Service Member's Corner

November 2023 Update

As the 2nd Vice Commander of Cathay Post #186, I'm honored to welcome you to our latest newsletter. With November upon us, we have a multitude of important events and updates to share. Let's dive right in.

As we enter the holiday season, we're reminded of the profound impact community service can have. Veterans, like us, should consider embracing this opportunity for several compelling reasons. For many of us, the spirit of service instilled during our military careers remains strong, and community involvement allows us to continue our mission of serving our nation. Furthermore, our shared camaraderie and sense of unity can find expression in volunteering, as we work together to achieve common goals. Our military experiences have equipped us with invaluable leadership skills, and these skills can be harnessed to lead community initiatives and inspire others to participate.

Our experience-based empathy, rooted in the challenges we've faced, compels us to make a difference in our communities. As veterans, we often serve as role models, and our active involvement in community service sets a positive example for others, fostering a culture of giving and volunteerism. The deep sense of fulfillment and renewed purpose that many of us find in serving others can be particularly meaningful during the holiday season, helping us navigate the challenges of transitioning to civilian life.

It's important to remember that the holiday season can also bring added stress and challenges. Therefore, we want to emphasize the importance of looking out for each other and ensuring that our fellow veterans are coping well. Check in on your comrades, offer support, and be ready to lend a listening ear to those who may need it. We are a community, and our strength lies in our solidarity.

Additionally, please be aware that help is always available. If you or a fellow veteran is in crisis, don't hesitate to reach out to the Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-8255. They are available 24/7 to provide support and assistance to veterans in need.

Our involvement in community service not only benefits those we serve but also enables us to support our fellow veterans who may be facing hardships or struggling with the transition to civilian life. This unique form of mutual aid is invaluable. Through community service, we also strengthen our bonds with our neighbors, fostering a sense of belonging and creating a more supportive and connected community. For some veterans like myself, community service serves as a form of therapy and healing, allowing us to focus on positive contributions, especially in light of post-service challenges. Lastly, our active participation during the holiday season can make a tangible and significant impact on those in need, whether it's providing meals, gifts, or support, veterans have the capacity to create a lasting, positive difference.

In conclusion, our involvement in community service during the holiday season and beyond is an opportunity to harness our unique skills, experiences, and sense of duty to address community needs and challenges, fostering a stronger, more connected, and supportive society. Your dedication to this noble cause is appreciated and makes a meaningful difference.

November: Veterans Day Observance and Marine Corps Birthday 

This month holds a special place in our hearts as we prepare to commemorate Veterans Day and the Marine Corps Birthday. It is a time to remember and honor the brave men and women who have served our great nation. Let us take a moment to reflect on their sacrifices and express our gratitude.

Remembering Gene Moy: It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our oldest Cathay Post #186 member, Gene Moy. His service and dedication to our post have left an indelible mark. For those who would like to learn more about Gene's remarkable life and legacy, you can read his obituary here. Let us remember him with the respect and admiration he rightfully deserves.

Captain Wilfred L. Painter, CEC, USNR: We extend our sincere gratitude to Wil Painter for sharing his father's inspiring story at our October meeting. Captain Wilfred L. Painter's service to our country is a testament to the values we hold dear. You can read more about his remarkable journey here.

Cathay Post #186 Auction Goes LIVE: Our much-anticipated auction is now live! We owe a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has put in the hard work to make this event a reality. Now, it's time to promote the auction widely. Share the auction website with your friends and family, and let's utilize our social media accounts to spread the word. Your support and contributions are greatly appreciated. Auction site can be found here.

Thanksgiving - A Season of Giving: As we enter the season of Thanksgiving, let's remember the spirit of giving. Consider volunteering your time and resources to make a positive impact in our community. Adjutant Kent Wong will send a separate email to explain the "Donation Matching" giving opportunity. Additionally, we have various initiatives like Toys for Tots, Wreaths Across America, Jerry Lee's Costco Chicken, Rice Collection, and more, all aimed at Veterans Strengthening AmericaTogether, we can make a difference.

In closing, let us remember our veterans, honor those who have passed, and embrace the spirit of giving this November. Your continued support and dedication to our post are what make our community so special. Thank you for being a part of Cathay Post #186, and I look forward to the meaningful events and contributions in the month ahead.

Yours in Service,

2nd Vice Commander Gerald Chang 

American Legion Cathay Post #186

GENE S. MOY  ✯  2017- 2023

U.S. Army - WWII Veteran - Cathay Post #186

Gene S. Moy, life member of the American Legion Cathay Post #186 with 79 years of continuous membership will be buried at Evergreen Washelli Cemetery on Saturday, November 4, 2023.  During the October 25, 2023 Post meeting, we held a Post Everlasting Ceremony in remembrance of Gene Moy.  We recognized his distinguished service to our country and his outstanding contributions to American Legion Cathay Post #186.      

You can read Gene's obituary below: 

Memorial service and viewing will be held at Evergreen Washelli Funeral Home  located at 11111 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA. 98133 

The family has requested in lieu of flowers, please donate to The Puget Sound VA Healthcare System  

The QR Code to the auction is below:

Online Auction is LIVE.  Start Bidding Today.

