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Pup Tent 9 , Dune Bugs meet on the 1st Tuesday monthly at 2 p.m. at the D.A.V. Hall, 1715 W. 21st St, Florence,  OR 97439

Visitations are made on the last Monday of the month to the Spruce Point Senior Assisted Living Facility located on 9th St, opposite Peace Health Hospital complex.  Infrequent visitations are also made to The Shorewood Senior Retirement Center, and The Regency and Elderberry senior facilities.  Cooties assist veterans with travel to medical appointments to out-of-town medical facilities as well as visiting home-bound veterans.  Periodic visits are made to the Roseburg VAHS and other nearby VA facilities.

Pup Tent 9’s motto: “When you itch, don’t Scratch it!  It might be a Dune Bug!”

Information about PT9’s Seam Squirrel:

Seam Squirrel Dennis Marsh is retired Air Force, spending just over 27 years in service to Uncle Sam.  His travels – courtesy of Uncle Sam and the USAF – included assignments to Lackland AFB, Texas (basic training); Chanute AFB, Illinois ( 2 student assignments and 51/2 years as Instructor); Hamilton AFB, California (twice); Etain AB, France; Suippes Gunnery Range, France (two TAD’s); RAF Lakenheath, England; RAF Mildenhall, England; Fort Ord, California; Aviano AB, Italy; Spangdahlem AB, Germanay; Osan AB, ROK; AFGWC (Air Force Global Weather Center), Offutt AFB, Nebraska; and Sembach AB, Germany.  He remained in the AF Weather Career field his entire service time, being a weather observer, weather forecaster, weather radar operator, weather satellite tracker operator, and weather instructor, concluding his AF career as a Master Instructor.

He joined the VFW in 1998 with Waldport Post 3156, transferring to Post 3232 in Florence two years later.  He served Post 3232 as Post Adjutant for most of the first decade of the new millennium, and published a Post newsletter for a couple of years.  He is now In his third year as VFW District 9 Commander.

As a founding member of The Grand of Oregon Pup Tent 9 Dune Bugs in January 2009, he served as the Hungry Cootie since the Pup Tent’s inception.   He has also served as the Pup Tent Hospital Chair for most of the past seven years.  He was elected  Grand Historian at his first Grand Scratch in 2009, and has held that position since, except for one year (2014-2015).  He was elected Grand Commander in 2014, becoming an All Star Grand Commander for 2014-2015.  He is presently serving the Grand of Oregon again as the Grand Historian.

Seam Squirrel Dennis is now beginning his eighth year of writing and publishing the unofficial newsletter for the Grand of Oregon, for which he has received past awards from both the VFW National Headquarters and the Military Order of the Cootie Press Association. He has served as the Press Association photographer for two years.

He also developed  –  and still operates – a fundraising program for the Grand of Oregon, funds from which go the Grand of Oregon’s programs that assist Oregon veterans and their families, and Grand youth programs.”    He was awarded “Cootie of the Year” twice, the only Cootie to be so recognized by the Grand of Oregon.


“Cooties gather around their newest Grayback – Andrea Summerlin at the conclusion of their May 2016 Scratch.”

 Cooties of Pup Tent 9  Dune Bugs pose with their awards after a recently held  Scratch.  Pup Tent 9 was honored as the “PUP TENT OF THE YEAR” for 2016-2017 by the Grand of Oregon at the Grand’s April  Scratch.




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