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Commander’s Highlights

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.

Commander’s Highlights

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.

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 

Thanks to Carl Benning for his help

Commander’s Highlights

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

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

also thanking Carl Benning

Commander’s Highlights

If you have never attended one of our monthly meetings you don’t know what you are missing. We meet on the second Wednesday of the month in the lower level of the W A V P at 7:00 PM sharp. We normally go away from the meeting much wiser. 

For the next few months, we will remember the four Bremer County veterans who lost their lives during the Vietnam War. Navy Captain Paul Milius graduated from Readlyn High School in 1946; he was commanding an observation plane over Laos on February 27, 1968. The plane, with a crew of nine, was hit by anti- aircraft fire and burst into flames, killing one crew member. Milius ordered the rest of the crew to bail out while he tried to save the plane. Finally, Milius ejected, but his remains were never recovered ( the other seven crew members were rescued by the 37th Air Rescue Recovery Squadron). The USS Milius (DDG-69), a guided missile destroyer in the US Navy, was launched in August, 1995. It was the first ship named after a POW/MIA from the Vietnam War. The ship, with a crew of approximately 300, has been deployed in numerous locations around the world since its launch.

Paul’s name is listed on the Vietnam Wall, Panel 41E, line 51. RIP!

The local AMVETS and American Legion posts voted to not collect dues for the remainder of 2021 for new recruits only. This should make us busy and get some new people signed up at both posts. Because this Commanders “Highlights” is of a more serious nature, I will save my true stories until later.


Commander RON IHDE      319 290 6762-319 276 4662

Thanks To Carl for his input and help.


Commander’s Highlights

I’ve asked many veterans about what they think is a commanders call. That has been pretty much a waste of time. So, I brought it up at the last AMVETS meeting. I have read manuals from the Navy, Airforce and Army with some definite suggestions of how it should be used. I’ve looked on Google to see what I could find out also. With all of this research and facts about commanders call. I presented it at the meeting for some direction on what I should do to ease my mind. First suggestion was to do whatever you want to even renaming it. Another plan was to call it commander’s message. I didn’t think much of that idea because I hear messages on Sunday mornings and you all know I’m no message giver. I have given some thought to commander’s digest, but then doing this just gives me indigestion. So I believe that is out. Then it comes down to what to include in this thing I’ve been doing for 1 1/2 years straining my brain. I’m also running out of true stories to include and would not want to resort to embellishment’s. With all that said I’m going to change to “COMMANDER’S “HIGHLIGHTS” and will include past and future goings on at our meetings plus other things which may include a story or two. The name change will stand for now.
Because of your support of AMVETS, the Post was able to contribute $500 to the Bremer Co. Veterans Affairs for needy veteran families.
There are still several who have not yet paid their 2021 dues. If you have not received your 2021
membership cards, we have not received payment. Please call Ron or Carl Benning ( 319 269 9541) about any discrepancy. Remember that a portion of the annual dues goes to support veterans and their families at the local, state, and national levels.
Since I’ve taken over the control of the house I live in, I’ve renamed my bathroom from the JOHN to the JIM. Now when people ask me what I’ve been doing with my time, I tell them I spend a lot of time in the JIM.
RON IHDE with help from CARL  
319 276 4662            319 290 6762


Welcome 2021

Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy, New Year. Let’s chalk up 2020 as a year we will never forget and get back to business as usual as soon as possible.

We move into January with the following events:

  • 01-02 AMVETS Steak Fry. Call reservations by 3:30pm
  • 01-09 WAVP Breakfast of Biscuits and Gravy, Sausage, Cheesy Potatoes, Peach French Toast, and Cinnamon roll
  • 01-15 Fish Fry Cod, Potatoe Salad, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans. Curbside or dine-in. Call ahead by 5pm 01-14 $12.00
  • 01-23 AMVETS Steak Fry. Call reservations by 3:30pm
  • 01-28 AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Food night. Curbside or Dine-in: Chicken and Noodles, glazed carrots, and brownies. Call ahead by 01-27.
  • Check the calendar for meeting dates and times for the AMVETS, AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, and the Sons of AMVETS

Thank you for your past support and continue supporting all the organizations included at the WAVP.

Commander’s Call

The membership meal and meeting were a great sucess. The people that came really wanted to be there. Thanks to “you all” that is a southern expression. The meal was great. Put this date on your calendar for next year. My true stories were a great sucess receiving standing ovations. I may tell the same stories again next year.
Thanks to all who have already paid their 2021 dues! The membership cards have been mailed (or will be shortly) to the members who have renewed their 2021 membership.
As the number of active militaries are decreasing, your membership in all veteran service organizations becomes more important. The impact of your voice through these organizations is more critical than ever. As veterans’ needs continue to grow, your collective voices need to be heard.
At our recent membership dinner, we recognized several 40-, 45-, and 50-year continuous AMVETS members.
Thanks to everyone who has supported the AMVETS steak fries, this is a key part of our local fundraising.
Last weekend I had to make a trip up to Portage Wisconsin. I went thru Prairie du Chien and took highway 60 along the Wisconsin river. If you have ever driven that road you will understand some of this. I had no idea this trip would be such an educational eye opener. The first thing I learned was a series of curves. I know I traveled at least 8 miles and only got 1/2 mile closer to Portage.
Then there were these signs that say watch for falling rocks. Well that went along for a while.
Then I was watching so much for falling rocks that I just drove right in the ditch.
The next sign was “boats landing” boy I put on the brakes and pulled over to see them. I had no
idea that boats could fly.
Next, I had to make q pit stop, so I pulled into a wayside and found a sign that said the toilets
were closed because of the virus. Now these toilets were what we used to call back on the farm
” one hollers”. I had no idea the corona viruses were hiding in there to jump on you. I had a face
mask with me which you should wear one if you use one of these ” johns” but not to protect
against the virus. I don’t know how the virus could survive in one of these. As far as social distancing, I have never gone to a social event in one of these outhouses.
Some men shave their heads to look tough and macho. I shaved my head and ended up looking like a very large thumb!!!! 
These remarks were made especially for WILL KURTT if you see him ask him if he read this. 
Commander RON IHDE with some remarks from CARL BENNING
319 276 4662       319 290 6762