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President Bill Vanark opened the Outpost #18 meeting at 10:30 AM with the playing of the “Star Spangled Banner” and a prayer. Bill then informed the members of the passing of Member Bob Larsen and delivered a eulogy for Bob, including a summary of his military service. Bill also noted the passing of William Hutschenreuter and shared a card from William’s wife.

Committee Reports: Neither Vice President Mike Bopray nor Secretary Bob Meganck had reports. Treasurer Marv Kostka reported $475.01 in the outpost treasury. Historian Warren Fast played a recording of the 3rd Division song and talked about WWII Hero Audie Murphy. He asked for any old information on Outpost #18 and spoke about his father, a WWI soldier and his unusual WWI collection.

Vice President Mike Bopray reviewed his military career: He joined the Army in 1956, in Upper Michigan, and took basic training and training to become an Army medic. After duty at several military posts, he went by ship to Germany. There he experienced lots of training, bivouac, and many red alerts. He also served with the military color guard. In 1959, he bought a motorcycle and toured Europe as time permitted. He again traveled by ship to New York and was discharged as a PFC. President Bill thanked Joan Ingram for the quilt he won at the previous meeting. Joan said, “There may be more coming.”

New Business: Election of officers resulted in the reelection of the current officers. The raffle of a bottle of brandy donated by Bill Vanark was won by Bob Meganck. The raffle produced $20.00 for the treasury. Bob Meganck spoke of attending Bill Larsen’s funeral and his recent talk with Jerry Daddato. It was decided to send a sympathy card to the family of any member upon his/her passing. Mike Kostka displayed a patriotic plaque made by his granddaughter. He will donate one at the next meeting for a possible raffle prize.  President Bill Vanark closed the meeting with the playing of “Taps” and a brief prayer. The next meeting will occur on October 29, 2017, at 10:30 AM at Five Pillars. The meeting adjourned at 11:15 AM as lunch was served.

Submitted by Bob Meganck, Secretary

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