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Hope Legion continues six-decade tradition

Hope Legion continues six-decade tradition

By Kirk Johannesen, johannesen@therepublic.com Assistant Managing Editor, The Republic (Columbus, Ind.) www.therepublic.com (May 21, 2015) Members of Hope American Legion Post 229 will gather at their headquarters Monday morning — rain or shine — to continue a tradition that is at least six decades old. They will wear white shirts, blue slacks, their uniform caps, dark ties and blue sport coats if conditions are chilly. The members will make sure seven rifles and ammunition needed for three volleys are in order, plus four ceremonial rifles.

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There should've been a piper

There should've been a piper

Cpl. James P. Brock, U.S. Marine Corps, KIA Vietnam Dec. 10, 1965 http://irishamericanwarveterans.blogspot.com/2010/04/corporal-james-p-brock-usmc.html

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Honor

Honor

Paying honor this Memorial Day. Bill C. Snyder served a total of 42 years in the U.S. Navy, last rank captain.

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Learning young

Learning young

My grandsons, Henry and Emmet Conaway, show their respect at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood Ill., on May 22, 2009.

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U.S. Army family tradition

U.S. Army family tradition

Cpl. Frederick Etz (my great uncle) served and died during World War I. 1st Lt. Edward Etz (infantry platoon leader) who just turned 93, participated at Normandy (Utah Beach) during World War II and was awarded Purple Heart. 1st Lt. Josephine Etz (nurse) participated in the Pacific (Guam) during World War II. I, Charles Etz, served during Vietnam in the Army Security Agency and retired as a sergeant first class. GO ARMY! GOD BLESS AMERICA!

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National Veterans Assistance Day

National Veterans Assistance Day

The Rockin' Roundup Band and Alpharetta Ga., American Legion Post 201 - in observance of National Veterans Assistance Day which is May 16 of every year - honored all veterans at our performance on May 16 and presented a special "Real American Hero Award" to our special veteran guest of honor. The Rockin' Roundup Band was proud and honored to sponsor this award and show our respect for those who have served and protected our country in the Armed Forces. The Rockin' Roundup Band's co-founder, Stephen R.

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Post 555 grateful to Home Depot

Post 555 grateful to Home Depot

After 75 years, it became painfully obvious that the cozy and beloved headquarters of Post 555 in Midway City, Orange County, Calif., was in need of a major makeover. The kitchen, used weekly to feed its members and for frequent fundraisers like chili cook-offs and taco nights, was in bad shape and nearly unsafe. Restroom plumbing leaked. Air conditioning was nonexistent and old windows needed replacing.

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Memorial Day Remembrance

Here in Berwick, Pa., we will be celebrating with a bridge wreath ceremony honoring World War II veterans. This will be in conjunction with a parade from the Nescopeck VFW onto the bridge between the two towns. There my wife, representing the National Women's Relief Corps, will drop a wreath into the Susquehanna River in memorial to the sailors lost at sea. Then we will continue the march to the cemetery in town to the War Memorial for area government officials to speak and wreaths to be placed before the memorial.

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Thinking of the past generations on Memorial Day Weekend

As I set gaze upon the Stars and Stripes that flies from my home this Memorial Day Weekend, I reflect ... To not only those who have paid the ultimate cost to ensure OUR freedom whom I have known, but to a deeper sense of pride within. I speak of my family's legacy and tradition of service that dates back to the American Revolution, through every major conflict involving this great nation.

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American Legion Baseball event raises money for cancer research

American Legion Baseball event raises money for cancer research

(St. Louis, Missouri — April 20, 2015) The Mighty 10th Battles Cancer, an annual American Legion baseball event raising money for cancer research, is proud to announce its arrangement with the Jason Motte Foundation. The Mighty 10th hopes to raise over $10,000 at its June event — 100 percent of all net proceeds will support the efforts of the foundation started by the former American Legion and St. Louis Cardinals pitcher and his wife. This year’s games, with support from title sponsor Gamlin Restaurant Group, will be held June 6 at Ballwin Athletic Association.

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Fight to honor valor continues over the Bladensburg WWI Memorial Peace Cross

Fight to honor valor continues over the Bladensburg WWI Memorial Peace Cross

The Bladensburg WWI Memorial Peace Cross was dedicated in 1925 to honor 49 men from Prince George County, Maryland, who fought and died for our country during World WAr I. The memorial was funded by local residents and The American Legion. The property is currently owned by the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission. The Bladensburg WWI Memorial Peace Cross was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places during a nomination meeting that occurred at the Prince George’s County Historic Preservation Committee meeting on April 21.

