Untold Pearl Harbor Story Revealed in New World War II Book

Thirty-three years after her dad’s death, author Liz Gilmore Williams delves into his letters and photos from World War II, seeking to solve a mystery: What caused his terrifying rages? She’d never considered his surviving the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The letters lead her to uncover a spellbinding look at Hawaii’s transformation from island paradise to war zone, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and his combat duty on other Pacific battlefields. Amid her quest, Liz stumbles upon a shocking secret that the letters also imply: Her father had waged two wars―one of them with himself.

As we observe the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, No Ordinary Soldier: My Father’s Two Wars (Burkwood Media) offers an account of the war in the Pacific from the viewpoint of a signalman with the 7th Army Air Force. For more information or to order, go to http://www.noordinarysoldier.com/

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Meat Raffle Monday!

We don’t cook your winnings… you will have to do that but ummmm looks so good on the grill.

The meat raffle starts at 17:30  hours today (Monday)! Remember if you win 3 raffles, you will have to wear the piggy hat and nose!

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New 76ers Uniforms!

Our 76s who marched in the July 4th parade are shown here with their new uniforms. (photos by Bruce Bigler).

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Commanders Column August 2017

Hot Summer Greetings to Everyone!!

A great big thanks to everyone who volunteered at the 4th of July Celebration this year at the post!! We had an awesome turnout and I believe a good time was had by all!! We did extremely well on the raffle this year. I believe we surpassed last year’s number by over a $1,000. Of course we had two outstanding sellers that sold over 2,500 tickets combined. They were Tom Goodwin and Clyde Wilcox. Congratulations to them!!! Just imagine the money we could make for veterans if we could all sell that many!!

Joe and I attended the Department Convention this month in Mahnomen at the Shooting Star Casino. A great time was had by all!! We elected a new Commander by the name of Mike Schaffer. I have high hopes for the Legion this year!!

I have a new project that I’m working on and I need your help! After speaking with Sue Register from the Veteran’s Home in Hastings I realized that there are tons of things that they need on a daily basis. I have put the specifics of the project in an article on this web site, so please take a look and consider donating some of these items on an ongoing basis. I would like this to go on year round so if you are out shopping, please pick up a few of these things everyone once in a while and drop them in the box by the door.
I am still working on the new DAV Chapter for us. As with all new groups, there are a few hurdles that we have navigate through and I am working with the National DAV to get that going.

Our Post 1776 Legion Riders are active and growing!! If you have a motorcycle and would like to join, please contact Bob Sletten at 612-790-6151

Here is my final thought for the month….

Commander Carla

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Hastings Veteran’s Home Project

From the Desk of our Commander

I will be placing a box by the door for people to place items in for the vets. Please give the gift cards to Linsey or Joan for safe keeping. Once I get a full box, I will take it to the Veteran’s Home. I would like this to be an ongoing project throughout the year and I’m hoping to get all the posts in the 3rd District to do the same.

Immediate Needs at the Hastings Veteran’s Home:


  • Boxers: SM, MD, LG and XLG
  • Boxer Briefs: all sizes – small thru 3X
  • T-shirts – colored and white
  • A-shirts (tank): MD, LG, 2X and 3X
  • V-neck shirts: LG, XL and 2X
  • Crew neck shirts: can be colored w/pockets – MD, 2X and 3X

Other needs:

$10 gift cards from Subway, Great Clips (or other cheap hair places), Perkins, Walmart, Target, etc. They need to be local to Hastings so the vets can use them. We use these as progress rewards for many different health and social workers’ programs.

FULL SIZE body wash, toothpaste, facial tissues, room deodorizers (hard), alcohol free mouth wash and other personal care items.

SOAP PODS!!! We use 600 plus every month. Our vets wash their own clothes. We like Tide, Gain or any good liquid pod. We find the best price at Sam’s or Costco. They are in boxes of about 150 pods. This is a critical item for us. It is a budget item of over $6,000 per year.

Electric shavers: not expensive ones. We use about 20 a year.

Surge suppressers with a long cord. We have an old building and they usually only have only one outlet per vet.

Adopt a Vet Program for the Holidays

We give you a name, size and branch of service. You shop for what you think would be nice. We like them wrapped so they have gifts to open. Keep the amount modest but we do not tell you how much or what to give. We strive to adopt every veteran out for the holiday season. Call if you would like to participate. We have 160 veterans in our facility.

Questions?? Call Sue at 651-539-2442 or 651-212-8812 or you can email her at Susan.Register@state.mn.us

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Commander’s Column July

Happy July to Everyone!!

We have some great changes coming in the next few months relating to the kitchen. We’ve hired a couple of awesome cooks and we will be looking at tweaking the menu a little bit…. maybe even offering some desserts.

