“News from the Hut”
for American Legion Post #142; Hominy, Oklahoma.
>>> by Gary Lanham
Well, Jerry Sebert out did himself again, last Thursday evening. A full house was treated to fried chicken…ala Marvin’s. Plenty of sides were provided, as well as some of the best potato salad I ever tasted, next to my wife’s of course (whew, that was close!). I had my first Corn Pudding, I think Dick Pope provided. I was wary at first, but it was delicious. It surprised me to dig in and find raisins!
The Commander, Charles O’Leary, updated us on many matters concerning the Legion and local progress on building improvements, as well as ideas to continue “spiffing” up the Hut. There are many new wall displays that really add to the place. He also updated us the 45th Infantry Reunion in Oklahoma City, he and his charming wife attended. He took note the number of our WWII heroes are dropping for attendance year to year significantly.
An added feature was the 40mm shell (inert of course) brought in by Stan Mueller. He explained the features and use of the munition to all of us, particularly on missions during Vietnam, when they would extract combat teams from the shore in their ships. He mentioned to me that they were almost always done during firefights. Being a former bomb loader (BB Stacker) in the USAF I found it interesting. The largest shell I ever loaded 20mm on the F-105 Thunder Chief affectionately called the “Thud”.
The Main Street Treats downtown event has been planned for Thursday, October 30th to avoid conflict with the Friday night football game. I always enjoy this activity because the kids come from all over and pack both sides of the street. There are always a few outrageous and creative costumes. The Hut’s candy table is always busy thanks the Auxiliary volunteers, and some us Vets idly watching and catching up on things. It kicks off at 6:00 PM so get in line!
Post members are invited to the Fairfax Veterans Day Parade on November 8th, put on by Retired Seaman Leon Hendrix and Eva Donovan [formerly married to a USMC veteran] from Fairfax. Rumor has it. we may have the Auxiliary participate with the gang in the parade. I hope so because it would class us up the gang and increase our face value. With a start time of 11:00 AM. we will be gathering at 10:00 AM beforehand by the Baptist Church on South Main there in Fairfax. Breakfast will be provided at the High School 7 – 10:00 AM by the Woodland F.F.A. At the end of the parade, there will be a free dinner for Veterans and families on the southwest end of town at the Senior Citizens Veteran’s building. Sounds like lots of fun and food so come on out!
I am still trying to gather dates for your calendar over the next few weeks for the remaining season’s activity. Christmas Parade will be the next item on the horizon. I will be inquiring if a date has been established so we all can mark our calendars with date and time.
And, our regular meetings are the first and third Thursdays at 7:00 PM (October 16th). Monday morning Koffee Klatch meetings in October are still up and running starting around 0700 till about 0900. Thanks to Jerry and Dick Pope there is usually biscuits and gravy and maybe a waffle or two. If you are a veteran come on by. If you have a good story it may end up in print!