The First USS Laffey Sinks at Guadalcanal: November 13, 1942

On 13 November 1942, the first USS Laffey (DD-459) was sunk by the Japanese during the naval battle of Guadalcanal, less than a year after being commissioned.

Operation North State - new awareness program

This new initiative highlights a critical problem, as well as the sacrifices of our veterans and deserves your attention.


On Memorial Day, we come together to appreciate the freedom that we enjoy today as we honor the sacrifices that paid for it.

VFW Post Announces Youth and Education Contest Winners

Joe Wagner Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7313 is pleased to announce the winners of its 2018-19 Youth and Education award contests.

The Advent of Drones Predated World War I

The recently discovered Juneau and sister ship Atlanta, both sunk near Guadalcanal on Nov. 13, 1942, were designed and constructed prior to World War II to address a weakness that had become apparent prior to the German invasion of Poland in September 1939: fleet air defense.

Carrier Pigeon Communications

From Seapower Magazine: As the U.S. Navy transitioned from wood and sail to steel and steam, the advantages of speed and maneuverability posed challenges to a naval force that was not experienced in conducting fleet operations. Flag hoists and flashing lights were effective when ships steamed within line of sight, but the commander’s ability to direct fleet units operating over the horizon was problematic.

Scout of the Year Program 2018

Joe Wagner VFW Post 7313 is now accepting applications for the Scout of the Year program.

VFW Post Announces Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest Winner

Joe Wagner Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7313 is pleased to announce the winners of its 2017-18 Patriot's Pen youth essay contest.

US Coast Guard Birthday

As we celebrate the 227th birthday of the U.S. Coast Guard, we want to say thank you to our men and women who have served.

Playwriting Workshop for Veterans

Got a story to tell? Learn the fundamentals of playwriting including plot and character development, dramatic structure, and preparing your work for submission.

Military Appreciation Luncheon

If you’re an active or former member of the U.S. military, the Billy Graham Library would like to honor you for the sacrifices you have made for our country.

The Civil War Raiding Voyage of CSS Shenandoah

The publication of Dwight Sturtevant Hughes’ “A Confederate Biography: The Cruise of the CSS Shenandoah,” marked the 150th anniversary of the ship’s surrender to British authorities at Liverpool.

Saving the Battleship North Carolina

Destined to be scrapped, the Battleship North Carolina got its reprieve in 1958, thanks to a statewide effort that brought the ship home.

The Long Blue Line: Operations of cutter Active in War of 1812

This blog is part of a series honoring the long blue line of Coast Guard men and women.

Air Force Ball Golf Fundraiser

On June 15th the Air Force Ball Committee is putting a Golf Fundraiser together to raise money for the Air Force Ball.

Annual VFW Youth Scholarship Competitions Now Open

Students compete for their take on more than $3.3 million in scholarships and awards

Veterans' Memorial Dedication Ceremony - Update

The public was invited to help us dedicate our Veteran's Memorial Garden. See the photos in the Gallery (click the link at the top of the page).

Landings of Gallipoli Campaign Begin

On 25 April 1915, troops from across the British Empire went ashore on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey, beginning the land offensive of the Gallipoli Campaign.

Scout of the Year Program

Joe Wagner Post 7313 is participating in the VFW's Scout of the Year Program.

January 28th Veterans Transition Symposium

On Saturday, 28 January 2017 the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University will host a one-day symposium to help veterans transitioning to civilian life.

Teacher of the Year Program

Joe Wagner Post 7313 is participating in the Teacher of the Year Program, in which the VFW recognizes the nation’s top classroom elementary, junior high and high school teachers who teach citizenship education topics regularly.

Luther "Luke" Pender - Update

It is with deep sadness that we announce that our Past Commander and long-standing member Luke Pender has passed away.

John Talton Crutchfield - Updated

It is with deep sadness that we announce that our Chaplain and long-standing member John Talton Crutchfield has passed away.

Pittsboro Christmas Parade

Joe Wagner Post 7313 participated in the Pittsboro Christmas Parade on 11 December 2016.

Pearl Harbor Hero Returns Home After 75 Years in an Unknown Grave

After nearly 75 years in an "unknown" grave, a Pearl Harbor hero is returned to his family.

December 7th is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Check out: "Pearl Harbor Images"

Big E Brought Nuclear-Powered Ships into Combat Operations

A half century ago, the nuclear aircraft carrier Enterprise, commanded by CAPT James L. Hollo- way III, arrived off South Vietnam at a location in the Gulf of Tonkin designated as Dixie Station to join the fight against Communist aggression in Southeast Asia.

Marking 100 Years of the First Underway Catapult Launch

5 November 2015 marked a significant milestone in naval aviation history — the first catapult launch of an aircraft from a ship underway.

VA Makes Strides on Reducing Claims Backlog

The federal initiative to provide timely decisions on disability payments to Veterans has crossed a major milestone.

Women in the Air Force

The Air Force's acceptance of women into the force dates back to long before the first "Women's History Week" celebration in 1978.

The Battle of Iwo Jima

The Battle of Iwo Jima, one of the most iconic and fierce battles in our history, recently commemorated its 68th anniversary.

USS Enterprise To Be Inactivated

USS Enterprise (CVN 65), the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, commemorates a name that has been a continuing symbol of the great struggle to retain American liberty, justice and freedom since the first days of the American Revolutionary War.

101st Airborne Jump

We’re seeing a military parachutist drop into a stadium at the football game

AA-12. World's deadliest shotgun

Check out this video!

