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"Retreat, hell! We just got here."

"Retreat, hell! We just got here."

America entered World War I to reinforce the battered French and British troops waging a desperate fight against Germany. On June 2, 1918, a division of Marines was sent to support the French army at Belleau Wood. As the Marines arrived, they found French troops retreating through their lines. A French colonel, attempting to acquaint the Americans with the realities of the situation and not trusting his spoken English, scribbled a note to the officer in charge of the Americans ordering them to retreat. The Marine officer looked at the Frenchman coldly and said, “Retreat, Hell!

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World War II gunner's story unites two families across the globe decades after death

World War II gunner's story unites two families across the globe decades after death

William "Vern" Williams' niece and nephews and Uwe Carstens kneel beside his grave in Winfred, S.D. From left to right: Gary Williams, Kay Julius, Uwe Carstens and Ken Williams When Uwe Carstens knelt in front of William "Vern" Williams' grave in Winfred, S.D., it was a trip that took him decades into the past, halfway around the world and brought him full circle.

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Legionnaires envisioning replica of Vietnam Memorial Wall in southwest Florida

Legionnaires envisioning replica of Vietnam Memorial Wall in southwest Florida

In 2013 a group of Vietnam veterans from southwest Florida discovered that a traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall was for sale in Texas. Their question: Why couldn't we bring a permanent Vietnam Memorial Wall to Charlotte County, Florida? Florida has one of the largest concentrations of veterans, and particularly Vietnam veterans - second only to California and Texas. While the Wall in Texas was too expensive, a group of veterans joined together to form the Vietnam Wall of Southwest Florida Committee to design, raise funds and build a memorial wall in Charlotte County.

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Town repurposes grain elevator to honor veterans

Town repurposes grain elevator to honor veterans

Making the landscape work double-time, residents of Eagle Grove, Iowa, will remember military sacrifice every time they pass through town. The Veterans Memorial Tower recycles a once-abandoned grain elevator near downtown as a simple monument emblazoned with sayings such as "God bless America." The 3,000-foot structure will also display military branch insignia and the POW/MIA flag. Other illustrations will commemorate 9/11 and the 34th Infantry Division, which used to be based in the town.

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Florida Legionnaire continues to serve our nation, 72 years and counting

Florida Legionnaire continues to serve our nation, 72 years and counting

American Legion member Vivian Abalon has been serving her country with honor for 72 years. Born in Bridgeport, Conn., on April 2, 1924, and growing up in the small town of Milford, she was a girl who loved to sing. She wanted and considered nursing as a career, but her father discouraged this career choice for a young teen. In 1942, Vivian Abalon decided to enter defense work and went to work in an aircraft plant. She felt this to be her way of supporting her country.

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Post 434 brings a community together to honor our flag

Department of California American Legion Post 434 Commander Sherry Hill leads a special unserviceable flag retirement ceremony. http://youtu.be/n9NSZzXqlPo

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Why the military community gets upset with impostors

People ask why the military active, reserve, guard, veteran, retiree and their families get so upset with those who choose to buy a uniform, place a whole host of decorations and badges on it then prance around as if they actually accomplished what they are showing. The First Amendment allows these impostors the freedom to express themselves as they see fit. If they choose to express appreciation for the military by wearing the uniform of a particular service then they are free to do so.

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Shop With a Cop in Aberdeen

Shop With a Cop in Aberdeen

On Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Aberdeen, Maryland, the American Legion Riders of the Bernard L. Tobin Post 128 and the Aberdeen Police Department teamed up for their first "Shop With a Cop." The starting point was The American Legion Bernard L. Tobin Post 128, where members of the post and the Aberdeen Police Department met up with several children from the Aberdeen community who, for no reason of their own, would probably not be able to enjoy Christmas due to financial or extenuating circumstances.

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Illinois Veterans Home Gets Needed Help

Illinois Veterans Home Gets Needed Help

The LaVerne W. Anderson American Legion Post 729 in Sheridan, Illinois, has annually supported the Veterans Home in LaSalle, Illinois. This past year we discovered the home was in great need for bed transfer slings to get the residents out of bed each morning. There were 58 residents who needed the sling while there were only eight available. There were no funds to purchase additional slings. Post 729 was determined to help. We designated all our fundraisers for this project, and asked other organizations including other Legion posts in the 12th District in Illinois to participate.

