Veteran’s

A WWII LOVE STORY

A WWII LOVE STORY

Jim Wallace was nineteen years old and it being the tail end of the depression had to drop out of college in 1941. He joined the Navy February 17, 1941 in Houston, Texas shortly before the attack at Pearl Harbor.

He was then stationed in San Diego and took training as a corpsman at the U.S. Naval Hospital.  He served on the newly commissioned aircraft carrier U.S.S. Kalinin Bay. He was later transferred to Kanohoe, Hawaii.

The Kalinin Bay went on to serve heroically in the longest single naval engagement in the war at Leyte Gulf, 1944. During that engagement we lost two of her sister carriers, two destroyers, and a destroyer escort and the Kalinin Bay came through with 25 gaping holes in her skin as witness to the terrific pounding she took. Five of her brave crewmen lost their lives.

While on duty in Astoria, Oregon he met and fell in love with a beautiful young lady named Grace Moe. In 1944 they were married in San Diego attended by Captain C.R. Brown who would later become the Commander of NATO. They had 3 girls and a boy and after 62 years they are still together. He retired as Chief Petty Officer (HMC7Ret) after 20 years of service.

Jim is a Past Exalted Ruler of the Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477.  He served as Exalted Ruler during the1993-94 Elk Year and current Chairman of the Elks National Foundation for the West Central Coast District. ENF is the scholarship arm of Elkdom making it the 2nd largest sponsor of scholarships next to the Federal government.

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Some of you have heard while others have not, Jim Wallace passed away Sunday, May 22, 2012. Jim, along with Grace and their son have asked that we have the Elks Ritual done for him at the lodge on this Friday, the 25th. His service will be at 11am at Ascension Lutheran Church, followed by his burial at the Conejo Mountain Memorial Cemetery in Camarillo by the Navy at 1pm, and then we will have the Elks Ritual performed by the PER’s at 3pm at the lodge.

The Ritual will be followed by a reception served by lodge volunteers providing us all with an opportunity to remember Jim’s friendship and service.

By | 2012-05-24T01:01:01+00:00 May 24th, 2012|Blog, bpo elks, elks 2477, Elks Lodge 2477, Elks National Foundation, Members, PER, The Vacant Chair, Veteran's|Comments Off on A WWII LOVE STORY

A WWII LOVE STORY (Repost)

A WWII LOVE STORY

Jim Wallace was nineteen years old and it being the tail end of the depression had to drop out of college in 1941. He joined the Navy February 17, 1941 in Houston, Texas shortly before the attack at Pearl Harbor.

He was then stationed in San Diego and took training as a corpsman at the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego as a corpsman and he served on the newly commissioned aircraft carrier U.S.S. Kalinin Bay. He was later transferred to Kanohoe, Hawaii.

The Kalinin Bay went on to serve heroically in the longest single naval engagement in the war at Leyte Gulf, 1944. During that engagement we lost two of her sister carriers, two destroyers, and a destroyer escort and the Kalinin Bay came through with 25 gaping holes in her skin as witness to the terrific pounding she took. Five of her brave crewmen lost their lives.

While on duty in Astoria, Oregon he met and fell in love with a beautiful young lady named Grace Moe. In 1944 they were married in San Diego attended by Captain C.R. Brown who would later become the Commander of NATO. They had 3 girls and a boy and after 62 years they are still together. He retired as Chief Petty Officer (HMC7Ret) after 20 years of service.

Jim is a Past Exalted Ruler of the Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477.  He served as Exalted Ruler during the1993-94 Elk Year and current Chairman of the Elks National Foundation for the West Central Coast District. ENF is the scholarship arm of Elkdom making it the 2nd largest sponsor of scholarships next to the Federal government.

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Some of you have heard while others have not, Jim Wallace passed away Sunday, May 22, 2012. Jim, along with Grace and their son have asked that we have the Elks Ritual done for him at the lodge on this Friday, the 25th. His service will be at 11am at Ascension Lutheran Church, followed by his burial at the Conejo Mountain Memorial Cemetery in Camarillo by the Navy at 1pm, and then we will have the Elks Ritual performed by the PER’s at 3pm at the lodge.

The Ritual will be followed by a reception served by lodge volunteers providing us all with an opportunity to remember Jim’s friendship and service.

By | 2012-05-24T00:04:07+00:00 May 23rd, 2012|Blog, bpo elks, elks 2477, Elks Grand Lodge, Elks Lodge 2477, Elks National Foundation, PER, Veteran's|Comments Off on A WWII LOVE STORY (Repost)

Cal-Vet Home in Saticoy honors Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge Volunteers

On Sunday, April 22nd, the Cal Vet Home – Ventura held its 3rd annual Volunteers Appreciation Day in the patio/garden at the Cal-Vet home.

