New of­fi­cers and mem­o­ries of the found­ing of VFW Post 9619

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When I write about our lo­cal VFW, I like to go back to the found­ing his­tory, much of which I learned from Stan Kings­bury.

They were a bunch of Ana­cos­tia High School grads who went off to fight in World War II and re­turned home to Ana­cos­tia where they of­ten hung out at the drug store on Good Hope Road. They got to talk­ing about start­ing their own VFW. They tried and were turned down be­cause there was al­ready a post in Ana­cos­tia.

So, they ap­plied to the Mary­land VFW. On Nov. 4, 1947, VFW Post 96129 was char­tered. Robert Burns was the first Ccm­man­der and those first meet­ings were at Strick’s Restaurant, cor­ner of Branch Av­enue and Nay­lor Road.

Sixty-nine years later they are still go­ing strong, and have an­nounced of­fi­cers for 2016-2017.

James Hol­land is post oom­man­der. Other of­fi­cers are: Se­nior Vice Com­man­der Todd Trayn­ham, Ju­nior Vice Com­man­der Wil­lie Evans, Quar­ter­mas­ter Lance Glover, Ad­ju­tant Wil­lie Evans, Sur­geon Robert Jack­son, Judge Ad­vo­cate James Hig­ging­botham, Chap­lain Steve Al­cott and Ser­vice Of­fi­cer Todd Trayn­ham.

The name of the Ladies Aux­il­iary to VFW Post 9619 has been changed. They are now of­fi­cially Vet­er­ans of For­eign Wars Aux­il­iary to VFW Post 9619.

Phyl­lis Cooks is pres­i­dent. Other of­fi­cers are: Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent Rose But­ler, Ju­nior Vice Pres­i­dent Shirley Bell, Trea­surer Aileen Pier­son, Sec­re­tary Karen Rooker, Chap­lain Ju­dith McCrone, Conductress Denyse Ben­nett, Guard Ge­or­gia Robin­son, Pa­tri­otic In­struc­tor Charlotte Thor­ton, and Trus­tees Ju­dith McCrone, Denyse Ben­nett and Dolores But­ler.

Vic­tor Jakubowski is pres­i­dent of the Men’s Aux­il­iary. Other of­fi­cers are: Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent An­thony Trun­flo, Trea­surer/Sec­re­tary Dou­glas Sater, Chap­lain James Tar­leton and Guard Wil­liam Ten­nien.


John Scrog­gins of Sil­ver Hill wants the names and ad­dresses of for­mer gro­cery stores in “down­town Suit­land.” I was able to come up only with Safe­way, which was at two dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions in Suit­land. If you re­mem­ber any oth­ers, email me (mud­ and I’ll put you in touch with him.

Sue Ma­son is search­ing for in­for­ma­tion about Rus­sell “Buddy” Boggs, a heavy­weight boxer who lived on Maple Road in Morn­ing­side back in the 1950s or ‘60s. Let me know if you re­mem­ber him or know where he is, if in­deed he still is.

The Morn­ing­side Pa­rade on July 4 was bet­ter than ever and a lot of fun. I’ll tell you about it in next week’s col­umn.

We had a lit­tle ex­cite­ment on June 30 when Joint Base An­drews went on lock­down with the re­port of a shooter at Mal­colm Grow. When I drove past the base on Al­len­town Road there were dozens of re­porters and pho­tog­ra­phers along the way, hop­ing for a big story. How­ever, the event turned out to be a drill. By 10:40 a.m., a sweep of the med­i­cal fa­cil­ity had been com­pleted and the “all clear” was is­sued.


Suit­land High Class of 1966 is cel­e­brat­ing its 50th re­union on Oct. 29 in Ocean City. Con­tact in­for­ma­tion is at Suit­ Thank you to July Koch-Michael for send­ing this notice.

Cross­land High Class of 1966 has an Aug. 6 re­union com­ing up. Email Phil Saverino at savc66@ya­

Oxon Hill High Class of ‘76 plans an Oct. 7-8 re­union. For in­for­ma­tion, email kel­lym­ or go to OHHS76re­

Start­ing in 2017, McNamara and La Reine re­unions will take place dur­ing pre-de­ter­mined week­ends in June. For the first year, they’re fo­cus­ing on hon­or­ing grad­u­at­ing classes whose years end in 2 and 7. If you have ques­tions, con- tact Bob Nolte, di­rec­tor of alumni re­la­tions, at or 301-735-8401 ext. 111.

Com­ing up: yard sale, crab feast and Booth tour

Clin­ton United Methodist Women are host­ing a yard sale on Satur­day, Aug. 13, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Set-up time for ven­dors is 6 a.m. Ta­bles are $15; call 301-868-1288. Leave a clear mes­sage with name and num­ber, or you can email CUMYardSale@out­ Also, they wel­come back-to-school items such as as pen­cils, glue sticks, note­books, binders, back­packs, or mon­i­tory do­na­tions. Th­ese will help two el­e­men­tary schools: Brandy­wine and Wal­don Woods.

John Wilkes Booth Es­cape route Tours will be held Sept. 10, 17 and 24. Book­ings are now un­der­way. Con­tact the Sur­ratt House Mu­seum at 301-868-1121. I have done this ex­cel­lent tour three times and rec­om­mend it to you his­to­ri­ans out there. It is es­sen­tially an all-day event, in­cludes lots of com­men­tary, plen- ty of photo ops, in­ter­est­ing peo­ple, and lunch.

St. Philip’s Par­ish is host­ing its an­nual crab feast on Satur­day, Aug. 13, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the so­cial hall. The feast in­cludes all-you-can-eat crabs, corn on the cob, hot dogs, chili, wa­ter and so­das. Beer will be for sale. Ad­mis­sion is adults, $40; ages 8 to 14, $20; and fam­ily (two adults and two chil­dren), $100. If you will be at­tend­ing, email Suzy at suzy­giroux@ver­i­ and let her know.


Happy birth­day to Des­sirae John­son and He­len Jur­ney, July 15; Norma Wright and Gary Lewis, Jr., July 16; my grand­daugh­ter Claire Mudd, Michael Busky, Mike Fowler Jr. and for­mer Morn­ing­side Po­lice Chief Stephen Armhold, July 17; Rus­sell But­ler, July 18; Mike Fowler Sr. and Ed­die Hall, July 19; Donna Buchin, Dorothy Gess­ner and Tina Ni­chols, July 20; Mary Hay and Jeff Fred­er­ick, July 21.

Happy 26th an­niver­sary to my daugh­ter Sheila and John Mudd on July 20.

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