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VFW Post 2485 Post History

VFW Post 2485

1998-- 1999

Commander:  Lafayette Donaldson          

Senior Vice Commander:  B. K. Hubbard

Junior Vice Commander:  Robert McGovern

Post membership at the end of the 1998 calendar year 844 including 817 Life Members

Pinatubo - Pup Tent 15 membership at the end of the 1998 calendar year: 33 including 9 Life

Members.

Grave Diggers  membership at the end of the 1998 calendar year: 217 including 84 from Post

2485.

 - On 27 June, the Post was invited to participate in the 3rd Annual Tree Planting, sponsored by

the Clark Development Corporation at the Clark Economic Zone.  Commander Lafayette

Donaldson, Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard and Past District VII Commander

Schaefer attended.

 - The Beagles 22nd Annual Anniversary Dinner was held 27 June.  Post member attending were

Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Chaplin Ron Burrus,

Past Department Commander Robert Zaher, Past District V1I Commanders Ken Schaefer, Comrades Bill Kiss, Warren Jamison and Joe Hestor.

 - The Post conducted a VFW grave side ceremony for Robert Tierney, SGT, USA (Ret), DOD 5/5/9 on 2 July..

 - Post members supported the 6th Annual Barrio Beach Bash at Barrio Barretto.  Post attendees

included Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Junior Vice Commander Robert McGovern,

District VII Senior Vice Commander and Past Department Commander Robert Zaher, Past

District VIA Commander Kenneth Schaefer, Comrades Steve Piechocky, Jerry Prinz, Cliff Wilsey,

Dan McShane and Jack Turner. The Beach Bash is sponsored by VFW Post 11447.

 - The Post was awarded the National Americanism Award.

 - The Post received a Recruiting Streamer for the 97-98 year.

 - American Legion Post 123 presented the Post a Certificate of Appreciation for support provided for the Memorial Day Observance at the Clark Cemetery

 - Comrade Jesse Foster received a plaque for outstanding service as the Post Services Officer.

 - Comrade Edwardo Rubio, Cemetery Maintenance Supervisor received a Plaque of Appreciation for his continued support to the Clark Cemetery.

 - On 18 July, Commander Lafayette Donaldson and Senior Vice Commander B. K. Hubbard

attended the monthly meeting of American Legion Post 10 in order to accept the yearly $3000.00 grant from the National American Legion.

 - The Post and Pup Tent 15 hosted a luncheon for Dr DeGuzman at the Post home on 18 July.

Dr DeGuzman was presented a Post 2485 plaque commemorating his service to the Post and the

community.  Pup Tent 15 Seam Squirrel Ralph Milward presented Dr DeGuzman an MOC Grand

Pacific Plaque designating him as the Grand Pacific Outstanding Outside Supporter of the Year.

Also attending the luncheon were three of Dr DeGuzman's assistants Ms Melody Salunga, Ms

Abigail Berm and Ms Cecil Tanhyeco.  The VFW was represented by Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past Department Commander Ralph Milward, Past District VII Commander Kenneth Schaefer, Comrades William Feldt, Joseph Godfrey, Jerry Prinz, Werner Koslovski and Cecil Johnson.

 - Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard and Past All American District Commander Kenneth Schaefer attended the monthly meeting of the Returned &Services League of Australia, Angeles City Branch.  Past All American District VII Commander Schaefer presented a talk on VFW Post 2485 and the VFW in general.

 - The Post conducted a VFW grave side ceremony for Wallace Brooks, MAJ, USAF (Ret),

DOD: 7/15/98 on 24 July.

 - On 26 July, the Post purchased a building and property for the new Post Home. This building at the corner of Santol and Pinatubo Roads is adjacent to the current building:

 - On 2 August, Department Senior Vice Commander and MOC Grand Pacific Commander

Emory Russell attended the Post monthly meeting.

 - The Post conducted the VFW grave side ceremony for Robert E. Allen, W03, USA (Ret),

DOD: 7/3/98 on 5 August 1998.

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

Junior Vice Commander Robert McGovern, Past Department Commander Ralph Milward, Past

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

Comrades Jerry Prinz, Cliff Wilsey, Cecil Johnson and Jack Avritt were delegates to the District

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

 - The Post conducted a VFW gave side ceremony for Comrade John R. Brown, SSG, USA (Ret), DOD: 8/11/98 on 15 August.

