VFW Post 10167


35th Anniversary
January 11, 2011

 

Good Afternoon, Everyone.  Thank you for coming to our Post Anniversary Party.

We have the honor of having Charter Member Herman Wilbur with us today. 
Herman has been nice enough to give up some of his time and tell us some of the history of our Post.

 

 

 

But first let me tell you a little bit about Herman.

He is a Korean War Veteran who served as a Line Medic with the 45th Division. 
When his unit was sent home, he was transferred to a MASH Unit with the 25th Division to spend the remainder of his time as a surgical technician.

Herman and Dick Vanorden, a.k.a. Tricky, gave me some great history of our Post. It started as an idea by a group of Veterans who belonged to the Anclote River Boat Club.  When they started, they held their meetings at the Moose Lodge located where the American Legion is now.  From there they rented a small house on Mile Stretch in front of where the Moose Lodge is now located.

Two members owned the property where our Post is presently located and built the original building as a bakery. They sold the building and property to the VFW for $10,000. A woman named Jeane Doe donated the money to the VFW. Jeane is a past Ladies Auxiliary President from 1981-1982 and was a Rockette for the RKO on Broadway in New York City.

The first bar was built by Earl Bookwalter and Dick Vanorden, and the rest is history.

And, remember. it's just another day in paradise.