Commander’s Highlights

Our Commander, Ron Ihde suffered a heart attack the middle of March. Together, AMVETS, AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, and Sons of AMVETS members hope and pray for a speedy recovery. Please keep Ron in your prayers.

Orders for the engraved bricks for the Veterans’ Tribute are due by April 15.  This should allow us to get them ordered, received, and placed by Memorial Day.  Applications can be found on the website under the heading of Veterans.  Then click on the Veterans Tribute tab to download the app.  Any questions call the Post or 269-9541 or e-mail

Scholarship forms for local AMVETS, AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, Sons of AMVETS, along with various Department of Iowa and National Scholarships can be found at the High School office, the WAVP, and on the website If you have any questions you may contact Carl Benning 319-269-9541 or Mary Steinbach 319-230-9318.

The second Bremer Co. casualty in the Vietnam War is  Petty Officer Second Class Donald McGrane.  He was serving in a helicopter anti-submarine squadron assigned to the USS Constellation, 7th Fleet.  On July 19, 1967, Don was a crew member on a Sikorsky SH3A helicopter attempting to rescue a downed pilot, when they were hit by enemy fire and crashed, killing all four crew.  His remains were finally identified and returned to Waverly in November, 1982, one month before his father passed away.  Don’s name is listed on the Vietnam Wall on Panel 23E, line 92; his remains are buried in Harlington Cemetery.  Rest in Peace!