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DAR hears from veterans of WWII

Dorothy Maki

The Washoe Zephyr Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution held a meeting on Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. This was the group’s Christmas meeting, with husbands as guests and a potluck served at noon. The meeting was held at the home of Walt and Dot Maki in Genoa.

Charles Abbott, commissioner of veteran affairs, was the guest speaker. He gave a report on the veteran affairs. He talked about the federal cemeteries in Fernley and Boulder City and the need for and the future building of a veterans’ hospital, which will be built in the Las Vegas area. A state home for veterans will be constructed in northern and eastern Nevada in the future.

John Perkowski, a former prisoner of war, gave an interesting talk on the war at Corregidor and Manila.

Ralph Levenberg, a POW of the Japanese during World War II, was on the Bataan Death march andspoke about on his experience during the Battle of the Philippines and other events.

William Dolan spoke about his experience in Europe during World War II.

William Hutchison, USAF (Ret.) talked about his experiences during World War II, Korea and Viet Nam.

This program on veteran patients was well received by the members, who were surprised to learn how small Corregidor was.

Members attending were Dot Maki, Ann Potts, Jean Zeibron, Joanne Byerly, Jean Schmid, Ev Lew, Dorothy Dolan and Ruth Harris. Prospective member Christie Potts was also present.

Guests attending were Chuck Abbott, Ralph Levenberg, John Perkowski, Bill Dolan, William Hutchison, Walt Maki and Kathie Levenberg, a sitting member of the Veteran’s Advisory Commission – a public appointment.