Vietnam War Museum in Ruckersville, VA was closing and gathered a group of Veterans and volunteers to form this foundation and relocate the museum to Nelson County.



Bobby Cabbell, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors

Vietnam Veteran, US Army, Flight Engineer Crew Chief on Chinook Helicopters

Bobby is the Chairman of the Fundraising Committee



Judy Smythers, Treasurer

Judy is a highly respected resident of Nelson county. She is the Retired Clerk of the Nelson County Circuit Court, Former Clerk of Lynchburg J&DR District Court and Lynchburg General District Court.

She is currently serving as the President of the Nelson County Rotary Club.


Susan Wood, Secretary

Retired Navy Nurse Corp Reservist, mobilized to Portsmouth Naval Medical Center Emergency Department during Desert Storm. Retired Nurse Practitioner from UVA Health System and Augusta Health



Larry Saunders, Board of Directors

Vietnam Veteran, served in the 13th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Marine Division on the DMZ operating heavy equipment in Hue.

Larry owned a construction company in Nelson County for 40 years.



Oliver Page, Director

Vietnam Veteran, USN, Retired after 27 years of service



Bob Bertram, Director

US Army Veteran, served from 1974-1977.

Retired firefighter/paramedic. Bob brings experience in fundraising and community relations to our board.



Jeffrey  Boecker, Director, Liaison to the Vietnam War Foundation 

Jeff is a retired attorney. He is the son of a World War II veteran.  As a way of honoring veterans, Jeff has, for several years, been recording their stories for the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress.

His years of experience with the Vietnam War Museum have been a great asset.



Alan Shotwell, Director, Former member of the Vietnam War Foundation

Vietnam Veteran

Alan created the beautiful murals that pull together and truly paint the picture of the Vietnam experience. Alan has created our Facebook page and will guide in reassembly of the murals in the new museum