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                  PROCEEDINGS OF THE

             95th NATIONAL CONVENTION OF THE

               VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS

                 OF THE UNITED STATES

                 [SUMMARY OF MINUTES]
                                   104th Congress, 1st Session - - - - - 
                                   - - - - - - - - - House Document 104-
                                   20

               Las Vegas, Nevada : : : August 21-26, 1994

  


                                     

        104th Congress, 1st Session - - - - - - - - - - - - - House 
Document 104-20


                         P R O C E E D I N G S

                                 of the
 
         95TH NATIONAL CONVENTION OF THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS

                          OF THE UNITED STATES



                          [SUMMARY OF MINUTES]



                           Las Vegas, Nevada



                           August 21-26, 1994


<GRAPHIC NOT AVAILABLE IN TIFF FORMAT>

  March 16, 1994.--Referred to the Committee on National Security and 
                         ordered to be printed
  
                         LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL

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     Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States,
                                           Kansas City, MO,
                                                  October 24, 1994.
Hon. Thomas S. Foley,
The Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives,
Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Speaker: In conformance with provisions of Public 
Law No. 620, 90th Congress, approved October 22, 1968, I am 
transmitting to you herewith the proceedings of the 95th 
National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the 
United States, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, August 21-26, 1994, 
which is submitted for printing as a House document.
            Sincerely,
                                           Larry W. Rivers,
                                                  Adjutant General.


