Greetings from the beautiful New River Valley of Southwest Virginia, and welcome to my
personal web site that I first put online through our local ISP,
LSNet, on August 23, 2000. 
I am your host, Donald Trausneck, a proud Veteran of The United States Navy and a Life Member
of VFW Post 1115, Hillsville.  I live in this beautiful area with my loveable cat, Marshmallow.
     I will tell you just a little about myself, to save Marshmallow the trouble of telling you
the whole story. I am a United States Navy veteran and most of my work revolves around The
Veterans of Foreign Wars of The United States. That is what takes up much of my time.
     I have served as the Commander of Grover King VFW Post 1115, the largest and most active
civic organization in the little town of Hillsville, Virginia. Statewide, Post 1115 is one of the largest
and one of the most active of all VFW Posts in Virginia.  I am also the former Adjutant of the
Ninth District, VFW Department of Virginia, and a public affairs and information officer for the
Post and I have held several offices and committee chairs for the District as well as some State positions.
     For a hobby, I am a historian/lecturer, particularly with respect to Patrick Henry, a Founding Father and Virginia's first Governor.  I reenact his 1775 "Liberty or Death" speech on request and at special occasions.  I also have been a Civil War re-enactor, serving as the Hospital Steward for the 83rd Pennsylvania / 24th Virginia Infantry Regiments and I also played a period civilian and "War Correspondent."  I also love to attend Scottish Highland Games.  Another favorite hobby of mine is "flying."  I have flown all over the world in my Cessna and I also have been at the controls of a 737 Jumbo Jet and a SST -- all without leaving the comfort of my own living room (thanks to Microsoft Flight Simulator).  If you want to know more about me or about the family, just let Marshmallow tell you everything by clicking on her paw print:

    Now, for those of you that may be interested in such lists,
here are a few of my favorite things:
  ACTRESSES AND ACTORS -- Vanessa Marano, Grace Phipps, Leighton Meester, Lauren Graham, Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks,
            Mary McDonough, Ann-Margret, Matthew McConaughey, Mel Gibson, and the late John Ritter, best comedian ever.
    ATHLETE -- QB Joe Flacco.
  BOOKS -- Wind From The Carolinas, The
Red Badge of Courage, Gone With The Wind.
    COLORS --
navy blue & gold; orange.
  DESSERT -- butterscotch pudding --- LOVE IT!
    DRINKS -- ice cold glass of milk, black cherry soda, root beer, Tom Collins.
  MEAL -- country style steak with light gravy, rice or hash browns and biscuits.
    MOVIES -- Disney's Jo
hnny Tremaine, Bonnie and Clyde, The Wizard of Oz, The King And I.
  MUSIC GENRES -- Christian,
Italian music (all kinds) and Scottish Bagpipes - I can listen all day!
    SINGERS -- the Daae Family, Laura Marano, Taylor Swift, Carl Peterson, Jenny Leigh, Charlotte Church, Reba.
  SONGS -- Torna a Surriento, Flower of Scotland, Santa Lucia, Scotland The Brave, Barbara Allen, Wind Beneath My Wings,
          Annie Laurie, Aida's "Grand March", Fly Butterfly Fly, There Is a Fountain, Had it Not Been, Come Thou Fount, HE Lives.
    SPORTS -- college football, lacrosse.
Blackhawks; Yankees, Orioles, NY Giants, Ravens.
    TV SHOWS, PRESENT OR PAST -- Switched at Birth, The Waltons, Three's Company, JAG, Annie Oakley.

CHAIN RESTAURANT, Applebees; DREAM GETAWAY, Italy or Scotland;
CIVIL WAR BATTLEFIELDS, Petersburg, Shiloh, Chickamauga and New Market;
ENTERTAINERS OF THE PAST, Jimmy Stewart, Natalie Wood, Roy Rogers, George Burns,
John Ritter, The Carpenters and The Four Seasons;
CHILD STARS, Mary Beth McDonough, Rowan Blanchard, and Angela Cartwright;
CARTOON CHARACTERS, The Road Runner and Odie;
FOUNDING FATHER, Patrick Henry; PRESIDENT, Theodore Roosevelt;
PATRIOTIC MARCH, The National Emblem;
AUTHOR, William Faulkner; SYMBOL OR ICON, The American Flag.

                  Gail Davis                                                 
                                                            as                        Mary McDonough             Angela Cartwright                      
                                                        Annie Oakley                       as
                                                                                            Erin Walton                                     



I also would like to direct you to some of my favorite web sites.
  For more "4-1-1" on some of my favorite topics,
  click on any of these links:

  VFW Post 1115 (I created this web site)
The United States Navy
Navy Sports  
Mobile Riverine Force Association 
Navy Memorial Foundation  
East Carolina University 
ECU Pirate Sports                                                      "Save The Dolphins"
Wytheville Community College 
24th VA / 83rd PA Civil War re-enactors                                                                                                
Scottish Clan Donald USA                                                                                                                    
Electric Scotland                                                                                                                                                   
Scottish-American Military Society
Vanessa Marano, my favorite celebrity                                                                                                  
Carl Peterson, Scottish folk singer
Everything about Bonnie and Clyde                                                        portraying Patrick Henry
                                                                                                                                                                  July 4, 2014

   For my tribute
    to a rising star,                                                                                                                 
     Vanessa Marano,                                                                                                                         
    please click
   on her picture below:


                                  Now, before closing the books on my story, I have just one more thing to say:

GO NAVY             BEAT ARMY !
Dedicated to my Mother
1917 - 2012
the kindest and most decent person you'll ever know !
   Carl Peterson at
Grandfather Mountain Ceilidh
So proudly
   she waves
    o'er the land
    of the free
      and the home
      of the brave!

(click here to view)
(best viewed at 1024 x 768 resolution)
For inspiration,
click on this Cross!
Vanessa Marano