THE AMERICAN LEGION – Lynn Canal Post 12, Haines, Alaska
American Legion Membership Renewal
Members can visit the following site to renew their membership at National.
Select Renew Online
You will need your Legion ID# & Last Name to begin the process
Visit Alaska Department Legionnaire Website @ www.alaskalegion.org
The following are your Post 12 officers for 2022:
Commander Chuck Mittman
1st Vice Commander Brandon Wilks
Adjutant Ralph Strong
Chaplain Bill Rostad
Service Officer Terry Pardee
Sgt-at-Arms Ryan Ackerman
Executive Committee Members:
Bill Stacy, Dave Kammerer, Mark Patterson and all past Commanders
Bob Lix – Bill McRoberts – Mike Case – Others
American Legion Lynn Canal Post 12
P.O. Box 452
190 Second Ave. North
Haines, Alaska 99827
Local Legion Officers are:
Chuck Mittman, Commander, Lynn Canal Post 12
Andrea Ferrin, President, Post 12 Auxiliary
Zack Ferrin, Commander, Post 12 Sons of American Legion
Check out new changes to our website
Calendar of events – 2015 Haines Veterans Photo – VA Healthcare – A Forum for discussion of Veteran Issues
Our Commander brought back to following certificates for our Post 12 members:
Legion Continuous Member Certificates:
The American Legion – “POST EVERLASTING” additions of all Legion members that passed away
during the past year were read and a resolution for transfer was issued.
Those added for Post 12 were as follows:
John J. Schnable
Layton A. Bennett
John J. Proetto
Stanley A. Beadle
Read the Certificate of Participation to Unit 12 recipient “Jackie” Martin
Unit 12 Continuous Membership to be given out by Jackie Martin
Post 12 received two citations
Copy from Chilkat Valley News article by Tom Morphet , April 7, 2016
World War II vet awarded ‘honor flight’ to nation’s capital
Leo Smith, a 50-year Haines resident and one of the area’s few surviving World War II veterans, will make an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., as part of “The Last Frontier Honor Flight,” a program honoring aging veterans. Smith, 89, enlisted in the Army at age 17, serving as a paratrooper from 1945-46.
Pausing to talk to a reporter this week while replacing a pipe on a hot water heater at his trailer home in Fort Seward, Smith said he’s not really sure why he enlisted. “I don’t have a clue. Just for the adventure, I guess. The paratroopers paid $50 or $100 more than the regular Army. That’s where the money was, so that’s where I had to go, or so I thought in those days,” he said.
Smith leaves April 26 on a flight with other Alaska veterans. The five-day trip includes receptions in Anchorage, Portland, Ore., and Washington, D.C, meetings with dignitaries, and tours of military monuments and other attractions. “I’m looking forward to getting to travel and not having to pay for it,” Smith said. “And I’m wondering if I might run into somebody I was in the service with. You never know in a case like this.”
Smith grew up in Prineville, Ore. and worked about 65 years as a logger. He still cuts and sells firewood and takes down “danger trees” for friends. He splits about eight cords of wood to heat his home and his domestic water annually and maintains a neat shop full of saws and other tools.
As a paratrooper, Smith jumped out of planes 21 times on non-combat flights. His overseas service included being stationed in Sendai, Japan, a city that was fire-bombed by U.S. forces about a month before the Japanese surrender in August, 1945. It also had been the site of a forced labor camp for Allied prisoners of war. “I didn’t make any combat jumps, but that didn’t hurt my feelings… I didn’t see anything too terrible, but I wouldn’t want to do it again. There are better things to do, I’m sure,” Smith said. Some of the jumps Smith made were required “pay jumps” he made clandestinely for other soldiers who had lost their nerve. “Every two months you had to make a pay jump. I made a lot of extra money at it.”
According to the national World War II museum, there were 1,110 World War II vets in Alaska at the start of 2016 and 698,000 in the nation. Approximately 430 World War II vets die each day. The Honor Flight Network was launched in 2005 to help veterans see the recently completed World War II Memorial. In 2013, Ron Travis of Wasilla started the Honor Flight hub in Alaska, which has since expanded to veterans of the Korean War.
“Right now World War II guys are a real priority. Anytime anyone steps up, he goes to the head of the list,” Travis said. The program is funded by various Alaska veterans groups, including the American Legion, as well as Alaska Airlines and other businesses in the state. Travis said the trip is usually meaningful for veterans who make it. “It’s not so much seeing all the granite. What happens when you get those guys together, who are all the same age and the same experiences, they start talking and by the time they get back, they’re fast friends.”
The trip includes a “mail call” on the return home, featuring letters written to veterans. “We try to make this as big a deal as possible and give them a manila envelope full of letters. Some of these guys never got a letter the whole time they were in the service.” Haines American Legion commander John Newton nominated Smith for the trip.
Haines 4th of July Parade is coming quickly
4th of July – Parade – All Veterans encouraged to march in parade 11 am
Post 12 unit to be comprised of Veterans, Sons of Veterans and Auxiliary
Are you ready to join us and march as a proud veteran?
Call or Visit Legion for details – 766-2530
Our 2022 annual Veterans Dinner was a huge success and largely as a result of generous support from our local business community and especially Lutak Lumber who provided a free dinner to all veterans and widows of veterans. Veterans also participated in ticket drawings for prizes provided by local businesses and residents. We sincerely appreciated local resident supporters who demonstrated their recognition of the dedication of those who served our country honorably or were directly impacted by veteran’s service to our country.
Our final tally of those served?
10 -Widows of Veterans
17 -Post 12 members
1- Son of Vet
19 – Local Veterans (not members of Post 12)
6 – Visiting Veterans
Total Veteran related guests served = 53
90 additional supporters and family members also participated in our dinner!
local Haines Hot Shots were on hand to service our guests and were sincerely appreciated by all!
THANKS FOR PARTICIPATING!
SPECIAL FOR VETERANS
Thank you for giving me the privilege of being the Commander of Post 12 for the next year. We have an outstanding staff of officers and others have indicated their willingness to help on various projects as they come up.
Website Updates or Changes
We have implemented several changes to our Legion website (www.lynncanalpost12.org) and it now contains a Calendar feature so you can track events happening for our local veterans.
We will also be adding a new feature known as a Forum. This forum will enable our local veterans to share their experiences and provide helpful links and/or contact information with fellow veterans. Please keep your comments civil and help other veterans obtain valuable information as they seek help, ideas, support or other guidance we may be able to share for our personal experiences.