On May 7, 2013, Belleview American Legion Post 284 presented school medals to students from Emerald Shores Elementary. It was very well-attended.
Pictured, from left to right: Jerry Montgomery (2nd Vice Commander); 1st-Place Girl Hope Bennett, 3rd Grade; 2nd-Place Girl Destiny Tryon, 5th Grade; 2nd-Place Boy JaJuan Henderson, 3rd Grade; Paul Crumb (Exec Committee Member). Not pictured: 1st-Place Boy John Fields, 5th Grade.
Bringing New Knowledge to the South Pacific
By William Sabel
I was instrumental in introducing watermelons to the natives on a lonely South Pacific island during World War II. My mission was to establish a vegetable farm in the Solomons on the island of Kolombangara for the express purpose of furnishing fresh garden produce for the base hospital at Munda. It came about in this way:
Prior to my induction into the army in April 14, 1941, I was a poultry farmer and always interested in gardening.
At our April meeting Post member Irwin Baron was awarded the American Legion Heroism Award for saving the life of his next door neighbor by administering CPR until Fire Rescue arrived. Mr. Irwin has been a Boy Scout for over 70 years and is still active. Making the presentation during our April meeting were Commander James Tewes, Historian Carol Fraser and member Teddy Pomerantz.
On February 20, 2013, Bruckenthal-Cann Post 385 member Irwin B. Baron was presented with the Phoenix Award, the highest civilian award given by the Pembroke Pines Fire Department. This was presented at the Pembroke Pines February Council Meeting by the PPFD Fire Chief. This award has only been presented five times in the city's history. Post Commander James Tewes, Adjutant Joe Motes and Post Historian Carol Fraser were present for the ceremonies. The person (2nd from left) was the person whose life was saved.
At 84 years old, Irwin Baron has been a Boy Scout for 70 years.
Bruckenthal-Cann Post 385 member Larry Lehtonen was presented with a 50-year pin, and certificates from National and Post 385 during our April meeting. Making the presentation were Commander James Tewes and member Teddy Pomerantz.
On March 23rd, Post 138 honored our Korean War Veterans with a Ceremony and Reception which included the presentation of the DoD Korean War 60th Anniversary Certificate of Appreciation. Our Post has over 90 Korean War era veterans (many of which are dual war eras!) and we had 20 veterans that came with their family and friends to share in this event (not all are pictured). Our other veterans who were unable to attend will be receiving their certificates in the mail.
On March 27th, American Legion Post 731 was awarded the San Diego City School Districts 2012/2013 "Partner of the Year" award. Post 731, for the last 17 years, has been donating two bicycles every month for academic achievement with its partner school Chesterton Elementary, a predominantly military school located in off base housing. To date, the Post has awarded over 300 bicycles with untold hours of community service. Each month, Post 731 members attend the schools award and recognition ceremony.
The late Mansford Wennblom, right, was the seventh name on the list of the original list of American Legion members according to records. A longtime member of the Campbell-Williams American Legion Post of Clinton, Minnesota, was stationed in France in March 1919 and was in attendance at the historic Paris Caucus. He also attended the first Convention of the American Legion in Minneapolis in 1919. In the attached photo he is pictured with Donald Williams many years ago at a Memorial Day service in Clinton.
American Legion Post 228 (Brewer-Maddox) SAL member was recently honored by his County's Mayor and Tennessee's Governor as a Youth Volunteer of the Year for 2012 at the Governor's Volunteer Srars Reception in Franklin, TN. Zachary Warbritton was chosen by Benton County, Tennessee Mayor Barry Barnett as Youth Volunteer of the Year for 2012. He has faithfully served as an intern to the Benton County Commission for three consecutive years while learning about the working of local government.
On Monday night March 4 2013 at a regular meeting, Belleview American Legion Auxiliary Unit 284
selected four girls from a list of six candidates to become delegates to the 67th Session of the Florida
On March 2, 2013, members of the Ammon K. Gibble American Legion Post 0419 of Manheim, PA met with the Manheim Central High School Rifle Team for the purpose of presenting medal awards to the top marksmen of the season. The team secured the Lancaster/Lebanon Athletic Association Championship for 2013 by means of the thorough coaching of Mr. Steve Waddington.
Pictured in the photo are, front row (l/r); Melody Coyne, bronze medal winner, Mitch Saylor, gold medal winner, and Elizabeth Hess, silver medal winner.
Auxiliary Unit 291 in Newport Beach, CA held their annual Sweethearts Ball on
Saturday, February 9th.
A 2013 Ford Focus was raffled off.
This very successful event raised money that will go to various veteran charities including the Long Beach VA Hospital, Homeless Veterans programs, Children and Youth of Veterans programs, and Troop Shipping to name a few.
Pictured are the Unit 291 officers with Jean-Pierre Capiton of Theodore Robbins Ford.