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Larry E. Bennett Post 255

 

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SONS OF THE LEGION SQUADRON 255

 FROM THE COMMANDER'S DESK

Sons Honoring our Fathers – This Month Honoring S.L. Polansky USN , MMRC

One of the reasons we join the Sons of American Legion is to support the Legion and Post Programs.  But we also Honor our Fathers!  Occasionally we will write about one of our Fathers in their memory.  This month we would like to Honor Richard Polansky's father, S.L. Polansky USN , MMRC, who served in WWII and the Korean War.  Here is a short summary of his duty:

- “Plank Owner” on the U.S.S. Helena (CL-50).  He and the Ship survived the attack on Pearl Harbor AND he survived when the Helena was sunk in July 1943 during a battle in the Solomon Islands.  The ship was awarded 7 Battle Stars, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and the Navy Unit Commendation!

- “Plank Owner” on the U.S.S. Hornet (CV-12) commissioned Nov 29, 1943.  The ship earned 9 Battle Stars for her service in WWII, seven as Sole Receiver in 1944, two as Hornet and her Air Group in 1945.  One of only 9 carriers to be awarded “The Presidential Unit Citation”.

-  From 1945 – Served on the U.S.S. Union (AKA 106).  Received the China Service Medal, Navy Occupations Service Medal, and Korean War Campaign Medal.

In Memory and in Honor of S.L. Polansky USN , MMRC.  Thank You for Your Service!

S.A.L.s helping with other Events/Meals!

A thanks to Scott Emerson for helping with the fundraiser breakfast on Saturday, August 19 for Makin Island CPOs. It was a great crew and they did well with the car wash too.  The Sons also Host the Tuesday August 22 Lunch (TBD) and Wednesday, August 23 with “Mountain Chow”! while Diane and Rick are at the American Legion National Convention in Reno.  Thank You Diane and Rick for your regular weekly meals!

Boys State Delegates return from Sacramento – Presentation in September

Our Three Boys State Delegates, Daniel Elizardo and David Rojas, from Sweetwater JROTC, and Jose Estrada, active in ASB, returned from the 80th year of the California Boys State Program in Sacramento.  This program continues to develop civic leadership and pride in American Citizenship thanks to the many volunteer American Legionnaires who are dedicated to sharing the knowledge.   Thanks also to the Sons for providing some petty cash to help each Delegate with their expenses while attending the week of activities in Sacramento.   We look forward to hearing their experience at the September, 21 Post Meeting.

Reminder  - Sons of American Legion Meeting on Wednesday, September 6.

Always on the First Wednesday of the month at 4:30 pm.  Come on down to the meeting and help plan and prepare for the next events.   Kitchen is open! – any ideas for a breakfast?? 

Early Bird Dues for 2018 – If you haven’t paid your 2018 dues yet, we are just getting started.  You can pay at the Bar.  Or, ask your S.A.L. Officers.  But remember we need you to check your physical address, and make sure we have your current Email Address!

 

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