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VFW Post 2485 Post History

VFW Post 2485

1996 - 1997

Commander:  Kenneth Schaefer

Senior Vice Commander:  Lafayette Donaldson

Junior Vice Commander:  B.K. Hubbard

Membership at the end of the 1996 calendar year: 649, including 559 Life Members

Pinatubo Pup Tent 15 membership at the end of the 1996 calendar year: 22

 - On 3 July, Commander Kenneth Schaefer attended the Philippine-American Friendship Day Ceremony at Malacanang Palace, home of the President of the Philippines.  President Fidel V. Ramos was in attendance.

 - On the 4th of July, the Post co-hosted with CDC, a Philippine-American Friendship Day at the Clark Cemetery. In attendance were various U.S. Veterans groups from Angeles City, members of the Veterans Federation of the Philippines, officials of the local community and members of the Clark Development Corporation.

 - Commander Kenneth Schaefer, Junior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard and Comrade Jerry Prinz attended the 4th Annual Barrio Beach Bash at Barrio Barretto. This event was sponsored by VFW Post 11447.

 - Five dependents of Post members were awarded Dr John Randall Scholarships.

 - In August the National American Legion presented the Post with a grant of $3000 for maintenance of the Clark Cemetery.  This will be a yearly grant through the year 1999.

 - Post Officers conducted a VFW grave side ceremony for Thomas J. King, HM1, USN (Ret) on 5 August.

 - In August, the Post adopted the use of the pale blue barong as the official Post uniform.

 - After the August General Membership Meeting, blood pressure screening was made available to all attendees.

 - Department Commander Robert Zaher, Past Department Commander Joseph Carsley, Post Commander Kenneth Schaefer and Comrade Clifford Wilsey, Post Membership Chairman represented the Post at the National VFW Convention in Louisville, KY.

 - Past Post Commander Joseph Carsley presented a POW-MIA Plaque to the Post

 - In September, the Post held a Mini-MEDCAP for the Malabanias Elementary School and the Clarkview Community.  Approx 550 persons attended.  The Post was assisted in this effort by local area Doctors and the Angeles University Medical Center.

 - On 20 September the Post observed POW Recognition Day.

 - Post cemetery personnel provided assistance to American Legion Post 123 in the burial of Edward W. Schaedel, LCPL, USMC 6 October.  The grave side ceremony was conducted by American Legion Post 123.   

 - Post cemetery personnel provided assistance to DAV in the burial of Carl O'Connor, TSGT, USAF on 25 October.  The grave side ceremony was conducted by the DAV.

 - In October, the Post participated in the 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off in La Union, winning the Second Runner-Up Award. This event is sponsored by Post 9892.

 - The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) requested Commander Kenneth Schaefer serve on the committee formed to re-establish the Clark Museum.

 - In October, Commander Schaefer and Post members attended the installation ceremony for Post 124 in Baguio.  Department of Pacific Areas Commander Robert Zaher performed the installation ceremony.

 - Ronald, Robert and Mark Kucharyski presented the Post a helmet used in Desert Storm and three poster depicting Desert Storm action.  These posters were framed and now hang in the Post Office along with the helmet.

 - On 10 November, the Post hosted the District VII Convention.

 - Commander Kenneth Schaefer elected to position of District VII Junior Vice Commander.

 - On 11 November, the Post coordinated the Veterans Day Observation at the Clark Cemetery, which was followed by a picnic at the Post Home.  The ceremony at the cemetery was supported by various U.S. Veterans groups from Angeles City, Barrio Barretto, La Union, Baguio and the Returned & Services League (RSL).

 - Post cemetery personnel provided assistance to American Legion Post 123 in the burial of Leroy Coleman, Airman, USAF (Ret) on 30 November.  The grave side ceremony was conducted by American Legion Post 123.

 - The Post achieved status as a Banner Year Post.

 - On 5 December, Ms Phyllis Bachman, National President, American Legion Auxiliary participated in a wreath laying at the Clark Cemetery.  Commander Ken Schaefer, Junior Vice Commander Hubbard and Comrade Edward Rubio represented Post 2485.  The 600th ABW of the Philippine Air Force provided a band, firing detail and honor guard for the ceremony.

 - On 7 December, the Post remembered Pearl Harbor with a moment of silence.

 - On 7 December, the Post hosted it’s annual Christmas Party for children at the Pearl Buck Foundation Home in Angeles City, approx 350 children attended.

