Spring has Sprung!

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

Spring has sprung though winter may feebly try a comeback.  Aside from a few cool days and mornings, I think we have the “all clear”.  Now if I just didn’t jinx it, we should be squared away.  I heard Eli Prater was on sick leave, but is rebounding and attended last Thursday’s evening scheduled meeting.  I was not AWOL (Absent With Out Leave) but was on covert operations.  I heard there was a good showing with the roll call including Charley O’Leary, Rex Mantooth, Babo Carter, Steve Swinford, The mighty Eli Prater, Dick Pope, Jerry “Sky Chef” Sebert, John “Giter Done” Doudna, Louis Hale, Jim Hale, Jack Cross, Jerry “Cool Hat” Jackson, Babe Long, and always John Fields.

Be sure to remember the $1 raffle ticket for $100 in beef from Wild Country. If you see donation jars around town please buy a ticket.  And when you eat at Wild Country tell them to thank Chris for being a patriot by supporting ours.  The drawing will be the Monday morning after Easter Sunday, on 21 April, during our weekly breakfast gathering. Grilling time approaches!

As usual Jerry is the “man” working the Monday breakfast meetings, and he received exceptional assistance this week from Dan Rathbun.  Thanks Dan for pitching in when the need arises! Salute!  Speaking of food, next Thursday meeting is April 17th. Jerry Sebert announced that a dinner of cornbread, beans and ham would be prepared for Legion members for the meeting.  The meal will start at 6:00 pm.  For former Army National Guard guys, the little is on the 6 big hand on the 12 with the sun in the West, you know, where Fairfax is.

Commander “Doc” O’Leary has announced that Post elections will take place next month, in May.  Any member can run for any of the elected Post positions.  He also announced the Medal of Honor Day is approaching; the Ceremony honoring MOH awardees will take place in Tulsa at Veterans Park [21st and Boulder] 10:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday April 26th. This year the guest of honor will be SFC Melvin Morris, USA [Ret] a former Special Forces [E-7] from Vietnam, who was originally from Okmulgee and now lives in Florida.  Doc encourages all Legion members and family attend this event.

Babo Carter announced that he is getting flags ready for the Memorial Day display. Projected date for putting out the flags will be May 23rd.  We will probably leave the flags up for two weeks and then take them down.  Volunteers for placing and donations for replacing aged and worn past flags are appreciated!

Just a reminder, members and veterans can check out our website at  americanlegion142.org.

Our regular meetings are the first and third Thursday.  Chow at 1800 hrs and meeting at 1900 hrs (April 17th) if weather does not present a challenge. Our Monday morning Koffee Klatch meetings for April are still up and running, starting around 0700 till about 0900 if weather is above freezing and hospitable.  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!

About Gary Lanham

Authors the weekly article "News from the Hut", about local American Legion Post #142 in Hominy, OK. Read his weekly articles in the "Hominy News Progress".
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