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24 December 2009 :: 21:12:36 pm 1466

Pattaya’s VFW’s Hold Christmas Party

The Pattaya division of the USA based Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) had a very pleasant Christmas dinner function at the “Hogsbreath Bar” in Soi Batman (South Pattaya), which was rather different to past years. The former Commander of their Post No.9876, Mr. Fred Estes, recently passed away, but in his will he bequeathed part of his estate to Pattaya’s VFW Post, which funded this year’s Christmas dinner for all members.
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Pattaya, – Wednesday 23rd December 2009 [Pattaya Daily News]: – The generous gift of a free Christmas dinner for all VFW members at VFW Post No.9876 was a generous gesture of the late Fred Estes, who passed away early in December. During his military career in Vietnam he was a combat engineer and later was instrumental in constructing new roads in Thailand that are still in use today, which is a testimony to his high working standards.

Fred was a former No.9876 Post Commander and was known by his fellow war veterans as man of goodwill to all; with strong opinions, high ideals and conservative spending. He once held up a 1,000 baht note to a newcomer and said, – “Be careful, these things seem to disappear dammed fast over here.”

PDN asked the current VFW Commander Al Serrato to outline their current position, and he stated, – “We have doubled our membership in 3-years to around 350, and as well as being the biggest in Thailand, we are the fastest growing VFW Post in Asia.” The VFW emblem is the cross of the Knights of Malta, who were not only noted for their bravery in battle, but also their concern for the needy, which led them to construct many hospitals in Europe over past centuries.

VFW members of the world provide assistance to the relatives of their deceased comrades, and when the Filipino spouse and child of one of their current members was left homeless in the Philippines due to the typhoon, they assisted with accommodation and they are now working on getting the whole family re-united in Thailand.

The Pattaya division of the Veterans of Foreign Wars also raise a considerable amount of money for local charities, such as the “Mercy Centre” orphanage at north east Pattaya, so the VFW is not just about commemorative meetings concerning themselves. (See Website www.post9876.org ).

 

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