Miles Kennedy Retires
Miles D. KENNEDY has retired as national legislative director of the American Legion, a position he has held since Jan. 1, 1950.
Kennedy, an Army veteran of World War I and a member of the New York State Bar, was three times commander of American Legion Post No. 75, Bronx, N.Y. In 1945, he served as department commander of the New York American Legion.
Clarence C. (Cap) OLSON, of Montana, assitant legislative director, has assumed direction of the legislative program, pending the appointment of a legislative director.
United Spanish War Veterans
Past Commander in Chief James JOHNSTON is Deceased
Past Commander in Chief James Havelock JOHNSTON of the United Spanish War Veterans passed away at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Md., on May 14. Born Feb. 9, 1876, in Vinal Haven, Maine, son of the late Henry T. and Margaret Whyte JOHNSTON, he lived in Concord, N.H. for many years. He was a silversmith at the Towle Manufacturing Co., in Newburyport, Mass., then became superintendent of streets there until 1916 when he accepted a similar position in Leominster, Mass. In 1920 he went to Providence, R.I., as superintendent of highways, resigning in March of 1927 to become general manager and construction engineer for the M.A. Gamino Construction Co. of Providence. He was a construction engineer by profession.
In 1892 Comrade JOHNSTON joined the New Hampshire National Guard and served in the Spanish-American War as a sergeant, First New Hampshire Vol. Inf., and served during the Philippine Insurrection as chief of scouts under Generals MACARTHUR, BATES, WHEATON, LAWTON and DOUGHERTY. Attached to the Navy Yard he was in charge of one of the largest quartermaster's department. He was later commissioned as a second lieutenant in the artillery and saw service in the Boxer Rebellion.
In 1915 he assisted in organizing the Fourth Massachusetts Naval Section as a lieutenant junior grade. In 1917 he was commissioned a captain of Marins and served in France 18 months with the Sixth Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps, Second Division, AEF, and with the Third Battalion of French Blue Devils.
After recoving from wounds received at St. Etienne Oct. 6, 1918, and 19 weeks hospitalization he went on duty with the Army of Occupation as chief engineer in charge of the Rhine River patrol, including steamers, bridges and docks until his return to the States in August, 1919. In 1926 he accepted a commission as lieutenant colonel, Corps of Engineers and resigned in 1932. During World War II he served as a civilian with the Army Engineers in the New England area.
Served Four Wars
Colonel JOHNSTON rose in military service from private to lieutenant colonel and served in four wars. In the course of that service he was awarded the French Croix de Guerre with palm and made a chevalier of the Legion of Honor; two silver stars; purple heart; citations by Generals LEJEUNE and PERSHING and was twice recommended for the Distinguished Service Cross. He was a post commander of Palestine Shrine Honor Legion; commander in chief of United Spanish War Veterans, 1955-56; honorary national commodore, Navy and Marine Corps Association, 1956; past president, New Hampshire Veterans Association; department commander, Department of New Hampshire, USWV. He was a member of Gen. J.N. Patterson Camp No. 3, USWV, of Concord, N.H., and has been in turn camp and department commander and for four years was a member of the National Committee on Legislation and its Administration. He has been past master, St. Marks Lodge, F & A.M., and past high priest, King Cyrus Chapter. He was a 32nd degree Mason, a Shriner, and a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
In 1903 Colonel Johnston married Mabel A. ORDWARY of Concord, N.H. She died in Providence in 1927. In 1935 he married Marian S. SHIRLEY of Providence, R.I. She died in 1958 in Concord, N.H. where they had lived during their marriage. The following year he married Mrs. Eva L. HOLDEN of Tappahannock, Va. She died in Silver Spring, Md., March 1962. He is survived by a son, Colonel James R. JOHNSTON of North Caldwell, N.J., a daughter, Mrs. Ruth MURPHY of Wellesley Hills, Mass.
Internment will by in Blossom Hill Cemetery, Concord, N.H., from Boutwell Mortuary, 190 N. Main St., Concord, N.H., Friday, May 18.
OFFICERS WHO CAPTURED AGUILNALDO:The above photo was mailed in by C.C. POWERS of Alhambra, Calif., and shows General FUNSTON, seated, four other officers of 15th Washington Vols. Left to right, they are: Lieutenant MITCHELL, Captain HAZZARD, Lieutenant NEWTON, and Lietenant HAZZARD.
Indian War Vet
Recently the California Legionnaire published an article that three veterans of the Indian Wars reside in California.