Our “Veterans Strengthening America” OnLine Auction Website is live!  Just in time to honor and show support to our veterans during the Veterans Day holiday. 

Many amazing auction items were donated for this event:

The Veterans Strenthening American Auction website address is:

To view items in our auction, go to our auction website. 
- Then click "AUCTION" and scroll down.
To make a monetary donation, click on "DONATE" and scroll down.  Remember, all donations to Cathay Post #186 is Tax Deductible. 

OnLine Bidding starts today, November 1, 2023 and ends on monday, November 13, 2023 at 1:00 p.m.

- Anyone can Register, Bid or Donate.  

- Winners must pick up their items in person.

- Help raise funds to support our Veterans…our Community…our Youth!

- Please Share, Like and help promote our very first online Auction.

Thank you very much for supporting your Cathay Post #186.

Donating Cash In Memory or In Honor of a Loved One
Donating to Cathay Post In Memory or In Honor of someone is another way to support our mission. 

We Thank Our Generous Donors:  

To Donate by Check:  

Make the check payable to:  American Legion Cathay Post #186

Mail the check to:  Cathay Post #186, PO Box 3281, Seattle WA 98114

All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  

To Donate by Credit Card:

Please click the button below or the address below:

Our Gratitude For Your Support

We are very grateful for all of our generous donors and donations received so far.  We appreciate your ongoing help with promoting our organization and ensuring that we can continue to "Strengthen America."

- Cathay Post #186 Auction Committee

Photos from our October Post Meeting (20231025)

✯✯  Fantastic Potluck

✯✯  Meeting New Members and Guests

✯✯  Post Everlasting Ceremony: Gene S. Moy 1917-2023

✯✯  Outstanding Guest Speaker: CDR Wil Painter, USNR (Retired)

Adjutant Kent Wong had the honor and privilege to attend the funeral service of U.S. Army Private Wing O. Hom, representing Cathay Post #186.  

PVT Wing Hom enlisted in the U.S Army from Boston in 1943.  He was Killed In Action while serving in Italy in 1944. PVT Hom was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Puple Heart. He was laid to rest in Brooklyn, NYC with his parents.                               Photo Credits:  Kent Wong

Welcome to the Cathay Post #186 Family...  

THANKS: LT B.R. Kimlau Chinese Memorial Post 1291

The American Legion Lt. B.R. Kimlau Chinese Memorial Post 1291 in New York City Chinatown recently donated $500.00 to support our "Veterans Strengthening America" Auction.  

Post 1291's Commander Thomas Ong and Adjutant Gabe Mui said:  

"So glad of Cathay Post #186's great work for the Veterans and Community. We absolutely want to support your work and will contribute $500 to the auction."  

Thanks for your generous donation - LT Kimlau Post 1291 - Commander Haydon Mar, Cathay Post #186

The American Legion, Lt. B. R. Kimlau Chinese Memorial Post 1291 was established in late 1944 in memory of an American officer of Chinese descent, Lieutenant Benjamin Ralph (Lt. B.R.) Kimlau. Lt. Kimlau served as an Air Force bomber pilot during World War II. He was killed in action during an air battle over the New Guinea Islands on March 1944.

Rice Collection

There are many people in our community that experience food insecurity daily.  As an American Legion post who is already doing great things to positively impact our community, we are asking you to consider donating small bags of rice for our local food bank.  This will be our on-going food drive to help feed the hungry.  Any gifts of rice will go directly to the our local area food banks who will, in turn, distribute to community members in need.  We will keep track of how many pounds of rice collected for the next 12 months.  Thank you for feeding the hungry with your generous gift.

"Veterans Strengthening America"  

Veterans Day 2023 is Saturday, Nov. 11. The VA has compiled a list of available Veterans Day discounts, meals, and other ways businesses and organizations want to give back to Veterans. These Veterans Day and year-round discounts, free meals and other programs are being shared so that Veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors are aware of all resources available to them. Offers are subject to change and may not be available in all locations. Verify with the organization offering.

Puget Sound VA Medical Center Wellness Fair

Enhancing the well-being of America's veterans, their families, our military, and our communities by our devotion to mutual helpfulness is a core value of the American Legion.  Recently, we participated at a veterans outreach event at the Puget Sound VA Medical Center.  We were able to share our mission and vision with many of the veterans that visited our display.  "Veterans Strengthening America."   

Consider volunteering your time and resources to make a positive impact in our community.  Please click the button below if you want more information about volunteering and "donation matching."  Thank you.  


ACRS Food Bank Helper:  Ongoing High Need  

Help the most revisited food bank in King County serve culturally familiar food to those in need.  The Asian Counseling and Referral Service Food Bank needs help with:  Prepping grocery bags for delivery; Assembling and packaging food; Loading and unloading food into delivery vehicles; Supporting with organization and light cleaning within the facility; (Fridays and Wednesdays) Handing out food to clients.  Volunteer for a 3 hour shift.


