Iwo Jima

 The Battle of Iwo Jima (February 19-March 26, 1945) was a major battle in which the United States Marine Corps landed on and eventually captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II.  This five -week battle comprised some of the fiercest and bloodiest fighting of the War in the Pacific.

The battle is remembered primarily by Joe Rosenthal’s  iconic photograph of the raising of the U.S. flag on top of Mount Suribachi by six U.S. marines.

After the heavy losses in this battle the strategic value of the island became controversial. It was useless to the U.S. Army as a staging base or a flat base for the U.S. Navy.  However, Navy Seabees rebuilt the landing strips, which were used as emergency landing strips,  for the B-29 bombers.

According to official records, the 36 day assault resulted in more than 26,000 American casualties including 6,800 dead .  Japanese combat deaths numbered three times as many.  The Medal of Honor was awarded to 27 U.S. Marines and U.S. Sailors (14 Posthumously).

582 Causality Profiles on file there 16 Georgians included.  This does not reflect all the numbers of causalities of the battle.

1.       USMC, CPL William Hugh Avera-GA-MIA

2.       USMC, PFC Burch Eugene Caudill-GA-MIA

3.       USMC, PFC Leroy Cook-GA-MIA

4.       USMC, PVT Emmett Obe Lee Eaton-GA-MIA

5.       USMC, PFC Charles Ross Johanson-GA-MIA

6.       USMC,TSGT Roy Baxter Mason-GA-MIA

7.       USMC, CPL Richard Fred Roberts-GA-MIA

8.       USMC,PFC Earl W. Stafford-GA-MIA

9.       USMC, Capt I.J. Williams-GA-MIA

10.   Navy, S2C Paul W. Bell-GA-MIA

11.   Navy, F1C Harold W. Butler-GA-MIA

12.   Navy, F1C Ralph M. Chambley-GA-MIA

13.   Navy, CEM John T. Rabon-GA-MIA

14.   Navy, CK3C Julian G. Smith-GA-MIA

15.   Navy, Lt CDR Mercer M. Thorpe-GA-MIA

16.   Navy, ST2C John H. Thomas-GA-MIA

The Virtual Wall

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. is a sobering tribute to the 58,267 men and women who died during the conflict.

For those who cannot visit the memorial, there is an equally impressive online version. You may visit the online version at www.virtualwall.org

This website is an on-line version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. with a personal memorial for each American military casualty of the Vietnam War. The memorial pages have photographs and personal tributes sent to us by relatives and friends.

New Member Happy Hour and Guest Bartender Wednesday 2.26.2020

Our monthly new member Happy Hour is fast approaching. We’ll have another Post 29 member step in to play barkeep this Wednesday, 2/26. He or she should bring some fun, some drink specials, and some camaraderie. Stop by from 5:30-7:30PM to see who slings the drinks. Come join the fun and meet new friends.

SAL Monthly Meeting 2.25.2020

The SAL is holding its general meeting on Tues. Feb 25th at  6:30pm after the Queen of Hearts.  We will be meeting upstairs in the small hall.  This will be an important meeting to discuss potential activities, establish a budget and to discuss charitable giving.    We were the largest post in the State last year, and we would like to continue this rise in membership by also becoming a better post in doing so.  Your Commander and E-Board need your support as we plan,  implement activities and participate in legion activities.  We need your input into these things- so please try to participate and attend our meetings. 

See you Tues. Night! 

Tom Bell
Commander – Squadron 29

Sons of the American Legion

921 Gresham Ave. NE
Marietta, Ga. 30060

770 331 5580

VA Update

Veterans will continue to see improvements in VA services, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said at “State of the VA” speech Feb. 5 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
These improvements for veterans include increased innovation—including the VA’s first 5G hospital—along with decreased wait times for appointments and better overall care. Veterans, especially those in rural areas, are receiving added attention through a VA program that focuses on faith-based groups that are interested in helping veterans in need. Visit VA.gov for more information.

Hallowed Ground

THIS IS HALLOWED GROUND

Why you don’t walk between the Colors

Between the flags that proudly fly

Let no one dare to stand

For here our Fallen comrades lie,

We call it , Hallowed Ground

A symbol yes, but  mark at will

Here let us ever humbly pause;

In memory of the ones who fell

In fighting for our sacred cause.

On sea or land these buddies died,

Some lie beneath a foreign soil,

In graves caressed by winds and tides,

In spots unknown to all but God

And so this place is Hallowed Groud.

