One of VFW’s Core Values:

Serve our community

November 6, 2020

Members of VFW Post 735 produce a stack of winter firewood for a single mom.

14 year-old Elesha had difficulty reaching her front door, even with the help of her two younger siblings. The steep ramp required an adult to push her wheelchair. Members of VFW Post 735 gathered to build Elesha a new longer ramp so her sisters could push her. While building the ramp, the Veteran’s Mobility Corps was contacted. They investigated the situation, measured Elesha for an electric wheelchair and will deliver one first week in November.  Link to video:

Pocatello’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #735 heard from a special guest last night (October 21) at their regularly scheduled monthly meeting. Idaho VFW Commander Melanie Foster of Buhl, the first female state commander for the VFW in Idaho history, attended their regularly scheduled meeting and spoke to those assembled. Buhl served three years in the Army and was deployed to Iraq, serving as a combat engineer during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

September 29, 2020

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #735 and Pocatello Veterans Honor Guard were asked to present and post the colors at the opening ceremony at the Pocatello Regional Airport on Monday, September 14th, 2020 at 11 a.m.. Commander Richard Hollingsworth of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post 735 was the Master of Ceremonies. The posting of the colors was done by the VFW Post #735 and the military branch flags were presented by the VFW and the Pocatello Veterans Honor Guard. The National Anthem was sung by Konnie Kendell and the guest speaker was Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad. The speaker was Mr. Bob Taylor “Maid in the Shade” crew member and crew chief.

Crew Members: 1st Roll Left to Right are Mr. Bob Taylor, Mr. Jerry Washburn, Mr. Pepitone, and Mr. Tim Thorstad. Those standing from Left to Right are Alan Evans, Brian Yerka, Harvey Richardson, Owen Buffaloe, Don Roth, Stan Brangham, Clinton MacLeod, Colonel Breshears, David Platt, Major Breshears, Richard Hollingsworth, Ken Medley, Kermit Morrison, Anthony Sonnier,  Capt. John Rogers, Ron Chatterton, Kay Freis, Capt. Bill.

Left to Right,

David Platt

Owen Buffaloe

Richard Hollingsworth

March witnessed several Eagle Scout transition ceremonies.

9 January 2020

VFW Department

Mid Winter Conference

Left to right, Air Force Brig. General Tim Donnellan (Air National Guard); Richard Hollingsworth,Commander, VFW Post 735; Maj. General Michael Garshack (TAG); and Chief Hal Boniovi.

McKelle Robinson is escorted to receive the 2nd Place Voice of Democracy award.

Zoe Zufelt is escorted to receive the 2nd Place Patriot’s Pen award.

December 18

December meeting Post 735 hosts


Winners of District 7 VFW Awards

District 7 results encompass the winners from the VFW Posts in 7 Southeastern Idaho counties.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 735

Patriot’s Pen District 7 winner Zoe Zuefelt and Family.

Voice of Democracy District 7 winner Mckelle Robinson and Family.

Teacher of the Year District 7 winner Marilana Buck and Family.

VFW Post 735 Teacher of the Year Alternate John Humphrey and Family.

November 29

Pocatello Parade of Lights led by the Pocatello Veterans Honor Guard

Jim Loechel (White Rifle), Ron Chatterton (American Flag), Wes Jones (Idaho State Flag), Clinton Macloed (White Rifle), and David Platt (giving the cadence, and commands)

The parade started at 6:30 pm with snow on the ground.

November 23

The Pocatello Elk’s Lodge provided the venue for our Citizenship Awards Presentation Luncheon attended by the winners and their supporters.

Ms. Barbara Orr was presented a Thank You for her participation as a judge in the VFW contests.  Other judges present included Mr. Bob Angle, and Mr. and Mrs. Gene Lish.

Winners represented:  William Thomas Middle School in American Falls, Century High School, Calvary Chapel Christian School, home-school, Connor Academy, and Alameda Middle School.

Ms. MariLana Buck was selected as the VFW Teacher of the Year.  She later cut and distributed the celebratory cake.

Mckelle Robinson and Eddy Crowder were the Voice of Democracy winners for 2019.

Samatha Waldron and Haidyn Christensen were the Patriot’s Pen winners for 2019.

Voice of Democracy, Second Place winner, Emma Otvos; Patriot’s Pen, First Place winner Zoe Zufelt; VFW Teacher of the Year Alternate, John Humprey did not attend the ceremony.

November 11

Holy Spirit Catholic School

VFW members and Pocatello Veterans Honor Guard posting colors with Troop 315

Ken Medley, Richard Hollingsworth, Capt. Dan Greaser, David Platt, Sven Berglowe, Clinton Macloed, Robert Dawson (Clinton is behind Robert) and Owen Buffaloe.

Farm Bureau Patriotic Essay winner, standing with his grandfather, reading his essay to the gathered audience.

Sven Berglowe presents the essay winner with a VFW dogtag medal.

November 11

Ninth Annual Salute to Idaho Veterans

Opening Ceremonies with the

Pocatello Veterans Honor Guard.

Mr. Owen Buffaloe, VFW Post 735; Major Priscilla Giddings, VFW member; Mr. Issac Heiner Pocatello Veterans Honor Guard.

