GUT REACTION

Category: Poetry

Poem titled "Gut Reaction" by C. N. Buchholz

Veterans Appreciation Day 2019

Category: Personal Experiences

American Legion Post 240-Daleville, Va hold Veterans' Appreciation Day

Child Safety Awareness Day

Category: Personal Experiences

Child Safety Awareness Day

Finding Gilbert, a Promise Fulfilled

Category: Personal Experiences

Could I find my father's French orphan, Gilbert, from WWII in France and tell him that Dad never forgot him?

"All Present and Accounted For"

Category: Books

It was late November, recognized as one of the coldest periods to be on a ship near Alaska. The Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis had run aground during a severe storm and was taking on water. Temporarily patching the hole, the ship attempted to sail toward safer waters when all hell broke loose from an even more violent storm. The patch broke free, and the engine room began to fill with water, soon disabling the engines. Out on the deck, the crew was taking a pounding from mother nature. The ship was taking severe rolls from the wind and the high seas; at one time, struck with a sixty-degree roll. Communicating with each other was extremely difficult or impossible due to the environment; crewmembers had to rely on training and instinct to perform their jobs. The water level in the engine room was the same as outside, all engines were dead, no fresh water, with very little cooking. Combined with the exhaustive and lengthy working conditions in the filthy water, the lack of hot water, and heat, crewmember sanitation needs were severely ‘lacking.’ Captain Wooley surveyed the situation: the engine room was flooded, resulting in the loss of power; ‘mountainous seas’ and gale force winds were pounding the Jarvis, and freezing working conditions had caused several of the crewmen to show signs of sickness. To make matters worse, the ship was floating toward a rocky coastline that would destroy it and probably kill most, if not all, of the men. With the ship in peril, Captain Wooley ordered an emergency message be sent to the Seventeenth Coast Guard District Office in Juneau requesting Coast Guard assistance. Within minutes, the District office replied there were no Coast Guard assets near enough to provide immediate help. At 7:04 pm, for one of the few times in Coast Guard history, a ‘MAYDAY’ call for help would come from a Coast Guard vessel.

Pearl

Category: Poetry

A Tribute to Honor Those Lost and Wounded on December 7th Forever must we remember

Veteran Owned Business Project launches member verification program

Category: Personal Experiences

New program transitions 1,000s of validated members who joined over the past 11 years to new “Verified Member” classification

The Aviators: Stories of U.S. Army Helicopter Combat in the Vietnam War, 1971-72

Category: Books

Action-packed stories of helicopter combat in the Vietnam War, highlighting the incredible pilots and crew members.

Attica, Ind. post celebrates 100th birthday

Category: Film / Documentary

Along with the 100th birthday of the American Legion, the American Legion, Post 52 in Attica, Indiana, recently celebrated its 100th birthday. The post received its charter on September 15, 1919, under the command of Lee Whitehall. The first meetings were held in members' homes. sometimes using a lantern for lighting. Eventually, in 1986, after cutting and selling wood, the members were able to make a down payment on a burned-out building and adjacent properties, which they completely renovated. Later, the members added on to the building, making it the very active post home, along with the Unit 52 Auxiliary, that it is today.

Twenty Plus Two

Category: Poetry

"Twenty Plus Two" CA-148 Newport News Heavy Cruiser Written on June 27, 2016 Anniversary of her ghosting

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