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Commander’s Highlights

Starting out I would like to say I’ve been waiting all summer for this nice snow.
I want to thank Steve Vanhelten for his contribution to this month’s Highlights.
 
Here we go. I entered the Air Force in December of 1977. Basic training was at Lackland
Air Force Base outside San Antonio, Texas. Tech school was at Shepard Air Force Base outside
Wichita Falls, Texas. My AFSC was 56650 and titled Entomology Specialist which is a fancy
name for doing pest control. I killed roaches, termites, mosquitos, rats and other pests in the
barracks and base housing. Calls to treat beds for crab lice usually came in groups of three.
 
My first permanent base was at Malmstrom Air Force Base outside Great Falls, Montana.
Malmstrom at the time was a SAC missile base. We would fog the base for mosquitos
between 01:00 and 05:00 hours three times a week. Just before we would go by the weapons
storage area we would call and let them know we were coming. For three weeks in a row as
we went by the weapons storage area; we would be pulled over by the same two Security
Policemen. They would have their windshield wipers going trying to wipe the malathion we
were spraying off their windshield. We would turn off the fogger and get out of the truck.
We would be wearing hard hats, goggles, respirators, white coveralls, steel toed combat
boots and rubber gloves. They would be in combat fatigues and smelling of malathion.
They would then ask us what we were doing. We would reply fogging for mosquitos. After
three weeks of this replied, “What does it look like we are doing?” My sergeant’s jaw dropped
and the Security Policemen looked at each other and went back to their truck. We were
never pulled over again.
 
In July of 1979 I was transferred to Kadena Air Base Okinawa, Japan. My last six months on
Okinawa my duty station was Marine Corps Base Camp Kinser. One day while driving an
Air Force truck to Kinser I was stopped at a stop light. To my right was a Japanese Cement
Mixer. Between us on a scooter were two kids. At the lights the kids on scooters would filter up
between the stopped lines of car and trucks and scoot out in front of you when the light turned 
green and their top speed was always slower than the speed limit. I depressed the clutch and 
revved the engine like I did back home challenging for a drag race. The driver of the cement mixer answered. When the light turned green the kids on the scooter lost. The driver of the cement mixer was grinning from ear to ear and the kids were white as sheets. at the next light they stayed behind us.
 
My last base was Offutt Air Force Base Omaha, SAC headquarters. I had just made Staff Sergeant.
In our office we had a coffee maker. Everyone in the office took turns making coffee. One day when it was my turn I put the filter into the coffee maker, leveled the grounds with the top of the filter and brewed the pot. I started drinking the coffee black without cream or sugar. After each sip I would exclaim how great the coffee tasted. The other Staff Sergeant started drinking the pot with me. When we finished the pot, it was his turn to make the next pot. He made it just like I had. The airmen in the office then voted that Sergeants were not allowed to make coffee. I did not sleep that night.
 
A great job of telling your story. Thank you !!!!!!
 
That’s it for this month please tune in next month for more I hope.
 
Commander Ron Ihde with Steve Vanhelten’s help.
 
RECRUIT RECRUIT !!!!!!           319 290 6762        319 276 4662     horsebarn@live.com

Commander’s Highlights

2022 Dues are now payable if you haven’t already paid.  Please mail to P.O. Box 93, Waverly, IA 50677. Thanks!

Tribute Bricks are still available.  If you have a veteran on your Christmas list and you can’t think of an appropriate gift, consider a Tribute brick.  Application forms are available online or call Carl Benning (352-3012 or 269-9541).

If you have available charitable monies, please consider a gift to the WAVP building fund.  We still owe $230,000 on the $4.5 million project.  Help us get this balance (owed to VFW, AMVETS, and Legion) whittled down.  Thanks!!

Well, here we go again. Last month sure went zipping by us. Before I forget I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all the volunteers for being there at all the events we had during 2021. It was great to see new people helping out.
 
During the month it was great to attend the activities of veterans’ day and all that went with that. I conducted the AMVETS members meeting ending with a great supper and I also conducted the LEGION members meeting with help from Kathy Epley ending with a good supper. What a privilege HA! HA!.
 
Continuing from last month with my Navy experience: One thing you could count on in San Diego was the weather. At Christmas time being able to lay out on the beach was different than home in Iowa. I thought the duty was very good and I did learn a bunch of stuff that I was able to use after discharge. Along with some stuff I couldn’t use.
My first trip on the ocean was about a month long and can’t remember the name of the aircraft carrier. The second trip out to sea was on the aircraft carrier Ticonderoga. We stopped in pearl harbor, Japan , and Philippines Naval air bases. The whole trip was roughly 9 months. Each time we went to sea we boarded out of San Francisco going under the Golden Gate bridge. What a sight. It’s hard to imagine what being out on the ocean is like. Just coming out of high school and never being off the farm was quite a shock to my whole being. If anyone is interested I can expand one on one in person.
 
