Somebody's Catching Hell

Category: Books

Somebody's Catching Hell is a Vietnam war novel about a team of Marine intelligence personnel in the months leading up to the historic Tet Offensive of 1958. Kirkus Reviews calls it a "sharply written war novel that powerfully evokes the camaraderie and conflict of a Marine headquarters during wartime.: It is available on Amazon.

The Eighty Six Year Gap

Category: Books

The great depression of '29 and why it continued because of the lack of camaraderie between industry, capital, management and labor - the ingredients you need to make the system work. When did it end? Well it didn't end. In 1939 President F.D.R. made a moratorium of any strikes or negotiations, because of the war in Europe. His hope was to keep us out of the war. We would keep Europe and Asia supplied with the tools of war.

NVC Cotten's visit to New Hampshire

Category: Personal Experiences

NVC Michael Cotten's recent visit to New Hampshire

American Legion provides classroom flags

Category: Personal Experiences

The George P. Vanderveer Post #129 of Toms River, NJ was advised of the need for new classroom flags for the Lakehurst Elementary School, and quickly provided them. After mold was discovered at the elementary school, the building was closed and the students relocated. Months later the school re-opened, minus classroom flags. Once the Legion heard that the students were saluting small desk flags, they quickly responded with brand new large classroom flags for each room.

Brothers meet in Holland during WWII

Category: Visual Arts

During WWII (Europe) Russell H. Souders, Sr. served in the artillery with the 9th Army while his brother flew a B-26 Marauder overhead during his advance. They had a chance meeting in Holland right before the Battle of the Bulge.

Six Months Wonder

Category: Poetry

What I learned Without Realizing It

“Where the Hell is Korea?” – Warfare in the land of Sorrow.”

Category: Visual Arts

The Korean War, often referred to as the “Forgotten War” is being remembered at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) with a new special exhibit. On Armed Forces Day, May 18, 2019, and in anticipation of the 70th commemoration of the start of the Korean War in June 2020, the Center will open a new exhibit - “Where the Hell is Korea?” – Warfare in the land of Sorrow.”

Our Dad, Our Hero

Category: Personal Experiences

What I learned about my father, the paratrooper!

Ain’t No Justice

Category: Poetry

It seemed to me while in my youth Life is not fair and that’s the truth The rich the powerful the strong Impose on weak and poor a wrong A tank in World War Two I called “Ain’t No Justice” I was told You can’t do that change the name There are rule to play the game But fate stepped in another crew Went in that tank to Italy go And there a bomb five hundred weight Destroyed that tank the crew of fate And years of passing proved to me There “Ain’t No Justice” here I see And then I heard a wise man tell Justice is just a principle It’s not in truth reality While in this world for man to see But surely Justice must be served A day of Judgment is reserved When we shall stand before the bar A scroll unrolled tell what we are A bright remembrance of our guilt The Scales of Justice will not tilt Upon the final Judgment Day When Lord the Judge of all will say “Divide the Goats from our the Sheep… The Sheep with Me I’ll surely keep… All enter into joy with me Who kept My law so faithfully.

Spotlight on Jean Wilson - Dept. of Ohio 2nd Vice Commander

Category: Personal Experiences

What happens when you continue to serve; both in the American Legion as a Legionnaire and in the American Legion Auxiliary? The result is an interesting mix of a civic minded leader who continues to serve well after their Armed Service tenure has ended. I recently had the privilege of interviewing Jean Wilson, Department of Ohio 2nd Vice Commander; I was intrigued by what makes this remarkable woman tick.

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