Toys For Tots:  Help us Deliver Hope to a Child in Need…


MISSION: The basic mission of the Marine Toys for Tots Program is to collect new unwrapped toys and distribute those toys to less fortunate children at Christmas.

GOAL: The primary goal of Marine Toys for Tots is, through the gift of a new toy, help bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America's less fortunate children.

FOUNDATION OVERVIEW: The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity which was created at the behest of the U. S. Marine Corps in 1991.


Wreaths Across America:  December 16, 2023

Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at more than 4,000+ locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad. Anyone who wants to offer a small gesture of gratitude for the freedoms Americans enjoy can volunteer at a wreath laying ceremony to assist in saying veteran names aloud and thanking them for their service.  www.Wreaths Across


Costco Chicken Drive:  Christmas 2023 

Donate to Jerry Lee's annual Costco roast chicken drive during Christmas.  Jerry said "it's pretty straight friends just donate $125 and I buy 25 chickens from Costco. All the donors/volunteers come and hand out the chicken to the recipients at the ACRS food bank...usually about 450-500 roasted chickens."  This annual event started in 2009 when Jerry drove by the ACRS food bank and saw the long lines for food that year.  Jerry Lee is a member of Cathay Post #186.



The 58th annual Veterans Parade will be held in Auburn on Saturday, November 11, 2023 starting at 11:00 AM. The parade typically boasts over 200 units and nearly 6,000 parade participants, including 25+ marching bands, military vehicles, veterans' units, honor guards and more.

WHEN:  Sat. Nov 11, 2023    WHERE:  Main Street from E Street to A Street NW/SW
Auburn, Washington


Cathay Post #186 is excited to sponsor a Evergreen Boys State delegate.  Please help us promote Evergreen Boys State!  We will select a "rising senior" of the highest quality to ensure a successful Boys State session.   If you know a student that is interested, please tell them to check out the information posted at the Evergreen Boys State website at  Selection will be managed by our Scholarship Committee.  

Evergreen Boys State is held from Sunday, June 16 through Saturday, June 22, 2024 at the Warm Beach Conference Center in Stanwood, Washington.

These DOD photos are to remind us of all our brave men and women who are serving and training to be at peak combat readiness.  

PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 19, 2023) Airman India Jones, from St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, directs an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 14, on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is currently underway conducting routine operations in the Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael J. Cintron)

Veterans Helping Veterans

Free "handyman" help for Cathay Post veterans and widows of former members on minor home repairs.  If you have any minor home repairs needs, please contact us for a free assessment.

We are NOT licensed, bonded or insured experts.  But we are willing to assist with minor installation of home safety devises such as hand rails, grab bars, change high ceiling light bulbs etc.

Please email Adjutant Kent Wong if you have a potential project for our team.  Thanks.    

Veterans Helping Veterans! 


Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, we will NOT have our regularly scheduled November meeting.  Instead, this meeting will be combined with the December Meeting and our Post Christmas Holiday Party.  

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS:  See meeting changes in ***RED.  

We Are "Foo Dogs" - Guardians & Protectors!

Cathay Post #186 members are "Guardians and Protectors" of AMERICAN VALUES and PATRIOTISM!  

Which means we advocate for upholding and defending the United States Constitution, equal justice and opportunity for everyone and discrimination against no one, youth education, responsible citizenship and honoring military service by observing and participating in memorial events.

Second Vice Commander Gerald Chang found this giant Foo Dog in Taipei Taiwan.  

Send us your Foo Dog sightings.

Tax Deductible Donations

Cathay Post #186 is making a positive impact.  Here are a few examples:

You can help us achieve our mission with a tax-deductible donation.

To donate cash, you can send us a check made payable to "American Legion - Cathay Post #186".  If you want your gift used for a specific purpose by indicating that purpose either in the memo line or in a letter to us.

Contact us if you want to add a bequest in your Will.   We can help you include language in your will or trust specifying a gift be made to Cathay Post #186 as part of your estate plan.

Donations to American Legion Cathay Post #186 are Tax Deductible:

If you have any questions about donations, please contact Cathay Post Adjutant, Kent Wong. 

The Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2022 (PACT Act) is the biggest expansion of Veteran health care and benefits in generations. VA encourages all eligible Veterans and survivors to file a claim — or submit their intent to file a claim — for PACT Act-related benefits now. If you notify VA of your intent to file before Aug. 10, 2023, you may be able to get retroactive payments to Aug. 10, 2022, when the PACT Act became law. Learn how to let VA know of your intent to file.  Go to:



The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation's largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.

The American Legion's success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.

If you have served at least one day of active military duty since

December 7, 1941 and were honorably discharged or you are still serving active military duty honorably, you are eligible for membership with The American Legion.

Come to our meeting and check us out.  If you want to join the Cathay Post #186, please contact Adjutant Kent Wong and he can sign you up.    

Let's make a difference in our Community, State and Nation.    

"Veterans Strengthening America"