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VFW Post 970 History

Thanks to Comrades Ralph Moore, Bill Merryman, and Frank Lamson for their contribution to this page.  

    Col Horace Hickam VFW Post 970 was not the original VFW Post on Hickam Air Force Base.  In 1945 some World War II veterans formed the Pvt. Stuart H. Fiander VFW Post 3830, later to change its name to the Lt Gen Millard F. Harmon VFW Post 3830, their meetings were held at Fort Kamehameha, which was part of the US Army Air Corps located at Hickam Field.  Because of all the World War II veterans stationed at Hickam Field and Pearl Harbor, VFW Post 3830 was the largest VFW Post in the Territory of Hawaii.

    1959 VFW Post 3830 lost it's permission to hold its meetings at Fort Kamehameha and so they move off Hickam Air Force Base.  For several years in the 1960s, VFW Post 3830 kept on moving, not having a permanent meeting location, it finally disbanded.

    Some time after that VFW Post 3830 was reorganized on the Big Island of Hawaii in Pahoa.  The new VFW Post 3830 was named the Lance Corporal Hayward Kimo Hamili Peleiholani Post.

    13 Dec 1980 The Col Horace Hickam VFW Post 970 was charted with its meetings held at the Golden Anchor Restaurant on the beach at Hickam Air Force Base.

    18 Jun 1980 VFW Post 970 dedicated a plaque commemorating the end of Operation Home Coming that brought the POWs back from Vietnam in 4 Apr 1973.  The plaque was placed at the Hickam AFB gas station near to where the POWs first stepped back onto US soil.

    3 Jul 1986 VFW Post 970 dedicated the first plaque at the Hickam AFB flag pole.

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3 Jul 1986 Post 970 dedicated the first plaque at the Hickam AFB flag pole. 4 Apr 1997 Post 970 rededication ceremony for Operation Home Coming at the Hickam AFB gas station.

    Jul 1988 Post 970 was deactivated till 30 Jun 1993

    1 Jul 1993 Post 970 Reactivated 

    1996-1997  VFW Post 970 became the first "All American Post" in the State of Hawaii.

    4 Apr 1997 VFW Post 970 rededicated a new plaque commemorating the end of Operation Home Coming at the Hickam AFB gas station.

    1997-1998 Received the Department of Hawaii VFW All State Post Honors.

    1998-1999 Received the Department of Hawaii VFW All State Post Honors.

    1999-2000 VFW Post 970 became the only two time "All American Post" in the State of Hawaii.

    14 Apr 2001 VFW Post 970's first annual Luau at the Pearl Harbor-Honolulu Branch 46, Fleet Reserve Association.

    2000-2001 VFW Post 970 became the only three time "All American Post" in the State of Hawaii. Also received the Department of Hawaii VFW All State Post Honors.

    2001-2002 VFW Post 970 became the first "Distinguished All American Post" and the only four time "All American Post" in the State of Hawaii.  Also receiving the National VFW Outstanding Post Community Service Award.

    13 Dec 2002 VFW Post 970 Adopted the 293rd Combat Communications Squadron and the HQ 201st Combat Communications Group, Hawaii Air National Guard.

    2002-2003 VFW Post 970 became the only five time "All American Post" in the State of Hawaii. 

    2003-2004 VFW Post 970 became the only six time "All American Post" in the State of Hawaii.

    2005-2006 VFW Post 970 became the only seven time "All American Post" in the State of Hawaii

    2006-2007 VFW Post 970 became the only eight time "All American Post" in the state of Hawaii.

    2008 VFW Post 970 Chartered Boy Scotts of America troop on Hickam AF

    2010-2011 VFW Post 970 became the only nine time "All American Post" in the State of Hawaii.

    2011-2012 VFW Post 970 became the only ten time "All American Post" in the State of Hawaii.
 

 

 

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