Elwha Klallam Veterans

​The Tribal Veterans representatives for the Elwha Klallam Tribe are:

Billy Sanchez 360-477-3239 wcsanchez19@yahoo.com

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe Veterans/American Legion Elwha Post #121 meets the 3rd Thursday of each month 7 p.m. at the Elwha Veterans Center 247 NS’Klallam Drive Port Angeles, 98363

The Veterans participate in the monthly Bell Ringing at the Liberty Bell on Lincoln Street the last Friday of the month at 1 p.m. to Honor Veterans who passed away the month before.

JAIAC (Joint American Indian Advisory Council) meets quarterly in November, February, May and August. This meeting’s topics include current issues, funding and VA. Tribes from all over Washington come together at this meeting.

Veterans Info

To contact a veteran representative for the Elwha Klallam Tribe email the veterans site call 360-457-5116

For a copy of veteran records write to:
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Veterans Reps.
2851 Lower Elwha Rd.
Port Angeles, WA 98363

Military Records Facility
9700 Page Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63132-5100
Phone: (800) 318-5298

At a minimum, please include the service member’s complete name, SSI #, and/or serial number, and the requestor’s return address. Website is www.nara.gov/regional/stlouis.html.

In order to locate former Klallam Veterans/ Soldiers, write a letter and send it to:

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Veterans Reps.
2851 Lower Elwha Rd.
Port Angeles, WA 98363

Because of the Privacy Act 1974, the Tribe is prohibited from releasing the last known address of former members without their written consent. However, the Veterans Representatives will assist your search by forwarding your letter to the service member’s last known address.

To find a soldier on active duty, go to www.army.mil.

To see if you (as a veteran) are eligible for awards or to find information about awards refer to, www.perscom.army.mil/tagd/awards/index.htm

Many deployments and contingencies often result in awards being approved. The site above gives a comprehensive look at the process.

To obtain a copy of military records

Medical records are maintained at one of 58 regional Veterans Administration (VA) centers around the country or at the national Veterans Administration Records Management Center in St. Louis. Call (800) 827-1000 for information on your regional VA center. The national VA Records Management Office can be reached by calling (314) 263-2800.

To obtain historical operational information about a particular Army unit

The National Archives has historical operational information on Army units. For military information preceding the year 1941, please contact the National Archives One at (202) 501-5390. For military information from 1942 or later, please contact the National Archives Two at (301) 713-7250.

For research information on units participating in various conflicts in military history:

There is a wealth of information on military subjects in your library, or check the Center of Military History.

For information on retiree benefits

Contact the local Army retirement services office to get started. Also, the Veterans Administration provides a great deal of assistance. Two websites of interest are: www.va.gov/ and www.acap.army.mil and retirement services at www.odcsper.army.mil/retire/retire1.asp

If you are interested in joining the military and want to see what kind of jobs you are eligible for:
Contact your local recruiter for information about jobs, enlisting, commissioning, and bonuses for joining. Recruiters can be contacted at www.goarmy.com, www.navy.com or www.airforce.com.

Our Living Veterans

Former Tribal Councilman Alfred B. Charles Sr.
Former Vice-Chairman Phillip L. Charles Jr.
Former Tribal Council Secretary Verna Henderson
Tribal Vice-Chairman Russell N. Hepfer
William S. Sanchez Elwha Post 121 Adjutant
Christia Skerbeck​
Kenneth Arakawa
Mark Arakawa
Bruce L. Bennett Sr.
Donald Charles
Kenneth W. Charles
Stanley Johnson
Juan Macias III
Wesley S. Macias
Arnold Rhodes
Doreen Rhodes
Mark Romero
Harold Sampson
Michael J. Schleufer
Nancy Bowen Hamilton


Roll Call

In Memory Of:

  • Herb Bennett
  • Raymond Bennett
  • Walter Bennett
  • George Bolstrom
  • Elmer Charles
  • Ernest Charles
  • Ernest Sampson
  • George Charles
  • Gilbert Charles
  • Harold Charles
  • Lavern L. Charles
  • Leslie Charles
  • Leo Charles Sr.
  • Murphey Charles
  • Ralph Charles
  • Patrick Enroth
  • Charles Francis
  • Robert Harris
  • Martin Hopie Jr.
  • Roger Hopie Sr.
  • Charles Sampson Jr.
  • Charles Johnson
  • William Johnson
  • Virgil Johnson Sr.
  • Michael Q. Langland
  • Charles E. Mike Sr.
  • John E. Mike
  • Issac Mike
  • Richard R. Mike
  • Charles M. Sampson Sr.
  • Gordon Sampson
  • Richard Sampson
  • Wilbur R. Sampson
  • Roy Smith Jr.
  • Jack Sullivan
  • James Sullivan
  • Howard Sullivan
  • Dale Williams
  • Marvin Williams
  • Melvin Sampson Sr.
    Frank Charles Rhodes