PupTent 15

Parent Organization: VFW Post 2485
Physical Address: VFW Post 2485 Post Home, Angeles City, RP
Mailing Address: PSC 517, Box R-CV. FPO AP 96517
Scratch Date: Third Saturday of Month at 1500
Scratch Location, if other than Post Home: None
Chartered: 29 May 1995
Affiliate Posts: VFW Posts 2485. VFW Post 727, VFW Post 8180

PSC 517, Box R-CV
FPO AP 96517
TEL: 63 45 892-7147
FAX: 63 45 892-7369
E-Mail: vfw2485@mozcom.com
Post WEB Site:
www.vfwpost2485.com

The following represents the Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15 History with changes (1 – 3) incorporated. This supercedes the history dated 1 May 2000. (All change (3) entries are underlined)

Note: This history is written in the order of the Seam Squirrel’s year (July-June) vice the calendar year.

Military Order of the Cootie, Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15 was chartered 29 May 1995 in Angeles City, Republic of the Philippines. VFW Post 2485 is the Pup Tent parent organization. There were twenty one Pup Tent 15 charter members, including four Life Members. Appendix (a) contains a list of these members.

Special Note:Pup Tent 15 was originally a Pup Tent in Taichung, Taiwan. A number of years ago the charter was suspended due to lack of sufficient members and 15 was reassigned to the new Pup Tent in Angeles City, Philippines.

29 May 1995 – 20 June 1995

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Seam Squirrel: Emory Russell
Blanket Bum: Edward C. Lyons
Hide Gimlet: Paul A. Morganthal
Hungry Cootie: Ralph N. Begien III
Custodian of the Crummy Duffel Bag: Roger W. Limle

– In June, assisted Post 2485 in hosting the 29th Department of Pacific Areas Convention and the 26th MOC Grand Scratch.
– Ten hospital visits were completed during this period.

1995 -1996
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Seam Squirrel: Emory Russell
Blanket Bum: Edward C. Lyons
Hide Gimlet: Paul A. Morganthal
Hungry Cootie: Ralph N. Begien III
Custodian of the Crummy Duffel Bag: Roger W. Limle

Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15 membership at the end of the 1995 calendar year: 22, including 4 Life Members
– Pup Tent 15 members, wives and significant others assisted the Post in preparations for the Christmas Party for the children at the Pearl Buck Foundation of Angeles City.
– In December, Pup Tent members attended the Mid Term Grand Scratch in Barrio Barretto.
– Pup Tent 15 members assisted the Post in preparations for the Christmas Party for the children at the Pearl Buck Foundation of Angeles City.
– In June, assisted Post 2485 in hosting the 30th Department of Pacific Areas Convention and the 27th MOC Grand Scratch. Primary delegates included Cooties Lyons, Milward, Russell. Alternates were Cooties Ralph Begien, Ken Schaefer and Jimmy Stickles.
– 47 hospital visits were completed during the year.

1996 -1997
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Seam Squirrel: Edward C. Lyons
Blanket Bum: Ralph Milward
Hide Gimlet: Paul Morganthal
Hungry Cootie: Emory Russell
Custodian of the Crummy Duffel Bag: Werner Koslovski

Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15 membership at the end of the 1996 calendar year: 20, including 6 Life Members
– In July, Pup Tent 15 Cootie Number 6 retired due to the death of Cootie Tanner.
– In August, Pup Tent 15 Cootie Number 18 retired due to the death of Cootie House.
– In September, the Pup Tent donated $25 worth of sports equipment to the Malabanias Elementary School.
– On 28-29 September, member of the Pup Tent supported the Post in conducting the Mini MED-CAP for member of the local community.
– In October, the Pup Tent Banner was completed.
– On 11 November, Pup Tent members attended the Veterans Day Observance at the Clark Cemetery.
– In November, it was decided that the Pup Tent would design and purchase a Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15 pin.
– In December, Pup Tent members attended the Mid Term Grand Scratch in Barrio Barretto.
– Pup Tent 15 members, wives and significant others assisted the Post in preparations for the Christmas Party for the children at the Pearl Buck Foundation of Angeles City.
– In January, the Pup Tent completed the list of all VFW Post 2485 members to indicate what blood type each has. This list will be utilized to contact potential blood donors.
– 15 March, Grand Junior Vice Commander Emory Russell installed the incoming Pup Tent 15 Officers.
– In April the Pup Tent achieved 100% membership (20 Cooties)
– In April the Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15 pins were approved and ordered.
– In May, the Pup Tent achieved 104% membership (23 Cooties).
– In June, Department of Pacific Areas Commander Bob Zaher initiated into Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15.
– In June, assisted Post 2485 in hosting the 31st Department of Pacific Areas Convention and the 28th MOC Grand Scratch. Cooties Ralph Milward, Jerry Prinz, Werner Koslovski and Jack Turner were delegates to the Grand.
– At the Grand Scratch, the Pup Tent received a Grand Certificate of Recognition for attaining 100% in membership, a Supreme Citation of Distinction for having 101.3% in Special Project Donations and a Grand Certificate of Outstanding Achievement.
– 64 hospital visits were completed during the year.

1997 – 1998
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Seam Squirrel: Ralph Milward
Blanket Bum: Paul Morganthal
Hide Gimlet: Werner Koslovski
Hungry Cootie: Roy Banning
Custodian of the Crummy Duffel Bag: Jerry Prinz

Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15 membership at the end of the 1997 calendar year: 23, including 6 Life Members
– In August, Pup Tent 15 Cootie Number 29 retired due to the death of Cootie LeBeau.
– In August, Pup Tent members attended the burial ceremony for Grand Pacific Commander Lew Baker at the Clark Cemetery. The grave side ceremony was performed by VFW Post 2485.
– In September, the Pup Tent established an eye glass program for the needy in the Angeles City area.
– Pup Tent 15 and Post 2485 purchased and installed a gate for the Malabanias Elementary School.
– In October, the Pup Tent voted to donate $100 to the Pearl Buck Foundation Christmas Party. – The Clark Cemetery “Grave Diggers”program was initiated on 11 November. Proceeds from membership in this organization will be utilized for care and maintenance the Clark Cemetery. The “Grave Diggers” program will be administered by Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15 for the Post.
– In November, Pup Tent 15 Cootie Number 11 retired due to the death of Cootie Norrall.
– In December, Seam Squirrel Ralph Milward, Cooties Roy Banning, Jerry Prinz, Sky Pilot Ken Schaefer, B.K. Hubbard, Dale Wyman and Bob Zaher were delegates to the Mid Term Grand Scratch in Barrio Barretto.
– At the Grand Scratch, Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15 received a certificate for 100% membership in the 1996-1997 year.
– Cootie Roy Banning was appointed Grand Chief of Staff and Cootie B.K. Hubbard was appointed to the Audit Committee of the Grand Council.
– Pup Tent 15 members, wives and significant others assisted the Post in preparations for the Christmas Party for the children at the Pearl Buck Foundation of Angeles City. Approximately 250 children attended. Cootie Bob Zaher was Santa.
– Pup Tent 15 made a $100.00 donation to VFW Post 1509 to aid in Typhoon damage repairs
– On 25 January, Cooties from Pup Tent 15 assisted the Post in sponsoring a Prostrate and Mammogram Awareness Mini-MEDCAP for all Veterans, wives, dependents and significant others. The examinations were conducted by the Angeles City Health Department. Approximately 40 persons took the examinations and attended the lectures.
– On 7 February, Seam Squirrel Ralph Milward, Cooties Lafayette Donaldson, B.K. Hubbard, Robert McGovern, Kenneth Schaefer, Jerry Prinz and Bob Zaher along with Cooties from Pup Tents 7 and 11 visited the Heinz Woelke School for the Blind in Baguio.
– Cooties B.K. Hubbard and Jerry Prinz attended the Pup Tent 7 Scratch on 10 February.
– On 21 February, Grand Council member Leroy Gradney, Pup Tent 13 and Jerry Ross, Blanket Bum from Pup Tent 8 were special guest of the Scratch.
– The Pup Tent and the Post joined with the Retired Uniformed Military of Philippines Association (RUMPA) in providing transportation assistance to Doctors and Medical Staff that participated in Operation Rainbow. Operation Rainbow is a traveling medical staff that provides medical assistance for children in under developed countries.
– On 7 March, Seam Squirrel Ralph Milward and Pup Tent 15 Cooties supported the Mt Arayat Shrine Oasis in their annual auction to support Shrine programs.
– Surgeon Cecil Johnson coordinated and assisting in advertising a cataract and eye examinations for local Barangay residents. This was sponsored by the Clarkview Serviceman’s Church and local area Optometrist.
– Seam Squirrel Ralph Milward has started a book drive aimed at a collection of books of interest to small children.
– Pup Tent 15 had their installation of officers for 98 – 99 year at the 21 March Scratch. Grand Pacific Commander Emory Russell, Pup Tent 7, and John Ford, Pup Tent 11 were special guest. Commander Russell acted as installation officer.
– Pup Tent members attended the 11th Anniversary celebration of Post 2485.
– On 18 April, Surgeon Cecil Johnson assisted the Angeles City Special Forces Association (SFA) members in a Mini MED Check up for interested parties. This check ups were performed at the Team House.
– Grand Pacific Commander Emory Russell attended the 18 April Scratch.
– Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15 issued a membership challenge to Pup Tents 7 and 11. The first Pup Tent to reach 100% in membership would be rewarded by the other two Pup Tents at a Philippine Area Scratch. Both Pup Tents accepted the challenge.
– On 30 May, Pup Tent members attended the Memorial Day Observation at the Clark Cemetery.
– On 10 June, Pup Tent Officers performed a Memorial Service for Cootie Jimmy Stickels at American Legion Post 123.
– Pup Tent members attended the 29th Grand Scratch at La Union, Republic of the Philippines. Delegates included Seam Squirrel Ralph Milward, Cooties Lafayette Donaldson, B.K. Hubbard, Jerry Prinz, Kenneth Schaefer

– The following Pup Tent 15 members were elected to the noted positions:
– – William Wichmann – Junior Vice Commander
– – B.K. Hubbard – Grand Council
– – Kenneth Schaefer – Grand Chaplain
– – Cecil Johnson – Grand Surgeon

– The following Pup Tent 15 members were appointed to the following positions:
– – Ralph Milward – Grand Chief of Staff
– – B.K. Hubbard – Grand Inspector
– – Jerry Prinz – Deputy Grand Inspector

– The Pup Tent was awarded the Grand Membership Award for the 1997-98 year.
– Surgeon Cecil Johnson was a co-winner of the Grand Surgeon of the Year Award.
– Dr DeGuzman of Angeles City, nominated by Pup Tent 15, was awarded the Grand Pacific Outstanding Outside Supporter of the Year.
– Grand Certificates of Recognition were presented to the following Pup Tent 15 Cooties B.K. Hubbard, William Kiss, Jerry Prinz, Cecil Johnson.
– At the Grand Scratch, the Pup Tent was given a Grand Certificate of Recognition.
– During the year Surgeon Cecil Johnson, utilizing the Post 2485 CPR manikin, presented CPR training to the following:
– – Clark Field Plastics Manufacturing Co. (12 hours with 12 students)
– – Angeles City Physical Therapy People (8 hours with 17 students)
– – Mt Arayat Physical Therapist (8 hours with 16 students)
– – San Fernando Physical Therapists (8 hours with 17 students)
– – Angeles City Physical Therapist (8 hours with 12 students)
– 331 hospital visits were completed the year.

1998 -1999
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Seam Squirrel: E. Ralph Milward
Blanket Bum: Werner Koslovski
Hide Gimlet: Lafayette Donaldson
Hungry Cootie: Roy Banning
Custodian of the Crummy Duffel Bag: Jerry Prinz

Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15 membership at the end of the 1998 calendar year: 34, including 9 Life Members.
– The Beagles 22st Annual Anniversary Dinner was held 27 June. Pup Tent 15 members attending were Grand Council member B.K. Hubbard, Cooties Lafayette Donaldson, Robert Zaher, Kenneth Schaefer and Bill Kiss.
– Pup Tent members supported the 6th Annual Barrio Beach Bash at Barrio Barretto. Pup Tent attendees included Grand Council member B.K. Hubbard, Cooties Robert McGovern, Robert Zaher, Kenneth Schaefer, Steve Piechocky, Jerry Prinz, and Jack Turner. The Beach Bash is sponsored by Pup Tent 11 and VFW Post 11447.
– Pup Tent 15 and the Post hosted a luncheon for Dr DeGuzman at the Post home on 18 July. Dr DeGuzman was presented a MOC Grand Pacific plaque designating him as the Grand Pacific Outstanding Outside Supporter of the Year. The Post presented him a Post 2485 plaque commemorating his service to the Post and the community. Also attending the luncheon were three of Dr DeGuzman’s assistants, Ms Melody Salunga, Ms Abigail Berasa and Ms Cecil Tanhyeco. The Pup Tent was represented by Seam Squirrel and Grand Chief of Staff Ralph Milward, Grand Council member and Grand Inspector B.K. Hubbard, Grand Chaplain Kenneth Schaefer, Grand Surgeon Cecil Johnson, Cooties Werner Koslovski, Lafayette Donaldson, Joseph Godfrey and Jerry Prinz..
– Grand Pacific Commander Emory Russell attended the July Scratch. At the Scratch, Pup Tent 15 Grand Officers were introduced: Grand Chief of Staff Ralph Milward, Grand Council member and Grand Inspector B.K. Hubbard, Grand Chaplain Kenneth Schaefer, Grand Surgeon Cecil Johnson.
– Cooties Lafayette Donaldson, Grand Council member and Grand Inspector B.K. Hubbard, Grand Chaplain Kenneth Schaefer attended the monthly meeting of the Returned & Services League of Australia, Angeles City Branch. In his role as Past All American District VII and Post Commander Cootie Schaefer presented a talk on VFW Post 2485, the VFW in general and Pup Tent 15.
– On 26 July, the Post purchased a new building for the Post Home at the corner of Pinatubo Street and Santol Road, Angeles City. This building is adjacent to the current building.. This building will also be the home of Pup Tent 15.
– The Returned and Services League (RSL) of Australia, Angeles City Branch observed Long Tan Day on 18 August. Long Tan was a battle of the Viet Nam War involving Australian Forces. Grand Council member and Grand Inspector B.K. Hubbard attended.
– On 3 September, Grand Council member and Grand Inspector B.K. Hubbard, Grand Surgeon Cecil Johnson and Cootie Jerry Prinz attended the monthly Scratch of Pup Tent 11.
– On 7 September, Grand Surgeon Cecil Johnson and Cootie Jerry Prinz attended the monthly Scratch of Pup Tent 7.
– Grand Council member and Grand Inspector B.K. Hubbard, Grand Surgeon Cecil Johnson attended the funeral for Cootie Herman Weising, Pup Tent 3.
– Grand Chief of Staff Ralph Milward, Grand Council member and Grand Inspector B.K. Hubbard, Grand Chaplain Kenneth Schaefer, Grand Surgeon Cecil Johnson attended the 19 September Scratch. The Scratch was rescheduled for 10 AM to accommodate the after noon fund raising social.
– Pup Tent 15, in conjunction with the Bonanza Hotel, sponsored a fund raising social on 19 September. In spite of inclement weather, Pup Tent members and friends of the Pup Tent enjoyed a afternoon of good food and having a few cool ones. Proceeds from this event were utilized to beef up meager Pup Tent bank account, enabling the Pup Tent to support community charities and activities as all good Cooties should. Cootie Jerry Rowe of Pup Tent 11 attended. Seam Squirrel Ralph Milward presented Rob Williams, owner/manager of the Bonanza Hotel a Pup Tent 15 plaque in appreciation for his support of the Pup Tent.
– Grand Council member and Grand Inspector B.K. Hubbard, Cooties Lafayette Donaldson, Jerry Prinz, Robert Zaher supported the 7th Annual Chili Cook-Off at La Union. The Chili Cook-Off is sponsored by VFW Post 9892.
– Grand Chief of Staff Ralph Milward, Grand Council member and Grand Inspector B.K. Hubbard, Grand Chaplain Kenneth Schaefer, Grand Surgeon Cecil Johnson attended the 24 October Scratch.
– Cooties from Pup Tent 15, along with Cooties from Kuripots – Pup Tents 7 and Kuto Pup Tent 11 attended the Veterans Day Observation at the Clark Cemetery.
– Twelve Cooties from Pup Tent 15 assisted in the Angeles City Philippine National Red Cross Blood Bank and the Post sponsor a Blood Drive at the Clarkview Christian Center Church. Assistance was also provided by Dr DeGuzman and his staff.
– Grand Chief of Staff Ralph Milward, Grand Council member Leroy Gradney, Grand Council member and Grand Inspector B.K. Hubbard, Grand Chaplain Kenneth Schaefer, Grand Surgeon Cecil Johnson attended the 21 November Scratch. Blanket Bum Werner Koslovski substituted for the late arriving Seam Squirrel Ralph Milward.
– Cooties of Pup Tent 15 supported the Post on the building fund social at the Bonanza Hotel on 28 November.
– On 5 December, Pup Tent 15 members, wives and significant others assisted the Post in preparations for the Christmas Party for the children at the Pearl Buck Foundation of Angeles City. Approximately 300 children attended. Cootie Bob Zaher was Santa.
– In December, Seam Squirrel and Grand Chief of Staff Ralph Milward, Cooties Roy Banning, Jerry Prinz, Grand Chaplain Ken Schaefer, Grand Inspector and Grand Council member B.K. Hubbard, Lafayette Donaldson, Grand Surgeon Cecil Johnson, Bob Zaher and Grand Junior Vice Commander William Wichmann were delegates to the Mid Term Grand Scratch in Barrio Barretto. The Scratch was hosted by Kuripots – Pup Tent 11 and Post 11447.
– Pup Tent 15 Cooties attended a Post reception for VFW National Senior Vice Commander John Smart, VFW National Junior Vice Commander John F. Gwizdak and Candidate for National VFW Junior Vice Commander Joe Salas. Department of Pacific Areas Commander Frank Sass, MOC Grand Pacific Commander Emory Russell and District 16 National Council Member Tom Elliott were also in attendance.
– The October-December 1998 issue of the Cootie Courier contained an article on the Clark Cemetery.
– Grand Chief of Staff Ralph Milward, Grand Chaplain Kenneth Schaefer, Grand Surgeon Cecil Johnson attended the 16 January Scratch. Hospital visits for the month: 125.
– Grand Council member and Grand Inspector B.K. Hubbard, Grand Council member Leroy Gradney, Grand Chaplain Kenneth Schaefer attended the 20 February Scratch. Blanket Bum Werner Koslovski substituted absent Seam Squirrel Ralph Milward. Elections for the 1999-2000 were held. Hospital visits for the month: 49.
– At the February Scratch, on behalf of Grand Commander Emory Russell, Blanket Bum Werner Koslovski presented CCDB Jerry Prinz with an Outstanding CCDB pin.
– Prior to the VFW District VII convention in Baguio, Hide Gimlet Lafayette Donaldson, Grand Council member and Grand Inspector B.K. Hubbard, Grand Surgeon Cecil Johnson Cooties Jerry Prinz and Bob McGovern visited the Heinz Woelke Blind School. The Pup Tent presented Cootie Tom Morrison, Pup Tent 7, with 12 jars of peanut butter, nine jars of mayonnaise and two jars of jam to be utilized by the students. A $20 cash donation was also made. This is the second year in a row that Pup Tent 15 Cooties have visited the school. The visit also included Grand Commander Emory Russell and Cooties from Kuripots – Pup Tents 7 and Kuto Pup Tent -11.
– On 1 March, Seam Squirrel and Grand Chief of Staff Ralph Milward, Grand Chaplain Ken Schaefer and Cootie Bob Zaher toured the Soldiers and Airman’s Home in Washington, DC.
– On 20 March, Seam Squirrel and Grand Chief of Staff Ralph Milward and Pup Tent 15 Cooties supported the Mt Arayat Shrine Oasis in their annual auction to support Shrine programs.
– On 20 March, Past Grand Pacific Commander John Welsh transferred his membership to Pup Tent 15.
– Grand Commander Emory Russell, Grand Council member and Grand Inspector B.K. Hubbard, Grand Council member Leroy Gradney, Grand Chaplain Kenneth Schaefer, Grand Surgeon Cecil Johnson, Grand Chief of Staff Ralph Milward and Past Grand Commander John Welsh attended the 27 March Scratch. Grand Commander Russell installed the 1999 – 2000 Pup Tent officers. Hospital visits for the month: 104
– Seam Squirrel and Grand Chief of Staff Ralph Milward, Grand Chaplain Kenneth Schaefer, Grand Surgeon Cecil Johnson, attended the 17 April Scratch. Hospital visits for the month: 20
– Seam Squirrel and Grand Chief of Staff Ralph Milward, Grand Council Member B.K. Hubbard, Grand Chaplain Kenneth Schaefer, Grand Surgeon Cecil Johnson, Cooties Bob Zaher. Paul Morgenthal and Jerry Prinz attended the ANZAC Day Observance at the Coconut Grove Resort. La Union on 25 April.
– On 25 April, Cootie Larry Long attended the April Scratch of Pup Tent 9, Franklin, KY. Cootie Long lives in KY and attended the Scratch to personally thank Pup Tent 9 for their generous donation to the Clark Cemetery. He also delivered letters from Post Commander Lafayette Donaldson, Seam Squirrel and Grand Chief of Staff Ralph Milward and past Cemetery Chairman B.K. Hubbard. The Pup Tent had already received a Letter of Appreciation from Grand Pacific Commander Emory Russell, sent via the Grand of Kentucky.
– Grand Council member and Grand Inspector B.K. Hubbard, Grand Chaplain Kenneth Schaefer, Grand Surgeon Cecil Johnson and Past Grand Commander John Welsh attended the 15 May Scratch. Hospital visits for the month: 27
– On 22 May, Seam Squirrel and Grand Chief of Staff Ralph Milward, Seam Squirrel (elect) Werner Koslovski and Pup Tent Cooties attended the Ceremony/Dinner for the installation of 1999-2000 year Post officers. MOC Grand Commander Emory Russell and Cooties from Pup Tents 7 and 11 also attended.
– Cooties from Pup Tent 15 and Pup Tent 11 met at the Bonanza Hotel on 30 May to discuss the 1st Philippine Pup Tent “Swarming”. It was decided the first “Swarming” would be hosted by Pup Tent 11 at Barrio Barretto on 1 July.
– Cootie Roy Banning appointed to Supreme Recruiting Aide de Camp, Hawaii and Alaska, District 4.
– Pup Tent 15 assisted the Post in hosting the 33rd Department Convention and 30th Grand Scratch, June 12-17. The Convention was held at the Maharajah Hotel. At the Grand Scratch the following certificates were presented:
Supreme Citation of Merit for 126.17 % in Hospital Work
Grand Certificate of Recognition for Hospital Work

The following were elected/appointed to positions indicated:
Bill Wichmann – Grand Senior Vice Commander
B.K. Hubbard – Grand Junior Vice Commander
Ralph Milward – Grand Council Member
Cecil Johnson – Grand Hospital Chairman

– The following awards were presented to Pup Tent 15 at the Awards/Installation Dinner
Grand Pacific Membership Award – Pup Tent 15 (2nd Consecutive Year)
Vampire Award – Pup Tent 15
Outstanding Pup Tent of the Year – Pup Tent 15
Outstanding Hospital Chairman of the Year – Cecil Johnson
Non VFW Supporter of the Year – Dr DeGuzman Angeles City
Outstanding Cootie of the Year – B.K. Hubbard
– The Pup Tent will assist the Post in hosting the 34th Department Convention and 31st Grand Scratch to be held June 2000 in Angeles City.
– On 16 June, MOC Supreme Commander Steve Wheeler and Grand Senior Vice Commander James Malott joined Cooties from Pup Tent 15 as Post Officers provided the VFW grave side burial ceremony for PVT Bienvenido P. Geronimo, USA. PVT Geronimo was a former Philippine Scout and WWII POW.
– During the year Surgeon Cecil Johnson, utilizing the Post 2485 CPR manikin, presented CPR training to the following:
– – Seventh Day Adventist Church, Angeles City (2 hours, 8 Student)

1999 – 2000
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Seam Squirrel: Werner Koslovski
Blanket Bum: Lafayette Donaldson
Hide Gimlet: Buddy McGuire
Hungry Cootie: Roy Banning
Custodian of the Crummy Duffel Bag: Jerry Prinz

Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15 membership at the end of the 1999 calendar year: 43, including 15 Life Members.
– At the 19 June Scratch, Grand Commander Jim Mailed, Grand Senior Vice Commander
Bill Wichmann, Grand Junior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard were in attendance. This was
one of the few times that all three chairs of the Grand have been present for a Pup Tent Scratch.
The Scratch was held in the new Post Home. Hospital visits for the month: 29
– The first Philippine Pup Tent ” Swarming” was held at the July Scratch of Kuripots – Pup Tent 11 at Barrio Barretto. Pup Tent 15 Cooties attending included Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski, Supreme Recruiting Aide de Camp, Hawaii and Alaska, District 4 Roy Banning, Grand Junior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Grand Council member Ralph Milward, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Grand Hospital Chairman Cecil Johnson, Cooties Jerry Prinz, Bob Zaher and Ken Schaefer.
– The July Scratch was held on the 17th. Supreme Recruiting Aide de Camp, Hawaii and
Alaska, District 4 Roy Banning, Grand Junior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Grand
Council member Ralph Milward, Past Grand Commander John Welsh were in attendance.
Hospital visits for the month: 19.
– Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski presented Past Grand Commander John Welsh with the
vacant Pinatubo – Pup Tent Cootie #1.
– At the 1 August Post meeting, Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski, on behalf of the Pup Tent, presented the Post with a new Pledge of Allegiance Banner for the new Post Home.
– The 2th Annual Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15 Social was held, on 7 August, at the Bonanza Hotel, Angeles City. Eighty Four Pup Tent members and guests enjoyed an afternoon of enjoyable conversation, cool drinks and an all you can eat Bar-B-Que. Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski presented Rob Williams, owner/manager of the Bonanza Hotel a Pup Tent 15 Letter of Appreciation for his continued support of the Pup Tent and the Post. Cootie R.C. Cox, Pup Tent 11, joined in the afternoon festivities.
– On 13 August, Pup Tent members attended the Post appreciation night for Junior Past Post 2485 Commander (current Pup Tent Blanket Bum) Lafayette Donaldson.
– On 20 August, Kuripots – Pup Tent 11 conducted the VFW grave side burial ceremony for SSGT Allen Whittington, USAF (Ret). Pup Tent 15 was represented by Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski, Supreme Recruiting Aide de Camp, Hawaii and Alaska, District 4 Roy Banning, Grand Junior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Grand Hospital Chairman Cecil Johnson, Cooties Jerry Prinz, Ken Miller and Mike DeSare.
– On 21 August, Pup Tent 15 members hosted a luncheon for Dr Esmeraldo DeGuzman The luncheon was held to honor the Doctor’s selection as Grand Pacific Non VFW Supporter of the Year. This was the second consecutive year he has been chosen for this honor. Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski presented Dr DeGuzman with the Grand Plague Non VFW Supporter of the Year Plaque. Dr DeGuzman was accompanied to the luncheon by two of his nurses Marilyn Ouizon and Abigail Benasa. Pup Tent 15 members present included Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski, Supreme Recruiting Aide de Camp, Hawaii and Alaska, District 4 Roy Banning, Grand Junior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Grand Council member Ralph Milward, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Grand Hospital Chairman Cecil Johnson, Cooties Jerry Prinz, Buddy McGuire, and Jack Arvitt.
– The August Scratch was held 21 August. Supreme Recruiting Aide de Camp, Hawaii and Alaska, District 4 Roy Banning, Grand Junior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Grand Council Member Ralph Milward, Past Grand Commander John Welsh were in attendance. Pup Tent 11 Seam Squirrel Jerry Rowe and Cootie R.C. Cox were also present. Hospital visits for the month: 14.
– On 25 August, Post officers performed the grave side VFW ceremony for Pup Tent 15 Cootie #47, MSGT Doyle Kemp, USMC (Ret). Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15 Cooties present included Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski, Supreme Recruiting Aide de Camp, Hawaii and Alaska, District 4 Roy Banning, Grand Junior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Grand Council Member Ralph Milward, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Grand Hospital Chairman Cecil Johnson, Cooties Jerry Prinz, Jack Arvitt, Paul Morgenthal, Lafayette Donaldson, Larry Long, Ken Miller and Dale Wyman.
– The September Scratch was held 18 September, Supreme Recruiting Aide de Camp, Hawaii and Alaska, District 4 Roy Banning, Grand Junior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Grand Council Member Ralph Milward, Past Grand Commander John Welsh were in attendance. Cootie #47, Doyle Kemp retired. Hospital visits for the month: 14.
– Past Grand Commander John Welsh and Cootie Jack Turner represented Pup Tent 15 on a float in the Angeles City Bagius Parade `99. The float was sponsored by the Angeles City Ex-Pat Council.
– On 9 October, Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski and Cooties from the Pup Tent supported the Post Social at the Bonanza Hotel.
– On 14 October, the Pup Tent donated 26 jars of peanut butter/mayo to Pup Tent 7 to be utilized at the Heinz Woelke Blind School in Baguio.
– Blanket Bum Lafayette Donaldson, Grand Junior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Cooties Ken Schaefer, Ken Miller. Bob Zaher and Jerry Prinz supported VFW Post 9892 and Pup Tent 7 by participating, in the 8th Annual Chili Cook-Off at La Union.
– Supreme Recruiting Aide de Camp, Hawaii and Alaska, District 4 Roy Banning, Grand Junior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past Grand Commander John Welsh and Cootie Leroy Gradney, Pup Tent 13, attended the October Scratch. Hospital visits for the month: 14.
– At the District VII meeting, Cootie Tom Morrison, Kuto – Pup Tent 7, presented Pup Tent 15 with a Letter of Appreciation from the students of the Heinz Woelke Blind School in Baguio. The letter was for support the Pup Tent has given the school. The letter was in braille, but also a readable translation. The letter will be framed and hung on the Cootie wall in the new Post Home.
– At November Scratch Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15 hosted the Second Philippine “Swarming”. They were joined by Cooties from Kuto – Pup Tent 7 and the Kuripots – Pup Tent 11. Twenty four Cooties were present. The Sulphur Ointment of Happiness was very much in evidence and liberally applied to all. Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski, Supreme Recruiting Aide de Camp, Hawaii and Alaska, District 4 Roy Banning, Grand Junior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Grand Council Members Ralph Milward and O.B. O’Briant, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Seam Squirrel Art Gaspard Pup Tent 7 were in attendance. At the Scratch auction., in opening the sealed bids, it was discovered that Past Grand Commander Emory Russell (the Scourge of San Juan) had the highest bid to buy the crown jewel and prized possession of Pup Tent 15. It was with heavy hearts and tears streaming down their raged Cootie shirts that the Pup Tent surrendered their famous jeweled bug. Hospital visits for the month: 39
– Cootie Dale Wyman represented the Pup Tent and the Post at Veterans Day activities at the American Cemetery and the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani ( Philippine Cemetery) in Manila.
– Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15 Cooties along with Cooties from Kuto – Pup Tent 7 and Kuripots -Pup Tent 11 attended the Veterans Day Observance at the Clark Cemetery. They also attended the Post 2485 Veterans Day Picnic at the Post Home. At the picnic Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski won the first door prize, a Clark Cemetery Veterans Day can wrap. Junior Past Seam Squirrel Ralph Milward and Past Grand Commander John Welsh sold Buddy Poppies at both the cemetery and the picnic.
– 11 November was the second anniversary of the Clark Cemetery Grave Diggers. Membership on date stood at 421. The Pup Tent administers the Grave Diggers Program for the Post.
– At 1000 hours 14 November, the new 2485 Post Home was blessed by Father Sonny Pahia, Immaculate Conception Parish, Angeles City. Grand Junior Vice Commander (2485 Post Commander) B.K. Hubbard, Cooties Bob McGovern, Jerry Prinz, (District VII Commander) Bob Zaher and approximately 20 Post members/Cooties and employees were in attendance. At 1300, the Post celebrated the Grand Opening of the new Post Home. Past Grand Commander Emory Russell (Department Commander), Cootie (District VII Commander) Bob Zaher and Grand Junior Vice Commander (2485 Post Commander) B.K. Hubbard participated in the ribbon cutting. Light pu pus were served. Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski, Supreme Recruiting Aide de Camp, Hawaii and Alaska, District 4 Roy Banning, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Grand Hospital Chairman Cecil Johnson, Cooties Bob McGovern, Jerry Prinz, Buddy McGuire, Ken Miller, Dale Wyman, Ken Schaefer, Jack Turner and approximately 200 Post members, guests and supporters were present.
– Cootie Larry Long attended the November Scratch of Grand Kentucky, Put Pent 9, Franklin, KY. He presented several letters of appreciation from Pup Tent 15 and Post 2485. He also presented a collection of ball caps to decorate the Post Canteen and a U.S. flag flown over the Clark Cemetery on Veterans Day 1998.
– Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski, Grand Junior Vice Commander B. K. Hubbard and Juvy Angcao: Grand Hospital Chairman Cecil Johnson and Linda Johnson; Past Grand Commander John Welsh and Cynthia Evangelist, and Cooties Jerry Prinz, Jack Turner and Nett Turner: Jack Rollins and Nelly Robbins, Steve Piechocky and Alma Palace: Bob Zaher and Lennie Antitorta, Ken Schaefer and Cootie Tom Elloitt, Pup Tent 1, assisted the Post in filling give-a-way bags for the Pearl Buck Christmas Party. Most went to the Pearl Buck Foundation Home to pass out the bags. Cootie Bob Zaher played Santa Claus.
– The Post donated 20 of the Christmas give-a-away bags to the Mt Arayat Shrine Oasis, to be utilized at their Christmas Party for Crippled Children.
– The Grand Pacific Mid Term Scratch was held in Barrio Barretto on 11 December. The Mid Term was hosted by Pup Tent 11 and Post 11447. Pup Tent 15 was noted as being 111% in membership for the year. The Pup Tent received a $100 cash prize for leading the Grand Pacific in membership at Mid Term. In the VFW Booster Program, Cootie Bob Zaher was recognized for recruiting over 25 new or re-instated members for his Post, and Cooties from Pup Tent 15 have help both Post 2485 and Post 727 achieve over a 100% in membership. Pup Tent 15 delegates to the Mid Term Scratch included Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski, Grand Senior Vice Commander Bill Wichmann, Grand Junior Vice B.K. Hubbard, Grand Quartermaster Don Webster, Grand Hospital Chairman Cecil Johnson, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Junior Past Seam Squirrel Ralph Milward, Cooties Orville Humfleet. Ken Miller, Jerry Prinz, Jack Turner and Lafayette Donaldson. Also in attendance at the Scratch was John Gwizdak, National VFW Senior Vice Commander (Grand of Georgia, Pup Tent 58), Joe Ridgely, National VFW Quartermaster General (Grand Europe, Pup Tent Pup Tent 5), Ray Sisk, candidate for National JVC from California (Grand of California, Pup Tent 9) and Darrell Benken. VFW Supporter from Kansas (Grand of Kansas, Pup Tent 3).
– At the Mid-Term Scratch, the Pup Tent received a Supreme Citation of Distinction for being at 100% membership by Mid Term
– On 13 December, the Post hosted a Working Breakfast/Clark Cemetery Briefing for Senior Vice Commander Gwizdak, Quartermaster General Ridgely. Junior Voce Commander Candidate Ray Sisk and Benken, VFW supporter from Kansas. Comrade Al Mitchell, Cemetery Chairman briefed on cemetery matters. The group then did a walking tour of the cemetery. Grand Pacific Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Cootie Jerry Prinz and Cooties from through the Grand Pacific attended.
– Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski, Supreme Recruiting Aide de Camp, Hawaii and Alaska, District 4 Roy Banning, Grand Junior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Cooties Bob McGovern, Jerry Prinz, Bob Zaher. Ken Miller, Dale Wyman. Ken Schaefer, and Jack Turner attended a Post 2485 Social for Senior Vice Commander Gwizdak, Quartermaster General Ridgely.
– Past Grand Commander Ken Tretow, Chairman of the Pup Tent 8 sponsored Paddy Daddy Program, presented Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski the Pup Tent 15 “Paddy Daddy Plaque”.
– The December Scratch, held 18 December, had attendance by Supreme Recruiting Aide de Camp, Hawaii and Alaska, District 4 Roy Banning; Grand Junior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Grand Hospital Chairman Cecil Johnson; Past Grand Commander John Welsh and Junior Past Seam Squirrel and Grand Council member Ralph Milward. Hospital Visits for the Month: 16
– On 29 December, Cooties of the Pup Tent joined in the cleanup of the old Post Home.
– The Pup Tent finished the calendar year 1999 with membership at 111%.
– With the permission of the Grand Pacific Commander Jim Mailed, the Pup Tent held a
special Scratch on 3 January. The special modified Scratch was to drape the Grand Pacific Charter as a sign of respect for Cootie Brother District 15 Councilman Don Clinard. The Charter was hung on the Cootie Wall of the Post 2485 Post Home, where it will remain, draped, for 30 days. Grand Junior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard was acting Seam Squirrel, Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski was acting Provost Marshall and Sky Pilot Ken Schaefer performed his duties. Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Cooties Jack Turner, Dale Woman, Jack Arvitt, Joe Humble, Ron Barker, Al Mitchell and Tom Elliott from Honey Bucket Special – Pup Tent 1 were in attendance.
– Pup Tent and Post members were invited by the Rotary Club of Clark Centennial to a
luncheon/meeting at the Four Seasons Restaurant on Clark Field. The guest speaker was Spike Nasmyth, a former Viet Nam POW and member of the Post.
– Grand Junior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard and Cootie Jerry Prinz attended the January Scratch of Pup Tent 6, in Pattaya. Beach, Thailand.
– The January Scratch was held 15 January. In attendance were Supreme Recruiting Aide de Camp, Hawaii and Alaska, District 4 Roy Banning Past Grand Commander John Welsh and Junior Past Seam Squirrel and Grand Council member Ralph Milward. Hospital Visits for the Month: 17
– Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski and Pup Tent members attended a working breakfast and discussions with Mr Barry Barker, Director of the VA Regional Office in Manila and Mr Joe Cooley, Deputy Director VA Regional Office.
– Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski and Pup Tent members attended a VFW Memorial Service for Comrade Jim Gordon on 8 February. Comrade Gordon, a member of Post 2485, was also Commander of American Legion Post 123.
– Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski and Pup Tent members attended the grave side burial
ceremony for American Legion Post 123 Commander Jim Gordon. The ceremony was
performed by American Legion Post 123 members.
– The Pup Tent became a Life Member of the Europe Beer Busters Program.
– Pup Tent 15 Cootie Bob Zaher (District VII Commander) participated in a gold tournament at the Baguio Country Club. The tournament was sponsored by VFW Post 124 on 10 February. After the tournament the Post had a social and raffle drawing at the Post meeting place (Linda’s Restaurant in Baguio). Pup Tent 15 Cooties in attendance included Grand Junior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Cooties Bob Zaher and Bob McGovern.
– The Philippine Pup Tents visited the Heinz Woelke Blind School in Baguio on 11 February. Visitors included Grand Junior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Cootie Jerry Prinz, Kuripots – Pup Tent 11’s Ted “Shorts” Philips and Kuto – Pup Tent 7’s Tom Morrison. Pup Tent 15 donated 46 jars of peanut butter/mayo to the school.
– Elections for 2000-2001 officers were held at the 19 February Scratch. Cootie Lafayette Donaldson was elected Seam Squirrel for the coming year. The Scratch was attended by Grand Commander John Welsh. Hospital visits for the month: 15
– In February, National VFW District 15 Council Member Tom Elliot transferred his Cootie membership from Honey Bucket Special – Pup Tent 1 to Pup Tent 15.
– On 2 March, Pup Tent Cooties attended the installation of 2000-2001 year officers for Kuripots – Pup Tent 11. Attendees included Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski, Cooties Ken Schaefer and Jerry Prinz. Past Grand Commander John Welsh was installing officer.
– On 11 March, the Pup Tent hosted a swim party and lunch for 22 street kids from the local area. The event was held at the Bonanza Hotel. Mr Brain Usher, Miss Ayhrie Tuazon and Mrs Broncano, volunteers with the Street Kids Program were also present. Pup Tent 15 Cooties present included Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski, Seam Squirrel (elect) Lafayette Donaldson, Grand Junior Vice Commander (and Post Commander) B.K. Hubbard, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Cooties Jerry Prinz, Buddy McGuire, Terry Gillem. Ron Barker, Jack Turner and Ken Schaefer.
– The March Scratch was held on 18 March. Installation of 1999-2000 year officers were held. Past Grand Commander John Welsh was the installing Officer. Cootie #7 Russ Willis retired Hospital visits for the month: 31.
– On 21 March, Pup Tent members attended a wake for “Mick” O’Brien, very popular Angeles resident and President of the Returned & Services League (RSL) of Australia, Angeles City Branch.
– Grand Junior Vice Commander (Post Commander) B.K. Hubbard and Cootie Buddy McGuire attended the 14th Recognition Day at Malabanias Elementary School.
– On 7 April, Pup Tent 15 Cooties attended the dedication and unveiling ceremonies of the American Military Memorial at the Capas National Shrine. The shrine is dedicated to the over 1600 Americans that lost theirs lives while in the POW at Camp O’Donnell. The shrine contains a replica of a cross constructed during the POW Camp days and a list of the names of those who perished. Comrade Leroy Becraft, Post member and former POW assisted in the unveiling of the monument. Guests included U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Thomas Hubbard; Philippine Secretary of Defense Orlando S. Mercado; COL Rafael R. Estrada, PA (Ret) Philippine National Commander, Defenders of Bataan/Corregidor; Major Richard Gordon, Adjutant Battling Bastards of Bataan, Beth Day Romulo, Filipino-American Memorial Endowment (FAME). Pup Tent 15 attendance included Grand Junior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Cooties Jerry Prinz (Post Commander elect), Bob Zaher, Lafayette Donaldson (Seam Squirrel elect), National VFW District 16 Council Member Tom Elliott, Buddy McGuire, Al Mitchell and Ron Barker.
– On 9 April, Post 2485 sponsored a Memorial to the survivors and those who gave their lives in the Bataan Death March/POW Camps at Camp O’Donnell. The Memorial was held at KM Marker 112 on the road to Camp O’Donnell. A wreath was laid by Department Senior Vice Commander Paul Gasperson, District VII and Past All American Department and Post Commander Bob Zaher, Commander B.K. Hubbard, Post 11447 Commander O.B.
O’Briant, Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 46 President Ted “Shorty” Phillips and
Comrade Leroy Becraft, a former POW and Post members. Pup Tent 15 Cooties attending the ceremony were Grand Junior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Junior Past Seam Squirrel Ralph Milward; Cooties Jerry Prinz; Bob Zaher; Buddy McGuire, Al Mitchell; and Ron Barker. Kuripots – Pup Tent 11 Cooties attending included R.C. Cox; O.B. O’Briant and Ted “Shorty”Phillips.
– Pup Tent 15 Cooties attended the Post 13th Post Anniversary Celebration on 12 April.
Cooties, wives and significant others were in attendance for drinks and light pu pus . Attendance included Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski, Seam Squirrel (elect) Lafayette Donaldson, Grand Senior Vice Commander Bill Wichmann; Grand Junior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Junior Past Seam Squirrel Ralph
Milward; National VFW District 16 Council Member Tom Elliott, Cooties Jerry Prinz
(Post Commander elect); Bob Zaher (District VII Commander); Buddy McGuire; Al
Mitchell: Ron Barker; and Ken Miller.
– Pup Tent 15 Cooties attended the Third Philippine Swarming (99-3), sponsored by Kuto – Pup Tent 7 at La Union on 14 April. Attending were the top three chairs of the Grand Pacific, Grand Commander Jim Malott (Bull Conchs – Pup Tent 3), Senior Vice Commander Bill Wichmann (Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15) and Junior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard (Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15). Grand Junior Vice B.K. Hubbard and Cootie Bob Zaher (District VII Commander) were presented Citations of Distinction for recruitment in the VFW Booster Program. Pup Tent 15 Cooties in attendance included Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski, Seam Squirrel (elect) Lafayette Donaldson, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Junior Past Seam Squirrel Ralph Milward, Cooties Jerry Prinz (Post Commander elect), Jack Turner, Ken Miller, Buddy McGuire, Terry Gillem, Ron Barker, Al Mitchell.
– At the District VII meeting on 15 April, Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski was presented a VFW Ball Cap and National Senior Vice Commander John Gwizdak pin from District VII
Commander Bob Zaher.
– Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski and Pup Tent members attended a luncheon for Post,
District VII and Department Voice of Democracy (VOD) winner Mr Nathan Jones. Young Mr Jones, a student at Faith Academy, Manila was accompanied by his family and a counselor from the School. Cooties in attendance included the Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski, Grand Junior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Junior Past Seam Squirrel Ralph Milward, Seam Squirrel (elect) Lafayette Donaldson, Cooties Jerry Prinz (Post Commander elect), Bob Zaher (District VII Commander), Ken Miller, Ken Schaefer, Al Mitchell, Ron Barker and Jack Turner.
– The April Scratch was held 22 April. In addition to Grand Junior Vice Commander B.K.
Hubbard, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, guests included Cootie James “Crash”
Proctor from Chokumchingo – Pup Tent 8. Hospital visits for the month: 19
– On 25 April, Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski, Past Grand Commander John Welsh and Cooties of Pup Tent 15 attended the ANZAC Day Observance at the Clark Cemetery. The annual observance is sponsored by the Returned & Services League (RSL) Angeles City Branch
– On 25 April, Grand Junior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard attended the ANZAC day Observance at the Coconut Grove Resort at La Union. Junior Past Grand Commander (Department of Pacific Areas Commander) Emory Russell and Cooties of Kuto – Pup Tent 7 also attended.
– Cooties of Pup Tent 15 attended a Memorial Service for Post member Comrade Orie (Roy) Royce. The Post Charter was draped during the service. Attendance included Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski, Grand Junior Vice Commander B K Hubbard, Seam Squirrel elect) Lafayette Donaldson, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Cooties Jerry Prinz, Buddy McGuire, Al Mitchell, Steve Piechocky and Ken Schaefer.
– During the year Surgeon Cecil Johnson, utilizing the Post 2485 CPR manikin, presented CPR First Aid training to the following:
– – Mabuhay Lodge #59, (4 hours, 10 students)
– – Mandaluyong City Firemen, (200 hours, 30 students)
– – VFW employees, (14 hours, 10 students)
– – Angeles University (AUF) Hospital,(52 hours, 120 students
– – Angeles University (AM Hospital. (18 hours, 60 students
– – Angeles University (AUF) students, (2 hours, 6 students
– – Angeles City(AUF) students, (12 hours, 30 students)
– Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15 membership as of the date of this report: 51 including 15 Life Members.
– 227 hospital visits have been completed the year, as of the date of this report

2000 – 2001
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Seam Squirrel: Lafayette Donaldson
Blanket Bum: Buddy McGuire
Hide Gimlet: Jerry Prinz
Hungry Cootie: Ron Barker
Custodian of the Crummy Duffel Bag: Ken Miller