Cal-Vet Appreciation Day

Part of the Thousand Oaks Lodge #2477 crew of volunteers to the home attended; (men, left to right) Carl Lanterman-Chairman National Veteran’s Services and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Terry Gicking – PER and District CHEA fundraising chairman, Bill Aubrey – member, volunteer and Marine veteran, and Bill Sternberg – PER and Regional Scouting Chairman.  They provide karaoke entertainment and desserts once a month, Bill Sternberg built an entertainment center and bulletin boards and the T.O. Elks veterans program provided a dance floor.

By | 2012-05-01T00:41:17+00:00 May 1st, 2012|Blog, elks 2477, elks activities, Lodge Activities, Veteran's|Comments Off on Cal-Vet Home in Saticoy honors Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge Volunteers

Happy Birthday Cal Vet Home – Ventura

by Jerry Serota

On Thursday, April 28th, the T.O. Elks lodge celebrated its first complete year of service to the (California Veterans) Cal Vet Home – Ventura. Normally, the fourth Thursday every month is karaoke night (with snacks) at the home. Four to seven volunteers have been showing up every month for a year, driving 50 miles round-trip. This month, the crew also prepared a beef & chicken kabob dinner for the 46 residents, plus the staff and friends of the home.

At the request of the administration, PER Bill Sternberg, also district scout leader, built 3 extra-large bulletin boards and an entertainment center for electronic devices. In April, a portable dance floor was delivered to the home, courtesy of the lodge.

At the one-year celebration, a permanent plaque was mounted over one of the bulletin boards showing the Elks motto towards veterans, “So long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will not forget them.” Also, in another room where banners are displayed, the T.O. Elks banner will also be on display. The plaque and banner were designed by current Lecturing Knight (and computer magician) Paul Wagner, also the Public Relations contact for the lodge.

Carl Lanterman, Chairman-Veterans National Services continually points to the support of other volunteers and the monetary support of the lodge for the success of the Thousand Oaks veterans program. Long-time esquire and current inner guard Robert Jones provides his first-class karaoke equipment, current Loyal Knight (and singing teacher and web-site administrator) Kira Wagner was the first terrific singer to volunteer, followed by new member (and caterer), JB Bre (and what a duet the two of them make), and PER Terry Gicking is always there for support. Elk member and former marine Gerald Feldman frequently brings gifts with him to the home. Without the dedication shown by these Elk members, there would be no program for the Cal Vet Home residents.

This kind of dedication to our veterans, along with the long-standing monthly visit to the Sepulveda V.A. Hospital for bingo and snacks, and participation in the annual Ventura County Stand-down, playing cards and other gifts for the veterans represent the epitome of Elkdom service to our veterans.

By | 2011-09-15T06:00:58+00:00 July 4th, 2011|Blog, Elks Lodge 2477, Members, Veteran's|Comments Off on Happy Birthday Cal Vet Home – Ventura

National Services Fund Raiser

by Jerry Serota

Tuesday April 18, 2011 National Services Com. Chairman Carl Lanterman engaged a special speaker, highly decorated Dr. Bill Peters, Marine Corps Retired. As a special fund raiser for his committee, a Chicken dinner was served and attended by members who found Dr. Peters speech both informative and inspiring. He compared our troops of today displaying the same courage and valor as the Viet Nam veterans did under fire.

As a First Lieutenant, he recalled some of his experiences in Viet Nam and gave first hand account of the courage our Marines accomplished as First Force Recon Company going deep in enemy territory to secure vital information on enemy.

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National Services Chairman Carl Lanterman

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Dr. Bill Peters, USMC Retired

By | 2011-10-21T07:41:47+00:00 April 29th, 2011|Blog, charity event, Elks Lodge 2477, Veteran's|Comments Off on National Services Fund Raiser

National Services Sign

Among the many activities tonight at the Cal-Vets birthday celebration (including the ever popular karaoke) we will be mounting a new sign in show of the Elks motto “So long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them”

The sign was commissioned by National Service Committee Chair Carl Lanterman and designed by Public Relations Chair Paul Wagner.

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Pictured L-R Paul Wagner and Carl Lanterman displaying the new sign to be posted at the Cal-Vets Home in Saticoy, CA.

By | 2011-09-15T06:01:18+00:00 April 28th, 2011|Blog, elks activities, Elks Lodge 2477, Veteran's|Comments Off on National Services Sign

Veteran's Appreciation Brunch

Traditionally called the Veteran’s Memorial Brunch by Elks nation wide this year saw a slight change. In light of the honor we show to our visiting veteran’s who are living, this year Elks Lodge #2477 hosted a Veteran’s Appreciation Brunch on November 21st.

Arrangement’s were made by our Veteran’s Chairman Carl Lanterman that Vet’s from both the Cal-Vet’s Home in Saticoy and the Sepulveda Veteran’s Hospital would join us for brunch as well as a brief ceremony in honor of those with us and those who have gone before us.

