“News from the Hut”
for American Legion Post #142; Hominy, Oklahoma.
by Gary Lanham
On this day in 1951, President Harry Truman presented the Collier Trophy to the Coast Guard, the Department of Defense and the “helicopter industry” in a joint award, citing “outstanding development and use of rotary-winged aircraft for air rescue operations.” Coast Guard commandant VADM Merlin O’Neill accepted the trophy for the Coast Guard. Most of us are familiar with all the videos of the “out to sea” rescues that the Coast Guard performs now and over the years. Many do not know they also served in the South Asian conflicts. Salute Babo Carter!
The annual Legion-Auxiliary Christmas Dinner was fantastic. The Auxiliary out did themselves with multiple side dishes to compliment Chef Sebert’s smoked ham. There was a great showing of attendance. Much thanks to the Auxiliary for pulling KP afterwards (cleaning the Hut on Monday). During the celebration Rex Mantooth (Chaplin for the Post) offered the blessing. The drawing for Alice Neighbors beautiful quilt, went to Lisa DeWitt a long-time Hominy resident. Congratulations Lisa and much thanks to Alice!
Also there was a special presentation of a leather vest for Jerry Sebert adorned with USAF emblem on the back with matching Tactical Air Command patches and Staff Sargent stripes on both side of the front. He was looking sharp.
I hope you got the word the Christmas parade was postponed till 6:30 PM 19 December. The Hut will be in full force. Watch the front page our beloved Hominy News-Progress for updates! Remember for safety purposes, no candy tossing! Sorry kiddos.
Don’t forget our regular meetings continue the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7:00 PM (tonight December 17th, January 7th, 21st). Monday morning Koffee Klatch meetings in December are still scheduled for biscuits and gravy and maybe a waffle or two and always a cup of Joe (coffee to the civilians). Keep your eye on the weather in case things have to be postponed. 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”.