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Nationally touring corporate recruiter addresses veterans at New Jersey Legion-sponsored resource and opportunity fair

Nationally touring corporate recruiter addresses veterans at New Jersey Legion-sponsored resource and opportunity fair

"Absolutely Abby" on cross-country mission to educate 1 million job seekers Abby Kohut is on an aggressive path to positively impact the unemployment figures and get Americans back to work. At a South Jersey Regional Veterans Resource and Opportunity Fair, New Jersey veterans, National Guard and Reserve members, and transitioning active-duty servicemembers received her message, filled with the secrets of corporate recruiters that "never tell you why you don’t get the job.” It is her purpose to explain to veterans how to be the one to successfully land a career in a growing field of appl

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Battle of the Bulge veterans honored in song

Battle of the Bulge veterans honored in song

December 1944. The Ardennes region of Belgium, France and Luxembourg. The horrid, frigid weather had never been colder. Desperate men, face to face, killing to stay alive. The Battle of the Bulge. Yet when the sun finally shone in January, the Allies began rolling the Germans eastward, winning the war at the Western Front. In what many historians have called the bloodiest European theater combat of World War II, the Battle of the Bulge began Dec. 16, 1944, and officially ended Jan. 25, 1945. Approximately 500,000 Germans, 600,000 Americans and 55,000 British engaged in the fighting.

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In Kansas, post re-lights eternal flame honoring veterans

In Kansas, post re-lights eternal flame honoring veterans

On Nov. 11, the vision of past Legionnaires was realized when an eternal flame -extinguished for nearly 40 years - was re-lit in Lyndon, Kansas. Jayson Massey, commander at American Legion Post 125 in Lyndon, was relatively new to the community when he noticed an eternal flame for veterans near the Osage County Courthouse that wasn't burning. "I said this is an eternal flame.

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World War II vet remembers growing up with the Legion

World War II vet remembers growing up with the Legion

George H. Breuler joined The American Legion almost immediately upon discharge following World War II. He served at Utah Beach, in Vienna, Austria and Czechoslovakia, he said. Breuler returned home from war just in time for Christmas in 1945. His timing was impeccable. He met his wife, Evelyn, at a hockey game on New Year's. "She was with this other fella, and I said, 'I'll call you.' That's how it all started," Breuler said. They were married in June 1946. That same year, he joined the Legion. He had been brought up in the organization. His father, George B.

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Post 42 conducts flag disposal

Emile Ladnier American Legion Post 42 of Ocean Springs, Miss., conducted a dignified disposal of unserviceable American flags this past Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at the GI Museum in Gautier, Miss. A flag may be made from a piece of cloth or of fine silk. Its intrinsic value is far beyond price, for it is a precious symbol of all those veterans who have sacrificed so that we remain free in a free nation of men and women devoted to the ideals of Justice, freedom and democracy. A certificate of appreciation was presented to Mr. and Mrs.

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Pennsylvania boy helps veterans with combat injuries, earns congressional citation

Pennsylvania boy helps veterans with combat injuries, earns congressional citation

Photo courtesy of Linda Jacobs | Commander Roger Jacobs of American Legion Post 537 Morgantown, Alexander Hummel, Rep. Mark Gillen and George Svencer of the post's Legion Riders stand following the ceremony honoring Alexander's work done on behalf of combat-injured veterans. Alexander Hummel, an 11-year-old boy, received a U.S. Congressional Citation for the work he has done for the nation's combat wounded through non-profit Keystone Iron Warriors. He was also honored with a ceremony on Oct. 7 at Post 537 in Morgantown, Pa. Rep.

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4th District

4th District

At the 4th District Constitutional Conference held at American Legion Post 284, on Saturday April 28 2012. Dennis Boland (President of the National Child Welfare Foundation) Presented to the 4th District American Legion Family, Certificates for their particification in the CENTS FOR KIDS.

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World War II veteran "soldiers" to D.C.

World War II veteran "soldiers" to D.C.

In October 1943 in Philadelphia, a 5’1”, 90-pound girl eager to “drop anchor” in the U.S. Navy sat in a dingy little Navy recruiting office, sparsely decorated with Uncle Sam and Buy War Bonds posters. That girl was 94-year-old Emma De Haven Gleason Berger, a member of American Legion Post 135 in Cornville. Berger recently traveled to Washington to visit the World War II Monument, along with other World War II veterans from across the country. Berger, a young, adventurous woman and a 40-year resident of Cottonwood, originally set her “course” for the Navy.

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The reinvention of a proud soldier

The reinvention of a proud soldier

John “Mac” McCormick spent his military career in the U.S. Air Force and Army, first as a broadcaster and later as a mortuary affairs NCO. He went to Vietnam, Korea and Panama. After nearly 25 years he retired — well sort of. McCormick, now 63 years old, is one of those veterans who just won’t fade away. In fact it is hard to keep up with him.

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D-Day veterans able to receive sand from Normandy beaches

D-Day veterans able to receive sand from Normandy beaches

Photos of Omaha Beach courtesy of John McWilliams For veterans who served on D-Day at the beaches of Normandy, France, sand taken from Omaha and Utah Beach is available as a thank you. Pastor John McWilliams and his wife were preparing for a trip to Europe to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. Though his ministry has taken him all over the globe, he hadn't made it to Normandy, France.

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After 70 years, World War II's women vets get their due in Revere, Mass.

