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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
He headed to Missouri for basic and then to Camp Gordon, Ga., for second basic training, which was in the Signal Corps.
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.
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.
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.
“Death on call” was the motto of the Wolfpack gunship platoon of the 281st Assault Helicopter Company. The company arrived in Vietnam in June 1966 and departed in December 1970.
In the fall of 1969, the North Vietnamese army held a large-scale operation northwest of Ban Me Thuot in central Vietnam. So pervasive was the operation that no U.S. army helicopters were allowed to fly in the area. That included medivac and supply missions. The only U.S. helicopters permitted to operate were gunships. It was all “top secret.”
I am a 77-year-old Dutch-born U.S. disabled veteran. As a United States Air Force veteran, I have served in many countries. I was born in Holland and in 1944-1945 met many World War II GIs who gave their lives for our liberty.
At that time our house in Kerkrade housed about 25 GIs during 1944-1945. Many of them didn't survive it; they have been taken to rest at the American Cemetery at Margraten, Holland. Margraten is one of the 26 cemeteries which are maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission.
Every year I attend the official Memorial Day, invited by the U.S.
Last summer retired Col. Tom Fincher of Chapin, S.C., gifted me with a book he wrote. Fincher is the current American Legion Department of South Carolina commander. We had served together in the 18th Infantry at Fort Riley during the 1970s and have crossed paths several times over the years.
He had told me he was working on a book but gave no details until it was finished. What I received was a phenomenal 504-page journal of American servicemen and women who had served in WWII and now reside in the Chapin area.
Last year, a homeless man dropped off a shadow box to Post 731 in San Diego and stated that he had found it in a dumpster. Post 731 officers set out to search for the rightful owner, Scott Susz.
Officers searched his Facebook page, messaged him and finally, inquired with his listed friends. But no luck.
It wasn't until Past Department Sgt. at Arms Edward J. Grimsley got involved, and pulled some magic strings, that progress was made. The sailor was located in Texas.
Grimsley spoke with his father and learned that on the day his son retired, someone stole his car.
McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst resident Delisa Sliker was recognized as Ms. New Jersey Veteran at the conclusion of a series of four New Jersey Resource and Opportunity Fairs held throughout the state.
Chief Petty Officer Sliker retired from her service with the United States Naval Reserve in September 2011 as an Intelligence Specialist. Sliker was an active-duty military member from November 1986 until March 1997, where she was a Machinery Repairman (MR) on USS Yosemite (AD-19), SIMA Little Creek, and the PreCom of USS Bataan (LHD-5).
Williamstown resident Jason Montgomery was recognized as “Mr. New Jersey Veteran” at the conclusion of a series of four New Jersey Resource and Opportunity Fairs held throughout the state.
SSG Jason Montgomery was an active-duty Army member from March 2004 until October 2011. The soldier held multiple positions during his military tenure, including Human Resource Information Systems Specialist at Fort Bragg, N.C., where he was assigned to the 18th Personal Support Battalion to support Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Moina Michael, the Poppy Lady, devoted her life to those in the service and to veterans. It is appropriate that she was honored by Georgia Women of Achievement, though in life she sought no recognition or reward for herself.
Please watch the video and see the interview with the veteran who was inspired by Moina Michael, and who inspired his daughter to write a book about her and donate the proceeds to families of veterans.
This is my and my wife's 1986 Corvette that we have had for several years now. We had it painted back in 2007 and took it to many car shows throughout Maine, where it did very well. Due to having other cars that we show, we decided to park the Corvette in our back shed in 2009; and it stayed there until this past winter, when I decided that it was time to put my concept for a paint scheme on the car. Working with Caldwell's Auto Body and Boulevard Graphix of Limestone, Maine, we put the concept together.
My brother Joseth Leland Kingsbury was in the European theater under Gen. Patton at the Battle of the Bulge. My brother Thomas Lloyd Kingsbury was in the Pacific from Australia to Manila, Philippines.
I was in the China-Burma-India theater and Okinawa as a navigator on B-24 aircraft.
My wife, Yvonne, was working in a Federal Reserve bank in 1941. We were visiting some friends one night when she received a phone call from the bank and was told to come in immediately. She worked all night with the FBI, teletyping Japanese names, not knowing what was going on until a few days later.
A monument honoring veterans from five branches of service used to stand in Lake Placid, Fla. But when the town recently renovated its downtown, the monument Post 25 had donated back in 1985 no longer was an aesthetic fit. (A flag still stands downtown.)
The monument, made of five 6-foot concrete slabs, each approximately 250 pounds, representing the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard, needed a new space. The town offered to give it back to the post.
"We couldn't see it just lay in the weeds and nobody using it," said Robert Moore, former post commander.
A two-foot piece of mangled steel from the World Trade Center has found its final resting place at the Egg Harbor City, N.J.’s municipal building.
Commander Tom Messina of the American Legion Rudolph Elmer Post 158 and Egg Harbor City’s Mayor Lisa Jiampetti requested the relic from the World Trade Center Steel Program. The remnant of twisted metal was one of close to 2,000 pieces of varying sizes of artifacts that were carefully preserved in a joint effort by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Their quest took almost two years.
Housed in Hangar 17 at New York’s John F.