THE VETERANS GAZETTE
March 2010 web-site
Volume 6 Issue 3
M American Snipers in WWII, GIs first encountered enemy This Day in Naval History
a Korea and Vietnam snipers in force on Guadalcanal March 1, 1942
r STALKERS AND in1942, where cleverly camou- D-DAY STIRS WWII
c flaged Japanese tied them-
h SHOOTERS - Part 1 STORIES
selves in treetops or hid below
Sniping evolved from WWII Navy POW held secretly for
14th ground in spider holes, lying in
into a fine martial art by the 3 1/2 years
wait up to three days to fire
Inside this Indochina War, producing The sea was calm and the
one shot. Out of necessity the
Veterans Stories 1 to 7 some phenomenally lethal moon was bright on the night
Marines scrounged scoped ri-
marksmen. the USS Houston went to the
Taps 4 fles and set up their first school
At the time of Pearl Harbor bottom of the South Pacific,
right there at the front, train-
PennDOT Military 8 attack, the U.S. armed forces riddled with shells and torpe-
ing and arming two Marines
License Plates had not a single sniper, no does. It was one of the most
from each line company.
American Legion 9 sniper scopes, no schools, not valiant stories of WWII, but
After Guadalcanal, the Ma-
Rider Post 251 & even a training manual. nobody knew the ship was
Post 36 rine Corps quickly instituted
Though snipers had proven gone for nine months, and
stateside scout-sniper schools
Misc. Information 10 their worth in WWI, the armed the story was unknown until
& Warnings near Camp Pendleton, Cal. and
forces afterward dispensed of the Japanese surrendered.
St. Patrick’s Day 14 at Camp Lejeune, N.C. These
such sharpshooters and their “That part of the war got
graduates slowly filled newly
Dr. Seuss 15 specialized weapons. By 1941, very little attention,” said
created slots and trained more
however, both the German and Marvin Sizemore of Hamil-
Recipes 16 snipers in the Pacific Theater.
Japanese had fielded snipers ton, who was a sailor on the
Sprint Cup Series 17 For armament, both the Army
by the thousands. Like so Houston that night.
Schedule and Marine Corps fell back
Ham Raffles many aspects of WWII, Amer- Local history is more than
SAL Pool upon the bolt-action rifle that
ica had to catch up - and catch the sediment of years - it‟s an
Tournament had proven itself in WWI: the
up fast. (Continued on page 2) (Continued on page 3)
On the Lighter Side 18, 19
Monthly Meetings 20 STOPPING DRUGS AT it first. Each year, an estimated 1.2
SEA “Cocaine trafficking is the million pounds of cocaine enter
The U.S. Coast Guard patrols leading drug threat to the our country, the bulk of it by
Upcoming Events 21
6 million miles of ocean to find U.S.,” said Michael Walther, boat over the Pacific to Mexico
cocaine smugglers. director of the National Drug and then by land across the
Every day, a high-stakes bat- Intelligence Center. Half the border. “The Coast Guard is
What’s Happening 22, 23
at Your Club tle affecting the security and police departments surveyed the premier maritime protec-
wellbeing of millions of Ameri- in the country identify cocaine tor of the United States,” said
Veterans and 24
cans is played out far off our as the drug most contributing R. Gil Kerlikowske, White
shores. The conflict occurs to violent crimes, according to House drug-policy director.
across more than 6 million Walther. After marijuana, co- Although the Navy has the
Distribution: square miles of ocean - an area caine is the second-most-used power to stop suspected traf-
larger than the size of the con- illegal drug in our country - fickers, Navy boardings of for-
Legion Post 268
tiguous United States - where more than 36 million people eign ships could be considered
Legion Post 251 smugglers transport cocaine have tried it at least once. Its acts of war. The Coast Guard
and other illegal drugs from sales help support the activi- is the only branch of the
Post 104 South America. Their cargo is ties of criminal gangs through- armed forces that can legally
Muncy VFW Post 3428
ultimately intended for sale in out the Americas; Mexican board vessels registered in
40/8 SOL 382
Williamsport our cities and towns - but not drug cartels; and terrorist or- another country and arrest
if the U.S. Coast Guard stops ganizations like FARC, a revo- criminals. That‟s why Coast
Website: vetsgaz268.com lutionary group in Colombia. (Continued on page 2)
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Charles Zuke proved “as cool while
(Continued from page 1 Stalkers and Shooters Part 1 the European Theater. A U.S. Army
hunting Japanese as when he was Ranger, he and 50 men of the 1st
.30-caliber Springfield. Some 25,000 husking corn” back home in Big Rap- Ranger Battalion accompanied Cana-
Springfield rifles were specially ids, Mich. “Zuke is a quiet youth who dian and British troops to raid the
made by Remington and modified to talks little but he‟s a shooting fool,” French coastal town of Dieppe on
accommodate a riflescope. his company commander told the Aug. 19, 1942. Fighting alongside the
Instead of centralized schools, the New York Times. His commander commandos, Coons fired upon a bat-
Army let it up to field commanders to credited the farmboy for twice having tery of German guns and according
train unit snipers. Col. Sidney Hinds, saved his life. to war correspondent Quentin Rey-
commanding the 41st Armd. Inf. Like Zuke, most American snipers nolds, killed 20 German soldiers. The
Regt., 2nd Armd. Div., a Gold Medal had rural upbringings and lots of young Ranger-sniper was awarded
Olympic rifleman, set up his own shooting and hunting experience. “I the British Military Medal, pre-
sniper school in North Africa to pro- used to be pretty good at picking off sented personally by Lord Louis
vide six snipers for each of his infan- squirrels with a Marlin .22,” Army Mountbatten.
try companies.”The ideal sniper,” Cpl. Gordon Eoff of Clinton, Ark., Among the lessons learned at
Hinds said, “is a combination of eagle told a reporter after eliminating a Dieppe, a British report noted that “a
eyes, job-like patience, Indian Japanese machine gunner with one stalker with a quick and sure eye,
stealth, Solomon‟s wisdom, and rab- shot through his helmet. Another cunning fieldcraft, and the sniper‟s
bit-like agility.” scout-sniper, Army Sgt. Harold rifle with its telescopic sight, can do
Across the European and Pacific Pointer, credited with 19 kills in his much to swing the battle against the
Theaters, other Army units did like- first two weeks of combat, had grown Germans.” That lesson was proved
wise with, for example, the 511th up in Montana. over and over.
Parachute Infantry Regiment train- Sniping in Europe - It was an At Monte Cassino in Italy in early
ing its own snipers for fighting on Army sniper, Sgt. Frank Coons, who 1944, Pfc. James McGill, a freckle-
New Guinea. It was there that Pvt. likely fired the first American shot in (Continued on page 3)
international task force called
(Continued from page 1, Stopping Drugs at Sea ) pected smugglers from Colombia
JIATF-South that is headquartered were said to be traveling the Eastern
Guard Boarding teams ride along on in Key West, Fl. The task force over- Pacific corridor. After racing at top
all Navy antidrug patrols. sees the detection and monitoring of speed, the cutter had gotten within
In 2009, the Coast Guard seized potential traffickers and supports the 20 miles of the route of the purposed
352,863 pounds of cocaine from traf- interdiction efforts of Navy, Coast traffickers by nightfall.
fickers who used a variety of vessels: Guard, Drug Enforcement Admini- Now it was time for the helicopter
fishing boats; small, quick boats stration (DEA), and Customs and squad to take off from the Sherman’s
called “go fasts”; and 65-foot-long, Border Protection vessels and planes. deck and do its part. On board the
low-lying semisubmarines. Smug- “JIATF-South is the brains.” Hay- chopper was Petty Officer 3rd Class
glers employ separate spotter and cock said, “We‟re the hands.” Kimberly Dechmerowski, 25, an ae-
refueling ships and communicate One day in November, crew mem- rial gunner. If a chase erupted, she
through coded radio transmissions. bers in the Sherman’s combat-and- would be the person responsible for
Some have even hired women to se- control room received intelligence using the sniper rifle to shoot out the
duce U.S. sailors and learn the move- and directions to move south. Sus- engines of the drug boat without
ments of their ships. harming any of its passen-
This fall, the Coast Guard gers - while the boat is go-
cutter Sherman and two other ing 40 miles an hour or
ships, along with a handful of more. Adding to the pres-
planes, had the enormous job sure Dechmerowski was on
of patrolling the vast Eastern her very first patrol as a
Pacific section of the drug gunner.
zone. “We‟re like little postage At 7:20 p.m., the com-
stamps on the sea,” said Capt. mand “Warning! Go fast go
Michael Haycock, the fast!” roared from the
Sherman’s commanding offi- Sherman’s intercom. The
cer. Carrying a crew of 166 helicopter crew had radi-
men and women, the Sherman oed the cutter that it had
was on a 10-week tour of duty. spotted the white wake of
Its route was directed by an its target, and the chopper
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(Continued from page 2 Stalkers and Shooters Part 1) assault at Tarawa in the Gilbert Is- mandy in June 1944, wrote famed
lands in November 1943 that a war correspondent Ernie Pyle, “the
faced youth with the 34th “Red Bull” sniper earned our nation‟s highest Germans have gone in for sniping in
Infantry Division, expertly elimi- decoration. Landing just minutes a wholesale manner. There are snip-
nated a German machine gunner before an avalanche of 5,000 Marines ers everywhere. There are snipers in
who had pinned down his platoon, hit the island, 1st Lt. William D. trees, in buildings, in piles of wreck-
firing a single shot at 600 yards. Hawkins and his 30-man scout- age, in the grass.”
