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History of VFW Post 11406

Oceanway Post

Jacksonville, Florida

 

During the summer of 1992, John Clark from District 6 contacted local veterans including David Spruill and Robert Young. With the first meetings being held in a small auxiliary building behind the Oceanway Community Center, the Oceanway Post 11406 was born in October, 1992 with Robert Young as the new Post’s First Commander. David Spruill, John Clark, and a sizable group of friends and veterans from District 6 were instrumental in breathing life into the new post and Robert Young provided the leadership we needed in our first few years. John Clark would soon become District 6 Commander (1995-1996) but his legacy was as a Lifetime Member of Post 5968 in Orange Park.

Meetings continued to be held in this modest setting and the Post’s first Articles of Incorporation were approved in October, 1993. Robert continued to serve as the Post Commander as they moved to a better meeting location courtesy of the Masonic Lodge on Sago Avenue in 1994. Robert turned over the helm to Jim Bridges in 1995.

During those early times, one of the fundraising methods of choice was to man what the members called the “Weenie Wagon.” The post would set up a hot dog stand at the Welcome Center / Rest Area just west of Jacksonville along I-10.

Also in 1995, the post was granted the use of a nearby rental property free of charge due to the generosity local resident, Sammy Johnson. It was a rough start because the building needed to be completely reworked to support the needs of the post, but the members joined together and built their new home. This arrangement continued through six commanders and 16 years, until the post became the unwitting beneficiary of one of its members, who’s final legacy was to bequeath a good sum of money to the post to be used to secure a permanent home.

Wallace Reed Cook, a U.S. Navy Veteran and one of the original members and first two year Trustee of Post 11406, went to be with The Lord during the summer of 2005. His surviving wife of over 50 years, Muriel Leona (Thompson) Cook followed him in May of 2006. They had decided to bequeath ten percent of their combined estate to our post. This gift provided the post with the means to secure a permanent home. On April 23, 2010, Post 11406 closed on the building we now occupy.

Over the course of the next year, with Mac “Little Mac” Rohn at the helm, members of our post, along with a number of volunteers from VFW District 6 and local veterans from surrounding service organizations, gathered when possible to renovate the former small engine repair shop, literally gutting the building, then building out our current facility. Where the kitchen is now located was an oil change pit (on the outside of the original structure). On May 6, 2011, we christened our new home and have enjoyed its shelter ever since.

 

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