– On 5 May, the Pup Tent hosted a fund raising Social at Bonanza Hotel. Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski and approximately 102 Cooties, their guests and supporters enjoyed an afternoon of good food and drink. This Social has turned into an annual affair through the good graces of Rob Williams, owner/manager of the hotel.
– The May Scratch was held 20 May. Attendees included Junior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard and Past Grand Commander John Welsh. Hospital visits for the month: 24
– On 19 June, Cootie Larry Long and his wife accompanied Grand of Kentucky, Simpal – Pup Tent 9 Cooties on a visit to the VA Hospital in Nashville, TN.
– The 31st Grand Pacific Scratch was held at Maharajah Hotel, Angeles City on 22 June. The Supreme Junior Vice Commander H. Steve Mason was in attendance. Pup Tent 15 delegates included Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski, Grand Senior Vice Commander Bill Wichmann, Grand Junior Vice B.K. Hubbard, Grand Quartermaster Don Webster, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Seam Squirrel (elect) Lafayette Donaldson, Cooties Orville Humfleet, Terry Gillem, Al Mitchell, Jerry Prinz, Ralph Milward, Buddy McGuire and Jack Turner. At the Grand Scratch the Pup Tent received the following:
* 100% Membership Certificate (prior to 30 November)
* Grand Membership Goal Certificate
* Grand Recruiting Citation of Merit – Bob Zaher (60)
* Grand Recruiting Citation of Merit – B.K. Hubbard (54)
– The following Pup Tent 15 Cooties elected or appointed to the following Grand Pacific positions:
* Grand Commander: Bill Wichmann
* Grand Senior Vice Commander: B.K. Hubbard
* Grand Council: Ralph Milward
* Grand Council: Orville Humfleet
* Grand Quartermaster: Don Webster
* Grand Adjutant: Jerry Prinz
* Grand Assistant Adjutant: Ron Barker
* Grand WEB Hound: Ron Barker
– At Grand Awards Banquet held on 22 June, Pup Tent 15 received the following awards:
* Grand Pacific Membership Award: Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15 (3rd Consecutive Year)
* Outstanding Pup Tent of the Year: Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15 (2nd Consecutive Year)
* Grand Pacific Pup Tent Vampire Award: Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15 (2nd Consecutive Year)
* Grand Vampire Award: Dan Anstine
* Outstanding Hospital Chairman of the Year: Cecil “Doc” Johnson (2nd Consecutive Year)
* Outstanding Hungry Cootie of the Year: Roy Banning
* Outstanding CCDB of the Year: Jerry Prinz (Co-Winner with CCDB from Pup Tent 8)
* Outstanding Outside Contributor: Robert “Rob” Williams, Bonanza Hotel

Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15 membership at the end of the 2000 calendar year: 58, including 15 Life Members
– The June Scratch was held 24 June. Attendees included Grand Commander Bill Wichmann, Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Junior Vice Commander Jim Mayo, Junior Past Grand Commander Jim Malott, and Past Grand Commander John Welsh. Hospital visits for the month: 27
– Philippine Pup Tent Swarming IV was held at Pup Tent 11, Barrio Barretto on 3 July. Pup Tent 15 members attending included Grand Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Cooties Jerry Prinz, Ron Barker, Al Mitchell, Jack Turner, Terry Gillem. Junior Past Grand Commander Jim Malott was also present.
– On 11 July, the Pup Tent hosted a luncheon for Mr Robert “Rob” Williams, owner/manger of the Bonanza Hotel in Angeles City. Mr William was honored as the Grand Pacific Non VFW Outstanding Outside Contributor. He was nominated by the Pup Tent. Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard presented the award in the absence of Grand Commander Bill Wichmann. Cooties present included Jerry Prinz (Post Commander), Al Mitchell, Ron Barker, Buddy McGuire and Junior Past Seam Squirrel Werner “Ski” Koslovski.
– CCDB Ken Miller resigned and Cootie Ron Barker assumed CCDB duties.
– The July Scratch was held 15 July. Attendees included Grand Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past Grand Commander John Welsh and Past Grand Commander Emory Russell. Hospital visits for the month: 22
– Grand Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard and Cootie Larry Long attended the Scratch of Grand of Kentucky Simpal – Pup Tent 9 in Franklin, KY on 30 July. The visit was to thank Pup Tent 9 for the support given to the Clark Cemetery. At the end of the Scratch, Pup Tent 9 donated another $1000 to the Clark Cemetery. The following presentations were made to Pup Tent 9:
* Post 2485 plaque
* Pup Tent 15 plaque
* Letters of Appreciation from the Post 2485 Commander, Seam Squirrel Pup Tent 15 and the Clark Cemetery Chairman
* a collection of hats and towels for Post Canteen Bar decorations
– Grand Quartermaster Don Webster attended the Supreme Scratch in Milwaukee, 25-26 August.
– The August Scratch was held 19 August. Hospital visits for the month: 24
– Pup Tent 15 held a Luncheon/Swim Party for 32 area street children, on 25 August. The event was held at the Bonanza Hotel in Angeles. Due to rain and flooding in the area, attendance was limited to Seam Squirrel Lafayette Donaldson, Junior Past Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski, Cooties Jack Turner and Ken Miller.
– The September Scratch was held 16 September. Grand Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard and Grand Council Member Ralph Milward was in attendance. Hospital visits for the month: 11
– On 29 September, Post officers conducted the VFW grave side burial services for MSGT Gordon Maginness, USAF (Ret). Pup Tent 15 members in attendance were Seam Squirrel Lafayette Donaldson, Cooties Jerry Prinz (Post Commander), Buddy McGuire (Post Senior Vice Commander), Al Mitchell (Post Junior Vice Commander), Joe Hester and Cecil Johnson.
– On 13 October, Pup Tent 15 members, Seam Squirrel Lafayette Donaldson, Junior Past Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski, Grand Council Member Ralph Milward, Cooties Jerry Prinz (Post Commander), Ken Schaefer, Dale Wyman, Ron Barker, Al Mitchell, Buddy McGuire, Bob Zaher, Ken Miller, Ed Lyons, Joe Godfrey, Steve Piechocky and Bob McGovern attended the Post Commander’s Appreciation Night for Junior Past Commander B.K. Hubbard (Grand Senior Vice Commander). The 225th Navy Birthday of the United States Navy was observed with a special cake and a moment of silence was conducted for the victims of the USS Cole terrorist attack. Also in attendance was Department of Pacific Commander Paul Gasperson.
– The October Scratch was held 14 October. In attendance were Grand Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard and Grand Council Member Ralph Milward. Hospital visits for the month: 16
– On 21 October, Pup Tent 15 Seam Squirrel Lafayette Donaldson, Grand Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Grand Council Member Ralph Milward and Cooties Jerry Prinz, Al Mitchell, Buddy McGuire, Ken Schaefer, Bob Zaher and Ken Miller attended the 9th Annual Chili Cook-Off at La Union. The Cook-Off is sponsored by Kuto – Pup Tent 7, Post 9892 and the Bali Hai Resort.
– On 5 November, Grand Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard presented the Post with a wall clock donated by VFW Post 5706, SIMPAL – Pup Tent 9 and Veterans organizations in Franklin, KY. Pup Tent 9 is a premier supporter of the Clark Cemetery.
– Pup Tent 15 hosted Philippines Swarming Five on 10 November. In attendance were Grand Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Grand Council Member Ralph Milward, Past Grand Commander John Welsh. Cooties from Kuto – Pup Tent 7 and Kuripots – Pup Tent 11 were present. A 100th Anniversary VFW Coin, donated by Cootie Bob Zaher, was raffled off and won by Cootie Al Mitchell. Hospital visits for the month: 8
– On 11 November, Grand Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard represented the Post and Pup Tent at the Veterans Day Observation at the American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila and the Philippine Memorial Libingan Ng Mga Bayani.
– Pup Tent 15 Cooties assisted the Post in the Veterans Day Observance at the Clark Cemetery and the Veterans Day Picnic at the Post Home. Seam Squirrel Lafayette Donaldson and Pup Tent 15 Cooties attended both events. The ceremony is sponsored by the Post.
– The November Scratch was held 18 November. Attendance included Grand Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard and Past Grand Commander John Welsh. Hospital Visits for the month: 8
– 0n 2 December, Seam Squirrel Lafayette Donaldson, Pup Tent 15 Cooties, wives and significant others assisted the Post in preparation for the Annual Pearl Buck Christmas Party. Christmas bags were packed at the Post Home, then a Christmas Party for 350 Pearl Buck Children was held at the Pearl Buck Foundation Home in Angeles City. Cootie Bob Zaher was Santa Claus.
– Pup Tent Hospital Chairman Cecil “Doc” Johnson attended a National Veterans Service Phase III, Proficiency Training Conference, 3-6 December, in St Louis, MO. This was a National VFW sponsored project.
– Seam Squirrel Lafayette Donaldson, Grand Commander Bill Wichmann, Grand Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Past Grand Commander Don Webster and Pup Tent 15 Cooties Jerry Prinz (Post Commander), Ron Barker, Buddy McGuire, Terry Gillem, Al Mitchell, Orville Humfleet, Jack Avritt and Bob Zaher attended the Mid-Term Grand Scratch. The Mid Term, held in Barrio Barretto on 9 December, was sponsored by Kuripots – Pup Tent 11 and Post 11447. Also present were Ray Sisk, Grand of California – Pup Tent 9 (National VFW Junior Vice Commander in Chief); Marcus Butler, Grand of Alaska – Pup Tent 4 (VFW District 16 National Council Member). At the Scratch the following awards were given:
* Pup Tent 15 – Joint VFW/MOC Citation of Distinction and VFW Booster Program plaques for assisting Post 2485 and Post 727 in attaining 100% Post membership.
* Pup Tent 15 – Supreme Certificate for attaining 201% in national Home Special Projects
* Bill Wichmann – a Supreme Booster pin and a VFW century pin
* B.K. Hubbard – Joint MOC/VFW Joint Citation of Distinction and a Supreme Booster pin for recruiting over 50 members under the VFW Booster Program.
* Bob Zaher – Joint MOC/VFW Joint Citation of Distinction and a Supreme Booster pin for recruiting over 50 members under the VFW Booster Program.
* Jerry Prinz – a Cootie Bolo tie for completing all allotted Pup Tent inspections before Mid-Term
– On 10 December, Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15 Cooties attended a Post Commander’s Dinner in honor of National Junior Vice Commander Ray Sisk; VFW District 16 National Council Member Marcus Butler and Gary Kurpius, from Alaska, candidate for National VFW Junior Vice Commander. Attendance also included Department of Pacific Areas Commander Paul Gasperson, Grand Commander Bill Wichmann, Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past Grand Commander Jim Malott, Past Grand Commander Dick Vilieo, Past Grand Commander Don Webster, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Past Grand Commander Ken Tretow, Past Grand Commander Emory Russell, Past Grand Commander Jim Malott. Cooties from Chokumchingo – Pup Tent 8; Honey Bucket Special – Pup Tent 1, Camp Zama, Japan; Habu/Gecko – Pup Tent 9; Maeng Das – Pup Tent 6 and Makoli Mites – Pup Tent 10.
– On 11 December, the Post hosted a Working Breakfast/Briefing of the Clark Cemetery for National Junior Vice Commander Ray Sisk; VFW District 16 National Council Member Marcus Butler and Gary Kurpius, from Alaska, candidate for National VFW Junior Vice Commander. Cootie Al Mitchell, Post Clark Cemetery Chairman conducted the briefing.
– Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15 Charter Member Carl Lee was buried at the Clark Cemetery on 11 December. Seam Squirrel Lafayette Donaldson, Ray Sisk, Grand of California – Pup Tent 9 (National VFW Junior Vice Commander in Chief); Marcus Butler, Grand of Alaska – Pup Tent 4 (VFW District 16 National Council Member), Grand Commander Bill Wichmann, Grand Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Junior Vice Commander Jim Mayo, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Past Grand Commander, Past Grand Commander Ken Tretow, Past Grand Commander Emory Russell, Past Grand Commander Jim Malott were in attendance. Pup Tent Cooties present were Joe Hester, Ralph Milward, Werner “Ski” Koslovski, Ken Schaefer, Al Mitchell, Jerry Prinz, Ron Burrus, Buddy McGuire, Cecil “Doc” Johnson, Ken Miller. Also in attendance were Cooties from Chokumchingo – Pup Tent 8; Honey Bucket Special – Pup Tent 1, Camp Zama , Japan; Habu/Gecko – Pup Tent 9; Maeng Das – Pup Tent 6; Ray Sisk, Grand of California – Pup Tent 9 (National VFW Junior Vice Commander); Marcus Butler, Grand of Alaska – Pup Tent 4 (VFW District 16 National Council Member).
– The December Scratch was held 11 December. Attendance included Seam Squirrel Lafayette Donaldson, Grand Commander Bill Wichmann, Grand Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Past Grand Commander, Past Grand Commander Ken Tretow, Past Grand Commander Emory Russell, Past Grand Commander Jim Malott. Also in attendance were Cooties from Chokumchingo – Pup Tent 8, Ray Sisk, Grand of California – Pup Tent 9 (National VFW Junior Vice Commander in Chief); Marcus Butler, Grand of Alaska – Pup Tent 4 (VFW District 16 National Council Member). Gary Kurpius, candidate for National VFW Junior Vice Commander was initiated into Pup Tent 15. Hospital visits for the month: 10
– On 18 December, the Clarkview Christian Center held a Grand Opening for their newly renovated building. Post and Pup Tent members were invited guests and the Post was asked to provide a Color Guard for posting the flags of Philippines and the United States. The Color Guard consisted of Cooties Earl Dodge, Cecil Johnson, Jim Proctor and Steve Piechocky. Pup Tent Cooties in attendance included Grand Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Cooties Jerry Prinz (Post Commander), Buddy McGuire, Al Mitchell, Roy Banning, Bob Zaher, Ken Schaefer and Ron Barker.
– On 19 January Grand Senior Vice Commander B,K, Hubbard and Cootie Jerry Prinz attended the January Scratch of Maeng Das – Pup Tent 6 in Pattaya Beach, Thailand.
– The January Scratch was held on 20 January, Grand Council Member Ralph Milward and Past Grand Commander John Welsh were in attendance. Hospital visits for the month: 9
– The February Scratch was held 17 February, in attendance were Grand Council Member Ralph Milward and Past Grand Commander John Welsh. Pup Tent elections were held. Buddy McGuire was elected Seam Squirrel, Jerry Prinz – Blanket Bum and Al Mitchell – Hide Gimlet for the 2001-2002 year. Hospital visits for the month: 19
– Pup Tent Hospital Chairman Cecil “Doc” Johnson attended the VFW National Veterans Service Training Program Regional Training at Albuquerque, NM 10-15 March 2001.
– The March Scratch was held on 17 March. In attendance were Grand Senior Vice Commander B,K, Hubbard, Grand Council Member Ralph Milward, Past Grand Commander John Welsh and Past Grand Commander Emory Russell, Kuto Pup Tent 7. Past Grand Commander Emory Russell installed the 2001-2002 year officers. Hospital visits for the month: 30
– Pup Tent 15 and Pup Tent 7 Cooties attended the wedding of Grand Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard and Miss Juvy Angcao on 7 April. The wedding was held at the Bonanza Hotel, site of many Pup Tent 15 Fund Raising Social. Also in attendance were Department of Pacific Areas Commander Paul Gasperson, Past Grand Commander John Welsh and Past Grand Commander Emory Russell.
– On 9 April, the Post conducted the Second Annual Bataan Death March Memorial Ceremony was held at Capas National Shrine (near the site of the WWII POW Camp at Camp O’Donnell). In attendance were COL Russell Lewey, USAF, Defense Attache, U.S. Embassy, Manila; Department Commander Paul Gasperson; District VII Commander O.B. O’Briant; Leroy Becraft, Post member and former WWII POW; Cooties from Kuto – Pup Tent 7, Kuripots – Pup Tent 11, Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15; members from Post 9892, Post 11447, American Legion Post 10, American Legion Post 94, Angeles City DAV Chapter and the Returned & Services League (RSL) of Australia. Cooties in attendance included Grand Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard; Past Grand Commander Emory Russell, Pup Tent 7; Seam Squirrel Lafayette Donaldson, (Seam Squirrel elect) Buddy McGuire, Albert Mitchell, Bob Zaher, Tom Elliott, Larry Long, Ken Miller, Joe Carsley, Ron Barker of Pup Tent 15; Tim Aukshun, of Pup Tent 7: O.B. O’Briant, Ted “Shorty” Phillips and Gene Gann of Pup Tent 11.
– The April Scratch was held 14 April. Attendees included Grand Commander Bill Wichmann, Grand Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Grand Council Member Ralph Milward and Past Grand Commander John Welsh. Commander Wichmann presented the Pup Tent with a Supreme Certificate for being 100% in membership by 30 November. Hospital visits for the month: 12
– The following Pup Tent 15 Cooties have received the following Supreme appointments:
Seam Squirrel Lafayette Donaldson – Supreme Aide de Camp
Hospital Chairman Cecil “Doc” Johnson – Supreme Aide de Camp
Hide Gimlet Jerry Prinz – Supreme Deputy Chief of Staff
Grand Quartermaster don Webster – Supreme Deputy Chief of Staff
Grand Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard – Supreme Deputy Chief of Staff
– Grand Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard and Cootie Bob Zaher supported the Earth Day Underwaterthon at Coconut Grove Resort, La Union on 22 April. The event was sponsored by Cootie Tim Aukshun, Kuto – Pup Tent 7 and his diving company Ocean Dive.
– Seam Squirrel Lafayette Donaldson, Grand Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Jerry Prinz (2485 Post Commander), Buddy McGuire (Seam Squirrel elect), Cooties Bob McGovern, Ron Barker, Al Mitchell, Cecil Johnson and Tom Elloitt attended Philippine Swarming Six. This Scratch was sponsored by Kuto – Pup Tent 7 at La Union. Cooties from Kuripots – Pup Tent 11 were also present.
– Pup Tent members attended the ANZAC Day Observance at the Clark Cemetery. This observance is sponsored by the Returned & Services League of Australia, Angeles City Branch.
– Seam Squirrel Lafayette Donaldson, Grand Senior Vice Commander B.K. Hubbard, Jerry Prinz (2485 Post Commander), Buddy McGuire (Seam Squirrel elect), Cooties Bob McGovern, Ron Barker, Al Mitchell, Cecil Johnson and Tom Elloitt attended the ANZAC Day Observance at the Coconut Grove Resort, La Union. This observance is sponsored by members of the Returned & Services League of Australia, Angeles City Branch living in the La Union area.
– On 28 April, the Pup Tent, in conjunction with the Bonanza Hotel, hosted a luncheon (with ice cream) and a swim call for 39 street children. Attendees included Grand Senior Vice Commander B,K, Hubbard, Grand Council Member Ralph Milward, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Comrades Buddy McGuire (Seam Squirrel elect) and Ken Miller.
– Hospital visits as of the date of this change: 188

