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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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World War II Navy experiences of John Bray

World War II Navy experiences of John Bray

JOHN (ED) BRAY, WORLD WAR II PURPLE HEART RECIPIENT John (Ed) Bray was awarded a Purple Heart for his service and wounds in World War II. After all he went through in the war, he and his wife often say, “God must have had a mission for him.” Assignment to sub hunter duty in the Atlantic. Ed grew up on a small farm in Mount Vernon, Ky. He had four brothers and a sister. When he turned 18, he was drafted into the Navy on Oct. 23, 1943. He took his basic training at Great Lakes.

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Grasshopper pilot recalls flying unarmed in front lines during World War 2

Grasshopper pilot recalls flying unarmed in front lines during World War 2

Photo: World War II veteran and grasshopper pilot Charles Rogers stands in front of his Piper Cub. Rogers’ plane had an image of a baby on it, in honor of his first child being born, a daughter, Clare. During World War II, Charles Rogers, now 96, flew more than 100 missions, unarmed and without parachutes, through the front lines of battle in Europe. He received an air medal with two oakleaf clusters for his service. As a grasshopper pilot, he steered a nimble Piper Cub to safety, despite facing off with Germans, along with their Messerschmitts and Long Toms.

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A World War I veteran's legacy extends three generations

My dad, Lieutenant Colonel Raymond C. Lutz, graduated from Pitt Dental school in 1917 just in time to join the Army and serve on active duty at Camp Hancock. He stayed in the reserves and during the 1930s served as commander of the Perry L. Gaston Post in New Castle, Pa. He was called back to active duty in 1942 and served until 1945. My oldest brother, Joe served in the U.S. Navy from 1946-47. Brother Dave served in the Pennsylvania National Guard in the 1960s. Sister Phyllis married a career Army officer who served 20 years. Brother Jim served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956-1960.

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Alabama's first American Legion Riders Legacy Ride

The Alabama American Legion Riders conducted their first state Legacy Ride. See link for news coverage. http://www.fox10tv.com/Clip/11379007/veterans-complete-week-long-ride-around-the-state-for-charity#.VSiPDQPJNiE.facebook

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Riders chapter sends WWII vets on honor flight

Riders chapter sends WWII vets on honor flight

Around November 2014 our American Legion Riders Chapter 203 decided we would donate $1,000 to send one World War II veteran to Washington to visit his/her WWII memorial. In our discussion we decided to see if we could hold a fundraiser and send more WWII veterans. That began a vigorous effort to put on a gala in February 2015. Little did we know how hard this would be.

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Georgia post to hold Ride for America for 17th straight year

Georgia post to hold Ride for America for 17th straight year

For the past 16 years, American Legion Post 233, Loganville, Ga., has held an annual Ride For America. Each Memorial Day our post hosts a fully escorted motorcycle parade from Loganville through north Georgia to Madison, Ga., where a memorial service is held. At Madison, the city stops everything, closes down its streets and welcomes our riders, the city citizens, and all veterans and their families for this service. This event started with a desire to show our support to our fellow veterans and raise funds to support The Legacy Fund of The American Legion.

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Navy Brothers

Navy Brothers

This a story about the three Hayes brothers and their service in the Navy. Bill served in the mid-to-late 1950s, including Aviation Storekeeper Class A School at Jacksonville, Fla., and on the flight deck of the USS Hornet, now moored at Alameda, Calif. Harold served from 1964-1967, including Aviation Storekeeper Class A School in Millington, Tenn., Naval Station Rota Spain, Squadron HS-3 at NAS Norfolk and the USS Randolph CVS-15, S-6 Division, and advanced to AK2. I (Howard) joined in September 1965.

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Small Iowa town honors its veterans

Small Iowa town honors its veterans

Vinton, Iowa, is a very typical small town USA. One of our better achievements is the placing and honoring of our veterans of Vinton and Benton County. We have two memorials honoring local veterans and some placed in honor of their accomplishments in our community, incliding Legionnaires from American Legion Post 57. One memorial is a 105mm Howitzer honoring a 30-year Marine major that passed on.