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Colorado Freedom Memorial this weekend

Colorado Freedom Memorial this weekend

We are going to "The Denver Brass, Colorado Remembers" concert on this Saturday, May 23. at the Colorado Freedom Memorial at 756 Telluride St at 7 p.m. It is just north of 6th Avenue, east of Airport Boulevard. They are also having a service or event that morning from 11 a.m. to noon for veterans of WWII. Rick Crandall, the organizer of the memorial, will be broadcasting live from the memorial on Friday, 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. If you don't know, he is on KEZW 1430 radio station.

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Under the trees and under the sea

Under the trees and under the sea

A Memoir and Reflection on the Search for the USS Scorpion Memorial Day 2011 was one of the most splendid and euphoric weekends of my life. My then 26-year-old daughter was about to graduate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a master’s degree. She had become a lover of learning at a great institution, a reflective student and a confident and capable young woman.

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Post 147 'bridges generation gap' with new museum, old stories

Post 147 'bridges generation gap' with new museum, old stories

In a small Oklahoma town, big things are brewing at Post 147. On Memorial Day Weekend 2015, the Miami, Okla., post will open its museum to the public, coinciding with the beginning of Boys State, which is held in Miami. "The reason for the museum we noticed there’s a lot of younger people not fully aware of what has taken place in the past," Legionnaire Roy Woods said. "We don't want valuable parts of our history forgotten about.

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San Diego Post 731 takes the National Commander Challenge

San Diego Post 731 takes the National Commander Challenge

Recently, Post 731 surpassed its 100 percent membership goal. Currently at 107.59 percent, the post is set to immensely increase even that figure. The post attributes its success to focusing on a business model of a solid leadership foundation first. A great cohesive Officer Corps will undoubtedly lead to a highly motivated team, that leads, manages, inspires and attracts others. Post 731 challenges all American Legion posts to publish your challenge photo here, on Legiontown.

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My family

My daddy was in the Army during World War II and then called back for the Korean conflict, where he received two Purple Hearts and one with a cluster. I joined the Air Force in 1966. I started the process straight from high school, but in those days females had to be 18 and have the signature of both parents. I met my husband in the Air Force in 1967. Our son served in the Marines; in fact, he was in boot camp in California when the Desert Storm conflict started. My uncle, Daddy's brother, who is only three years older than I am, retired from the Air Force, as did his wife.

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McGraw family in U.S. military

My grandfather served in World War I, my dad in World War II, my uncle in the Marines just after Korea, myself in Germany during the Vietnam era, my brother in Vietnam, and one other brother in the Navy during the "Nam" era. I also have a nephew who is a "lifer" and a major in the U.S. Army right now. I have always heard that I had a couple of relatives who fought for the Union in the Civil War, but I have no idea who they were.

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Radio man recounts service with 1060th Signal Service Company in World War II

Radio man recounts service with 1060th Signal Service Company in World War II

When Pearl Harbor was bombed I was in college, and at Christmastime I was back in Vermont and enlisted. When I enlisted most of the fellows wanted to be "fly boys," but I wanted signal corps. I liked radio, had gone to a National Youth Administration project and had some radio training, so I got what I wanted. On July 16, 1942, men from various units were gathered together on the ship Pasteur designated for parts unknown. We became the 1060th Signal Service Company, a part of the 323rd Air Service Group.

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Chinook crewmember recalls close call with sappers in Vietnam

Chinook crewmember recalls close call with sappers in Vietnam

I was a flight engineer with the 242nd Assault Support Helicopter Company, the Muleskinners, in Cu Chi Vietnam from June 1968 to February 1970. In the predawn hours of Feb. 26, 1969, the North Vietnamese sappers made a ground attack on our flightline. I was part of a reactionary force asleep on my helicopter when the attack came. One crewmember was on each helicopter in its protective revetment to assist in any attack that might occur. We were warned this may happen. We had rotated crewmen each night for two weeks in anticipation of such an event.

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Marine Corps museum to open new exhibits, including War on Terror gallery

Marine Corps museum to open new exhibits, including War on Terror gallery

Image courtesy of National Museum of the Marine Corps From 2017 until 2020, the National Museum of the Marine Corps, located in Triangle, Va., will enter the final phase of construction to complete what was envisioned in its opening in 2006. Many new interactive galleries will open.

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Sons charter received

Sons charter received

All dependent sons of military members who attended school in Europe - such as Nuremberg, Frankfurt and others to include the Asia-Pacific region - sons of active and retired veterans attending school in the USA, or older adults whose father or grandfather were veterans, are invited to join the Sons of The American Legion. Founded in 1932, Sons of The American Legion exists to honor the service and sacrifice of Legionnaires. SAL members include males of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the U.S. military and were eligible for American Legion membership.

