It’s Hot!

“News from the Hut”
for American Legion Post #142; Hominy, Oklahoma.
>>> by Gary Lanham

As I convalesce in the dog days of the August Oklahoma heat, I tend to stay inside and avoid the trauma of the high temperatures.   For those hearty few that read my ramblings, I would be remiss not to remind you to check on your elders.  Make sure they have the old AC going, and just let them know you are thinking about them.  Also ensure your critters are well tended.  My three “lucky dogs” lie on the floor downstairs living like kings and queens without a care in the world.  I have become more sensitive to the issue having been dealt a heat stoke a few months back.  It was not fun, and as a former Safety NCO you have your orders to hydrate and avoid excessive exposure.  Okay, safety briefing concluded.
I missed the last Hut meeting due to a little vacation plan.  Normally things are quiet around the Hut during these days when vacations are wrapping up, football season starts ramping up, and school begins.  But things will change quickly soon.  Election season is around the corner, and all of those pesky signs will begin to pop up.  With Veteran’s Day around the corner, you know Babo and our crew will be in full force getting Old Glory out in the community to ensure we maintain the heritage of our faith and country.  It is very important that you, my readers, pass this value on to your kids.
Try to find time to drop by and visit the Hut. It is in stages of development and those changes are fantastic. Things are moving around and there are new additions as well.  One item to note are the flags and emblems placed to recognize the conflicts and commitment of our past all the way up to today.
Keep an eye on your calendar to the next community series of events.  I so look forward to; the Halloween Downtown Event, Veteran’s Day Events, and Christmas Parade.
Our regular meetings are the first and third Thursdays at 7:00 PM (4th of Sept).  An added plus is that quarterly the meeting will be a shared event with the Auxiliary (more details to follow, still waiting).  Monday morning Koffee Klatch meetings for August and September are still up and running starting around 0700 till about 0900.  And, now that I am an official “retiree” come by where we catch up on each other’s mischief and storytelling, I’ll take notes.  If you are a veteran come on by.  If you have a good story it may end up in print!
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Looking back to Okie Strength

“News from the Hut”
for American Legion Post #142; Hominy, Oklahoma.
>>> by Gary Lanham
 
As in the past, I occasionally like to recognize the true nature and strength of the Oklahoma spirit.  One of our own faced the test and measured up.  He was a Major, U.S. Marine Corps, Marine Fighter Squadron 223, he fought In the Solomon Islands area, August-September 1942.  He entered service from Oklahoma having been born 26 December 1914 in Lexington.

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And, So It Begins

“News from the Hut”
for American Legion Post #142; Hominy, Oklahoma.
>>> by Gary Lanham

Well, it’s official.  All hands have been installed by Lucky and Myrna staying on for another Tour of Duty.  As announced last week they are as follows.  Post Commander Charles “Doc” O’Leary, First Vice President Steve Swinford, Second Vice president Babe Long, Adjutant Eli Prater, Treasurer Jack Cross, and Sgt at Arms Jim Hale, Service Officer Babo Carter, Chaplin Rex Mantooth, and Historian/humble correspondent Gary Lanham.  Representing the Auxiliary Officers are Nancy O’Leary-President; Carla McKenzie-Vice-President; Judy White-Chaplain; Carron Richardson-Sgt-at-Arms and Linda Cross- Executive Committee Member. Continue reading

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Installation of Officers on Friday, August 8th

This month we will have a short regular meeting on Thursday, August 7th.

The Installation of Officers Dinner for 2014-2015 will be Friday, August 8th at 6:00PM.

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Campaign Season Ends!

“News from the Hut”
for American Legion Post #142; Hominy, Oklahoma.
>>> by Gary Lanham

As promised, I am pleased to report Commander Charles O’Leary’s inputs from the 2nd day of the convention, where State Officer Election results are now known. Our new State Commander is Tim Smith from Post 20 in Ft. Gibson. He was elected unopposed. He a 43 year old retired Army Infantry SFC [E-7] who runs a public relations firm in Ft. Gibson. From the first time, I heard him speak he strikes me as a squared away troop. He appears to be direct and well spoke, and I have heard good things about him. One thing we all have is reputations; we determine if they are good or bad according to our character. Continue reading

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