Another “Red Bull” sniper, Pfc. sniper platoon wrested control of a On multiple occasions, Audie Mur-
Gordon Bondurant, performed phe- 500-yard-long pier. phy, America‟s most highly decorated
nomenally in several engagements. “The first to disembark,” his Medal serviceman of WWII, was targeted by
When German machine-gun fire of Honor citation reported, “1st Lt. German snipers. On Oct. 2, 1944,
blocked his unit‟s advance, he coolly Hawkins un-hesitantly moved for- Murphy singlehandedly stalked a
shot the gunner, then the assistant ward under heavy enemy fire at the German sniper who‟d killed several
gunner, the another three Germans end of the pier, neutralizing emplace- of his comrades. Stripping off all his
in succession who manned the gun - ments in coverage of troops assault- gear but his helmet and M-1 carbine,
each a one-shot kill at an estimated ing the main beach positions.” Murphy crept to within 20 yards of
450 yards. On another occasion, Bon- Hawkins and his snipers fired hun- the hidden gunman, shot him, and
durant “kept such accurate fire on 40 dreds of yards up and down the brought back his rifle. Two months
entrenched Germans that they were beaches, providing precision fire as later it was reversed, with Murphy
surrounded and captured.” Marine battalions stormed ashore. severely wounded by another Ger-
When a German 88mm gun blocked “Spectacularly heroic,” the Marine man sniper. Yet he returned to com-
advancing GIs at an Italian moun- Corps called them. “It is not often bat to earn his Medal of Honor.
tain pass, Lt. J.K. Maupin of the 41st that you can credit a first lieutenant By the war‟s close, Army and Ma-
Armd. Inf. Regt., 2nd Armd. Div., led with winning a battle,” said Col. rine Corps ranks included thousands
a group of snipers and riflemen up a David Shoup, the regimental com- of snipers. But America‟s atomic mo-
steep cliff until they could see the mander and a future Marine Corps nopoly fostered a belief that ground
Germans, some 500 yards away. Af- commandant, “but Hawkins came as wars had become obsolete. Just as
ter eliminating a machine gun crew, near to it as any man can.” The after WWI, sniper schools went
Maupin‟s men (and supporting mor- young lieutenant was killed Nov. 21, away, sniper slots were eliminated
tar fire) forced the artillerymen into his gallant sacrifice so respected that and there was no further develop-
retreat, too, clearing the way without Tarawa‟s airstrip was named after ment of sniper weapons or tactics.
losing a single man. him. Korea: .50-Cal. Innovation - Re-
A Sniper‟s Medal of Honor - It Sniper Foes - Sniping was hardly porting from Korea in late 1950, re-
was amid the Marines‟ amphibious an American monopoly. At Nor- (Continued on page 4)
the U.S. has 27 separate bilateral
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agreements with nations located in
and the ship shifted courses for the the drug-transit zone - including Pa- aggregate of many things. There are
confrontation. The Sherman’s steel nama - to expedite the approval proc- old houses, buildings and battlefields
stairwells rang with the sound of ess. “Otherwise, the bad guys might that seem soaked with memories.
running boots as personnel prepared get away in the time it takes to get There are events that stopped the
to launch two swift Zodiac boats, permission,” Haycock said. clock of time. There are people who
each bearing a five-person boarding At 9:30 p.m., the helicopter was lived it.
team armed with pistols and shot- hovering 60 feet above the 35-foot- Some waded up the blood-soaked
guns. long suspect boat. Four men were beach at Normandy 68 years ago.
But more that a well-trained crew is seen on board, along with many large And some were suddenly plunged
needed to pull off a successful drug plastic-wrapped bales. neck-deep in history, like Sizemore
bust - the Coast “We flashed our when he leaped from a sinking ship
Guard must re- A Coast Guard gunner must blue lights to stop in the battle of Sunda Strait.
ceive permission be able to shoot out a drug them,” said Lt. Sizemore is a soft-spoken man of
from the proper boat‟s engines - at 40 mph j.g. Matt Van few words. But on a weekend when
authorities before Ginkel, the heli- we are remembering Normandy, it
entering another nation‟s waters or copter pilot. “We tried to hail them can‟t hurt to remember all the van-
boarding a vessel flying a national over the radio.” But the boat kept ishing WWII veterans.
flag. The alleged smugglers were in going, and its passengers began fran- Few stories capture their bravery
Panamanian territory. Fortunately, (Continued on page 5) (Continued on page 6)
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(Continued from page 3 Stalkers and Shooters Part 1) canny accuracy. In two days, the earlier had won the Wimbledon Cup
deadeye Boitnot killed nine Chinese at the National Rifle Association‟s
spected historian and U.S. Army snipers with nine rounds, at dis- annual matches, making him the
Brig. Gen. S.L.A. Marshall wrote, tances from 670 to 1,250 yards. Once country‟s top 1,000-yard rifle shooter.
“There is minimal use of sniper tac- this hit the newspapers, of course, Initially, Marine snipers used Model
tics among American forces. . . It is their commander put a stop to it. A 70 Winchester target rifles with tar-
never systemically done by our side, great pre-war competitive marks- get scopes.
and such actual sniper tactics as em- man, Boitnot was thought to be the An early Marine graduate, Lance
ployed are usually an improvisation most accomplished Marine snipper of Cpl. Ronald Bundy of Decatur, Ill.,
of the moment by one or two indi- the war. soon demonstrated the kind of shoot-
viduals.” A Marine report had simi- The greatest sniping innovation of ing for which scout-snipers are fa-
lar conclusions, finding that “sniper the Korean War was placing rifle- mous. While supporting a Marine
rifles issued to a Marine division are scopes atop .50-caliber machine guns company, Bundy spotted two Viet
not employed as intended.” and firing these massive slugs in sin- Cong sniper-sentries 800 yards away.
Although the U.S. Army authorized gle-shot mode. This proved especially With two shots he dropped both,
one sniper per infantry squad, or 27 effective late in the war, when fight- which sent a third VC running, and
per battalion, the Army offered no ing stabilized along facing ridgelines he dropped him, too, at 500 yards -
training, no manuals, not even the with enemy positions beyond the three rounds, and three one-shot
criteria for selecting a sniper. One range of ordinary rifles. The mighty kills.
frustrated private wrote to American ‟fifty‟ rapidly penetrated enemy bun- In 1967, the Marine Corps fielded a
Rifleman magazine from Korea: kers at 1,500 or more yards. new sniper rifle, a modified version
“Each Army squad ends up with one Vietnam: Honing a Skill - As of the Remington Model 700 bolt-
piece of equipment that no one can quickly as the guns fell silent on the action, which soon proved a reliable
use. The sniper rifle has a telescopic 38th Parallel in 1953, sniping again and accurate long-range weapon.
sight, though no soldier or officer re- fell by the wayside. When U.S. com- Army divisions, too, set up sniper
ceives training in the use of this com- bat forces deployed in South Vietnam schools, with early courses run by
plicated gadget.” 12 years later, neither the Army nor the 1st Air Calvary, 101st Airborne
By early 1952, the 5th Marine Regi- Marine Corps had snipers or sniper and 25th Infantry divisions. For lack
ment at last created a sniper school schools. There had been no improve- of better weapons, these Army snip-
in Korea, with the 1st Marine soon ment in sniper weapons or optics ers were issued obsolescent bolt-
following suit. These courses, con- since 1953. action Springfield's and M-1D Ga-
ducted just behind the lines, gave As the need for snipers developed, rands or 3x scopes on ordinary M-
students plenty of opportunity to the 3rd Marine Division created a 14- 16s.
practice on real targets. Gradually, day course near Sa Nang in Novem- Finally, in 1968, the 9th Infantry
Army units, too, set up their own ber 1965. Some 78 snipers soon were Division commander, Maj. Gen.
schools in Korea. trained, with plans for one scout- Julian Ewell - who had commanded a
Marine Staff Sgt. John Boitnot, a sniper platoon in each Marine infan- paratroop battalion at the 1944 Bat-
sniper with the 5th Marine Regt., try regiment. tle of Bastogne - brought in the
developed a novel tactic for picking The 1st Marine Division followed Army‟s finest rifle instructors from
off Chinese snipers. This ‟deadly suit, its school set up by 1st Lt. Ed- the Army Marksmanship Training
game,‟ as the New York Times put it, ward “Jim” Land, a longtime com- Unit at Fort Benning, Ga.
involved Pvt. Henry Friday of Ne- petitive rifle shooter. One of Land‟s The resulting course produced 72
koosa, Wis., purposely exposed fire - instructors, the soon-to-be-legendary formally trained snipers who were
which Boitnot returned with un- Staff Sgt. Carlos Hathcock, a year
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In Memory of
Donald R. Lewis Luther D. Houser F. William McClain
Williamsport Montoursville Williamsport 40/8 SOL
American Legion Post 1 American Legion Post 104
Perry L. Fenderson Virgil L. Hill (Correction to last month)
Day is gone From the sky Montoursville Williamsport Sebastian Mancini
Gone the sun All is well
From the lakes Safely rest American Legion Post 104 American Legion Post 1 Muncy
From the hills God is nigh Williamsport 40/8 SOL American Legion Post 268
T HE V E T E R A NS G A ZE T T E
(Continued from page 4 Stalkers and Shooters Part 1) For all that was learned in Viet-
Years later, however, it was real- nam, a familiar pattern followed:
armed with a new weapon, a spe- ized that another Marine sniper, Sgt. Marine and Army sniper slots, sniper
cially accurized version of the semi- Chuck Mawhinney, an Oregon na- schools and all the institutional
auto M-14 rifle and a scope that in- tive, had scored 10 more confirmed knowledge simple went away after
stantly reset for dead-on shooting kills, plus another 216 „probables.” our war ended in 1973. This pattern,
from 100 to 900 meters. However, the overall highest num- however, soon would change.
