for American Legion Post #142; Hominy, Oklahoma.
>>> by Gary Lanham
Brrr, it’s just cold out there. Remember the basics most country folks already know, drip the faucets to prevent freezing pipes, vent any propane heat, and frequently water your critters. They need that as water will freeze. At our house we bring them in (except for the horses and chickens).
Well without offending anyone who is not in particular a Sooner fan I thought I would throw out a tidbit to tip my hat to the “Roll Tide” folks in light of the upset at the Sugar Bowl. One of their own, a Major, U.S. Army, 25th Infantry Division fought at Guadalcanal Island, 12 January 1943. He entered the service in Montgomery, Alabama 1943. He received a citation for the Congressional Medal of Honor, distinguishing himself conspicuously with gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy on Guadalcanal Island. On 12 January 1943, Maj. Davis (then Capt.), executive officer of an infantry battalion, volunteered to carry instructions to the leading companies of his battalion which had been caught in crossfire from Japanese machineguns. With complete disregard for his own safety, he made his way to the trapped units, delivered the instructions, supervised their execution, and remained overnight in this exposed position. On the following day, Maj. Davis again volunteered to lead an assault on the Japanese position which was holding up the advance. When his rifle jammed at its first shot, he drew his pistol and, waving his men on, led the assault over the top of the hill. Electrified by this action, another body of soldiers followed and seized the hill. The capture of this position broke Japanese resistance and the battalion was then able to proceed and secure the corps objective. The courage and leadership displayed by Maj. Davis inspired the entire battalion and unquestionably led to the success of its attack.
As a final reminder to members, when you re-up with the Legion make sure you coordinate that with our Treasurer Jack Cross. Thing go much smoother working it through him rather than responding to a mail out. Trust me, it works better.
Also note we will be hosting a Chicken Noodle Feast Fund Raiser January 18th. More details will follow but start marking your calendars now. All proceeds support the local American Legion Chapter and all the things we do in the local community.
Our regular meetings are the first and third Thursdays if weather does not present a challenge. Our Monday morning Koffee Klatch meetings for January should be up and going as normal starting around 0700 till about 0900. Eli and Jerry usually have things set up where we can catch up on each others mischief and story telling. If you are a veteran come on by. If you have a good story, it may end up in print!