Thurber-Greenwood VFW Post 1916 - 200 Veterans Dr, Reedsburg, WI 53959 - (608) 524-1435
OUR MISSION

To foster an on-going recognition of Veterans and their sacrifices in military-service to America. Each veteran made those sacrifices to ensure the freedoms and security of a way of life that we all enjoy today. Our Members pay tribute to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in service when "Honoring the Dead by Helping the Living". The many National Veterans of Foreign Wars Programs are promoted to recognize the needs of those now serving in the military, our Disabled Veterans and the Widows and Orphans of Veterans. VFW educational programs are offered to local schools and their students of all grades to help recognize military Veterans and to promote true Patriotism through art contests, essay- writing and an oratory-program. Those students who chose to participate are rewarded for their efforts
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Post 1916 Scholarship Award

Thurber-Greenwood Participates In Butterfest Parade

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Erica Gronley; VFW State Teacher of the Year!

Webb Middle School teacher, Erica Gronley (right), was honored Tuesday Morning as the Wisconsin Veterans of Foreign Wars Middle School Teacher of the Year. District 11 VFW Commander, Wayne Woodman, is reaching into his pocket to pull out a cash reward of $450 to present to Gronley. Erica was chosen out of hundreds of nominees from VFW posts across the state.

Webb MS students looked on. Also pictured are Jim Wiczorek and Wayne Unrath of Thurber-Greenwood VFW Post 1916 from Reedsburg, who sponsored Erica for the award.

VFW Art Entry Leads To New Friendship
For RAHS Senior And Local Veteran

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Ho Chunk Hosts Vietnam Veterans Day. 1916 Attends

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VFW Veterans Benefit Fair At Ho Chunk and
Viet Nam Veterans Day Flag Raising

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Veterans Benefit Fair

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Viet Nam Vets Day

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1916 Presents VFW Citizenship Education Teacher Awards

Three teachers in the Reedsburg School District received the VFW Citizenship Education Teacher Award for promoting civic responsibility and patriotism in their classrooms. Nominations were submitted by fellow teachers. At the February VFW Breakfast, the teachers received certificates and cash prizes from the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary. The teachers and their families were also treated to breakfast.

In the above photo (left to right): VFW Commander Wayne Unrath, Erica Gronley (Webb), Kevin Runde (RAHS), Bryon Williams (elementary & RAHS), Regina Puhl (Vice President Ladies Auxiliary) and Joanne Biesek ( Auxiliary President). Erica Gronley's nomination will continue on to be judged at the district & state level for this national award.

Post 1916 Honors Patriot's Pen Winners

There were four first place winners in the local contest of the Reedsburg VFW Patriot's Pen contest. A total of 148 essays were submitted, which were judged independantly by three people who assigned numerical scores to each essay. Through the scoring, four essays tied for first place. In the photo above is Patriot's Pen contest Brett Bolt, who attends St. Peter's Lutheran School. Pictured with him are his father, John Bolt, VFW Auxiliary president Joanne Biesek VFW Commander Wayne Ubrath. Pictured below are Patriot's Pen winners from Webb Middle School. They are, from left to right, Emily Schellenberger, Lauren Van Meeteren and Jacob Gesteland. Pictured with them are VFW Auxiliary president Joanne Biesek VFW Commander Wayne Unrath.

Schedule for Veterans Day Activities

Schedule for Veterans Day , November 11th ,2015

0730; Meet at the Post 1916
0830; Proceed to St. Peters Lutheran School, then to Our House Assisted Living 1135,17th Court, Our House II, Mack Drive and Sacred Heart School
1130; Lunch
1200; Program (Rifles?)
1305 - 1335; Reform at High School - rifles
1400; Sauk County Health Care - Rifles
1500; Reedsburg Senior life, 2350 North Dewey

Veterans Day Program Reedsburg Area High School

1. Ladies and Gentlemen, please Rise.
2. Opening Prayer: Reverend Joe Corbin.
3. Star Spangled Banner - Band
4. Introductions; Wayne Unrath, Commander VFW Post 1916, Joanne Biesek, President 1916 Ladies Auxiliary, Walter Farber, Commander American Legion Post 350, Loreta Dischler, President Legion 350 Ladies Auxiliary, Jim Wieczorek, Commander Marine Corps Eagles Nest.
5. Announcement; Welcome to today's ceremonies and thank you for attending. We are here to Honor our service men and women and to remember the sacrifices they made and the courage they found to DEFEND HONOR, DUTY AND COUNTRY. At this time I would like to introduce Captain Nicholas Andrychowski, Captain Field Artillery and Commanding Officer of the US Army Recruiting Company, Madison Wisconsin.
6. Medley of service tunes
7. Rifle Salute & Playing of Taps
8. Closing Prayer: Reverend Joe Corbin

Memorial Day Rememberence by 1916

Reedsburg VFW members Phil Kraker, Merlin Meyer and Warren Frank stand at attention during the playing of "Taps", following a 21-Gun Salute that concluded the Reedsburg Memorial Day ceremonies on Memorial Day.

Ceremonies were moved to the CAL Center due to inclement weather.

1916 Honors Matthew Berlin

Matthew Berlin was presented with a special certificateof recognition by Thurber-Greenwood VFW Post 1916 for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Matthew, a member of Troop 44 of the areas Boy Scouts, receives his certificate from 1916 Commander, Wayne Unrath as Matthews parents, Jerry and Darcy Berlin, look on.

Only 2% of Boy Scouts ever achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, which requires the scout to earn 21 merit badges and plan and supervise a community project.