Called the XM-21 System, 9th Divi- ber of confirmed kills went to an Next Month: Part II: Afghanistan
sion snipers employed it across the Army sniper, Staff Sgt. Adelbert and Iraq snipers show their skills.
Mekong Delta‟s flat, open paddles Waldron, one of Ewell‟s Mekong Source of Chart Below: Sniper:
and wetlands to rack up impressive Delta snipers. In addition to being Training, Techniques and Weapons
scores, not simply by sniping but by credited with 109 kills, Waldron also by Peter Brookesnith, p. 43.
employing silencer-equipped rifles was the war‟s most highly decorated
and night vision devices, too. sniper, twice receiving the nation‟s VFW Magazine
In April 1969 alone, Ewell‟s snipers second highest award, the Distin- June / July 2009
achieved 346 confirmed kills. “The guished Service Cross. Submitted by Ken Lowe
most effective single program we had
was the sniper program,” he later Top 9 Snipers in Vietnam
wrote with justifiable pride. The 9th
Name Service Confirmed Kills
Division sniper program soon was
replicated by the 25th, 101st and Adelbert Waldron III Army 109
23rd divisions, which fielded hun-
Charles B. Mawhinney Marine Corps 103
dreds of XM-21-armed snipers across
the country. Carlos Hathcock Marine Corps 93
The Vietnam War generated three Dennis Reed Army 68
especially accomplished American
snipers. The best-known was Marine Joseph T. Ward Marine Corps 63
Gunnery Sgt. Carlos Hathcock, Philip G. Moran Army 53
whose combat achievements and con-
tinuing legacy placed him among his- Tom Ferran Marine Corps 41
tory‟s greatest snipers. In Vietnam, William Lucas Army 38
the keen-eyed Arkansan achieved 93
confirmed kills, thought by many to Gary J. Brown Navy 17
have been the most of the war (see
Unfortunately, the men had
(Continued from page 3 Stopping Drugs at Sea) VICE„S VOICE
dumped their entire cargo, evidence Events around the world and here
tically throwing the plastic bales that the authorities would need to at home this past year have made me
overboard. Dechmerowski leaned out prove they were smuggling cocaine. realize more than ever how much we
of the chopper to shoot off tracer The Sherman reached the scene by owe the men and women who served
warning fire - this was the Coast 11 p.m., and all hands were called up and are serving our country in all
Guard‟s way of giving the suspects to deck. Crew members hung over branches of the service.
one last chance to surrender. In- the railings, using searchlights and We have the right to speak what we
stead, “the boat sped up and started handheld floodlights to scour the wa- want regarding National and World
zigzagging away,” she said. The ter for bales. Thirteen were eventu- events whether we agree or disagree.
chopper followed. ally recovered. But Cmdr. Patrick St. We have the right to worship as we
Dechmerowski picked up a .50- John, the Sherman’s executive offi- please, as do those of religious beliefs
caliber rifle, a 30-pound semiauto- cer, estimated twice the amount had other than our own. We have the
matic weapon. “She seemed appre- sunk to the ocean floor. Thanks to right to elect those that represent us
hensive at first, “ Van Ginkel said. that one bust, over $50 million worth and if we don‟t approve of their ac-
“Then bam-bam-bam. She blew apart of cocaine would not be reaching tions we may replace with those we
the middle engine, and it started American streets. When Dech- feel will do a better job. We are free
smoking. The boat stopped.” A few merowski was told the figure, she to walk the streets of our town with-
minutes later, the Zodiac boats with was astounded and said, “Everyone out fear of Government oppression.
the Coast Guard teams arrived to has a calling in life, and I am finally We have more privileges and rights
hold the suspects in place. serving a good purpose.” Hours later, than any nation on God‟s green earth
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military. After four years, we
(Continued from page 5 Vice’s Voice) MOWING GRASS - PRICELESS
won the war but at great cost to I hope you can see this picture well enough
and we owe it all to those who our military (405,399 deaths; of this Army soldier in Iraq with his tiny
have and are serving with Honor. 670,846 wounded; 30.314 miss- „plot‟ of grass in front of his tent. It‟s heart-
Let me take you back through ing) and when they came home - warming!
the wars I remember and view they were cheered and treated Here is a soldier stationed in Iraq, sta-
this Nation‟s attitude toward our with admiration and respect. tioned in a big sand box. He asked his wife to
Veterans. And now Korea (1950-1953) send him dirt (US soil), fertilizer, and some
World War II (1941-1945) just five years later when we grass seed so that he can have the sweet
ended after four years and a were still recovering from World aroma, and feel the grass grow beneath his
great effort by the military and War II. Once again as young peo- feet. When the men of the squadron have a
civilian population. Everyone ple are called upon to serve but mission that
helped. Our parents worked in this time it is to fight to protect they are going
Defense plants, volunteered for another country from oppression. on, they take
hometown projects, and served as After three years of bitter fight- turns walking
air raid wardens and airplane ing, an armistice is signed but through the
spotters. As youngsters, we took not before we again suffered grass and the
flattened steel cans to school, great loss to our military. (36,526 American soil -
saved aluminum foil from ciga- deaths; 92,134 wounded, 4,759 to bring them
rette and gum wrappers, spent missing). After secession of hos- good luck. If
our lunch money on savings tilities most of our combat and you notice, he
stamps and even collected milk support troops came home, but is even cutting
weed pods to be used in the not to a big celebration. When my the grass with
manufacture of life jackets. We ship docked at San Francisco - no a pair of scis-
were eager and proud to do eve- band, no celebration. People were sors.
rything we could to support our (Continued on page 7)
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For every success, the Sherman’s
Panamanian authorities arrived to crew faces plenty of frustration. better than the Houston, known as
take away the suspects and the evi- Sometimes, the intelligence doesn‟t “The Galloping Ghost of the Java
dence. The boat‟s captain, Dionisio pan out. On the fall patrol, the cutter Coast.”
Beltran, turned out to be a much- spent four days monitoring a Costa In late February 1942, the heavy
wanted reputed smuggler. Rican fishing boat. Investigators at cruiser Houston was the biggest
On its fall patrol, the Sherman’s JIATF-South were fairly certain the American warship in a small group
crew made several other big scores, boat had drugs. But when the of British, Dutch and Australian de-
halting a fishing boat holding 4,885 Sherman’s teams finally boarded the stroyers and cruisers that guarded
pounds of cocaine and five other go vessel, they found nothing after the Dutch East Indies. A Dutch ad-
fasts that Dechmerowski disabled by searching for hours. miral was in command of the task
shooting out their engines. In total, Questions haunted Lt. Krystyn Pe- force when the Island of Java was
the Sherman’s interdicted and esti- cora, the Sherman’s head of opera- invaded by a Japanese armada. He
mated $1.3 billion worth of cocaine in tions, the next morning: Had the ordered his hugely outnumbered fleet
10 weeks. Coast Guard missed the drug ship- to attack.
Despite these successes, Haycock ment? Was the boat acting as a decoy As they tried to sink a convoy of
acknowledged that the flow of co- to distract the Americans as a ship- troop ships, several ships sailing
caine to the U.S. is never ending. ment was snuck past? Or were the with the Houston were sunk or crip-
“We‟re stopping drugs,” he said, “but men on the fishing boat truly inno- pled in the Battle of the Java Sea.
we‟d be even more effective with cent? One of the Houston’s turrets was
more modern equipment.” (The Coast “All of those are possible,” said knocked out, leaving just six of its
Guard received $1.2 billion for drug Chief Warrant Officer Michael Jolly nine eight-inch guns.
interdiction in 2009.) One good sign: of the Sherman. “Out here everyone Left without destroyer escorts and
Cocaine‟s street price in our country on both sides is very good at what no air support, low on fuel and am-
has recently doubled, said the DEA‟s they do.” munition, the Houston and the Aus-
Nicholas Kolen, which shows that tralian light cruiser Perth were or-
some of the traffickers‟ supply lines Parade Magazine dered to attack again - and they
have been disrupted by antidrug pa- January 31, 2010
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(Continued from page 6 Vice’s Voice)) no meaning to the hundreds of thou- draped caskets arriving weekly at
sands who only did their duty as they Dover Air Force Base - each and
tired of war and many didn‟t know saw fit. Again they had to fight for every one of us should thank our
where Korea was. We were dis- recognition as a Veteran. Heavenly Father that there are those
charged and forgotten. Korean vets Now its 1990 and the Gulf War who willingly give their all to protect
were not allowed many of the privi- (1990-1991) and we are again in an our freedom. We are still committed
leges of the V.A. because we were not action to protect another country. to this war and suffering casualties
in a war. After many years and much Fortunately, thanks to some brilliant (4,328 deaths; 46,132 wounded, 1
work by our Representatives, we fi- military strategy, Desert Storm was missing). The Dictionary defines a
nally became eligible. over quickly with few casualties (300 Veteran as “A person who has served
Along came 1964 and Vietnam deaths; 467 wounded; 11 missing). a long time”. My definition is “Those
(1964-1973) a war many Americans When they came back - they were who have served our country unsel-
didn‟t want and went to great ex- hailed as heroes and rightly so. Now fishly and with Honor” and deserves
tremes to show it. Once again our again we‟re proud of our Veterans. our gratitude and respect.
men and women were called upon in It is a new Century and a new war, Freedom is not FREE. It is earned
large numbers to fight for another Iraq (2001 to present) and we are by the blood of many. Show your sup-
country‟s freedom, many to die or be again deeply involved in another port, THANK A VET!
crippled for life (58,209 deaths; country and again our men and God bless America and our troops.
