Welcome, Come on In!

It was a packed house last Thursday that included distinguished guests, a new member, and a drop by of our best buddy Dick Pope from out of town. Fortunately, Chef Sebert had prepared an ample spread for the feast. Using the word “Chow” would not nearly do it justice. His famous smoked ribs, potato salad with side veggies, topped off with two types of cake really impressed everyone.

New member Neil Conrad joined us along with his beautiful wife Linda. Neil has an 11B MOS (artillery) and hails from Fairfax OK not too far off. I have known Neil a few years as he participated whenever we worked with the Veteran’s Day Parade in Fairfax each year.  We look forward to his inputs to The Hut.

Our new East Vice Commander 1B Mac Ceska dropped into to say hello and was given the opportunity to speak. He made it short but meaningful. He focused on a few of the important goals of our district coming up. I have known Mac for a while as he was Post Commander 131 in Skiatook. He takes initiative and speaks his mind. He was joined by Post 131 member Randy Seratte who told me that if we needed any support from their post for anything just give out a shout. Excellent men.

Dick Pope also sondered in catching up all the happening. Others were eager to find out how he was doing and what he was up to. He mentioned to me that Chef Sebert is a heck of a cook. We look forward to Dick making it in when possible. It was also good to see Korea-US Army Vet Dean Bach here. He drove his hot-rod motorized wheelchair. He dropped by for the meal and meeting. If the weather gets any hotter we may have to put flame-decals on his wheelchair! Every now and then I run into him at the Café on main street. Just glad he doesn’t run into me.

On a history note today in1943 German forces begin a six-day evacuation of the Italian island of Sicily, having been beaten back by the Allies, who invaded the island in July. The Germans had maintained a presence in Sicily since the earliest days of the war. But with the arrival of Gen. George S. Patton and his 7th Army and Gen. Bernard Montgomery and his 8th Army, the Germans could no longer hold their position. I’m proud to say my dad was part of the force that moved up from North Africa, through Sicily, and the length of Italy till being wounded fighting in Germany.

Our regular meetings are the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM. On the 1st Thursday we are treated to Chef Sebert’s culinary treasures at 1800 hrs except for September when it will be on the Friday night of the Officer Installation Banquet for the Post and Auxiliary 2nd September. There will be a Thursday night brief meeting on that 1st Thursday 1 September for members to discuss business. The Monday morning Koffee Klatch meeting for August 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. Be sure to watch the heat this weekend and drink plenty of water for the next day’s activities. 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”.

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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