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.