 - The Returned and Services League (RSL} of Australia, Angeles City Branch observed Long

Tan Day on 18 August.  Long Tan was a battle of the Viet Nam War involving Australian Forces.

Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Comrades Bo Bollenbach and Bill Feldt attended.

 - Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Past Department Commander Robert Zaher, Past District

VII Commander Kenneth Schaefer, Comrades Bill Nelson and Eugene Hermann were Post

delegates to the VFW National Convention in San Antonio, TX

 - On 1 September, Senior Vice Commander B K Hubbard represented the Post at the Grand

Opening of the Clark Airport City Terminal.

 - At the National Convention,  Commander Lafayette Donaldson accepted the VFW National

Outstanding Community Services Post Award from VFW National Commander John E. Moon

and VFW National Ladies Auxiliary Chairlady Connie Atkinson.

 - Comrade Herman F Weising, AlC, USAF,  DOD: 8/31/98 was buried at the Clark Cemetery on 5 September.  The grave side ceremony was conducted by American Legion Post 123

 - Comrade Philinen M. Martinez, SSGT, USAF (Ret),  DOD: 6/26/98 was buried at the Clark Cemetery on 10 September. The grave side ceremony was conducted by VFW Post 2485.

 - Post Officers performed a VFW Memorial Service for Cletus Doty, MSGT,  USAF (Ret), DOD: 9/2/98 at American Legion Post 123.  He was buried at the Clark Cemetery on 10 September.  The grave side ceremony was conducted by American Legion Post 123

 - Officers and Post members supported the Pinatubo-Pup Tent 15 fund raising social at the

Bonanza Hotel on 19 September.

 - On 1 October,  the Post presented the Clark Museum with a framed picture with narrative of the USS PAMPANGA (PG 39). The PAMPANGA was a Spanish gunboat captured in Manila

during he Spanish American War and put into service as a U.S. Gunboat.  The presentation was

made to Clark Development Corporation Executive Vice President Escolastica Segovia and

Caferina Yepez, Curator of the Clark Museum, by Commander Lafayette Donaldson. Also

present were Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard Junior Vice Commander Robert McGovern

and Past All American District VII and Past Post Commander Kenneth Schaefer. Comrade

Schaefer is also a member of the Clark Museum Committee.

 - At the 3 October monthly Post meeting Commander Lafayette Donaldson presented Alex

Indiongco with plaque commending Indiongco Mortuary Services for support to burials at the

Clark Cemetery. 

 - On 1 October, the Post participated in the 7th Annual Chili Cook-Off in La Union.  Approximately 35 members attended including Post Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past All American Commander Robert Zaher. The Post provided a contestant in the Miss Chili Pepper Contest, Miss Rhea Salentes, this young lady represented both the Post and Panama Jack's Bar in Angeles City.  The Annual Chili Cook-­Off was sponsored by Post 9892.

 - The Post received the Second Place Plaque in the Chili Cook-Off. Comrade George

Wheatstine was Chief Cook and head of the Post Chili Committee.

 - On 29 October, Post Officers performed a VFW Memorial Service for Comrade Robert

(Marine Bob) Swartz at the Team House.

 - At the November Monthly Meeting the Post received a plaque entitled "Honoring the

American Flag'” The plaque was presented by Senior Vice Commander B K Hubbard and Miss

Juvy Angcao.

 - On 5 November, at the invitation of Ambassador Thomas Hubbard U.S. Ambassador to the

Philippines, Commander Lafayette Donaldson and Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard

attended a screening of the movie "Saving Private Ryan".

 - Commander Lafayette Donaldson and Senior Vice Commander and Clark Cemetery Chairman

B.K. Hubbard met with Engineer Rodolfo L. Arias and DRA Rowena Pantig on 9 November to

discuss burials and security at the Clark Cemetery.

 - The Post hosted the District VII Quarterly Convention in November. Department Senior Vice

Command, Russell was in attendance.

 - Post members attended the re-burial of MSGT Robert Taylor, USMC (Ret).  MSGT Taylor

died in 1993 and was buried in Olongapo. This was during the period when the Clark Cemetery

was closed due to the Mt Pinatubo eruption.  Due to the efforts of friends in Post 11447 and Fleet

Reserve Association Branch 367 he was exhumed and re-buried at the Clark Cemetery.  MSG T

Taylor, a POW during WWII was holder of a Bronze Star and the POW Medal.

