Ladies First

As the Post Historian I usually try to come up with some interesting stories about our military past for the week of this article as well as the current things happening at the Hut. Like some of you I am also a grandpa by blood and by marriage. I had an interesting conversation with a granddaughter of the latter category this past week that made me proud and thoughtful. She is bright, active, and very creative. She is also beginning to look forward in the “not so far” future and had questions about the military as an option. Over Pepsi we discussed things.

When I first joined the military women were in uniform and had been for quite a few years although in limited “traditional” roles (whatever that means). I watched as the roles, risks, and opportunities expanded for them through my career and have proudly served with and for many outstanding female soldiers, peers, and officers. I have written before about Major General Aragon who remains a good friend.   

I bring this all up to preface something I bet you didn’t know. In 1754, today, American Revolutionary War Heroine Molly Pitcher was born. During the American Revolution at the Battle of Monmouth, NJ, Molly helped out as a water carrier, gaining her nickname, Molly Pitcher. Her husband, John, was wounded during the battle. Molly dropped the water pitcher, taking up her husband’s job of loading and firing a cannon. After reports of her tenacity and valor spread General George Washington appointed her a noncommissioned officer (NCO). First one in our history I bet!

A special thanks to the fellows who got the flags out and retrieved on Main Street last week and this past Tuesday for the federal holiday. Also a big salute to Mac Ceska and Babo Carter for the re-supply of much needed flags. Weather can be tough on Old Glory in Oklahoma as the seasons change.

Last Thursday evening we were in culinary heaven as Chef Sebert did his magic. It was good to see the gang again and enjoy updates from Commander O’Leary. I had the privilege of updating all on the doings of our comrade in arms, Dick Pope whose schedule keeps him away some. Catching up with Dick is always a highpoint of my week.

Keep your eye on this publication for the latest on Main Street Treats for Halloween. I’m pretty certain we will be out in force helping the Auxiliary ladies run a table for the goblins. They are, after all, our Queens of Candy!

Our regular meetings are the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. (Next one is the 20th 7 PM). The Monday morning Koffee Klatch meetings for October 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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