Another Local Hero!

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

The weather seems to have leveled out. I don’t know about you, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that old man winter has exited stage left. Still, we remain on the “common sense” rule. Old man winter may still sneak up on us, you never know in ‘Okie-land’. Our fearless commander has returned from his journeys to Arizona for the Ira Hayes/Iwo Jima Memorial Parade and Ceremony at Sacaton, AZ on the Pima Indian Reservation and from Wyoming. We will have an awesome slide presentation and narrative on the Thursday evening meeting 19 March, so be sure and drop by. Spies have confirmed our Chef extraordinaire Jerry Sebert (fellow flyboy USAF) will be serving up some good chow. It should be fun starting about 6:00 pm. At this juncture, there is usually a pun about military time and branches of the military. I decided not to lower myself to that temptation. So I will just say, “Army…sun is going down”.

On the subject of our grand Chef Jerry Sebert, did you know he served our country August of 1967 till January 1972? He worked in a very important position of Corrosion Control on our most vital aircraft, during a major conflict. I actually had a class on this, when I served my time in the USAF. I was lost the third day of class. How these soldiers absorbed the electronics of the preventive process was beyond this youngster. He served in Westover AFB MA, Langley, AFB, and overseas where it really counted at Naha Air base Okinawa. Like Steve Swinford (I mentioned last week), he accrued some of the chest salad (USAF for ribbons) including Good Conduct (hmm, I might have to ask him about that) and the most important National Defense Ribbon. I have had the privilege of knowing Jerry in my last few years at the post. He has a servant’s spirit working diligently for the Monday breakfast and on occasion, Thursday dinners. He is a remarkable man, and has really made a major impact with our veteran family at the post. Salute Jerry, thanks for being our local hero and patriot.

On that note, I want to throw out another thanks to our local paper, the Hominy News Progress. What a fantastic community support they provide. Where else can you catch the news, see what the kids are up to in sports, shine the light our wonderful veterans (yes, that is you Dick Pope, Babe Long, John Field, Eli, and Rex), and honor our Supreme Commander in Chief?

Our regular meetings are usually the first and third Thursdays at 7:00 PM. Chef Jerry will serve up a feast (I’m hoping for beans and cornbread) this coming meeting March 19th. That will drop back start time to 6:00 PM. Monday morning Koffee Klatch meetings in March are still planned (if weather permits) and running starting around 0700 till about 0900. Much thanks to the crew for providing biscuits and gravy and maybe a waffle or two and always a cup of Joe (coffee to the civilians). 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” which by the way just broke 15,000 hits! Much thanks to Michael Frazier. While far away, he still maintains and updates our website…Salute Michael! You are our virtual rock star.

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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