The meal was prepared by the members and served with the help of the Elks Ladies to the delight of all present.

In addition to the pictures below please enjoy this video recap of times past –photos courtesy of Jerry Serota and Paul Wagner, video by Kira Wagner

 

By | 2011-09-15T06:01:42+00:00 December 1st, 2010|Blog, elks activities, Elks Lodge 2477, Veteran's|Comments Off on Veteran's Appreciation Brunch

WWII Veterans Day of Recognition

Sixty-five years ago Nurse Edith Shain was kissed by a sailor in Times Square and forever immortalized in that famous Life Magazine photograph. Edith moved to California and worked hard with “The Sprit of ’45” organization to get the Day of Remembrance official but did not live to see it happen. She passed just a few weeks before the first celebration.

Last Saturday Janet and I were happy to be a part of the newly dedicated national Day of Recognition for the veterans of WWII that will be an annual event held on the second Sunday of August.

The event we attended was sponsored by the Garden Grove Elks Lodge, promoted by our friend, PER Myles Kowalcyk. They were able to save the day when another venue fell through just weeks before the date! The event was financed by AMVETS Post #18, managed by Marching Through History and the Military Vehicle Preservation Association; all organizations that Janet and I are members of.

It was a “flashback” into time with many dressed in 40’s attire and military vehicles and cars from the 40’s.

There was a huge dance floor that looked far too big than was necessary until the 18 piece Bill Elliott Swing Dance Orchestra and the jitterbuggers started! The Lodge thought ahead and had jitterbug classes during the afternoon! Guests were the Lindy Hop Los Angeles group. The floor was full before the evening finished.

We were honored by the appearance of Medal of Honor recipient Army Lt. Walter Ehlers. You can just see the understated light blue ribbon of the MOH at his collar.

He said to us, “Liberty is worth fighting for, and sometimes worth dying for…I’m no Rambo.  Because of my training, it was just automatic not to run but to attack.”

Lt. Ehlers and his older brother Roland joined the Army at the same time. They were together in Europe and Lt. Ehlers was given the option to return home when the invasion of Normandy was being planned. He refused and the brothers were placed in separate units. Roland was killed at Omaha Beach. Lt. Ehlers said, “Roland and I were good buddies, he was always kind of looking out for me.  He was MY hero.”  Before the war ended, Lt. Ehlers had been injured three times.

Ehlers said that for him, the Spirit of ’45 was the beginning of a new era for the United States, although it was the result of fighting the enemies of the country from Japan, Italy and Germany. But, Ehlers said, the result of those fights also meant that those three countries are also now free democracies. “We’ve never fought a war for anything other than the idea of freedom,” said Ehlers, “they [soldiers] paid the price for freedom.

Respectfully submitted by Paul Denubilo

 

By | 2011-09-15T06:02:05+00:00 August 27th, 2010|Blog, Members, Veteran's|Comments Off on WWII Veterans Day of Recognition

The Passing of Brother Jim Kellogg

Jim Kellogg was born on September 20, 1919 in the city of Los Angeles and proposed for membership in the BPOE by Sherwood McDonald on August 18, 1993 during the time that Jim Wallace was the Exalted Ruler.

It’s been said if you want something done give the task to a busy person and as such Jim was “busy” personified.

Jim was an engineer and retired as an Aerospace Consultant having served as the president of the society of aerospace Materials and Process Engineers, involved with Automotive Engineers Society, the aircraft Industries Association and a member of the Masons.

A Navy man and stationed at Pearl Harbor he was given an early discharge due to the end of the war, however he never forgot our Veterans.

The Elks say that as long as there are Veterans in our hospitals they will never be forgotten and taking that to heart Jim worked with our Veterans committee for many years going to the V.A. facility in Sepulveda to play Bingo and bring snacks for our Veterans. He saw to it that the Veterans were invited to our yearly Veterans remembrance brunch that the Lodge held and still holds every November.

Brother Jim Kellogg passed away June 24th at 90 years of age and we will be having a memorial service on July 22.

We shall meet, but we shall miss him,
There will be the vacant chair, 
But though we no more possess him, 
Still our hearts his memory bear, 
But a while ago we gathered, 
Friendship beaming in each eye, 
Now the golden cord is severed, 
He has passed to realms on high.

Jim Kellogg

 

The memorial for Jim was held at the Conejo Creek North Park on Janss Road in Thousand Oaks on July 22, 2010 with military honors and reading by the lodge officers. Shown below is the Veteran’s Memorial that was donated, in part, by the Elks Lodge #2477.

By | 2011-09-15T06:02:05+00:00 July 10th, 2010|Blog, Elks Lodge 2477, Members, The Vacant Chair, Veteran's|Comments Off on The Passing of Brother Jim Kellogg