Night Ballet

Check out highlights from AirVenture 2011’s night airshow

Medal of Honor for Sergeant Dakota L. Meyer

President Obama awards Sergeant Dakota L. Meyer, United States Marine Corps, the Medal of Honor

Chatham Hosts 10th Anniversary Tribute to 9-11 Victims & First Responders

Chatham County joins with first responder organizations and the Chatham Parks Foundation in hosting a special tenth anniversary tribute to the victims and heroes of the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001.

Minigun Lights Up the Night!

Video of the 'GAU' gun in use by the US Navy Riverines.

Celebrating The 221st Birthday Of The US Coast Guard

Coast Guard men and women nationwide are making plans to celebrate the service’s 221st birthday Thursday in a variety of ways.

Special Operators’ Holographic Maps

It used to be that military tech was far ahead of tech that was routinely available on the civilian market. In many ways, those days have passed. However, that’s not quite the case with this mapping tech.

VFW Post 12196 Charter Ceremony

Vietnam Pinning Ceremony – April 4, 2020

NC State Basketball Appreciation Day

“Farewell to A Great American”

Calabash VFW Post 7288 Remembers Pearl Harbor Veterans

CALABASH VFW HOLDS Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance/WWII Veterans Luncheon

Change Email Password Instructions

Court of Appeal for Veterans Claims

Many veterans don’t know that they can get a free attorney to help them appeal a veterans benefits claim denial at the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

I Fought For YOU! -

A moving, patriotic tribute to our military, past and present.

NC Leader Magazine Media Kit

VFW Fact Sheet

NC Works Veteran Services

Employment Website

The Home Depot Foundation's Community Impact Grants 2018

Applications for The Home Depot Foundation's Community Impact Grants Program Are Now Being Accepted VFW Posts are encouraged to apply

The VFW Leader

New Leader Magazine

Veterans Day Video

Veterans Mentorship Program

American Corp. Partners

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VFW National Convention Update II

2021 National Publications Contest Winners Named

VFW National Convention Update

VFW, Team Red ,White & Blue Join Forces For Veterans

Annual VFW Youth Scholarship Competitions Open

VFW Names Top National Youth Scholarship Winners

VFW Expands Hearing Benefits for Members, Families

VFW Presses Congress on Comprehensive Toxic Exposure Reform 'Long Past Due'

Tab King to Offer Digital Solutions for VFW Posts

VFW to Deliver 2021 Priority Goals to Congress Virtually

VFW to Host Virtual 2021 Parade of Winners

VFW Foundation Celebrates 25 Years of Service

VFW National Commander Echoes VA Secretary Sentiment of Commitment, Solidarity

VA Extends Relief for Borrowers Affected by COVID-19

Denis McDonough Confirmed as New VA Secretary

Prominent Veteran Service Organizations Urge Congress and VA to Act in Newly Released Report

VFW Celebrates Black History Month

Two Former VFW Staff Members Named to New VA Administration

Even Through a Pandemic, Sport Clips Haircuts Raised More Than $1M to Support VFW Help A Hero Scholarships

VFW to Host #SportClipsSalute Week

Post of the Month Launches to Showcase How Posts Are #StillServing

VFW Announces Annual Publications Contest

VFW Demands SECVA Wilkie Resign Immediately in Light of Damning VA OIG Report in Response to a Veteran's Sexual Assault Allegation

VFW Recouped More Than $9.7B in Benefits for Veterans Nationwide

Pandemic Won't Stop BK Support of Veteran Families

Calling All Middle and High School Students

Veterans Need Support Especially in a Pandemic

The VFW Podcast Debuts Today

VFW Sport Clips to Host Virtual Walk for Veterans

Celebrate VFW Day

VFW National Commander Honors Two Louisiana Sheriff's Deputies for Heroic Actions

2021 VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship Application Period Now Open

VFW, Sport Clips Award Nearly $700,000 in Scholarships to Veterans

Hal Roesch II Elected VFW's New National Commander

More Than 1 Million Meals Raised for Food Pantries in Need

VFW to Host #StillServing Celebration July 20-24

Virginia VFW Post Receives National Community Service Award

2020 VFW Scout of the Year Winners Named

VFW Stands for Equality, Condemns Vandalism of WWII Memorial

VFW Pays Its Respects to the Fallen During Memorial Day

2020 National Publications Contest Winners Named

Ace Hardware, VFW Honor Fallen Heroes with 1 Million American Flags

VFW Thanks White House Defense Department and VA for Weekly Briefs

VFW Kicks Off Annual Youth Scholarship Competitions

VFW Cancels Reno National Convention

VSOs Call on President to Uphold 48-Hour Review

VFW Urges Congress to Pass the Major Richard Star Act to Ease the Financial Burden of Medically-Retired Veterans During COVID-19 Pandemic

VFW Announces Top Teachers in National Contest

#StillServing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Call Out for Post and Department Stories

Post News

Important Info for Post7313 Members

The First USS Laffey Sinks at Guadalcanal: November 13, 1942

On 13 November 1942, the first USS Laffey (DD-459) was sunk by the Japanese during the naval battle of Guadalcanal, less than a year after being commissioned.

Operation North State - new awareness program

This new initiative highlights a critical problem, as well as the sacrifices of our veterans and deserves your attention.

Statewide News

News & Info from your department

Vietnam Pinning Ceremony – April 4, 2020

VFW Post 12196 Charter Ceremony

National News

Important info from National VFW

VFW National Convention Update II

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Yesterday, the VFW National Council of Administration voted on and approved the decision to execute a business ...

2021 National Publications Contest Winners Named