The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Letters to the Editor

April 25, 2014

Join a local veterans' group

It was a great honor recently when Bernie Lewellyn, a member of American Post 210 for 50 years, asked for everyone’s attention. There were about 125 eating their dinner. After he got it, he said, in his 50 years as a member he had not seen the commander wait on or clean tables. Tom Morse, commander received a standing ovation.

What Bernie forgot was to mention Tom’s wife, Audrey Morse, Senior Vice Commander also does the same. (Audrey in the next few years will be the first women in Post 210 history to be commander.)

Also Auxiliary President Judy Moreman does the same. The SAL, Sons of American Legion are very active.

I’m sure a lot of other commanders have done some of the same, but not all that these three are doing. Including all service clubs in the country.

As a commander of Post 210, in 1953, I was a bartender for a while until someone said, “You don’t know one drink from another.” I said, “You are correct.” They then came to my rescue.

I have been a member for 69 years — 70 in October — even though I did not see any combat, my father signed me to be a Legion member when I joined the Navy at 17, and I served aboard a small aircraft carrier CVE 117,(escortcarriers.com) the most of my 16 months in the Navy as a seaman cleaning and painting the decks, johns and manning a 40 MM gun in front of the bridge. My service also helped me get a job with AT&T — Illinois Bell back then — where I stayed for 35 years retiring in 1982.

If you were or are a member of the armed forces join the veterans’ origination of your choice or a civic group. They do great things for members, veterans and the community.

They are family organizations.

Bob Fox resides in Danville. He represents District 6 on the Vermilion County Board.

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