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Four Member Veterans Awarded Quilts of Valor

On Saturday, September 21, at the Edmonds American Legion Hall, Four World War II Veteran members of Edmonds VFW Post 8870 were each awarded an individually designed and personalized “Quilt of Honor”. In the photo below, are shown, L to R, Fred Deidrich, Amos Chapman, Buck Weaver and Norm Goldstein. These veterans range in age from 96 to 101 years, with Weaver being the senior. Shown with the Awardees are Gold Star Mothers Monica Mcneal and Lee Ann Prewitt Doerflinger. 

Four Member Veterans Awarded Quilts of Valor
Four Member Veterans Awarded Quilts of Valor
At above, Commander Rose Gilliland, with Quilts of Valor Lead Marj Woody making the presentation.

At right, Commander Rose Gilliland, with Quilts of Valor Lead Marj Woody making the presentation 

Quilts of Valor Foundation History 

Quilts of Valor Foundation began in 2003 with a dream, literally a dream. Founder Catherine Roberts’ son Nat was deployed in Iraq. According to Catherine: The dream was as vivid as real life. “I saw a young man sitting on the side of his bed in the middle of the night, hunched over. The permeating feeling was one of utter despair. I could see his war demons clustered around, dragging him down into an emotional gutter. Then, as if viewing a movie, I saw him in the next scene wrapped in a quilt. His whole demeanor changed from one of despair to one of hope and well being. The quilt had made this dramatic change. The message of my dream was: Quilts = Healing”. 

Four Member Veterans Awarded Quilts of Valor
Each quilt is personally labeled as shown in the photo at right of Amos Chapman’s quilt, including the name and location of the quilting group.

Veterans Day Poppy Distribution – Sign Up Now

Please mark your calendars to help out on November 8th and 9th at our usual locations. You will be able to sign up online or at the Post meetings in October. Spouses and friends are welcome to help out also. Shifts will be in four hour increments. Please note that if you sign up online, don’t also sign up at the meetings. Make sure to include your contact phone number, as you may be asked to help out at a different store than the one you signed up for, if necessary.

Veterans Day Poppy distribution

Diedrich Awarded French Legion of Honor

Fred Diedrich
Fred Diedrich with the Legion of Honor . We are very proud of Fred, said Commander Rose. 

Post 8870 member Fred Diedrich received the French Legion of Honor from the French Consulate on Friday September 27 in recognition of his service in France in World War II. 

Fred was assigned to the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment (Red Devil’s). who with other paratroopers, parachuted into Normandy several hours ahead of the storming of the beaches on “D Day” in June of 1944. Their immediate objective was to capture the town of Sainte-Mere Eglise and then to secure crossings at the Merderet laFiere and Chef-du-Pont Rivers. Like most paratroop units that participated in Operation Overlord, they were dropped at wrong locations and experienced difficulty in linking up with each other as planned. Despite huge obstacles, Fred and his unit remained in contact with the Germans until being relieved in early July. 

They then participated in Operation Market Garden, an Allied effort to shorten the war by seizing control of strategically located bridges leading to Germany. On 17 September 1944, Fred’s Regiment jumped into Holland with orders to seize control of the Nijmegen Bridge. After securing the bridge at Nijmegen and engaging the Germans for six weeks, the Red Devils moved south to the Ardennes and combat operations in the Battle of the Bulge. Fred participated in the defense of St. Vith. They successfully defended the city and delayed the German advance until mid-December when the unit was ordered to fall back. 

Armed Forces Birthdays

United States Navy

United States Navy 
October 13, 1775 

The United States Navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy, which the Continental Congress established on 13 October 1775. Since 1972 each CNO has encouraged a Navy-wide celebration of this occasion “to enhance a greater appreciation of our Navy heritage, and to provide a positive influence toward pride and professionalism in the naval service.” 

United States Marine Corps

United States Marine
Corps November 10, 1775 

The Marine Corps was founded to serve as an infantry unit aboard naval vessels and was responsible for the security of the ship and its crew by conducting offensive and defensive combat during boarding actions and landing parties as well as defending the ship’s officers from mutiny. 

Reporting Your Service as a VFW Member

Every month, the Post reports to the Department of Washington on the number of hours and dollar value of our service to the Community as members and as a Post. 

The form shown below is provided to guide you in reporting your activities. Essentially, anything you do in the way of service to the community as a member of VFW and Post 8870 is reportable. This form should act as a guideline to help you report your activities and contributions. Note that the form is in two basic parts: 1. Hospital and 2. Community. The key to the Hospital is section the word ‘Hospital’. If it is doesn’t happen in or connected with the hospital or nursing home it doesn’t belong on this report. You may submit your report to the Guard (as we have been doing) as you come in to the Post meeting or you can email it to Post Surgeon Jay Hansen, (surgeon@vfw8870.org) A copy of this form will be at the front desk to help you identify reportable items. Address questions to Surgeon Hansen, or Commander Gilliland. PLEASE WRITE CLEARLY.

Examples of Actions Reportable As Community service performed by a representative of the VFW 

  • Volunteering at hospitals, schools, senior centers, museums 
  • Taking veterans and families to doctor, dentist, hospital 
  • Helping maintain the Veterans Plaza 
  • Volunteering with Scouts or other youth programs 
  • Visiting or helping sick or disabled veterans at home 
  • Donating blood 
  • Donating items or money to the community 
  • Helping a disabled or elderly neighbor 
  • Raising and lowering the American Flag at PUBLIC locations 

If you have other services you think eligible, ask Surgeon Hansen, or simpley report them and let him determine whether they are qualified. 