 - On 11 November, the Post coordinated the Veterans Day Observance at the Clark Cemetery.  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).  The 600th PAF Air Base Wing firing detail and the Air Base Wing Band and a contingent of buglers from the Royal Australian Navy were present.  Approximately 400-450 persons were in attendance.  The Annual Veterans Day Picnic at the Post Home was held after the ceremony at the cemetery.  Approximately two hundred Comrades and their families and friends enjoyed an afternoon of camaraderie, good food and cold drinks.  Prior to their departure the Royal Australian Navy buglers played taps and last post at the Post Home. Very impressive.

 - 11 November was the first anniversary of the Clark Cemetery Grave Diggers  Membership on date stood at 285.

 - On 12 November, Post Officers provided the VFW grave side ceremony for the burial of SFC Walter J. Ciswsinske, USA (Ret).

 - On 12 November, Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard and Past District VII Commander Kenneth Schaefer assisted VFW Post 11447 in the VFW grave side burial ceremony for SF3 James F. Maret, USN (Ret).

 - On 13 November, Post Officers provided the VFW grave side ceremony for the burial of MM3 Richard J. Russell, USN (Ret). Comrade Russell died in 1991 and was initially buried in a local cemetery but his wife and family wanted him buried with other Veterans.

 - The 14 November issue of the Batavia, IL Daily Herald contained an article on the Post Cleft Palate Program.  Each year children in the Elementary School raise money to perform at least one operation. They are kept up to date on the recipient of-their operation by Comrade Cliff Wilsey, Chairman of the Cleft Lip/Palate Committee.

 - The Post had six participants in the Post VFW Voice of Democracy (VOD) Program, two from Faith Academy in Manila and four from International School in Manila.  All entries were very good but the final winner was Nathan B Jones, a 10th grade student at Faith Academy.  This was the initial year for Post participation in the VOD program. Young Mr Jones will represent the Post in the District VII VOD program.

 - The Post VOD winner, Nathan B. Jones, was been selected as the District VII VOD

representative. He will represent District VII in the Department VOD Program.

 - Mr Dick Jones, Superintendent of the American Cemetery in Manila, toured the Clark

Cemetery on28 November.  Chairman of the Cemetery Committee and Post Senior Vice

Commander B.K. Hubbard conducted the tour.

 - On 28 November, Post 2485 in conjunction with the Bonanza Hotel sponsored a social to

raise money for the Post building fund.  Post members friends and supporters enjoyed a afternoon of good food and having a few cool ones.  All proceeds were donated to the building fund. Commander Donaldson presented Rob Williams, owner/manager of the Bonanza Hotel wit a Post Certificate of Appreciation for his continued support of the Post.

 - On 4 December the VFW cemetery crew supported an American Legion Auxiliary Wreath

laying at the Clark Cemetery by National American Legion Auxiliary President Virginia Hobbs.

Philippine Department President Emma Sabalburo, members of American Legion Auxiliary Unit

10 and Auxiliary Unit 123 were present. The Philippine Air Force provided a firing detail and

band. Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Senior Vice Commander Hubbard and Comrade Rubio

represented the Post.

 - Commander Donaldson and Senior Vice Commander Hubbard attended the American Legion

Auxiliary Luncheon for National President Virginia Hobbs at the Shanghai Restaurant.

Commander Donaldson took the opportunity to present Unit 10 a plague in appreciation for their

support of shrub planting at the Clark Cemetery.

 - On 5 December, the Post hosted its 8th Annual Christmas Party for children at the Pearl Buck

Foundation Home in Angeles City, approximately 300 children attended.  Nineteen members, guests and supporters and children showed up to fill the bags and pass them out at the Pearl Buck Foundation Home.

 - The Post donated 20 bags (like used at the Pearl Buck Christmas Party) to Mt Arayat Shrine

Oasis Christmas Party for crippled children.

 - On 7 December, the Post received a letter from CDC stating that the Philippine Health

Department was enforcing a regulation to which all burials at the Clark Cemetery must be encased in an underground crypt.  The Past has neither the construction expertise or funding to implement this regulation.  All burials at the Clark Cemetery were suspended.

 - On 10 December, after a waiver granted by CDC, Post Officers provided the VFW grave side

burial ceremony for Theodore A. Thibodeau, SGT, USMC.

