Elks Gather to Celebrate Vets

Clayton J. Mitchell Photography    Pearl Harbor survivor Senior Chief Mickey Ganitch addressed a packed house at last Saturday’s veterans’ dinner at the Elks Club. Cecilia Gaerlan, executive director of the Bataan Legacy Historical Society also spoke to the group assembled at this annual event to honor America’s veterans.

Some 240 people enjoyed the Elks Club’s annual dinner last Saturday, Nov. 10. The dinner honored both veterans and active-duty military members stationed around the Bay Area. The Elks Club itself boasts 125 lodge members who are veterans. 

These Elks served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the current Middle East conflicts. Invited guests included active-duty Army personnel from Camp Parks in Dublin, as well as Marines and Navy members for the Naval Operations Support Center who are serving our county here in Alameda. 

The Elks also invited Rear Admiral Moore, Deputy Commander Coast Guard Pacific Area; Brigadier General Roasche, Commanding General, U.S. Army 84th Training Command, Camp Parks; and the commanding officers of the Coast Guard cutters Stratton and Waesche. 

The dinner especially honored the Blue Star Mothers who have children on active duty in the military: 

 

  • Pat Darnell, whose son Christopher, U.S. Army Green Beret, was badly wounded in Afghanistan and is medically retired. 
  • Maureen Deierling, whose son Jorden in serving with the U.S. Coast Guard at Maritime Force Protection Unit Bangor, Wash.
  • Tamara Hilton, whose daughter Gitte is serving in the  Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry Truman. 
  • Linda Tubbs has two sons on active duty, both in the Army; Nich recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan as a medevac helicopter pilot and Maxwell is currently serving in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The following day, Sunday, Nov. 11, veterans were honored at ceremonies aboard the USS Hornet at Alameda Point.