Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
Old Stone Fort Post 10904


~ All American Post~
~ All State Post ~

130 Shelton Road
Manchester, TN 37355

8 January 1990

Monthly Meetings:
6 pm / 18:00
Second Monday of each month
Coffee County Veterans Building
130 Shelton Road; Manchester, TN

Kimberly King

Donald Purinton
Senior Vice Commander
County Veterans Service Officer

The VFW is a non-profit veteran service organization composed of eligible veterans
and military service members from the active, guard and reserve forces.
The VFW and its Auxiliary are dedicated to veterans service,
legislative advocacy and military and community service programs.

The VFW was established to assist veterans. Our mission is to foster camaraderie among U.S. veterans
of overseas conflicts and to serve our veterans, the military and our community. We advocate on behalf of all veterans.

The purposes of the VFW are patriotic, fraternal, historical, charitable and educational.
To preserve and strengthen comradeship among its members and to assist worthy comrades.
To perpetuate the memory and history of our dead and to assist their surviving spouses and orphans.
To maintain true allegiance to the United States and fidelity to its institutions of freedom
and to preserve and defend the United States from all enemies.

Click Here for a complete list of all Programs the VFW offers.

We encourage and welcome all qualifying veterans to join our Post
and support our veterans, our families, and our country.
Post contact information, as well as qualifying information, is listed below.

Partial List of Uncoming Events for 2023

Our Post now has dates for our major events for this year.
This is just a partial list and does not include our meetings, Operation Joy performances
or fundraiser breakfasts.
Those events are listed separately further down on this website.

Dept of TN VFW Mid-Winter Conference
February 17-18th; Embassy Suites; Murfreesboro

Vietnam-Era Veterans Honors Dinner
March 30th; 6 pm; Post building

Easter Egg Hunt
April - Date TBA; Post building

Armed Forces Day Parade
May 20th; Mancheser

Memorial Day Ceremony
May 29th; Manchester Square

Smyrna Air Show
June 10-11; Smyrna, TN

Flag Day Ceremony
June 17th; Post building

VFW National Convention
July 22-27th; Phoenix, Arizona

All-American Celebration
August 12th; Post building

Patriot Day Ceremony
September 11th; Post building

Halloween at the Post
October 21st; Post building

Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony
November 11th; Manchester

Coffee County Veterans Christmas Party
December 9th; Post building

Wreaths Across America
December 16th; Manchester and various locations

VFW Awards Night - 13 February 2023

Please join us on Monday, 13 February 2023, where we set aside a night to honor our
student essay winners, teachers of the year and military support appreciation award winners.

Dinner will be served at 6 pm followed by our annual ceremony. All are welcome and invited to attend.

This year's winners include...

Teacher of the Year Award Winners:

K-5th grade: Allison Beachboard; Coffee Street Elementary
Allison has also won the District and State Teacher of the Year award

6th-8th grade: Landon Spangler; Westwood Middle School
Landon has also won the District Teacher of the Year award

Erica Peterson; Coffee County Central High School

Patriots Pen Essay Competition:

1st Place: Alexandria R. Famularo - Westwood Middle School
2nd Place: Carter Bell - Westwood Middle School
3rd Place: Azariah John Zagone - Temple Baptist School
4th Place: Bella Follis - Temple Baptist School

Voice of Democracy Essay Competition:

1st Place: Ruby Lawson - Temple Baptist School
2nd Place: Hannah Ryan - Temple Baptist School
3rd Place: Rylee Bachyrycz - Temple Baptist School
4th Place: Quinton Robinson - Temple Baptist School

VFW Military Support Appreciation Award Winners:

Lou Brewer - Quilts of Valor
Monica Clark - Brandon Tax
Gayle Van Hoosier - Grundy County Register
Mike Anderson - Wreaths Across America

Congratulations to all of our winners.

All of the essay and teacher awards will be given at our
Annual VFW Awards Banquet and Ceremony.

13 February 2023 - Monthly Meeting

Our monthly meetings are held at the Coffee County Veterans Association building located at
130 Shelton Road; Manchester, TN.
Our Monthly meeting in February is our annual awards night ceremony.

All are welcome!

VFW Monthly Fundraiser Breakfast - 25 February 2023

Please join us Saturday, 25 February 2023, for our monthly fundraiser breakfast.
Come and join us for breakfast served with smiles. Take out available!
Open to the public!

Thank you to our super sponsor

Vietnam-Era Veterans Honors Dinner - 30 March 2023

We are pleased to announce our annual Vietnam-Era Honors Dinner date for Thursday, 30 March 2023
at our Post building. Special guest speaker to be announced.

Registration required due to limited seating.
Contact CDR Kim King at 251-554-8836, or email: to register.

All are invited to attend and participate. Open to the public.

The Vietnam-era includes all veterans who served in the military from
1 November 1955 to 15 May 1975.

