The Veterans of Foreign Wars
Columbus, Polk County, North Carolina


Welcome Home Vets


If you have any of  these awards, then you may join the VFW.

Combat Action Badge

Combat Infantry Badge

Combat Medical Badge

SSBN Deterrent Patrol Badge

AF Expeditionary 

American Campaign

American Defense

Army of Cuban Occupation

Army of Cuban Pacification

Army of Occupation of Germany

Army of Occupation

Army of Puerto Rican Occupation

Asiatic - Pacific Campaign

China Campaign

China Service

Combat Action

Dominican Campaign

European - African - Middle Eastern Campaign

Haitian Campaign

Korea Defense

Korean Service

Kosovo Campaign

Marine Expeditionary

Mexican Service

Nicaraguan Campaign

Philippine Campaign

Spanish Campaign

Coast Guard Combat Action Medal

Vietnam Service

World War I Victory

Yangtze Service

Afghanistan Campaign

AF Combat Action

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary

Inherent Resolve Campaign

Iraq Campaign

Navy Expeditionary

Second Nicaraguan Campaign

Southwest Asia Service

VFW Post 9116


The Polk County VFW Post 9116
meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

The meeting are held at the
House of Flags Museum
33 Gibson St, Columbus, NC.

Meeting starts promptly at 1900 hours
on the third floor. Enter via the main entrance.
Post Phone Number is 864-230-9806
Our Email address is:

VFW Post GPS Location:
N 35.15.07
W 82.14.23


2021~2022 Post Officers
Post Commander
D. Michael Collins
Senior Vice Commander
Elliot D. Butler
Junior Vice Commander
George Leimann
John D. Fleming
Grover Whitmire
Judge Advocate
William S. Weichl
William S. Weichl
VA Service Officer
Gina Cashion
John W. Thurow  Robert Holycross  
The Officers of Post 9116

Joint Meeting of the Post 9116

A brief history of this post.

in Columbus, North Carolina, USA

Veterans must have served overseas during wartime.  If you  earned one of the ribbons on the sidebar then you are qualified to become a member of the VFW.  All new awards (ribbons) were added on 03-01-2019.

The VFW is a nonprofit unit. We are supported by donations,
fund-raising efforts and membership dues. We serve the community that includes all of Polk County and Landrum SC areas.

We assist
disabled Veterans and Vets in distress. In addition we support the VFW National Home, participate in Honor Guard functions (which our members Scott Camp & Fred Foster started), observe Veterans Day activities, maintain the VFW monument at Polk Memorial Gardens, place flags on Veterans graves on Memorial Day and conduct Memorial Day Services at Polk Memorial Gardens Cemetery. We also visit and support veterans in local Rest Homes, the VA Hospital, the Black Mountain Center and the Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministry Veteran Homeless Shelter.

We have a Buddy Poppy
distribution / fund drive on Memorial Day. We also conduct a Prisoner of War / Missing In Action Program.

Our Post participates in a variety of programs in our community that support Americanism and Patriotism. We support the
911 Programs, Voice of Democracy & Patriotic Pen Essays for high school students, Teacher of the Year, Boy Scout Programs, Memorial Day, Flag Day and Veterans Day Programs. We conduct a Flag Disposal Ceremony on June the 14th. Our Post offers programs and aid to Veterans and their Families. This is an integral part of the VFW's volunteer efforts thus providing and promoting patriotism and helping Veterans who are in need, which are two important ways the Post serves our Community.

Members of this Post were instrumental in establishing the House of Flags Museum, we continue to provide support and hold our monthly meetings at the House of Flags Museum on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm.

Follow VFW Post 9116 on Facebook at this address:

Veterans Park War Memorials here:

Polk County Memorial Honor Guard here:

Attention of Veterans

The Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars request assistance in the following project currently taking place at the Veterans Park in Columbus NC. Please review and should any operation be missing from either of the two following documents:

The Gulf Wars
- before 9/11/2001
Global War on Terrorism - after 9/11/2001

Then please email to the commander the information in the same format as presented  as shown in these documents for inclusion into these list.  These list will then be used for the placks on the new war memorials that will be created and installed in / at the Veterans Park located in Columbus NC.

Please E-Mail any missing additions or corrections to the commander of the VFW at this E-Mail address:
 VFW Commander

Thank you for your help.


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The VFW Post 9116 of Polk county is in the process of of creating a memorial in the Veterans Park that will honor all who served in each of America's Wars and Conflicts. Plaques have been installed for World War I and II, Korean and Vietnam. The next memorial will be for the Gulf War. Fundraising continures for the remaining placks.

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See the commander for more
information on how to sign up.

The VFW Auxiliary


Auxiliary Officer for 2021~2022

The VFW Auxiliary also meets at the 'House of Flags Museum' in Columbus, NC at 7:00 pm on the third Tuesday of each month.

Membership is open to all relatives - both male and female of Veterans that served overseas during wartime.

This is also a nonprofit organization, supported by donations, fund-raising efforts and membership dues.

We serve Veterans by placing flags on Veterans graves on Memorial Day and having Memorial Day Services at Polk Memorial Gardens Cemetery, visiting and supporting them in local Rest Homes, VA Hospital, Black Mountain Center and the Asheville - Buncombe Community Christian Ministry Veteran Homeless Shelter for men and VA affiliated Homeless Shelter for women.

Several camps are supported as well - Camp Purple - Camp Bob - Camp Kanuga for children of deployed Veterans. We assist with the Buddy Poppy distributions, hold Prisoner's of War / Missing In Action Programs, 9-11 Programs; Voice of Democracy & Patriotic Pen Essays, Teacher of the Year, Boy Scout Programs. We participate in Veterans Day Programs with the Post and raise money for cancer.

We offers programs and aid to Veterans and their families. It is an integral part of the VFW's volunteer efforts. Promoting patriotism and helping Veterans in need are two of the many ways the Auxiliary serves their Post and Polk Community.

We assisted and helped start the House of Flags with this Post.  



Are fraternal, patriotic, historical and educational
To preserve and strengthen comradeship among its members
To assist worthy comrades
To perpetuate the memory and history of our dead,
and to assist their widows and orphans
To foster true patriotism
To maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom
And to preserve and defend the United States from all her enemies, whomsoever
To maintain true allegiance to the government of the United States of America,
and fidelity to its constitution and laws.

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