 - In December Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past Department Commander Ralph Milward, Past Department Commander Bob Zaher, Past District VII Commander Ken Schaefer, Comrades Roy Banning, Jerry Prinz and Cecil Johnson were delegates to the Mid Term Department Council of Administration in Barrio Barretto. VFW National Senior Vice Commander John Smart, VFW National Junior Vice Commander John F. Gwizdak, Candidate for National VFW Junior Vice Commander Joe Salas and District 16 Council Member Tom Elliott were also in attendance. The Mid Term was hosted by Post 11447.

 - On 14 December, the Post hosted a working breakfast, briefing and tour of the Clark Cemetery for VFW National Senior Vice Commander John Smart, VFW National Junior Vice Commander John F. Gwizdak, Candidate for National VFW Junior Vice Commander Joe Salas 16 National Council Member Tom Elliott.  During the briefing and tour Commander Donaldson, Senior Vice Commander Hubbard (and Cemetery Chairman) and Department Commander Frank Sass solicited help for the cemetery.  Also attending were Tom Tompkins and his wife, Post 9555; District II Commander Richard Keeled, Post 9467; District III Commander James Mayo, Post 8180; Robert Crittenden, Post 81801; Von Stevens, Post 9457; Donald Carnahan, Post 9612 and Roy Banning Post 2485.

 - The Post hosted a reception at the Post Home for VFW National Senior Vice Commander John Smart, VFW National Junior Vice Commander John F. Gwizdak, Candidate for National VFW Junior Vice Commander Joe Salas on 14 December.  Also attending were District 16 National Council Member Tom Elliott, Department Commander Frank Sass and M0C Grand Commander Emory Russell. The Post was represented by Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard and approximately 20 Post members and their guests.

 - The Beagles hosted the Quarterly Angeles City Veterans Council meeting at the Dog House on 19 December.  Commander Lafayette Donaldson presided over the meeting as President of the Veterans Council.  Attending were VFW Post 2485, American Legion Posts 123 and 10, Beagles SFA and the RSL

 - Each Christmas Day the Post Canteen employees are secured at 1100 to spend Christmas Day

with their families and loved ones.  The kitchen employees prepare and cook the Christmas Dinner prior to their departure. Post officers and volunteers then take over duties in the kitchen and dining area, thus keeping the canteen open on Christmas Day.

 - On 26 December Post Officers provided a VFW Memorial Ceremony for Francis J Gallagher, TSGT, USAF (Ret) at American Legion Post 123.

 - The Post, provided cemetery support in the burial of TSGT Francis J Gallagher, USAF (Ret).

The grave side ceremony was provided by American Legion Post 123.  A waiver was obtained to

bury Comrade Gallagher at the Clark Cemetery.

 - On 30 December, after obtaining a burial waiver from CDC, Post Officers provided the VFW

grave side burial ceremony for SGT Lloyd S Moos, USMC (Ret).

 - The Post provided cemetery support to VFW Post 11447 in the burial of SN Raymond J. Boots, USN. The grave side ceremony was provided by VFW Post 11447.

 - Twenty Three U. S. Veterans were buried in the Clark Cemetery during the 1998 calendar year

 - Seventeen operations were performed by the Children's Operation Fund during the 199

calendar year.

 - Clark Cemetery Grave Digger's  membership stood at 317 at the end of the 1998 calendar year.

 - The Post provided cemetery support to VFW Post 11447 in the burial of MS2 Joseph P

Snyder, USN (Ret).  The grave side ceremony was provided by VFW Post 11447.

 - The Post satisfied the requirements of the Philippine Health Department and the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) Health Office in the matter of utilizing crypts for burials at the Clark Cemetery.  After experimenting with cinderblock and concrete, it was decided to use fiberglass boxes with lids.  These crypts were approved by CDC Engineers and the Health Department The crypts are made by a Post Comrade.

 - Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Comrades Bill

Feldt, Bo Bollenhach and Cliff Wilsey attended the Australia Day Observance on 25 January

Australia Day was sponsored by the local Chapter of the Returned & Services League of

Australia.  The event was held at the Team House meeting room at Moon Doggies Bar in Angeles City

 - On 7 January Commander Lafayette Donaldson appointed a National Aide de Camp.

 - On 7 January, Post Officers provided the VFW grave side burial ceremony for SGT Rugino G.

