Along with the 100th birthday of the American Legion, the American Legion, Post 52 in Attica, Indiana, recently celebrated its 100th birthday. The post received its charter on September 15, 1919, under the command of Lee Whitehall. The first meetings were held in members' homes. sometimes using a lantern for lighting. Eventually, in 1986, after cutting and selling wood, the members were able to make a down payment on a burned-out building and adjacent properties, which they completely renovated. Later, the members added on to the building, making it the very active post home, along with the Unit 52 Auxiliary, that it is today.
A field of grand old flags
Frank Havlik did what is right, but it took 89 years and his granddaughter's help to finish his mission
Stalag Luft III - One Man's Story is told by WWII prisoner of war U.S. Eighth Air Force Bombardier Lt. Charles Woehrle, one of 10,000 prisoners in Stalag Luft III depicted in the movie "The Great Escape." Woehrle was shot down May 29th, 1943. His parachute malfunctioned when he bailed from his crippled B-17 yet miraculously he survived. At age 93 this remarkable man and gifted storyteller takes us back with vivid detail as he relives his experiences that include: a terrifying air battle, being captured by the Nazis, receiving an unexpected parcel from a watch company in Geneva, the 70-mile below zero "Forced March,” and liberation by General Patton after two long years of uncertainty and tremendous hardship. His personal account of how he survived is filled with grit and grace. His niece, Louise Woehrle, shares her thoughts on sharing his story in the documentary and what the feature means to her and many others.
American Legion Post 51, Oakland, Me. Our 100 year old archive.
There are many silent stories resting in our cemeteries of military men and women who served with distinction and whose forgotten stories need to be brought to life in remembrance that freedom is not free. It comes at a cost to family, friends, community and the nation. Their stories must be shared and passed on to present and future generations in perpetual remembrance. Episode No. 1: A Highway for a Vietnam War Hero: Honoring Lt. Frankie Lee (Pete) Wallace
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“Last Man Club” is a heartwarming, all-American road trip adventure. To avoid a retirement home, a World War II veteran escapes to search for the last surviving members of his B-17 crew - for one final mission. As Eagle sets out to find his buddies, a beautiful young woman fleeing her gangster boyfriend becomes an unlikely accomplice. With the police, the mob and the FBI now in hot pursuit, it’s a race to fulfill what might be their greatest adventure!
The Voyage of the Stingray is a submarine nautical adventure - full of surprises, suspense and intrigue. What the reviewers are saying: Captain George W. Jackson, USN (ret.), former commander of two U.S. nuclear submarines, former Lockwood Chair of Undersea Warfare, U.S. Naval War College, wrote as follows: “The Voyage of the Stingray presents some interesting ideas on the design of futuristic submarines and how those ships might evolve into concepts of operations. Independent of the technology, the novel has a superlative plot, timely for the challenges of today’s world.”
This biography documents the life of Elmer J. Wallace, the only Coast Artillery colonel killed in action during WWI. Colonel Wallace was born on July 1, 1872, in Vermillion, South Dakota. He received his bachelor’s degree in Literary in 1897 and earned his master’s degree in Literary in 1898 from the University of South Dakota. On August 4, 1898, Wallace entered the U.S. Army Coast Artillery Corps as the Second Lieutenant. Wallace’s military career prepared him to become one of the nation’s experts in coast artillery defense. He was assigned to many coastal forts to train army officers. In Wallace’s day, aerial warfare was in its infancy, and Wallace was a pioneer in the antiaircraft field. When WWI broke out, Colonel Wallace requested to be deployed to Europe. However, since he was one of the most efficient officers in the U.S. Army, the War Department did not want to send him overseas and risk him being killed on the battlefield. Due to his persistence, his request was finally granted. Commanding the 60th regiment field artillery, Colonel Wallace sailed for France in April 1918. Colonel Wallace and his regiment took part in some of the most important engagements of the latter part of the war, including the famous St. Mihiel drive and the decisive battle in the Argonne forest. On October 29, Colonel Wallace was severely wounded by shell and died on November 5, 1918. To commemorate Colonel Wallace’s legacy, one battery, two military camps, and three American Legion posts were named in his honor.