for American Legion Post #142; Hominy, Oklahoma.
>>> by Gary Lanham
Wow, what a spread we had on our Thursday evening meeting, the meal
was, in short, incredible. For country folks or most veterans, beans,
ham, cornbread are all the things you envision for a heavenly feast.
Thanks go to Jerry Sebert, Babe Long, Eli Pater and anyone I may have
overlooked while overstuffed.
We will be supporting our kiddos for the annual Main Street Treats,
Main Street in Hominy. The event will take place 31 Oct 2013 (Thursday)
starting our booth 1730 hours (Jerry for you and me that’s 5:30 pm) for
the goblin invasion at 6:00 PM. We expect goblins from Cleveland,
Fairfax, Wynona, and Hominy. We will be set up at the Morris Field
Museum again this year; we look forward to this year’s event.
Keep in you plans the Fairfax Veteran’s Day Parade. This is more than a
parade. Veteran’s will be treated a free breakfast Woodland High School
(at the school), and free dinner for veterans and their families at the
Senior Citizens/Fairfax Veteran’s Building at the south west end of
town. In between there will be tournaments, prizes and ribbons for the
best floats. The parade will begin Saturday November 9th at 11:00 AM
with line up at 10:00 AM near the Baptist Church on South Main Street.
Plan on being there to cheer our local heroes.
There will also be a November 11th Hominy High School Ceremony for all
veterans with a meal at 11:00 am. As a reminder that Monday morning we
will not have our normal breakfast Klatch at the Post. We will have a
posting of the colors ceremony at the Post as we refresh our flag with
a ceremony at 10:00 am that day before proceeding to the High School.
Babo Carter (Service Officer) provided us with photos found of some
very old army units in an original formal group photo from 1918 and
1941. These were found by his wife’s relative in a Hominy home. Thanks
to Google and links I am reporting those findings. One was the 1941
photo dated April 5th Troop F 7th Calvary from Ft Bliss. The Troop F
7th Cavalry Regiment Ft Bliss TX harkens back to General Custer as most
know but they served in the Philippines during the Philippine-American
War from 1904 through 1907, with a second tour from 1911 through 1915.
On 13 September 1921, 7th Cavalry Regiment was assigned to the 1st
Cavalry Division, which assignment was maintained until 1957. The
Division and its 2nd Cavalry Brigade was garrisoned at Fort Bliss,
Texas, while the 1st Cavalry Brigade was garrisoned at Douglas,
Arizona. Additional garrison points were used as well.
The 7th Cavalry Regiment continued to train as horse cavalry right up
to World War II, including participation in several training maneuvers
at the Louisiana Maneuver Area on 26 April 1940 – 28 May 1940 12–22
August 1940; and 8 August 1941 – 4 October 1941.
The 7th Cavalry Regiment was dismounted on 28 February 1943, and
started packing up for deployment to the Pacific Theater, still part of
1st Cavalry Division. The 7th Cavalry staged at Camp Stoneman,
California on 18 June 1943, and departed the San Francisco Port of
Embarkation on 26 June 1943. It arrived in Australia on 11 July 1943,
where it trained for combat, and then participated in the New Guinea
campaign, which began on 24 January 1943, and did not end until 31
December 1944. I am going to continue to try to find the link, if any,
back to Osage County.
Our regular meetings are the 1st and 3rd Thursdays (next 17 Oct 13) of
each month at 1900 hours (7:00 PM). This coming meeting on Thursday
evening will showcase beans, ham, Mexican and regular cornbread plus
all the fixins starting 6:00 PM with the formal meeting at 7:00PM (1800
and 1900 hours). Our Monday morning Koffee Klatch meetings are run by
Post Adjutant Eli Prater and Jerry Sebert. Over biscuits and gravy (or
waffles) we will keep up on each other’s mischievous doings. It runs
generally from 7 am to 9 am. If you are a veteran come join us. And if
you have a good story it may end up in print.