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Iona’s VFW Auxiliary

November 21, 2012

The cake and an evening out at Kadupers in Iona was the celebration of the Auxiliary’s 65th birthday party. There was laughter and there was reminiscing. 
 MURRAY COUNTY NEWS PHOTO
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The cake and an evening out at Kadupers in Iona was the celebration of the Auxiliary’s 65th birthday party. There was laughter and there was reminiscing.
celebrates 65 years strong
By JoAnn Biren Murray County News staffwriter

The Iona VFW, Veterans of a Foreign War, became a social organization first and was soon followed by the women who formed the VFW Auxiliary 65 years ago. These were the men and the women who helped win the war that was to end all wars, who came home quietly and went back to the lives they had left. They were an honor to their family and their country. They were true patriots, not self-serving, but serving, the men and women who built a strong country by helping each other.

They called themselves the Galles Piepgras VFW Post and Auxiliary. The name came from Sylvester Galles who died on March 19, 1945 and Leonard Piepgras who was a member of the 8th Air Force and died on April 9, 1945. Their mothers, Virginia Galles and Hulda Piepgras were charter members of the Auxiliary.

The VFW was organized on November 30, 1947 and a short time later the Auxiliary met for the first time on December 18, 1947.

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