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Keep-Zimmer VFW Post 1782


Founded in 1930, our local VFW Post has a fascinating history. The post is named after Gerald Keep and Earnest Zimmer, the first two WBL natives to die in World War I. Member Don Pepin, aboard the USS Ward, fired the first shots against Japan by America in WWII. As part of a group of Minneapolis reservists, the crew of the Ward fired at a Japanese submarine outside of Pearl Harbor on the morningof December 7, 1941, before the infamous attack on America. At first the Navy refused to believe the encounter; and only recently, upon finding evidence of the wreckage, have they acknowledged the attack on the submarine took place. 

The club moved to their current location on the western shore of White Bear Lake in 1962 when the members borrowed $2,000 from the ladies auxiliary, and there have been several expansions over the years. With over 400 members, VFW Post 1782 has been a stalwart supporter of not only our Veterans, but the community as a whole as well. Some notable activities include: support for the 407th Civil Affairs Battalion and their families when they’re on deployment; Hosting of a fishing excursion of Medal of Honor recipients in 2016; Hosting of the Governor’s Fishing Opener Breakfast in 2009; Support of theannual Ruck-March, put on by the 407th; Pull tab revenues support many local charities and non-profits, such as youth sports and veteran’s causes in the community; Honor Guards and Color Guards at local community events and veteran’s funeral services; Support of Veteran’s Memorial Park; and much more. 

With a Five-Star location and beautiful view of White Bear Lake, the “V” is a popular destination for locals looking for a reasonably priced dining experience; according to Club Manager Shiela Parato and House Committee Chair Mike Lindvall. They offer casual fare, a great view, friendly staff, and camaraderie amongst vets of all different eras. The Club welcomes guests seven days a week from 11 am to 10 pm, with breakfast served starting at 9 am on Sundays. The current Commander is Leo Cooke. 

This article written by Ken Galloway, and originally featured in the White Bear Press.