Busy busy!

We now have a Facebook presence thanks to our Adjunct John Hamilton (also SAL Commander). It is “Hominy Legion”. There you can see updates on doings at the Hut and provide feedback and ask questions in private massages. We hope it will expand awareness of what we are doing in the community as well as for fellow veteran’s and their families.

Brigadier General Kenneth Taylor will be inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame on Saturday, 26 October at the Embassy Suites in Norman, OK. His wife, daughter, son in law, cousin and her husband will be present to accept the induction. Many of you all remember he grew up in Hominy and shot down the 1st Japanese Zero over Pearl Harbor on the Day of Infamy. He was the technical director of the movie “Tora, Tora, Tora” and was loosely played by an actor in the movie “Pearl Harbor”. You can send a private message to our new Facebook page “Hominy Legion” if you wish to attend the banquet. We can send you the registration form by email. I will be attending the formal banquet and staying the night at the Norman Embassy Suites.

We all know about this past week being the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. Well today in 196912:51 EST, Apollo 11, the U.S. spacecraft that had taken the first astronauts to the surface of the moon, safely returned to Earth. The American effort to send astronauts to the moon had its origins in a famous appeal President John F. Kennedy made to a special joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961: “I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth.” Eight years later, on July 16, 1969, the world watched as Apollo 11 took off from Kennedy Space Center with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin Jr., and Michael Collins aboard.

I was visiting my grand parents in Kansas City MO from southern California. Sitting on the porch that evening with dear old Grand Pa we listened to a transistor radio under the blinking lights of the KCMO radio tower: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” we heard Neil Armstrong say, then they safely splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:51 p.m. on July 24 a few days later.

Plans are forming quickly for the 31st of July to take the crew on a day trip to OKC to visit the 45th Infantry Museum. Thanks to the O’Leary family for providing chaparonne duties. I will be in the middle of personal business during that event. Departure from the Hut is 0800. John Hamilton is the commander and can be reached at goofymail-alsqn142@yahoo.com.

We still have 100th anniversary American Legion “Challenge’ Coins for $10. They are one of a kind and a collectable item. I had one but I keep giving them to a few special veteran friends. I will be buying a few more!

Regular Legion meetings are usually the first and third Thursday of the month. In August it will be the 1st and 15th . We will be meeting with the Sons of American Legion at 5:00 pm, dinner (if the Chef is up to it) at 6:00 pm and regular meeting at 7:00 pm on August 1st. Koffee Klatch meetings in August we are still scheduled for biscuits and gravy and always a cup of Joe (coffee to the civilians). Just watch the weather, it is the only factor that my change that. I think the Chef is on duty as we are into the summer. 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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