153,303 wounded; 2,489 missing). women are called up to what is called
Finally the America government re- a “War on Terrorism.” Americans get Bill Emig, Vice-Commander
alized we can‟t win and called it behind our military and support our Korean War Veterans of
quits. Again, our troops come home troops like they did in WWII. The Lycoming County, Inc.
and again instead of being cheered troops coming home, many missing The News.Kast.er
and honored - they are scorned, arms and legs and other problems
January 1, 2010
called baby killers, ignored and even are welcomed as true heroes. And we
spit upon. Now the word Veteran has again are allowed to view the flag Submitted by Buddy Herr
March 1. Perth had sunk about 20
(Continued from page 6 D-Day Stirs WWII Stories) he said. “Nobody knew what an atom
minutes previously. Last view of ship bomb was but one guy who had been
stumbled into an ambush by the illuminated by Japanese destroyer to college. He said, ‟I know what that
main Japanese fleet as it unloaded was American flag still waving in is. They‟ve probably blown the damn
troops. defiance as she rolled on side.” world up.‟ We thought the world was
Abandoning any chance to run for Sizemore became a POW. “Those 3 coming to an end.”
safety, the Houston and Perth were 1/2 years were pretty miserable for Instead, his long ordeal was coming
bottled up in Bantam Bay at the me. I try to forget about it.” to an end.
Sunda Strait. As they fired on troop- He was forced into hard labor in the “I had it figured out that they were
ships and smaller warships, the Burma jungle, building the “Death going to kill us all. If they hadn‟t
Perth was torpedoed and sank Road” railroad and the famous bridge dropped that bomb, I wouldn‟t be
shortly after midnight. As a dozen on the River Kwai. alive.” This weekend honors D-Day
submarines, heavy cruisers and de- More than 1,000 men were aboard and the liberation of Europe. But
stroyers blasted the USS Houston at the Houston when she sank. Only half a world away, the war churned
point-blank range, she began to sink. 368 survived. And only 278 made it on for more than a year.
Capt. Albert Rooks gave the order out of the POW camps. “These deaths Sizemore has been to reunions for
to abandon ship, then was killed by a were due to malaria, dysentery, USS Houston survivors at a memo-
shell. After the war, he was awarded tropical ulcers, beriberi and pellagra, rial in Sam Houston Park in Hous-
the Medal of Honor. complicated by overwork and malnu- ton, Texas, where a ship‟s bell lists
“I was in fire control, and had con- trition,” Navy records say. But most his name with 1,060 others. “There
trol of 8-inch guns,” Sizemore said. of the world didn‟t know what hap- aren‟t many of us left,” he said.
“We were shooting at everything.” pened to the Houston. Her survivors He remembers hearing about Nor-
From U.S. Navy records: “Japanese were all captured and the rest of the mandy, too.
destroyers also machine-gunned fleet was sunk or fled before the final “It‟s one of the few times I cried in
quarterdeck and port hanger causing battle. my life.”
great loss of life. Final hit was deliv- Sizemore remembers hearing about The Mighty Monty News
ered on portside by torpedo boat the bombing of Hiroshima. June 2009
which caused ship to roll on star- “Somebody used stove parts to
board beam and sink about 0030 make a radio so we could get news,”
T HE V E T E R A NS G A ZE T T E
Excerpt from the
The Lycoming Vet
From the office of
County Office of
HERE‟S WHY ONCE in a BLUE MOON
The 21-gun salute, now a ceremonial honor, Believe it or not, this phrase is not just a whimsical saying used
has practical origins. In the 14th century, when expressing any unusual happening but actually refers to a
ships entering foreign harbors began dis- condition of the moon, which on certain rare occasions assumes a
charging their guns toward the sea to show bluish color. It was last reported by the British Navy in 1883.
friendly intentions. Because cannons of the
era took about 20 minutes to reload, a single BREAD TIE WRAPS
firing rendered them temporarily useless, When you go to buy bread in the grocery store, have you ever won-
according to Fleet Forces Command. dered which is the freshest, so you „squeeze‟ for freshness or soft-
To conserve ammunition, the British passedness? Did you know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five
regulations limiting ships to firing seven days a week? Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
shots. Forces on the shore, which had more Each day has a different color twist tie. They are:
guns and ammunition, were permitted to MONDAY = BLUE TUESDAY = GREEN
respond to the approaching ship with three THURSDAY = RED FRIDAY = WHITE
times the number, or 21. SATURDAY = YELLOW
The gesture is now a symbolic honor re- So if today is Thursday, you would want a red twist tie; not white
served for U.S. presidents, foreign chiefs of
which is Fridays (almost a week old). The colors go alphabetically
state, or visiting royalty, according to theby color. Blue - Green - Red - White - Yellow. Monday through Sat-
U.S. Army Center of Military History. urday (except Wednesday). Very easy to remember.
I published this in May 2009 in the Veterans Gazette and some
Navy Times , February 1, 2010 people have had a hard time remembering the days with the colors.
Submitted by Ken Lowe So here is a reprint - cut out a stick to your refrigerator - ok Angie.
T HE V E T E R A NS G A ZE T T E
American Legion Riders Post 251 American Legion Riders Post 36
Montgomery, Pa. Jersey Shore, Pa.
2nd Sunday of each month 3rd Thursday of each month
5:00 pm 7:00 pm
Montgomery Legion Post 251 Jersey Shore Legion Post 36
March 14th March 18th
LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS Or contact
Terry Warren (Montgomery) 447-
Must be a member of (Jersey Shore Riders).
The American Legion, 2204
Can be a driver or rider. Hoot Budinger (Jersey Shore)
American Legion Auxiliary or
Sons of the American Legion. Must have a valid drivers license. MEMBERSHIP $12
Bike must be 350cc or better (Plus a one time purchase
Come to a meeting and fee of patches for the
(Montgomery Riders), see what we are about !!!
or a 250cc or better Jersey Shore Riders.)
American Legion Riders
Post 251 Adopt-a-Child Ride 9/11 Ride
2010 Schedule of Rides June 19th - 9am September 11th - 1:30pm
Montgomery American Legion Montgomery American Legion
Camp Courage / We will ride as a group.
Brennan Kilbourn Ride for the Vets
April 24th - 9am July 24th - 9am EOS Therapeutic Riding Stables
Montgomery American Legion Montgomery American Legion September 18th - 9am
Rain date April 25th Hughesville American Legion
Legion Riders 251 Poker Run Rain date September 19th
MSG Sean Thomas Ride August 21st - 9am
June 25th - 9am Montgomery American Legion Flight 93 Ride
Muncy American Legion Rain date August 22nd Ride to the Memorial site of Flight 93
IMPORTANT NOTICE: PLEASE NOTE: Any unauthorized
American Legion Riders The Pennsylvania American Legion Rider Chapters who hold themselves
Riders Corporation is a legal corpora- out to be a Legion Rider Chapter in
tion within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is in violation of State
2010 Schedule of Rides Corporate Law. Therefore, they hold
Pennsylvania. Therefore, “ALL”
members of The American Legion, themselves out for legal action as
Fallen Soldier Dice Run Auxiliary, and Sons of The American well as the sponsoring Post.
May 16th - 9am Legion who are sponsored by a Post Contact the Pennsylvania American
Jersey Shore American Legion and wish to start a Charter as a Le- Legion Riders Corporation for fur-
gion Rider Chapter MUST be author- ther Information.
3rd Annual BBQ Chicken ized by The Pennsylvania American
Poker Run Legion Riders Corporation.
August 14th - 9am All applications and rosters must be American Legion Riders
Jersey Shore American Legion sent to The Pennsylvania American Post 36
Legion Riders for approval and Char- Quarterly Meeting March 6
ter authorization. These Chapters at Jersey Shore
Complete Ride Information can will receive an official Charter and
be found at both Rider web-sites be kept informed of all Pennsylvania
listed above. Riders information.
T HE V E T E R A NS G A ZE T T E
ASBESTOS INFORMATION ness that are a result of exposure to again.
On February 3, I received this e- asbestos, a material that was used in Carl Jewett
mail and was very shocked to say the hundreds of military applications, Mesothelioma Center
least. I have since emailed the writer products, and ships primarily be- Asbestos.com
to get permission to publish his email cause of its resistance to fire.
and he was grateful for my support The Mesothelioma Center provides Before I replied to his email, I vis-
and gave permission. His email fol- a complete list of occupations, ships, ited the site for authenticity and
lows: and shipyards that could have put found there is a lot of useful and im-
Hi, our Veterans at risk for developing portant information. When you visit
My name is Carl Jewett and I‟m the asbestos-related diseases. In addi- the site - follow the left hand side
Veteran Liaison for the Meso- tion, they have thousands of articles down to Asbestos Exposure and click
thelioma Center (Asbestos.com); an regarding asbestos and meso- - then click on Veterans & Meso-
organization devoted to assisting vet- thelioma and they‟ve even created a thelioma.
erans through their application proc- veterans-specific section on their I am very honored to pass this in-
esses for VA benefits, and helping website in order to help inform them formation along to my readers and
them obtain the maximum benefits about the dangers of asbestos expo- especially fellow veterans.
for which they are entitled. I‟m also sure.