 - On 8 December, the Post joined with other Angeles City area Veterans organizations in a parade honoring the 200th Anniversary of Angeles City. 

.- Past National Commander Jack Carney visited the Post in December, after attending the Department of Pacific Areas Council of Administration (C of A) in Barrio Barretto.  He was given a reception at the Post Home and a tour of the Clark Cemetery.

 - Post cemetery personnel provided assistance to VFW Post 11447 in the burial of William E. Kay, SH1, USN (Ret) on 18 December.  The grave side ceremony was conducted by VFW Post 11447.

 - Post cemetery personnel provided assistance to VFW Post 11447 in the burial of  William J. Holocher, HM1, USN (Ret) .  Grave side ceremonies were conducted by VFW Post 11447 and Baguio Lodge No. 67, F.&A.M..

 - In December, Commander Kenneth Schaefer established the  Founders Club, a Post building Fund.  The initial donation was $1000.00 from the Post General Fund.

 - Thirteen veterans were buried during the 1996 calendar year.

 - At the March General Membership meeting Comrade Cecil Johnson presented a Drug Awareness briefing.

 - In March, Commander Kenneth Schaefer and Post Officers were invited to supervise the annual elections of officers for the Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL), Angeles City Branch.

 - On 13 March, Commander Rene Certeza, American Legion Post 94 and his adjutant visited the Post to discuss the Clark Cemetery and the up-coming American Legion Convention wreath laying at the Clark Cemetery.

 - On 21 March, the Post hosted a breakfast for Mr. Jack MacReynolds, Western Regional Director of the Veterans Administration.  In attendance were Department Commander Zaher, Post Commander Schaefer, Junior Vice Commander Hubbard, Comrade Edward Rubio, representatives from the Manila VA Office and members of various Angeles City Veterans groups.  Mr MacReynolds was given a tour and briefing on the Clark Cemetery.

 - In April, District VII Commander Emory Russell presented Comrade Edward Rubio a District VII Plague for his continued service to the cemetery.  Commander Robert Zaher, Department of Pacific Areas presented him with a laminated photo of the Clark Cemetery.

 - In April, the Malabanias Elementary School presented the Post a Certificate of Appreciation which reads “In appreciation of valued and genuine support to school programs and activities”.

 - On 18 April, the Post supported the American Legion in a wreath laying at the Clark Cemetery. Wreaths were laid by Orland Taylor, National Vice Commander, American Legion; Commander Antonio Ty, Philippine Department, American Legion and Commander Rene Certeza, American Legion Post 94. Members of American Legion Posts 1, 4, 10, 94, 123 and their ladies Auxiliaries were present. Commander Kenneth Schaefer, Junior Vice Commander R K. Hubbard and Comrade Edwardo Rubio represented Post 2485. The 600th ABW of the Philippine Air Force provided a band, firing detail and honor guard for the ceremony

 ­- Post cemetery personnel assisted American Legion Post 10 in the burial of David R. Robertson, A/2C, USAF (Ret) on 25 April The grave side ceremony was conducted by American Legion Post 10.

 - On 25 April, the Post supported the Returned & Services League (RSL) in their ANZAC Day Observance at the Clark Cemetery.  The Post was represented by Senior Vice Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Past Department Commander Ralph Milward, Comrades William Feldt, Edwardo Rubio, Carl Lee,. Harold Britt, Mark Dimiline, Bo Bollenbach, Pete Peterson, Tom Ward and Rick Baird.

 - Commander Robert Zaher, Department Pacific Areas, Commander Kenneth Schaefer, Junior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past Commander Edward Lyons, Past District VII Commander Paul Morganthal, Comrades Jerry Prinz, Rick Trembath, Russell Willis were delegates to the District VII Convention at Post 9892 in La Union.   

 - During the District VII Convention; Commander Emory Russell called a recess and all the delegates, including Post 2485, went to Coconut Grove Resort to attend the RSL ANZAC Day Observance.  Commander Robert Zaher, Department of Pacific Areas; delivered a short address. Post Commander Kenneth Schaefer, Junior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past Commander Edward Lyons, Past District VII Commander Paul Morganthal, Comrades Rick Trembath, Russell Willis, Jerry Prinz and Cliff Wilsey were present.

 - Commander Kenneth Schaefer was elected District VII Senior Vice Commander, Comrade Jerry Prinz was elected Judge Advocate, Junior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard was appointed District Adjutant.