And it shall be forever blessed,

As though it were a graves mound

Beneath which gallant heroes rest.

Be ever watchful, Legionnaire, 

of these two flags which signify,

That one should guard this spot with care.

Where our departed comrades lies,

And , if man should dare to tread,

This spot where lie our gallant brave,

He desecrates those noble dead,

As, tho he walked upon their grave

So, embrace your obligation, Legionnaires

And protect the Hallowed Ground,

To honor those who served and died and there never to have been found.

Quilt of Honor – John Hawes

During our February general meeting, the Georgia chapter of Quilts of Honor presented a quilt to John Hawes.

The mission of Quilts of Honor is to bestow a universal symbol and token of thanks, solace, and remembrance to those who serve in harm’s way to protect and defend our lives and freedoms.

Quilts of Honor are made by the loving hands of countless volunteers who wish to thank those who have served and to honor their service and sacrifice.

John is a very active member of Post 29. As early as age 18, John served with distinction in Vietnam, as part of the Army 5th Cavalry. He is a recipient of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. John has remained active, serving veterans both through American Legion Post 29 and as Commander of Chapter 576 (Alpharetta) of Military Order of the Purple Heart.

John was also recognized with a Certificate of Honor from Post 29 Commander Walt Cusick. Thank you John!

Happy Birthday USO!

February 4 is the official birthday of the organization known as United Service Organizations or USO. The USO has been a fixture in military life for more than seven decades. Founded in 1941, the agency is a private, not-for-profit organization working in cooperation with the Department of Defense.

The next USO birthday will be on Tuesday, February 4, 2020.

The USO has a congressional charter and receives funding through donations, philanthropy, and corporate support. More than 12 thousand volunteers work with the USO at locations worldwide including military bases, airports, and major metro areas.

The USO, compared to similar non-profit organizations, has a unique and complex history. It actually has roots in six separate organizations including the Salvation Army, the YMCA and YWCA, Catholic Community Services, National Travelers Aid Association and the National Jewish Welfare Board.

These six agencies combined resources to begin the USO, and troops fighting in World War Two were the first to benefit from the existence of the organization.


A Brief History Of The USO: World War Two And Beyond

When the USO was formed, organizers wanted program events and services with an eye on boosting troop morale while promoting American involvement in World War Two. As these plans unfolded, the idea of a traveling USO show performing at forward deployed locations would not only prove successful, but would at times be the main activity some associated with the agency.

These traveling shows were held in China, Russia, Burma, and elsewhere during the war; the same kind of USO shows were offered to troops in later conflicts including Vietnam and Korea.

About seven thousand performers took part in the early USO traveling shows and featured some of America’s greatest star power at the time; the late comedian Bob Hope would eventually become synonymous with the USO to some thanks to his continued efforts with the agency; his legacy stretches all the way to the first Gulf War where Hope did his final USO tour.

The USO Shuts Down After World War Two

History is full of lessons about the nature of impermanence; after Axis powers surrendered at the end of World War Two, some felt the USO mission had been fulfilled and it had finished the job it set out to do. In the wake of the surrender of both Germany and Japan, the USO was disbanded.

But in 1949, America was seeing the beginnings of what would come to be known as the Cold War; the six founding organizations responsible for creating the USO got together once more to revive the agency and begin serving U.S. troops. But funding issues kept the agency from continuing; the USO fell dormant again until the advent of the war in Korea. The Defense Department needed the USO once more; $13 million was earmarked for USO operations as a result. Once the war was over, similar funding issues plagued the agency. Yet again, it went dormant until Vietnam operations started.

Vietnam was a new beginning of sorts, but the agency learned that peacetime operations would have the USO keeping a lower profile. At the end of the 1970s, the USO received a government charter; over the coming decades a greater emphasis would be placed on adding quality of life improvements for military families while retaining the entertainment and morale boosting activities it was famous for.

Today the USO offers help for military families including being an emergency contact resource for troops stationed overseas; if there is a death in the family or other crisis, family members can contact troops stationed overseas via the USO and get financial assistance with travel back home to attend funeral services, be present for sick or injured loved ones, and more.


Celebrating The Birthday of the USO

During the month of February, the USO itself will organize activities and events to honor its long history, and military bases all over the world-more than 200 locations-will have local activities to show their appreciation. From Darwin, Australia to Afghanistan, there are likely to be hundreds  of individual local celebrations.

Read more: https://militarybenefits.info/uso-birthday/#ixzz6D07w9LMQ