I’m reprinting my story from last month and please read it slowly.
A BEAN supper will be held in the church hall,   Music will follow.
 
Looking for another great year in 2022.
 
RECRUIT!! RECRUIT!!RECRUIT!!!
 
RON IHDE               319 290 6762           319 276 4662    horsebarn@live.com

Commander’s Highlights

2022 Dues are now payable if you haven’t already paid.  Please mail to P.O. Box 93, Waverly, IA 50677. Thanks!

Tribute Bricks are still available.  If you have a veteran on your Christmas list and you can’t think of an appropriate gift, consider a Tribute brick.  Application forms are available online or call Carl Benning (352-3012 or 269-9541).

If you have available charitable monies, please consider a gift to the WAVP building fund.  We still owe $230,000 on the $4.5 million project.  Help us get this balance (owed to VFW, AMVETS, and Legion) whittled down.  Thanks!!

Well, here we go again. Last month sure went zipping by us. Before I forget I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all the volunteers for being there at all the events we had during 2021. It was great to see new people helping out.
 
During the month it was great to attend the activities of veterans’ day and all that went with that. I conducted the AMVETS members meeting ending with a great supper and I also conducted the LEGION members meeting with help from Kathy Epley ending with a good supper. What a privilege HA! HA!.
 
Continuing from last month with my Navy experience: One thing you could count on in San Diego was the weather. At Christmas time being able to lay out on the beach was different than home in Iowa. I thought the duty was very good and I did learn a bunch of stuff that I was able to use after discharge. Along with some stuff I couldn’t use.
My first trip on the ocean was about a month long and can’t remember the name of the aircraft carrier. The second trip out to sea was on the aircraft carrier Ticonderoga. We stopped in pearl harbor, Japan , and Philippines Naval air bases. The whole trip was roughly 9 months. Each time we went to sea we boarded out of San Francisco going under the Golden Gate bridge. What a sight. It’s hard to imagine what being out on the ocean is like. Just coming out of high school and never being off the farm was quite a shock to my whole being. If anyone is interested I can expand one on one in person.
 
I’m reprinting my story from last month and please read it slowly.
A BEAN supper will be held in the church hall,   Music will follow.
 
Looking for another great year in 2022.
 
RECRUIT!! RECRUIT!!RECRUIT!!!
 
RON IHDE               319 290 6762           319 276 4662    horsebarn@live.com

Commander’s Highlights

The notice for 2022 dues have been e-mailed to those with an email address.  If you have not received the email, or if National does not have an email for you, please send your 2022 dues of $35 to P. O. Box 93, Waverly, IA 50677.  Any questions, please give me a call at 319-352-3012 or 319-269-9541.  Thanks for your cooperation!

I can’t believe we are next to the last month of 2021.
 
I know that many of us have lost family members however in my case we’ve gained members
thru the birth of babies some 2 at a time.
 
The Waverly Posts have lost a bunch of Veterans to the point of recruiting has become very necessary.
I hope you all will agree.
 
In the months coming up I will be asking AMVETS members to give a short or long story regarding  their military service. I will start by giving my story. I enlisted in the U S Navy right after graduating high school ( I’m sure some of you don’t think I did). I took boot camp training at Great Lakes Naval base in the Chicago area. I had the tough job as the company flag bearer in all the marching time we did. After boot camp I was sent to Norman Oklahoma for more training in a class of more than 300 other Naval men. I was able to graduate 4th highest in the class. This gave me the opportunity for more training at Memphis Tennessee in a class of 26 Navy and Marines learning about airplanes. Ending at the top of the class. 
That gave me choice a duty station from those that were available. I picked Miramar Naval Air
Station California. I was assigned to photographic squadron VFP 61 working on airplane hydraulics systems. I’m going to stop here and continue next month.
 
Now how to bring this thing to it’s end?
 
A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall with music to follow.
 
How many Veterans are missing out on all this good stuff that I put out there because they aren’t members of AMVETS Post 79.
 
You guessed it RECRUIT !! RECRUIT !!! RECRUIT !!!!
 
RON IHDE          319 290 6762       319 276 4662     horsebarn@live.com

Commander’s Highlights

After a couple of months off from writing these Highlights has really been nice
however, I’m busier now than I was before I took some time off.
For the most part the Waverly posts are doing quite well.
There is one area that we all get a failing grade and that is recruiting. I have
only one question and that is I would like all of you to ponder and give me
an answer. 
 
HOW DO WE EXPECT TO CONTINUE TO EXIST WITHOUT GETTING NEW 
MEMBERS TO  JOIN? This not only applies to AMVETS but should be a concern to all the posts in our group. I will expect answers from all who read this.

 

The big event of the month is the members meeting including a free lunch.
Carl has put this thing together in hopes that all will attend.
 