2001 – 2002

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Seam Squirrel: Buddy McGuire
Blanket Bum: Jerry Prinz
Hide Gimlet: Al Mitchell
Hungry Cootie: Ralph Milward
Custodian of the Crummy Duffel Bag: Ron Baker

Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15 membership at the end of the 2001 calendar year: 57, including 30 Life Members.

– On 20 June, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard assumed duties as Commander District VII (Philippines).
– The June Pup Tent 15 Scratch was held 23 June. In attendance were Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard; Grand Senior Vice Commander Jim Mayo, Makoli Mites – Pup Tent10; Grand Junior Vice Commander Butch Malone, Honey Bucket Special – Pup Tent 1; Grand Chief of Staff Al Mitchell, Grand Surgeon Orville Humfleet, Grand Inspector Jerry Prinz; Junior Past Grand Commander Bill Wichmann (Department Commander); Past Grand Commander Emory Russell, Kuto – Pup Tent 7; Past Grand Commander John Welsh; Junior Past Seam Squirrel Lafayette Donaldson; Okey Warden and Jim Van Dyke, Chokum Changes – Pup Tent 8. Hospital visits for the Month: 45
– Pup Tent Cooties attended Swarming VII, hosted by Kuripots – Pup Tent 11, at Barrio Barretto. Cooties from Kuto – Pup Tent 7 also attended. Attendance included Seam Squirrel Buddy McGuire, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Grand Inspector Jerry Prinz, Grand Chief of Staff Al Mitchell and Grand Adjutant Ron Barker.
– The July Scratch was held 21 August. Eighteen Cooties were in attendance including Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard and Past Grand Commander John Welsh. Hospital visits for the month: 67
– Pup Tent 15 hosted a luncheon/swim call for 47 Angeles City area street children on 11 August. The event was held at the Bonanza Hotel. Attendance included Seam Squirrel Buddy McGuire, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Grand Chief of Staff Al Mitchell, Grand Inspector Jerry Prinz, Grand Adjutant Ron Barker, Past Seam Squirrel Ralph Milward, Past Seam Squirrel Werner Koslovski, Cootie Ken Miller and Cootie Dale Wyman.
– Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard and Past Grand Commander Emory Russell attended the August Scratch of Kuto – Pup Tent 7.
– Junior Past Grand Commander Bill Wichmann selected as an All Star Commander for 2001-2001. Cootie Wichmann is the third consecutive Grand Pacific All Star Commander. Grand Quartermaster Don Webster was selected as an All Star Quartermaster and Grand Adjutant Jerry Prinz was named an All Star Grand Adjutant.
– On 18 August, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard and Cootie Jack Turner attended the Long Tan Observance, sponsored by the Returned & Services League (RSL) of Australia, Angeles City Branch. Long Tan was a battle of the Viet Nam War involving Australian Forces.
– Junior Past Grand Commander Bill Wichmann and Grand Quartermaster Don Webster attended the Supreme Scratch in Milwaukee, 23-25 August
– Grand Quartermaster Don Webster was appointed to the 2001-2002 Supreme By-Laws Committee.
– Hospital visits for the month of August: 218
– On 12 September, Pup Tent 15 sponsored a luncheon to honor Rob Williams, owner/manager of the Bonanza Hotel, as the MOC, Grand Pacific Outstanding Outside Contributor to a Pup Tent. The luncheon was held at the Post home and attendees included Seam Squirrel Buddy McGuire, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Cooties Ralph Milward, Lafayette Donaldson, Cecil “Doc” Johnson, Dale Wyman, Ron Barker, Al Mitchell, Ken Schaefer and members of the Angeles City Community.
– Seam Squirrel Buddy McGuire, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past Grand Commander John Welsh and Cooties of Pup Tent 15 attended the National VFW Patriotic Weekend activities at Post 2485 and American Legion Post 123.
– Hospital visits for the month of September: 46
– On 4 October, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Grand Chief of Staff Al Mitchell, Grand Inspector Jerry Prinz and Grand Adjutant Ron Barker attended the October Scratch of Kuripots – Pup Tent 11 in Barrio Barretto.
– Cooties of Pup Tent 15 supported the Post Social on 13 October. The Social was held at the Bonanza Hotel in Angeles City. Attendees included Seam Squirrel Buddy McGuire, Blanket Bum Jerry Prinz, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Junior Past Seam Squirrel Lafayette Donaldson, Cooties Ron Barker, Ken Miller, Dale Wyman and Earl Dodge. Cooties Dan Burns and Jim Billman of Kuripots – Pup Tent 11 were also in attendance.
– Hospital visits for the month October: 60
– Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard and Cootie John Wallace, Bull Conchs – Pup Tent 3, visited the grave of Past Grand Commander Don Clinard at the Guam Military Cemetery.
– Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard attended the October Scratch of Bull Conchs – Pup Tent 3.
– On 10 November, Pup Tent 15 hosted Philippine Swarming VIII. Attendance included Cooties from Pup Tent 7 and Pup Tent 11. Pup Tent 15 Cooties in attendance were Seam Squirrel Buddy McGuire, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Blanket Bum Jerry Prinz, Hide Gimlet Al Mitchell, Cooties Ken Miller, Ron Barker, Cecil Johnson and Ken Schaefer. Hospital visits for the Month: 7
– On 17 November, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard and Past Grand Commander John Welsh and Cooties from Pup Tent 15 Cooties, wives and significant others supported the Beagles in their Appreciation Night. Cootie Leroy Gradney, Pup Tent 9, also attended.
– Seam Squirrel Buddy McGuire, Blanket Bum Jerry Prinz, Hide Gimlet Al Mitchell and Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard attended the 10th Annual Chili Cook-Off at the Bali Hai Resort in La Union. Cooties Ron Barker, Ken Schaefer, Ralph Milward also attended. The Pup Tent entered the MOC section of the Chili Cook-Off, finishing second. The Chili Cook-Off is sponsored by Kuto – Pup Tent 7 and Post 9892.
– Pup Tent 15 Cooties along with wives, girl friends and significant other assisted the Post in the Pearl Buck Christmas Party. Participants included Junior Past Seam Squirrel Lafayette Donaldson; Past Seam Squirrel Werner “Ski” Koslovski; Past Seam Squirrel Ralph Milward; Jim Mahoney; Roy Banning and Nancy Guillero; Tom Elliot; Joe Godfrey; Gene Dodge; Mr & Mrs Jim Proctor; Jack and Nellie Robbins; Bob Zaher and Lenee Antitorta. Cootie Bob Zaher was Santa Claus.
– The Mid Term Scratch was held at Barrio Barretto on 8 December and hosted by Kuripots – Pup Tent 11. Attendees included Seam Squirrel Buddy McGuire, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Cooties Jerry Prinz, Ron Barker, Joe Carsley, Tom Elliott, Cecil Johnson and Ken Schaefer. Also in attendance Ray Sisk, Grand of California – Pup Tent 9 (National VFW Senior Vice Commander in Chief); Marcus Butler, Grand of Alaska – Pup Tent 4 (VFW District 16 National Council Member) and Gary Kurpius, Department of Alaska candidate for VFW National Junior Vice Commander (PT 15 Cootie).
– On 10 December, the Post hosted a working breakfast/briefing on the Clark Cemetery for VFW National Senior Vice Commander Ray Sisk; VFW National District 16 Council Member Marcus Butler; and Gary Kurpius, Commander, Department for Alaska. Cooties of Pup Tent 15 were in attendance. The group was invited to a walking tour of the cemetery after the breakfast/briefing.
– On 10 December, the Post hosted a Social in honor of VFW National Senior Vice Commander Ray Sisk; Marcus Butler; VFW District 16 National Council Member; and Gary Kurpius, Commander, Department for Alaska. Cooties In attendance included Seam Squirrel Buddy McGuire, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Cooties Jerry Prinz, Bill Wichmann, Bob Zaher, Kenneth Schaefer, Don Webster, Orville Humfleet, Ron Barker, Roy Banning and Ken Miller. Also in attendance were Grand Senior Vice Commander Butch Malone, Pup Tent 1; Bob Henault, Pup Tent 10; Ken Tretow, Pup Tent 8, Numerous wives, friends and significant others were also present.
– Hospital visits for the Month of December: 7
– On 12 January, the Pup Tent hosted a luncheon/swim call for 55 Angeles City Street Children. This event was held at the Bonanza Hotel in Angeles City. Seam Squirrel Buddy McGuire and Seven PT 15 Cooties were in attendance.
– Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard and Blanket Bum Jerry Prinz attended the January Scratch of Maeng Das – Pup Tent 6 in Pattaya Beach, Thailand.
– The January Scratch was held on the 19th. Hospital visits for the Month: 24
– On 26 January, the Post fielded a team in the Australia Day Fiesta Curry Cook-Off. The team was captained by Canteen Manager Mike Harrington and Cootie Stu Dougherty. The VFW Team took Second Place in the Curry Cook-Off.
– On 6 February, Seam Squirrel Buddy McGuire, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Cooties Jerry Prinz, Ken Schaefer, Stu Dougherty and Bob Zaher attended the Post 124 Fun Day held at the Safari Lodge, Baguio. Earlier in the Day Cooties Zaher and Dougherty participated in the Post 124 Golf Tournament.
– On 7 February, Seam Squirrel Buddy McGuire, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Cooties Jerry Prinz, Ken Schaefer, Cecil Johnson visited the Heinz Woelke Blind School in Baguio. Past All Star Grand Commander Emory Russell, Tom Morrison and Herman Francisco, members of Kuto – Pup Tent 11, a sponsor of the school, accompanied Pup Tent 15 members on the school visit. The Pup Tent donated 38 jars of peanut butter and mayonnaise (ranging from small to very large) to the school,
– The February Scratch was held on the 23rd. Hospital visits for the Month: 33
– On 2 March, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard attended the 50th Anniversary Celebration for VFW Post 9612 at Post Canteen, Camp Zama, Japan.
– Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard attended the 4 March Scratch of Gecko/Habu – Pup Tent 9 in Okinawa.
– On 8 March, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard installed in-coming Seam Squirrel Dan Burns and the officers of Kuripots – Pup Tent 11. The installation was conducted at the Post 11447 Canteen, Barrio Barretto. Also present were Seam Squirrel Buddy McGuire, Grand Chief of Staff Al Mitchell, Grand Inspector Jerry Prinz, Grand Adjutant Ron Barker and Grand Master of Ceremonies Ken Schaefer.
– On16 March, the monthly Scratch was held. The new Pup Tent pin went on sale on this date. Hospital visits for the Month: 33
– On 2 April, Seam Squirrel Buddy McGuire, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Seam Squirrel (elect) Jerry Prinz, Hide Gimlet Al Mitchell and Clark Cemetery Maintenance Supervisor Ed Rubio attended a Memorial Ceremony to Commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Battle of Bataan. The ceremony was held at the American Cemetery, Manila. Also in attendance were Senator Daniel Inouye, Hawaii; Senator Ted Stevens, Alaska; US Ambassador Francis J. Ricciardone, members of the Battling Bastards of Bataan and approximately 15 survivors of the Death March.
– Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard and Cootie Ken Schaefer attended the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) Frolics (yearly fund raiser) in San Antonio, Zambales on 5 April.
– On 7 April, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard attended the Bataan Death March Memorial sponsored by the Battling Bastards of Bataan. The Memorial was held at the Capas National Shrine at Capas, Tarlac.
– Post 2485 held it’s 3rd Annual VFW Death March Memorial at the Capas National Shrine on 9 April. Seam Squirrel Buddy McGuire, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Seam Squirrel (elect) Jerry Prinz, Hide Gimlet Al Mitchell, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Cooties Earl Dodge, Ron Barker, Ken Miller, Ralph Milward, Lafayette Donaldson, Thaddeus Stryminski, Post 2485 members, members from American Legion Post 94, American Legion Post 123, RSL, Shrine Oasis, DAV, SFA, Vietnam Veterans and the Veterans Federation of the Philippines were present. LCL Christian, USA, JUSTMAG Philippines represented the U.S. Embassy.
– On 16 April, Pup Tent 15 Cooties attended a luncheon in honor of Secretary Anthony J. Principi, Department of Veterans Affairs. The luncheon was sponsored by Veterans Federation of the Philippines and held at the Manila Hotel. In attendance were Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Hide Gimlet Al Mitchell and Cooties Ron Barker and Ken Schaefer.
– On 16 April, U.S. Ambassador Francis J. Ricciardone held a reception in honor of Secretary Anthony J. Principi, Department of Veterans Affairs. The reception was held at the Ambassador’s residence in Manila. Cooties in attendance were Seam Squirrel Buddy McGuire, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Seam Squirrel (elect) Jerry Prinz, Past Grand Commander John Welsh and Cootie Cecil Johnson. Also in attendance were Past Grand Commander Emory Russell and Cootie Tim Aukshun, Kuto – Pup Tent 7.
– The April Scratch was held on the 20th, Attendance included Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past Grand Commander John Welsh and Past Grand Commander Bill Wichmann. Hospital visits for the Month: 16
– Kuto – Pup Tent 7 hosted Philippine Swarming IX at La Union on 24 April. Pup Tent 15 Cooties in attendance included Seam Squirrel Buddy McGuire, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Blanket Bum Jerry Prinz, Cooties, Ron Barker, Al Mitchell, Ken Schaefer and Tom Elliott.
– On 25 April, Pup Tent Cooties supported the ANZAC Day Observance at the Clark Cemetery. The Observance was sponsored by the Returned & Services League (RSL) of Australia, Angeles City Branch.
– Pup Tent 15 Cooties also attended the ANZAC Day Observance at the Coconut Grove Resort in La Union. Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard (Commander, District VII) delivered an address. Attendance included Seam Squirrel Buddy McGuire, Blanket Bum Jerry Prinz and Cooties Ron Barker, Al Mitchell, Ken Schaefer and Tom Elliott.
– Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard and Cootie Ken Schaefer attended the installation of the FRA Branch 367 2002-2003 officers on 3 May.
– The Pup Tent purchased 50 bathing suits for use by the Angeles City Street Children Swim Calls. The suits will be maintained by and stored at the Clarkview Christian Center.
– On 11 May, the Pup Tent hosted a Luncheon/Swim Call for 27 Angeles City Street Children at the Bonanza Hotel. Eight Pup Tent 15 Cooties were present.
– On16 May, the Pup Tent officers for the 2002 – 2003 year were installed. The installing officer was Tom Morrison, Kuto – Pup Tent 7. Present were Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard (Blanket Bum elect); Grand Inspector Jerry Prinz (Seam Squirrel elect); Grand Chief of Staff Al Mitchell (Hide Gimlet elect); Grand Adjutant Ron Barker; Grand Master of Ceremonies Ken Schaefer; Past Grand Commander Emory Russell, Kuto – Pup Tent 7; Seam Squirrel R.C. Cox, Kuripots – Pup Tent 11 and Dan Burns (PT 11 Seam Squirrel elect). Hospital visits for the Month: 11
– The Pup Tent was presented a Certificate of Appreciation for support to the Heinz Woelke Blind School in Baguio.
– The 33nd Grand of the Pacific Scratch was hosted by Maeng Das – Pup Tent 6 and held in Pattaya Beach, Thailand on 18 June 2002. Seam Squirrel Buddy McGuire, Grand Commander B. K.. Hubbard, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Cooties Jerry Prinz, Al Mitchell, Ken Schaefer, Ken Miller were in attendance. Supreme Commander Steve Mason was also in attendance.
* Awards received included:
* * Supreme Citation of Distinction for Achieving 100% in Hospital Work, 2001-2002
* * Grand Citation of Merit for Outstanding Support to National Home Special Projects by achieving 151.02% of the Grand Goal.
* * Grand Citation of Merit for Achieving 100% in Membership for 2002.
* * Grand Certificate of Recognition for Meritorious Service rendered to the Hospital Program of the MOC.
* * Department of Pacific Areas Certificate of Appreciation for donating $100.10 to the VFW-PAC during 2001-2002.
* * National VFW Certificate of Appreciation – In special recognition of our fiscal and moral support on behalf of the VFW Political Action Committee.
* Elections were held for the 2002-2003 year, with the following being elected/appointed:
* * Grand Commander – B.K. Hubbard
* * Quartermaster – Don Webster
* * Grand Council Member – Al Mitchell
* * Adjutant – Buddy McGuire
* * Inspector – Jerry Prinz
* * Grand Budget Committee – Ron Barker
* * Roving Ambassador (Stateside) – Larry Long
* * Master of Ceremonies – Ken Schaefer
– At the Installation/Awards Banquet, Supreme Commander Steve Mason installed the Grand Officers for 2002-2003. This was Commander Hubbard’s second year as Grand of the Pacific Commander. The following awards were presented:
* Outstanding Hungry Cootie of the Year – Ralph Milward
* Outstanding CCDB of the Year – Ron Barker (Second Consecutive Year)
* Outstanding Hospital Chairman of the Year – Cecil “Doc” Johnson (4th Consecutive year)
* Outstanding Outside Contributor of the Year – Rob Williams and the Bonanza Hotel
* Supreme Plaque for assisting Post 727 and 2485 achieve 100% in membership.
– Hospital visits for the Cootie year: 566

