Widow of WWII veteran embarrassed

Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 10:05 AM.

I am concerned that American veterans were insulted earlier this month during the Camp Gordon Johnston celebration on Friday night, March 7.

I am 86 years old, and have worked as a volunteer at the Camp Gordon Johnston Museum for over 10 years.

Every year, Camp Gordon Johnston American Legion Post 82 hosts a dinner and mixer for the visiting veterans, their families and members of the ladies auxiliary the evening before the parade.

Every year I attend the reunion. I worked all day that Friday at the museum, left the museum after 4 p.m., laid down for a few minutes to rest and then went to the Legion at a quarter to six.

The party started at 6 p.m. I sat down at a table that has always been reserved for our party, Mary Britz, Doris Johnson and myself. There was already a big sign that said it was reserved. Nobody was there yet for our table but me. I went into the bar and bought a coke. The bar was full. I got my coke and I went back to the table.

All of a sudden, Tommy Larsen, the post commander, comes up to me and says, “Are you a member of the ladies auxiliary here?”

I said no and he said, “Well, you can’t stay here.”

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