Since then we have heard from Maj. Owen L. MCKEE, U.S. Army (Ret.), a member of Hollywood Post No. 43, that there is a fourth Indian War veteran in the state.
He is Cap. John H. FANNING, of 4432 Kansas St., San Diego, who enlisted as a bugler in the Sixth Cavalry in 1886 at the age of 16, and saw service not only in the Indian Wars, but in the Spanish American War, the Philippines, the Boxer Rebellion in China and in World War I, retiring as a captain in 1920, and is now still quite active at the age of 93.
PDC HENNING Dead
Fred W. HENNING, Past Department Commander of Michigan, United Spanish War Veterans, passed away on Feb. 4, 1962, after a lingering illness. Comrade Henning was Department Commander in 1927-28. He was adjutant general in 1938-39 under National Commander Thomas W. PAYNE. He served in Co. M. 33rd Inf., during the Spanish American War, and was a member of Henry M. DUFFIELD Camp No. 9 Department of Michigan.
He was employed in the Wayne County Auditors office for 32 years prior to his retirement in 1942.
He is survived by his widow Lila, two stepchildren and four grandchildren.
Veterans of World War I, USA
Steward Is New Delaware Leader
Stephen STEWARD was named as the new commander of the Department of Delaware at the annual convention held May 6 at Lewes, Del.
William H. WALKER, national quartermaster, represented National Commander BASHARA at the meeting and brought to the delegates the greetings of National Headquarters.
Other officers named were: Glenn NEWTON, senior vice commander; Vhland DAVIDSON, junior vice commander; Herman HARMON, junior vice commander; Granville WARD, judge advocate; William F. LONG, chaplain; Anthony RAWSON, trustee.
Also in attendance at the sessions were National Quartermaster William J. HOLLIMAN, National Research Consultant Mike DWYER, and Charles JENNINGS, chairman of the Middle Atlantic Conference.
All those present were urged by Paul HADLEY, third regional commander, to write their Representatives in Congress relative to the signing of discharge petition.
AFTER THE LOYALTY DAY PARADE in Jersey City, N.J., members of the Color Guard of Bergen County Memorial Barracks No. 1616, Veterans of World War I, of Hackensack, N.J., posed for the above photo. Left to right, they are: Brownie COLLINS, captain; John WILLIAMS, Milton ROGERS, and James P. FRANKLIN.
309th Trench Mortar
The Veterans of World War I, 309th Trench Mortar Battery, held their 26th annual reunion at South Bend on May 19, 1962.
Due to transfers a large number of men have left the outfit and Signey H. COHEN, 19786 Jackson Rd., South Bend, Ind., would like to hear from former members.
1898 - 1902 Veterans Who Have Answered Last Call
BAKER, Hiram C. At Dallas, Tex., April 28, 1962. Served in Co. C, 4th Tex. Inf. and 39th Inf. Member of Fitzhugh LEE Camp No. 4, Dallas, Tex. Burial in Laurelland Cemetery [Laurel Land Memorial Park], Dallas, Tex., with military honors.
BARNER, Ralph D. At Fort Wayne, Ind., March 23, 1962. Served in Troop C, 11th U.S. Vol. Cav. Member of Gen. Henry LAWTON Camp, USWV, Fort Wayne, also member of Maj. LOGAN Camp, Youngstown, Ohio. Burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery [Listed under "Clyde Ralph"], Ossian, Ind. One sister, two daughters and two sons survive.
BEHL, Lawrence C. At St. Petersburg, Fla., April 5, 1962. Served in U.S. Navy on USS St. Paul. Member of William H. HUBBELL Camp No. 4, Brooklyn, N.Y. Burial in National Cemetery, Fla., with military honors.
BLAKE, Harry W. At Dallas, Tex., March 30, 1962. Served in Co. H, 14th Inf. Member of Fitzhugh LEE Camp No. 4, Dallas, Tex. Burial in Restland Cemetery [Restland Funeral Home & Cemetery], Dallas, Tex., with military honors.
BLOOD, Oscar F. At Soldiers Home Hospital, April 30, 1962. Served in Co. E, 52nd Iowa Vol. Inf. Member of Charles E. BOND Camp No. 9, Department of Minnesota. Burial in Fort Snelling [Fort Snelling National Cemetery], Minn. His widow survives.
