Active Duty Days
VFW Post 1760 | MesaVFW.org
Here we have a gallery of our Post 1760 members (and Auxiliary members’ sponsors) from their Active Duty Days in the military who have been generous and kind in sharing their pictures from their active duty experiences. It’s another way of sharing that we all had the same kind of job to do regardless of generation.
Any of our members can submit their images online (Send email) or can drop them off at the canteen (we’ll scan and return your images and can email a digital copy).
Matt Olsen – left to right Sgt. Matthew Olsen, Sgt Bligen, Sgt. Jim Ayers, Sgt Castro in Kuwait, circa late June/early July 2003 standing behind a captured Iraqi anti-aircraft gun seized during the initial campaign
Leo Lamontagne(March, 1968) – Dong Tam, Vietnam; spending time in the barracks.
Leo Lamontagne(March, 1968) – Dong Tam, Vietnam: on base posing for a photo.
Jesse Chitwood – Photo is during the Iraq initial push May 2003′ left to right is Sgt Feddler, and Sgt Chitwood.
Bill Brumme – Vietnam 1966
Israel “Izzy” Pacheco – (1968) Vietnam; Izzy with “Chief” at Hai Van Pass
Dan Wilson – Participating in Fuel King duties while waiting on a passenger transfer (USS Benfold DDG65, 1997)
Al “Pops” Tupper
Frank “Gunny” Alger – Last active duty photo
Dan Fox – 2008 Baghdad, sharing Iraqi Airborne patch
(far left is Dave) – 1st Gulf war 1991 with 1st AR Division just outside Basara Iraq. This is his first Fire Support team
Bob Burns – USS Perch, Bob sitting down on underway watch on the main propulsion plant
Jerry Buza, a life member of VFW Post 1760, taken in Korea in 1960. He served on the DMZ, spent 24 1/2 years in the military to include Viet Nam, Germany, Turkey and Hawaii besides several states.
Stevie Mae Douglas – FT Cambell in 2011; About to attend a Change of Command Ceremony
Leo Lamontagne – Dong Tam, Vietnam (March, 1968); standing with fellow comrade a convoy run.
Stevie Mae Douglas – Charlie Company in Gardez, Afghanistan my second tour, October 2012. 101st Airborne Division, 3rd Brigade, 626 BSB, Charlie Co.
Leo Lamontagne – Dong Tam, Vietnam (March, 1968) Just returned back from convoy, cleaning weaponry.
Dan Fox – 2008, this image featured on CNN, patrolling checkpoint Baghdad with SPC Peterson
Marty Brumme – Viet Nam 1970
Bob Burns – 1968 Pearl Harbor, HI; USS Perch; Bob taking a smoke break with Wayne Dismuke
Dan Fox – 2006 “Triangle of Death” as Fox news called it eating watermelon with SPC Peterson
Dan Wilson (third from the right) – Auxiliary Division 1996 on board USS Benfold DDG65
Jack Sepulveda (1958)
Jesse Chitwood – Sgt Chitwood with Sgt Alvarez during the retrograde in 03′, sadly we lost Sgt Alvarez to an civilian accident in 2003.
Dan Wilson – Fuel King duties while taking on fuel underway (USS Benfold DDG65, 1996)
Dan Fox – 2004 Fort Knox, TOW Fire range exercise
Israel “Izzy” Pacheco – (1968) Vietnam
HTCS Paul Mayo – 1961-1981; Cuban Missile blockade
Dan Fox – 2009 outside of Baghdad with SPC Peterson
Leo Lamontagne (March, 1968)- 9th Evacuation hospital Dong Tam, Vietnam: Recovering from shrapnel injury from a mortar shell.
Jesse Chitwood – “Hangin’ with the locasl” left to right 1st Sgt Toscano, Sgt Allrich, Sgt Auxier, Sgt Arnold, Sgt Collins, Sgt Chitwood, 2nd row, Sgt Thompson, Cpl Simpson, and three very helpful and influential Iraqi Bedouin people.
Stevie Mae Douglas – taken at a medical field exercise in FT Polk, LA. Also Charlie Co. May 2012, just before her second deployment.
Jan 1981- Fort Sill Oklahoma
Ron Heraty – active duty
Jesse Chitwood – “Chillin after a long day of work” – Sgt Bradly Piccirillo, Cpl Smith, and Sgt Chitwood. Sadly Sgt Piccirillo was lost due to a civilian accident in 2013. He was a local celebrity, host for Cox Channel Stern Journals, movie actor, and much more.
Ron Heraty – active duty
Brian Long – USN
Dave Donkers – 2001, Fort Drum, New York
Tony Jankowski – 1968; being best man for his comrade’s wedding.
Matt Olsen – in Ad Diwaniyah Iraq circa April 2003
Dan Wilson – March 1996; On board USS Benfold (DDG65) passing through the Panama Canal
Dan Fox – 2008 Baghdad, daytime patrol
Stevie Mae Douglas – in a UH-60 Blackhawk, Feb of 2011, flying over Eastern Afghanistan on her first tour.
March 2002 – Retirement Ceremony
Bob Burns – (highlighted oval) 1967 Diver class, Pearl Harbor HI; Graduate class
Frank “Gunny” Alger – Alphas 1
Dan Wilson – July 1995; On board USS Fife (DD991) before manning rails with pulling into port in Vladivostok, Russia
Bob Burns – 1968, on home leave in Butte, MT near the end of his active duty days
Brian Long – USS Abraham Lincoln – CVN 72. 2008
Frank “Gunny” Alger – Boot camp photo
Matt Olsen – Section Chief Gun 2, Battery “A” 1/14 sometime in August of 1998 at Ft. Carson during live fire exercises