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Music video honoring women in millitary filmed at Florida post

Music video honoring women in millitary filmed at Florida post

The American Legion Post 250 in Middleburg, Fla., will be hosting a music video release party for "Save the Hero,” a music video produced and directed by Marie Hardway and performed by 14-year-old Cassidy Kinsman. This video is dedicated to women who have served in the military and the women who have stood beside our servicemen. Portions of the video were filmed at the Legion and featured several of our members. For more information contact Jeff Richardson, Post 250 Public Relations Officer.

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Cold War veteran

Cold War veteran

In my case, REALLY cold! 1963 - 1972 in a submarine (SSBN and SSN) with two Extended trips to the Arctic seas, occasionally under ice. Ice in the bilges, cold sleeping on mattress on the torpedo room deck (tank top). Sometimes terrifyingly anxious moments, other times mostly slow and quiet. Glad I did the tour, but wouldn't want to repeat it. Other runs in the Med trailing "bogies" and occasionally finding undersea mountains that were not on the charts, yet. Memorable was a repair job I did on a radio aboard USS Nautilus in New London. Smooth sailing and following seas!

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Family of sailors

My father served in the U.S. Coast Guard during Prohibition. I served in the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1973, reaching the rank of AE2. My youngest daughter just separated from the U.S. Navy in December 2014. She served as a U.S. Navy Corpsman. Three generations have served, perhaps more to come in the future. We are all proud of our time served!

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Oliveira military veterans

My father immigrated from Portugal as a young man. I am the youngest of three sons. My oldest brother, who has passed, was in the Army for 27 years and served with the 25th Infantry Division in Korea, where he was wounded. He retired in the 70's.My second brother, also Army, served in Vietnam with the 1st Infantry as a combat engineer.I served proudly in Vietnam in 1967 with a maintenance battalion in the central. My mother had all her three sons in the u.s. Army at one time. My father was so thankful to be here and have his own business - made sure we were also dedicated to our country.

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Three generations serving this nation

Father - William Carl Reed, 2nd Lt., U.S. Army Anti-aircraft Artillery, World War II Son - Gregory Carl Reed, Sp5, U.S. Army Combat Medic, 1967-1971 Grandson - Brandon Jared Reed, SSG, U.S. Air Force Crew Chief, currently on active duty

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Voorhees, N.J., Township Wall of Honor

Voorhees, N.J., Township Wall of Honor

I was recently honored for my Korean and Vietnam era service by the Township of Voorhees, N.J. I received a medal for my Air Force service (24 years), and my picture was posted on their Wall of Honor.

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240 years of service

240 years of service

My Coolidge fifth-great-grandfather was at the Boston Tea Party and died at the Battle of Lexington. Another Coolidge fought in the French and Indian War. I had Coolidge and Cammack ancestors on both sides of the Civil War. My grandfather Coolidge fought in World War I, my father in the Navy in World War II, I was on a submarine and LST during the Vietnam War, and my nephew currently is in the Army. Victor Landry Post 159 Bryan, Texas

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Post honors all deceased local veterans, including those with unmarked graves

In Marshall, Texas, Legionnaires from Post 878 are assuring every veteran receives honors at his grave. The post now will present any area cemetery interested with a plaque honoring all soldiers laid to rest there. So far, they have issued six memorial plaques, and have several requests to fill. Though popular, programs to place flags at veterans' graves often missed unmarked headstones or those without military honors, resulting in upset cemetery patrons and loved ones of the deceased.

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One town's controversy over monument ends with increased honors for veterans

One town's controversy over monument ends with increased honors for veterans

In King, N.C., a legal battle threatened to omit a veterans monument from the town. Now, there are several. Legionnaire Steven Hewett sued the city regarding the public monument, located in a city park, a steel silhouette of a soldier kneeling at a battlefield grave in the shape of a cross. He argued the statue violated his first amendment rights, promoting Christianity.

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California post donates presidential document to James Monroe High School

California post donates presidential document to James Monroe High School

On Presidents Day, Legion Aircraft Post 581 donated a document signed by President James Monroe to a nearby high school named for him. It hangs in a prominent position in the school's assembly hall. The document grants 160 acres of land in the Indiana Territory to a Revolutionary War veteran, and includes a printer's illustration of Monroe. Legionnaire Gene Denney inherited his father's collection of historical artifacts. His father, inspired after meeting President Franklin Roosevelt, became a "fine collector" of presidential documents, Denney said, among them this land grant.

