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Commander's Column

by Michael J. Yaguchi
May 2022, Volume 73, Issue 5

I received a Cathay Post 186 request to meet at NVC Memorial Hall earlier this month.  Commander Haydon Mar, Army veteran (Captain, Dental Corps), and Adjutant Kent Wong (Lt Col, USAF (Retired)) want to partner with NVC to help reinvigorate their American Legion Post.  What made the meeting even more special was the surprise that my college buddy, Dr. Mar, whom I had not seen since the early 80s, was the post commander and the one leading this endeavor.  We share quite a few mutual challenges on membership and providing valued services and programs to the post-Vietnam era veterans.  I’ll give regular updates on how this new and welcomed partnership develops.

Past commander, Walt Tanimoto, continues his campaign to be the next State Surgeon for the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Washington State. We hope to have some exciting news on this late Summer!

We hosted the William Nakamura Chapter’s Op Red dinner at the Hall.

The Nakamura Chapter traditionally thanks and welcomes recruits into the profession of arms.  The Nakamura chapter is affiliated with the Association of the US Army and is named after Medal of Honor recipient PFC William Nakamura, WWII 442 RCT.  Each recruit received a chapter coin bearing the likeness of William Nakamura.

The 77th Annual Memorial Day Service will be an in-person event at Lake View Cemetery on May 30th, starting at 10 AM. 

Our June 12th Chow Mein Dinner (take-out only) is around the corner, and the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon is on June 19th.

We’re still developing plans to open the Hall as a cooling center when temperatures reach triple-digits in the Greater Seattle area.  We’ll post more information on this in future newsletters.

Keep our troops and diplomats serving in oversea posts in your thoughts and prayers.  Finally, thank you for your support and many thanks to our volunteers too!