The last two weeks
have been spent introducing and familiarizing you with the VFW
organization. The legacy, the devotion, and the future of the veterans
are where the series has taken us.
VFW Post No. 5959
remains as dedicated today as it did in 1946. With the cooperation of
its Ladies Auxiliary, the post has done countless services for veterans
and the community.
According to post
members, the VFW without the Ladies Auxiliary is half lost. The two
what makes great
The post has set
several goals this year.
Members raise an
average of 33 flag poles each year
Roane, Wirt, Gilmer and Calhoun
counties. At least 35 flags will be distributed and several monuments
will be set.
Plans for the
Veterans Appreciation Dinner are underway, and the organization
continues to ready itself for many other services.
Drivers for the DAV
are becoming scarce. Two remain active, but the need still exists.
Volunteers are always appreciated.
The VFW offers
itself as a resource and will aid veterans in need. If you have
questions or would like to get involved in some of these services, call
“We would like to
see the day the VFW is no longer needed, but as long as there are wars
in foreign lands, we will be here to offer help to those returning,”
said Paul Whytsell.
Today, the number
of members is over 100.
The dedication of
this group is apparent in the hearts of its members. Due to them, the
VFW has a future in serving veterans and the community.
The following is a
list of officers and lifetime members:
commander, Albert Tanner; senior vice commander, Scotty Mathess; junior
vice commander, Victor Whytsell; quartermaster, Stan Norman; chaplain,
Robert Yoak; adjutant, Paul Whytsell; service officer, Paul Whytsell;
3-year trustee, Charles Snyder; 2-year, Roger Yoak; 1-year, Adrian Ball.
Jimmy Bail, Adrian Ball, Charles Blair, James Burrows, Joseph Cain,
Jimmie Carpenter, Oda Carpenter, Jerry Cottrill, Eugene Deel, Delbert
Gainer, James Garretson, Lynn Gilbert,
Roland Griffin, Garry Hardman, Dannie
Hays, William Johnson, William Jones, Georgia Kaase, Charles Lane,
Kenneth Litzinger, Hugh McCune, Jr., Lee McKown, John Miller, Thomas
Morehead, Melvin Morrison, Stanley Norman, Charles Park, Donzel Price,
Thurman Radabaugh, Joseph Richards, Dale Rupert, William Smith, John
Smith, Keith Snodgrass, William Stemple, French Stump, Albert Tanner,
Keith Tanner, James Thompson, Ronald VanCamp, Emanuel Vannoy, Charles
West, Paul Whytsell, Jr., Woodrow Whytsell, Victor Whytsell, Paul
Wilson, Robert Yoak, and George Zidek.