By Patricia A. Douglas
Post 911 Public Affairs Coordinator
A member of Ryan Winslow Post 911 has achieved 50 years as a member of The American Legion.
Milton Bice was presented with a certificate signed by the American Legion commander and a cake from the post during the monthly meeting on March 28.
“The American Legion has been very good to me,” the Marine said.
Bice served with the 1st Marine Division, 3rd Amtracs in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967.
His father had some sage words for his son before he left for boot camp.
“What I couldn’t teach you, they are going to teach you,” his father said.
After his military service, he met his wife, Ann, and was awarded a degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Ann's oldest brother suggested the West End graduate join the American Legion Central Park post.
"I enjoyed talking to the older vets at the post," Bice said, adding that the house was a great place to hang out.
As members died and others moved away, the number of members of the post dwindled. The post decided to sell their house and use the proceeds to make everyone a life member of the Legion.
Like many people, between work, travel and family, he didn't have a lot of time for other activities. After he retired, he decided to look up his local post to get involved.
"I noticed there was (a post) in Hoover," he said. "I've been a member two or three years."