After leaving the DEC meeting in Lansing for the drive back home to Battle Creek, I stopped at Eaton/Greenawalt-Flaherty Post No. 42 in Charlotte to drop off "Request to Transfer to Local Post" and "Project Stay Alive" forms for their post, which were distributed to District Commanders earlier.
I thought it would save time and help the post process their transfers more rapidly. After removing my tie and sport coat, I entered the lounge, and asked the lounge manager to give the forms to the first vice commander.
Several members of the 15th District (Tampa area) accompanied the Department of Florida commander in attendance at the Monday, July 1 bill-signing at MacDill AFB by Florida Gov. Rick Scott.
The bill signed was “HB 1223: Deceptive & Unfair Trade Practices,” which authorizes a civil penalty for a person who willfully uses deceptive or unfair trade acts or practices against a military servicemember or servicemember’s spouse or dependent child in certain circumstances.
I am writing to tell you about what my post has started and been recognized for by Gen. Martin E Dempsey, 18th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
On July 28, 2012, we held a concert to benefit our wounded warriors. We had eight bands that performed from 2 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. We flew in a wounded warrior from the hospital at Fort Belvoir to be our guest of honor! We escorted him from the airport to the event with Patriot Guard riders, Legion Riders, Corvette Club, National Guard, city, town, county and state police departments, and we were able to donate $5,500 to NY Warrior Alliance.
The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary Department of Idaho makes $10,500 donation to Camp Magical Moments Cancer Camp for Kids, Inc.
This year the Department of Idaho’s commander’s and president’s project was to raise money to send children with cancer to summer camp. They chose Camp Magical Moments in Swan Valley, Idaho, to be the recipient of this effort.
At the recent installation of officers for Post 731 at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Willis Forman was recognized for his 70 years of service to The American Legion. Post 731 also awarded an honorary lifetime membership to Forman.
Forman's association with the Legion began in the 1930s when his father, a post commander in Oregon, signed him up as a Sons of the American Legion member.
American Legion Post 110 of Virginia Beach, Va., held its installation ceremony for elected 2013-2014 post officers on July 10, 2013. Installing officer was 2nd District Commander Mike Bukowski, and acting sergeant-at-arms was 2nd District Adjutant Al Steward. In the photo (l to r) are Sergeant-at-Arms Terry Howard, Vice Commander Dan Ryan, Historian Brian Abbott, 2nd District Commander Mike Bukowski, Commander Bert Wendell Jr., 2nd District Adjutant Al Steward, Finance Officer Steve Sokolowski, Service Officer Doug Uhlmann and Chaplain George Schmidt.
American Legion Post 110 in Virginia Beach, Va., sponsored three delegates to Virginia Boys State, held June 16-22, 2013, at Radford University in Roanoke. At Post 110's meeting on July 10, two of the delegates - Jacob Nerab of Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School and Daniel Vickers of Cape Henry Collegiate School - gave a report on their personal experiences at Boys State. The third delegatem Jackson Sheen of Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School, was unable to attend, but sent a written report which was read by Legionnaire Wendell Parker, Post 110's Boys State coordinator.
William J. Wyland, center, receives a plaque honoring him for his 68 years of service to Loretto (Pa.) Post 748. Wyland, a charter member, is flanked by Post Commander Kenneth Clark (left) and Post Chaplain Larry Hoover.
Dec. 7, 2012, was a beautiful day, a beautiful memorial, and a lot of beautiful people that made a dream come true.
As not to forgot anyone, I won't name them all, but I will say that day would not have happened without the help of two beautiful people - Mr. and Mrs. John Flaherty. God Bless them.
I'm so proud of the 10 Gately names on that memorial and all the veterans that gave their lives and others that put themselves in harm's way to keep this country free. I was very proud.
I'm also very proud of the Flahertys, who keep on giving and not asking for anything in return.
American Legion Post 42 congratulates Vancleave High School students
Merrissa Perry and Josh Martins for their achievements.
Perry of Vancleave won fourth place prize of $200, donated by Post 24 in the Department of Mississippi District 9 competition of the American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program titled "A Constitution Speech Contest," which took place a few months ago in Hattiesburg, Miss.
Ms. Joseph D.
George Banas - a member of Post 43 in Naperville, Ill. - and his wife were trapped between Tangier, Morocco, and Madrid, Spain on 9/11/01. George relates this and other personal adventures and world events, from President Jimmy Carter's administration through George W. Bush's term in office, in his new multi-genre book, "Terrorists and the Terchova Treasure - In My Brother's Place."
In addition to the five-star ratings reviewers have given the book on Amazon.com, George was notified that Reader's Favorite, a book review firm in Ohio, has also awarded the book a five-star rating.
On June 6, 2013, the James E Coffey Post & Auxiliary Unit 3 presented scholarships to Allison Latham and Dakota Williams. Allison is the recipient of the unit scholarship and Dakota is the recipient of the post scholarship.
Allison is a 2013 graduate of Merrimack High School and will be inducted into the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., on June 27. She will major in mechanical engineering.
Dakota is a graduate of Alvirne High School (Hudson, N.H.).
Traveling 4,500 miles to present a medal has become the norm for a local military retiree. Col. Don Edmands Jr., U.S. Air Force (ret.), of American Legion Post 256 in Tellico Lake, has awarded medals to two Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) students at Bitburg High School, Germany.
The American Legion Scholastic Excellence Medal for scholastic and leadership excellence was presented to Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Denzyl Jackson, a sophomore calling Bitburg home. His father is Master Sergeant William Jackson (ret.).
Norman McLeod American Legion Post 26 hosted its annual Memorial Day service on May 27 in Plant City, Fla.
This year’s service included the posting of the colors by the Plant City High School JROTC, the Pledge of Allegiance led by Cub Scout Pack 5, speeches and a bagpipe performance.
Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a barbecue lunch and fellowship.
American Legion members in Montana visited and honored World War II veteran Edward Swetish, who turned 90 years old on May 23.
Eight Legion members traveled to Helena to honor Swetish. Family members and neighbors wanted to do something nice for him so they planned a surprise visit from our post.
Swetish was presented with a certificate of appreciation along with a flag that was once flown over the Capitol in Washington, D.C. How handy that he already had a flag pole!
Swetish served in the Army and had been drafted in April 1943.
On the first Saturday in December Post 416 of Zachary, La., sponsors
a Christmas parade for the community of Chaneyville, La. In addition
to the parade, the post gives away three-dozen bicycles to the local kids. What a treat this is for the community. The post commander is comrade Roya
Hughes and the Auxiliary president is Ms. Claudia J. Fisher.
American Legion Post 110 in Virginia Beach, Va., presented American Legion ROTC Gold Medals to two NJROTC cadets at Landstown High School on May 15, 2013. Cadet Ens. Ronald Baldomero received the Gold Medal for Military Excellence, and Cadet Master Chief Petty Officer Robert Lindsey for Scholastic Excellence.
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.