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Independence Day, 2017

Clayton, 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.

Post 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

Post 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

Post 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

Chapter 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 attended.

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

Post 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 his comrades.

Livermore Air Show

Paul 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

Our 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.

One 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.


2015 Dec Reveille


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