On November 11, 2018 at 11 a.m. it will be the 100th anniversary of the end of First World War (WW1).
This painting titled "Gassed" is a large painting (7 ft 6.9 in × 20 ft 0.6 in) that depicts the aftermath of a mustard gas attack in July 1917. The painter John Singer Sargent visited the front lines during this time. It was finished in March of 1919, the same month and year The American Legion was founded. "Gassed" won great acclaim and was voted picture of the year by the Royal Academy of Arts in 1919. The picture tells a powerful story of a very great danger many of our veterans were exposed to during battle, mustard gas.
When we celebrate Veterans Day this year, please remember the veterans who served in the First World War and then went on to create The American Legion. They gave us a wonderful legacy to up hold - service to our veterans.
Forty Three veterans of the First World War became charter members of Post 66.
Emanual Y. Herrera, Juan B. Vega, Fred J. Martinez, C.J. Soda, John Schiefferly, E.B. Fitzpatrick, William Ward, T.B. Ketchum, Ernest T. Smithers, Carnnelo Escolante, Geo. Wood, John H. Kolkana, Benj. F. Austing, Robert A. Keeney, E. Maggi, Ernest J. Pate, Bernard P. Hawkins, Samuel E. Branch, John H. Sigler, Ray Alford, David Moreno, Edwin R. Smith, R.A. Thompson, P.W. McConnell, Silvie J. Lusardi, Wayland Sorenson, Daniel Pelucca, M.J. Brassill, Harry B. Higuera, J.A. Robasciotti and Fred Thornbaugh.
If you know of any decendents of our charter members that live in the San Luis Obispo area, please contact a post leader. We would like to make sure they are invited to our Centennial Celebration activities.
For God and Country.
Visit The American Legion Centennial web site: Centennial
03-24 Tolan Family Dundraiser
March Greetings to my Legion Family, Spring is upon us and on March 11th, Daylight Saving Time BEGINS. On February 12th we had a great Member Orientation / CPR and AED (defibrillator) training. Then, February 14th was Valentine’s Day and a great member / guest dinner occurred with the “In Time Trio,” singers entertaining us.
Two dinners are planned for March—the 14th and 28th. The 28th will be celebrated as The American Legion Birthday Dinner with chicken being served. March 28th, is the VIETNAM WALL ESCORT RIDE to Madonna Meadows. “THE WALL THAT HEALS,” which is the replica of that which is in Washington DC will be on display from March 29th through April 1st.
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Commander Dan Dale
We hosted a special breakfast for The American Legion National Commander that was attended by the 2008 Presidential Medal of Honor Recipient Ret. Staff Sgt. Leroy Petry.
This short video tells the story of Staff Sgt. Leroy Petry, a true American hero!
San Luis Obispo native Dennis Perozzi Jr. arrived in Korea in January 1952 at the age of 25 on a bitterly cold winter day. In this video, military veteran Perozzi, now 92, talks about his experiences in the infantry amid current escalating tensions over North Korea's missile and nuclear testing. David Middlecamp The Tribune
BY NICK WILSON
San Luis Obispo native Dennis Perozzi Jr. arrived in Korea in January 1952 at the age of 25 on a bitterly cold winter day. The temperature was 32 degrees below zero, and he wore six layers of clothing.
Over the next 10 months, Perozzi served as an Army rifleman, fighting in a battle at Old Baldy Hill that cost 125 American lives (he was one of 60 in his company to survive). On another battle at Pork Chop Hill, 32 of his fellow soldiers were killed or wounded.
Today, the 92-year-old Perozzi rarely talks about his war experience, which included combat missions in what is now North Korea. But he does think about it occasionally.
As he observes Veterans Day this year, the tensions between the U.S. and North Korea carry shadows of the past and spark memories of Perozzi’s time at war.
Dennis Perozzi Jr., 92, served 10 months in the Korean conflict in 1951-52. He was an Army infantryman and earned the Bronze Star and other citations.
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The North attacked the South on June 25, 1950, on the 38th parallel that divided the two sides in an effort to unify the country, thus launching the war.
Perozzi spent much of his time in Korea north of the demarcation line, describing the landscape as “all hills with little valleys and not too many trees, at least not tall trees like we have here.”
Because of his location in the North, he didn’t really get to know Korean people or develop a strong sense of the culture.
He acknowledged battling nerves, saying that’s understandable. During one battle, Perozzi’s flak jacket protected him from mortar fragments, blocking shell pieces from penetrating his body.
“You’re scared, but you do what you’re trained to do,” he said.
The fighting today would be completley different. It would be all missles. If Something happens, there's going to be so many casualties on all sides, it's unbelievable.
Dennis Perozzi Jr., Korean War veteran
In 1967, three young U.S. Army infantrymen serving in Vietnam on an overgrow jungle island south of Saigon laughed together and became the kind of friends only those who’ve been through war really know. They all survived, even though they didn’t know it after being separated during the war.
Until The American Legion’s recent national convention in Reno, Nev., it had been 50 years since Hugh Crooks, Gordon Clapp and Robert Ryan had seen each other. But despite all the years that have passed since their time in Vietnam, the old friends smiled, laughed, joked and reminisced like they were still in their 20s.
