American Legion honors local members

From press reports

James E Todd

James E Todd received his Certificate of Continuous Membership in The American Legion effective the 15th day of March, 2014.  Mr Todd Has been a longtime and dedicated Member of American Legion Post 62, Department of Mississippi for 60 Years.  His consistent Loyalty to the American Legion merits the honor of being cited as an outstanding contributor to the programs of the American Legion given under the hand of the National Commander, Daniel M Dellinger.

James E Todd

James E Todd

Todd began his career in the Navy in 1943 at Naval Station Great Lakes.  Transferring  to Virginia he transported by troop ship  to his ship,  LCT1299 Mk6  (awarded the American Campaign Medal and World War II Victory Medal) in New Guinea during the New Guinea Campaign which lasted until 1945.  His brother Howard Todd had been transported by the same ship to New Caledonia  when it came back and picked up troops including James. They never saw each other in the Pacific.   But while at chow one day Clyde Patterson, Claude Moody and another Winston county native slapped  James on the back.   They were all a long way from home.   At wars end his ship was in Borneo.  The Last major Allied campaign in the South West Pacific Area 1 May to 27 July 1945.   Part of attack group 78:1.    After the war Mr Todd’s  ship transferred to the Philippines where he boarded a troop ship for San Franscio and Home.

Post 62 appreciates Mr James Todd’s service to his Country.

David H Stewart

David H Stewart

David H Stewart

David H Stewart received his Certificate of Continuous Membership in The American Legion effective the 15th day of March, 2014.  Mr Stewart Has been a longtime and dedicated Member of American Legion Post 62, Department of Mississippi for 60 Years.  His consistent Loyalty to the American Legion merits the honor of being cited as an outstanding contributor to the programs of the American Legion given under the hand of the National Commander, Daniel M Dellinger.

Stewart began his service in the Army Air Force 7 December 1942 at Miami Florida.   He joined with another Winston County native William (Bill) Kemp.    Mr Stewart was then assigned to the 4th Air Force in San Francisco, CA.  The Fourth Air Force protected the West Coast of the United States during World War II.   One of his commanders was a relative of the famous General  Claire Chennault of Flying Tigers fame.   Mr Stewart served till 1946 when he was discharged in San Diego, CA to return home.

Post 62 appreciates Mr David H Stewart service to his Country.