This ceremony is a once in a lifetime event for most of us and American Legion Post 136 members are encouraged to order your tickets now.  Do not delay and miss this.  The information below is reprinted from the Navy League Charleston website. 
 

USS Ralph Johnson Commissioning Ceremonyc

Reserve Your Tickets

On March 24, 2018 on Charleston's Columbus Street Pier, the Navy and our Country will honor our namesake's sacrifice and service with the commissioning of its newest destroyer, USS Ralph Johnson.  A ship's commissioning is a wonderful, time-honored ceremony steeped in Naval tradition that signifies the ship becoming a member of the Fleet.  It is truly a patriotic, family-friendly event not many get to witness. 

 

For those interested in attending the ceremony, you must get tickets issued by the Navy.  These tickets are free to the general public and the process to receive a ticket is easy.  BUT, in order to receive tickets in time, those desiring to attend must register before the end of the year.  Here's how it is done:

 

1)      Go to www.navyleaguecharleston.org

2)      Select "go to the ship's page" on the picture of the ship

3)      Once you get to the ship's page, click on the tab under the picture labeled "Invitations"

4)      At the bottom of the "Invitations" page fill in the required fields and click submit.

 

After the first of the year the Navy League will close down the registration tab and send the database to the Navy who will mail an invitation to those who have registered.  The invitation will tell the recipient how to RSVP.  Once the Navy receives the RSVP, they will send you your set of tickets via the mail.  Again, those who desire to attend the ceremony must have tickets issued by the Navy.  See the attached invitation and letter for all more details!

 

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Our Live and Silent Auction
November 4, 2017
Click on the above link to see Jim Richards (auctioneer) in action. 
The live and silent auction was successful and our Post must thank all of the businesses that contributed to the event.  With support from the members of our community attending, the Average Savage Band and the Rusty Rudder, Post 136 will be donating over $3,000.00 in products to the veterans in the VA hospital and to homeless veterans.  The Post was fortunate to have Jim Richards, auctioneer, and his wife Liz present.  Jim had made a commitment to handle the auction and drove up from Orlando to honor that promise.  
 
 
   
              Eddie and Jerri Adair                           Art Horn, Fred Timmons & Mark Nadobny 
 
  
                                        American Legion Members          Membership Table                   Joe & Fran Murphy
                             (L-R) Joanna, Rosemary, Susan, Patsy
 

   

The assortment of items for the auction was large and varied.  A tabletop griddle is displayed above on the left and a 1902 railroad pocket watch was an item that will be treasured for decades to come.  The American Legion Auxiliary did a fantastic job of displaying product information on the auction items.   

 

  

Two bikes were auctioned, ammunition, and a basket of holiday spirits.

  

A series of 3 prints referencing Americana, a collection of eight Pepsi bottles notating awards given to NASCAR's Richard Petty and a cute table-top model of a 1976 VW.

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Rifle Raffle Winners

Winning name and ticket # will be added to the website no later than Close of Business on the date of the drawing

WINNERS HAVE 60 DAYS FROM DATE OF DRAWING TO CLAIM THEIR PRIZE

DATE OF DRAWING NAME TICKET #    Sold by Post #
JULY 4, 2017 Tim Montgomery 4723 Chester P-27
JULY 11, 2017 Carl Norris 5518 Myrtle Beach P-40
JULY 18, 2017 Keith Douglas Campbell 18578 Cowpens P-125
JULY 25, 2017 Bill Blanton 18685 Gaffney P-109
AUGUST 1, 2017 Lason DeMaurice Weatherford  7 Florence P-1
AUGUST 8, 2017 Jimmy Ellis 'Bones' Wilson 6447 Easley P 52
AUGUST 15, 2017 Wayne Joyner 44 Florence P-1
AUGUST 22, 2017 Phillip Lloyd Payne 8922 Williamston P-121
AUGUST 29, 2017 Arthur Whitt  6550 McColl Red Bluff P-60
SEPTEMBER 5, 2017 William Burt  10314 Bath P-153
SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 Chad Wellington 18132 Dillon P-32
SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 William Whitlock, Jr. 6320 Easley P-52
SEPTEMBER 26, 2017 Nathan Witherell 8597 Holly Hill P-116
OCTOBER 3, 2017 Steven Martin 7578 Aynor P-81
October 10, 2017 Wayne E. Terry 8736 Seneca P-120
October 17, 2017 Mike Johnson 17173 Cowpens 125
October 24, 2017 Dr. Michael Henderson 6068 Chesnee P-48
October 31, 2017 Don Saturday 9240 Moncks Corner P-126
November 7, 2017 Renferd A. Crosby 7868 Walterboro P-93
November 14, 2017 Kenneth W. Geis 8238 Gaffney P-109
November 21, 2017 Jimmy Mattison 2096 Anderson P-14
November 28, 2017 Jerome Morin 7055 N. Augusta P-71
December 5, 2017 David Ferguson 13865 Loris P-41
December 12, 2017 David Gaillard Lenoir 2279 Sumter P-15
December 19, 2017 Wayne Beasley 2221 Sumter P-15
December 26, 2017 Ezra Heathman Munn, Jr. 17275 Cowpens P-125
January 2, 2018 Joseph Saul 6777 Saluda P-65
January 8, 2018  William Webb 7931 Jackson P-97
January 16, 2018 Damon Mungo 4285 Lancaster P-31