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SAL News from the Winter 2020 Synepuxent Observer


This time of the year, the SAL would like to remind everyone to check on your elderly neighbors during these cold winter months as we want to ensure their health and safety. Please keep in mind that if you are in need of assistance or help in any way, do not hesitate to contact the Sons of the American Legion or any of the American Legion families as we are here to help support our veterans and community. Sons of the American Legion can be contacted via email at SALPOST166@Gmail.com or by contacting the Commander, Joe Verdura 302-542-2706.
During this Holiday Season I felt it was fitting to share the following heartwarming story with you that I was personally able to witness transpire recently at our post. Back in 1966 two young American men boarded a plane to Vietnam. Neither of them knew anything about the other until they took their oath and proudly put on the uniform of the United States Army. From that day on they would be brothers. Both young fighting men proudly served in the 1st Battalion 16th Infantry of the United States Army Ranger Division. Everybody is aware of the pain and hell of war, but none more than those who have served side by side in combat. In 1966 there was an unbreakable and unforgettable bond formed between two strangers that would last a lifetime, and on October 16, 2019 I was able to witness the strength of that bond. Post 166 memberand Army Ranger Rick Fisher of OC MD. was enjoying his evening at the post when Dick Ladd, of Upland, PA decided to visit our post while on vacation here in Ocean City. Although 53 years have passed since they have last seen one another, there was no doubt that these two men instantly knew each other. Both became overwhelmed with emotion during this reunion having thought that they would never see each other again after leaving Vietnam. This raw emotion is evident in the attached photos of these two brothers at arms during their unexpected reunion at the Post.
This story is one reason why we, the Sons of the American Legion, continue to pledge our unwavering support of our veterans, the American Legion Family and our community.

Dick Ladd and Rick Fisher      

Now back to the norm…..The Sons of the American Legion new T-shirt design is in and available
for purchase at the post. Our annual Valentines Steak Dinner will be held at the post on February 14, 2020 and tickets are available now at the post. Please keep in mind that our post is still busy with weekly events that are in need of volunteers during the upcoming winter months, contact the post to volunteer your time today.
Respectfully Submitted,
Chuck Lathbury


The Sons of the American Legion Detachment of Maryland will hold Mid Term Squadron Officers Training Seminar at the Grand Hotel, on Saturday, January 25, 2020. At 3:00PM all SALs will be at Post #166 for their Annual Drawdown Fundraiser for Maryland’s Special Olympics. This is a huge event and advance tickets are required. On Sunday, January 26th, at 12:00 Noon, the Detachment will hold its Winter Executive Committee meeting at Post #166. If there are any questions regarding this event please contact the South Eastern Shore District Adjutant Matt Catlin of Squadron #237 in Hebron, Md. 410-251-0090 or email: matthewcqatlin14@gmail.com

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