Master Chief Ed Reese PVHG, Mr. David Platt VFW, Major Pricilla Giddings VFW, Mr. Richard Hollingsworth VFW, Mr. Ken Medley PVHG.

PVHG preparing to fire volley.

Pocatello Veterans Honor Guard Rifle Squad and Sabre salute.

Farm Bureau Salute to Idaho Veterans ceremony followed by a luncheon.

November 11

Ron Chatterton and Owen Buffaloe unveiled the Veterans Honor Wall as Sven Berglow  read the names, rank, and branch of service of the honorees.

November 11

Kurt Camerud, Patrick Kamm (Texas Roadhouse Manager), and Richard Hollingsworth distribute Buddy Poppies®.

(Not shown) Darrell Sears, and Owen Buffaloe also distributed Buddy Poppies®.

October 16

Dan Greaser is inducted into the membership of Post 735 VFW.

September 29

Post 735 VFW recognizes the attainment of Eagle Scout by Jason Porter Layton, 29th September 2019, ceremony held at the Idaho State Veterans Home.

Left to right, Mr. Jim Loechel (VFW), Mr. Tim Petty, Ms. Jennifer Layton, Mr. Jason Layton, Mr. Floyd Layton, Ms. Sally Petty, Mr. William Petty (VFW Post #6154 Morgan, Utah), Mr. Dustin Petty, Mr. Owen Buffalo (VFW Post #735), Mr. Richard Hollingsworth (VFW).

August 24

Pocatello Zoo

Tour and picnic.

The Pocatello Veterans Honor Guard provides Military Rites for deceased veterans.

Pocatello Veterans Honor Guard

Phone: (208) 221-0077

Patriot Guard Riders receive recognition by Post 735 VFW and the PVHG.

August 22

Thunder Mountain

Pot Luck Dinner

4 pm, members and family erected the TeePee.

Kermit Morrison and Nelda Morrison provided a delicious Dutch Oven Dinner.

August 11

Eagle Scout

On behalf of Post 735 VFW, David Platt presents Jace Wendell Blakeslee with a certificate of recognition on attainment of the rank of Eagle Scout.

July 4

4th of July


Veterans Honor Guard

Leads the

July 4, 2019 Parade

Post 735 recognizes citizens in our community who show unsolicited patriotic service by the display of our national flag.

Pete and Sue Welsh

Gene and Debra Lish

Glen Taylor and Family

Drew, Monica, and Noah Keen

June 8

Family Fun Day

Portneuf Wellness Complex

Children at Family Fun Day recited the Pledge of Allegiance and were given a United States Flag and a Certificate.

Sven Berglowe, Kurt Camerud, and John Dannunzio represented Post 735 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

May 27

Memorial Day

Kurt Camerud, Regina Kline, and Joe Kennedy distribute Buddy®Poppies

Kermit Morrison and Wes Jones continue the Buddy®Poppy tradition.

Not pictured:  Richard Hollingsworth, John D’Annunzio, and Sven Berglow.

May 27

Memorial Day

The Pocatello Veterans Honor Guard “Posted the Colors” for the Memorial Day at the Idaho State Veterans Home in a ceremony honoring fallen veterans.

VFW Honor Guard members, left to right, Wes Jones, Ken Medley, David Platt, Jan Heinz, Kermit Morrison, Chris Albano, Jim Loechel, SGM Robert Dischinger, Sr. Chief Doug Frei, Joe Kennedy, and Richard Hollingsworth.

April 26

The Pocatello Zoo mentioned their need for a shotgun for emergency use.  Our Post Commander, Richard Hollingsworth, purchased a Maverick 88 shotgun for them and donated it to the zoo.
Left to right are Sven Berglowe, Roger, Ashlee (Lead Zoo Keepers), and Richard Hollingsworth.


Picture courtesy of Cindy McAfee

April 25


Reserve Officer Training Corps

Richard Hollingsworth and Gerrad Montgomery present Veterans of Foreign Wars awards to Idaho State University ROTC graduates.

April 25

We presented a certificate of appreciation to Ace Hardware who has donated flags to our Post the past two years for use during Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day.

Thank you Ace hardware!

April 24

Gold Star

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John Dannunzio and Richard Hollingsworth present a donation to Ms. Rebecca Webb, a Gold Star Mother who is spearheading the creation of the Idaho Gold Star Families Memorial Monument.

Left to right. comrades David Platt, Duff Woolsey and a Kay Fries representing the VFW at the Memorial dedication.

April 20

Some of the residents of the Idaho Veterans Home helped scatter eggs for the annual Easter Egg Hunt.  VFW Post 735 members helped with this worthy project including Robert Dawson who became the Easter Bunny.

April 17

Post 735 Officers

Deborah Harmon inducts the Post 735 officers. Left to Right, Joseph Kennedy, Irv Cramer, Jim Loechel, John Dannunzio, Darrell Sears, Sven Berglowe, Gerrard Montgomery, and Richard Hollingsworth.

April 16

Kurt Camerud, John Dannunzio, and Richard Hollingsworth represent Post 735, VFW at the ISU Armed Forces Appreciation Day.

April 15

Mrs. John Webb was presented the VFW “Patriotic Citizen award”.  Post 735 recognizes citizens in our community who show unsolicited patriotic service by the daily display of our national flag.