News Page (updated 13 January 2019)
Annually on Pearl Harbor Day Glenn L. Jeffers VFW Post 10624 conducts a ceremony on the USS Yorktown to honor and remember the hundreds of brave military members that lost their lives on December 7, 1941. The tossing of the ceremonial wreaths is observed by hundreds of visitors. Each year the number of school children attending the ceremony increases. These children are truly learning that freedom is not free.
The total number of military personnel killed was 2,335, including 2,008 navy personnel, 109 marines, and 218 Army. Added to this were 68 civilians, making the total 2403 people dead. 1,177 were from the USS Arizona.
L-R Hundreds attended the ceremony. Jim Riggins & Robert Mastrion AL Post 136 Donna King & Bill King VFW Post 10624
James Barr 1-13
Julian Carnes 1-30
Dan Darling 1-14
David Farley 1-29
Robert Filiault 1-18
William Grimes 1-20
Claude Inman 1-4
Carl Smith 1-30
Lawrence Wetzel 1-31
The Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce Business Expo
Hundreds of visitors attended the Expo on Thursday, September 27th. Members Merv Horner, Bob Mastrion, Jim Riggins, Art Horn, Bill Peppard, Bill Ferguson, and Fred Timmons represented Post 136 at the event.
Fishing Tournament Director Bill Ferguson and Commander Art Horn at the MPCC Expo.
Bill Ferguson and Merv Horner manning the display table. The new table cover for use at Post events.
The membership of Post 136 is increasing monthly at a pace that is equal to any post in the Nation. Although forms state "membership", it should say Veterans because we are an exclusive organization. Without military service to our country, no one is eligible for membership. Our members are also renewing membership at a record pace. Fact: As of today, 55 members have paid their 2019 dues. That is 36% of the total membership. Thank you Veterans, let's continue to grow.
Manning the Table
Bill Ferguson manning the table at the Summerville Palmetto State Armory. Bill gave flyers to about 80 customers at the Summerville Armory. The flyers contained details of the American Legion Post 136 & VFW Post 10624 Fishing Tournament.
Coffee service at the VA hospital
(left to right) Jim Riggins and Tom Mefferd preparing the coffee and bagels for the early morning arrivals at the VA hospital. This service requires 3 people. Tom has been a member of the team for several months and the veterans appreciate the work he is doing. About 100 cups of coffee and dozens of bagels are served. After the service is completed the men clean all equipment utilized and prepare the small kitchen space for the next morning.
Please note three officer positions remain vacant. If you are interested in serving as an officer, please contact Commander Art Horn at (843) 437-4732. No experience is required and assistance is provided by other officers.
Post Commander Art Horn
1st Vice Commander Mark Nadobny
2nd Vice Commander Bill Peppard
Finance Officer Vacant
Membership Officer Vacant
Sergeant-at-Arms Joy Datta
Judge Advocate Bob Mastrion
Chaplain Merv Horner
Tom Mefferd Executive Committee
Arthur Pinckney Executive Committee
David Farley Executive Committee
USS Ralph Johnson Commissioning Ceremony
Saturday was a special day for an estimated crowd of 6,000 that attended the commissioning ceremony for the USS Ralph Johnson destroyer. This event will not soon be forgotten by those attending.
On the morning of March 5, 1968, in the Quan Duc Valley of Vietnam, PFC Johnson's 15 man reconnaissance patrol was attacked by a platoon-sized enemy force. As his team valiantly defended themselves against the enemy, a grenade landed in his fighting hole. Without hesitation, PFC Johnson yelled a warning and hurled his body to shield his fellow Marines from the blast. He was killed instantly, but his actions saved his fellow Marines by preventing the enemy from breaching the perimeter and allowed his team to fight on. The naming of a destroyer formally recognizes him as one of our great Navy and Marine Corps heroes.
PFC Johnson was born and raised in Charleston, SC. His bravery earned him The Medal of Honor posthumously.
General Robert Neller, Marine Corps commandant said “This ship (the USS Ralph Johnson) was designed to fight. It’s here to go fast and in harm’s way, and that’s what we expect ….. As long as we have citizens like Ralph Johnson, we’re going to be just fine.”
Veterans Identification Card (VIC)
The seven photos below were taken at the July and August 2017 monthly meetings. Beginning with the September meeting photos will feature members that are attending our meetings. Many Posts with a membership of 200, 300 and even 400 and above do not have as many members attending their meetings as we do at Post 136. Thank you for making our Post active and helping us grow in membership.
L to R - Dwight Cargile (Past District Commander), Bill Ferguson (2nd Vice Commander) & Mark Nadobny (1st Vice Commander). Bill is a new officer and Mark previously served as the Membership Officer.
Just a few of our great members at the August meeting.
L to R - Past District Commander Dwight Cargile swearing in officers at the August monthly meeting. Fred Timmons (Finance Officer), Joy Datta (Sergeant at Arms) and Bob Mastrion (Judge Advocate)
L to R - Jim Riggins (Adjutant), Fred Timmons (Finance Officer), Bob Scherer (Past Department Commander), Art Horn (Post Commander) and John Valin (Membership Officer) accepting an award for an increase in membership. Post 136 was 4th in percent of an increase in 2016.
A photo of the Certificate of Recognition presented to businesses and home-owners in Mount Pleasant that display the American Flag.
Jimmie Bartee accepts a Certificate of Recognition from Dwight Cargile.
L to R - Dwight Cargile (Past District Commander), Hal Freeman (Eggs Up Grill). Michael Cochran (Glasspro), Bob Scherer (Past Department Commander). Mr. Freeman and Mr. Cochran accepting Certificates of Recognition for their businesses displaying the American Flag.