'Meet a Vet' from Puerto Vallarta American Legion Post 14

J. R. Wilson - American Legion Post 14
August 30, 2016

Name: Todd E. Baumruck
Birth date: 03/19/1948
Hometown: Bolingbrook, IL (Chicago Suburb)
Current location of your home (in MX): El Centro, PV
Current location of your home (in the US): Bolingbrook, IL (Chicago Suburb)
Are you a "Full-Timer" in Mexico? Yes
How many years in Mexico? Two Years in September (2016)
Why are you living in Mexico: To be honest we couldn't retire in the States and we wanted a better life.
Where'd you attend High School? Berwyn, IL (Morton West)

Where'd you attend College? Morton College in Cicero, IL - ABA in Commerce, Lewis University in Romeoville, IL BA in Business Administration
Spouse name and year's married: Pat - 5 Fantastic Years
Branch of the Service: U. S. Navy
Dates of Service: 67 - 73
Specialty in the Service: Storekeeper Second Class (E5)
What did you actually do? Took care of supplies and Logistics.
Beachmasters Unit Two - Little Creek, VA (1/68 - 8/69) - responsible for combatant supplies and amphibious vehicle parts.

Counter Insurgency School, Little Creek, VA (9/69 - 12/69)- Training for Vietnam duty.

Naval Support Unit, Tan My, Vietnam (1/70 - 4/70) - responsible for base & commissary supplies as well as the camp's lounges.

Naval Support Unit, Saigon, Vietnam (4/70 - 1/71) - advisor to the Vietnamese Naval Supply Center - all aspects of supporting the Vietnamese Navy.
Favorite "war story":  I was young, I was stupid, Thank God I survived.

Occupation in past life:  
Retired from being Operational Auditor/AML Compliance Officer for CFSC - a check cashing company (200 stores in 8 states). Audited store operations in 6 states, was AML (Anti Money Laundering) Compliance Trainer, and involved with both AML outside reviews and IRS.

Other Careers/Jobs:  
District Manager - WSR (Auto Supply Stores); Eastern Lobby Shops (Newsstands); Check Into Cash; Advance America; and America's Financial Choice (Payday & Short term loans); Manager OSCO Drug Stores; and Sears Hardware
American Legion
a. Have you been a member of any other Post - if so - where?  State of Illinois Post
b. What positions have you held in the Legion?  None until PV where I am Finance Officer/Treasurer
Hobbies or interests: Just enjoying life with my Wife; Dabbling in Acrylic Painting, Sports (Black Hawks & Bears), and Table Games (MX Train Dominos) - AND - friends and family.
Any words of wisdom for fellow Legionnaires…   Not enough time and space to write a novel - so in light of that a TOAST - "GOD BLESS YOU WITH GOOD HEALTH & MUCH HAPPINESS"
Children - Daughter (23) - Jenessa (living in Denver, CO) and Son (31) - Jason (living in Bolingbrook, IL)...Jason and wife Christine are expecting their first child in February. ALSO three Step Grand Children
Other Organizations: Navy League in PV; VFW (Life Member) in Lisle, IL

To meet Todd and other American Legion Post members, you are invited to join them for their Executive Committee Meeting at 11:00 am on September 8th at Escondidas Sports Bar, Jacarandas 210, in Old Town Vallarta. Headquarters for American Legion Post 14 is Steve's Sports Bar on Basilio Badillo in Old Town.

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