Members of VFW Post 6899, Auxiliary and distinguished guest celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Post on Saturday, Feb. 18 at their Post Home on Caroline Street in Trinity, Texas. VFW Post 6899 was chartered on February 13, 1987 to serve and honor all veterans, their spouses and children in Trinity County. Charter members and World War II veterans were recognized.
Charter members and World War II veterans recognized at the event include Pearly Emmons, Lenora Ainsworth, Charles Ainsworth, D.R. Emmons, Olin Holt, Arthur Arnold, Peggy Darington, Archie Arnold.
Pearly Emmons is a Charter member of the local Auxiliary, Charles Ainsworth and D.R. Emmons are Charter members of VFW Post 6899, and Arthur and Archie Arnold are WWII Navy veterans who served on the battleship USS Tennessee BB-43 from 1942 – 1945. Arthur was a Gunner’s Mate 2nd class and his battle station was on the 5” 38 guns, and Archie was a seaman 3rd class and his battle station was in the powder room on the 14” guns. The battleship USS Tennessee was involved in fourteen major battles in the South Pacific. During the battle for Iwo Jima their 14” guns struck the slopes of Mount Suribachi and in the Battle for Okinawa they were hit by kamikazes (suicide planes). Olin Holt was a sergeant in the USAF in 1946 servicing with the occupation forces in Japan and Philippines, and Master Sergeant Charles Ainsworth, USAF (Ret) served in the Merchant Marines during WWII.
Other special guests were Texas VFW Department Junior Vice-commander Inge Conley and her husband, Commander VFW District 19 Dick Shawver, President VFW District 19 Auxiliary Brenda Foltz and Neal Smith. Master of Ceremonies was Bob “Gunner” Smith, CWO4, USMC (Ret).