As the three men finally met up at the National Convention, they recalled their days and memories together with stories and details that ranged from terrible to hysterically funny.
Ryan and Crooks met at the induction center after being drafted. Ryan inserted himself into a line in front of Crooks because he heard it was the one for training at Fort Ord, Calif., rather than Fort Bliss, Texas. They sat together on the bus and started a salty friendship neither of them knew would continue over 50 years.
After training they were all three stationed with A Company 3/39 of the 9th Infantry Division, Republic of Vietnam on an island known as the French Fort. Crooks was told he was really lucky to be assigned to this duty. ( Read the rest of the story - HERE )
by Richard Pushies
(Pictured are: Dan Dale, Post 66 Commander, David Glidden, Post 66 2nd. Vice Commander, Mike Knight, Post 66 member & owner of Coastal Peaks Coffee and Larry Foster, VA Voluntary Service Specialist. Don Marriott, Legion Riders Chapter 66 President is not pictured.)
Post 66, Legion Riders Chapter 66 and Post 66 Member, Mike Knight, owner of Coastal Peaks Coffee have joined together to support the Donaldson Mark-VA San Luis Obispo Clinic by providing coffee supplies for their veterans waiting to be treated. This is one small example of how Post 66 serves the veterans of our community. In this example, we help serve our veterans coffee, which is a small, but appreciated service. If you have ever sat in a medical clinic (VA or community) and waited a long time to be seen by a health care provider, having a good cup of coffee while you wait is definitely appreciated. It just is. In the picture, Larry Foster, VA Voluntary Service Specialist presented a plaque of appreciation to Post 66, Chapter 66 and Coastal Peaks Coffee for their generosity in supporting the veterans being served at the VA San Luis Obispo Clinic. The plaque will sit on the coffee table to remind our veterans who is providing their coffee.
Through a Post 66 member who visits the Santa Maria VA Clinic, we found out the Santa Maria VA Clinic has been providing coffee, creamer and sugar for the SLO clinic from the excess donations they receive in Santa Maria. Sometimes the supply of coffee from Santa Maria is not enough. Since government facilities, like VA clinics are not allowed to solicit donations, once we found out about the shortfall of coffee from Santa Maria, we decided to give the clinic a hand. After Post 66 Commander, Dan Dale and Legion Rider's President, Don Marriott found out the VA Clinic need help with coffee, they soon received commitments from their membership to support the cost of providing coffee supplies. When Commander Dale approached Mike Knight, owner of Coastal peaks Coffee, he too joined in to help support the Post 66 in providing coffee for the veterans at the SLO VA Clinic. Good Legionnaires working together can do plenty of good work in supporting our veterans.
This is a simple, but good example of how The American Legion, Post 66, Riders Chapter 66 and a few good members can use a little "Mutual Helpfulness" to provide support for our local veterans.
The American Legion takes great pride in being able to provide you with this abbreviated and comprehensive guide to veterans benefits. This brochure is not intended to make you an authority on benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) but to make you aware of available benefits and services you may be entitled to, and how to
apply for them.
Questions concerning benefits or eligibility should be addressed to an American Legion Department Service Officer (www.legion.org/serviceofficers), a VA Regional Office, State Department of Veterans Affairs, or a County Veterans Service Officer.
We will all, one day, transfer to the Post Everlasting. Prior planning on issues such as eligibility for burial in a National Cemetery would be a blessing for those we leave behind.
WED MAR 14 LEGION FAMILY DINNER NIGHT / SIRLOIN 6:00 PM Social Hour 7:00 PM Dinner / Guests invited Riders Hosts Dinner / Raffle Ticket Sales / PLUS BUS Tables in Dining Room/Bar
MON MAR 19 POTATO BAR / SOCIAL NIGHT 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM Social Night MON MAR 26 HAM / TURKEY BURGER / SOCIAL NIGHT 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM Social Night
WED MAR 28 AMERICAN LEGION BIRTHDAY DINNER NIGHT / CHICKEN 6:00 PM Social Hour 7:00 PM Dinner / Guests invited Riders Hosts Dinner / Raffle Ticket Sales / PLUS Bus Tables in Dining Room / Bar
SAVE THE DATE
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28,
6 PM SOCIAL HOUR AMERICAN LEGION BIRTHDAY PARTY
Sunday, June 3
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Annual Pancake Breakfast flier
1st Wednesday of the Month
- Business Meeting 7 P.M.
2nd Wednesday of the Month
- Members & Guests BBQ Dinner
Bar Opens @ 5:30 P.M.
Dinner served @ 7 P.M. ($10)
Members and guests are welcome!
4th Wednesday of January, March, May, July September
3rd Wednesday of November
-Members & Guests BBQ Dinner
Bar Opens @ 5:30 P.M.
Dinner served @ 7 P.M. ($10)
Members and guests are welcome!
(Except 3 day weekends)
Bar/Meal starting at 4:30 P.M.
What to do before a veteran dies
One of the eventualities in life that spouses and families of veterans face is the death of their loved one who served America in uniform. To help ease the burden on loved ones, veterans can make preparations in advance.
The background image on this web site, is grass seed. Good grass seed is needed to grow a solid grass root effort.