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Bucks Veterans of Foreign Wars continue to serve on home turf

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Their wartime experiences range from the D-Day Invasion during World War II to the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Gulf War and combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

At 136 strong, the Doylestown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 175 is busy doing good works and looking for more members.

Operating in the Bucks County area, you can find them at their monthly meetings as well as on the last Wednesday of each month enjoying breakfast at Cafe With Soul in Doylestown. There they share stories and enjoy each other’s company along with hearty breakfasts of waffles, pancakes and eggs.

Events usually includes about 20 members from each war, said Ed Krensel, a spokesman for the group. He said one member served in three wars: Korea, the Gulf War and Vietnam.

“Every member has been in combat,” said Krensel. “Everyone has a story to tell.”

Among the many amazing stories is that told by member Chet Furtek, now 93, who was a U.S Navy seaman aboard the USS Corry (DD-463), the destroyer that led the D-Day Invasion at Normandy on June 6, 1944. It was the only U.S. destroyer sunk on D-Day, and Furtek spent two hours in the frigid ocean water with shells bursting around him before he and his shipmates were rescued.

With the motto, “We Serve Veterans and Their Families,” the veterans do more than get together and swap stories.

“The mission of our post is to help veterans to give back to the community,” explained Commander Jim McComb, a Vietnam War veteran.

“When veterans come home we help them and their families,” he said.

That recently included offering assistance to a returned veteran who lost a home in a fire. They also visit veterans in nursing homes and speak at schools where students often have long lists of questions about their wartime experiences.

The Doylestown VFW also has run the annual Memorial Day Parade in Doylestown, which is the oldest continuously running parade in the country.

Qualified American veterans of foreign wars can join Post 175 at their meetings held the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Doylestown. Those who come early can participate in a light dinner before each meeting.

The members also can be found at breakfast the last Wednesday of each month at Café With Soul, sharing stories along with their meal. For more on VFW 175, see their website at doylestownpost175vfw.org.


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