Auburn Post 1741 earns All-American recognition

The Veterans of Foreign Wars national headquarters recently recognized Auburn Post 78 as an All-American Post out of 50 in the state of Washington.

Post 1741 was chartered as White River Valley Post 1741 in 1929. Records reveal it is the first time Post 1741 has been recognized as an All-American Post.

An All-American Post is recognized after fulfilling specific organization requirements such as membership and providing community youth essay, scout, teacher, law enforcement, firefighter and sport sponsorship/recognition programs.

Post 1741 also was recognized for its financial audits and reports and for offering special veterans relief/support, such as sponsoring Green River Community College veterans scholarships.

In addition, Past Commander Bill Peloza was recognized on the 2011-2012 All-American Team of Post Commanders. He also was elected to the position of junior vice commander of VFW District 11, which includes 11 regional posts.

Post 1741 officers for 2012-2013 are: Tony Dohse, commander; Mike Sepal, senior vice commander; Kyle Schmidt, junior vice commander; Jon Quackenbush, quartermaster; Jack Anderson, chaplain; Dan Heid, judge advocate; Jesse Jose, surgeon; and Tom Taylor, guard.

Post 1741 welcomes new members who qualify. Interested veterans can contact the Post by email: or phone, 253-293-5839.

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