Hollywood Comes to the Thunderbirds

While I wait in anticipation of our next meeting October 6th highlighting Chef Sebert’s offering of Beans and Cornbread (1800 hrs) I was reading and checking out some movies on the horizon and to my surprise I found a jewel. I am going to order it and let you know my thoughts but if you have seen it I would like your review.

Citizen Soldier was released this year and is a dramatic feature film, told from the point of view of a group of Soldiers in the Oklahoma Army National Guard’s 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, known since World War II as the “Thunderbirds.” Set in one of the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan at the height of the surge, it is a heart-pounding, heart felt grunt’s eye-view of the war.

A modern day Band of Brothers, Citizen Soldier tells the true story of a group of young Soldiers and their life-changing tour of duty in Afghanistan, offering an excruciatingly personal look into modern warfare, brotherhood, and patriotism. Using real footage from multiple cameras, including helmet cams, these Citizen Soldiers give the audience an intimate view into the chaos and horrors of combat and, in the process, display their bravery and valor under the most hellish of conditions.

These Citizen Soldiers are patriotic men and women, one day working 9-to-5 jobs, the next day deploying to the front lines of war. One of them is Sgt. Eran Harrill – a born leader, a single father, and head of his local Chamber of Commerce.  When Eran’s unit was called up, he deferred his education and deployed to fight for his country. This is his story, but it is also the story of Citizen Soldiers everywhere – fighting America ‘s wars when called upon, building global partnership when asked, and protecting the homeland at all costs.  For more information and to watch the trailer please visit: http://www.citizensoldierfilm.com Citizen Soldier was released to all digital and retail outlets on August 30, 2016.  It is showing at several local movie theaters.

We are still planning our District 1A/1B meeting at Post 1 in Tulsa on October 1st. We will get the latest from the national and state leadership to update our folks. Plans are also underway for our leadership to attend the state convention January 6-7 in Norman OK.

I was recently approached by an Auxiliary member who asked that I consider writing about some of our Post members of the past who now report to our Supreme Commander in Heaven. I am relatively new to the Post having joined up about five years ago. I will be making an effort to gather information on some of these heroes of Hominy’s past but will need your inputs and stories to put together an appropriate picture of these who represent our finest memories. You can write your thoughts down and give them to any of those who you know from the Hut and I am certain they will be passed along to me.

Our regular meetings are the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month (6 PM 6 October 7 PM the 20th). The Monday morning Koffee Klatch meetings for September Monday’s are still scheduled for biscuits and gravy 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”.

 

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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