Chartered: Sept 27, 1965
Original Location: Bangkok, Thailand
A Brief History of Post 9951
It is often not clear how a particular VFW Post is assigned a particular number. If a Post surrenders its charter, after a time the National Headquarters may re-issue that number to a new Post. So it is with the VFW Post # 9951.
According to a document on file from the Office of the ADJ GEN, the first time the number 9951 was issued was to a Post formed in Shanghai China on 1 April 1949. That Post lasted only two years. In 1953, 9951 was re-issued to a Post formed in Toul, France, which subsequently moved to Nancy. That Post became defunct in 1964.
When a VFW was chartered in Bangkok Thailand in 1965, 9951 was issued for a third time. The official date of inception of the Bangkok Post was SEPT 27, 1965. For a few years, the Post was simply known by that name The Bangkok Post. In AUG 1968, the Post sought permission from the family of Charles L. Elms to use his name for the Post’s. In FEB 1972, Nat’l HQ made this official. [see below]
Reportedly, the Post nearly folded in 1976 as the Armed Forces completed their pullout from Thailand following the Vietnam War. Membership had fallen off to under 50 (down over two-thirds) after a period of rapid growth in the early 1970s. It was to the credit of the local retired members, especially James A. Brown and Albert Lyman that the Post remained viable. Unfortunately, all the Post records prior to 1977 seem to have been disposed of.
Post Membership data: (per records obtained from Nat’l HQ)