PLEASE WRITE CLEARLY 

New Post Officers Appointed

VFW Post 8870 Surgeon Jay Hansen
Jay Hansen

Surgeon 

At the September August Staff meeting, Post Surgeon Charles Gaul announced his resignation from that position due to business conflicts that will not allow him to continue. Gaul, an Army veteran of Vietnam served as our Post surgeon for the past two years. 

Commander Rose Gilliland has appointed Jay Hansen, pictured at right as our new Surgeon. Hansen is a retired USAF pilot and Vietnam Veteran.

The Post Surgeon is responsible for collecting Hospital and Community Service data from members and filing required reports with the Post and the Department of Washington. 

VFW Post 8870 Adjutant Jim Murdock
Jim Murdock

Adjutant 

At the September Post meeting, long time Post Adjutant Dick Simmons announced his resignation from that position due to chronic health issues that will not allow him to continue. Simmons, is a “Blue Water” Navy veteran of Vietnam and a retired Seattle P.I. newspaper writer. 

Commander Rose Gilliland has appointed Jim Murdock as our new Adjutant. Murdock is an Army veteran of Vietnam and has been our House Committee Chair for the past few years. We thank Dick for his long service to the post and wish him better health. 

The Post Adjutant is responsible, among other things, for minutes of Post and Staff meetings. 

VFW Members Participate in Library of Congress Veterans History Project

VFW Members Paticipate in Library of Congress Veterans History Project

“I loved my career, my active career,” said Otis Wolfe, 66, commander of VFW Post 921 in Snohomish. He served aboard the USS Sterett near the end of the Vietnam War. “I saw a lot of the world I never would have seen without the Navy,” he said. Wolfe, told his story to U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, who represents Washington’s 1st Congressional District. “Thanks to those who shared their stories & for sacrifices you’ve made for our country,” the Democratic congresswoman tweeted Monday after interviewing Wolfe. Commander Rose Gilliland, commander@vfw8870.org Newsletter Editor, Mike Denton, editor@vfw8870.org 

VFW Members Paticipate in Library of Congress Veterans History Project

Army vet Brad Andrews, 69, VFW Post 8870 member, joined the Army in 1968. He trained at Fort Ord, California, with its gun range near the ocean. Soon, orders came for Vietnam. He spent time at Quan Loi, what U.S. forces called LZ Andy. “Vietnam, it was death and move on,” said the Lynnwood man, whose long hair is now gray. He feels he did his job during that unpopular war, but is haunted by it. “I watched a Chinook helicopter fall apart in midair. Five guys died,” he said. In the Army, “they never said, ‘This may come back on you.’” 

VFW Members Paticipate in Library of Congress Veterans History Project

At 90, VFW Post 8870 member Dan White was one of the oldest interviewees. He enlisted in the Army in 1946, served nearly two years, and was called back in 1950. A retired middle school teacher, White lives in Redmond but spent years in the Edmonds area. In Korea, he flew a modified Cessna called an L-19. His duties involved adjusting artillery. Back home, he and his wife raised four boys. He earned two degrees, stayed in the reserves and retired as a colonel. 

White said he’d been asked for years to share his story. He’s glad other veterans are telling theirs, and that the Library of Congress will preserve those stories for future generations. 

Wolfe, Andrews and White were among about 15 people interviewed at the Everett Public Library as part of the Veterans History Project. A program of the Library of Congress, the oral history effort was created by Congress in 2000. Interviewers have heard and recorded stories of veterans and Gold Star families in all 50 states, culling more than 100,000 collections, some with photos and diaries. Many are available online. 

Karen Lloyd, director of the Veterans History Project, and Andrew Huber, liaison specialist with the program, were at the library Monday. But many interviewers were teens in uniform — members of the Civil Air Patrol Overlake Composite Squadron, based in Redmond. 

Text and photos From an Everett Herald Article by Julie Muhlstein. 

Gary Walderman Speaks at August Post Meeting

Gary Walderman Speaks at August Post Meeting

As you all know Gary Walderman has overseen the operation of Heros Cafe, the monthly breakfast gathering in Lynnwood. At the August meeting, Walderman came to present details of a new Edmonds Veterans Gathering to be held at the Edmonds Food Bank, located at the Edmonds United Methodist Church, 828 Caspers Street 

The first of these monthly events will take place on October 24 from noon to 4 PM. 

Veterans services information will be available on the subjects of VA benefits, including education and employment opportunities. 

This program is meant to offer community based support available through Civic sources, Veterans Service Officers and commercial sources and offer a fellowship opportunity to local veterans. 

Edmonds Veterans Plaza Pavers

New Group of Pavers Planned 

Orders are now being taken for a new group of pavers which will be installed in the area around the information Kiosk. 

A production order will be placed shortly, so if you wish to honor a veteran in this way, get your order in as soon as possible. 

The order form is reproduced below. Send your order by mail to VFW Post 8870, PO Box 701, Edmonds, WA 98020, with your check made out to the Post. You can also bring your order and check to the Post meeting and hand it to Jim Traner. 

Edmonds Veterans Plaza Pavers

Please note that his particular round of orders is for pavers only. 

Edmonds Veterans Plaza Pavers