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Veteran's of Foreign Wars

Abilene, Texas

POST 6873

1987 – 1988

In February of 1987 a group of veterans, realizing the need for a Veterans of Foreign Wars in the Tye/Dyess Air Force Base area, began organizational meetings. By March, the 25 required members to apply for a charter were obtained. On April 11, 1987, the Tye VFW Post 6873 was instituted at the Noncommissioned Officers Open Mess at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Following the institution, officers were elected and installed by Bobbie Burdett, of Wichita Falls, Texas. The charter was closed on July 11, 1987 with a total of 108 members.

During the remainder of the 1986-87 year, Tye VFW Post 6873 obtained Honor Roll Post and All State Post honors. The Commander and Quartermaster were selected to the All State Team of Commanders and Quartermasters and Doug Bell was awarded a plaque for being the, organizer of VFW Post 6873.

During the 1987-88 year, the Post received numerous awards. Honor Roll Banner, Honor Roll Post, and All State Post. Ray Yocom and Joseph Wolpe were again selected to the All State Team of Commanders and Quartermasters. In addition, the Community Service Record Book placed second in the state and eighth in the nation. The Post received numerous certificates and citations.


Commander Raymond L. Yacom
Sr. Vice Commander Edward Linneberger
Quartermaster Joseph P. Wolpe
Advocate Shelly L. Kelly
Surgeon Douglas M. Smith
Chaplain Norman G. Brander
3 Year Trustee William D. Bell
2 Year Trustee John C. Skeen
1 Year Trustee William A. Casey
Adjutant Robert A. Art
Officer of the Day Jerrid A. Caverly
Service Officer William D. Bell
Guard Francis M. Hodge

1988 - Present

In 1989 the membership of then Tye VFW Post 6873 purchased 4 acres of land on Vapor Trail near Dyess Air Force Base. This is the site of the new Post home. During construction of the 19,600 square-foot structure, the Post held its monthly membership meetings at a local American Legion Post. Prior to the grand opening, the members voted unanimously to dedicate and named the new Post home in memory of Army Private First Class Martin D. Denson. Martin was the only Big Country casualty in Operation Just Cause, the December 1989 invasion of Panama. Born in Abilene, Denson was a 1986 graduate of Jim Ned High School. He was serving with the 82nd Airborne Division when he suffered a gunshot wound in the leg while on one of the helicopters leading the attack on enemy forces in Panama. Denson insisted on getting off the chopper with his fellow soldiers, and was killed by a subsequent mortar barrage before he could be evacuated. He was buried with full military honors in Elmwood Memorial Park's Field of Honor. On April 11, 1992 Martin D. Denson VFW Post 6873, was officially opened, with family members of Martin there for the ceremonies.




Charter Dates

Martin D Denson VFW 6873 - April 11, 1987

Martin D Denson VFWA 6873 - May 27, 1987

Three Acres MOC 36 - March 2, 1984

Three Acres MOCA 36 - March 2, 1984

Martin D. Denson Men's Auxiliary - September 15, 2005

VFW Motorcycle Groups - Unit 2 - November 25, 2005

Doors opened to the Post on 11 April 1992 and the first meeting here was on the first Monday in May.

Past Post Commanders
1986-88 Ray Yocom
All State
1988-89 Ed Linneburger
All State
1989-90 Don Sandee
All State
1990-91 Jerrid Caverly
All State
/All American
1991-92 James Clark
All State/All American
1992-93 Jerrid Caverly
All State/All American
1993-94 James Nordyke
All State
/All American
1994-95 Thomas "Ted" Rives
All State/All American
1995-96 Ken Short
1996-97 Ken Short
1997-98 B.J. Cadwell
1998-99 Gerald Bunker
1999-00 Charlie York
All American
2000-01 Gerald Constable
All American
2001-02 Pedro "Pete" Guerra
All State/All American
2002-03 Leroy Haynes, Jr.
All State/All American
2003-04 Dave Jorgenson
All State
/All American
2004-05 Robert "Bobby" Gallimore
All American
2005-06 Cliff Hollis
All American
2006-07 Samuel F. Gregory
2007-08 Ralph Rodriguez
2008-09 Ned Maybee
All State/All American
2009-10  Bobby "Bobby" Gallimore
All State/All American
2010-11 Ralph Rodriguez
2011-12 Bobby "Bobby" Gallimore
All American
2012-13 Leroy Haynes
2013 - 2014 Ralph Rodriguez
2014 - 2015 "Bobby" Gallimore
2015 - 2016 Kevin Wade
2016 - 2017 Melvin Harper
All State


VFW National Commander in Chief Visits

March 17, 1993 John Carney - Luncheon Served

March 22, 1996 Paul Spera - Dinner Served

April 8, 1998 John Moon - Dinner Served

February 28, 2000 John Smart - Dinner Served

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