Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States

POST 727 HISTORY

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Chartered:     February 13, 1970 - consolidated with Post 9957 August 13, 2017.

Continuous Location:    Taichung, Taiwan, Republic of China

Commander-in-Chief:   Ray Gallagher when chartered.

   The full name of The Post is "Taichung Post 727", which was always located in Taichung, Taiwan, Republic of China.  Shortly after ‘The Post’ was founded, membership rose to a high of 150 members in 1972.  Membership declined significantly in the mid-1980’s due primarily to the closure of the U.S. Embassy and withdrawal of all U.S. Military troops in 1979 from the country (ROC). Since then, membership has increased to the  2010 end of year membership of 86,  82 of which are life members, and 4 annual members.   However, the majority of the membership are living outside of Taiwan.   In 2017 post had 74 members and little chance of reviving!  Post 727 voted to consolidate with Post 9957 in Taipei.   Thus ended Post 727.

Taiwan has had four VFW posts established here, of which only Post 9957 in Taipei  survives.     The withdrawal of U.S. troops from  Taiwan led to the demise of two posts, and declining post participation of post 727 to having less than a quorum for meetings led to consolidation with 9957.    Post 9957 suffers from lack of active participation, and is striving to revitalize itself.   

In 1971, Post 727 established a Post Home with canteen, which ceased operations in the late eighties coinciding with the decline in active members. Post 727 in 1983 voted to accept the transfer of Pup Tent 15 from Post 89 (Tainan) to Taichung - due to the closing of Post 89.  The Cooties from former Pup Tent 15 transferred to Pup Tent 11 in the Philippines.   Post 727 has never changed location,  nor disestablished and later re-established, but was forced to consolidate or close - and chose to consolidate with 9957.

Two members of Post 727 have served as Department Commanders; All American Department Commander Harry A. Bowser (1979-1980) and All American Department Commander Bill Wichmann (2001-2002). The Post has had one National officer; Bill Wichmann the Chairman of the National Military Assistance Program (2002-2003).   Post members holding higher offices in Department are Bill Wichmann who was the Department Judge Advocate.  Orville Humfleet served as the District IV (Taiwan) Commander and Post Commander for several years.   Bill Wichmann is also Past All Star Grand Commander (2000-2001) and Orville Humfleet was an All Star Grand Commander (2009-2011).  Commander Ted Steppe was the Post commander that facilitated consolidation with Post 9957. 

Post  727 was active in the local community doing projects at schools and provided other assistance in the communities of Taichung and Kaohsiung. It annually conducted the Voice of Democracy. Patriot’s Pen, and Teacher's Award Programs in which Morrison Academy of Taichung participated.    Post 9957 has continued these programs.    Over the past twenty years Post 727 entrants at Department level have won seven times the VOD and four times the Patriot’s Pen contests. The Post’s last winner Department level that won first place in the Patriot’s Pen contest was Jacob Van Singel from Taichung who placed twenty-ninth at National.

 

SUMMARY OF MEMBERS & POST COMMANDERS

June 2018

YEAR

MEMBERS

COMMANDER

YEAR

MEMBERS

COMMANDER

1970

82

UNKNOWN

1996

79

Bill Wichmann

1971

136

UNKNOWN

1997

84

Orville D. Humfleet

1972

150

UNKNOWN

1998

84

Orville D. Humfleet

1973

110

Harry Bowser

1999

85

B. Allen Cox

1974

134

Harry Bowser

2000

90

Orville D. Humfleet

1975

92

Harry Bowser

2001

89

Orville D. Humfleet

1976

72

John Talas

2002

89

Orville D. Humfleet

1977

89

Jesse Goodman

2003 

89

 Orville D. Humfleet

1978

131

Harry Bowser

2004 

89

 Orville D. Humfleet

1979

139

Harry Bowser

2005 

91

 Orville D. Humfleet

1980

63

John Whittington

2006

93

 Orville D. Humfleet

1981

55

Larry Braley*

 2007

93

 Orville D. Humfleet

1982

42

Hank Knight*

2008 

93

Orville D. Humfleet

1983

45

Harry Bowser

2009

86

Orville D. Humfleet

1984

51

Harry Bowser

2010

86

Orville D. Humfleet

1985

48

Harry Bowser

2011

87

Orville D. Humfleet

1986

50

Harry Bowser

2012

 

O. Humfleet

1987

56

Harry Bowser

2013

81

O. Humfleet

1988

59

Harry Bowser

2014   O. Humfleet

1989

64

Harry Bowser*

2015   O. Humfleet

1990

66

Bob Roth

2016

76

T. Steppe

1991

63

Bob Roth*

2017

76

T. Steppe

1991

63

Bill Wichmann

  consolidated with 9957

1992

64

Bill Wichmann

     

1993

68

Bill Wichmann

     

1994

71

Orville D. Humfleet

     

1995

73

Bill Wichmann

     

Note: *Deceased Comrade.