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Pritzker Military Museum and Library/DASPO Vietnam photography

Pritzker Military Museum and Library/DASPO Vietnam photography

To all my friends, relatives, fellow Facebook folks, Vietnam vets, fellow members of the VFW and American Legion, and subscribers to "Vietnam Magazine": Seeking your help where you can. The Pritzker Military Museum and Library (PMML), 194 South Michigan Ave., Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60603 is honoring the photo unit I served with during the Vietnam War. Our unit was the Department of the Army Special Photo Office (DASPO). Many of the Vietnam combat photographs and camera footage you see in publications on the History Channel and many other media sources were taken by DASPO combat photographers.

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"The Flag" Movie

"The Flag" Movie

"The Flag" is two short films joined together by the same themes of respect for the flag. The first film is a short narrative film based on a true experience. When a Vietnam veteran witnesses a university protest and his flag, the American flag, about to be burned, he takes the only action he knows. The second film is an educational/doc. film.

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Armed Forces Day concert May 16

Free concert program with 17-piece JM Band, featuring Arkansas State Commander Jacob Greeling, to help pay tribute to the men and women who have served or are serving in the U.S. military - keeping America strong and secure. To be held at Riordan Hall in Bella Vista, Ark., 7 p.m. on May 16. Commander Greeling is a member of Post 341 in Arkansas. We expect over 500 in attendance. Everyone is welcome. Leonard Eisert

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My time in the United States Marine Corps

My time in the United States Marine Corps

I served from 1976 to 1980; then reserve time; in 1985 went back on active duty until I retired in 1999. My highest rank was Master Sergeant/E8. I enjoyed my time in the Corps. We raised three boys all the way through college degrees. I'm currently 100% disabled; the VA hospital in Cincinnati has done a terrific job helping me get through all my medical needs. I wish to thank everyone who supported our military forces, not just us warheads. Fred Spanier USMC/Ret. Proud of my son who decided to join the Kentucky Army National Guard.

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American Legion and Gladstone veteran working to set the record straight for her uncle

American Legion and Gladstone veteran working to set the record straight for her uncle

Patricia Ford Ivey was a little girl when she first heard the story about her namesake, Gunners Mate Second Class Patrick O. Ford. The uncle she never met was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his actions on June 21, 1968. While on patrol aboard PBR-750 on the My Tho river in Vietnam, Ford’s boat was ambushed. While he was providing covering fire from the aft machine gun, his boat was disabled by heavy enemy fire including rockets. In the face of point-blank enemy fire Ford assisted three seriously wounded shipmates from the PBR and into the river.

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My military family history

My family's military association has three parts. First, my mother had two brothers, both of whom saw military service during World War II. The oldest served in the U.S. Navy and survived to return home at some later time. The youngest served in the U.S. Army; he was wounded but lived to also return home after recovery from his injury. While I had heard about their military service when I was growing up, I was not motivated to join the U.S. military because of their service. Second, growing up, I had a sister and two stepbrothers. All four of us served time in the U.S. military.

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Korean War veterans honored

Korean War veterans honored

At the April 11 Awards and Appreciation Dinner, Post 41 recognized its members who served on active duty during the Korean War era. The Korean War is often referred to as the "Forgotten War," and the men and women who served were never properly recognized and thanked for their service and sacrifice. 21 of the 36 veterans who served during the war were able to attend the dinner. Each Korean War veteran was presented with a certificate and a commemorative coin. The officers and men of Post 41 extend our sincere thank-you to our veterans and all veterans who served during this war.

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1st. Lt. Claire Garvin Cohagan

1st. Lt. Claire Garvin Cohagan

My father was in World War I in the Army. He fought in France and the Argonne Forest. He always said the toughest thing for him was watching the "younger" men get killed in the trenches and getting gassed with mustard gas. On one occasion he gave his gas mask to a noncom who didn't have one, peed on his handkerchief for a mask, got sick and laid in a wet trench for two days trying to recover. And the "best" time was relief of duty to go to Paris.

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Family military service

My great-great grandfather on my mother's side served in "D" Company, 13th Regiment, New Jersey Volunteers during the Civil War. My mother's father served in the 92 Regiment of Foot-The Gordon Highlanders during World War I, British Expeditionary Force in France. My great-grand-uncle served in the Spanish-American War in Cuba, and during World War I in the Army. I had a grand-uncle Army, and a grand-cousin Navy, during World War I. On my father's side, my grandfather is a retired Army master sergeant, brevet captain when he retired in 1946.

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