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Articles with the Tag: Veterans

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...

‘Armed to Farm’ ‘Armed to Farm’

ST. IGNATIUS – Veteran and current military members focused on a different kind of training mission as they walked through the tall grass at a farm on Foothill Road on Thursday. The national program they were involved in, called Armed to Farm, seeks to help veterans develop or start farms through cl...

Former VFW manager charged with embezzlement Former VFW manager charged with embezzlement

POLSON — The former manager of the Polson Veterans of Foreign Wars has been charged with felony embezzlement after more than $15,000 was missing from a VFW account.  Shelley Lynn Leprowse, 49, of Ronan, was charged after VFW quartermaster Matt Lee looked into records and found little to minimal...

Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Who would have thought a young man in 1945 would travel virtually around the world at age 18? Not Bill Browning, who was then in high school. Bill has a newspaper picture of himself helping with the “Buy a B-29 Bomber” Sixth War Loan Drive at Lincoln High School in Seattle, Washington.   ...

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