2002 – 2003

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Seam Squirrel: Jerry Prinz
Blanket Bum: B.K. Hubbard
Hide Gimlet: Al Mitchell
Hungry Cootie: Ralph Milward
Custodian of the Crummy Duffel Bag: Ron Barker

– The June Scratch was held 8 June. Hospital visits for the month: 28
– Philippine Swarming X was hosted by the Kuripots – Pup Tent 11 at Barrio Barretto on 3 July. Attendees included Seam Squirrel Jerry Prinz, Blanket Bum Al Mitchell, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Junior Past Seam Squirrel Buddy McGuire, Cooties Ron Barker, Ralph Milward, Ken Schaefer and Cecil “Doc” Johnson.
– Seam Squirrel Jerry Prinz attended the installation of 2002 – 2003 officers of the Angeles City DAV Chapter.
– The July Scratch was held 20 July. Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard resigned as Pup Tent Blanket Bum. Hide Gimlet Al Mitchell moved up to the position. Hospital visits for the month: 38.
– The August Scratch was held 17 August. The Pup Tent Charter was draped in memory of Cootie Roy Banning and his PT number 32 was retired. Cootie Cecil Johnson was elected to the position of Hide Gimlet. Graeme Birkett, former manager of the Bonanza Hotel, briefed the Pup Tent on the problems and the change of management at the hotel. Mr Birkett was presented a Pup Tent -15 plaque for his outstanding support to Pup Tent/Post acti9vities over the years. Cootie Kevin Streble (a PT 15 Taiwan Cootie) won the drawing for a Paddy Daddy membership. Hospital visits for the month: 41
– The name of the Bonanza Hotel, popular social venue for the Post and Pup Tent, was changed to the Ponderosa Hotel.
– On 18 August, Seam Squirrel Jerry Prinz attended the RSL Long Tan Day Observance at the Ponderosa Hotel. The Pup Tent donated $25 to help defray expenses.
– On 24 August, the Pup Tent hosted a luncheon/swim call for 25 Angeles City Street Children at the Ponderosa Hotel. Seam Squirrel Jerry Prinz and seven Pup Tent 15 Cooties were present.
– Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard and Grand Quartermaster Don Webster attended the Supreme Scratch in Nashville, TN, 29-31 August.
– Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard and Cootie Gary Kurpius attended the Homecoming for National VFW Commander in Chief Ray Sisk. The Homecoming was held in Ontario, CA, 12 -14 September.
– On 11 September, Seam Squirrel Jerry Prinz, Blanket Bum Al Mitchell, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Cooties Ralph Milward, Werner “Ski” Koslovski, Ron Barker, Ken Schaefer, Buddy McGuire, Stu Dougherty, Earl Dodge, Joe Carsley and Thaddeus Stryminski attended a Patriotic Breakfast at the Post Home. The breakfast was held in memory of those that lost their lives on 11 September 2001.
– The Pup Tent received an RSL Letter of Appreciation for supporting the Sub Branch Long Tan Day Observance.
– The September Scratch was held 21 September. Hospital visits for the month:18
– On 3 October, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard and Grand Council member Al Mitchell attended the October Scratch of Kuripots – Pup Tent 11 at Barrio Barretto.
– On 6 October, at the request of the Grand Commander, Pup Tent 15 draped the Grand Charter in memory of Past Grand Commander Everett “Tommy” Tompkins, Honey Bucket Special – Pup Tent 1. Present at the ceremony were Seam Squirrel Jerry Prinz, Blanket Bum Al Mitchell, Hide Gimlet Cecil Johnson, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Cooties Ralph Milward, Dale Wyman, Werner “Ski” Koslovski, Ron Barker, Ken Schaefer, Buddy McGuire, Lafayette Donaldson, Steve Piechocky, Stu Dougherty, Earl Dodge and Thaddeus Stryminski.
– On 13 October, the U.S. Navy ‘s 227th Birthday was observed by Seam Squirrel Jerry Prinz in Angeles City and Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard in Pattaya Beach, Thailand.
– The October Scratch was held on the 19th. Hospital visits for the month: 15
– On 22 October, Pup Tent 15 Cooties including Seam Squirrel Jerry Prinz; Blanket Bum Al Mitchell; Buddy McGuire (Commander, Post 2485); Thaddeus Stryminski and Ron Barker, attended a dedication of Bataan Death March Marker at KM 19. This marker was sponsored by the General MacArthur Honor Guard Association.
– Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15 hosted Swarming XI at the Post Home on 10 November. Seam Squirrel Jerry Prinz, Blanket Bum Al Mitchell, Hide Gimlet Cecil “Doc” Johnson, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Junior Past Seam Squirrel Buddy McGuire, Cooties Ron Barker, Ralph Milward, Joe Carsley, Ken Schaefer, Werner Koslovski and Thaddeus Stryminski were present. Cooties from Kuto – Pup Tent 7, including Past Grand Commander Emory Russell and Kuripots – Pup Tent 11 were also present.
– On 7 November, Seam Squirrel Jerry Prinz attended Pup Tent 11 Scratch. In his role as Grand of the Pacific Inspector, successfully inspected the Pup Tent.
– Seam Squirrel Jerry Prinz, Blanket Bum Al Mitchell, Hide Gimlet Cecil “Doc” Johnson, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard and Pup Tent members attended the Veterans Day Observation at the Clark Cemetery on 11 November and the Veterans Day Picnic at the Post Home.
– The November Scratch was held on the 23rd. Attendance included Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard and Past Grand Commander John Welsh. Hospital visits for the month: 19.
– On 30 November, Seam Squirrel Jerry Prinz, Blanket Bum Al Mitchell, Hide Gimlet Cecil “Doc” Johnson, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Junior Past Seam Squirrel Buddy McGuire, Cooties Kenneth Schaefer, Ralph Milward, Thaddeus Stryminski, Ken Miller, Dale Wyman and Terry Gillem attended the 11th Annual Chili Cook-Off. The Cook-Off was sponsored by Post 9892/Pup Tent 7 and held at the Bali Hai Beach Resort on 30 November. Maribel Dodge was the Pup Tent Cook and finished second for the second straight year.
– The Grand of the Pacific Mid Term Scratch was held at Barrio Barretto on 7 December. Pup Tent Cooties in attendance were Seam Squirrel Jerry Prinz, Blanket Bum Al Mitchell, Hide Gimlet Cecil “Doc” Johnson, Junior Past Seam Squirrel Buddy McGuire, Grand Quartermaster Don Webster, Junior Past Grand Commander Bill Wichmann, Grand Surgeon Orville Humfleet, Cooties Kenneth Schaefer Ron Barker, Joe Carsley and Tom Elliott. Also in attendance were National VFW Senior Vice Commander Ed Banas (MOC-MA); VFW National Council Member, District 16 Frank Lamson (MOC-HI, Pup Tent 1); National VFW Inspector General Darrell Bencken (MOC-KS, Pup Tent 3) and Department of Pacific Areas Commander Dick Keeley. The Pup Tent was awarded a Grand Certificate of Appreciation for reaching 158% in National Home Special Projects by Mid Term.
– The Post hosted a working breakfast/briefing on the Clark Cemetery on 9 December. Cootie Ron Barker, assisted by Ed Rubio presented the briefing. Pup Tent 15 Cooties in attendance were Blanket Bum Al Mitchell, Hide Gimlet Cecil “Doc” Johnson, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Grand Adjutant Buddy McGuire, Past Grand Commander Bill Wichmann, Cooties Kenneth Schaefer, Thaddeus Stryminski, Tom Elliott. Also in attendance were Ed Banas, MOC-MA (National VFW Senior Vice Commander); Frank Lamson, MOC-HI, Pup Tent 1 (District 16 Council Member); Darrel Bencken. MOC-KS, Pup Tent 3; and Department of Pacific Areas Commander Dick Keeley (MOC-Pac, PT 1).
– The Mighty Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15 held a Special Scratch on 9 December in order that visitors to the area might attend. Attendance included Seam Squirrel Jerry Prinz, Blanket Bum Al Mitchell, Hide Gimlet Cecil “Doc” Johnson, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Grand Quartermaster Don Webster, Grand Surgeon Orville Humfleet (Commander, District IV), Grand Adjutant Buddy McGuire, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Past Grand Commander Bill Wichmann, Cooties Kenneth Schaefer, Ralph Milward, Thaddeus Stryminski, Dale Wyman, Werner Koslovski, Stu Doughterty and Tom Elliott. Visitors were Ed Banas, MOC-MA (National VFW Senior Vice Commander); Frank Lamson, MOC-HI, Pup Tent 1 (District 16 Council Member); Darrel Bencken. MOC-KS, Pup Tent 3; Department Commander Dick Keeley (MOC-Pac, PT 1), Past Grand Commander Ken Tretow. In a solemn ceremony, Pup Tent Cooties draped the Pup Tent Charter in memory of Cootie Bill Kiss, who passed away in Las Vagas on 1 December. Hospital visits for the month: 24
– On 9 December, the Post hosted a Social for National VFW Senior Vice Commander Ed Banas, District 16 Council Member Frank Lamson, and National VFW Inspector General Darrel Bencken. Pup Tent 15 members in attendance were Seam Squirrel Jerry Prinz, Blanket Bum Al Mitchell, Hide Gimlet Cecil “Doc” Johnson, Grand Quartermaster Don Webster, Grand Surgeon Orville Humfleet (Commander, District IV), Grand Adjutant Buddy McGuire, Past Grand Commander Bill Wichmann, Cooties Ken Schaefer, Ralph Milward, Thaddeus Stryminski, Werner Koslovski, and Tom Elliott. Other attendees included Commander, Department of Pacific Areas, Dick Keeley; Past Grand Commander Ken Tretow; and Past Grand Commander Emory Russell.
– At the end of the 2002 calendar year:
* Pup Tent membership stood at 60, including 36 Life Members.
* Pup Tent Grave Digger membership stood at: 44
– The January Scratch was held on the 18th. Attendees included Past Grand Commander John Welsh and R.C. Cox, Kuripots – Pup Tent 11. Hospital visits for the month: 28
– On 6 February, members of the Pup Tent, along with Pup Tent 7 Cooties, made their annual pilgrimage to the Heinz Woelke Blind School in Baguio. Seam Squirrel Jerry Prinz, Blanket Bum Al Mitchell, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Cooties Buddy McGuire, Ralph Milward, Tom Elliott and Thaddeus Stryminski were present. Pup Tent 15 donated three cases of peanut butter/mayonnaise, $100 toward a new sound system, and P800 for bread to the school.
– Cootie Ralph Milward, also a member of the Vietnam Veterans Association (VVA), donated $20 from VVA toward the purchase of new guitars.
– Seam Squirrel Jerry Prinz, Blanket Bum Al Mitchell, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Cooties Buddy McGuire, Ralph Milward, and Thaddeus Stryminski. participated in Philippine Swarming XI Alpha. The Swarming was hosted by Pup Tent 11 at the Safari Lodge in Baguio.
– The February Scratch was held on the 15th. Attendees included Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past Grand Commander John Welsh and R.C. Cox, Kuripots – Pup Tent 11. Hospital visits for the month: 17
– Seam Squirrel Jerry Prinz and Cooties of Pup Tent 15 supported the Annual Barrio Beach Bash in Barrio Barretto. The Beach Bash was held 21-23 February and sponsored by the Kuripots – Pup Tent 11 and VFW Post 11447.
– On 6 February, Seam Squirrel Jerry Prinz (Grand Inspector), Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Grand Council Member Al Mitchell and Grand Master of Ceremony Ken Schaefer attend the installation of the 2003-2004 Kuripots – Pup Tent 11 officers. Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard was the installing officer.
– On 8 March, the Pup Tent sponsored a Swim Call/Luncheon for 25 kids in the Clarkview Serviceman Center Street Kids Program. Cooties in attendance included Seam Squirrel Jerry Prinz, Blanket Bum Al Mitchell, Hide Gimlet Cecil Johnson, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Cooties Buddy McGuire (Post Commander), Ralph Milward, Ron Barker, Werner Koslovski and Ken Miller.
– On 8 March, Pup Tent member supported the Mt Arayat Shrine Oasis in their Annual Shrine Auction. The auction was held at the Patio Hotel in Angeles City. Attendance included Blanket Bum Al Mitchell, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Cooties Buddy McGuire (Post Commander), Ralph Milward, Ron Barker, Bob Zaher, Ken Miller and Lafayette Donaldson.
– The March Scratch was held on the 15th. The Pup Tent officers for 2003 – 2004 were installed. Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard was the installing officer. Guests included Seam Squirrel Dan Burns, Jim Billman, Rooster Wetzel and R.C. Cox all of Kuripots – Put Tent 11. Pu pus were provided by Seam Squirrel (elect) Al Mitchell. Hospital visits for the month: 50
