NEWS FROM THE HUT by John Hamilton
This is going to be a “Flashback” series about veterans who have been part of the history of the HUT, Post 142 in Hominy, Oklahoma, and part of the history of the Hominy community. All veterans are special patriots and deserve to be honored, but the veterans who are no longer with us also deserve to be honored, and that is the purpose of this “Flashback” series for veterans that have passed into the Hominy Post 142 Post Everlasting Memorial in our hearts
Morris Field was born December 4, 1921 in Lewiston, Montana to Harry Field and Myrtle S. Johnson. Morris spent most of his life in Hominy and served his country with enlistments in the National Guard, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Coast Guard. He was a lifetime member of the DAV, VFW, and The American Legion for 59 years, and serving as the Post Historian. After his military service in World War II, Morris attended two trade schools in Dallas, TX and Nashville, TN, where he became an accomplished Linotype Operator. He subsequently worked for weekly and daily newspapers including the Tulsa World/Tribune, Dallas Times Herald, Pawhuska Journal-Capital, and The Hominy News. He owned and served as Editor and Publisher of the Cedar Vale, KS Messenger. He concluded his career as a Linotype Operator for the Oil and Gas Journal in Tulsa. Morris is well known for his accomplishments in the martial arts area. At the age of 46, he started learning karate in Oklahoma City. Nineteen years later (1984) he formed the Dragon’s Den School of Martial Arts in Hominy. The club won over 800 trophies in competition. and Morris taught over 5,000 students and never charged any of them for his services. In addition to teaching skill sets in Martial Arts, he focused his students on learning self-discipline, fitness, and a drug-free lifestyle. On the way to attaining karate’s highest rank (Montei), he won 12 first place trophies in competition after he was 65 years old. His final rank was 5th Degree Black Belt in the style of Shorin-ryu. He wrote hundreds of stories for the Hominy News including a regular column on the activities of the Dragon Den, Letters to the Editor, general interest stories, and numerous stories under the pen name of the Penn Creek Prospector. Capitalizing on his knowledge of letterpress and hot metal printing technology, Morris accumulated the equipment to create the Field Historical Printing Museum in Hominy. Morris passed away on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at the age of 89 at St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma and was interred in A.J. Powell Cemetery in Hominy, Oklahoma. Morris was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Marie Fletcher. Military services were conducted by the American Legion Post 198.
Lloyd Gaymond White
Lloyd Gaymond White was born to J.W. and Opal (Privett) White March 8, 1922 in Hominy, Oklahoma. Lloyd was a life-long Hominy resident, attending and graduating from Hominy Public Schools in 1940. He lived in the home where he was born and raised. Lloyd and Connie C. (Wineinger) were married February 10, 1944 in Greenville, Texas; they had been married for 66 years. Lloyd served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII from November 1940 to November 1945. He was the Manager of Benson Lumber Company for 46 years before retiring in 1995. Lloyd was continually active in the Hominy community during his life: He was a service officer for over 30 years for the American Legion Blackwell-Frazier Post 142; he served on the Selective Service Board during the Vietnam War; Retired Volunteer Fireman for over 30 years; he served on the Hominy City Council, the Rotary Club, Civil Defense Director for several years; he was involved with the Hominy Chamber of Commerce for years; he belonged to the Sportsman Club; he was the National Weather Service Reporter for this area for many years and he also worked the time Clock for the HHS Football Games for many years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Lloyd Gaymond White, age 88, of Hominy, Oklahoma passed away on June 6, 2010 in Cleveland, Oklahoma. Interment was at the A.J. Powell Cemetery with Military Honors by the VFW 5th District Rifle Squad.
Until further notice, our regular Legion meeting will be the third Thursday of each month. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, May 20th at 7:00 PM. The Sons of the American Legion meetings have been suspended until further notice, depending on the future COVID-19 situation. We have resumed the tradition of the dinner at the meetings now on the third Thursday of each month. The Monday morning Koffee Klatch meetings have been resumed at 8:00 AM. If you are a veteran, come by for our monthly meeting, and/or the Monday morning Koffee Klatch meetings. Several of the Post 142 members meet on Wednesday’s at Daylight Donuts on OK-99 around 8:00 AM in Hominy for coffee and breakfast treats. If you have a good story, it may end up in print. Also, keep up with us at the Post 142 website “americanlegion142.org” and Hominy Legion on Facebook.