October 2015

Special Presentation for Colonel Jimmy Leach

There were no announcements or postings for January 2015.

American Flag Retirement

Patriots Point Vietnam Welcome Home

Luncheon for James and Portia Gilliard

This is the float we will be riding in the parade.  The Auxiliary will have their own float.

If you have any suggestions or comments, contact

   • Vice Commander Brother Kitty, brogo44@gmail.com, 843-227-0632
   • Armin Wahl, armin.wahl@gmail.com, 893-368-0276
   • Erich Schmid, ekschmid@prodigy.net, 828-230-6393

The 97th National Convention will be held August 28 - September 3, 2015, at the Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.  The National website provides a multitude of details on the convention and things to do in and around Baltimore.

Department (state) delegations/attendees have been assigned various accommodations in Baltimore.  The South Carolina delegation has been assigned to the Marriott Waterfront Hotel and rooms must be reserved through the American Legion Department of South Carolina.  The attached sheet is the form to use to request accommodations.  However, your post leadership requests that you do not submit individual requests for accommodations.  Instead, make your desires known at the next post meeting on May 4, and we will then submit our requests as a group.  The quoted rate is $177.87 per night for 2 persons in the room.  There are some very limited alternate accommodations in the area for less.

Members of your board have discussed this trip as a combination vacation/legion business.  Convention plenary business sessions are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday with the convention concluding at noon on Thursday.  We, of course, do not have to attend each session or all of any session.  There are multiple things to do in Baltimore, and we do not want to miss the chance to visit memorials and sights in Washington.

We have also discussed transportation to and from Baltimore and between Baltimore and Washington.  Our proposal is to take Amtrak round trip.  The cost for round trip between Savannah and Baltimore for a senior (62+) is $192.10; for others: $226.00.  The train going up leaves at 8:20 AM and arrives in Baltimore at 8:38 PM; returning train leaves at 8:50 AM and arrives in Savannah at 8:59 PM.  Don't worry; there is a club car on each train!

Transportation between Baltimore and Washington is also easy.  The trip on the MARC train takes about an hour and costs $3.50 each way for 65+ and $7.00 for others.  The train runs quite often in the morning and evening for commuters and about once an hour at other times for guys like us.

At the regular September meeting we heard a presentation from Susan Roberts and Erika Pyle, two members of the staff at Bloom at Belfair, a senior independent living and memory care establishment located behind the Kroger Supermarket.  Their website has details that might be of interest.

The reason we have taken an interest in this establishment is that it is the residence for a number of veterans.  We have invited those veterans to participate in our upcoming Veterans Day Parade.  Keep in mind that the veterans are World War II and Korea veterans, and we are prepared to provide whatever assistance is necessary.

Bloom is holding a spaghetti dinner to benefit the Alzheimer's Association.  Each dinner is $10 and includes one raffle ticket (extra tickets are available at $5).  Raffle prizes are one flat screen TV and two gift baskets.  Dinners are available on Friday, Sep 25 from 4:30 to 6:30. To order your spaghetti, email frontdesk@bloomatbelfair.com or call 843-815-2338.  Drive up service - you don't even have to get out of your car.  Click here to see the flyer for this event.

Please keep your eye on this website for further activities with the veterans at Bloom at Belfair.

There were no announcements or postings for December 2015.

February 2015

National Night Out

97th Annual SC Department Convention

September 2015

Tenth Anniversary Golf Tournament

April 2015

Oyster Roast

Veterans Day Parade

The USS Yorktown Foundation at Patriots Point on Charleston Harbor is conducting a Vietnam Veteran Welcome Home celebration on Friday, April 24 from 7 PM till 10:30 PM.  Vietnam War commemoration events are discussed on the Announcement page and on the commemoration website.  The attached flyer gives details on this event.  More information on this event is also available here.

March 2015

District 16 Meeting

June 2015

The City of Beaufort and the Healing Heroes of the Lowcountry Fund are sponsoring a Vietnam Veterans Appreciation Night at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in Beaufort on Saturday, August 8, 2015, from 7 to 9 PM.  Featured will be The Parris Island Marine Corps Color Guard and the Parris Island Marine Band.  The keynote speaker will be Major General James E. Livingston, USMC (Retired), Medal of Honor & Silver Star Recipient.  Admission is free.  See attached flyer.