– Cooties of Pup Tent 15 attended the 4th Annual VFW Death March Memorial at the Capas National Shrine. This event was sponsored by the Post and held on 8 April. Attendance included Seam Squirrel Jerry Prinz, Blanket Bum Al Mitchell, Hide Gimlet Cecil Johnson, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Junior Past Seam Squirrel Buddy McGuire, Cootie Lafayette Donaldson, Ron Barker, Ralph Milward, Ken Miller, Thaddeus Stryminski, Steve Massie and R.C. Cox of Kuripots – Put Tent 11.
– Past Grand Commander John Welsh attended the monthly Scratch of Kimchi Katz – Pup Tent 303 in Taegu, Korea on 10 April.
– On 13 April, Past Grand Commander John Welsh attended the monthly Scratch of Chokum Chingo – Pup Tent 8 and installed Pup Tent 8 officers for the 2003 – 2004 year.
– During his visit to the Seoul area, Past Commander John Welsh attended a working breakfast with Mike Jugan, Jim Mayo of Pup Tent 10 and Jim Luther of We Bangi U – Pup Tent 12.
– On 15 April, Post officers held a VFW Memorial Service for John “Pete” Peterson, a Charter Member of the Post and Pup Tent 15. The service was held at the Peterson Home. Pup Tent member in attendance were Seam Squirrel Jerry Prinz, Hide Gimlet Cecil Johnson, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Cooties Lafayette Donaldson, Ron Barker, Ralph Milward, Ken Miller, Thaddeus Stryminski, Steve Massie, Joe Carsley, R.C. Cox of Kuripots – Put Tent 11and Tom Morrison of Kuto – Pup Tent 7. Other Veteran/Fraternal organizations including the Beagles, DAV, American Legion Post 123 and Masonic Lodge also had Memorial for Comrade Peterson.
– On 15 April, American Legion Post 123 officers conducted the grave side burial ceremony for CMSGT John “Pete” Peterson, USAF (Ret) at the Clark Cemetery. Area Veterans organizations were in attendance as well as Pup Tent members Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Cooties Lafayette Donaldson, Bob Zaher, Joe Hester, Ed Rubio, Ron Burrus, R.C. Cox of Kuripots – Put Tent 11and Tom Morrison of Kuto – Pup Tent 7
– On 15 April, Past Grand Commander John Welsh attended the monthly Scratch of Makoli Mites – Pup Tent 10 and installed Pup Tent 10 officers for the 2003 – 2004 year.
– The Post sponsored a “Coalition Day” in recognition of the Coalition Forces currently fighting in Iraq. This recognition was held at the Ponderosa Hotel, Angeles City on 18 April. Pup Tent 15 attendance included Seam Squirrel Jerry Prinz, Blanket Bum Al Mitchell, Hide Gimlet Cecil Johnson, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Cooties Bob Zaher, Buddy McGuire, John Ford, Ralph Milward, Ken Miller and Ken Schaefer. Also in attendance were Dick Keeley (Department of Pacific Areas Commander), Barney Pastel (Department Junior Vice Commander) of Honey Bucket Special – Pup Tent 1 and R.C. Cox of Kuripots – Put Tent 11. Approximately 150 personnel were present and organizations represented included, the VFW Post 2485, Pup Tent 15, VFW Post 11447, Pup Tent 11, RSL, Beagles, American Legion Post 123, American Legion Post 10, SFA, Vietnam Veterans, DAV, and representatives from both the British and Australian Embassies.
– The April Scratch was held on the 19th. This was the Home Coming Scratch for Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard. R.C. Cox of Kuripots – Put Tent 11was a guest. . Pu pus were provided by Grand Commander and Mrs Hubbard. Hospital visits for the month: 33
– Philippine Cootie Swarming XII was hosted by Kuto – Pup Tent 7 at the 9892 Post Home on 24 April. Attendance included Seam Squirrel Jerry Prinz (commander VFW District VII elect), Blanket Bum Al Mitchell, Hide Gimlet Cecil Johnson, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Cooties Buddy McGuire, Jerry Prinz. Cooties from Kuripots – Pup Tent 11 were also in attendance.
– The Returned & Services League (RSL) of Australia sponsored an ANZAC Day Observance at the Clark Cemetery. Pup Tent 15 Cooties and members of the Angeles City Ex-Pat community were in attendance.
– Seam Squirrel Jerry Prinz (VFW District VII Commander elect), Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard attended the ANZAC Day at the Coconut Grove, La Union. Past Grand Commander Emory Russell was one of the guest speakers. Cooties from Kuto – Pup Tent 7 and the Kuripots
– Pup Tent 11 were also in attendance. Hospital Visits for the Year: 318
– Pup Tent members attended the VFW burial ritual for Cootie Jack Turner on 10 May.
– The Pup Tent hosted a Fund Raising Social on 10 May at the Ponderosa Hotel. Sean Squirrel Jerry Prinz, Blanket Bum (Seam Squirrel elect) Al Mitchell, Hide Gimlet Cecil Johnson, Past Grand Commander John Welsh and 14 Pup Tent members were present. Seam Squirrel Dan Burns and Jim Billman, Kuripots – Pup Tent 11 were also in attendance.
– The May Scratch was held on 17 May. Past Grand Commander John Welsh was in attendance. The Pup Tent Charter was draped in memory of Cootie Jack Turner. Hospital visits for the month: 68
– The Pup Tent presented two sets of encyclopedias to the Clarkview Center Street Children’s Library on 26 May. The books were donated and shipped to the Pup Tent by Mr and Mrs Tony Hubbard, MOC supporters, from Jacksonville, FL.
– On 24 May, Pup Tent members attend the installation of Post officers for the 2003 – 2004 year. Past All Star Grand Commander Emory Russell was the installing officer.
– Blanket Bum (Seam Squirrel elect) Al Mitchell, Hide Gimlet Cecil Johnson and CCDB Ron Barker journeyed to Manila on 26 May with the intentions of attending the Memorial Day Observance at the American Cemetery., Upon arrival they discovered the service had been cancelled due to typhoon warnings. The trip from Manila back to Angeles City took 10 hours due to flooding along construction areas of the North Expressway.
– On 30 May, Pup Tent members and Veterans organizations from the area braved severe weather and attended the Memorial Day Observance at the Clark Cemetery.
– On 14 June, the Post hosted an open house at the Viking Beachcomer Bar in Pattaya Beach. Seam Squirrel Jerry Prinz, Blanket Bum Al Mitchell, Hide Gimlet Cecil Johnson, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past Supreme Commander Gary Strauss, Cooties Dan Steingrubber, Ralph Milward, Buddy McGuire, Tom Elliott, Don Webster, Ken Schaefer, Okey Warden, Bill Wichmann and Bob Zaher were present. Also present were Cootie Dick Keeley (Department Commander), Barney Patsel (Department Junior Vice Commander) Honey Bucket Special – Pup Tent 1; Corky Berthiaume, WA- Pup Tent TY-E 13 (National VFW Chief of Staff); Frank Lamson, HI – Pup Tent 1 (VFW National Council of Administration, District 16) Cooties from Pup Tent 6, Pup Tent 7, Pup Tent 8, Pup Tent 10, Pup Tent 303. The Viking Beachcomer is owned/managed by a Post member, George Knickerbocker.
– On 15 June, Seam Squirrel Jerry Prinz, Blanket Bum Al Mitchell, Hide Gimlet Cecil Johnson, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Cooties Dan Steingrubber, Ralph Milward, Buddy McGuire, Okey Warden, Tom Elliott, Don Webster, Ken Schaefer and Bill Wichmann attended the MOC, Grand of the Pacific Fund Raising Social at the Harley Bar in Pattaya Beach. Past Supreme Commander Gary Strauss; Cootie Dick Keeley (Department Commander), Barney Patsel (Department Junior Vice Commander) Honey Bucket Special – Pup Tent 1; Corky Berthiaume, WA- Pup Tent TY-E 13 (National VFW Chief of Staff); Frank Lamson, HI – Pup Tent 1 (VFW National Council of Administration, District 16) Cooties from Pup Tent 6, Pup Tent 7, Pup Tent 8, Pup Tent 10, Pup Tent 303 were also present along with approximately 125 Cooties, supporters and friends.
– Seam Squirrel Jerry Prinz, Blanket Bum Al Mitchell, Hide Gimlet Cecil Johnson, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Cooties Dan Steingrubber, Ralph Milward, Buddy McGuire, Okey Warden, Tom Elliott, Don Webster, Ken Schaefer and Bill Wichmann attended the 34th Grand of the Pacific Scratch at the Twin Palace Hotel in Pattaya Beach, Thailand on 17 June. At the Grand Scratch. Pup Tent – 15 was presented the following:
– Grand Certificate of Merit for being at 105% of the Supreme Quota in membership (62).
– Grand Certificate of Merit for recruiting 20 Pup Tent Life Members.
– Grand Certificate of Merit for being at 396% of the Supreme Quota in National Home Special Projects
– Grand Certificate of Merit for being at 178% of the Supreme Quota in National Home Special Projects by the Mid Term Scratch
– Grand Certificate of Merit for being at 157.77% of the Supreme Quota in Hospital Work ($22,246.25)
– Grand Certificate of Merit to Cootie Cecil Johnson for Outstanding work as a Pup Tent Hospital Chairman.
– Grand Certificate of Merit for the Best Grand of the Pacific Pup Tent History. This is the first time this award has been presented.
– Grand Certificate of Merit for the Best Grand of the Pacific Newsletter.
– The following Pup Tent members were elected/appointed to Grand positions for the 2003 – 2004 year:
* Grand Junior Vice Commander – Jerry Prinz
* Grand Judge Advocate – Bill Wichmann
* Grand Surgeon – Cecil Johnson
* Grand Historian – B.K. Hubbard
* Grand Adjutant – Buddy McGuire
– Pup Tent 15 members attended the Grand Awards/Installation Banquet on the evening of 17 June. Past Supreme Commander Gary Strauss was the Installing Officer. The following Awards were presented:
* Outstanding Hungry Cootie of the Year – Ralph Milward (2nd Consecutive Year)
* Outstanding Hospital Chairman of the Year – Cecil “Doc” Johnson (5th Consecutive year)
– The Department of Pacific Areas Convention was held at the Twin Palace Hotel in Pattaya Beach, Thailand, June 16-20. At the Convention the following Pup Tent 15 Cooties were honored for their work for the VFW:
* National VFW Appointments were announced for Cooties:
– – Ken Schaefer to the VFW Rituals and Manuals Committee
– – Bob Zaher to the VFW Security Affairs Committee
* Department Commander Richard Keeley presented an All State hat to Commander Buddy McGuire.
* The Post and District VII were recognized for support given to VFW members and Posts on Guam after the recent double typhoon.
* VFW National Recognition Award, Outstanding Community Service Post Award for was presented to the Post.
* The Post received a Voice of Democracy (VOD) Participation Certificate.
* The Post, Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15 and Comrade Steve Massie received VFW-Political Action Committee (PAC) Participation Certificate of Appreciations
* The Post and Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15 received the following Convention Book refunds:
– – Post – $137.00 (Booster Ads)
– – Pup Tent 15 – $50.50 (Booster Ads)
– – Post – $2415.00 (This was the most Commercial Ads of any Post in the Department)
* Commander Keeley presented personal gifts (belt buckle and service medallion) to member of his 2002-2003 team. Pup Tent members included:
– – Tom Elloitt, Department Quartermaster
– – Ken Schaefer, Department Adjutant
– – Jerry Prinz, Department Inspector
– – Cecil Johnson, Department Service Officer
– – Joe Carsley, Department Community Activities, Post 2485
– – Bob Zaher, Convention Book Chairman, Post 2485
* Pup Tent members elected /appointed to Department positions for the 2003 -2004 year:
– – Ken Schaefer, Department Adjutant
– – Cecil Johnson, Department Service Officer
– – Jerry Prinz, District VII Commander
– – Bill Wichmann,
– – Don Webster, Audit Committee
– – Ralph Milward, VFW-PAC
– – Bob Zaher, Convention Book
– – Steve Massie, Americanism
– – Orville Humfleet, District IV Commander
– – Al Mitchell, Clark Cemetery Chairman
– The Department Awards/Installation Banquet at the Royal Twin Palace Hotel in Pattaya Beach on 19 June. At the Awards/Installation Dinner the following awards were presented:
* Outstanding Post Service Officer – Cecil Johnson
* Outstanding Post Adjutant of the Year – Ken Schaefer
* Outstanding Post Commander of the Year – Buddy McGuire
* Special Department Commander’s Award
– – Ken Schaefer
– – Tom Elliott
– Cootie Jerry Prinz assumed his position as Commander, District VII
– Due to travel to/from and the length of the Grand Scratch and Department Convention, there was no Pup Tent 15 Scratch was held in June. Hospital visits for the month: 17

2002 – 2003

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Seam Squirrel: Al Mitchell
Blanket Bum: Cecil Johnson
Hide Gimlet: Ron Barker
Hungry Cootie: Ralph Milward
Custodian of the Crummy Duffel Bag: Jack Rollins

