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VFW Post 2485 Post History

VFW Post 2485

1997 -1998

Commander:  Lafayette Donaldson

Senior Vice Commander:  B.K. Hubbard

Junior Vice Commander:  Robert McGovern

Post membership at the end of the 1997 calendar year: 767, including 756 Life Members

Pinatubo - Pup Tent 15 membership at the end of the 1997 calendar year: 30

 

 - On 28 June, Commander Lafayette Donaldson (outgoing Beagle #1), Senior Vice Commander

B.K. Hubbard, Past Department Commander Ralph Milward, Past Post Commander Kenneth

Schaefer, Comrades Warren Jamieson and Bill Kiss attended the Beagles 21st Anniversary

Celebration.

 - Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Junior Vice Commander Robert McGovern, Comrades

Jerry Prinz, Cliff Wilsey, Jack Turner, Paul Ellis and Tony Holmes attended 5th Annual Barrio Beach Bash at Barrio Barretto.  This event is sponsored by VFW Post 11447.

 - On 5 July, Past Post Commander Kenneth Schaefer represented the Post at the Grand Opening

of the Clark Museum.  Comrade Schaefer serves as a member of the committee established to

create the museum.

 - The Post cemetery personnel provided assistance to the Special Forces Association in the burial of Marvin R Becker, MSG, USA (Ret) on 7 July.  Comrade Becker died in Colorado Springs, CO

and was cremated there. His last wishes were to be buried in the Philippines and his remains were

shipped to VFW Post 2485.  Chapter 46, Special Forces Association performed the grave side

ceremony.

 - On 19 July, Commander Lafayette Donaldson and Comrade Edwardo Rubio, Clark Cemetery

Maintenance Chief the accepted the yearly $3000.00 maintenance grant from the National

American Legion. The presentation was made by Commander Bob Mills, American Legion Post 10.

 - Post Officers provided a VFW grave side ceremony for Lawrence La Beau, GYSGT, USMC

(Ret) on 7 August.

 - On 9 August, Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard,

Junior Vice Commander Robert McGovern, Comrades Jerry Prinz, Cliff Wilsey, were delegates to

the District VII Convention in Barrio Barretto. The Convention was hosted by Post 11447.

- Past Department Commander Robert Zaher, Past Department Commander Ralph Milward, Past

Post Commander Kenneth Schaefer and Comrade Clifford Wilsey were delegates to the National

VFW Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, 18-21 August, .

 - Post Officers conducted a VFW gave side ceremony for Lewis F. Baker, SFC, USA (Ret) on 2 September.  Comrade Baker was MOC Grand Pacific Commander when he passed away.  He died in Korea was cremated and transported to the Philippines for burial in the Clark Cemetery.

 - Post Officer conducted a VFW grave side ceremony for Fred A Mitchell AIC, USAF (Ret) on 17 September.

 - On 26 September, the Post hosted an Appreciation Day for Past Post Commander Kenneth Schaefer. This included a Golf Tournament and a Cocktail Party at the Post Home.

- The Post and MOC Pinatubo - Pup Tent 15 purchased and installed a gate for the Malabanias Elementary School

 - Post cemetery personnel provided assistance to DAV Angeles City in the burial of Katsuya Endo, SSGT, USA (Ret, on 2 October.

 - Post Officers provided a VFW grave side ceremony for Joseph Lake, TSGT, USAF (Ret) on 4 October.                                

 - Post cemetery personnel provided assistance to American Legion Post 123 in the burial of William F. Opack, MSGT, USAF (Ret) on 19 October.

 - Post cemetery personnel provided assistance to VFW Post 11447 in the burial of Gary Bishop,

GMGC, USN (Ret) and Joseph L. LeBlanc, AMSC, USN (Ret) on 15 October. The VFW grave side ceremony was conducted by VFW Post 11447.

 - On 18 October, the Post participated in the 6st Annual Chili Cook-Off in La Union,

approximately 40 Post members attended including Post Commander Lafayette Donaldson,

Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Junior Commander Robert McGovern and Past Post

Commander Kenneth Schaefer were in attendance. The Post also provided a contestant in the Miss Chili Pepper Contest, this young lady represented both the Post and La Bamba Bar in Angeles City. This event was sponsored by Post 9892.

 - On 25 October, the Post held a citizenship briefing for 12 American dependents on

Americanism, the U-S. Flag, drug-awareness and how to make a difference. Each participant received Americanism material and a U. S. Flag. The program was conducted by Past Department

Commander Ralph Milward.  After the meeting, a lunch of hot dogs and sodas were served to

attendees.