July 2015

Virtually every year on Veterans Day, November 11, we have participated in the county-organized parade in Beaufort.  However, we are a Bluffton post, and we intend to honor future military and veteran events in Bluffton.  Our first opportunity to do so is our current effort to organize a parade in Bluffton on the upcoming Veterans Day.  We have already discussed our plans with the Bluffton Police Department, and they are enthusiastically supportive.  The proposed shortened parade route will be primarily on Calhoun Street.  A map of the parade route is attached.  This route was chosen to substantially reduce the cost of police coverage and the fact that we do not currently know the number and size of parade participants or spectators.

As of now (early October) we have the following units in the parade:  American Legion Post 205, Bluffton Police Department, Bluffton Fire Department, Bluffton High School ROTC, veterans from Bloom at Belfair, and, possibly, American Legion Post 205 Auxiliary, and motorcycle units.

December 2015

There were no announcements or postings for October 2015.

DAR Vietnam War Veteran Spring 2015 Event

November 2015

Bloom at Belfair Spaghetti Dinner

The local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is holding an event to honor Vietnam War veterans - those who served in-country during the period of hostilities.  The event will be held at the Oscar Frazier Community Center in Bluffton on March 14, 2015 at 2 PM.  There will be a remembrance wall with pictures that you may have from then.  Guest speaker will be announced.

The coordinator of the event, Ms. Bonnie Mucia, attended the officers' planning meeting on Thursday, January 29, and the regular meeting on February 2.

97th National Convention

Fort Jackson Vietnam Welcome Home

Our Finance Officer, James "Gilly" Gilliard, is being honored by the Beaufort Jasper Alumni Chapter of South Carolina state University at a luncheon on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 11:30 AM at the Quality Inn in Beaufort.  See the attached flyer.

On June 19, at 0930 there will be a special presentation for Colonel Jimmy Leach  (April 7, 1922 – December 17, 2009) at the Beaufort National Cemetery. Congressman Mark Sanford will attend the ceremony. This is a tremendous opportunity to recognize one of our local veterans, A WWII D-day veteran who with his tank command liberated several French towns right after the landing at Normandy.

Colonel Leach received the Distinguished Service Cross for his heroism at Bigonville, Luxembourg on Dec 24, 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge, and earned five Purple Hearts for wounds in the European campaigns. He also was awarded the Croix de Guerre of Luxembourg, Virtuti Militarie – Poland, two Legion of Merits, three Silver Stars during Vietnam, and two Bronze Star Medals for heroism. Other honors include: Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame, Ft. Benning, GA; First recipient of the Gold Medal of the Order of St. George, US Armor Association in 1986; Professor of Military History, Ft. Knox, Kentucky; President of Military Officers of America Association; and President of the Veterans Cemetery Committee of Beaufort.  For more information on Colonel Leach, click here.

Colonel Leach was continuously involved in veteran’s affairs in Beaufort County and spearheaded the effort to purchase the contiguous five acres next to the BNC. In honoring Colonel Leach on June 19th we also have an opportunity to solicit the Congressman’s support for the expansion. As many of you know the effort has been rebuffed by the VA due to a report that uses questionable data regarding how fast the cemetery is being filled. While I believe Congressman Sanford supports the purchase we need him to actively engage the VA with the local veterans calling for the purchase of this land.
Therefore you can make voice heard on June 19th by simply showing up, paying respect to a great WWII veteran and making the Congressman aware that this issue is important to low country veterans. Please inform other veterans that you know; a good turnout will help our efforts.

There were no announcements or postings for July 2015.

August 2015

Dennis J. Becker American Legion Post 205 is holding an oyster roast to raise money for our building fund.  The oyster roast will be held at Peppers Old Town on Saturday, March 14, 2015 on May River Road in Bluffton from 6 PM until midnight.  Tickets, at $20, will be sold at the entrance to the roast.  There is plenty of parking in the back.  See details on the attached flyer.

May 2015

The next American Flag Retirement ceremony will be held at Bluffton High School on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 10 AM.  This is a formal and impressive ceremony.  The ceremony is conducted by the Bluffton High School JROTC.  Come out and watch.  You will be impressed.