– Pup Tent members attended the Philippine Swarming hosted by Kuripots – Pup Tent 11 in Barrio Barretto on 11 July. The Kutos – Pup Tent 7 were also in attendance.
– The July Scratch was held on 19 July. Past Grand Commander John Welsh was in attendance. Hospital visits for the month: 74
– The August Scratch was held on 16 August. Past Grand Commander John Welsh and Past Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard were in attendance. Hospital visits for the month: 381
– On 18 August, Seam Squirrel Al Mitchell, Past Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Cooties Jerry Prinz, Ralph Milward, Ken Miller, Dale Wyman and Thaddeus Stryminski attended The Lon Ton Day Observance, sponsored by the Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL), Angeles City Branch. The ceremony was held at the RSL Meeting Room at the Ponderosa Hotel.
– On 23 August, the Pup Tent sponsored a Swim Call/Luncheon for 25 kids in the Clarkview Serviceman Center Street Kids Program. The event was held at the Ponderosa Hotel. Cooties in attendance included Seam Squirrel Al Mitchell, Blanket Bum Cecil Johnson, Hide Gimlet Ron Barker, Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard, Past Grand Commander Cooties John Welsh, Jerry Prinz, Ralph Milward, Ron Barker, Werner Koslovski and Ken Miller.
– Seam Squirrel Al Mitchell and Pup Tent 15 Cooties attended the Cootie Buddy McGuire’s (Post Commander) 70th birthday Party on 30 July. A “small” party was organized at Thi-Hi Bar in Angeles City. It can be safely stated that all present had a good time.
– On 11 September, Seam Squirrel Al Mitchell and Pup Tent Cooties attended a Patriot’s Breakfast in remembrance of those who lost their lives on 11 September 2001. The breakfast was sponsored by the Post. Fifty One Comrades, Cooties and supporters were in attendance. The Pup Tent, Post, the Beagles, Vietnam Veterans Association, American Legion Post 123 and Disabled Veterans were in attendance.
– Monkey bars at the Clarkview Serviceman Center. These monkey bars will be utilized by the children of members of the Clarkview Serviceman’s Center, area children and the children involved in the for use by children in the Center Street Kids Program. The monkey bars were donated by Grand Junior Vice Commander Jerry Prinz in the name of the Pup Tent.
– Pup Tent Cooties attend the Post POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremonies on 19 September.
– The September Scratch was held on 20 September. Attendees included Grand Junior Vice Commander Jerry Prinz, Past Grand Commander John Welsh, Grand Deputy Inspectors Dan Burns and Jim Billman (Pup Tent 11). Hospital visits for the month: 278
– On 3 October, Grand Junior Vice Commander Jerry Prince attended the monthly Scratch of Kuto – Pup Tent 7 at Barrio Barretto.
– On 13 October, Grand Junior Vice Commander Jerry Prince attended the monthly Scratch of Kuripots – Pup Tent 11 at Barrio Barretto,. Buang, La Union
– On 25 October, Past Grand Commander B.K. Hubbard and Cootie Larry Long attended the Scratch of Maeng Das – Pup Tent 6 at the Tara Hotel in Bangkok, TH.
– The October Scratch was held on 18 October. Attendees included Grand Junior Vice Commander Jerry Prinz, Past Grand Commander John Welsh. Hospital visits for the month: 59
– The November Philippine Pup Tent Swarming was hosted by Pup Tent 15 at the 2485 Post Home in Angeles City. Attendance included: Grand Junior Vice Commander Jerry Prinz; Grand Adjutant Buddy McGuire; Past Grand Commander John Welsh; Past All Star Grand Commander Emory Russell, Kuto Pup Tent 7 Seam Squirrel Dave Ransom, Art Gaspard (Post 9892 Commander), Tom Morrison, Bill Lawrence and Cisco Francisco (Post 124 Commander); Kuripots – PT 11 Seam Squirrel Dan Burns; Jim Billman, Gene Gann; and Walt Gore. Hospital visits for the month: 47
– The “PT Bug II” was auctioned off by Grand JVC Jerry Prinz on 10 November. It was purchased by Cootie Massie for P7000.
Note: The Pup Tent Bug Story – Once upon a time the Mighty Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15 had a prized possession, a beautiful jeweled bug, that had been handed down from generation to generation of Pup Tent 15 Cooties. The Pup Tent fell on hard times and had to auction off their prized possession.
This PT 15 jeweled bug was obtained by the Scourge of San Juan (aka, Emory Russell) who wears it at every opportunity to display his fabulous collection of Cootie paraphernalia and just irritate the shit out of PT 15.
During recent archaeological diggings in Metropolitan Balibago, a jeweled bug was uncovered by a noted naturalist, bon vivant and used tire salesman, Claude Balls. The world’s leading expert on jeweled bugs and moped carburetor repair, Thurlow T. Fuzznutts, has declared this recently discovered find to be the mate to the famous PT 15 jeweled bug (now know as the Russell Jeweled Bug).
Alas, this otherwise happy episode has an unhappy ending. Once again, gloom and despair, not to mention dire financial straits have descended upon PT 15. The Pup Tent has decided to part with their recently discovered jewel.
The PT15 Jeweled Bug II will be auctioned off at the Philippine Swarming on 10 November.
In order to let all Cootiedom have a chance at this fabulous prize, the Pup Tent has engaged the services of that renown accounting firm of Dowee, Cheatum and Howe to handle bids by E-Mail.
Bids, to be held in the strictest confidence, will be collected by the firms representative in Angeles City, he can reached at <bkhub@datelnet.net>.
The sealed bids will be the opened at the conclusion of the auction on 10 November.
– Seam Squirrel Al Mitchell and Pup Tent Cookies supported the Veterans Day Observance at the Clark Cemetery and the Post Veterans Day BBQ/Picnic at the Post Home. Veterans Day activities at the cemetery are sponsored by the Post.
– The Pup Tent entered a Chili team in the Cootie section of the 12th Annual Chili Cook-Off at the Bali Hai Resort in La Union on 29 November. Pup Tents vie for the Great Blue Louse Trophy. It was won by Kuripots – Pup Tent 7 for the second year in a row. The Chili Cook-off is sponsored by Post 9892 and Kuto – Pup Tent 7.
– Sean Squirrel Al Mitchell and Grand Junior Vice Jerry Prinz and Pup Tent Cooties attended the Grand Mid-Term Scratch. At the Scratch Senior Vice Commander McGurk resigned and in accordance with MOC Regulations, Cootie Prinz was moved up a chair.
– On 8 December, the Post hosted a Working Breakfast/Briefing on the Clark Cemetery for National VFW Representatives National Junior Vice Commander James Mueller; National Chief of Staff Frank Burchill; District 16 Councilman Frank Lamson; and candidate for National Junior Vice Commander (2007) Joe Salas. Also in attendance were Department Commander Robert Henault; and numerous Department members. Seam Squirrel Al Mitchell and Cemetery Maintenance Supervisor Ed Rubio conducted the briefing. The group was invited to a walking tour/brief of the cemetery after the breakfast/briefing.
– In accordance with VFW Commander in Chief Edward Banas request that each Post dedicate a Liberty Tree. The Post chose a tree located in the confines of the Clark Cemetery. The dedication ceremony was held at 1000 hours 8 December. Numerous Pup Tent/Post members, and visitors were in attendance.
– On the evening of 8 December, the Post hosted a reception for the National visitors. Approximately 50 Post members/Cooties, guests and supporters were present.
– The December Scratch was held on 20 December. Attendees included Grand Junior Vice Commander Jerry Prinz, Past Grand Commander John Welsh and Ralph Cox of Kuripots – Pup Tent 11. Hospital visits for the month: 74
– At the end of the 2003 calendar year:
* Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15 membership: 58, including 36 Life Members.
* Grave Diggers membership: 715.
– On 16 January, Grand Senior Vice Commander Jerry Prinz attended the Quarterly Scratch of Maeng Das – Pup Tent 6 at the Post 9876 Post Home in Pattaya Beach, Thailand
– The January Scratch was held on 17 January. Attendees included Grand Senior Vice Commander Jerry Prinz. Hospital visits for the month: 20
– On 23 January, Seam Squirrel Al Mitchell, Blanket Bum Cecil Johnson, Hide Gimlet Ron Barker, Cooties Buddy McGuire (Post Commander), Lafayette Donaldson, Steve Massie, and Thaddeus Stryminski attended the First Commemoration of the Liberation of Banbam and the Battle of Banbam Hill. The 40th Division, US Army liberated Banbam on 23 January 1945. The liberation of this area was precursor to the liberation of Clark Field. The Commemoration was sponsored by the Banbam Historical Society.
– Pup Tent members, including Grand Senior Vice Commander Jerry Prinz supported the VFW Post 124 Fun Day on 4 February
– On the morning of 5 February, prior to the District meeting, Pup Tent and VFW Post 2485 members paid their annual visit to the Heinz Woelke Blind School in Baguio. The Pup Tent and the Post donated a large supply of peanut butter and mayonnaise to the school. A cash donation of 10,000 pesos was also made.
– On 5 February, Post 124 hosted the Quarterly District VII Meeting at the Sarfari Lodge in Baguio. Both Pup Tent and Post members were in attendance.
– Pup Tent members attended the Annual Barrio Beach Bash, 13-15 February, in Barrio Barretto The Beach Bash is sponsored by Post 11447 and Kuripots – Put Tent 11.
– The February Scratch was held 21 February. Attending the Scratch were Grand Senior Vice Commander Jerry Prinz and Past Grand Commander John Welsh. Hospital visits for the month: 101.
– On 25 February, Pup Tent members, including Grand Senior Vice Commander Jerry Prinz, attended a wake for longtime resident of the Philippines, Don Jones. Don was a big supported or the Clark Cemetery and one of the Design Engineers of the current Post 2485 Post Home.
– On 4 March, Grand Senior Vice Commander Jerry Prinz installed the 2004-2005 Shavetails of Kuripots – Pup Tent 11. The installation took place at the VFW 11447 Post Home in Barrio Barretto.
– The Pup Tent held the Quarterly Street Children’s Swim Party/Lunch for 24 kids on 13 March. The event was held at the Ponderosa Hotel in Angeles City. Eight Pup Tent Cooties were present.
– On 20 March, Grand Senior Vice Commander Jerry Prinz installed the 2004-2005 Shavetails of the Pup Tent. The installation took place at the VFW 2485 Post Home in Angeles City. This was also the occasion of Grand Senior Vice Prinz’s Homecoming to his Pup Tent. Hospital visits for the month: 20
– On 5 April, Hide Gimlet (Blanket Bum elect) Ron Barker resigned from the Pup Tent.
– On 9 April, Pup Tent members, including Grand Senior Vice Commander Jerry Prinz attended the 5th Annual VFW Bataan Death March Memorial at the Capas National Shrine. The Memorial is sponsored by Post 2485. Attendance included , numerous District VII Pup Tents, Posts members and members local Ex-Pat organizations, the Filipino American Memorial Endowment (FAME) and JUSTMAGPHIL.
– The April Scratch was held on the 18th. Senior Vice Commander Jerry Price and PGC John Welsh were recognized. Hospital visits for the month: 98
– On 24 April, Grand Senior Vice Commander Jerry Prinz installed the 2004-2005 Shavetails of Kuto – Pup Tent 7. The installation took place during the Philippine Cootie Swarming at the VFW 9892 Post Home in La Union. Attendance included members of Pup Tents 11, 15 and Department Senior Vice Commander Barney Patsel (Honey Bucket Special – Pup Tent 1).
– On 25 April, Pup Tent members attended the Quarterly District VII Meeting at the 9892 Post Home in La Union.
– On 25 April, Pup Tent members, including Grand Senior Vice Commander Jerry Prinz; members of Honey Bucket Special – Pup Tent 1; Kuto – Pup Tent 7; and Kuripots – Pup Tent 11 attended the Annual ANZAC Day Observance at the Coconut Grove Resort in La Union.
– On 7 May, Pup Tent members attended a farewell luncheon for Don Sanders and Gilbert Kelley of the Veterans Affairs Regional Office, Manila hosted by the Post . Both individuals have been very supportive of local Veterans organizations and the Clark Cemetery. Organization represented included Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15, Post 2485, DAV Chapter 3, American Legion Post 10, American Legion Post 123, RAO Angeles City, Vietnam Veterans Association # 887 and staff member of PIH.
– Hospital visits for year: 1260

2003 – 2004
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Seam Squirrel: Cecil Johnson
Blanket Bum: Steve Massie
Hide Gimlet: John Welsh
Hungry Cootie: Ralph Milward
Custodian of the Crummy Duffel Bag: Jack Rollins

Submitted by:
(signed)
B.K. Hubbard,
KCR, Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15
10 May 2004

Approved by:

(signed)
Albert Mitchell,
Seam Squirrel, Pinatubo – Pup Tent 15

Copy to:

Commander, VFW Post 2485 (electronically)
Seam Squirrel, Pup Tent 15 (electronically)
Hungry Cootie, Pup Tent 15 (electronically)
KCR, Pup Tent 15 (file)
Commander, Grand Pacific (electronically)
Grand Pacific KCR (electronically and paper)
Pup Tent 7 (electronically)
Pup Tent 11 (electronically)
Copy to Post/Pup Tent History binder in Post Canteen with all changes incorporated
Copt to Post WEB Site with all changes incorporated

Mighty Pinatubo Pup Tent 15 History Update JUN-SEP 2008

JUNE 2008

15-19 JUN – The Department of Pacific Areas 42nd Annual Convention and Grand of Pacific 39th Grand Scratch was held in Pattaya, Thailand. Attending were GSVC Al Mitchell, PGC Jerry Prinz, PSS Ralph Milward, Cooties Bob Zaher, Stu Dougherty, Tom Elliott and Ken Schaefer. Ably hosted by Post 9876 and Pup Tent 6. A good time was had by all attendees.

The following Cooties were elected or appointed to positions in the Pup Tent for the year 2008-2009:

Seam Squirrel: Joe Carsley, Blanket Bum: Dick Jones, Hide Gimlet: John Welsh, C.C.D.B.: Werner Koslovski, Sky Pilot: Thaddeus Stryminski, Pill Pusher William Johnson, Shyster: Buddy McGuire, Tightwad 1 YR: Al Mitchell, Tightwad 2 YR: Bob McGovern, Tightwad 3 YR: Paul Morgenthal, K.C.R.: Jerry Prinz, Hospital Chairman: William Johnson, Provost Marshall: Lafayette Johnson, Special Projects CHM: John Welsh, Booster CHM: Al Mitchell, National Home CHM: Thaddeus Stryminski, Blood CHM: Ralph Milward

The following Cooties were elected or appointed to the following positions for the year 2008-2009:

SUPREME:

(1) Jerry Prinz – 2nd Degree Team

GRAND:

(1) Al Mitchell – SVC/ Booster CHM/Budget Comm. /Fund Raising CHM

(2) Jerry Prinz – Grand Councilman Dist. VII/Dep. Inspector

DEPT:

(1) Al Mitchell – 2009 Convention Comm.

(2) Jerry Prinz – Dep. Inspector Co-signer Dept. checks

(3) Bob Zaher – Chief of Staff/Conv. Bk CHM/2009 Conv. CHM/Protocol Officer/Public Relations Officer

(4) Ken Schaefer – Audit Comm./POW/MIA CHM

(5) Tom Elliott – Strategic Planning Comm./Financial Planning Asset Mgmt. Comm.

DISTRICT:

(1) Jerry Prinz – Program CHM/VOD-PP CHM

POST:

(1) Joe Carsley – Community Activities CHM/Safety Officer/PHC

(2) Al Mitchell – PHC

(3) Ralph Milward – Casualty Assistance CHM

(4) Lafayette Johnson – Chaplain/Post Relief Comm./Buddy Poppy CHM/President Post 2485 Inc.

(5) Jim Lary – OOD

(6) Jerry Prinz – Ombudsman/Post Review Comm. CHM/Roving Ambassador(RP/TH)/Board Member Post 2485 Inc.

(7) Steve Piechocky – PHC

(8) Ken Schaefer – Judge Advocate/PHC

(9) Stu Dougherty – Trustee

(10) Tom Elliott – Trustee/Asst. Adj.

During the month of June, Mighty Pinatubo Pup Tent 15 lost the services of long time Cootie and ex-C.C.D.B. and Provost Marshall Jack Rollins. He and his wife Nelly moved to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas. He will be sorely missed, though will still remain as a Life Member of the Pup Tent.

JULY 2008

On 1 July, membership stood at 43. 32 Life and 11 Annual.

8 JUL – Monthly Scratch was held with seven (7) Cooties in attendance. Cootie Jim Luther was approved for transfer to the Pup Tent. Seam Squirrel read a letter of thank you for the Pup Tent’s donation to the American Red Cross. It was announced that long time Cootie PSS Sandy Saunders from Pup Tent 11 had passed away after a long illness. Post 2485 has provided space on the new Post Bulletin Board to post pictures of the top 3 chairs and other Pup Tent information. PGC Prinz presented new Grand Commander’s pin to Seam Squirrel Carsley. The Seam Squirrel presented hospital pins and patches to Cooties William Johnson and Ralph Milward for their efforts in the Hospital Program for last year. The 50/50 drawing was won by new Cootie Jim Luther in the amount of P550. The Pup Tent was successfully inspected at this Scratch by Grand Dep. Inspector Jim Correll.

18-19 JUL – District Meeting and Philippine Pup Tent Swarming was held in Subic Bay hosted by Post 11447 and Pup Tent 11. Representing Pup Tent 15 were SS Joe Carsley, PGC Prinz and GSVC Mitchell.

AUGUST 2008

On 1 August, membership stood at 32 Life. 11 Annual not yet renewed.

12 AUG – Monthly Scratch was held, with eight (8) Cooties in attendance. CCDB Report: Opening Balance – $922.06. Income – $38.74. Disbursements – $90.00. Ending Balance – $870.80. Unpaid Bills: Grand Head Tax – $43. National Home – $43. HG John Welsh generously made a pledge to donate $500 to the Pup Tent duffel. Well Done Cootie John.

21-23 AUG – The Supreme Scratch was held in Orlando, Florida on these dates. Our Pup Tent was well represented by GSVC Al Mitchell.

30 AUG – Children’s Street Kids Swim Party, hosted by Pup Tent 15, was held at the Clark Officers Club Pool. Food and drinks were served to the kids and more suitable libations for the Cooties in attendance. Ably arranged and supervised by HG John Welsh and Bryan Usher.

SEPTEMBER 2008

On 1 September, membership still is at 32 Life. 11 Annual yet to renew.

9 SEP – Monthly Scratch was held, with eight (8) Cooties in attendance. CCDB Report: Opening Balance – $870.80. Income – $127.33. Disbursements – None. Ending Balance – $998.13. Pup Tent received an invitation to participate in the 17th Annual Chili Cook-Off, sponsored by Post 9892 in Buaung, LaUnion on 29 November. Tabled until next month. HG John Welsh presented the CCDB with the second installment of his pledged donation of $500. Way to go, Cootie John. Certificates of Awards were presented to Cootie William Johnson. Most were for Hospital Work, but there was one for when he was Seam Squirrel. An unknown individual was the recipient of P450 for the 50/50 raffle.

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