Veteran of the Year Ceremony

NEWS FROM THE HUT by John Hamilton

Don Rainwater
Don Rainwater with “Hanoi Special”

The Veteran’s Day Dinner and Awards Ceremony is going forward this year and the Dinner will be held, as usual, at the Hominy High School just inside the front doors of the school on November 11th at 11:30 AM. The Veteran of the Year Blanket Ceremony will be held in the HS gym starting at 1:00 PM. This year’s recipient of the “Veteran of the Year Blanket” and the honors that accompany this award is a veteran that has served The United States of America with pride. This veteran has served our country around the world from Lackland, Texas for basic training to Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. This Veteran has served overseas for ten years in countries like New Found land, Okinawa, Germany, Thailand, and temporary duty stations to include Korea, Japan, Vietnam, and North Africa. He has been awarded seven medals and several of them multiple times. This year’s Veteran of the Year is a Senior Master Sergeant, ret. from the United States Air Force, Don Rainwater.

All Post 142 Legion Members and their spouses are welcome to attend.

Veteran of the Month

Louis M. Hale Jr.

This past week a fellow Legionnaire, 2nd Vice Commander Louis M. Hale Jr., from our Hominy Post 142 brought to my attention an award that Louis presented to PA Joanna G Sanford on October 27, 2021, with the Post 58 Veteran of the Month Certificate from Post 58 in Arizona. The Certificate was presented at the Wah-Zah-Zhi Health Center.

U.S. Marine Uniform Mystery

A couple of weeks ago I stopped by the Hut to check on something and I found, hanging on the Hut doorknob, a U.S. Marine Uniform that includes a Jacket, Shirt, Tie, insignias, and Medals. I asked all the Guys at the Hut and none of them had any idea where the uniform came from. All the Legionnaire said I should put it in the paper and maybe whoever left it at the Hut will come forward and let us know who the uniform belonged to. According to the stripes on the jacket sleeve the Marine was a Sergeant and the ribbons on the front of the jacket are the Bronze Star, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, National Defense Ribbon, Vietnam Service Ribbon, and the Vietnam Campaign Ribbon. A picture of the uniform is posted bellow.

Until further notice, our regular Legion meeting will be the third Thursday of each month. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, November 18th at 7:00 PM. The next Sons of the American Legion (SAL) will be on Thursday, November 18th at 5:00 PM. 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 “” and Hominy Legion on Facebook.

About American Legion Post #142

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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