Fleet Reserve Association 
Mt. Rainier Branch 104

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Branch History

Mt. Rainier Fleet Reserve Association Branch 104 was chartered on 28 July 1947 in Tacoma, WA. Serves the shipmates that primarily live in South King County and the greater Tacoma area.

Branch 104 has also had a long history for serving the NW Region and the FRA as a whole.

In 2010, Branch 104 moved its base of operations to the Puyallup VFW Post hall after meeting at the South Tacoma Parks Department Community Center. 2010 also saw the merger with Olympia Branch #191.

Memorial Day Remembrance

The annual Memorial Day Observation, co-sponsored by VFW Post 2224 and the City of Puyallup, was held at Pioneer Park Pavilion. This popular event honoring those who have served our country included music by the Five Star Brass Quintet, the US Navy Band Northwest and the Clan Gordon Pipe Band.

Auburn Veterans Day Parade

This year the Fleet Reserve was chosen as the featured organization of the parade.  As such the Mt. Rainer Branch 104 was first to march after the city mayor and Grand Marshal.  

Additionally Chief Petty Officer USN Retired Jorge Ramirez was selected as this years Grand Marshal.  He and his wife Deb rode in a car immediately after the mayor.  

Current President John Johnson, CPO USN Retired and his wife Jan also got to ride in a car which was nice because the weather was a bit chilly and wet.  Chiefs Johnson and Ramirez were also hosted to lunch by the parade committee where Chief Ramirez spoke about the FRA and Navy presence in the Pacific Northwest.

The Branch was well represented and included the initial appearance of the Spanaway HS NJROTC color guard.  Thanks to Leanne Pollard, CPO, USN Retired the youth group led our group with the Branch 104 banner as well as the colors.  

Quilt raffle - We have a winner!  

The winner of the quilt for this year is Jennifer Parks. We are glad to say that they are a military family. Jan Johnson (Quilt artist) on the left and Jennifer on the right. She plans to gift it to her husband for Christmas.

Proceeds from the raffle will be used to reward this years essay contest winners.  Thank you Jan for your hard work and generosity donating the beautiful quilt.

Long Term Shipmate Hits 60 Year Mark

John Johnson, Nahum Doskow and Jim Jones (L to R). Branch 104 presented Shipmate Doskow with his 60 year pin and certificate recently. Shipmate Rex Faubion was on the camera.

Congratulations Shipmate "Dos" and thank you for all your years of service.

Congratulations To Our Long Term Shipmates

In recognition of their membership longevity these shipmates were awarded special pins and certificates.

Left to right,  CTOC Melvin Williamson (40 years), HMC James Howard (40 years), TM2 Kenneth Walling (40 years).  Not pictured...James Howard  (40 years) and Cecil E. Bruce (60 years)

Latest Award For a Long Term Shipmate

Going the distance to make sure Shipmates are recognized.  Four Shipmates made the trek from Puyallup to Centralia, WA on 20 June.  Shipmate Robert Simesen was presented with certificate and pin for 40 years continuous service in the FRA.  Northwest Region VP Mark Thompson made the presentation.  Also recognized was Shipmate Rex Faubion, 25 years, and Shipmate Len Barrett, 20 years.
Picture attached, left to right:  Rex Faubion, Len Barrett, Mark Thompson, Robert Simesen, and Tom Shriver.

The Branch hosted bingo day at the Washington State Soldiers Home

Thanks to our shipmates who came out to help make the quarterly bingo day fun for residents of the Soldiers Home. Lead by bingo caller extraordinaire Len the gang responded quickly to the call, “BINGO”, as the residents proudly announced their claims.

The Washington Soldiers Home and Colony, located on 181 acres in the beautiful Puyallup Valley near Orting, serves residents needing skilled-nursing care. Established in 1891, this was the first of three homes built for Washington state veterans. This is a heartwarming experience and you are encouraged to join us next time (TBA).  

Next Bingo scheduled July 29th.  Plan to come out for a fun time.  Visit the Photo Gallery for additional photos.

So You Want One Of Those Neat FRA Hats...

By going to the MORE tool bar at the top of this page you can find your way to the hat order form.  Click and follow the path.  You will see a pop up box that ask if you want to open, click open. Another box might pop up, click allow.  Word will open, before printing click enable editing on the top yellow tool bar. You are now ready to print.

  Sorry for the extra steps...the company that makes the hats does not have its own web site so we are working with an old form.