American Cold War Veterans

Who We Are

We all answered the call -- drafted or volunteered, when it was popular and when it was not -- America needed it's guardians of freedom and we were there. Our members served around the globe for 46 years ensuring freedom would not disappear at the hands of totalitarian communist regimes. We did it at places most of the world never heard of and at locations that made routine headlines. We did it in the air, on land and at sea. We served with our active duty forces, our reserve forces and with the National Guard. We served with conviction and honor. We served with pride. We are the AMERICAN COLD WAR VETERANS.

COLD WAR is a term that invites stereotypes, and yet involved many shades of warfare - conventional and unconventional, open and in the shadows. We served in all kinds of roles, from the mundane headquarters jobs to the front lines, in the bunkers of NORAD and over Soviet airspace, tracking Soviet submarines and detecting enemy radar and signals along the coast of North Korea and the USSR, deployed to Nike Hercules nuclear missile units that defended such familiar places as New Jersey to forward locations along the Iron Curtain and Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), and in places of which many had never heard. Sometimes, the Cold War turned very hot, and we accepted that risk.

Now we, our families, and our friends are determined to see that the service and sacrifice of the Cold War is understood, remembered, and recognized. For those whose service has gone unrecognized American Cold War Veterans are taking the lead in securing that long lost recognition. Many of our members participated and continue to participate with other Veteran Service Organizations to help all Veterans but felt there was a void and lack of progress in guaranteeing that Cold War Veterans were among those receiving that help. To that end, we came together and pledged our time and resources to make Cold War Veteran recognition a priority. Where others have tried and failed to make progress for the Cold War Veteran, we dedicate ourselves to that cause.

We now stand on four guiding principles. These pillars, our foundation, are to focus on these four items. First, we will continue to push for May 1st to be a day of recognition in all fifty states and eventually, a National Day of Remembrance. Second, for the unsung men and women who did their duty, a Cold War Victory Medal to show the world our commitment to world peace was worth their sacrifices. Third, a national memorial to honor the sacrifices of those who paid the ultimate price to preserve our freedom during the Cold War. Lastly, to keep the memories and lessons of the Cold War in the minds of the people and eventually, to educate our youth as to the cost and sacrifices made to keep the free world safe and extend the cause of liberty.

Our history and our future began on August 18, 2007. In Independence Missouri at the Truman Presidential Library, a group of Cold War Veterans, with a vision and a determination met for the first time. There they forged a plan. There, they took their first steps together on a journey of their own choosing. With Dr. Frank Tims being named the first Chairman of the newly formed American Cold War Veterans, the die was cast and an organization was born. Yes, the journey has just begun but together with the support of our members, we will achieve those four guiding principles. We hope that you will join us and together we will make history.

Founding: American Cold War Veterans meet at the Truman Library August 18, 2007

On Saturday August 18th the founding meeting was held in INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - Cold War veterans from throughout the country attended a meeting creating a new veterans service organization. "The time has come for those who served during the Cold War, America's longest war; to finally be recognized for their service" said Frank Tims, Ph.D. "It is time to tell the truth about the Cold War, and to recognize its forgotten heroes." Thanks to all who attended!


We are The American Cold War Veterans. A Veterans Organization incorporated in the State of Florida and founded on August 18, 2007 at The Truman Library in Independence, MO. As a group we are dedicated to all of our Brother and Sister Veterans, with special dedication to those who served during the Cold War era September 1945 to December 1991. Our Mission is to bring respect, recognition and awareness to Veterans of the Cold War era no matter what branch of service, whether active duty, reserve or National Guard. We are committed to honoring the sacrifices made by millions of American men and women during the Cold War, especially those who paid the ultimate price of life or liberty. We intend to see that the Cold War's history is completely and accurately understood by people everywhere. We are united in these goals and speak with one voice.



Members and supporters of ACWV gather on May 1, 2008

Officers and National Directors of American Cold War Veterans
Board of Directors (7 members, 2 vacancies)
Jerald Terwilliger
Board Member 2012-15
Frank M. Tims, Ph.D.
Past Chairman
Board Member 2012-15
Albert Lepine, MBA
Secretary / Treasurer

Board Member 2012-15

Sean Eagan,
(Past-Chairman 2008 -2009)
Communications and Public Affairs Director
Board Member 2012-15

Major General John P. Schoeppner,
USAF Retired
Board Member 2013-16

Ernie A. Gallo
Board Member 2014-2017
US Navy Veteran and Retired CIA
President of USS Liberty Veterans Association

Fr. Charles Nalls
Member, Board of Directors (2014 - 2017)
ACWV Chaplain
Priest, Military Chaplain, Ecclesiastical and Civil Counsel, International Law and Trade Counsel Retired Naval Intelligence Officer Richmond, VA and Washington, DC