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VFW POST 1697
REGULAR MONTHLY MEETINGS
TAKE PLACE EVERY SECOND THURSDAY AT 6:30 PM
IN CHESTNUT HALL
OF COLLEGEDALE COMMONS
ON 4950 SWINYAR DRIVE!
Special Note of Appreciation: Since the organizing of our Ooltewah (Tennessee) Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697 on 13-October-1994 the venue of our twice monthly meetings until now (14-October-2021) has been the Collegedale Municipal Building, for which we, the members of VFW Post 1697, express our deepest gratitude!
We also thankfully recognize the courtesy extended by the Collegedale Tomorrow Foundation for us to meet in Chestnut Hall of Collegedale Commons.
NEXT REGULAR MEETING:
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We keep marching our Veterans to that great Parade Ground in the Sky, where our Heroes from all conflicts and commitments stand at Parade Rest to welcome their Brothers and Sisters to the rest they so eminently deserve. We salute them, even with tear-filled eyes as we miss them and mourn their departure from Us. By faith we expect that rapidly approaching Grand Reunion when their and our Commander-in-Chief welcomes the victorious Hosts of the Saved to His and now our Eternal Home.
Hold that thought as together we remember COMRADE Chuck Whidden, recently deceased Charter Member of Ooltewah (Tennessee) Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.
WORDS FAIL WHEN HEARTS BREAK DUE TO THE DEPARTURE OF THE FIRST COMMANDER OF OUR POST J. VERNON HEROD
WHOSE SERVICE TO GOD AND COUNTRY WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN, ACKNOWLEDGED RESPECTFULLY HERE.
For the Honor Roll of our departed Comrades LINK HERE
Remember/review the unveiling of a new bronze statue of a female military person at the Collegedale Veterans Memorial Park on Memorial Day, May 31, 2021:
FOR THE CAPTION HOVER YOUR MOUSE POINTER ON THE PHOTOGRAPHS BELOW AND CLICK TO ENLARGE THE PICTURE.
Remembering Chattanooga’s Fallen Five
FOR YOUR INFORMATION:
Thank you for your support!
$825 was raised on Flag Day,
June 14, 2019, towards flags
flying in Collegedale
Veterans Memorial Park!
2019 Flag Day Patriotic Celebration (3): From left, Commander LEWIS L. SZERECZ, Ooltewah (Tennessee) Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697; State Commander (2018-19) MIKE RHEW, Department of Tennessee, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States; Commander DENNIS E. SMITH, Desmond T. Doss American Legion Post 257 of Collegedale.
2019 Flag Day Patriotic Celebration (4): A big “Thank you” to everyone at Walmart Supercenter #3835 in Collegedale/Ooltewah, Tennessee, for hosting and assisting in the 2019 Flag Day Patriotic Celebration on June 14 as coming from your fellow Patriots in Desmond T. Doss American Legion Post 257 of Collegedale and Ooltewah Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697. On the hand-held poster:
We all are grateful to our Walmart Supercenter #3835 for making this Flag Day Patriotic Celebration possible!
The 2019 FLAG DAY PATRIOTIC CELEBRATION on Friday, June 14, harks back to 1777 when the CONTINENTAL CONGRESS officially adopted THE STARS AND STRIPES as the Flag of THE UNITED STATES. Our commemoration--conducted jointly with Desmond T. Doss American Legion Post 257--will take place next to Walmart Supercenter #3835 off Little Debbie Parkway in COLLEGEDALE as a fund raiser for the flags flying in our VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK on Apison Pike. Those flags include THE STARS AND STRIPES and FIFTY STATE FLAGS that need replacing every year because they are flown around the clock. THIS WAY THE PUBLIC WILL HAVE OPPORTUNITY TO SUPPORT OUR PATRIOTIC MISSION TO REMEMBER OUR VETERANS FROM EVERY STATE AND IN EACH BRANCH OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY WHO SERVED THEIR COUNTRY IN PEACE AND IN WAR.
For three days … after 50 years!
MARCH 27, 28, 29, 2017 MON TUE WED
Saluting a Hero
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
HEADQUARTERS 1ST INFANTRY DIVISION
APO San Francisco 96345
GENERAL ORDERS 5 December 1968
AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR
BURNHAM, KENNETH A US56502296 ( - - ) PRIVATE FIRST CLASS United
Company B 2d Battalion 28th Infantry
Awarded: Silver Star
Date of Action: 13 October 1968
Theater: Republic of Vietnam
Reason: For gallantry in action while engaged in military
operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force
in the Republic of Vietnam: On this Date, Private First
Class Burnham was serving as a medical aidman with his
company on a reconnaissance in force operation seven
kilometers south of Phuoc Vinh Base Camp. As the
friendly force proceeded through the dense jungle, it was
suddenly subjected to intense small arms, automatic
weapons, and claymore mine fire from enemy bunkers which
caused numerous casualties. With complete disregard for
his personal safety, Private First Class Burnham
maneuvered through the hail of hostile rounds to the
point of heaviest contact and began assisting the
injured. While treating one casualty, Private First
Class Burnham was wounded in the leg. Ignoring his
painful injury, he dragged his comrade to a more secure
location. When Private First Class Burnham was seriously
wounded again, he continued to brave the aggressor
barrage raking the area and administered first aid to the
casualties until contact was broken. His exemplary
courage, outstanding professionalism, and selfless
concern for his companions were instrumental in saving
many soldiers’ lives, and significantly contributed to
the successful outcome of the encounter. Private First
Class Burnham’s unquestionable valor in close combat
against numerically superior hostile forces is in
keeping with the finest traditions of the military
service and reflects great credit upon himself, the
1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Authority: By direction of the President, as established by the
Act of Congress, 9 July 1918, and USARV Message 16695,
dated 1 July 1966.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697 gratefully acknowledges the assistance of Dennis Smith, Commander of Desmond T. Doss American Legion Post 257, in explaining the Department of Veterans Affairs application process!
Apply for VA Health Benefits at http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/apply/
Or apply for VA Health Benefits in person here:
Chattanooga Community Based Outpatient Clinic
(near Eastgate Mall)
VA OUTPATIENT CLINIC
150 Debra Rd Suite 5200 Bldg 6200
Chattanooga, TN 37411
HOW TO FILL OUT THE FORM REQUEST PERTAINING TO MILITARY RECORDS:
Complete SECTION I - INFORMATION NEEDED TO LOCATE RECORDS. and mark Question 6 NO.
In SECTION II - INFORMATION AND/OR DOCUMENTS REQUESTED check the DD Form 214 or equivalent box and All Documents in Official Military Personnel File (OPMF) box. Under 2. Purpose: check boxes Personal and Other, explain: Write in All Ribbons and Medals Authorized to be worn.
In Section III - RETURN ADDRESS AND SIGNATURE under 1. REQUESTER IS: check box Military service member or veteran identified in Section I, above.
Fill out 2. SEND INFORMATION/DOCUMENTS TO: and 3. AUTHORIZATION SIGNATURE WHEN REQUIRED.
Mail completed Standard Form 180 to:
National Personnel Records Center
(Military Personnel Records)
1 Archives Drive
St. Louis, MO 63138-1002
Consult http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/standard-form-180.html for additional information.
OUR THANKS TO DESMOND T. DOSS AMERICAN LEGION POST 257 1ST VICE COMMANDER DENNIS SMITH FOR HIS GUIDANCE TO US!
View slides of the Collegedale, Tennessee VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK under the ABOUT US tab.