New Member

New Member Steve Brown

Steve is shown being welcomed into the Post by Commander Terry Crabtree. A Vietnam veteran, Steve was a MAT team advisor embedded with the “ruff-puffs” in II Corp. 1970-1971.

NL0517_Steve-BrownSteve told us: “ I was in the Army for five and a half years and made Captain when I left Viet Nam in April, 1971. Finished up in Baumholder, Germany after eighteen more months as Company commander with the 268 Armor BN. I’ve worked the aviation Industry for nearly forty years-Currently own my own machine shop and am still working-part time with my son. Been married for 44 years and have a son, daughter and teenage granddaughter. My wife was also in the military (1Lt) when we got married after I came home from Nam. We’ve lived peacefully in Mill Creek for the past 30 years. “  

Welcome our newest Member, William Fox

William FoxBill Fox is from Oak Park, Illinois. He enlisted in the Army in 1966 and served until 1972. He was a rotary aviator. He served in Vietnam May 1968 – May 1969 in C/3/17 Cav. He Jlew armed LOH’s in search & destroy missions in support of the 25QR ID Tay Ninh area. Bill later Jlew VIP Huey’s in Germany with 5QR Corps Aviation. Awards include the Air Medal and Bronze Star. He is now an accountant and resides in Edmonds with wife Dana. They have twin daughters and 2 granddaughters.

Welcome New Member Joseph Camden

New Member Joseph CamdenJoe is an Edmonds native. He is a transfer VFW member and a retired Regular Army LTC. He served from 1967-1988 as a Military Intelligence Officer. Vietnam service was Jun 1968-Jun 1969. He was an Assistant Professor of Military Science for 2 years at the University of Washington. Joe’s awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal. Joe has a degree from Seattle University and a Masters from Clark University. Joe and Margaret reside in Edmonds and have 2 children.

Welcome New Members!

Duane BowmanDuane Bowman

Duane is originally from Seattle. He served with the Army from Aug 1970 – Mar 1972. He was trained as a supply clerk. He served in I Corps, Vietnam Jun 1971 to Mar 1972 both as a supply clerk and as an infantryman. He has a BA Urban Planning from Western Washington University. He is now retired and is a Mountlake Terrace food bank volunteer.

Kevin BridgefordKevin Bridgeford

Kevin served with the Army and Army National Guard from 1984 through 2005 and retired as a Master Sergeant. He was trained as a Signal Support Specialist and Communications Chief. Kevin deployed to Iraq, LSA Anaconda, Mar 2004 to Mar 2005 with the 81st Armored Brigade of Seattle. He also served at Camp Casey, Korea. Awards include the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M’ device. He works now as an Ultrasound Product Support Engineer. Hunting is a hobby and he is a Hunter ED instructor with WA Fish & Wildlife. Kevin and Carrie have 3 children and reside in Bothell, his hometown.

New Members Inducted at June Post Meeting

Welcome Josh, Dan and Chris!


VFW Post 8870 new member Joshua CrabtreeJoshua Crabtree

Josh served with the Army 2000-04 and was trained as a combat engineer. He served in Kosovo and Kuwait. Josh was with the 70th Engineer Battalion 1st  Armored Division in the Iraq War 2003‐4. Awards include the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal (2). Josh graduated from the UW. He is a foreign service specialist with the State Department. Josh and Natalia reside in Mukilteo and have a daughter.    

VFW Post 8870 new member Daniel DoyleDaniel Doyle

Dan served in the Navy 1966‐69. He was trained as a corpsman and served in that role in Vietnam in 1968. He was with Bravo 3rd Recon 3rd Marines and was delivered to Khe Sanh the 1st day of the siege via a Caribou aircraft. He recalls running out the back ramp as it was still moving. He later went to Quang Tri, also in I Corps. Awards include a Presidential Unit Citation and the Fleet Marine Combat Operations Insignia. Dan is a retired professor at Seattle University. He and Cathy reside in Edmonds. They have 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren.