At the beginning when I said I was
the Executive Director of the Veter- Because so many veterans visit shocked to receive this email I was
ans Assistance Network, and a re- your site, I thought that you may be referring to someone outside my
tired Lieutenant Commander in the interested in helping to educate our readers saw the Veterans Gazette on
US Navy. While I was browsing nation‟s veterans about the dangers the web-site. WOW
through a number of Veterans sites I of asbestos exposure by linking to our
came across your website and was website from your resources page at
Submitted by Sue Lowe
very impressed by the information vetsgaz268.com/links.html. Please let
you have listed. me know. I‟m available by email at
email@example.com. With your ** This will be added to the Links
Countless veterans are currently
help, we can save some lives. Thanks page on the Veterans Gazette web
suffering from life-threatening ill-
site at www.vetsfaz268.com
THE STAMP teen of my lymph nodes. I pondered said earnestly, “I know you‟ll be back
Like most elementary schools, it whether or not to tell the students because now it‟s our turn to take care
was typical to have a parade of stu- about my diagnosis. of you.”
dents in and out of the health clinic The word breast seemed so hard to No one could have ever done a bet-
throughout the day. say out loud to them, and the word ter job. The kids sent me off to my
We dispensed ice for bumps and cancer seemed so frightening. When fist chemotherapy session with a hi-
bruises, Band-Aids for cuts, and lib- it became evident that the children larious book of nausea remedies that
eral doses of sympathy and hugs. As were going to find out one way or they had written.
principal, my office was right next another, either the straight scoop A video of every class in the school
door to the clinic, so I often dropped from me or possibly a garbled version singing get-well songs accompanied
in to lend a hand and help out with from someone else, I decided to tell me to the next chemotherapy ap-
the hugs. I knew that for some kids, them myself. pointment.
mine might be the only one they got It wasn‟t easy to get the words out, By the third visit, the nurses were
all day. but the empathy and concern I saw waiting at the door to find out what I
One morning I was putting a Band- in their faces as I explained it to would bring next. It was a delicate
Aid on a little girl‟s scraped knee. them told me I had made the right music box that played “I Will Always
Her blonde hair was matted, and I decision. When I gave them a chance Love You.”
noticed that she was shivering in her to ask questions, they mostly wanted Even when I went into isolation at
thin little sleeveless blouse. I found to know how they could help. the hospital for a bone marrow trans-
her a warm sweatshirt and helped I told them that what I would like plant, the letters and pictures kept
her pull it on. “Thanks for taking best would be their letters, pictures, coming until they covered every wall
care of me,” she whispered as she and prayers. of my room.
climbed into my lap and snuggled up I stood at the gym door as the chil- Then the kids traced their hands
against me. dren solemnly filed out. My little onto colored paper, cut them out and
It wasn‟t long after that when I ran blonde friend darted out of line and glued them together to make a free-
across an unfamiliar lump under my threw herself into my arms. Then standing rainbow of helping hands.
arm. Cancer, an aggressively spread- she stepped back to look up into my “I feel like I‟ve stepped into Disney-
ing kind, had already invaded thir- face. “Don‟t be afraid, Dr. Perry,” she (Continued on page 11)
T HE V E T E R A NS G A ZE T T E
STATIC ELECRICITY fumes. researched 150 cases of these fires.
Here‟s some reasons why we don‟t Mobile phones that light up when His results were very surprising:
allow cell phones in operating areas, switched on or when they ring re- 1. Out of 150 cases, almost all of
propylene oxide handling and storage lease enough energy to provide a them were women.
area, propane, gas and diesel refuel- spark for ignition. 2. Almost all cases involved the
ing areas. Mobile phones should not be used in person getting back in their vehicle
The Shell Oil Company recently filling station, or when fueling lawn while the nozzle was still pumping
issued a warning after three inci- mowers, etc. gas. When finished, they went back
dents in which mobile phones (cell Mobile phones should not be used, to pull the nozzle out and the fire
phones) ignited fumes during fueling or should be turned off, around other started, as a result of static.
operations. materials that generate flammable 3. Most had on rubber-soled shoes.
In the first case, the phone was or explosive fumes or dust, (i.e., sol- 4. Most men never get back in their
placed on the car‟s trunk lid during vents, chemicals, gases, grain dust, vehicle until completely finished.
fueling; it rang and the ensuing fire etc.) This is why they are seldom involved
destroyed the car and the gasoline To sum it up, here are the: in these types of fires.
pump. Four Rules for Safe Refueling 5. Don‟t ever use cell phones when
In the second, and individual suf- 1. Turn off engine pumping gas.
fered burns to their face when fumes 2. Don‟t smoke 6. It is the vapors that come out of
ignited as they answered a call while 3. Don‟t use your cell phone - leave the gas that cause the fire, when con-
refueling their car! it inside the vehicle or turn it off. nected with static charges.
And in the third, an individual suf- 4. Don‟t re-enter your vehicle dur- 7. There were 29 fires where the
fered burns to the thigh and groin as ing fueling. vehicle was re-entered and the nozzle
fumes ignited when the phone, which Bob Renkes of Petroleum Equip- was touched during refueling from a
was in their pocket, rang while they ment Institute is working on a cam- variety of makes and models. Some
were fueling their car. paign to try and make people aware resulted in extensive damage to the
You should know that: of fires as a result of ‟static‟ electric- vehicle, to the station, and to the cus-
Mobile Phones can ignite fuel or ity‟ at gas pumps. His company has (Continued on page 12)
(Continued from page 10 The Stamp) you‟re back!” she called. “See, I toldadditional 11 cents will go to breast
you we‟d take care of you!” cancer research. A „normal‟ book
land every time I walk into this As I hugged her tight, in the back ofcosts $8.80. This one is only $11.00.
room,” my doctor laughed. my mind I faintly heard my music It takes a few minutes in line at the
That was even before the six-foot box playing. . . “I Will Always Love Post Office and means so much. If all
apple blossom tree arrived adorned You.” stamps are sold, it will raise an addi-
with messages written on paper ap- tional $35,000,000 for this vital re-
ples from the students and teachers. Subject: Breast Cancer Stamp Book- search. Just as important as the
What healing comfort I found in be- let money is our support.
ing surrounded by these tokens of We need those of you who are great What a statement it would be if the
their caring. at forwarding on information to stamp outsold the lottery this week.
At long last I was well enough to please pass this on. It would be won- What a statement it would make
return to work. As I headed up the derful if 2010 were the year for a that we care.
road to the school, I was suddenly cure for breast cancer was found!!!! I urge you to do two things TODAY:
overcome by doubts. What if the kids The notion that we could raise $35 1. Go out and purchase some of
have forgotten all about me? I won- million by buying a book of stamps is these stamps.
dered, What if they don‟t want a powerful! As you may be aware, the 2. Tell your friends and family to do
skinny bald principal? What if? US Postal Service has the “Fund the the same.
I caught sight of the school mar- Cure” stamp to help fund breast can- Many of us know women and their
quee as I rounded the bend. cer research. The stamp was de- families whose lives are turned up-
“Welcome Back, Dr. Perry,” it read. signed by Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, side-down by breast cancer.
As I drew closer, everywhere I looked Maryland. It is important that we It takes so little to do so much in
were pink ribbons - ribbons in the take a stand against this disease this drive. We can all afford the 55
windows, tied on the doorknobs, even that affects so many of our mothers, cents.
up in the trees. The children and sisters, friends, coworkers, and
staff wore pink ribbons, too. spouses of coworkers. E-mail, CWW
My blonde buddy was first in line to Instead of the normal 44 cents for a
greet me. “You‟re back, Dr. Perry, stamp, this one costs 55 cents. The
T HE V E T E R A NS G A ZE T T E
Extreme Sudoku Seek and FInd A V G W U I O E K H
4 6 3 T R J E S D F R F G
8 6 7 2 S N A C K B A R Y M
1 5 7
C I G A R Y R A Y E
8 4 9 3 1
CAR JAR Z G U I T A R Z I M
7 1 6 4 3
A J A R I R Q I S O
1 9 4 5 2
R O R P N G X B C I
2 3 9
7 5 9 3 S D R E B O X C A R
9 3 8 P U Y R E E C A R W
In this Extreme Sudoku, the shaded di- W V D E W Y Y O C M
agonals must also contain the numbers 1-9. FAR SNACK
Answer on page 21
(Continued from page 11 Static Electricity) NEW DRIVING LAW It is a fairly new law that states if any
tomer. Important law to share. emergency vehicle is on the side of the
8. Seventeen fires occurred I wanted to let my friends know about road, if you are able, you are to move into
before, during and immedi- the move over law. A police car (turned the far lane. The cost of the ticket was
ately after the gas cap was out it was 2 police cars) were on the side $754, with 3 points on your license and a
removed and before fueling of the road giving a ticket to someone mandatory court appearance.
again. else. It is true (see details at the following
Mr. Rekes stresses to My son slowed down to pass but did not web site). It states that except for two
NEVER get back into your move into the other lane. The second po- states (NY & Maryland), all the other US
vehicle while filling it with lice car immediately pulled him over and states (even Canada) enacted similar
gas. gave him a ticket. My son and I had kind of law.