 - On 31 October, Past Department Commander Ralph Milward and Past Department Commander

Robert Zaher represented the Post at the first anniversary celebration for VFW Post 124 at

Baguio.

 - On 1 November, due to the resignation of District VII Commander Robert Evans, Past Post

Commander Kenneth Schaefer assumed duties as District VII Commander.

 - On 10 November, the Post hosted the District VII Convention.  Approximately 35 Comrades

attended, including Past District VII Post Commander and Department Junior Vice Commander Emory Russell.

 - On 11 November, the Post coordinated the Veterans Day Observance at the Clark Cemetery,

which was followed by a picnic at the host 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).  Approximately 350-400 persons were in attendance.

 - The Clark Cemetery "Grave Diggers" program was initiated on 11 November.  Proceeds from membership in this organization will be utilized for care and maintenance the Clark Cemetery. The "Grave Digger" program will be administered by Pinatubo - Pup Tent 15 for the Post.

 - On 16 November, Post Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, District VII Commander Kenneth Schaefer, Past Department Commander Ralph Milward and Comrade Dale Wyman represented the Post at the American Legion Post 94 Monthly Meeting and Commanders Day.

 - On 4 December, Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard and Junior Vice Commander Bob McGovern attended the Angeles City Area Veterans Council at the RUMPA.  Organizations represented included VFW Post 2485, American Legion Post 10, DAV, RUMPA, RSL, American Legion Post 123 and SFA.  The Post Commander serves as President of the Council.

 - A delegation from the Post attended the Department Mid Term CofA and Grand Scratch in Barrio Barretto, 5-7 December. The delegation was composed of Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, District VII Commander Kenneth Schaefer, Department Inspector Roy Banning, Past Department Commander Ralph Milward, Past Department Commander Robert Zaher, Past District VII Commander Paul Morganthal, Comrades Dale Wyman and Jerry Prinz. The CofA  and Scratch were hosted by VFW Post 11447.

 - At the Department-Mid Term CofA, Department Inspector Roy Banning was appointed a National Deputy Inspector.  Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard and Comrade Bill Feldt were appointed National Aide de Camps.

 - On 13 December, the Post hosted its annual Christmas Party for children at the Pearl Buck Foundation Home in Angeles City, approximately 250 children attended.  Eighteen members, wives, supporters and children showed up to fill the bags and pass them out at the Pearl Buck Foundation-Home.

 - The Post donated 31 bags (like used at the Pearl Buck Christmas Party) to Mt Arayat Shrine Oasis Christmas Party for crippled children.

 - On 16 December, Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Comrades Bill Feldt and Bo Bollenbach attended the Returned and Services League (RSL) of Australia  meeting.  At this meeting, Ted Mathews was remembered. The 101 year old, Mathews was the last living member of the disastrous Gallipoli Campaign which involved ANZAC forces

 - The Post membership received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Mt Arayat Shrine Oasis for supporting Shrine projects during the past year.  Senior Vice Commander B K Hubbard accepted the award at the Mt Arayat Shrine Oasis Installation Banquet on 20 December.

 - Post cemetery personnel assisted Post 11447 in the burial of Ronald W Kirk, SHCS, USN (Ret), DOD: 12/16/9 on 23 Dec. The VFW grave side ceremony was conducted by VFW Post 11447.

 - Post Officers conducted a VFW grave-side ceremony for David L. Wittman MSG, USAF (Ret) DOD: 12/ 18/97 on 23 Dec.

 - Post Officers conducted a VFW grave side ceremony for Ronald L Tucker, SSGT, USAF (Ret)

DOD: 12/26/97on 31 December.

 - Fifteen U. S. Veterans were buried in the Clark Cemetery during the 1997 calendar year.

 - Fourteen operations were performed by the Children's Operation Fund during the 1997

calendar year.

 - The Post donated $300.00 to VFW Post 1509 to help repair damage occurred during the

typhoon that devastated Guam.

 - Post Officers conducted a VFW grave side ceremony for Jesus Balmoez, SFC, USA (Ret),  DOD: 01/05/98, on 13 Jan.

 - Post Officers conducted a VFW grave side ceremony for William Schaefer, TSGT, USAF (Ret), DOD: 1/19/98, on 24 Jan.

