By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
They are extraordinary Americans who served their country in war, then came home and made a life. They never asked for anything, but simply did their job.
World War II and Korean War veterans put their lives on the line because their country asked them to, and now they continue to serve as members of American Legion Argonne Post No. 4 in Enid.
Friday night, about 30 members will be honored as the post presents them with a special certificate recognizing their contribution to their country as longtime members of the post.
American Legion Commander Richard Sabin said most of them have been members of the legion for 50-60 years. The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Post, 121 W. Oak. There will be a meal of sloppy joes, then the ceremony will recognize the longtime members. The meeting is open to the public. There are 30 to 40 members eligible for the certificate, but Sabin said some will not be present. Some are out of state and one is too ill to attend.
“They are in their 70s and 80s and some may be older than that,” Sabin said.
Enid area 50-year members are: Danny Bush, Leo Conrady, Donald Coulter, Curtis Horrall, Don Johnson, Jack Lenard, Joseph Makosey, Louis Reinhardt, Theodore Rogers and Victor Roggow. Also, Wallace Roggow, Bob Romine, John Simunek, Raymond Traynor, Dale Tremain, Jay Warnock and Elvin Wright.
Enid area 60-year members are: Mildred Becker, Page Belcher Jr., James Butler, Lacy Butler Jr., William Beck, Wendell Detweiler, Leon Gage, Arnold Gerken, Paul Jones, Donald Lincoln, Harold Mears, Stephen Pribil, Elmer Russell, Howard Schaffer and Kenneth Slack.
Out-of-state 50-year members include: James Calvert, Tyler Texas; Charlie Hromas, Mesa, Ariz.; and R.E. Lukenbaugh, Deer Park, Texas.
Out-of-state 60-year member is Robert Chester, Hendersonville, N.C.
Other members in Oklahoma are Carl Frech, Oklahoma City, 50 years; Gene Carrier, Oklahoma City, 60 years; and Julius Almond Jr., Oklahoma City, 60 years.