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VFW Post 12214, Corvallis, Oregon

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We come together once a month at the Elk's Lodge in Corvallis. We socialize, have a burger, and then get down to any business. We welcome visitors and look forward to adding members to our new post!

On the corner of Grant and 9th Street.

Buddy Poppy Program
As a post, we bring the poppies to the public to help veterans locally and nationally. Poppies are not for sale, but given out during these events. The Buddy Poppy program sponsored by Post 12214 goes to support local veterans in need.

Care Packages
We facilitate the sending of care packages to military units during deployments. Please let us help you send morale if you have a loved one currently on deployment.

Help with VA
As a community of veterans, we look forward to helping other veterans learn the in and outs of the VA system and benefits. Come join us for more information.

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Post 12214 is named for Sgt. Holcomb who left Oregon State to serve in The Army during The Vietnam War. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions posthumously. His citation follows:

"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Holcomb distinguished himself while serving as a squad leader in Company D during a combat assault mission. Sgt. Holcomb's company assault had landed by helicopter and deployed into a hasty defensive position to organize for a reconnaissance-in-force mission when it was attacked from 3 sides by an estimated battalion-size enemy force. Sgt. Holcomb's squad was directly in the path of the main enemy attack. With complete disregard for the heavy fire, Sgt. Holcomb moved among his men giving encouragement and directing fire on the assaulting enemy. When his machine gunner was knocked out, Sgt. Holcomb seized the weapon, ran to a forward edge of the position, and placed withering fire on the enemy. His gallant actions caused the enemy to withdraw. Sgt. Holcomb treated and carried his wounded to a position of safety and reorganized his defensive sector despite a raging grass fire ignited by the incoming enemy mortar and rocket rounds. When the enemy assaulted the position a second time, Sgt. Holcomb again manned the forward machine gun, devastating the enemy attack and forcing the enemy to again break contact and withdraw. During the enemy withdrawal an enemy rocket hit Sgt. Holcomb's position, destroying his machine gun and severely wounding him. Despite his painful wounds, Sgt. Holcomb crawled through the grass fire and exploding mortar and rocket rounds to move the members of his squad, everyone of whom had been wounded, to more secure positions. Although grievously wounded and sustained solely by his indomitable will and courage, Sgt. Holcomb as the last surviving leader of his platoon organized his men to repel the enemy, crawled to the platoon radio and reported the third enemy assault on his position. His report brought friendly supporting fires on the charging enemy and broke the enemy attack. Sgt. Holcomb's inspiring leadership, fighting spirit, in action at the cost of his life were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army."

VFW Post 12214, Corvallis, Oregon

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photo by Cody Mann, Albany Democrat Herald