Ka Leo o Na Koa - Voice of the Warrior

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Volume 3, Issue 1

August 2022

KA LEO O NĀ KOA Honolulu Post 1540, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States In this issue:

Commander’s message

• CDR Davis Memorial-1

I served three years active duty in the US Army (16 Months in Korea) with the 8th Army and 1st Cavalry Division. My college degrees are in Architecture and Construction Management. I am a semi-retired building construction executive, past president of a California Rotary Club, life member of the Free and Accepted Masons, Aloha Shriners, and now honored to serve as your new Post Commander.

• Commander’s message-1 • PACT Act Passes - 2 • Installation Dinner - 2 • Photo Gallery - 3 • Upcoming events - 4 • Your 2022-2023 Board - 4 • Our Core Values - 4 • Meeting Location - 4 • Mailing Address - 4

We have a wonderful opportunity to continue our post 1540 achievements. I encourage all post comrades to communicate freely with Post Officers and/or Committee Chairpersons with suggestions, concerns or if you simply need help. Currently we plan to hold all post meetings in person (face-to-face). Hopefully, these newsletters, our web site and social media pages (LinkedIn and Facebook) will keep all comrades informed and up to date with this year’s activities, events and progress. I look forward to being your commander this year!

George Fleming Davis Memorial Service On 20 July, our post sponsored a memorial service for Commander George Fleming Davis, USN, Medal of Honor winner and hero of WWII. It was a beautiful day, though it rained briefly before the ceremony. His son, George Davis, and family traveled from Northern California to attend the service. The ceremony was emceed by post adjutant Peter Hirai, and the invocation and benediction were provided by Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Chaplain, Randal Potter. Post Commander Gary Westernoff and Stephen Kokubun assisted with the ceremony. The Navy provided a color guard to assist with setting up, and the Navy Pacific Fleet Band provided a wonderful bugler. Afterward we went up to the memorial marker to pay our respects to a true hero, George Fleming Davis. Ceremony video: https://youtu.be/lBmK2xUrPFs Read his Medal of Honor citation here: https:// www.cmohs.org/recipients/george-f-davis

More photos on page 3! Our Vision: Ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on 2015 Board Directors behalf of of this great country.

Our Mission:

To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military, and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans.

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VFW Commemorates Hard Fought Win as Senate Finally Passes ‘PACT Act’ The following is a message from VFW National Commander Tim Borland

“Today’s passage of the PACT Act is a landmark victory for veterans of all ages, of all conflicts and their families. Too many of our veterans have suffered over the years from effects of toxic exposure, with no medical care, no recompense, and no support to their loved ones. They fought with everything they had to prove their illness was service-connected and were delayed or denied care until death overtook them. No amount of money or legislation can bring them back. However, today, their fight was vindicated. Because of their efforts and the work of veteran advocates, the voices of sick and dying veterans was finally heard and the future health care of today’s and tomorrow’s veterans will finally be made right. I thank Sens. Tester and Moran for leading a bipartisan effort to get this done. Your sincerity in caring for the well-being of veterans and their families will not be forgotten. Lastly, I congratulate my legislative team at the VFW’s Washington Office, our Action Corps network, as well as all the VSOs and veteran advocates that partnered in this endeavor and never backed down. Your long, tenacious fight for veterans’ rights and the stand you took on fire watch this weekend is the model of effective, grassroots advocacy for generations to come. Veterans truly are stronger together. Thank you for reminding Congress that every veteran counts.”vfw.org.

Installation Dinner Photos—July 7 at Eastern Paradise Restaurant

L-R Front Row (seated): Aaron Pulliam, Peter Hirai, Stephen Kokubun L-R Back Row (standing): Miles Morita, Jocelyn Mills, Dan Perez, Oskar Ramirez, Commander Gary Westernoff, Kevin Beall, Kihelee Trody, Pat Suenaga, Sherman Willis, Tim Martinez

L-R: Outgoing Commander Hirai accepts a certificate from incoming Commander Westernoff 2

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KA LEO O NĀ KOA More photos from the

Commander George Fleming Davis Memorial Service L-R: The Davis Family and Chaplain Randal Potter

George Davis and Chaplain Randal Potter

L-R: Peter Hirai and George Davis

CDR George Fleming Davis Memorial Marker

Commander Davis at the Naval Academy 3

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KA LEO O NĀ KOA Upcoming events— • Sept 7, 2022: General Meeting • • • •

Oct 5, 2022: General Meeting Nov 2, 2022: General Meeting Nov 3-6, 2022: Western Conference, Portland OR Nov 4-6, 2022: Buddy Poppy Drive Nov 11, 2022: Veterans Day

• *All general meetings at 1830


Your 2022 - 2023 Board: • Commander: Gary Westernoff • Senior Vice Cdr: Kevin Beall • Junior Vice Cdr: Aaron Pulliam • Quartermaster: Timothy Martinez, CEM • Adjutant: Peter Hirai, CEM • Chaplain: Patrick Soong • First Year Trustee: Oskar Ramirez • Second Year Trustee: Patrick Suenaga • Third Year Trustee: Russell Sugai • Service Officer: John Hodges • Judge Advocate: Miles Morita • Surgeon: Bryan Choe • Officer of the Day: Dan Perez • Guard: Stephen Kokubun • Membership Chair: Sherman Wiliis

• Community Service: Sherman Wiliis


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Always put the interests of our members first Treat donors as partners in our cause Promote patriotism Honor military service Ensure the care of veterans and their families Serve our communities Promote a positive image of the VFW Respect the diversity of veteran opinions

We meet at Sacred Hearts Academy (3253 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816) in the basement of the Administration Building (below). To the left of the main staircase, look for a small staircase that leads down to the Library.

Honolulu Post 1540, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States A registered 501(c)(19) veterans organization Contact: vfw1540@gmail.com / website: https:/vfw1540.org/ Mail: Post Office Box 22151, Honolulu, Hawaii 96823-2151 4