 - On 25 January, the Post sponsored a Prostrate and Mamogram Awareness Mini-MEDCAP for

all Veteran, wives, dependents and significant other.  The examinations were conducted by the

Angeles City Health Department.  Approximately 40 persons took the examinations and attended

the lectures.

 - On 26 January Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Senior Vice Commander B:K. Hubbard,

District VII Commander Kenneth Schaefer, Comrades John “Pete"Peterson and "Bo" Bollenbach

attended Australia Day Observance at the Swagman Narra Resort in Angeles City. This event was

sponsored by the Return &and Services League (RSL) of Angeles City.

 - Commander Lafayette Donaldson and Post members attended the Martin Luther King Birthday

Observance at the Beagles "Dog House".

 - During the 1 February Post meeting, the USS Maine was remembered.

 - On 7 February, Post Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard,

Junior Vice Commander Robert McGovern, District VII Commander Kenneth Schaefer, Past

Department Commander E. Ralph Milward, Past Department Commander Robert Zaher and

Comrade Jerry Prinz accompanied Posts 124, 9892 and 11447 members on a tour of the Heinz

Woelke Blind School in Baguio.

 - The District VII Quarterly Convention was held at Baguio on 7 February.  Delegates included

Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Junior Vice

Commander Robert McGovern, District VII Commander Kenneth Schaefer, Past Department

Commander Ralph Milward, Past Department Commander Robert Zaher, Comrades Jerry

Prinz, Jack Arvitt, Cliff Wilsey and Jack Turner.

 - The Post and Pup Tent 15 joined with the RUMPA in providing transportation assistance to

Doctors and Medical Staff that participated in OPERATION RAINBOW.  OPERATION

RAINBOW is a traveling medical staff that provides medical assistance for children in the under

developed countries.

 - Post Officers conducted a VFW gave side ceremony for Earl D Briley CDR, USN (Ret), DOD:

1/17/98.  The Philippine Navy provided an Honor Guard and Firing Detail for the service.  During

several tours with JUSTMAGPHIL, CDR Briley was an advisor to the Philippine Navy.

 - On 7 March, Commander Lafayette Donaldson and Post members supported the Mt Arayat

Shrine Oasis in their annual auction to support Shrine programs.

 - Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Services Officer Jesse Foster and Adjutant William Kiss

attended a Briefing with Question and Answer period given by American Embassy General

Counsel Herbert and Ms Cynthia O'Connor of INS.  The briefing was hosted by the RUMPA and

members from various Angeles City Veterans organizations were present.

 - Post Surgeon Cecil Johnson coordinated and assisted in advertising a cataract and eye

examinations for local Barangay residents. This was sponsored by the Clarkview Serviceman's

Church and local area Optometrist.

 - On 11 March, on behalf of Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Senior Vice Commander B.K.

Hubbard presented a VFW Post 2485 Letter of Appreciation to VFW Post 11447 for their

continued support to the Clark Cemetery.

 - On 17 March, Commander Donaldson and Post Officers were invited to supervise the annual

elections of officers for the Returned & Services League of Australia, Angeles City Branch.

 - Commander Lafayette Donaldson and District VII Commander Kenneth Schaefer were invited

to attend Recognition Day at the Malabanias Elementary School.  The Post, Post Commander

Donaldson, District VII Commander Schaefer and Comrade Cliff Wilsey were presented Letters

of Appreciation for support to the school

 - On 28 March, Commander Lafayette Donaldson attended the Angles City DAV Anniversary

Dinner.

 - During a ceremony at the Clark Cemetery, on 31 March, the Filipino-American Memorial

Endowment (Fame) presented the Post a check for P50,000.  This donation is to be used for

cemetery maintenance.  FAME was represented by Ms Beth Day Romulo Trustee; Ms Leslie Ann

Murray; Trustee, Mr Robert Sears, Treasurer and Mr Robert Blume. Post members present

were Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Junior Vice

Commander Robert McGovern, District VII Commander Kenneth Schaefer, Past Department

Commander Robert Zaher and Cemetery Maintenance Supervisor, Comrade Edwardo Rubio. The

Post provided a luncheon for all attendees after the ceremony.

 - Loyalty Day was remembered at the Post General Membership Meeting on 5 April.

 - Surgeon Cecil Johnson delivered a safety briefing at the Post General Membership Meeting on

5 April.

 - Post Officers conducted a VFW grave side ceremony for Noli O. Guevarre, MSI, USN (Ret), DOD: 4/2/98, on 11 April.

- Post cemetery personnel provided assistance to VFW Post 11447 in the burial of Richard D.

