Meet Arnold Gerst, a Purple Heart recipient. Arnold served with the United States Army in WWII from February 7, 1943 through December 1945. He served in combat in the Aleution Islands in 1943 and was deployed to Sicily, then Naples, Italy, served in combat in Italy and then flew gliders into southern France. Moved to southern Germany and then Salsburg, Austria when the war ended in Europe. Arnold has been a member of Post 2503 Honor Guard since 1990 and has served as its Captain. Arnold is an active member of Post 2503 and has actively served the Post in a wide variety of functions during his long membership in the Post. Please congratulate Arnold for his service to our country and for his decades of service to his community.
Meet Bob Podany. Bob currently holds the Combat Infantryman Badge. He served in Korea with the United States Army, 7th Infantry Division from December 19th, 1951 through completion of his service to our country on September 27th, 1953 with the 7th QM Division. He has been a member of the Honor Guard for over 15 years and has supported over 3,500 funerals and functions. He served as Honor Guard Captain from 2001 to 2002 and has continued to serve as Sergeant since 2009. He has contributed to the success of VFW Post 2503 by serving in a multitude of volunteer activities. Please congratulate Bob for his service to our country and to his community.
Meet Paul Knievel. Paul holds the Combat Infantryman Badge and is a Purple Heart recipient. He entered the United States Army in September 1950 serving in combat with the 45th Infantry Division in Korea, 1951 - 1952. Paul is a life member of the VFW since 1952 and has held many offices within Post 2503 including Chaplain, Veterans Service Officer, and multiple chairmanships responsible for a wide variety of Post activiteis. He remains an active volunteer in the Post and currently chairs the Poppy fund-raiser committee. Paul has been on the Honor Guard since 1994, serving as its Captain in 1998-1999. Please congratulate Paul for his service to our country and decades of service to his community.
Meet Bob Fenton. Bob served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 - 1955. He served as an aerial gunner on B-29 aircraft and flew combat missions over North Korea. He joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1959 and has served as Honor Guard Captain and Post 2503 Commander. In both capacaties, Bob has brought credit to himself and the Post. He has expended significant amounts of time in many different roles to benefit the Post and his community. He serves on the State Scholarship Committtee. He is currently the Post Membership Chairman and works hard to persuade veterans to join the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Please congratulate Bob for his service to the United States, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Omaha community.
Meet Ken Johnson, He joined the Navy in December of 1950 and served until October of 1954. He served on the patrol frigate USS Bisbee PF 46 in the Phillipines, Japan and China area, for 1 year. He was transfered to the Destroyer, USS James E. Kyes DD787, and served on it for 2 years. He served 3 tours of duty in Korea, and came under enemy fire. His ribbons include the Combat Action Ribbon. Ken joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1955. He joined Post 2503 Honor Guard in 1992. He has contributed many hundreds of hours supporting the Honor Guard, and a wide variety of other activites to support the Post and the community. Ken is also a Volunteer at the Omaha Open Door Mission. Please congratulate Ken for his service to the United States of America, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Omaha community.
Meet Marion Charron. Marion served in the United States Marine Corps in Korea with the 4.2 Mortar Company, 7th Marine Regiment, First Marine Division in 1950 through 1951. He spent 11 months in combat and fought in combat at the Chosin Resevoir. In the period between 27 November and 13 December 1950, 30,000 United Nations (UN) troops (nicknamed "The Chosin Few") under the command of Major General Edward Almond were encircled by approximately 600,000 Chinese troops under the command of Song Shi-Lun. Although Chinese troops managed to surround and outnumber the UN forces, the UN forces broke out of the encirclement while inflicting crippling losses on the Chinese.
Marion is a life member in the VFW since 1990 and joined the Honor Guard in 1995 serving as its Captain in 2000 - 2001. He also has served and contributed much to Post 2503 in a variety of different ways. Please congratulate Marion for his service to our country, the VFW and Post 2503.
