Christmas Festivities in Hominy!

Well the community has been raving about the decorations and lights for Christmas on main street and the parade was well attended after the “Lighting of the Tree” last Saturday evening. We have a great community with a few quirky types that actually make it more interesting. So we continue to the blessed day together. The Hut had a great showing in the parade with the young men of the SAL carrying the lead banner and colors! The Sons of American Legion (youth) ave been studying up on our local hero, Kenneth Taylor to have a better understanding of Hominy’s place in history. Most know that Brig. Gen. Taylor shot down the 1st and subsequent Japanese Zero’s at Pearl Harbor on the Day of Infamy. I was doing a little research on the connections between Hitler and the Japanese cooperation and found a few interesting facts.

Today, Wednesday in 1941, Adolf Hitler declared war on the United States, bringing America, which had been neutral, into the European conflict. Here is the twist. The bombing of Pearl Harbor surprised even Germany. Although Hitler had made an oral agreement with his Axis partner Japan that Germany would join a war against the United States, he was uncertain as to how the war would be engaged. Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor answered that question.

On December 8, Japanese Ambassador Oshima went to German Foreign Minister von Ribbentrop to nail the Germans down on a formal declaration of war against America. Von Ribbentrop stalled for time; he knew that Germany was under no obligation to do this under the terms of the Tripartite Pact, which promised help if Japan was attacked, but not if Japan was the aggressor. Von Ribbentrop feared that the addition of another antagonist, the United States, would overwhelm the German war effort. But Hitler thought otherwise.

He was convinced that the United States would soon beat him to the punch and declare war on Germany. The U.S. Navy was already attacking German U-boats, and Hitler despised Roosevelt for his repeated verbal attacks against his Nazi ideology. He also believed that Japan was much stronger than it was, that once it had defeated the United States, it would turn and help Germany defeat Russia. So at 3:30 p.m. (Berlin time) on December 11, the German charge d’affaires in Washington handed American Secretary of State Cordell Hull a copy of the declaration of war. That very same day, Hitler addressed the Reichstag to defend the declaration. The failure of the New Deal, argued Hitler, was the real cause of the war, as President Roosevelt, supported by plutocrats and Jews, attempted to cover up for the collapse of his economic agenda. I have a saying “thank God for stupid enemies”. The rest is history. (Thanks to This day in Military History)

The Sons of American Legion and parents or family member will be invited to the Legion/Auxiliary Christmas Dinner. This event will be The Annual Auxiliary/Legion Christmas Dinner and will be on December 12th at 6:00 PM with a short meeting at 7:00 PM for any announcements from the Auxiliary/Legion. These are our last few months to sell tickets on the 10-Gun Raffle. The Post gets half of the proceeds. All of the Oklahoma 100th Anniversary coins have been sold out at State HQ. There are no more. We have some and they are only $5.00 for Post members and $10.00 for non-members. I’ll be buying a few for good friends and posterity!

Monday morning Koffee Klatch meetings in December are still scheduled for biscuits and gravy or doughnuts and always a cup of Joe (coffee to the civilians). Just watch the weather, it is the only factor that my change that. We cancelled the last one due to below freezing conditions. 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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Happy Holidays II

This is a short version this week, holidays have folks coming and going. At the Hut we hope your holiday season remembers the reason for this season, that the Supreme Commander sacrificed his Son for us. Also that you have a warm, happy, and safe experience!

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Happy Holidays!

There will be a Sons of the American Legion meeting at 5:00 PM on Thursday December 5th at the Hut. No regular Legion meeting that day due to the Christmas Dinner next Thursday. The Sons and parents or family member will be invited to the Legion/Auxiliary Christmas Dinner also. That event will be The annual Auxiliary/Legion Christmas Dinner will be on December 12 th at 6:00 PM with a short meeting at 7:00 PM for any announcements from the Auxiliary/Legion.

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A Long Journey

My father was born in OKC, OK in 1922. He was an Okie of the toughest leather and a two fisted, honky tonk, Friday bar fighter night kind of guy. He was also a WWII hero fighting the Nazi. We never lived in Oklahoma so when he passed, and I was being transferred from active duty USAF to the Reserves at Tinker AFB (yes, our Osage Gen. Tinker) I was more than willing to say yes. That was 1974. Little did I realize all the richness of tribal influence with military blended in I would encounter. In 1969 I was a senior in high school in Long Beach California when I became aware of Native Americans starting making a case for rights.

On this day in history a group of 80 Native Americans, all college students, seized Alcatraz Island in the name of “Indians of All Tribes.” The occupation lasted 19 months. They offered $24 in beads and cloth to buy the island, demanded an American Indian University, museum and cultural center, and listed reasons why the island was a suitable Indian reservation. I have been to Alcatraz and it is an experience to say the least, an island in the San Francisco Bay.

I bring this up since life’s journey has brought me to Osage County, OK. I am married to a tough Cherokee gal and have close ties with our local veterans and tribal connections. Last week our Post Commander and I represented Post 142 at the Osage Veteran and Military Veteran ceremony up on Grand View in Pawhuska. It was well attended. More dignitaries that I can list but Chief Standing Bear spoke as well as American Legion leader John Henry. It was cold but the Post 142 (Steve Swinford) and I had our Osage tribal honorary veteran blankets on our lap, so we were good. My point is that I brag that Hominy is a very patriotic city. The fact is the Osage and its county are equally patriotic (except for those Sand Springs folks, just kidding).

On a private note, we appreciate Carl Blue and the SAL boys getting the flags to the football games, that is hard work. I know his son Lewis works hard on this as well. The Sons of American Legion crew is working on many things you will be informed of soon.
Get them quickly, raffle tickets! The new raffle tickets are coming out around our usual outlets. We did very well last time and want to do it again. 100 Anniversary American Legion coins are still available as well!

Don’t forget our regular meetings continue the first and third Thursdays of the month. November 21st will be the next one at 7:00 PM Monday morning Koffee Klatch 8:00 AM meetings in November are still scheduled for biscuits and gravy and always a cup of Joe (coffee to the civilians). The second Monday of the month will be covered by Mr. Jimmy Himes. The third Monday of the month Dennis Kidder will be picking up donuts for breakfast. Just watch the weather, it is the only factor that my change. If there is a 5th Monday, there is no breakfast. If you drive by and no one is there head downtown where there is a great breakfast place. 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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A Salute to Marines Everywhere

I have great regard for many Marines I am acquainted with. Our Post 142 has Bob Hough who fought in WWII in Guadalcanal as well as other Pacific theater landings. David Brave is a local I yak with on FB frequently. Jamie Clark is another Marine locally I FB with. John Henry up in Pawhuska with the Legion Post is an Osage legend. My former commander Lt. Col. Greg Duke was an amazing leader. Of all the Marines I have met everyone of them are extremely proud to be called “Marine”.

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