Pangilinan, USAFFE.  SGT Pangilinan was surrendered on Bataan, escaped from the Bataan

Death March and fought as a guerilla during WWII

 - The Filipino-American Memorial Endowment (FAME) invited the VFW Post Commander

Lafayette Donaldson, Senior Vice Commander and Chairman of the Clark Cemetery

Committee B.K. Hubbard, Comrade Al Mitchell (the new Clark Cemetery Chairman as of 1

March) and Comrade Edwardo Rubio, Cemetery Maintenance Supervisor to a Memorial Service on Corregidor Island.  The Memorial Service was to spread the ashes of Captain Norman Reyes, Army of the Philippines.  Captain Reyes was a survivor of the Corregidor siege.  He was known

for his broadcast " the Voice of Freedom broadcasting from somewhere in the Philippines".  He is the one that broadcast the fall of Bataan and the continued bombardment and siege of

Corregidor.  Captain Reyes was in fact broadcasting from Malinta Tunnel on Corregidor. His last wishes were his ashes be scattered over Corregidor.  After the Memorial Service and tour of the Island.  VFW members were invited to a working. lunch of the FAME Board of Trustees.

At this luncheon VFW Post 2485 was presented a P50,000 check to be utilized for care and maintenance of the Clark Cemetery.

 - On 4 February, Post Officers provided the VFW grave side burial ceremony for MAJ Gary

Enders, USAF(Ret).

 - At the February, Post meeting Commander Lafayette Donaldson presented VFW Post 2485

Commendation plaques to Rowena Rozee, Past Secretary in the Canteen Office and Ronnie

Miranda, Post handyman and jack of all trades.

 - The Post presented VFW Post 11447 with a flag flown over the Clark Cemetery on Veterans

Day, 11 November 1998.  The flag was in gratitude of VFW Post 11447's commitment to support the Clark Cemetery.

 - On 13 February, the Youth Essay Committee awarded first place in the Post Contest to Tyrone Vega, son of Comrade and Mrs George Van Nostern.  Young Mr Vega is the initial entry and first winner of the Post Essay Contest.  As the only entry submitted by a District VII Posts he also becomes the District VII winner.

 - The Post presented the Beagles with a flag, flown over the Clark Cemetery on Veterans Day 11November 1998.  The flag was in gratitude of the Beagles's commitment to support of the Clark Cemetery.

 - The Post presented the American Legion Post 10 with a flag flown over the Clark Cemetery on Veterans Day, 11 November 1998.  The flag was in gratitude of American Legion Post 10's efforts to obtain the National American Legion yearly grant to support of the Clark Cemetery.

 - On 20 February. the Post received the February copy of the VFW Magazine. In addition to articles of the Philippine War there was a half page article on the Clark Cemetery. 

 - The Post presented the RUMPA with a flag flown over the Clark Cemetery on Veterans Day,

11 November 1998.  The flag was ingratitude of the RUMPA’s commitment to support the

Clark Cemetery.

 - The District VII Quarterly Convention was held at Baguio 25 February.  The Convention was

hosted by VFW Post124.  Delegates included Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Senior Vice

Commander B.K. Hubbard, Junior Vice Commander Robert McGovern, Comrades Jerry Prinz

and Cliff Wilsey.

 - Past All American Department Commander Ralph Milward, Past All American Department

Commander Robert Zaher and Past All American District VII Commander Kenneth Schaefer

attended the Washington VFW Conference.

 - Comrade and Mrs Jackie Rollins presented the Post with a frame containing Vietnam

Commemorative Stamps.

 - On 1 March, Past All American Department Commander Ralph Milward, Past All American

Department Commander Robert Zaher and Past All American District VII Commander Kenneth

Schaefer toured the Soldiers and Airman's Home in Washington, DC.

 - The February issue of the Department of New Mexico VFW News featured an article on the

Clark Cemetery. This is a result of efforts by Candidate for National Junior Vice Commander Joe

Salas.

 - At the March Post meeting Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard presented Clark Cemetery

Maintenance Supervisor Ed Rubio a Plaque for his "continued support of the Clark Cemetery"

 - On 16 March, Post Officers provided the VFW gave side burial ceremony for TSGT Carroll,

USAF (Ret).

 - The Post was invited to supervise the annual elections of officers for the Returned & Services

League of Australia. Angeles City Branch.  Past Post Commander Ken Schaefer and Comrade

Jerry Prinz performed this function.

 - On 25 March, the Special Forces Association (SFA) of Angeles City hosted the Quarterly

Angeles City Veterans Council meeting at the Team House.  Commander Lafayette Donaldson presided over the meeting as President of the Veterans Council.  Attending were VFW Post 2485, MOC Pup Tent 15, SFA, RUMPA, the Beagles and the RSL.

