I usually write my weekly News from the Hut article on Sunday afternoon, tell the public what is going on and, sometimes items in service history. This goes out for my fellow Legionnaire and swaby, John Hamilton. So, it is October 13th. On this day in 1775 the Continental Congress authorized the purchase of two armed warships to patrol for British merchant ships. This act would be considered the birth of what would become the U.S. Navy. During the Revolutionary War, the Continental Navy sent to sea more than fifty armed vessels of various types. The navy’s squadrons and cruisers seized enemy supplies and carried correspondence and diplomats to Europe, returning with needed munitions.
They took nearly 200 British vessels as prizes, some off the British Isles themselves, contributing to the demoralization of the enemy and forcing the British to divert warships to protect convoys and trade routes. In addition, the navy provoked diplomatic crises that helped bring France into the war against Great Britain. The Continental Navy began the proud tradition carried on today by our United States Navy, and whose birthday we celebrate each year in October.
Don’t forget our regular meetings continue the first and third Thursdays of the month. October 17th will be the next one at 7:00 PM. The first Thursday 6:00 PM dinner will be prepared by our new Chef Jim Beckett. Monday morning Koffee Klatch 8:00 AM meetings in October are still scheduled for biscuits and gravy and always a cup of Joe (coffee to the civilians) but now a new change. Giving Chef Sebert a well deserve leave from culinary responsibilities other members will be opening things up every Monday morning. The second Monday of the month will be covered by our newest member Jimmy Himes. The third Monday of the month Dennis Kidder will be picking up donuts for breakfast Just watch the weather, it is the only factor that my change. If you drive by and no one is there head downtown where there is a great breakfast place. 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”.