 - Commander Kenneth Schaefer and Department of Pacific Areas Commander Zaher participated in the last Golf Tournament at the old Camp John Hay Golf Course. The tournament was sponsored by VFW Post 124, Baguio.

 - On 6 May, the Philippine Securities & Exchange Commission designated the Post as Philippine Non-Profit Corporation.

- On 10 May, Comrades Aristibes Reyes and Eugene Brown were signed up as the Post's 700th and 701th Life Members.

 - The Annual Post Installation Banquet was held at the Post Home on 18 May.  Department Commander Robert Zaher installed the Post Officers for the 1997-1998 year.

 - Post Officers conducted a VFW grave side ceremony for Toribio M. Garcia, PVT, Philippine Scouts on 25 May.

 - On 26 May, Commander Kenneth Schaefer, Junior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard and Comrade Jerry Prince attended the Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 367 installation ceremony for 97-98 officers.            

- Commander Kenneth Schaefer, Senior Vice Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Junior Vice

Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past Department Commander Ralph Milward and Chaplin Ron Burrus performed a VFW Memorial Service for Comrade Rudolph "Tiny" Littleton.  Also in attendance were Past District VII Commander Paul Morganthal, Past Post Commander Edward Lyons, Comrades Edwardo Rubio and Jim Cherry.­

 - On 30 May the Post provided support to American Legion Post' 123 in the observation of

Memorial Day at the Clark Cemetery.

 - On 7 June, Department of Pacific Areas Commander Robert Zaher was initiated into Pinatubo-

Pup Tent 15, MOC.

 - On 7 June, Commander Kenneth Schaefer, Senior Vice Commander Lafayette Donaldson,

Comrade Michael DeSare and Chaplin Ron Burrus performed a Memorial Service for Comrade

Ernest Audet. Also in attendance were Department Commander Robert Zaher, Past Department

Commander Ralph Milward, Past District VII Commander Paul Morganthal, Past Post

Commander Edward Lyons and Comrade Ron Giesler.

 - The Post cemetery personnel provided assistance to American Legion Post 123 in the burial of

Ernest Audet, SMSGT, USAF (Ret) on 7 June. The grave side ceremony was conducted by

American Legion Post 123.

 - On 13 June, Commander Kenneth Schaefer, Senior Vice Commander Lafayette Donaldson,

Junior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Post Surgeon Cecil Johnson and Officer of the Day Steve

Piechocky performed a Memorial Service for Comrade Hubert Ling. Also in attendance were

various member of the Angeles City Veterans Community.

 - Commander Kenneth Schaefer was appointed to the National VFW Veterans Resolutions

Committee.

 - Past Department of Pacific Areas Commander Ralph Milward was appointed to the National

VFW General Resolutions Committee­

 - The Post received the National VFW Safety Award.

 - Department of Pacific Areas Commander Robert Zaher was selected as a VFW All American

Department Commander.

 - June 16-26, the Post hosted 31st Department of Pacific Areas Convention and the 28th

Grand Scratch, MOC.

 - Past Department Commander Ralph Milward was presented the Department Adjutant of the

Year Award.

 - Comrade Cliff Wilsey was presented the Department Recruiter of the Year Award.

 - Department Recruiting Awards were presented to Department Commander Robert Zaher, Past Department Commander Ralph Milward, Past District VII Commander Paul Morganthal, Post Commander Kenneth Schaefer and Comrade Cliff Wilsey.

 - Commander Kenneth Schaefer was appointed Chairman of the Steering Group created to establish a permanent department office in the Philippines.

 - During the Department Convention, VFW Post 9467 and VFW Post 9450 hosted a Cocktail Party at the Post Canteen to commemorate their 50th Anniversary as VFW Posts.

 - Eighteen operations were performed by the Children's Operation Fund.

 - The Post continued to provide grounds maintenance and burial assistance at the Clark Cemetery.

 - During the year Post Surgeon Cecil Johnson, utilizing the Post CPR manikin, presented CPR

training to the following:

                - - VFW/Beagles (9 hours with 12 students)

                - - Angeles University Foundation (9.5 hours with 37 students)

                - - Sapang Bato High School (13 hours with 9 students)

                - - Mount Pinatubo Tour Guides (12 hours 11 students)

                - - Jose C. Feliciano College (14 hours with 61 students)

                - - A Memphis Temple No. 217 (4 hours with 20 students)

                - - System Plus Computer Institute (13 hours with 20 students)


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