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VFW Post #1651 in 1956

VFW Post #1651 in 1956

Posted: 1315494736000
Classification: Query
The Tri-City Herald of Pasco, Washington, carried the
article "VFW Takes in 17 Members" on October 11, 1956:

"Bernard Schmidtman Post 1651 Veterans of Foreign Wars of Pasco accepted 17 new members Tuesday night at the first meeting following the group's recent membership drive.

"Commande John Roberts said he feels certain the post will exceed its 1956 membership quota, considering the start it has made. VFW mambers desiiring to attend the Department Commander's Banquet in Tacoma Oct. 13 should contact Roberts at his office in the Lewis Hotel, for reservations. Next post meeting will be at 8 p.m. Oct. 23 in the post clubroom, Lewis Hotel, Pasco.

"New members accepted were: Robert H. Kessinger, Ben P.
Kdamski, William A. Simcox Jr., James R. Draves, Patrick E. Chambers, H. Wayne Aeschliman, Phillip G. Harrison, Anthony M. Klug, William P. Rasbury, John R. Hehmke, Louis S. Rodda, Roger L. Kaai, Laurence D. Osterman, William L. Robbins, John C. Lane, Jack C. Cantrell and James N. Barbouletos."


Can someone confirm or deny that this Roger L. Kaai was the same person as Roger Levi Kaai (1927-1985)? Is the Lewis Hotel still there? Is Post 1651 still active? Are any of these gentlemen still alive? I would like to talk to any of them who are still living.

Mary Meyer (

Re: VFW Post #1651 in 1956

Posted: 1320905909000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Kaai
Hi Mary,
It appears that this is that Roger L. Kaai is the same person as Roger Kaai.

Specialist 3 and Mrs. Roger Kaai, 6D Navy Homes, Pasco twin boys, July 13, 1956. Source: Tri City Hearld (Pasco, WA)

Kaai, Camp Hanford, Sgt. & Mrs. Roger Navy Homes, Pasco girl August 5, 1957.
Source: Tri City Hearald (Pasco, WA, Aug. 19, 1957.

Name: Roger L. Kaai
Born: 21 Nov 1927
Service Start Date: 28, Feb 1946, Sgt. U.S. Army World War II, Korea, Vietnam
Died: 27 Jan 1985
Buried: 31 Jan 1985, Ft. Logan National Cemetery, 4400 West Kenyon Avenue, Denver, CO, 80236, Section U, Site 2138.
Source: U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca. 1775-2006.

A Roger Kaai
Born: 21 Nov 1927
Died: Jan 1985
May or may not have died in Aurora, Arapahoe, Colorado
His soc. sec. # was assigned in Hawaii before 1951.
Source: Social Security Death Index.

A Lillian Kaai, wife of Roger L. Kaai
Born: 13 Mar 1927
Service Info: Sgt. U.S. Army
Died: 16 June 2003
Buried: 27 June 2003, Ft. Logan National Cemetery
Source: U.S. Veterans Grave sites ca. 1775-2006.

If you don't have your Roger's obituary, that might help clear up questions. However, I don't know about ordering obituaries in Colorado.

You can find out about the VFW Post by contacting the Pasco Chamber of Commerce. Ask them too about the Lewis Hotel.

You can search the Washington State Digital Archives to find if any of the other fellows are still alive. Successful Searching!

Roger Kaai and wife Lillian

Posted: 1320907249000
Classification: Query
His wife Lillian was my first cousin.
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