 - Commander Lafayette Donaldson and Post members attended the Anniversary Dinner of the

Angeles Disabled Veterans Association (DAV).

 - On 31 March, Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past

Post and Post All American District VII Commander Ken Schaefer and Cemetery Chairman Al

Mitchell visited the Bataan Death March Memorial at Capus, Tarlac.  The Memorial is in a sad

state of repair.  Repairs are going to need the advice of a structural engineer and require major

structural work.

 - On 8 April, Malabanias Elementary School presented the Post with a framed Letter of Appreciation "for support given to school activities."

 - Membership Night was held at the Post on 16 April.

 - The April District VII Convention was hosted by VFW Post 9892 in La Union Elections for the 1999 - 2000 year officers were held.  Senior Vice Commander Robert Zaher was elected District VII Commander and B.K. Hubbard was elected Junior Vice Commander.  Department Senior Vice Commander Emory Russell installed the officers.  Post delegates included Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past All American Department/Post and Current District VII Senior Vice Commander Robert Zaher, Past All American District VII and All American Post Commander Kenneth Schaefer Comrades Jerry Prinz, Cliff Wilsey, Past All American Department Commander Ralph Milward, Cecil Johnson and Paul Morganthal.

 - Past All American District VII and All American Post Commander Kenneth Schaefer installed the 1999 - 2000 year officers for Post 9892.

 - On 25 April, the Post provided support at the Clark Cemetery to the Returned & Services League (RSL) of Australia, Angeles City Branch in the annual ANZAC Day Observance.  Post representatives were Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Cemetery Chairman AI Mitchell and Cemetery Maintenance Supervisor Ed Rubio.

 - Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past All American Department/Post and current District VII Commander (elect) Robert Zaher, Comrades Jerry Prinz, Cliff Wilsey, Past All American Department Commander Ralph Milward, Past All American District VII and All American Post Commander Kenneth Schaefer, Cecil Johnson and Past All American District VII Commander Paul Morganthal attended the ANZAC Day Observance at the Coconut Grove Resort, La Union on 25 April.

 - On 25 April, Comrade Larry Long attended the Scratch of MOC Pup Tent 9, Franklin, KY. Comrade Long lives in KY and attended the Scratch to personally thank Pup Tent 9 for their generous donation to the Clark Cemetery. He also delivered Letters of Appreciation from Post Commander Lafayette Donaldson, MOC Pinatubo- Pup Tent 15 Seam Squirrel Ralph Milward and past Cemetery Chairman B.K. Hubbard.

 - During ceremonies at Faith Academy, Manila on 28 April Commander Lafayette Donaldson presented Nathan Jones a Certificate, a $100 cash award and a VOD pin for finishing First Place in the Post Voice of Democracy Contest. Young Mr Jones also the District VII winner, was presented a check for another $100 by District VII Voice of Democracy Chairman Kenneth Schaefer. The Third Place Award and VOD pin was given to John Mark Kane.  Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard and Post Voice of Democracy Chairman Roy Banning also attended the presentation.

 - Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past All American District VII and All American Post Commander Kenneth Schaefer and Junior Vice Commander (elect) Jerry Prinz attended the installation of the 1999-2000 year officers for Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) Branch 367. The installation was held at the Branch Home at San Antonio, Zambales on 1 May.

 - The Post was invited to Corregidor Island on 6 May to attend ceremonies dedicating a Memorial to General Jonathan Wainwright. General Wainwright was Commander of all American and Philippines forces after the departure of General MacArthur.  Attendees included Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Junior Vice Commander Robert McGoven, Cemetery Chairman Al Mitchell and Comrade Jerry Prinz. Also present were Ambassador Thomas Hubbard, members of the VA Regional Office, various Philippine Veterans organizations and members of an organization called the Battling Bastards of Bataan (an organizations of Bataan Death March survivors and their supporters). Post members were invited as guests of the Filipino-American Memorial Endowment (FAME), an organization under the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines umbrella.

 - Post officers performed the VFW grave side burial ceremony for SSGT Donald W. Wood USAF Veteran on 10 May.

 - On 10 May. Post officers performed the VFW grave side burial ceremony for TSGT August Koch., USAF (Ret).  Comrades Koch died 21 December 1991, his wife requested reburial at the Clark Cemetery. 

 - Fifteen members of the Battling Bastards of Bataan and their families visited the Clark Cemetery on 11 May.