Meet Danny Lang. Danny enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in Toledo Ohio in 1948. He served for 7 months in the United States Naval fleet in the Mediterranean Sea until the Korean War broke out and was sent to Korea in September 1950. There he served in combat with the 1st Amphibian, Dukn Company, 1st Marine Division. He spent 14 months in Korea. He holds the Combat Action Ribbon with three battle stars among other medals and ribbons. He left the Marine Corps in 1954. Joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars in the mid 1950s. Danny joined the Honor Guard in 1999. Danny is a retired Douglas County, NE, Deputy Sheriff. Please congratulate Danny for his service to our country, the VFW and to his community.
Meet Tim Ross. Tim is a recipient of the Purple Heart. He entered the United States Marine Corp in 1963 and served through 1969. He was severely wounded in combat while serving in Vietnam in 1964 - 1965. Tim joined the VFW in 1987 and the Honor Guard in 2006. He was a member of Department of Nebraska Honor Guard in 2006 - 2007. He has served as Sr. Vice of the Military Order of Cooties 2009 - 2011. Tim has contributed extensive volunteer hours serving the Post in a wide variety of volunteer functions such as the House Committe in 2006 - 2008. Time will take office as Commander of VFW Post 2503 on June 13, 2011 and serve through June 2012. He has contributed many volunteer hours at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Omaha. Please congratulate Tim for his service to our country, the VFW and his community.
Meet William "Duke" Humphrey. He joined the Marine Corps in 1968, completed artillery training and was sent to Vietnam where he spent 13 months, 20 days, and 4 hours. He was section chief on Gun 3 Base piece which did the adjusting for the forward observers calling in missions. He was involved in many fire missions and operations during his time there. His ribbons include the Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Cross of Gallantry and others. Many missions were deep in the jungles where they were brought in by helicopter and also was involved in 2 Battalion Landing Teams bringing them in by ship where his unit received the Navy Commendation Medal. He finished his duty with the Marine Corps in Camp LeJune N.C.
Duke has been a life member of VFW Post 2503 since 1996 and a member of the Honor Guard for 6 years . He has been secretary, 1st Lt, and Captain in 2008.He is also a member of the VFW Riders group. He has served on the building committee for several years. He and his wife Linda have organized and managed the Tuesday night classic car shows held during the summer at the Post for the last 4 years. He also helps on food nights, special dinners, Sunday breakfasts and at times fills in as bartender. Please congratulate Duke for his service to our country, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 2503 and his community.
Meet Chuck Wolfe. Chuck served in the United States Navy from 1966 - 1970. He has been a life member in the VFW for nearly 20 years. He has served in the Honor Guard for over 10 years and performed duties as Honor Guard Captain 2011-2012. He has previously served in other officer positions in the Honor Guard. Chuck also assists with maintaining the Honor Guard's M1 weapons. Please congratulate Chuck for his service to our country and for his service and contributions to the VFW and our community.
Meet Rod Ulfers. Rod served in the United States Army in 1969 - 1970. He is a diabled veteran as a result of serious wounds received in combat in Vietnam. His decorations include the Bronze Star and Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Rod is a life member of the VFW since 1997. He served as the Honor Guard Captain in 2009 - 2010. Rod also contributes much to his church and is a member of the VFW Riders and the Patriot Guard. Please congratulate Rod for his service and sacrifice for our country; his service and contributions to the VFW and his community.
Meet Sharon Cooper.Sharon Cooper joined the US Army in April 1972 and served until May 1996, making her a Vietnam Era Veteran.Sharon joined the VFW as a Life Member while stationed in Yonsan, Seoul, Korea; and joined Post 2503 upon retirement.She has been a member of the Honor Guard since 1998??? (I don't know if that is correct).She has been an officer in the Honor Guard, a member of the House Committee, and is presently the editor of the Post Newsletter.She volunteers at the monthly "Fourth Friday" Chicken, Fish and Shrimp Basket nights.Sharon is employed by Omaha Public Schools as a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Instructor, at Bryan High School. Please congratulate Sharon for her service to our country and community.