                            C O N T E N T S

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                                                                   Page
Annual Memorial Service, Sunday, August 21, 1994:
    Call to Order................................................     1
    Advance of Colors............................................     1
    Invocation...................................................     1
    In Memoriam..................................................     3
    Introduction of Speaker......................................     3
    Memorial Address.............................................     4
    Introduction of Colonel Archie T. Roberts....................    15
    Presentation of the Chapel of Four Chaplains Legion of Honor     16
      Bronze Medallion.
    Benediction..................................................    18
    Retiring of Colors...........................................    18
Joint Opening Session, Monday, August 22, 1994:
    Advancement of Colors........................................    20
    Invocation...................................................    20
    Welcome......................................................    21
    Introduction--The Honorable Jan Jones, Mayor, City of Las        23
      Vegas.
    Greetings--The Honorable Jan Jones, Mayor, City of Las Vegas.    24
    Introduction--The Honorable Bob Miller, Governor of State of     26
      Nevada.
    Response--The Honorable Bob Miller...........................    28
    Presentation of American Flag Sets...........................    30
    Introduction of Commander-in-Chief Cramer....................    31
    Presentation of VFW Gold Medal of Merit and Citation.........    38
    Response--Ladies Auxiliary President Juanita Crowe...........    40
    Introduction--Helen Putnam Blackwell.........................    41
    Introduction--General Ray Davis, USMC (Ret.), Chairman of the    41
      Korean War Veterans Memorial Advisory Board.
    Response--General Raymond Davis..............................    44
    Introduction--Lieutenant General Claude Kicklighter, USA,        49
      (Ret.).
    Response--Lieutenant General Claude M. Kicklighter, Chairman     50
      of the 50th Anniversary of World War II Commemorative 
      Committee.
    Introduction of Adjutant General Vander Clute................    61
    Response--Adjutant General Vander Clute......................    64
    Introduction--1994 National Voice of Democracy Winner........    67
    Voice of Democracy Winner--Nathaniel Bennett.................    69
    Introduction--Ian McDonough, Vice-President, Returned            73
      Servicemen's League--South Australian.
    Response--Ian McDonough......................................    74
    Introduction of the Supreme Commander of the MOC, Glen           75
      Maroney.
    Remarks--MOC Supreme Commander Glen Maroney..................    76
    Introduction of Professor Teh-Shaun Hung, VACRS..............    80
    Response--Professor Teh-Shaun Hung...........................    80
    Introduction of Dr. William Bennett..........................    85
    Keynote Speech--Dr. William Bennett..........................    86
    Introduction of General Tae-wan Chang, Korean Veterans          101
      Association.
    Remarks by General Tae-wan Chang, President of the Korean       102
      Veterans Association.
    Recess.......................................................   104
Distinguished Guests Banquet, August 22, 1994:
    Invocation...................................................   105
    Pledge of Allegiance.........................................   105
    Introduction of Master of Ceremonies.........................   105
    Presentation of Commander-in-Chief's Gold Medal of Merit.....   110
    Response--Mr. Robert Stack...................................   113
    Presentation of VFW Americanism Award, Gold Medal and           115
      Citation.
    Response--Mr. Gerald McRaney.................................   118
    Presentation of the Dwight David Eisenhower Distinguished       119
      Service Medal and Citation.
    Response and Principal Address--The Honorable Deane R. Hinton   121
    Benediction..................................................   131
    Recess.......................................................   131
First Business Session, Tuesday Morning, August 23, 1994:
    Call to Order................................................   132
    Salute to the Colors.........................................   132
    Opening Prayer...............................................   132
    Report of Credentials Committee..............................   134
    Report of Committee on Convention Rules......................   134
    Presentation of VFW News Media Award, Gold Medal and Citation   139
    Response--Mr. Joseph Goulden.................................   141
    Introduction--The Honorable Jesse Brown, Secretary of           146
      Veterans Affairs.
    Address--The Honorable Jesse Brown, Secretary of Veterans       147
      Affairs.
    Presentation of VFW Hall of Fame Award, Gold Medal and          158
      Citation.
    Response--Mr. Peter Graves...................................   162
    Presentation--VFW Gold Medal of Merit and Citation...........   165
    Response--The Honorable G.V. Montgomery......................   168
    Presentation of VFW Distinguished Service Award, Gold Medal     184
      and Citation.
    Response--Comrade William Radigan, Sr........................   186
    Presentation--VFW Gold Medal of Merit and Citation...........   188
    Response--Lieutenant General William G. Pagonis..............   191
    Report of Committee on National By-Laws, Manual of Procedure    195
      and Ritual.
    Report of Committee on Finance and Internal Organization.....   210
    Introduction--Diane Carlson Evans, Vietnam Women's Memorial     235
      Project.
    Remarks by Diane Carlson Evans...............................   236
    Report of Committee on Americanism and Community Activities..   239
    Winners of Insurance Drawing.................................   263
    Recess.......................................................   264
Second Business Session, Wednesday Morning, August 24, 1994:
    Call to Order................................................   265
    Salute to the Colors.........................................   265
    Opening Prayer...............................................   265
    Report of Credentials Committee..............................   266
    Introduction of Eileen Fulton, March of Dimes National          266
      Spokesperson and Honorary Member, Board of Trustees.
    Response--Eileen Fulton......................................   268
    Presentation of the J. Edgar Hoover Award, Gold Medal and       274
      Citation.
    Response--Ms. Mayra Fausett..................................   277
    Presentation of VFW Emergency Services Award, Gold Medal and    278
      Citation.
    Response--Mr. Thomas Korlin..................................   280
    Presentation of the VFW Aviation and Space Award, Gold Medal    285
      and Citation.