VFW Post 8870 new member Christopher MazerolleChristopher Mazerolle

Chris is an Army veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan with 10 years of service. Trained as an Army diver, Chris often served in combat engineer units when deployed. He was in Iraq 2005-6 in 1-66 Armor 1st BN 4th Infantry Division. Chris was wounded after a roadside bomb attack. He served in Afghanistan 2010-11 in 1st Brigade Combat Team 101st Airborne Division. Awards include a Purple Heart and Army Commendation Medal (3). Chris was raised in Edmonds and now resides in Lynnwood. He is employed as a commercial diver.

New Member: Nicholas Brower

NL0216_Nicholas-BrowerNick is originally from Boise, ID and joined the Marines there in 2001. He served until 2005. He completed two tours with the 1st Force Service Support Group during the initial invasion of Iraq and later was stationed at the MEK Compound in Fallujah. He received two Meritorious Promotions to Lance Corporal and Corporal. Awards include the Good Conduct Medal and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2). Nick works as a mechanic and plans to attend Seattle Maritime Academy, QMED program. He is an active hiker, climber, skier and part time yoga instructor. His dream is to own a yacht. Nick and fiancé Paula reside in Edmonds.

Welcome New Members

Alden GilliandAlden Gilliand

Alden is originally from Galveston, TX. He joined the Army in 1986 and served for 7 years. He served in Korea 1988-90 in the 3rd MI Brigade maintaining Mohawk OV-1 observation aircraft. Awards include the Army Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal (2). Alden is a Senior Mechanical Designer with Esterline. He and wife Rose live in Mukilteo and have a daughter. Alden enjoys kayaking.


Gary WaldermanGary Walderman

Gary is originally from Centereach, NY. He joined the Air Force in 1979 and retired in 2000. Gary served in Turkey with HQ SOCEUR as part of Desert Shield/Storm in 1991. He was an Intelligence Officer. Awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation and Achievement Medals. Gary is a Job Coach in the Everett School District. He and wife Clare live in Edmonds and have 2 children.


Clare WaldermanClare Walderman

Clare served as an Army nurse 1984-91. She served in Saudi Arabia and Iraq 1990-91 as part of Desert Shield/Storm. In 1992 she joined the Air Force and retired in 2000. Awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2) and Army Commendation Medal (2). She continues as a nurse in Everett. Originally from Villa Grove, IL, she and husband Gary live in Edmonds. They have 2 children.


Joan WyantJoan Wyant

Joan is originally from Cochranville, PA. She joined the Navy in 2005 and served for 10 years. She is a WESTPAC veteran serving aboard the USS Bunker Hill CG52 and USS Ingraham FFG61 during 2005-2008. She was a Surface Warfare Officer. Joan also served Kabul, Afghanistan 2009-10. Awards include the Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (2) and Army Achievement Medal (2). Joan resides in Edmonds.

New Member Inducted

New Member Inducted Rod FritschRod Fritsch

At the August Post meeting, we welcomed yet another comrade to the fold.

Rod is retired Navy having served 1991-2011. He is originally from Jefferson, WI. Rod served two tours in Bahrain, 2009-10 and 2010-11, performing Mine Countermeasure duties for the 5th Fleet.

He also served in Turkey in 1997 as part of Operation Northern Watch enforcing an Iraq no-fly zone.

Rod was an Avionics Technician and performed training, management and logistic engineer duties.

Sea duty included stints on the USS Tarawa, USS Iwo Jima and the RFA Lyme Bay. (RFA Lyme Bay is a Bay-Class auxiliary landing ship dock of the British Royal Navy.)

Awards include the Navy Achievement Medal (4), Navy Good Conduct Medal (6) and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2). Rod resides with his wife Maureen in Arlington, WA. They have 4 children. He is currently enrolled in college.

Post Member Harry Miller In the News

Post Member Harry Miller In the NewsIf you happened to be watching the evening news on NBC, FOX, or C-SPAN during the recent Memorial Day ceremonies in Washington, D.C., you probably saw our very own Harry Miller being interviewed. Harry, who is a long-time member of the Post , moved to Washington two years ago following the death of his wife. He has a son who lives nearby, and Harry is a resident of the Armed Forces Retirement Home.