Minge, SFC, USA (Ret) on 11 April.  The VFW grave side ceremony was performed by VFW

Post 11447.

 - The Post celebrated its 11th Anniversary on 12 April.  Due to the 12th being Easter, an Anniversary Party with heavy pu pus was held on 11 April.

 - Mt Arayat Shrine Oasis presented the Post a certificate expressing their thanks for the support given to Shrine Programs.

 - On 18 April, Surgeon Cecil Johnson assisted the Angeles City Special Forces Association (SFA) in a Mini MED Checkup for interested parties.  This checkups were performed at the Team House.  

 - The Annual Post Installation Banquet was held at Angeles Fried Chicken on 19 April. Department Junior Vice Commander Emory Russell installed the Post Officers for the 1998-1999 year.

 - Post Officers conducted a VFW grave side ceremony for Ray Achay, MSGT, USAF (Ret), DOD 4/ 10/98 on 22 April.

 - 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 B. K. Hubbard, Cemetery Maintenance Chief Ed Rubio, Community Activities Chairman William Feldt, Adjutant William Kiss, Comrades Roy Banning, Bo Bollenbach, and Jesse Foster.  Other organizations represented included. VFW Post 11447, American Legion Post 123, Special Forces Association and DAV.

 - The District VII Quarterly Convention was held at La Union on 25 April. Delegates included Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Junior Vice Commander Robert McGovern, District VII Commander Kenneth Schaefer, Past Department Commander Ralph Milward, Past Department Commander Robert Zaher, Comrades Jerry Prinz, Jack Avritt and Cliff Wilsey.

 - During the District VII Convention, District VII Commander Kenneth Schaefer called a recess and all the delegates, including Post 2485, went to Coconut Grove Resort to attend the Returned & Services League (RSL) ANZAC Day Observance. The ANZAC Day Observation ways sponsored by the Angeles City Branch of the Returned & Services League (RSL) of Australia.  Department Junior Vice Commander Emory Russell delivered a short address. Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Junior Vice Commander Robert McGovern, Past Department Commander Ralph Milward, Past Department Commander Robert Zaher, Comrades Jerry Prinz and Cliff Wilsey were present.     

 - Post Officers conducted a VFW grave side ceremony for Robert K Thompson, SSG, USA (Ret). DOD: 5/4/98 on 20 May.

 - On 30 May, the Post provided support to American Legion Post 123 in the observation of Memorial Day at the Clark Cemetery.

 ­- Post Officers performed a VFW Memorial Service for Comrade James E. Stickels, TSGT, USAF (Ret), DOD: 6/8/98 at American Legion Post 123.  The grave side ceremony was conducted by American Legion Post 123.

 - Commander Lafayette Donaldson designated All Pacific Commander.

 - June 15-19, Post members attended the 32nd  Department of Pacific Areas Convention and 29th Grand Scratch. The Post delegation consisted of Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, District VII Commander Kenneth Schaefer, Past Department Commander Robert Zaher, Past Department Commander Joseph Carsley, Comrades Cliff Wilsey, Cecil Johnson, and Jerry Prinz. The Convention was hosted by VFW Past 9892 at La Union.

 - The Post received a Department of Pacific Areas Citation for assistance rendered in support of Community Projects.

 - Comrade Paul Morganthal received the Department Quartermaster of the Year Award.

 - Comrade William Feldt received the Department Post Programs Chairman of the Year Award.

 - Comrade Cecil Johnson received a plaque for outstanding service as Post Surgeon.

 - Commander Lafayette Donaldson elected as a two year Trustee of the John Randall Scholarship Fund.

 - Comrades receiving recruiting awards were Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past Department Commander Ralph Milward, Past Department Commander Joseph Carsley, Past Department Commander Robert Zaher, Past District VII Commander Paul Morganthal. Past Post Commander Ed Lyons Comrades Cliff Wilsey and William Kiss.

 - During the year Post Surgeon Cecil Johnson, utilizing the Post CPR manikin, presented CPR training to the following:

   - -  Clark Field Plastics Manufacturing Co. (12 hours with 12 students)

   - - Angeles City Physical Therapy People (8 hours with 17 .students)

   - - Mt Arayat Physical Therapist (8 hours with 16 students)

   - - San Fernando Physical Therapists (8 hours with 17 students)

   - - Angeles City Physical Therapist (8 hours with 12 students)

 - Fifteen operations were performed by the Children's Operations Fund

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

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