Independence Day, 2017
CA. Thanks to Scott Stephens and his son, Conner, and to Norman
Thelwell and Dan Rainwater, we had a show of military vehicles - 2
jeeps and a motorcycle! Shown here is one restored by the
Stephens family - Conner, his father, and his grandfather. Connor
appears to the right. Note the machine gun and mount!
Standing on the far left is Chuck Kohler, Pearl Harbor survivor.
Sitting in the jeep is David Wik, another World War II veteran.
1525 also provided a color guard, and led the parade down Main Street.
USAF provided a flyover by two T-38 aircraft - ZOOM! The
parade itself was enjoyed by all - the classic hometown parade that we
always enjoyed as kids.
Wheelchairs to Stronebrook
1525 donated funds for 3 wheelchairs to the Knights of Columbus.
These were distributed January 19 by our Knight in
residence, Wayne Strongman, and Donald Black, Sr. Vice Commander.
Thanks to Don for the captions. Photos by Helen Steinberg.
SK Wayne Strongman with Shirley Jackson , Stonebrook's Director of Social Services, presenting one of the wheelchairs.
R-L standing: SK Ed Canilao, Faithful Navigator TSA2286; Cathy
Strongman; SK Wayne Strongman, Chairman TSA2286 Wheelchair Project;
Shirley Jackson, Stonebrook's Director for Social Services, and; Donald
L. Black Sr., Past District Cmdr. VFW Post 1525
Seated: An Army veteran who is 1st to receive a wheelchair.
Veterans Day Observance
1525 and the Korean War Veterans again observed Veterans Day at Concord
Willow Pass Park. Some 500 attended the ceremonies, including
Mayors Laura Hoffmeister of Concord, and Howard Geller of Clayton, both
of whom gave brief speeches, and attended as well by representatives of
our state legislators. Again, Scott DeVenney MC'ed the event.
A rousing speech was given by our own Roger Petersen. The
excellent Ladies First choral group from Concord High School provided
music for the occasion. The Mt. Diablo High School JROTC provided
a team giving a rifle salute.
Following the ceremonies, Maurice
Delmer from the Concord Veterans Center introduced the veterans
softball tournament to be played immediately after the ceremonies, and
the first pitch was thrown. Ladies First sang, "Take Me Out to
the Ball Game."
Blue Star Moms Memorial at Concord High
20 of the Blue Star Mothers of America began what will be a long-term
and ambitious campaign to remember all of the fallen at each of our
local high schools. Each monument will be decorated with rifle,
helment and boots signifying the fallen soldier, together with the
names of those lost in combat in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The
dedication of the first of these took place at Concord High School on 9
November, and was attended by the Gold Star families and many
dignitaries. Carol Prell, president of Chapter 20, gave the
opening address, followed by Loretta Masnada, who took on this project.
Her son, USMC Staff Sergeant Noble gave a moving speech. An
honor guard was provided by the USMC 6th ANGLICO reserve unit.
Members of Post 155 attended, including Gen. Dan Helix.
Gen. Myatt, USMC, president of the Marine Corps Memorial also
The memorial honors Army SGT Gabriel Guzman, USMC CPL Mick Bekowsky, and Army PFC Scott Barnett.
Post 1525 has donated $5000 for another such memorial to be placed at Mt. Diablo High School.
Farewell, Bill Koch
1525 salutes Bill Koch, a decorated Korean War veteran, and long time
member of the Post. Following his service in the Army, he served
his community with the Orinda Fire Department for some 32 years.
He was an avid outdoorsman and fisherman. On November 12th
we draped the charter in memory of him. He is missed by all of
Livermore Air Show
Carroll, John Dreisbach, Tim Gibbons, and David Wik, a World War II
veteran (Navy) attended. The show honored these veterans, and we
are happy our Post could bring one. Photos by Paul.
Lima Company Reunion
comrade, LTC Mike Hudson, recently attended a reunion of the Marine
company he commanded in Iraq, L Co, 3/3. They adopted the Greek
letter Lambda for their logo, and proudly called themselves Spartans.
of them who didn't come home was LCPL Ryan Miller. His father
planned the reunion in honor of his son. The Marine Corps
Association financed travel for all to attend, and American Airlines
threw in some free air miles for the Marines. In the picture
below, Frank Miller, the father, in green USMC T shirt, stands in the
center, his wife Jeannine in front of him, next to daughter, Megan.
Mike is kneeling, on far right. Frank served in Viet Nam
with the Marines, and recently retired after a long career as a Houston
police officer. Megan now is an officer with the Houston PD.
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