Posted 21 September 2017
It is my sad duty to inform you that H. Ownby long time member of China Post 01 reported to PEL on Monday 19 September 2017. At this time we do not have information on funeral details. Once the department receives this information it will be provided under a separate E-Mail. Please keep the Ownby family not only in your thoughts but also in your prayers during this trying time in their lives Sympathy/Condolences Cards can be sent to the below address. Rest In Peace H. till we meet again.
Brown Deer Trail
Plano, Texas 75023
THE AMERICAN LEGION
COMMODORE JOHN BARRY POST IR-03
DEPARTMENT OF FRANCE
Dear Comrades 22 Sep 2017
NEXT MEETING: Our AGM will be held on 1st October 2017 at the Dalton Inn, Claremorris at 3:00p.m. This is our opportunity to elect new Post Officers for the forthcoming year so maximum attendance is requested.
STRAIDE MEMORIAL: On 25th June, the village of Straide, Co. Mayo conducted a Ceremony, held a Parade and unveiled a Monument to honour and remember those from the surrounding area who perished as a result of conflict from 1914 through 1922. Our Post was represented by Commander Ron Howko and the Straide and District War Memorial Association kindly rewarded our participation by donating €100.00 to our Post’s coffers. Thank you Chairman John Reid.
WORLD WAR ONE SOLDIER: PFC Michael Moffatt, 105th Infantry Regiment, a WW I American Soldier, and Cootehall, Co. Roscommon native was KIA in France in October 1918. For 95 years, this hero of the Great War had lain in an unmarked grave at Kiltoghert, (Near Carrick-on-Shannon). With the cooperation of his nephew, Eamon Moffatt and American Legion Post IR-03 and with tremendous help from Pat Gorman, Dixon, IL we managed to put in place a US Military style headstone supplied and shipped at no cost by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. On 4th June our Post carried out an unveiling ceremony at Kiltoghert, attended by six of our Post Legionnaires, a contingent of Irish Veterans and about seventy-five relatives, friends and parishioners of PFC Moffatt. The headstone was unveiled by his nephew, Eamon after which Fr. McDonagh, local Parish Priest blessed the grave and led us in prayer. A US Burial Flag was folded and presented to Eamon. Piper, Pat Conlon rendered a rendition of popular Laments and March music. Our bugler, Mike Slyman sounded TAPS and the event was finished off by playing both National Anthems. Afterwards, we were treated to refreshments at the Bush Hotel in Carrick, courtesy of the Moffatt family.
IRELAND’S MILITARY STORY: This is a very informative and colourful magazine featuring articles and pictures relating to military involvement of Irishmen and Irishwomen at home and abroad from ancient times to present day. The magazine, edited by Wesley Bourke is published quarterly and runs about €7.50 at good newsstands. Alternatively, subscriptions may be mailed to Reveille Publications Ltd., PO Box 1078, Maynooth, Co. Kildare or on line by visiting: www.irelandsmilitarystory.ie. For inquiries via E-Mail contact: email@example.com. The Spring 2017 edition featured articles on the experiences in Vietnam of Co. Galway native, Michael Coyne, serving as a Tanker with Blackhorse Regiment. Michael is a long- time member of Post IR-63. Co. Roscommon man Michael Noone, USAF served as an “Advisor” with Air Force Advisory Team # 4 (MACV) in the Mekong Delta, near CanTho. SMSgt Noone is an AF Retiree and acted as Adjutant of this Post for the past sixteen years. In the same issue is a detailed article and photographs relating to our American Legion, Commodore John Barry, Post IR-03. Thank you Wesley for the great coverage. Declan Hughes, Director of Irish Veterans writes about his research in identifying the 23 Irishmen and one woman who died in Vietnam while serving with the US Military or Australian Forces. Back issues of this publication are available by contacting the above sites.
NATIONAL DAY OF COMMEMERATION: Again, on 9th July, as in past years, there was a significant representation of American Legion members, including some from our Post attending Ireland’s National Day of Commemoration at Royal
Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. This ceremony pays tribute to Irishmen and Irishwomen who died in past wars or on service with the United Nations and attended by the President, Taoiseach, senior members of the Government, members of the Irish Defence Forces and Veteran Organizations. The event is by special invitation from the Taoiseach’s office, so anyone wishing to attend the ceremony in July 2018, please let me know so I can add your name to the invitation request list.
POST EVERLASTING: Our good friend Brendan Dodd, a long time stalwart of the JFK, Post IR-63, sadly passed away near his home in Dublin on 15 May 2017. Brendan represented the JFK Post on numerous occasions at funerals and American Legion activities in our area. May He Rest in Peace.
BURIAL FLAG CASES: I have some Mahogany Triangular Cases, custom-made to fit a US Burial Flag for sale at €55.00 each. VETERAN’S DAY DINNER: Pat Mulcahy, Commander of the Fr. Francis Duffy Post IR-02 is arranging for a “get-together” and dinner for all US Veterans at the FLESK Bar and Restaurant, Main Street, Killarney on 11th November at 2:00 P.M. For only €25.00, there is a choice of dishes on a four course meal. Anyone interested should contact Pat at 029-69024 or 087 281 4667. This I believe is a great idea. So, why not book a room at one of the many Hotels in Killarney and join with Pat and other US Veterans. (There are great bargains for hotels on offer in Killarney in the off-season period)
Looking forward to seeing you at the Dalton Inn on 1 October.
Some more pictures from Kiltoghert.