Harry was one of the 24 residents from the home to attend the 70th Anniversary of V-E Day at the WW II Veterans Memorial and was selected to lay a wreath at the memorial. The representative from New Zealand, Defense Attache Commodore Keating, presented Harry with a commemorative coin. Based on the role he played in the moving ceremony, media representatives sought him out for his views and reflections on his service. He was more than pleased to express his “opinions” to Russian journalists regarding relations between our two nations.

NL0715-Harry_Miller-2Last December, Harry participated in another ceremony that commemorated the Battle of the Bulge, combat in which Harry participated. At that time, he was asked to lay a wreath at the Battle of the Bulge section of the WWII Memorial. In addition to his service during WW II, Harry served in Korea and was involved in the planning of B-52 strikes in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War.

New Members!

Daniel B Curnutt

Daniel B Curnutt

Dan is from Bellevue, WA. He served in the Navy 1966-1970. He was an Engineman 3rd Class and was onboard the USS Oriskany CVA-34 at Yankee Station off Vietnam and later aboard riverboats in Qui Nhon and the Delta 1967-69. Awards include the Combat Action Ribbon and Navy Unit Commendation. Dan is a cabinetmaker. He and Mandy reside in Edmonds and have 2 children and 2.9 grandchildren. Dan is a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America and American Legion Post 66.

James E MurdockJames E Murdock

Jim is from Lynnwood and joined the Army June 1969 and served until Feb 1972. He served in Vietnam as a flight engineer for a CH-54 Skycrane Nov 70 – Nov 71. His unit, the 159th ASH Bn, was part of the 101st Airborne Div in Phu Bai and later the 1st Aviation Brigade. He had a 5-week TDY tour Udorn, Thailand as part of secret operations. Jim’s awards include the Air Medal and Aircraft Crewman Badge. Jim has a BS in Aviation Maintenance Management and is a retired aircraft mechanic and manufacturing engineer. He and wife Seokke reside in Lynnwood. Jim enjoys motorcycle touring on his BMW.

Aaron M TerwedoAaron M Terwedo

Aaron, an Edmonds native, enlisted in the Army March 2004. He trained as an artilleryman. He served with the 2nd Infantry Div in Korea 2004-5. He was with the 3rd Infantry Division in two separate tours in Iraq during the period 2005-08. His 1st tour, Aaron was engaged at Tikrit providing artillery fire support. His 2nd tour he became an infantryman at Ramadi and Fallujah. A 3rd tour in Iraq 2009-10, Aaron was with the 17th Fires Brigade. He was again in an infantry role in Basra and helped train Iraqi Army and police personnel. His last assignment stateside was at JBLM 2010-11 with the 17th Fires Brigade. Awards include the Army Commendation Medal (3rd award), the Army Achievement Medal (5th award) and the Good Conduct Medal. He is a member of the local DAV chapter. Aaron is a Financial Planner and resides in Edmonds.

New Members—Pete Farmer, Membership Chair

VFW 8870 Member Kenneth PaigeKenneth Paige

Ken was formerly a VFW Member at Large who has transferred to Post 8870. He is originally from South Dakota. Ken is a Navy Veteran having served Sep 1955 – Sep 1958. He served aboard the USS Gurke DD-783 as a welder on Formosa Patrol in the Taiwan Straits. Ken was awarded the China Service Medal. He was a welder in civilian life and a member of Sheet Metal Workers Local 66. He also ran a salmon fishing boat out of Edmonds and still enjoys fishing. He and Maryann reside in Edmonds. They have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.


VFW 8870 Member Harold -Bud- CamandonaHarold “Bud” Camandona

Bud enlisted in the Army in Seattle in 1952 and served for 2 years. He was an artilleryman and served with Battery C 90th Field Artillery Battalion in Korea for 10 months 1953-54. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star.


VFW 8870 Member Robert I Vaagen
Robert I Vaagen

Bob Vaagen’s hometown is Spokane. He joined the Air Force in September 1967 after graduating from Washington State University. His nearly six years of service included several stateside assignments. He was at CCK Airbase, Taiwan 1970-71 as a C-130 pilot and member of the 345th Tactical Airlift Squadron. He flew 200 combat sorties in Southeast Asia which included delivering troops and cargo into forward operating bases. Bob is retired. He and Kathy live in Edmonds and have 2 sons.