If you absolutely HAVE to never heard of the law. www.moveoveramerica.com/
get in your vehicle while the E-mail, CWW
gas is pumping, make sure
JURY DUTY SCAM warrant. Give out any of this information
you get out, close the door
TOUCHING THE METAL, Just FYI. It appears to be true, too. I‟m and bingo, your identity was just stolen.
before you ever pull the noz- forwarding this just as a reminder that The fraud has been reported so far in 11
zle out. This way the static identity thieves are always trying new stats, including Oklahoma, Illinois, and
from your body will be dis- methods to separate us from our private, Colorado. This swindle is particularly
charged before you ever re- personal data. We can‟t be too careful in insidious because they use intimidation
move the nozzle. this technology age! over the phone to try to bully people into
As I mentioned earlier, The This has been verified by the FBI (their giving information by pretending they
Petroleum Equipment Insti- link is also included below). It is spread- are with the court system.
tute, along with several ing fast so be prepared should you get The FBI and the federal court system
other companies now, are this call. Most of us take those sum- have issued nationwide alerts on their
really trying to make the monses for jury duty seriously, but web sites, warning consumers about the
public aware of this danger. enough people skip out on their civic duty fraud.
You can find out more infor- that a new and ominous kind of fraud has Check it out:
mation by going to surfaced. www.fbi.gov/page2/june06/jury_scams060
www.pei.org/. Once there, The caller claims to be a jury coordina- 206.htm
click in the center of the tor. If you protest that you never received And here:
screen where it says ‟Stop a summons for jury duty, the scammer www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/juryduty.as
Static‟. asks you for your Social Security number p
E-mail, JG and date of birth so he or she can verify E-mail, CWW
the information and cancel the arrest
T HE V E T E R A NS G A ZE T T E
WILL ROGERS tric fence and find out for them- way. I‟ve traveled a long way, and
Simply but brilliant and full of selves. some of the roads weren‟t paved.
truths!! Enjoy! 9. Good judgment comes from ex- 4. When you are dissatisfied and
Will Rogers, who died in a 1935 perience, and a lot of that comes would like to go back to youth,
plane crash with his best friend, from bad judgment. think of Algebra.
Wylie Post, was probably the great- 10. If you‟re ridin‟ ahead of the 5. You know you are getting old
est political sage this country ever herd, take a look back every now when everything either dries up or
has known. and then to make sure it‟s still leaks.
Enjoy the following: there. 6. I don‟t know how I got over the
1. Never slap a man who‟s chewing 11. Lettin‟ the cat outta the bag is hill without getting to the top.
tobacco. a whole lot easier‟n putting‟ it back. 7. One of the many things no one
2. Never kick a cow chip on a hot 12. After eating an entire bull, a tells you about aging is that it is
day. mountain lion felt so good he such a nice change from being
3. There are two theories to arguing started roaring. He kept it up until young.
with a woman . . . Neither works. a hunter came along and shot him. 8. One must wait until evening to
4. Never miss a good chance to shut Moral: When you‟re full of bull, keep see how splendid the day has been.
up. your mouth shut. 9. Being young is beautiful, but
5. Always drink upstream from the About Growing Older . . . . being old is comfortable.
herd. 1. Eventually you will reach a 10. Long ago, when men cursed
6. If you find yourself in a hole, stop point when you stop lying about and beat the ground with sticks, it
digging. your age and start bragging about was called witchcraft. Today it‟s
7. The quickest way to double your it. called golf.
money is to fold it and put it back 2. The older we get, the fewer 11. If you don‟t learn to laugh at
into your pocket. things seem worth waiting in line trouble, you won‟t have anything to
8. There are three kinds of men: for. laugh at when you are old.
The ones that learn by reading. The 3. Some people try to turn back
few who learn by observation. The their odometers. Not me; I want
rest of them have to pee on the elec- E-mail, DL
people to know „why‟ I look this
SENIOR HEALTH CARE SOLUTION - - FINANCIAL PLANNING
according Dan was a single guy living at home with his father and
to Maxine working in the family business.
So you‟re a When he found out he was going to inherit a fortune when
senior citizen his sickly father died, he decided he needed to find a wife
and the gov- with whom to share his fortune.
ernment says One evening, at an investment meeting, he spotted the
NO health most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Her natural beauty
care for you, took his breath away.
what do you “I may look just like an ordinary guy,” he said to her, “but
do? in just a few years, my father will die and I will inherit $200
Our plan gives anyone 65 years or older a gun and million.”
4 bullets. You‟re allowed to shoot 2 senators and 2 Impressed, the woman asked for his business card and
representatives. three days later, she became his stepmother.
Of course, this means you will be sent to prison. Women are so much better at financial planning than men.
There you will get 3 meals a day, a roof over your
head, free cable TV, and all the health care you
need! New teeth, no problem Need glasses, great. FINANCIAL
New hip, knees, kidney, lungs, heart? All covered. PLANNING
And who will be paying for all of this? The same
government that just told you that you are too old
for health care.
The car is
Plus, because you are a prisoner, you don‟t have to
pay income taxes anymore.
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List of Winners NUMBRIX
Complete 1-81 so the numbers follow a horizontal or vertical
An Irish Friendship Wish path. (NO diagonals.) Answers Page 21
N.E.R.A. 45 44 37 36 1 8 9 12 13
May there always be work Naval Enlisted Reserve Assoc. 46 14
for your hands to do; Susquehanna Chapter
May your purse always 47 15
Drawing held January 30th
hold a coin or two. 48 20
1st Prize 49 21
May the sun always shine Mike Paulhamos, Picture Rocks
on your windowpane; 54 24
May a rainbow be certain Scott Chrismer, New Columbia 55 25
to follow each rain. 3rd Prize 60 74
Tom Gonow, So. Williamsport
May the hand of a friend 61 62 63 64 79 78 77 76 75
always be near you; Ron Organtono, So. Williamsport
May God fill your heart 5th Prize 51 57 61 81 75
with gladness to cheer William Ashton, So. Williamsport
you. 6th Prize 49 73
YBC - Tom P.
Garrett Bowes 43 33
Gary Byers, Danville
9th Prize 3 23
Joe Stutz, Kulpmont
5 7 13 17 21
ST. PATRICKS DAY Patrick was about sixty years old when he
UP & DOWN WORDS
The festive holiday has everyone wear- arrived in Ireland and it is said he had a
ing green and chatting of four leaf clovers, winning personality that helped him with Clues: (answer on page 21
shamrocks, lucky leprechauns, and kiss- converts. He used the shamrock, which 1. _____ Fitzgerald ________
ing some big rock called a blarney stone. resembles a three-leafed clover, to help
Did you know that Saint Patrick‟s name explain the concept of the Trinity (father, 2. Home to performing arts in
at birth was Maewyn Succat? He was son, holy spirit).
born somewhere near the end of the Patrick was arrested several times, but 3. Hockey rink‟s middle
fourth century and took on the name Pat- escaped each time. He traveled through-
4. ______ _______ parlor
rick or Patricus, after he became a priest, out Ireland, establishing monasteries and
much later in his life. At the age of six- setting up schools and churches to aid in 5. Sweet carbonated beverage
teen Maewyn was kidnapped from the converting the Irish country to Christian-
ity. 6. Soft drink
native land of Britain, by a band of pi-
rates, and sold into slavery in Ireland. Legend has it that Saint Patrick drove 7. Madonna‟s genre
Maewyn worked as a shepherd and all the snakes out of Ireland. Evidently,
turned to religion for solace. After six they all went into the sea and drowned. 1. JOHN
long years of slavery he escaped to the The snake is a pagan symbol and perhaps
northern coast of Gaul. this is a figurative tale explaining that he 2.
In Gaul, Maewyn became Patrick (a drove paganism out of Ireland.
more Christian name) and studied in the Patrick‟s mission in Ireland lasted for
monastery under St. Germain, bishop of thirty years. He then retired to County
Auxerre for twelve years. He came to be- Down and dies on March 17 in 461 A.D.
lieve it was his calling to convert the pa- That day has been commemorated as St. 5.
gans of Ireland to Christianity. Patrick‟s Day ever since. The first year it
St. Palladius was appointed to go to Ire- was celebrated in this country was 1737 6.
land first but transferred to Scotland two in Boston where “Everybody is Irish!”
years later, opening the door for Patrick. 7. MUSIC
T HE V E T E R A NS G A ZE T T E
WHO 2? during his lifetime. His books were One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue
Dr. Seuss Biography famous for their funny thymes and Fish (1960). His story How the
Perhaps the 20th century‟s most whimsical characters; among Seuss‟s Grinch Stole Christmas (1957) was
famous author for children, Dr. most famous titles are The Cat in the made into 1966 animated TV special
Seuss wrote and illustrated nearly 50 Hat (1957), Green Eggs and Ham and a 2000 feature film. Dr. Seuss
books of quirky children‟s verse (1960), Horton’s a Who (1954) and was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize
Name at Birth: Theodor Geisel
M A R C H 2 0 1 0 Birth: March 2, 1904
Special message from Shirley Hite, Montgomery Post 251, with remaining letters. Birthplace: Springfield, Mass.
