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Post Webmaster.....Charlie Jursch
Salvo Editor:  Eric Ardell…..838-0749
Post Mailing Address:   P.O. Box 133, Danville, CA 94526
Post Message Center: 925-277-7775


​​​Our Speaker:  Our speaker for June, a California central valley native, is Lt. William Sharp, a distinguished combat pilot and the recipient of the Navy Distinguished Flying Cross, 12 Air Medals, Purple Heart, and 2 Navy Commendation Medals with Combat V.   His aircrat include F-8 Crusaders, Grumman F-11 Tigers, and F-9 Panthers.   He was a member of VF-191, who flew the F-8 Crusader aircraft during 2 combat deployments to the Tonkin Gulf of Viet Nam.  His Squadron flew off the USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) and USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14).

On Nov 18, 1965, he was shot down over North Viet Nam.  He was just 26 years old when his aircraft was hit my enemy fire and forced him to eject into the Tonkin Gulf.  Sharp was captured by two North Vietnamese fishermen aboard a sampan.   The  harrowing story of his ultimate escape will be recounted in his presentation.

In his civilian life, Sharp became a commercial airline pilot for United Air Lines flying the Boeing 777 around the world.   He received the San Francisco Captain of the Year Award in 1999, the year before he retired.  He is currently a docent at the USS Hornet Sea, Air, and Space Museum in Alameda .


​​​We are now at 141 active and current members, essentially 100%!   Thank you all for your continued support.  Our efforts will continue to build our membership to enhance our abilities to support veterans and active duty military alike!



The parade fast approaches!  Do we have a few hardy souls to form a color guard again this year?  Let us know ASAP!   We will plan to have a PG&E truck for those who would like to ride and a few military vehicles as well.  Come show your veteran and American Legion pride is this patriotic event!!

Committee Chairman:

Boys State: Eric Ardell.....838-0749

Girls State: Michelle Lee.....(510)-517-3230

Oratorical Contest: Ray LaRochelle.....606-5828

Scouting Chartered Rep: Alan Scharlach

Executive Committee:

Ron Roe…..837-9428

Michelle Lee.....(510) 517-3230

Phil Connolly.....(408) 690-2053

Bryan Sundell.....(510) 856-7317

Post Officers for 2016 - 2017:

Commander: Randy Reid…..820-6642 

V. Commander: Eric Ardell…..838-0749

2nd V. Commander: Gary Soto…..837-9363

Adjutant: Gerald Lindahl…..837-9201

Finance Officer: Raoul Miranda…..837-0674

Chaplain: Richard Seavey…..833-1831

Historian: Ron Farrell…..820-4885

Judge Advocate: Ron Lowe…..362-0142

Sgt. of Arms: Chuck Brydon…..837-1339

Service Officer: Leroy Vares…..828-0421

Appointed Officers for 2017:

Ass't Sgt.-at-Arms: Ron Roe.....837-9428

Ass't Adjutant: Bob Landy..... 820-4006

​Ass't Finance Officer: Phil Connolly...(408) 690-2053

Program Chairman: Dick Seavey.....833-1831




As the month of June approaches, the observance of Memorial Day is very much with us as we remember those who gave their lives for our freedom.  Let us never forget the sacrifices that the men and women of our armed forces continue to give daily.  Please join us at the VNVDV Memorial Day Observance on Monday, 29 May at 10:00am in Oak Hill Park, Danville.

We are approaching Independence Day, our Post will be participating, as we have in the past, in the Independence Day Parade.  I urge all of you to join us as we will have several military vehicles that have been restored by the great organization of Military Vehicles of the East Bay.   I’m looking for three of our members to participate in The American Legion Color Guard, Please let me know if you would like to be part of the Color Guard.

Don't forget the election of officers for 2017-2018 will be held at our June meeting.  Come make your voices heard!

Last but not least I want to thank Gary Soto for filling in as Commander for the May meeting, I’m told you did a great job!!!   Bravo Zulu!


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