Bon Voyage!

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

This week has certainly been quiet, at least for me. Sometimes you need that small space of time to get a breath, say a prayer for folks who need it, and tend to details that life can sometimes deprive us of.

I will be brief this week, but I do have an important matter to address. One of our band of brothers, John Doudna and his wife, are moving into a new phase of life away from the local area. I would like to reflect a bit on what I know of John. I believe he served as a 13 Bravo (Artillery) with the Army. What I do know is that he has served the Hut far beyond his military commitment. He took charge and executed the air conditioning system project for our facility. He has been the “go to guy” and “Mr. Dependable” for many upgrades to the Hut in one fashion or another. It has been a joy and inspiration to me and others for his selfless efforts for our Hut. Salute and “May the wind be to your back” my friend and fellow patriot!

On another note, look forward to interviews with our most seasoned veterans. I will be reporting interviews with them over next several months. Many of you know these characters, but you might find a few interesting stories that happened right on Main Street Hominy Oklahoma in the 1930s. This is the privilege of being the Post’s Historian. I get to grab the juicy stories unbeknownst to most. As your humble correspondent, I promise to exaggerate in a moderate fashion (I was a recruiter three years of my service after all).

Our regular meetings are usually the first and third Thursdays at 7:00 PM…January 22nd. Monday morning Koffee Klatch meetings in January are still up (if weather permits) and running starting around 0700 till about 0900. Thanks to the crew for providing biscuits and gravy and maybe a waffle or two and always a cup of Joe (coffee to the civilians). If you are a veteran come on by. If you have a good story it may end up in print! Also keep up with us at website “americanlegion142.org”.

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Whew!

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

What a year and season it has been. The Christmas and holidays moved fast, as the wife and I traveled to Fresno CA, Pleasanton, CA, then up to see my grandkids in Tillamook Oregon; seeing old high school buddies along the way. We even saw a few migrating whales on the coast. I returned on the old route 66 map, to make our Thursday meeting last week. It’s good to get grounded again, back home, and happy to be among friends. Continue reading

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Meeting is Confirmed

Despite the cold weather we WILL have the American Legion meeting Thursday night at 7:00 PM, and Jerry Sebert is cooking a HOT MEAL DINNER for everyone starting at 6:00 PM at the hut.
We have the thermostat set on 40 degrees and and it stayed that was all day today. It should warm up a little bit tomorrow afternoon and we should be out by 8:00 PM.
I think we are having birthday cake for Eli Prater and Johnny Doudna the January Birthday boys. Not sure about the ice cream though!

See everyone on Thursday! Hope you can make it!

Charlie O’

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Breakfast cancelled for Monday, Jan. 5th

Breakfast has been cancelled for Monday, Jan. 5th, due to extremely cold weather.
We will plan to have breakfast next Monday, on January 12th.

In addition, we will conduct our regular meeting this Thursday evening, Jan. 8th at 7:00pm.  If our plans change, we will post an announcement.

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Stan Mueller

In a surprise presentation, Navy veteran Stan Mueller was presented his American Legion cap by fellow Navy veteran and CPO2 John Fields. Charles O’Leary assisted with the presentation from Post 142. The cap presentation included Mueller’s ribbon medals; which included the Navy Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal for wartime military service, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with two campaign stars and Vietnam Service Medal. He was also given a US Navy and Vietnam pin, a pin with the US and Navy flags crossed and a pin with his former rank Chief Petty Officer Second Class, Gunner’s Mate 2 to wear on his cap. Mueller served on the aircraft carrier USS Ranger CVA-61 and landing ship tank USS Summit County LST-1146 during his career. He plans on sewing patches of the different ships he served on his new legion cap. Congratulations to GM2 Stan Mueller and thank you for your military service!
—CHARLES S. O’LEARY

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