For his project, Matthew led the team which designed and built this Information Kiosk for the Hastings Trail at Mirror Lake Park.
1916 Veterans Honor Roll Gets a Facelift


A Message From Wayne;

As commander of Thurber-Greenwood VFW Post 1916, let me welcome you to our new web site. Here is some information about us;

We hold our monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of each month. Most of the comrades arrive around 5:00pm, to talk and reminisce about past members and current events in the area. The bar is open for your pleasure. Also notice the Last Man Bottle Case at the bar. Meeting nights, dinner is at 6:00 pm prepared by the members, assisted by the Ladies Auxiliary. The meeting starts at 7:00 pm.

On every second Sunday of the month, we host a breakfast buffet from 8:00 am - noon. Adults - $8.00, children ages 4-11 $3.00. We serve omelets, scrambled eggs, french toast, pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, and other amenities.

Our color guard and firing squad perform funeral military rites for comrades and other veterans who have passed away. We also honor fallen comrades on Memorial Day at Greenwood Cemetery as well as on Veterans Day, November 11. Our Color Guard has been requested to perform in many events in the area. See them in action at the Reedsburg Butter Fest Parade this month.

If you are a veteran and would like to join the VFW, contact us or come to our VFW Hall at 200 Veterans Drive, Reedsburg. We help veterans in need and provide information that might aid you. We have a Veterans Service Officer who will help you in any way he can.

Wayne Unrath, Commander
Thurber-Greenwood VFW Post 1916
Reedsburg Wisconsin, 53959

Post 1916 Gets Plaque In Highground Memorial

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Thurber-Greenwood Celebrates Its 85th
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Reedsburg Celebrates Memorial Day

Wet Memorial Day weather in Reedsburg on May 25th spoiled plans for a parade and outdoor ceremony at Greenwood Cemetary. Instead, the event was held inside at the CAL Center, where members of the areas Boy- and Girl-Scout Troops, the Reedsburg Area High School Band as well as several hundred residents joined joined veterans in commemoratingh the day.

1916 and Ladies Aux receive the Friend of Education Award


VFW Post 1916, and Ladies Auxiliary, received the Friend of Education for all their generosity to the Reedsburg School District. The Post and Auxiliary offer several scholarships, contests, and teacher awards.

Pictured (L to R; Regina Puhl Vice President Ladies Auxiliary, former Commander Warren Frank, Jolee Mockler Reedsburg Area H.S. art teacher and Auxiliary member that nominated the Post for the award, current Commander Wayne Unrath and Auxiliary President Joanne Biesek.

The USS Epperson DD-719


Your Commander Wayne Unrath Served On USS Epperson from 1967-1969. The Epperson conducted training along the east coast; on 10 December 1949 she arrived at Key West for intensive antisubmarine warfare exercises. On 22 August 1950 Epperson sailed for Pearl Harbor, her home port, arriving on 10 September. She operated in the Hawaiian Islands with her squadron and ships of other types, and on 7 November 1950 became flagship of Commander, Escort Division 12.

Epperson sailed from Pearl Harbor on 1 June 1951 for service in the Korean War. She screened the carrier task force off Korea, patrolled and bombarded the coast, and joined in hunter-killer exercises off Okinawa before returning to Pearl Harbor on 14 November. Her second Korean tour, from 10 November 1952 to 29 May 1953, found her performing similar duty, as well as patrolling the Taiwan Straits, and entering the dangerous waters of Wonsan Harbor to bombard enemy shore batteries.

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During the first 4˝ months of 1954, Epperson patrolled in the Marshall Islands during thermonuclear weapons tests, and in June sailed for duty in the Far East once more, an annual part of her employment schedule through 1962. In 1958 and 1959, her western Pacific cruises included visits to Manus, ports in Australia and New Zealand, and Pago Pago, American Samoa.

Epperson's classification reverted to DD-719 on 30 June 1962.

Epperson was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 30 January 1976.

Bob Blakesley Receives 65-Year Pin


Post 1916 member Bob Blakesley recently celebrated his 65th year with the VFW as he received his 65-Year Pin. Attending were members Arthur Krolikowski, Wayne Balweg, Howard Althiser, Bob Blakesley, Bob Yagsdel, and Wayne Unrath.
Memorial Wall
Thurber-Greenwood Memorial VFW Post 1916


A small group of individuals had a vision in 2008… a monument to the great service and sacrifice that has been and continues to be made in the defense of the freedoms that this great country supports.
It started as an idea and with input from area architects, landscapers, designers, contractors and a monument company, the idea took shape and grew into a full-fledged plan. As word spread, an entire community of businesses, organizations and individuals rallied to support the effort.
This Memorial Wall tells a story….a story of what it took to keep this country free. The Reedsburg Area Veterans Memorial was dedicated on July 4th, 2011, and it now stands as a place of gratitude of reflection.
You are invited to visit this beautiful monument, located on 8th Street, Nishan Park, Reedsburg, and sit on one of the many marble benches to reflect on the sacrifices of the many men and women of this great country that have kept the flame of freedom burning.
Veterans Groups, Businesses Team To Help Those In Need


This group of Reedsburg VFW, American Legion and Auxiliary volunteers unloaded two trailers full of bedding and clothing items last Thursday evening that will be distributed to homeless veterans and to homeless shelters across the state. The items came from the Great Lakes Naval Station. Read More...
Post member and Wounded Warrior Gives Presentation


BJ Ganem, Wounded Warrior and VFW Post 1916 member gave a presentation to the students at Reedsburg Area High School about his military experiences and his being wounded while deployed in Iraq. Ganem, formerly spokesperson for Wounded Warrior Program, is now the national spokesperson for the Semper Fi Fund.


BJ and his wife own the Blue Heron in downtown Reedsburg and his son attends Reedsburg Area H.S. Local recruiters and several VFW members also attended BJ’s presentation. The students commented that it was the best assembly they had ever experienced at their high school.