The American Legion Department of South Carolina 2015 convention is being held this year at the Columbia Marriott from Friday, May 29 through Sunday, May 31.  A number of important issues will be dealt with - none more important than the election of next year's Department Commander.  In accordance with our membership strength, we will vote with six delegate votes.  These delegates have already been selected, and the $20 per delegate fee has been paid.  The head of our delegation is our Second Vice Commander and District Commander Roberta Poulos.  Also attending on the day of the vote, May 30, will be Commander Sterling, Adjutant Miranda, and Chaplain Peeples.  Any post member is invited to attend and can let us know by email, phone, or at the next meeting on May 4.  The attached flyer is the call to the convention, and the Department website provides more details.

January 2015

The next District 16 Meeting will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Post 207, 1113 Harrington Street in Beaufort.  The meeting is specifically for training for Commanders and Adjutants and will be conducted by District Commander Roberta Poulos.  Other members may attend, but keep in mind that space at Post 207 is limited.

Vietnam Veterans Appreciation Night

Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC is conducting a Vietnam Veteran Welcome Home celebration on Saturday, May 16 from 8 AM till after fireworks after dark.  Vietnam War commemoration events are discussed on the Announcement page and on the commemoration website.  The attached flyer gives details on this event.

In our continuing effort to earn recognition and gain local support for our post's community efforts, we have established a relationship with the Bluffton Police Department.  Accordingly, we are currently working with the police department to establish a role for the American Legion Post 205 in this important community event.

Bluffton Police Department’s officers and Bluffton Fire District’s firefighters are proud to host the second annual National Night Out, Tuesday, August 4th from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.  This free event will be held at Bluffton’s Law Enforcement Center (101 Progressive Street/Buckwalter Place/across the field from Publix). Officers and firefighters are hosting this community event so Bluffton residents, business owners and guests can get to know each other better as they celebrate the end of summer and promote public safety.

Bluffton will join more than 16,500 communities worldwide on August 4th to raise public-safety awareness, develop closer relationships with their local public safety officials, enhance community pride and strengthen police partnerships with residents and businesses. This is the 32nd year that the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) has been coordinating this nationwide effort.

“The best way to serve and protect our town is through our relationships with each other, the neighborhoods and local organizations; the best crime prevention is community partnerships.” Chief Joey Reynolds said. “This event is a perfect venue to start the new school year, meet our neighbors and give officers a chance to share safety information about guns, child seats, bicycle safety and more. The more our community does pro-actively, the less we react to critical incidents.”

Free food and beverages will be available.  Members of LowCountry Community Church will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers and local vendors will also be donating other items. Multiple public safety agencies are attending with their various vehicles and safety exhibits. New this year, several charitable organizations and local businesses will also be attending and sharing health and public safety information and resources with the community.

Several exhibits and activities will be available, including:

  • Scheduled Landing of LIFENET Air Ambulance
  • Live TASER Demonstration
  • School Resource Officer Meet and Greet
  • Law Enforcement Patrol and Specialty Vehicles
  • Fire and Rescue Vehicles and Equipment
  • Gun Safety Exhibit and Safety Locks
  • Vehicle Extrication Demonstration
  • Child Safety Seat Installations and Inspections

Another new component to this year’s National Night Out is a school supply drive. Bluffton Police Department, together with LowCountry Community Church, is hosting a school supply drive, benefiting Bluffton-area teachers. They are collecting any and all classroom supplies up until National Night Out on August 4th, where their goal is to ‘Fill the Fire Tank’ with all of the donated items. The school supplies will then be presented to the teachers at a luncheon hosted by LowCountry Community Church.

"As summer winds down, this is a great way to get together with your neighbors, police officers and firefighters.  The natural outcome of this event is we become better partners in safety with people and neighborhoods. That’s a benefit you can’t put a price tag on,” Reynolds said.

On Saturday, November 14, 2015 we will conduct a golf tournament in recognition of our tenth anniversary.  The tournament will be an 18 hole two-person scramble with a shotgun start at 9 AM.  This event will be our principle fund-raiser for the year.  Details and particulars are contained in the following attached documents:

There are a lot of jobs to be done to make this event successful.  If you want to help, either prior to the event or during the event, please contact John Finch, johnfinch@hargray.com, 843-706-9246.