LEGIONNAIRE OF YEARShown above at the Annual Marinette County American Legion Commanders Dinner are 9th District Commander Dale Oatman of Antigo; State Commander Wayne Jensen of Milwaukee; Paul Dyer of Crivitz Legion Post 413, who was being honored as Marinette Countys Legionnaire of the Year for 2013, and Marinette County Commander Claire Bolander. The event took place Saturday, April 13 at Lyndas Sky Harbor in Crivitz. In addition to being Legionnaire of the Year, Dyer received a plaque from Jensen for more than 60 years of continuous membership in the Legion.
94 Attend Marinette County Legion Commanders Dinner
A total of 94 persons attended the annual Marinette County American Legion Commanders Dinner to honor Paul Dyer, as the 2013 Marinette County Legionnaire of the Year. Dyer has been a member of Post 413 in Crivitz for 60 consecutive years. The dinner was served Saturday, April 13 at Lyndas Sky Harbor to 94 guests.
A very special guest was Dyers grandson, Ben, who had just come home from serving a year of duty in Afghanistan as part of a 39-month hitch as a Scout with the U. S. Army.
Marinette County Commander Claire Bolander presented Dyer with the Man of the Year Award, and introduced State Commander Wayne Jensen and 9th District Commander Gene Oatman (who is also the Langlade County Veterans Service Officer); fellow Marinette County officers Rodger French, Adjutant Tony Magerowski and Chaplain Ron Kaempf, Crivitz Village President John Deschane and his wife, Candy, and VFW Commander Jerry Swanson.
Dyer introduced his family - Lois, his wife of 53 years; his son and daughter-in-law Scott and Tina, grandson Ben; and daughter Christina.
After 60 years as a Legionnaire, my most rewarding service has been in the Honor Guard, Dyer said, after expressing appreciation for being honored. He felt there was no greater honor than to be sure a fellow veteran was given proper respect at burial.
Dyer was the only 60-year Legion member present. Erv Krukowski, a World War II veteran, was saluted as a 50 year-member. Jensen was guest speaker, and Oatman also gave a brief address. Bolander and Magerowski presented Bolander with a certificate of appreciation.
Traveling trophy for being over the top in membership for the year once again went to Commander Elmer Mullard of Loomis Post 476, with a record 115.38 in membership.
Bolander noted there were many Korean War veterans on hand, and reminded everyone that they are now eligible for the Honor Flights to the memorial in Washington, DC.
Think about some of the things were accomplishing, Jensen told the Legionnaires, citing a long list of events and activities the Legion supports. I feel its imperative that we take the time ot let folks know what were doing, Jensen declared. How else will we ever get younger members? Jensen is a retired Milwaukee police officer and 20-year military veteran.
He presented Dyer with a lapel pin. At the conclusion of the meeting the red, white and blue centerpiece that graced the head table was presented to Jensens wife, Donna.
Oatman asked the Legionnaires to support the budgets of Gov. Scott Walker and President Barack Obama, since they both provide increased benefits for veterans.
He thanked the Marinette County posts for their membership results, 95.51 percent for the county as a whole. Two posts, Loomis and Peshtigo were over 100 percent.
Veterans and their families who were at Camp Lejeune from 1957 to 1987 may be eligible for special benefits because of having drank contaminated water there. There are high incidences of several types o cancers.
The new Green Bay Veterans Clinic is close to completion and expected to be in operation by the end of summer.
There will be an Open House at the Veterans Home at King on Sunday, May 19.
Bolander expressed special thanks to all the posts for the event.
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