Death: September 24, 1991
BAGPIPES FOUR LEAFED POTATOES
BLARNEY STONE GREEN RAIN
CABBAGE HOPE RIVER DR. SEUSS
CASTLE IRELAND SAINT Poem
CELT IRISH SEVENTEENTH
I love my job, I love
CHICAGO IRISHJIG SHAMROCK
CORK KILTS SHILLELAGH I love it more and
CORN BEEF KISS SHOEMAKER more each day.
I love my boss, he is
DRUMS LEGENDARY SHYNESS
DUBLIN LEPRECHAUN SPRING BEGINS I love his boss and all
ELF MONK SPRITE the rest.
ERIN GO BRAUGH MUSIC STEW
I love my office and its
EYES PALM SUNDAY ST PATRICKS DAY location,
FAIRY PARADE THREE I hate to have to go on
FLOWERS PASSOVER UNITY
I love my furniture, drab and grey,
F A I R Y A D S K C I R T A P T S P And piles of paper that grow each day!
L O D H A P H G A L E L L I H S A A
O C U E D A R A P N P E Y S I S I L I think my job is really swell,
There‟s nothing else I love so well.
W O B R S F A I U N N T H K S E N M
I love to work among my peers,
E R L R L N I A R O P Y A O L V T S I love their leers, and jeers, and sneers.
R N I E G E H Y T I N U V E S E T U
I love my computer and its software;
S B N V R C A S R E I E G N B N C N
I hug it often though it won‟t care.
C E K I E S Y F S S R E I K A T D D I love each program and every file,
A E A R E E Y S E A N G R W G E N A I‟d love them more if they worked a while.
S F P D N M D O E D E O E E P E R Y
I‟m happy to be here. I am. I am.
T E N R U R T O A B C P J T I N E O
I‟m the happiest slave of the Firm, I am.
L Y A S U A G R G S O L T S P T K H I love this work, I love these chores.
E L I M T A Y N P H K N O M E H A K I love the meetings with deadly bores.
B C S O C T I R E L A N D V S E M I
I love my job - I‟ll say it again -
S S P I L R I R I S H J I G E P E L
I even love those friendly men.
E R H E P T I N E G A B B A C R O T Those friendly men who‟ve come today,
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LOYAL READERS Bird that sounds like a machine
noticed the changes to March 7th Atlanta
North, Irish, Black, Dead or
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The square root of four
Front Page design March 28th Martinsville
T HE V E T E R A NS G A ZE T T E
On the Lighter Side . . . . . . . At 48 - She tells you a story to avoid Meet Marvin
going to bed.
* A 6 year old and a 4 year old are At. 58 - You stay in bed to avoid her
upstairs in their bedroom. The 6 year story.
old asks, “You know what? I think At 68 - If you take her to bed, that‟ll
it‟s about time we start cussing.” The be a story.
4 year old nods his head in approval.
At 78 - What story? What bed? Who
The 6 year old continues, “When we
the hell are you?
go downstairs for breakfast, I‟m
gonna say something with hell and
you say something with ass.” * I was shopping at the local super-
market where I selected:
The 4 year old agrees with enthusi-
asm. A half-gallon of 2% milk
When the mother walks into the A carton of eggs
kitchen and asks the 6 year old what A quart of orange juice My wife asked me if a certain
he wants for breakfast, he replies, A head of lettuce dress made her butt look big.
“Aw, hell, Mom, I guess I‟ll have A 2 lb. can of coffee I told her not as much as the
some Cheerios.” A 1 lb. package of bacon dress she wore yesterday.
WHACK! He flies out of his chair, As I was unloading my items on the And then the fight started . . . .
tumbles across the kitchen floor, gets conveyor belt to check out, a drunk
up, and runs upstairs crying his eyes standing behind me watched as I
out, with his mother in hot pursuit, placed the items in front of the cash- counter and gave it to Donald.
slapping his rear with every step. His ier. While the cashier was ringing up The clerk asked, “Would you like
mom locks him in his room and the purchases, the drunk calmly me to put them on your bill?”
shouts, “You can stay there until I let stated, “You must be single.” “No!” Donald quacked, “I‟ll thuffo-
you out!” I was a bit startled by this procla- cate!”
She then comes back downstairs, mation, but I was intrigued by the
looks at the 4 year old and asks with derelict‟s intuition, since I indeed
* Last year I replaced all the win-
a stern voice, “And what do YOU had never found Mr. Right.
dows in my house with that expen-
want for breakfast, young man?” I looked at the six items on the belt sive double-pane energy efficient
“I don‟t know,” he blubbers, “but and saw nothing particularly un- kind, and today, I got a call from the
you can bet your fat ass it won‟t be usual about my selections that could contractor who installed them.
Cheerios!” have tipped off the drunk to my
He was complaining that the work
marital status . . .
had been completed a whole year ago
* Taking a woman to bed - What is Curiosity getting the better of me, I and I still hadn‟t paid for them.
the difference between girls/women said, “Yes, you are correct. But how
Hellloooo, . . . . . . . Just because I’m
aged 8, 18, 28, 38, 48, 58, 68 and 78? on earth did you know that?” blonde doesn‟t mean that I am auto-
At 8 - You take her to bed and tell The drunk replied, “Cause your matically stupid.
her a story. ugly.”
So, I told him just what his fast
At 18 - You tell her a story and take talking sales guy had told me last
her to bed. * Donald Duck and Daisy Duck were year, that in ONE YEAR these win-
At 28 - You don‟t need to tell her a spending the night together in a ho- dows would pay for themselves!
story to take her to bed. tel room and Donald wanted to have Helllooooo? It‟s been a year! I told
At 38 - She tells you a story and sex with Daisy. him.
takes you to bed. The first thing Daisy asked was, There was a silence at the other end
“Do you have a condom?”
LIFE of the line, so I finally just hung up.
Donald frowned and said, “No.”
THOUGHTS He never called back. I bet he felt
of Daisy told Donald that if he didn‟t like an idiot.
get a condom, they couldn‟t get to-
* An Irish woman of advanced age
“Maybe they sell them at the front visited her physician to ask his ad-
desk,” she suggested. So Donald went vice in reviving her husbands libido.
down to the lobby and asked the ho-
But when it gets tel clerk if they had condoms. “What about Viagra?” asked the
bad, I take doctor.
something for it. “Yes, we do,” the clerk said and
pulled a box out from under the (Continued on page 19)
T HE V E T E R A NS G A ZE T T E
(Continued from page 18) almost had an affair with another
woman.” Is it
“Not a chance.” she said. “He won‟t The priest said, “What do you mean true that you
even take an aspirin.” almost?” never really
“Not a problem,” replied the doctor. The Irishman said, “Well, we got learn to
“Give him an „Irish Viagra‟. It‟s when undressed and rubbed together, but swear
you drop the Viagra into his coffee. then I stopped.” until
He won‟t even taste it. Give it a try The priest said, “Rubbing together you
and call me in a week to let me know is the same as putting it in. You‟re learn
how things went.” not to see that woman again. For to drive?
It wasn‟t a week later when she your penance, say five Hail Mary‟s
called the doctor, who directly in- and put $50 in the poor box.”
quired as to her progress. The poor The Irishman left the confessional,
dear exclaimed “Oh, faith, bejaysus and then walked over to the poor box.
and begorrah! T‟was horrid! Just ter- He paused for a moment and then * A man wakes up one morning to
rible, doctor!” started to leave. find a bear on his roof. So he looks in
“Really?” What happened?” asked the yellow pages and sure enough,
The priest, who was watching,
the doctor. there‟s an ad for “Bear Removers.”
quickly ran over to him saying, “I
“Well, I did as you advised and saw that. You didn‟t put any money He calls the number, and the bear
slipped it into his coffee and the ef- in the poor box!” remover says he‟ll be over in 30 min-
fect was almost immediate. He utes. The bear remover arrives, and
The Irishman replied, “Yeah, but I
jumped straight up, with a twinkle in gets out of his van. He‟s got a ladder,
rubbed the $50 on the box, and ac-
his eye and with his pants a bulging a baseball bat, a shotgun and a mean
cording to you, that‟s the same as
fiercely! With one swoop of his arm, old pit bull.
putting it in!”
he sent me cups and tablecloth fly- “What are you going to do?” the
ing, ripped me clothes to tatters and homeowner asks?
* A couple made a deal that whoever
took me then and there passionately died first would come back and in- “I‟m going to put this ladder up
on the tabletop! It was a nightmare, I form the other of the afterlife… Their against the roof, then I‟m going to go
tell you, an absolute nightmare!” up there and knock the bear off the
biggest fear was that there was no
“What . . Why was it so terrible . . roof with this baseball bat. When the
after life at all.
Was it not good?” asked the doctor. bear falls off, the pit bull is trained to
After a long time together, the hus-
“Holy jaysus, t‟was the best time grab his testicles and not let go. The
band was the first to die. True to his
I‟ve had in 25 years! But sure as I‟m bear will then be subdued enough for
word, he made the first contact,
sitting here, I‟ll never be able to show me to put him in the cage in the back
me face in Starbucks again!” of the van.”
“Is that you, Joe?”
He hands the shotgun to the home-
“Yes, I‟ve come back like we
* A married Irishman went into the owner.
confessional and said to his priest, “I “What‟s the shotgun for?” asks the
“That‟s wonderful! What‟s it like?” homeowner.