Post Officers for 2022 to 2023

Welcome to our Newest Members:

Carl Hills
Navy; Vietnam

Raymond Lewis
Navy; Vietnam

Shannon Maze
Army; Iraq

James Hall
Navy; Iraq

James Massingille
Army; Germany

Richard Kapp
Air Force; Gulf Wars

Michael May
National Guard; Gulf Wars

Jack Angelo
Air Force; Gulf Wars

Jerry Roberts
Army; Gulf Wars

Richard Whitmire
Army; Southwest Asia

Allen Hawkins
Army; Afghanistan

Mackenzie Marion
Army; Iraq

Kelly Hamilton
Air Force; Kuwait

Jess Haag
Navy; Vietnam

Patriotic Days We Acknowledge and Cherish

VFW Post 10904 celebrates and honors all patriotic days and events including the following:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - 18 Jan
Four Chaplains Day - 3 Feb
National Vietnam War Veterans Day - 29 March
National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day- 9 April
Loyalty Day - 1 May
National Military Spouse Appreciation Day - 11 May
Armed Forces Day - 20 May
Memorial Day - 28 May
Flag Day - 14 June
Independence Day - 4 July
American POW's in Hiroshima Killed on the day of the Bombing - 6 August
National Purple Heart Day - 7 August
Patriot Day - 11 Sept
POW/MIA Day - 21 Sept
National VFW Day - 29 Sept
Gold Star Mother's Day - 30 September
Veterans Day - 11 Nov
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day - 7 Dec

Our Pledge of Allegiance

Operation Joy Music/Comedy Program

Please contact CDR King for a schedule of Operation Joy events.
Operation Joy is a Bob Hope style music and comedy program we provide
for free to several assisted living centers.
Below are the addresses for the homes we visit each month:

Autumn Oaks Senior Living
1621 McMinnville Hwy
Manchester, TN

Morning Pointe Assisted Living
711 Kings Lane
Tullahoma, TN

McArthur Manor Assisted Living
119 Bryan Ave
Manchester, TN

Brookdale Assisted Living
801 Wilson Ave
Tullahoma, TN

All are welcome to join us. It's great fun!
Please contact Kimberly King at
or phone 251-554-8836 for additional information.

Our Post Awards

VFW National All-American Post
4 years consecutive (2018 - 22)

VFW Department of Tennessee All-State Post
5 years consecutive (2017 - 22)

VFW National Award of Merit
3 awards (2018 - 19 - 22)

VFW National Post Special Project Award
2 awards (2018 - 21)

VFW National Membership Award
4 awards (2017 - 22)

VFW National Smart/Maher Teacher's Award

VFW Department of Tennessee Community Service Award

VFW Department of Tennessee Smart/Maher Teacher's Awards
8 awards (2018 - 2022)

VFW Department of Tennessee Commander's Membership Award
5 awards (2018 - 22)

VFW Department of Tennessee Community Service Awards
5 awards (2018 - 22)

VFW Department of Tennessee Balsom V. Perry Award

VFW Department of Tennessee Cooper T. Holt Award
Howard Thompson winner

Department of Defense Vietnam War Commemoration Award

Governor's Volunteer Star Award
3 winners:
Claude Morse, Ed Reader, Sr and Andrew Hetrick (Eagle Scout)

Our District Awards include:

Veterans and Military Support Programs Award
5 awards (2017 - 22)

Community Service Award
5 awards (2017 - 22)

Attendance Award
5 awards (2017 - 22)

Citizenship Education Teacher Award
3 awards (2017 - 22)

Outstanding Patriot's Pen Award
3 awards (2017 - 22)

Outstanding Voice of Democracy Award
3 awards (2017 - 22)

Dot Foods Grant

Dot Foods had a ground-breaking ceremony
at 1 pm on Thursday, 25 August in Manchester Industrial Park.
At the event, Dot Food's President, Dick Tracy, gave our Post a check for $10,000.

We want to thank Dot for their generous donation which will go towards Veterans, their
families, our many events and programs.

We are blessed to have partnered with such a fine business coming to our area.

Welcome Girl Scouts!

We want to warmly welcome Girl Scout Troop 1194 to our Post!
The Scouts have partnered with us for future events. We hope to be an
asset that they will treasure as we know we are blessed to have them.
Welcome Aboard!

VFW Post 10904 Photos

Please click Here to view a few photos
of some of our events, projects, members and award winners.

VFW Post 10904 Membership

Please click HERE to view information
on becoming a member of our post.

Community Service Programs

Click on the title to access information on the following awards and programs:

These awards include Emergency Medical Technician, Law Enforcement and Firefighter.

Click here for more info:
Public Safety Award Information

Emergency Medical Technician, Law Enforcement or Firefighter Award Submission Form

Scout of the Year Award

Teacher of the Year Contest

Click Here
to listen to Emily Ezell, elementary school teacher from Cowan Elementary
describe how winning the National VFW Citizenship Education Teacher award changed her life.