I want to thank everyone in our Legion for electing me for another year of being your Commander! I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people and I really appreciate all you do for this club!!

This July let’s take time to remember and give thanks for all our blessings, great and small!!

The 4th of July

The day is here, the time has come
With friends and family we’ll all have fun

We’ll BBQ and swim and fish
And on the fireworks make a wish

But as we gather, eat and play
Let’s stop and reflect on this special day

The ones who fought, who gave their lives
Who left their mothers, fathers, husbands and wives

They gave their all, their everything
To let the sound of freedom ring

They trained, they worked, they sacrificed
They bled and died, they paid the price

They raised our flag on many shores
To protect our freedom, mine and yours

On this day, let’s give our thanks
To our fighting men in all the ranks

The ones who left us in the past
And the ones whose lot will soon be cast

God Bless and Keep you with His Love
As angels surround you from above

Commander Carla

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4th of July Celebration

Come join us for our 4th of July weekend and celebration on July 4th! What a weekend too!

Start your weekend with our breakfast on Saturday morning from 7am – 11am. $3.00 dollar Bloody Mary’s from 8am to noon. And then top it off with a PRIME RIB DINNER starting at 5pm followed by Karaoke at 8pm.

Then Sunday July 2nd, we have our brunch buffet from 8am to 12 noon! The buffet takes place on the first Sunday of every month and is one of my personal favorites. Bloody Marys are only $3.00 8am until noon.

Then on Tuesday, July 4th, we have brats, hotdogs and of course beer and more! Face painting and balloon artist or the kiddies (or some of you adults), and raffles. Drawing is at 6pm and you do not have to be present to win!

So come on over to the Legion Post 1776. What are you waiting for?


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Volunteers needed for 4th of July!

National Museum of Natural History, James Montgomery Flagg Artist -Used under fair use Copyright for non-profits per the National Museum


We are in need of volunteers to help us with clean up, beer truck and raffles! Can you help out? If so there is a sign up board at the Post, or simply e-mail Linsey at: Manager@post1776.com

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Celebrating Flag Day

Photo (c) 2017 Gary Shade

On June 14th 2017, we celebrated Flag Day. In attendance were members of Legion Post 1776 (including it’s Officers), Scouts from Pack 227 and Troop 205, members of the Post, and many friends and family of the Apple Valley community. A quaint little ceremony was completed to retire flags that have done their duty and have flown with grace & honor over this wonderful country. Following the ceremony, Commander Tappainer and other Post members taught the Scouts and youth in attendance what each fold of the America Flag represents. I would like to repeat this for those that may not know that such a representation exists;

…..once the flag is quarter – folded…..

The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.

The second fold is a symbol of our belief in the eternal life.

The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks who gave a portion of life for the defense of our country to attain a peace throughout the world.

The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in times of war for His divine guidance.

The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.”

The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they are found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered in to the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.

The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded.

The tenth fold is a tribute to father, for he too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.

The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost.

When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, “In God we Trust.”

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington and the sailors and marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.

We’ll see you all next at the Apple Valley Legion in observation of the greatest holiday EVER – Independence Day!

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Commanders Message – June

Spring Greetings to all!!

I hope everyone had an awesome Memorial Day Weekend!! I know that this holiday means more to me and my family than most others. It’s a time to remember and reflect on our lost loved ones and make sure no one ever forgets the sacrifices that were made for us and our freedoms!!

We honor the sacrifices of prior generations. We honor the sacrifices of the men and women next door who have served or continue to serve our country. And we pledge never to forget the true meaning of Memorial Day! I think that this is a real problem in our country today.

It seems like our younger generations don’t care about the past and where their freedom came from. I bought poppies for all my co-workers and only 2 out of 20 even knew what the meaning of the poppy was……how sad. We must step up and teach the generations to come how important that these sacrifices are and how they should pass this knowledge to their children lest we forget……

As Veterans, we pledge never to forget the true meaning of Memorial Day. We would not have the privilege of celebrating this day and honoring so many memories without the sacrifices of those who gave their last full measure of devotion.

Flag Day is coming up on June 14th! We plan on having a ceremony out back by the pavilion. I’ve invited all the local boy scouts and girl scouts to come help us and learn more about the history of our flag and the proper destruction of the old, tired flags. Please come and join us!!

We are starting a new American Legion Post 1776 Riders group!! I know it’s been awhile since we had our own group but please pass the word!! We have a ton of motorcycle riders in our post and I think it would be great to get it going again. If you are interested please contact me and I will put your name on our list for the first meeting!! ctappainer@charter.net

Remember that our flag does not fly because the wind moves it……
it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it……

Commander Carla

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