Christian "Chip" Borle - Commander
Born May 14 1975, he graduated from high school in Abingdon, Illinois. Then went to Norwich University military college for 5 years and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree. Chip joined the U.S. Army in 2000 as a combat engineer (12B) in the 82nd Airborne and was as an E4 specialist when serving in Iraq . In 2003 he moved to the Minnesota National Guard, in which he is still serving as an E7 staff sergeant . Chip works at C&L Distributing.
Chip's story: Proud member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and spend as much time as I can assisting my fellow Veterans. Contact me at 218-851-0855.
David "Dave" Meyer - Senior Vice Commander
Graduated from the Brainerd High School in 1967. Went into the Army in 1967 with a Military Occupational Specialty of 11B4P [Light Weapons Infantry] Served in Vietnam 1968-69. Was with 2/17 Cavalry, 101st Airborne. On return was assigned to Co. B [Ranger] 75th Infantry. Dave graduated from Central Lakes College in 1972 and then worked for UPS [United Parcel Service] for 30+ years.
Dave's story: I am a member of the VFW, the Disabled American Veterans, and Vietnam Veterans of America. Contact me at 218-829-0608.
Michael "Mike" Williams, Junior Vice Commander. Born October 31, 1950, Mike enlisted in the U.S. Navy in July 1969. His naval occupational specialty was corpsman. Mike spent one year aboard the U.S.S. Hancock attack aircraft carrier, CVA-19, in the Tonkin Gulf, on the South China Sea at Viet Nam from 1972 to 1973. He was honorably discharged in 1973.
Mike's story: Glad to have the opportunity to serve in the Veterans of Foreign Wars at Post 1647. One of my duties is to be a part of the Honor Guard with a bunch of great men and women vets. Mike's Mail Call poem
VFW Post 1647 Quartermaster Patricia I. Wing (Mogensen), born in Brainerd, MN, on April 20, 1953. Graduated from Brainerd High School in 1971. Joined the U.S. Army in Oct of 1974.
Pat's story: I took basic at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, then Advanced Individual Training at Fort Gordon, Georgia, as 95B20 (Military Police). After training, I was sent to Fort Lewis, Washington. From there I went to Pusan, Korea, which gave me the eligibility to join the VFW. After Korea I was sent to Fort Monmouth, New Jersey and was discharged in the fall of 1977.
I came home to Brainerd and in January of 1978, and married Dale Wing. We dairy farmed until 2014. I had a full time job with Chas Levy services for 33 years. When they moved to Chicago, I started a different career at Mills Fleet Farm in 2007. We have 2 sons (Travis & Justin) and a daughter-in-law Becky, with a lovely granddaughter named Zorey.
I joined the VFW when Korea service was eligible. I’ve enjoyed my membership very much and presently serve as the Post 1647 Quartermaster, along with being a club part-time bartender.
VFW Post 1647 Chaplain Mark Persons started life and was baptized as a Presbyterian. Later he became a Baptist and finally a member of the Park United Methodist Church in Brainerd. Mark brings the word of God to all faiths at Post 1647. Some have taken to calling him Father Mulcahy, as in M*A*S*H 4077.
Mark's Story: I joined the U.S. Army in 1966 and taught electronics at Fort Monmouth, NJ. Then it was off to Vietnam to be Sergeant in Charge of an Avionics repair shop in support of the high-tech OV-1 Mohawk Surveillance Aircraft. Back in civilian life in 1969, I worked as a radio broadcast engineer until retirement. I am happy to be a part of and service to VFW Post 1647.
Additional Post Officers:
Service Officer - Steve Rosenow
Trustees - Marrice Mogensen
Annual dues are $35. Membership meetings are the second Tuesday of every month. Come for a Taco dinner starting at 5 pm, then stay for the meeting at 7 pm.