    Response--Colonel Thomas Akers...............................   287
    Report of Committee on National Security and Foreign Affairs.   290
    Report of POW/MIA Subcommittee...............................   295
    Presentation by the PAC Committee............................   307
    Introduction--Harry G. Summers, Jr., Cowles History Group....   308
    Remarks by Colonel Harry G. Summers..........................   309
    Presentation of Life Membership to Major Buddy Merritt.......   318
    Response by Major Buddy Merritt..............................   319
    Presentation to Adjutant General Vander Clute................   320
    Response by Adjutant General Vander Clute....................   323
    Presentation of VFW Armed Forces Award, Gold Medal and          326
      Citation.
    Response--General Needham....................................   328
    Report of Committee on Veterans Service......................   333
    National Marching Units and Parade Committee Winners.........   367
    Report of Committee on Veterans Service (Cont'd.)............   369
    Report of Committee on General Resolutions...................   372
    Presentation of Buddy Poppy Display Winners..................   383
    Winners of Insurance Drawing.................................   417
    Recess.......................................................   418
Third Business Session, Thursday Morning, August 25, 1994:
    Call to Order................................................   419
    Salute to the Colors.........................................   419
    Pledge of Allegiance.........................................   419
    Opening Prayer...............................................   419
    Report of Credentials Committee..............................   419
    Introduction--General Wilma Vaught, President, Women in         420
      Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, Inc.
    Remarks--General Wilma Vaught................................   421
    Presentation of James C. Gates Distinguished Service Award...   427
    Response--Mr. James Edge.....................................   429
    Winners of Insurance Drawing.................................   432
    Presentation--National Large Employer of the Year............   433
    Response--Mr. Daniel Grafton.................................   435
    Visit of Ladies Auxiliary Delegation.........................   437
    Presentation of Distinguished Service Award, Gold Medal and     442
      Citation.
    Response --Past Commander-in-Chief John Carney...............   444
    Presentation of VFW Small Employer of the Year Award.........   448
    Response--Comrade George Whitmill............................   450
    Presentation of the National Employment Service Office Award.   452
    Response--Mr. James Mason....................................   454
    Presentation by Department of the Treasury, U.S. Savings Bond   456
      Division.
    Response--Mr. Kenneth Burch..................................   456
    Presentation of VFW Outstanding VA Health Care Provider of      460
      the Year Award.
    Response--Mr. Charles Bouley.................................   461
    Presentation of VFW Outstanding Community Health Care           462
      Provider Award.
    Response--Dr. Murray T. Pritchard............................   464
    Presentation of VFW Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award..   465
    Response--Mr. Daniel W. Moore................................   467
    Presentation of VFW Post Service Officer Award...............   467
    Response--Comrade John J. Speckman...........................   469
    Introduction--Mr. Mike Lynch, General Manager, Help             470
      Hospitalized Veterans.
    Remarks--Comrade Mike Lynch..................................   471
    Introduction of Past Commanders-in-Chief.....................   473
    Recognition of National Sergeants-at-Arms....................   475
    Visit of National Home Representatives.......................   478
    Remarks by 1994-95 Buddy Poppy Child.........................   481
    Nomination of Officers.......................................   483
    Nomination of Commander-in-Chief.............................   484
    Nomination of Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief.................   486
    Nomination of Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief.................   489
    Nomination of Quartermaster General..........................   491
    Nomination of Judge Advocate General.........................   494
    Nomination of Surgeon General................................   498
    Nomination of National Chaplain..............................   501
    Salute to the Colors.........................................   503
    Closing Prayer...............................................   503
    Recess.......................................................   503
Fourth Business Session Friday Morning, August 26, 1994:
    Call to Order................................................   504
    Salute to Colors and Pledge of Allegiance....................   504
    Opening Prayer...............................................   504
    Final Report of Credentials Committee........................   505
    Completion of Convention Business............................   506
    Nominations for National Home Trustees.......................   507
    Election of Officers.........................................   508
    Announcement of Council Members-Elect........................   528
    Announcement of Appointments by Commander-in-Chief-Elect.....   530
    Installation of Officers.....................................   531
    Presentation of Past Commander-in-Chief Lapel Pin and Gold      539
      Life Membership Card.
    Acceptance Address by Commander-in-Chief Kent................   540
    Parade of Transmittals/Report of New Posts...................   556
    Closing Ceremonies...........................................   556
    Retiring of Colors...........................................   557
    Closing Prayer...............................................   557
    Adjournment..................................................   558
              VFW NATIONAL OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS, 1993-94

Commander-in-Chief...............................................
Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief...................................
Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief...................................
Adjutant General.................................................
Quartermaster General............................................
Judge Advocate General...........................................
Surgeon General..................................................
National Chaplain................................................
National Chief of Staff..........................................
Inspector General................................................
Assistant Adjutant General, Administration.......................
Assistant Adjutant General, Programs.............................

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