The Pennsylvania Commandery-MOFW
Because of the Covid 19 Pandemic, dates of all future events are subject to change.

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1.  Speaker-luncheon with historian Jeffrey Graham on the Korean War.

2.  Speaker-luncheon with M. Kelley Tillery, Esquire on his father's experience during WWII as a combat Marine and Japanese translator.

3.  The Annual Christmas Party could not be scheduled.

4.  The 2021 Annual Meeting and Speaker-Luncheon will probably not be held until May, when outdoor events are practicable.


We started the year on January 22 with a brief Annual Meeting and Speaker- Luncheon: Past PA Commander and author, CPT Harry Carl Schaub talked about the “Rôle of Strategic Intelligence in U.S. Foreign Policy,” including Ambassador Robert Strauss-Hupé's view on "How we Lost China."

On March 11, PA Commander Alvan (Cappy) Markle, IV, talked about Oleg Gordievsky, "The Spy Who Saved the West from Nuclear War."  He believes him to be one of the world’s greatest spies.  A KGB Colonel, turned counterspy, he provided Britain’s MI-6, with a treasure trove of intelligence, including the fact that the Russians had implemented Operation RYAN as a precursor to nuclear war.  Commander Markle covered that history, some of Oleg’s other exploits, how he helped us to win the Cold War, and his harrowing escape effort from Russia once he had become suspect, through the betrayal by Aldrich Ames of the CIA.

On Thursday, September 24, we held our delayed "Mid-Summer" joint dinner with the Radnor Hunt Veterans group at Radnor Hunt on the open-air porch, overlooking the beautiful RH grounds.  We listened to an excellent talk by Beau Choate about the good work that the Berwyn Veterans do.

On Tuesdaay, October 6, we had aSpeaker Luncheon at MERION CRICKET CLUB at which LTJG Richard Sperry, founder and CEO of the history website spoke about: "The War of 1812: A Narrow Escape from a National Collapse."


On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, we had a brief annual meeting. We elected new officers for a two year term. The speaker was LTC William Bonelli, a B-17 pilot during World War Two and career Air Force officer.

On Friday, March 15, 2019, Columbia Professor Lien-Hang T. Nguyen, Ph.D., spoke on “The Tet Offensive: New Insights from Hanoi's Archives”

On Wednesday, April 24, 2019: "The Making of a Spy"
Pennsylvania Companion, CDR William A. Wheatley, USN (RET), talked about the various avenues to becoming an intelligence officer as well as about his recently published novel, The Man Who Was Never There There was a book signing.

On Saturday, May 25, 2019:
The PA Commandery visited Fort Mifflin (Tour, History, and Picnic Box Lunch)

On Wednesday, June 19, 2019, there was a Speaker Luncheon: Erica Nuckles, Ph.D., spoke about the Braddock and Forbes Campaigns to Take Fort Duquesne during the French & Indian War, the North American Theatre of the Seven Years' War.

On Thursday, August 8, 2019, we had our Annual Summer Party at Radnor Hunt. This year we were joined by Radnor Hunt's new Veterans' Committee, which added to the success of the event.

At our Wednesday, September 25, 2019, Speaker Luncheon, Past Commander LTC Alvan Markle, III​,​ and current Commander, CPT Alvan Markle, IV​,​ talked ​​about WW II Operation Cobra, in which LTC Markle participated.​ as well as ​​about their trip to Normandy on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day​. LTC Markle corrected historians' mistaken account of a major friendly fire incident.

At our October 30, 2019: Speaker Luncheon, French Navy Commander (Capitaine de Frégate) Jean-Loup Archawski spoke about our long-standing Alliance with France and his experiences during the Algerian rebellion.

Our Annual Christmas Party was on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Corinthian Yacht Club. Once again, CYC provided excellent food, service, and atmosphere.


The Annual Meeting/Speaker luncheon was on Wednesday, 17 JAN. CPT Larry Liss, a highly decorated Army Air Cavalry pilot in Viet-Nam talked about some of his harrowing combat missions as well as his current mission: helping fund veterans' enterprises.

The Wednesday, 21 MAR 2018 Speaker-Luncheon was cancelled.

​On Tuesday, 17 APR 2018, MAJ Mark Snell talked about "Trench Warfare on the Western Front, 1914-1918" and showed us artifacts.

On 6 JUN 2018, the luncheon was a D-Day Special, on "The Dogs of War," in which dog-handler, SP-4 Barry McKeon talked about his adventures in Viet-Nam as a scout-dog handler.

The Annual Summer Party on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Radnor Hunt was a great success, and a good time was had by all.

The first luncheon was on Wednesday, 26 SEP. The speaker was 1LT Marsha Four, Combat Nurse in Viet-Nam. She gave an informative and moving talk on her experiences there and her subsequent nursing career and work with veterans.

The next luncheon was on Wednesday, 24 October; the speaker was PA Companion, CPT George Anderson, PhD, talking about why Communism and Socialism are Guaranteed to Fail, the title of his new book.

The Annual Christmas Party was on Saturday, 8 DEC at Corinthian Yacht Club. We feasted on roast suckling pig, peach cobblers, and ice cream sundaes.

Fall 2017:  

The first luncheon was on TUESDAY, October 10, in which LTC Rafael Porrata-Doria, JD, gave a most enlightening and lively talk on “Cyber Warfare and the Law of War.”

The next speaker luncheon was on WEDNESDAY, November 8, in which Pearl Harbor survivor, Ed Kane, spoke about his experience.

We ended the year with a most successful Annual Christmas Party on SUNDAY, December 3, returning to Corinthian Yacht Club after using other venues for a few years.  Corinthian did an outstanding job, and we returned there for the 2018 Christmas Party!