Showing posts with label Legion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Legion. Show all posts

Thursday, June 9, 2011


Freedom Car faces doubleheader weekend

Team Johnson Motorsports and 76 Freedom Car driver Jerick Johnson will race a doubleheader this weekend in two different states. Coming off a ninth-place finish at Rockingham Speedway in Rockingham, N.C., the team is scheduled to run Friday, June 10, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at the Keith Fleck Memorial 50 presented by Miller Beer and Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Raceway in the Seal Wrap 100.

In addition to racing and raising awareness for The American Legion and the POW/MIA cause this weekend, Johnson and the 76 Freedom Car team will visit three different Legion posts to greet Legionnaires and sign autographs.

The first stop will be at Post 119 in Greenfield, Ind., on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. The second stop will be at Post 298 in Marion, Iowa, on Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The third and final visit will be to Post 331 on Saturday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Brownsburg, Ind., before racing at Lucas Oil Raceway Park on Sunday.

"The American Legion/David Law Firm race team continues to strive to let our race fans know who The American Legion is," Johnson said, "and to let people know what wonderful veteran and youth programs our organization has, as well as to recruit the next generation of Legion members."

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010


Los Angeles Daily News (CA)
Dennis McCarthy: War vet returns home to 50 grandfathers
Posted: 05/24/2010 03:34:15 PM PDT
Updated: 05/24/2010 03:43:41 PM PDT

 Corporal Rebekah Nelson-Dedafoe, right, presents an American flag previously flown over the United States Headquarters in Iraq, to American Legion Commander, Joe Lazano. Legion members Gene Denny and George Herczak, view the presentation. ( Photo by Dave Denny)

It was like have 50 grandfathers sitting at home worrying about you. Counting off the days until you made it home safely from a 10-month tour of duty in Iraq.
Marine Cpl. Rebekah Dedafoe had never met the members of American Legion Post 581 in San Fernando before she went to Iraq in 2009, but she had become one of them.
Her dad, Pastor Jeffrey Nelson of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Granada Hills, wrote her a letter telling his daughter what the guys from the local American Legion post wanted to do - make her their first woman member.
Was that okay with her, Nelson asked? Absolutely, Rebekah said. She'd be honored.
"We took a photo of her in uniform and put it up on the post wall," Gene Denney says. "Everytime we walked by it, we gave her a salute. She was our only member on active duty.
"We're all World War II and Korean War guys, 50 years or more her senior. Old enough to be her grandfather. We were proud that she was a member of our post.
Proud and worried everytime news reports flashed across their television screens saying there were more US casualties in Iraq today.
Rebekah's 50 grandfathers sat at home praying she wasn't one of them.
"It meant so much to me knowing they were back home thinking of me, praying I'd stay safe," she said Saturday in the parking lot of her dad's church.
"I can't wait to meet and thank them."
In a framed case, Rebekah carried one of the last American flags to fly over Camp Al Taqqudum (cq) in the Al Ambar Province of Iraq where she was stationed for 10 months.
It was her job to help close down the camp and make sure all the supplies were forwarded to camps in Afghanistan where the fighting had shifted. 
The men from American Legion Post 581 gathered around her Saturday as she presented the flag to the post's commander Joe Lozano.
"It's my honor to bring home this flag for you," Rebekah said.
Joe's own granddaughter did two tours of duty in Iraq, so he knew the feeling of welcoming back family.
"Thank you," he said, accepting the flag. "It's going up on the wall in a place of honor, right next to your picture. Welcome home."
With that, Rebekah's grandfathers from American Legion Post 581 began to applaud - the relieved looks on their faces saying the same thing.
She's back. She's safe.
Standing off to the side, Pastor Nelson smiled as the men took turns giving his daughter a hug.
"I can't understand it," he said. "I come from a long line of cowards. I don't know what happened to her."
Next week, Rebeckah and her husband, Cpl. Christopher Dedafoe, report back to duty. She returns to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, while Chris returns to San Diego where he is stationed.
Both have reenlisted for another four years, and the hope is that by the end of this summer, they'll be stationed together.  

Saturday, December 26, 2009

County Officers

American Legion Officers

Commander Richard Palmer

1st Vice Commander Gary Mills

2nd Vice Commander Fred Waters

3rd Vice Commander John Young

Adjutant Paul Cummings

Finance Officer David Walker

Chaplain Albert Breezee

Sergeant-at-Arms Donna Kestner

Judge Advocate Thomas Brown

Service Officer Eileen Yager

Historian Delos Rowlee

Membership Gary Mills

American Legion Auxiliary

President Elaine Johnson

1st Vice President Carol Mills

2nd Vice President Sandra Lee

Secretary Katie Coe

Treasurer Susanna Thomas

Chaplain Rose Gilbert

Historian Sheryl Lovell

Sergeant-at-Arms Helen Day

Membership Betty Rowlee

Saturday, November 28, 2009



The 5th District American Legion will meet on Sunday December 13th at Fuller-Taylor Post 915 in Central Square at 2:00 PM. Commander Tilman Colston will preside.
The Sons of The American Legion meet at 2:00 PM at the same location.
All members are welcome to attend these meetings. Please mark your calendar and plan on attending.