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Ohio post celebrates American Legion's 96th birthday

Ohio post celebrates American Legion's 96th birthday

The Carey Bavis American Legion Post 180 had a great celebration for the 96th year since the American Legion was convened by The American Expeditionary force at Paris, France, March 15, 1919. The evening was a time of thought for the past year and the year to come while serving veterans and the community, whether it be picnics, funeral colors, Halloween parties for children, parades or scholarships. About 50 people attended the event. Thank you folks letting us serve you and we invite veterans to join The American Legion to serve along side of us at 1001 S.

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San Diego Post 731 Welcomes Newest Post Member

San Diego Post 731 Welcomes Newest Post Member

Meet Auggie Souza. A World War II Army veteran who served in a 90mm Anti Aircraft Mobile Gun Crew. Auggie has the distinction of landing at Normandy. Post 731 Commander Chuck Camarato loved to listen to Auggie tell his WWII stories. Even if he told the same stories seven times. He always just sat and listened. One day, Commander Camarato asked Mr. Souza why he didn't have an American Flag in his front yard.

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Pa. honor guard handles 120 ceremonies each year

Pa. honor guard handles 120 ceremonies each year

The Honor Guard at the Ray A. Master, Post 217, Topton, Pa., was started in 1947. Our present Honor Guard attends Memorial Day and Veterans Day parades and has averaged 120 final honor services in District 14, Eastern Pennsylvania. Visit our Ray A. Master, Post 217 Homepage at: http://www.toptonlegion217.org

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Family legacy

As far as I know we had no family members in the first World War, but boy, we had a few in the second World War. My father (first-born from parents from Poland) and two of his brothers ... three more uncles from my mother's side. They all came back except my Uncle Joe, who was killed in the Pacific theater (Philippines, I believe). One uncle served in the Korean War. Myself and a brother served in Vietnam ... the stories I could tell ... whew ... would fill more than a few pages. Sgt. Larry Donaleski 6922nd, 4th Detachment, 13th Air Force

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Lt. Col. John S. Wittenborn

Lt. Col. John S. Wittenborn

Lt. Col. Wittenborn enlisted in the Air Force Reserve, 442nd MAW, Richards-Gebaur AFB, Mo., in February 1967. Returning from basic training, he entered the OJT 70210 personnel specialist program. In June 1971 he returned to Lackland AFB, Texas, to enter OTS. After graduation he went to Laredo AFB, Texas, to UPT and graduated in August 1972. He returned to Richards-Gebaur and the 442TAW flying the C-130A, E and B models. In he moved with members of his unit to Peterson AFB, Colo., to start a new C-130 tactical airlift wing, the 303rd TAW, with two squadrons and a total of 16 aircraft.

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Vietnam Veterans Day and returning war vets

Vietnam Veterans Day and returning war vets

As a Vietnam vet (1966/67), I have to admit I choked up when I saw the info from the Legion that there is now a Vietnam Veterans Day. Let's all remember the names on the Wall, on this day and forever. As they are the heroes! Since my wife and I own a sign company, we decided it would be a good idea to put up a banner in our window to let everyone know about this day. I might add that we have always offered the family of any returning war vet a free Welcome Home banner. We have offered that for many years, and it is difficult to describe how the families react when they pick up the banner.

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"Service in Vietnam" is not telling the whole story

I am not sure why one would conclude that all servicemen and women during the '60s and '70s can make the assumption that you had to be in Vietnam to be abused or defamed by Americans. The only advice I got when I returned to American soil was to get out of the uniform as quickly as possible. I didn't make it to Vietnam, but I was overseas. The homecoming wasn't pleasant, and to this day I still feel that rejection about my voluntary service to my country. Why have you singled out Vietnam for this unequal and differential treatment?

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Ghost of Holidays Past

As an adviser to students at Moorpark High School, our Healthcare Academy accepted the responsibility of distributing some pre-holiday gifts to veterans at Wadsworth Veterans Hospital. While I had visited the facility in the distant past, the 1930s visiting WW I family friends who had been gassed during the war in France, it had been some time since I had been on post since becoming a teacher. I was surprised and gratified at the friendly response of the veterans to the kids as they handed out the blankets and socks provided by the American Legion post in Moorpark shortly before Thanksgiving.

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