“Well, I get up in the morning. I
“If the bear knocks me off the roof,
have sex. I have breakfast and then
shout the dog!”
it‟s off to the golf course . . . I have
sex again, bathe in the warm sun . .
* In a recent survey requested by
.and then have sex a couple of more
President Obama, African Americans
times. Then I have lunch (you‟d be
proud, lots of greens) another romp have proven to be the most likely to
around the golf course . . . Then have had sex in the shower.
pretty much have sex the rest of the In the survey, carried out for him,
afternoon. After supper, it‟s back to by a leading toiletries firm, a huge
the golf course again. . . Then it‟s majority, 86% of African Americans,
more sex until late at night. I catch said that they have enjoyed sex in
Little Johnny, what do you the shower.
call a person who keeps on talking some much needed sleep and then
the next day it starts all over again.” The other 14% said they hadn‟t
when people are no longer inter-
“Oh, Joe are you in Heaven?” been to prison yet.
Little Johnny: “No . . . I‟m a rabbit in Arizona.”
T HE V E T E R A NS G A ZE T T E
MUNCY POST 268 MONTGOMERY POST 251 MONTOURSVILLE POST 104
1st Monday @ 7:00 pm 1st Wednesday @ 6:30 pm 1st & 3rd Wednesday @ 8:00 pm
Active, BOD, Social Active Active
2nd Monday @ 7:00 pm 1st Thursday @ 7:00 pm 2nd Wednesday @ 7:30 pm
SAL SAL SAL
Last Monday @ 7:00 pm 2nd Wednesday @ 6:30 pm 1st Thursday @ 7:00 pm
Auxiliary Auxiliary Auxiliary
(not January, February or July)
MUNCY VFW POST 3428 40 / 8 SOL Club 2nd & 4th Tuesday @ 8:00 pm
1st Wednesday @ 8:00 pm 2nd Wednesday @ 7:00 pm Board of Directors
2nd Wednesday @ 7:30 pm Same for the MONTGOMERY POST 251
Board of Directors Cabana LEGION RIDERS
2nd Sunday @ 5:00 pm
3rd Monday @ 7:00 pm GET INVOLVED JERSEY SHORE POST 36
Auxiliary ATTEND MEETIMGS LEGION RIDERS
3rd Thursday @ 7:00 pm
Meetings American Legion 16th District May 22 (more info to follow)
May 1 16th District Testimonial Lycoming County Veterans
6pm Dinner, 7pm Meeting Dinner for March 23rd
American Legion Lycoming
Potter Post 192, Coudersport 16th District Commander Montoursville American
Carl Olschefskie Legion Post 104
June 19th American Legion Post 1
Tioga Post 235, Tioga Williamsport
American Legion Post 36
MEN„S POOL LEAGUE
March 2nd T H A N K Y O U
Montgomery PLAY Jim Devine &
Legion OFFS The Jersey Shore
Muncy Legion BEGIN
Post 36 Riders
for your donation,
Muncy VFW it is greatly appreciated.
WOMEN„S POOL LEAGUE
March 1st 8th 15th 22nd 29th
Muncy Legion Away at Away at Away at Home vs. Home vs.
Muncy VFW Tivoli Log Cabin Womers Hughesville Legion
Muncy VFW Home vs. Home vs. Home vs. Away at Away at
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T HE V E T E R A NS G A ZE T T E
AMERICAN LEGION POST 104
AMERICAN LEGION POST 104 MONTOURSVILLE
AIR RIFLE TEAM
To host a BUS
November 2, 2009 WASHINGTON,
until April 2010, DC
accepting new shooters
Children 12 to 18 years of age
male or female. Tentatively 2nd Saturday
$55 per person
The program is FREE. Contact Bob Snauffer
We supply everything. 570-368-8739
Consolidated Sportsmen of 7 8 9 5 3 1 6 4 2
every Monday and Tuesday, 6pm to 2 5 6 8 4 9 7 1 3
8pm. 3 1 4 2 6 7 9 8 5
Come one or both days.
1 3 5 6 7 2 8 9 4
Bruce Mathieu at 570-435-0686 or 4 7 2 1 9 8 5 3 6
Mike Speacht at cell 570-916-5390 or
570-368-1656. 6 9 8 3 5 4 2 7 1
5 6 7 4 8 3 1 2 9
4 7 2 8 9 1 6 3 5 UP & DOWN WORDS
9 2 3 7 1 5 4 6 8
5 3 8 6 7 2 1 4 9 1. JOHN Kennedy 8 4 1 9 2 6 3 5 7
9 6 1 4 3 5 2 8 7 2. Kennedy Center
WORD ROUNDUP 6 4 1 5 2 3
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5 2 3 4 1 6
7 2 5 1 6 4 8 9 3
4. Ice Cream Cow Horse Cream
3 1 6 9 8 7 4 5 2 1 6 2 3 4 5
Deer Pig Milk
5. Cream Soda 4 3 5 1 6 2
2 5 7 3 1 8 9 6 4 Donkey Sheep Yogurt
6. Soda Pop 3 1 6 2 5 4
6 8 4 7 5 9 3 2 1 Gazelle Zebra
1 9 3 2 4 6 5 7 8 7. Pop MUSIC 2 5 4 6 3 1
Crane Sea Two
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Another line runs from a point between 4 and 5 to a point between 8 and 9. This
creates three groups of four numbers : 1 + 2 + 11 + 12 = 26; 3 + 4 + 9 + 10 = 26; 5
puzzles on pages
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Williamsport 40/8 SOL 40/8 Highland Lake Muncy VFW
SOL 40/8 Shirts
Crewneck $14 CLOSED MONDAY & TUESDAY MONDAY - FRIDAY
With Collar $18
***** Conservation Committee Specials
Meets 2nd Sunday each month
License Plates at 9am
LYCOMING COUNTY ALL members welcome *****
WILLIAMSPORT, PA ***** Every FRIDAY NIGHT
EVERY SUNDAY FREE
***** 8am - noon Pool
KARAOKE WEDNESDAY NIGHTS
MARCH 5pm - 9pm
20th THIRSTY THURSDAY TWILIGHTERS
9pm - midnight Every
FRIDAY NIGHT THURSDAY NIGHT
Montoursville SUNDAY *****
Legion 40 CENT W I N G S
“F I R S T S U N D
Post 104 2 A Y‟S”
Post 104 Commander Operation Enduring
3pm - 8pm
R. Mike Speacht is proud to an- Freedom.
nounce our partnership with the Suggested items
Old Navy Store at the Lycoming ***** list at the club.
Mall to raise money for the Wil-
HAPPY HOUR WED - FRI 4pm - 6pm NEED NAMES OF
liam & Cordell Page Family Fund. MEN & WOMEN DEPLOYED
We will have donation collection OR SERVING STATE SIDE
jars set up in the Legion until *****
March 5th. On March 6th, from HIGHLAND LAKE MANOR *****
12:00pm til 4:00pm, we will be at T-SHIRTS
Old Navy in the Lycoming Mall $15 BAND
hosting a bake sale and fund- MOUNTAIN SHIRTS
raiser. K&K Sound Systems will &
be providing entertainment dur- SWEATSHIRTS March 21
ing the event. Zip Up $35.00
Pull Over $27.00 1pm - ????
We are asking out Loyal Members
L O T S OF COLORS Host Band
for donations of baked goods
which will be sold on March 6th, Back Rhoads
also monetary donations are wel- TO ALL
come. Baked goods can be dropped SERVICE
off at Post 104 on Friday, March MEMBERS #20 & #48
5th. AT HOME OR would like to tell the
The Commander and Post 104 OVERSEAS world that LISA of
would like to thank everyone who Post 104 is the most
has & will help during this event.
It is greatly appreciated!!!!!!! THANK YOU beautiful woman in
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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIDAY NIGHT CHEF
DINNER SPECIALS Deb Bennett
5pm - 8pm DINNER SPECIAL
HADDOCK Welcomes You
March 5pm — 8pm
5th Chicken & Biscuits
12th Seafood Basket Every
(shrimp, crab cake, ***** TUESDAY
19th Pork Chops EVERY
26th Ham Steak SUNDAY MORNING
8am - 11:30am *****
***** Kitchen open
***** Wednesday - Thursday - Friday
FRIDAY NIGHT BAND SCHEDULE Closed Sundays
8pm—11pm Every TUESDAY
March Pizza New Club hours
5th Custom Classics 5pm to 11pm Sun - Thurs 11am-11pm
12th Stone Cold Country
Fri & Sat 11-midnite
19th Top Shelf
26th Old School Every WEDNESDAY
***** ALL day DAILY LUNCH SPECIALS
March 14th *****
TACO NITE Friday Night Specials
GOOD TIMES 5 pm - 10 pm March
5th Ham Loaf
***** 26th Haddock
Tuesday thru Friday Lunch Specials Kitchen last order 9:45 pm
Closes at 10:00 pm *****
***** MUNCY LEGION Saturday Lunch Specials
POST 268 March
6th Vegetable Soup w/Grilled
SOCK HOP Cheese
MUG DAY March 27th 13th Potato Soup w/Ham Spread
8pm - 11pm 20th Goulash w/Hot Dog
DJ - Wolfman Ken (Lowe) 27th Chicken Noodle w/Pork BBQ
SUNDAY MORNING LEGION LEGION
POST 268 POST 251
8am - 11am
MARCH 20TH RAFFLES MARCH 27TH
7PM - 10PM 6PM - 8PM
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