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Articles with the Tag: Veterans

Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

  Joining the Army seemed like a good idea to Penrod in November, 1984. He had family obligations, was making low pay in Ronan, and wanted to go to Germany. The increase in pay and getting insurance worked out, but he never made it to Germany even though the recruiter said it would be so. Penrod s...

Marine Corps League scholarships available

POLSON — The Marine Corps League Hellroaring Detachment 1041 has their 2018 scholarship application in all the Lake County high school counselors’ offices. You can also download a copy of the application from our website: Click on detachments Clink on Hellroaring Deta...

Veterans Spotlight Veterans Spotlight

Louie Polinsky has the distinction of being drafted – twice! When he reported to Butte in 1959, the quota was full and he was told to go home and they would call back when they needed him. Two years later in August of 1961 he got the call. A bus picked him up and took him to Butte and then, bam! He was...

From Apple Hill to Iwo Jima: Mission resident shares service story From Apple Hill to Iwo Jima: Mission resident shares  service story

St. Ignatius resident Charlie Jacquier, pronounced (jock keer), was born of French-American extraction in 1925, in the farming area of Smith Flat, California, a neighboring town of the famous “Gold Country” settlement of Placerville. Drafted right out of high school in 1943 at the age of 18, C...

Horse retreat helps people dig into subconscious thoughts Horse retreat helps people dig into subconscious thoughts

PABLO – Sharline Bluemel never expected to get emotional help from a horse, but she was willing to try anything. She was feeling really low and didn’t want to get out of bed anymore. But Bluemel had kids to take care of, so when she was invited to try equine therapy, although skeptical, she went ...

Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

When Larry Raffatto got his draft notice, he had about 10-14 days to exercise an option to enlist rather than be drafted. He didn’t want to go to the Army. He went to see the Navy recruiter in Missoula, but their quota was full. He went down the hall to the Air Force recruiter and got the same story. &...

Ronan Post 138 congratulates bow winner Ronan Post 138 congratulates bow winner

News from American Legion Post 138 RONAN — On Veterans Day the Ronan Post 138 held a drawing for a Dan Toelke custom bow and the winner was Tom Leafty of Ronan. Tom is a 15-year member of the American Legion, the Post Chaplain and American Legion Boys State Chairman. Tom is also the Spanish teache...

Local Legionnaire graduates from NALC Local Legionnaire graduates from NALC

RONAN — Glen Sharbono, Commander of District No. 4 Department of Montana, and Vice-Commander/Adjutant for Ronan Post No. 138 graduated from the NALC as part of the Class of 2017 on Nov. 3. Fifty-five American Legion members representing 38 departments attended classes at the American Legion National He...

Ronan American Legion awarded again Ronan American Legion awarded again

Ronan Unit No. 138 received 100 percent American Legion Family Ribbons at a District No. 4 meeting in Libby on Oct. 14.  The American Legion Family Ribbon is only awarded when two or more Legion Families obtain 100 percent membership in the same year. An American Legion Family is the American Legion ...

Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

For a man who always wanted to remain a farmer, being drafted was not a welcome thing.  George says it was like being ordered to volunteer. He had two or three farm deferments but somehow the local draft board official decided he should be drafted anyway. George was often seen driving a truck hauling mi...


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