Entry form for 2022-2023 VFW Teacher of the Year Award
Smart/Maher VFW Citizenship Education Teacher Award Page 1
Smart/Maher VFW Citizenship Education Teacher Award Page 2

Young American Patriotic Art Contest

Open to students in grades 9-12

Patriots Pen and Voice of Democracy Essay Competitions:

Patriots Pen Essay Contest
Grades 6-8
Rules and Eligibility for the Patriots Pen Essay Contest
2022-23 Patriot's Pen Essay Contest Brochure

Voice of Democracy Essay Contest
Grades 9-12
2022-23 Voice of Democracy Essay Contest Brochure
Rules and Eligibility for the Voice of Democracy Essay Contest

For a complete list of VFW Community Service Programs
please Click Here

VFW Action Corps Weekly

What is National VFW working on this week?
Check out the latest news and information at
VFW Action Corps Weekly

Proud member of the
Department of Defense Vietnam Commemoration

Please contact us if you know anyone in the following categories from the Vietnam War:

1. Former, living American military Vietnam prisoners of war (POWs) as listed by the Department of Defense.
2. Immediate family members such as parents, children, siblings, or the spouse of American military personnel
who are listed as missing or unaccounted for by the Department of Defense.
3. Immediate family members such as parents, children, siblings or the spouse of a veteran who is
listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC.
4. The surviving spouse, (at the time of death) of a veteran who served on active duty
in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time period between 1 November 1955 to 15 May 1975, regardless of location of service.

We will honor and recognize those family and/or service members at an appropriate time.

Thank you for considering a donation!

Donations made to our Post go strictly to veterans needs, programs or community
charitable organizations we support.

VFW Post and General Links:

VFW Post 10904
Facebook Page

VFW Post 10904
Chain of Command and Officers

VFW Post 10904

VFW Post 10904
Membership Information

VFW Post 10904

VFW National Website

Department of Tennessee VFW

Remember our Fallen Heros in Afghanistan

Photo of our 13 fallen hero's in the recent withdrawl from Afghanistan

Toy Soldier Project
(Click on the photo for a larger view of the display)
Please Click Here to explain our Toy Soldier Project.
Information on the project can be found
at the bottom of the Vietnam War Facts Website.

Facts about the Vietnam War

Coffee County Veterans Association

Coffee County TN Service Officer
Donald Purinton

VFW Post 10904 Patriots Pen / Voice of Democracy Essay Competition and
Teachers of the Year Past Award Winners

8 March 2021

A video of the entire ceremony can be seen at this YouTube video link:
VFW Post 10904 Awards Night

Also, enjoy viewing a slide show of all the award winners which you can see in the video link below:
VFW Award Winners Slide Show

Manchester Veterans Day Parade

2nd Annual Manchester Veterans Day Parade

American Veteran POW's Killed in Hiroshima

Pearl Harbor Day

King's Nuclear Weapons Fascinating Facts

VFW Post 10904
2021 Veterans Honors Day and Fair
13 and 15 May 2021

Veterans Killed in Vietnam From Coffee County - Tennessee

Thompson Jewelers

Veteran owned and operated.
Has our highest recommendation.
Best jeweler in Tennessee

Central Funeral Home

Proud sponsor of VFW Post 10904

Clower Automotive

Please support Ron and Cyndi Clower and their Auto Repair Shop.
They are members of our VFW Post.
Proud sponsor of all veterans in Coffee and surrounding counties.

Mission BBQ

Veterans owned, operated and recommended restaurant.

Veteran Legal and Social Service Resources in Tennessee
Lawyers for Warriors
Legal aid, advice and lawyers in Tennessee for Veterans.

Black Rifle Coffee

Veterans owned, operated and recommended coffee.

Vietnam-Era Honors Dinner Video; 28 March 2019

Department of Defense
Vietnam War Commemoration

Vietnam-Era Honors Day at Manchester Square - March 2018

Filmed by Lamar Wilkie, Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy - Retired

Honor Flight of Middle Tennessee

Coffee County Wreaths Across America Facebook Page

New Veterans ID Card

Military Discounts Offered by Stores, Services or Online

Great source of information on discounts for military and their families.

ASVAB Test; Practice Test and Study Guide

Operation Gratitude

Care packages sent to military and how to contribute or join.

Manchester Recreation Center

Thunder Radio

Support those who support us. Thunder Radio is our partner in all events helping or
related to veterans. Join them at radio FM station 106.7 or 107.9.
Also available at AM station 1320

A Winning Attitude is is where we purchase our event t-shirts, post polo shirts and plaques.
Highly recommended for anyone having an event, cause or need.
Located in Manchester near the square.

Website and Contact Information:

For information on the VFW Post 10904
please contact:

Kimberly King
Commander, VFW Post 10904
2658 Gap Road; Altamont, TN 37301
Phone: 251-554-8836

Please email me your questions, comments
or information pertaining to our Post.
Happy to serve!

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