Mark your calendars! AMVETS Post 79 membership meeting (includes Sons of AMVETS)
is scheduled for Wednesday, October 13. Social activities begin at 6 pm; dinner at 6:30 pm.
This is a “free” dinner for all paid 2022 annual memberships and all life memberships; 
however, any donations to offset the cost of the meal and “special speaker”
will be appreciated.
A quick note regarding the can deposit bin outside of the Post; please follow
the instructions posted on the bin. All glass beer bottles should be placed on
the shelves at the side of the bin. Also, NO GARBAGE!! This is run by volunteers
from the Sons as a fund-raiser; let’s make it easier for them!
 
RECRUIT! RECRUIT! RECRUIT!!!
 
Commander Ron Ihde             319 290 6762     319 276 4662      horsebarn@live.com
 
Thanks to Carl for his continued support.

 

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Regular meeting – Sept. 8 – at 7pm.  We will be discussing membership, possible donations, etc.  We need your input!! Plan to attend this meeting.

Sept. 18, 1947 – Air Force Birth Day.

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Nothing new to report at this time.

Remember, we are always looking for members to attend the monthly meetings and to be part of the Honor guard. If you would like to be considered for the Honor Guard, you can contact Carl.

The AMVETS will not be having a meeting in August, but continue in Septmber.

 

Commander’s Highlights

My brother Dennis sent me a link to click on for a great video. In fact it’s a fantastic video!!

I can’t think of a better word than fantastic for this video a must watch !!!! 

Google this.      https://www.youtube.com/embed/YaxGNQE5ZLA

I would like some feedback on this one. 

This month we will continue to honor the Bremer Co. veterans who “gave their all” during the Vietnam War. Remember Verlyn Bruns, born June 14, 1946 (ironically, Flag Day). He was a member of recon platoon, E Co, 3rd BN, 21st infantry, US Army. On January 11, 1970, he was killed outright by multiple fragmentation wounds from a booby trap. His name is engraved on panel W14, Line 25, on the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C. Verlyn’s final resting place is in Harlington Cemetery in Waverly.

R I P !! 

AMVETS Post 79 is happy to announce the 2021 scholarship winners: Abigael Thier, Isabel Thier, and Isabella Canney. These scholarships are only possible because of your support of AMVET activities, mainly the steak fries on the fourth Saturday of every month. Thanks for making these gifts possible. These 3 recipients seem like really fine young ladies in spite of who the 2 Grandfathers are of whom I know. 

Just a little more. Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool fundraiser I gave him a glass of water.

I find it ironic that the colors red, white. and blue stand for freedom until they are flashingbehind you. 

COMMANDER RON IHDE 319 290 6762     319 278 4662   horsebarn@live.com 

Thanks to Carl Benning for his help

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The following are the 2021-2022 AMVETS Officers
Commander Ron Ihde
1st Vice Steve Van Helten
2nd Vice Edward Abben
Adjutant Jon Kaiser
Finance Officer Carl Benning
Judge Advocate James Brandau
Historian Steve VanHelten
Chaplin Will Kurtt
Membership Officer Steve VanHelten
Service Officer Bob Ohara
 
 

I do want to thank everyone who has helped with the flags and Memorial Day services.

I wasn’t going to do this but maybe a couple.”The biggest lie I tell myself is… “I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.”*

One more: I changed my car horn to gunshot sounds. People get out of the way much faster now!*

RON IHDE       319 290 6762       319 276 4662    horsebarn@live.com

Commander’s Highlights

Well, here we go again with some highlights that need saying. By now most of you know that I had open heart surgery with 4 bypass repairs. They were only 95% blocked. I thank GOD forgetting me through this. I’m feeling great and able to do most of the stuff I want to. I’m also looking forward to getting out of the physical therapy work out chamber.

The second Bremer County fatality of the Vietnam War we will respect is Donald Mcgrane. A Waverly native. Don served in the US Navy. He was a Petty Officer Second Class and a crew member of an anti-submarine squadron assigned to the USS Constellation, 7th Fleet. On July 19, 1967, Don was aboard a rescue helicopter Sikorsky SH3A attempting to rescue a downed pilot when the aircraft was hit by enemy fire and crashed, killing all four crew members. His remains were finally identified in November, 1982, and returned to Waverly one month before his father’s death; he is buried in Harlington Cemetery. 

Don’s name is engraved on Panel 23E, Line 92, on the Vietnam Wall. R.I.P.

Now for a true story or two. First one titled.  ‘ I CAN HEAR JUST FINE’ Three retirees, each with a hearing loss, were playing golf on a fine March Day. One remarked to the other, ‘Windy, isn’t it?’  ‘No,’ the second man replied, ‘it’s Thursday.’ And the third man chimed in, ‘So am I. Let’s go have an A&W root beer.’

My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance.. WELL!  WE’LL SEE ABOUT THAT.

That’s it for now.

COMMANDER RON IHDE 319 290 6762 319 276 4662 horsebarn@live.com

also thanking Carl Benning