Dear Legion Family,

Hope y’all had a very Merry Christmas and all are staying warm during this cold snap….

Looking back, we had a fantastic 2017… our Legion Family has much to be proud of and thankful for…

Many, MANY THANKS to all who made it such a great year.   And, here’s to a safe and blessed 2018*!  Happy New Year!

*FYI- See below the National American Legion email about our Centennial Celebration which starts in 2018….


IMPORTANT REMINDER:  Membership dues must be recv’d ASAP to allow for new Membership cards to be processed for 2018.  2018 Membership cards are required to be shown at the Post effective 01-Jan-2018.  Please send in your dues to your respective Membership Chairs soonest.  THANKS.


Year-end Gift/Donation idea:  Support the Post#239 Centennial Capital Improvement Campaign by buying a Veterans Tribute Brick Paver (any and all Veterans can be honored!):


  • Call our toll free answer line with your questions:  (800)-444-0607


Reminders for this/next week:

  • Sat. Dec, 30th, noon-1:30pm, Luncheon hosted by Legionnaires.  Meatball subs and salad and cookies.
  • Fri. Jan. 5th, 5-8pm.  Fish Fry, Eat-in or Take-out.  Call Post (685-7614) for reservations/orders.
  • Sat. Jan. 6th, 7pm-10pm.  ELVIS Night sponsored by the Ladies AUX.  Admission is $10 at the door. Appetizers will be served. Call the Post to make a reservation: 315-685-7614.


Military Humor:    OK.  Time to pick on the Navy again…

How To Simulate The Life Of A Sailor (love the last one  –  it’s perfect in this weather!):

  • Buy a steel dumpster, paint it haze-gray inside and out, and live in it for six months.
  • Run all the pipes and wires in your house exposed on the walls.
  • Repaint your entire house every month. Color Choices-Haze Grey or Dark Grey.
  • Renovate your bathroom (and henceforth always refer to it as the “head”). Build a wall across the middle of the bathtub(shower-stall) and move the showerhead to chest level. When you take a shower, make sure you turn off the water while you soap down.  Wet down, turn off water, soap down, Turn on water, rinse down! (This is the standard Navy shower, Hollywood showers are showers that last more than one (1) minute).
  • On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, turn your water heater temperature up to 200 degrees. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, turn the water heater off. On Saturdays and Sundays tell your family they use too much water during the week, so no bathing will be allowed. (call it “water hours”).
  • Raise the thresholds and lower the headers of your front and back doors so that you either trip or bang your head every time you pass through them.
  • Raise your bed to within 6 inches of the ceiling, so you can’t turn over without getting out and then getting back in. Put all your clothes under your mattress to press them!
  • Sleep on the shelf in your closet. Replace the closet door with a curtain. Have your spouse whip open the curtain about 3 hours after you fall asleep, shine a flashlight in your eyes, and say “Sorry, wrong rack.”
  • Have your mother-in-law write down everything she’s going to do the following day, then have her order you to stand-to in your back yard at 6 am while she reads it to you. (call it “Morning Muster Call”).
  • Submit a request chit (in triplicate) to your father-in-law requesting permission to leave your domicile before 1500 hrs. (call it “Early-Liberty”).
  • Place a podium at the end of your driveway. Assign family personnel to stand watch at the podium, rotating at 4 hour intervals. This is best done when the weather is worst. January is a good time. (call it “QUARTERDECK WATCH”).


Sick Call Update:  [If you know of Legion Family members to be added/updated, please send info via reply to this email.  Thanks].

Please continue to join us in thoughts and prayers for:

  • Lynda Welch (Sheri’s Mom).  Lynda had cancer previously; now the cancer has returned in her spine.  She recently learned that radiation treatment will start immediately to lessen her pain.  Lynda & FAM continue to need and appreciate all our thoughts and prayers.
  • Scott Piwinski.  Recovering from successful throat cancer surgery. First round of radiation & chemo therapy has been completed and he is resting well & in good spirits.
  • Sig Wuerslin.  Having some breathing problems and is now on oxygen and limited to in-home duty station for now.
  • Ralph & Jan Jurgensen. Doing much better.  Ralph was out and about today, despite the cold.


Upcoming Events:

  • Sat. Dec, 30th, noon-1:30pm, Luncheon hosted by Legionnaires.  Meatball subs and salad and cookies.
  • Fri. Jan. 5th, 5-8pm.  Fish Fry, Eat-in or Take-out.  Call Post (685-7614) for reservations/orders.
  • Sat. Jan. 6th, 7pm-10pm.  ELVIS Night sponsored by the Ladies AUX.  Admission is $10 at the door. Appetizers will be served. Call the Post to make a reservation ASAP – last year we had a sell-out crowd!
  • Tues, Jan 16th, Legionnaires/EXCOMM Mtg, 1900 hrs.
  • Sun. Jan. 21st, 5-7pm.  Family Pasta Dinner Night – hosted by the Legionnaires.  More info to follow.
  • Tues, Jan. 23rdLegion Corporation Board of Directors Mtg, 7pm
  • Sat. Jan 27th.  6-8pm, SAL Prime Rib Topsy.  More info to follow.



  • WW-II. This week in 1941, Rear Admiral Ben Moreell requests authority from the Bureau of Navigation to create a contingent of construction units able to build everything from airfields to roads under battlefield conditions. These units would be known as the “Seabees”—for the first letters of Construction Battalion. The men chosen for the battalions were not ordinary inductees or volunteers—they all had construction-work backgrounds. One recruiting article stated: “If you’re over 16 and under 51 (Yes, the Navy was indeed seeking WWI veteran experience), still in good health, and want to line up with a two-fisted crew of really tough hombres who fight with one hand and build naval bases with the other, you may volunteer.”  The first batch of recruits who made the cut had helped build the Boulder Dam, national highways, and urban skyscrapers; had dug subway tunnels; and had worked in mines and quarries. Some had experience building ocean liners and aircraft carriers. Approximately 325,000 men, from 60 different trades, ages 18 to 60, would go on to serve with the Seabees by the end of the war. The officers given the authority to command these men were also an elite crew, derived from the Civil Engineer Corps. Of the more than 11,000 officers in the Corps all together, almost 8,000 would serve with the construction units.  Although the Seabees were technically supposed to be support units, they were also trained as infantrymen, and they often found themselves in combat with the enemy in the course of their construction projects. They were sent to war theaters as far flung as the Azores, North Africa, the Mediterranean, the Pacific, and the beaches of Normandy.  Some of the Seabees’ feats became legendary. They constructed huge airfields and support facilities for the B29 Superfortress bombers on Guam, Saipan, and Tinian, as well as the ports needed to bring in the supplies for the bombing of Japan. The Seabees also suffered significant casualties in the process of providing innovative new pontoons to help the Allies land on the beaches of Sicily. During D-Day, the Seabees’ demolition unit was among the first ashore. Their mission: to destroy the steel and concrete barriers the Germans had constructed as obstacles to invasion.  They have a storied legacy of creative field ingenuity, stretching from Normandy, Okinawa and Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan. The Seabees’ mottos remain: “We Build, We Fight” and “Can Do.”  Let’s congratulate all our Seabeas as they celebrate their 75 years of service!

See ya at the Post!!

For God & Country,