 - Commander (elect) B.K. Hubbard and Past All American District VII and All American Post Commander Kenneth Schaefer attended the installation of Post 11447 1999-2000 year officers on 20 May.

 - On 22 May, the Post held a Ceremony/Dinner for the installation of Post 2485 1999-2000 year officers at Angeles Fried Chicken in Angeles City.  Past All American District VII and All American Post Commander Kenneth Schaefer was the installing officer.  MOC Grand Commander and Department Senior Vice Commander Emory Russell, District VII Commander Larry Senato. Past All American Department Commander Ralph Milward, Past All American District VII Commander Paul Morgenthal, District VII Senior Vice Commander (elect) O.B. O'Briant, Junior Vice Commander (elect) B.K. Hubbard, members and guest also attended.

 - On 25 May, Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard (Commander elect), Junior Vice Commander (elect) Jerry Prinz and District VII and Department Voice of Democracy (VOD) Chairman Kenneth Schaefer attended the Awards Day presentations at the International School, Manila.  The Post Second Place VOD Award was presented to Madjimbaye Nade.  He was presented a check for $50.00, a VOD Certificate and a VOD lapel pin. Young Mr Nade is also the recipient of an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy.  In addition to Mr Nade, VOD Participation Certificates and pins were presented to Miss Monique Meneses, Miss Cynthia Bondoc and Mr Peter Hutchins.

 - On 25 May, American Legion Post 123 performed the grave side burial ceremony for MSGT Leozie Perry, USAF (Ret) at the Clark Cemetery.

 - The Post provided cemetery support to American Legion Post 123 in the Memorial Day Observance at the Clark Cemetery.  Post Officers and members attended the ceremony.

 - Senior Vice Commander (elect) Robert McGovern, Junior Vice Commander (elect) Jerry Prinz, Cemetery Chairman Al Mitchell and Comrade Buddy McGuire represented the Post at the Memorial Day Observance at the American Cemetery in Manila.

 - On 2 June, Post officers performed the VFW grave side burial ceremony for Edward A. Janicke, USAF (Ret).

 - On 9 June, Post officers performed the VFW grave side burial ceremony for TSGT James E. Stevens, USAF (Ret).

 - The Post hosted the 31st  Department of Pacific Areas Convention and 28th Grand Pacific Scratch, June 14-20.  The Convention was held at the Maharajah Hotel in Angeles City.  Delegates included Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Junior Vice Commander Robert McGovern, Past All American Department/Post and current District VII Senior Vice Commander Robert Zaher, Comrades Jerry Prinz, Cliff Wilsey, Past All American District VII and All American Post Commander Kenneth Schaefer, Jack Avritt and Ken Miller.

 - Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Senior Vice Commander Hubbard and Comrade Jerry Prinz attended a Memorial Service at KM Marker 112, Capus National Shrine on 11 May.  This marker is at the site of the former Japanese POW Camp at Camp O'Donnell, Capus, Tarlac. The Post was the invited guest of the Battling Bastards of Bataan.  KM marker 112 is a memorial to SGT Richard E. Francis, USA. SGT Francis was a member of the 228th Signal Operations Company and died while a POW at Camp O'Donnell.

 - On 16 June, Post officers provided the VFW grave side burial ceremony for PVT Bienvenido P. Geronimo, USA..  PVT Geronimo was a former Philippine Scout and WWII POW.  Delegates to the 31st Department of Pacific Areas Convention and 28th Grand Pacific Scratch attended the services including Past VFW National Commander Paul Spera, MOC Supreme Commander Steve Wheeler, Grand Pacific Senior Vice and District VI Commander James Malott,  Post 6427 Commander Efrain Castro, Post 9612 Commander Barnes Patsel, Post 9612 Senior Vice Commander Butch Malone, Post 9223 Commander Kelly Anderson, Department Surgeon Dennis Provencher and Post 10216 member William Quintero.

 - On 18 June, Post officers provided the VFW grave side burial ceremony for SSGT Robert Cook, USAF (Ret).  In addition to Post members the following were in attendance Past Department Junior Vice Commander and his wife, Post 9612 Commander Barnes Patsel, Post 9612 Senior Vice Commander Butch Malone, Post 11447 Post Commander O.B. O’Briant, Post 11447 Senior Vice Commander Ted "Shorts" Phillips and his wife and Post 11447 Junior Vice Commander R.C. Cox.

 


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