BOYCE, John F. At Jeffersonville, Ind., Feb. 10, 1962. Served as corporal in Co. C, and sergeant in Co. M, 5th Mass. Vol. Inf. Captain, quartermaster, 35th Regt., U.S. Vol. Inf., WWI. Member of Nathaniel ISLER Camp No. 87, Department of Indiana, past commander and adjutant. Burial in Jeffersonville Cemetery, Ind.
CRAVEN, Walter. At Houston, Tex., Jan 31, 1962. Served in Co. F, 1st Regt., Tex. Vol. Inf. Member of Alfred W. DREW Camp No. 18, USWV. Burial in Hollywood Cemetery, Houston, Tex. Two nieces survive.
FARRELL, H.A. At Dallas, Tex., March 5, 1962. Served in Co. H, 3rd Tex. Vol. Inf. Member of John TERRELL Camp No. 20, Ft. Worth, Tex. Burial in Dallas Cemetery with military honors. His widow survives.
FOSTER, Otis Lyle. At Cleveland, Ohio, Oct. 27, 1960. Served in Co. L, 1st Inf. Member of Maj. CRAMER Camp. Burial in Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio. His widow, one son and one daughter survive.
GREATHOUSE, J.A. At Dallas, Tex., April 9, 1962. Served in Co. H, 23rd Inf. Member of Fitzhugh LEE Camp No. 4, Dallas, Tex. Burial in Mabank, Tex., Cemetery.
HAMPTON, William Theodore. At Marissa, Ill. [St. Clair County], April 8, 1962. Served in Batty. G. 5th U.S. Art. Member of Belleville Camp No. 75, USWV. Burial in Marissa Cemetery. His widow, one daughter and one son survive.
LANGRAN, R.M. [Robert Milton LANGRAN, Sr.] At New Orleans, La., April 20, 1962. Served in Co. G, 2nd Tex. Inf. Member of Fitzhugh LEE Camp No. 4, Dallas, Tex. Burial in Masonic Cemetery, Pilot Point, Tex. His widow survives.
LYTLE, Clyde [Claud]. At Minneapolis, Minn., Dec. 27, 1961. Served in 3rd Regt., N.C. Vol. Inf. Adjutant of Col. Charles E. YOUNG Camp No. 29, USWV. Burial in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, St. Paul, Minn. His widow survives. Find-A-Grave record
MILLER, Leonard, at Long Beach, Calif., April 12, 1962. Served in Co. H, 40th Inf. Survived by his widow.
MORGNER, Oscar A. At Houston, Tex., March 22, 1962. Served in 10th U.S. Cav. Member of Alfred W. DREW Camp No. 18, Houston, Tex. His widow survives. Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
PIERCE, Frank D. At Cisco, Tex., April 6, 1962. Served in Co. E, 15th Regt., Pa. Vol. Inf. Burial in Cisco, Tex. One son, two daughters, eight grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren survive.
RASMUSSEN, R. William. At Sherwood, Oreg., April 16, 1962. Served in Troop G, 4th U.S. Cav. Burial in Williamette National Cemetery with military honors. His widow, one son and one grandson survive.
SIMMINS, Percival. At Wilmington, Del., April 1, 1962. Served in Co. C, 4th N.J. Vol. Inf., and Co. I, S.C. Vol. Inf. Member of Camp Mead, Middletown, Pa. His widow survives.
TOOLEY, Harry C. At U.S. Naval Hospital, San Diego, Calif., July 22, 1961. Served on USS Indianapolis. Member of San Diego Camp No. 20, USWV. Burial in Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, Calif., with military honors. His widow survives.
ZIMMERMAN, P.G. At Houston, Tex., April 7, 1962. Served in Co. E, 32nd U.S. Inf. Member of Alfred W. DREW Camp No. 18, Houston, Tex. Burial in Brookside Cemetery [Brookside Memorial Park], Houston, Tex., with military honors. His widow survives.
Albert F. POWELL, P.O. Box 7445, Orlando, Fla. Buddy POWELL served in the Navy during World War I and is a member of Orange County Barracks No. 237, Veteran of World War I of the USA in Florida.
SOUTH CAROLINA SENATOR JOINS VWWI: In the above photo, Senator Olin D. JOHNSTON receives membership card in the Veterans of World War I from Harold E. CHILDRESS, quartermaster for the South Carolina Department. On the left is Acting Quartermaster John H. SMOAK of Columbia Barracks. Senator JOHNSTON served 18 months overseas as a sergeant in Co. C, 117th Engrs., 42nd Div. in World War I.