Legionnaire Eileen Merullo was reading the names of the deceased at a Post 61 memorial service when it hit her: There were no women on the list. "I was thinking to myself, there's no recognition for women at all in Revere, Mass. None. There is no signpost, nothing to honor the women, and so many women did go from Revere," she said. As a World War II veteran herself, Merullo started her project then: a monument honoring the women who served during WWII. She got the go ahead from the commander, then walked over to city hall to discuss the project with the mayor.

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Veterans church service

Veterans church service

On Sunday, Nov. 9, members of Lloyd Williams Post 41 attended morning worship service at the Berryville Baptist Church. We were joined by Legion family members and other local veterans. This is one small way that our small post gives life and meaning to the Legion motto, "For God and Country." For almost 60 years, Post 41 members have been attending a local church service as a group on the Sunday closest to Veterans Day. But how did this tradition get started? At The American Legion's 1951 convention, it formally endorsed a "Back to God" movement.

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Old piano a hidden World War II memorial

Old piano a hidden World War II memorial

When one thinks of World War II veteran memorials, they usually think of parks or town squares with lawns, flowers and marble monuments. But that’s not always the case. There’s one in the corner of Francis Israel Cafeteria at the Walker Campus of Bevill State College in Jasper, Ala. It has no plaques, or spotlights highlighting it prominently, but it’s an important piece of our history.

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Distinguished Legionnaire Joan De Munbrun Promoted to Post Everlasting

Distinguished Legionnaire Joan De Munbrun Promoted to Post Everlasting

Joan De Munbrun, a Legionnaire with the Charles W. Turner Post 867 at the Chula Vista Veterans Home in California’s District 22, received reassignment from the Eternal Commander-in-Chief to Post Everlasting on Sunday, Nov. 2. She was 101 years old. Comrade Legionnaires in the 22nd District will long remember De Munbrun for her 67 years of active membership in The American Legion and for her never-failing dedication and commitment on behalf of her fellow veterans. De Munbrun attained the rank of Army Sergeant, high for women in the military services at the time.

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Veterans Connection Program

Veterans Connection Program

The American Legion Post 26 in Minot, N.D., has in the past year been visiting veterans in nursing Homes and assisted living facilities on a monthly basis. We provide monthly veterans programs such as Four Chaplains memorial service, Medal of Honor memorial service, Memorial Day ceremony, flag burning ceremony, Purple Heart memorial service, POW/MIA memorial service, Veterans Day ceremony, and Pearl Harbor memorial service. Other programs include Bingo, Not-So Newlywed Game, Veterans Got Talent USO Show. This year we have added five new homes giving us six homes per month.

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Veteran works to get Korean War photos in pictured soldiers' hands

Veteran works to get Korean War photos in pictured soldiers' hands

By Lindsey Alexander

The boxes of photos came through a friend of a friend's deceased father two years ago. The father had been a reporter who had taken official Department of Defense photos of the Korean War. They landed in Betty Perkins' lap.

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The veteran

The veteran

I remember looking at the dingy, worn and black-and-white photos of men in my dad's World War II Book of the 2nd Marine Division. All those who were alive were always smiling through their tattered and dirty and worn fatigues. The others in the photo, the enemy, were lying lifeless and had vacant stares forever etched on their faces and in my mind. I wasn't really supposed to be sneaking looks at these horrible photos, but to my inquisitive 10-year-old mind I just couldn't resist.

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Family looks forward to future generation of service

Family looks forward to future generation of service

Photo | Shane James III, Philip Manning's great-grandson, poses in front of the American flag. As he expected, Philip Manning was drafted in 1954. His entrance into military service was somewhat typical. Somewhere along the line his name had been misspelled. "The whole time I was in the Army it was spelled with two Ls. Do you think I could ever get that corrected?" Manning joked. (It stuck.) He headed to Missouri for basic and then to Camp Gordon, Ga., for second basic training, which was in the Signal Corps.

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Post 731 hosts San Diego's 22nd District leadership training course

Post 731 hosts San Diego's 22nd District leadership training course

By resolution, The American Legion established the American Legion College program. The resolution also encourages each department to establish its own Legion College program. With this in mind for the Department of California, Chuck Camarato of the San Diego 22nd District began looking for a post that could accommodate such a program. After touring many of San Diego's American Legion posts, he stumbled upon Post 731. The post met all the criteria he was looking for.

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Connecticut post honors 104-year-old World War II veteran

On Sept. 8, Highwood Post 150 of Hamden, Conn., took time to visit and honor one of its longest-serving members. Pasquale Borelli has been a Legionnaire for 67 years, and currently lives at the Skyview Center in Wallingford, Conn. Borelli was born on Jan. 22, 1910, and inducted into service in September 1943, at the height of World War II.

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The dawgs are loose

The dawgs are loose

In March of 2008, three Vietnam veterans gathered with family members to present an appreciation/recognition barbecue to the Military Working Dog (MWD) Handlers of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton's Provost Marshall's Kennels. The seed was planted - the Dawgs Project was born.

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