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During the 2016 National Convention in Cincinnati, The American Legion’s National Security Commission received an update on POW-MIA efforts being conducted by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Command (DPAA). During the briefing, the DPAA’s Johnie Webb told Legionnaires that 43 USS Oklahoma remains previous buried as unknown at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific were disinterred and then identified in mid-August. Another 388 remains were awaiting identification; Webb expected that to happen within the next five years.
Since then, a handful of remains have been repatriated, bringing the servicemembers back to their home towns for a proper burial. And in a few cases, members of the Legion family were there to ensure the veteran wasn’t alone.
Lewis Lowell Wagoner. Killed when the USS Oklahoma sank, Wagoner’s remains were not identified until this year. Wagoner was laid to rest in Whitewater, Kan., earlier this month.
According to the Wichita Eagle, dozens of American flags were placed outside the funeral home. An American Legion Rider stood alongside each flag.
Outside the funeral home, dozens of American flags flew in a pleasant autumn breeze, with dozens of American Legion Riders standing alongside each flag. And a Legionnaire played “Taps” following a 21-gun salute.
“I believe he is here with us now,” Mark Wagoner, Lewis’ nephew, told the Wichita Eagle. “And that he is very, very happy.” .… Read more
The American Legion will conduct its 17th consecutive Legion College at National Headquarters in Indianapolis Oct. 23-28, with 59 Legionnaires representing 41 departments. Past National Commander David Rehbein will lead the students as the programs new chancellor.
View a list of the 2016 Legion College participants here.
Legion College is an opportunity for new and longtime Legionnaires to enhance their knowledge on the organization and its overall mission, learn how to become an effective leader, share best practices and more. As a group, the students will meet in the National Executive Committee room on the fourth floor of the headquarters building where they will be addressed by National Commander Charles E. Schmidt, as well as: … Read more