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News from the Auxiliary!

Post Auxiliary Seeks MembersHey, Post members, get your relatives (men and women) to join the Auxiliary. What an incentive that would be for the Post and Auxiliary to work together on projects !

The elected and installed Auxiliary officers for the 2018/2019 year are:

President: Valerie Ehlers 206-853-5673
Sr. Vice Pres.: Trudy Holden
Jr. Vice Pres.: Carrie Bridgeford
Secretary/Treasure:, Patsy Ethridge-Neal 206-919-6533
Chaplin: Alan Bridgeford
Conductress: Jo Boyett
Guard: Nancy Diedrich
Trustee 3 year: Nancy Diedrich
Trustee 2 year: Jo Boyett
Trustee 1 year: Trudy Holden

All other positions are appointed.

If you haven’t been to a meeting in a while, you might find it more fun. We’d like to see you! Our meetings only last about 45 minutes after we have lunch at 11:30 am on the second Thursday of the month. We still meet at the Edmonds Senior Center in the View Room. See you soon!

Hero’s Cafe

Hero’s Cafe

World War II Navy veteran Terry Luck (left) talks with Post 88870 Korean War Army veteran Philip Sacks during The Hero’s Cafe (photo by Andy Bronson / The Herald)

The Hero’s Cafe is a monthly gathering for all veterans to focus on fostering positive outreach, interaction, and welfare within the neighboring community. Vets are welcome to drop in any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The next Hero’s Cafe takes place on June 26. There will be food and coffee at each gathering. For questions or more information, contact Gary Walderman.

Memorial Day Poppy Distribution

Memorial Day Poppy Distribution Many thanks to all of you who have volunteered to spend the Friday and Saturday of Memorial Day weekend distributing poppies at our four locations around the area.

There is a late major change this year in that we will no longer man the Central Market in Mill Creek and instead will shift to the QFC at 196th and 76th on the Lynnwood / Edmonds line. We ask those of you who volunteered for Central Market to instead man the new QFC Lynnwood location. 

For those of you who have yet to volunteer, we can still use more help and feel free to bring family members along. We will be accepting signups at the May Post meeting or you can contact our Poppy Committee Chair, Bob CrawfordL <> or your commander.

Once again our locations are:

QFC Westgate, Edmonds
QFC Mukilteo Speedway
QFC 196th & 76, Lynnwood
Fred Meyer, 164th & Alderwood Mall Blvd.

We are grateful to the Kroger organization for their generous support of VFW.

Edmonds VFW Post 8870 Results of April Elections for 2018-19

Commander: Michael Denton
Sr. Vice Commander: Carl Kurfess
Jr. Vice Commander: Rose Gilliland
Quartermaster: Dennis Peterson
Chaplain: Dan Doyle
First Year Trustee: Don Stapleton
Second Year Trustee: Mark Williams
Third Year Trustee: Dan White

All other positions are appointive by the commander. We do not anticipate any changes in those positions.

Installation of officers will take place at the May Post meeting.  

8870 Members Honored

8870 Members Honored

At the April Post meeting, Steve Pennington,and Chris Szarek, at right in this photo, representing Edmonds Community College’s veterans affairs program, presented Past Commander Terry Crabtree and Senior Vice Commander Carl Kurfess with letter of appreciation, recognizing Crabtree and Kurfess’ service to veteran students at the college. Junior Vice Commander Rose Gilliand looks on.

An Unscheduled Trip to Cuba

An Unscheduled Trip to Cuba

Speaker Art Krull

In 1989, our April Post meeting speaker, retired airline pilot and USAF veteran Art Krull, found himself co pilot of a domestic Delta Airlines flight which was hijacked to Cuba.

Art’s account of the harrowing experience of the passengers and crew was well received by the membership. The hijacker, who’s intent was to take the aircraft on to Iran, was eventually convinced that this particular airplane lacked the range to reach Iran from Cuba, eventually surrendered to Cuban authorities and the flight was allowed to return to the U.S.

Art was invited to speak by our comrade, retired USAF Lt. Col. Jay Hansen. Krull, Hansen and your commander are all bass members of the Mill Creek Chorale.


May Post Meeting – Scholarships to be Awarded

At our May Post meeting, we will have as our guests the 2018 scholarship winners and their families. The names of the winners will be announced at the meeting.

This year, we are naming our scholarships to honor four distinguished members or our post:

Fred Diedrich: World War II vet Fred Diedrich was a paratrooper with the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment who jumped into Normandy on June 6th, 1944. Later on September 17, Fred jumped again into Holland with orders to seize control of the Nijmegen Bridge. The regiment then moved south to the Ardennes and combat operations in the Battle of the Bulge.

Amos B. Chapman: Amos joined the Navy in May, 1943, at the age of 17. He was assigned to serve aboard the destroyer, USS Killen, in the Pacific as a Fire Controller. His ship was engaged in the Battles for Leyte Gulf during which the ship was under constant attack by artillery, air and Kamikaze attacks.

Fred M. Apgar: Fred volunteered to join the U. S. Air Force in 1967. He was assigned to the 7th Airborne Command and Control Squadron at Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base. During a year of combat duty as an Air Intelligence Officer, he flew 116 combat missions over Northern Laos.

Buck Weaver: Buck flew 137 combat missions in his beloved P-39 and P-40 fighter aircraft. Buck flew bomber escort, dive-bombing, and combat air patrol missions in the South Pacific in support of the “island hopping campaign”. In 1975, after serving on active duty for nearly 20 years, Buck retired from the Air Force at the rank of Colonel.

Family Photos

Now and then, we try to will feature photos of our family members who have served in the past. Please feel free to provide photos and info to your editor.

This month, we have a picture of Senior Vice Commander Carl Kurfess’ father and uncle.

Carl’s father, Francis Kurfess is on the left, pictured as S1C, US Navy, Sea Bees. He served with the 97th Naval Construction Battalion in England, Ireland, and France during World War II. At right is Carl’s uncle, Lt. Verle Austin a WWII Navy pilot.