Post History

VFW Post 6519 Proudly bears the namesake of Harold I Holmes, and was the Founding (Charter)Member of the Chardon Post.  Harold I. (Bill) Holmes served as a Tech Sgt radio dispatcher on Bora Bora in 1945/1946.  Following the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan, the U.S. entered WWII.  The U.S. chose Bora Bora as a South Pacific military supply base, and an oil depot, airstrip, seaplane base, and defensive fortifications were constructed.  Known as “Operation Bobcat,” it maintained a supply force of nine ships, 20,000 tons of equipment and nearly 5,000 men.  Seven massive cannons were set up at strategic points around the island to protect against military attack.


Holmes served as the commander of the Geauga VFW Post, charted in 1946.  Holmes was a radio dispatcher for the Geauga County Sheriff’s department, and served on the Chardon Board of Public Affairs; was a member of the Chardon Chamber of Commerce; past Commander of Lake County Council of VFW; a member of the Plumbers Union Local 55 of Cleveland and a member of the Chardon Post 167 American Legion.

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