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After Event Report

The Event Coordinator or Road Captain of each event Post 135 sanctions is asked to write a short description of that event.

Presented here for posterity and your enjoyment are the After Action Reports ordered by date and event title.

IF there are photos of the event you would be able to find them in the Gallery ordered in the same way, date and title,

Or by clicking on the Pictures Link in the AAR

Note: For our filing system we use Year, Month, then Day.

AAR_070804 Boxcar Run

We started out with eleven bikes after the regular post membership meeting.  Ride Captain was Ray Garcia accompanied by wingman Commander Bob Kutzner and Candice.  We rode to Angie’s Place as a stopover for some refreshments before continuing with seven bikes on to the Boxcar Bar and Restaurant in Desoto.  Good food, cold beer and a warm welcome.  The weather was warm and sunny and the countryside beautiful.

This was a Warriors Ride and we collected $20 in donations for the cause.

Ron Whipple (Adjutant)

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AAR_070728 AT&T Hilltop Church

This was a special event organized by the PGR and sponsored by Hilltop Church down by Mansfield. A lot of bikes showed up. There were vendors and refreshments. Command Judge of Post 333 was an elloquent speaker and presented awards of recognition.

There were many groups present from COC, PGR, ALR, and local MC's

All in all it was a great day, a great ride, and a great cause.

Bob/Doc (Cmdr)

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AAR_070609 4th Annual Brazos Run

4th Annual Brazos Run – What a canoe trip. 

We enjoyed the best canoeing water we’ve seen in 20 years and the water was cool and flowing well.  There were no tough turns, no white water and we hardly had to paddle at all.  We put in near the Hwy 67 bridge and traveled over ten miles in less than four hours.  And that was with three long sand bar breaks for swimming and swilling. 

The ride to the river was lead by our first female Road Captain, Lauren Tascione of the Longhorn Post 333, of Grapevine. 

Robert “Bad Time” Bell and Vanessa accompanied Tom “Tomcat” Benthal and our fearless leader, Commander Bob “Doc” Kutzner making up the minimum number for our famous Rolling Roadblock and the ride went without a hitch through some beautiful country, chased by Ron “Fox” Whipple and Charlotte “Foxy” Whipple. 

We joined other canoe trip regulars from outside the post including Harry “Paul Bunyan” Farstad who cut enough wood to build a cabin and made us a historic bonfire that burned all night.  The Whipple’s prepared a chilidog meal for Saturday dinner and sausage, egg & cheese burritos for Sunday morning breakfast right before our annual Yukon Jack for Breakfast Club meeting.  All rookies were successfully inducted.  We’re having another canoe trip in September when it cools down.

 

Ron Whipple (Adjutant)

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AAR_070601 Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally

Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally – 2007

The biggest party in Texas.  Never mind the heat, (high eighties), and humidity, (high seventies), the crowds and noise, (50,000-plus motorcycles); this was a party of TEXAS proportions.  The Hill Country motorcycle rides, Austin’s 6th Street extravaganza, the music by Foghat, Guess Who and Grand Funk Railroad, to name just a few . . . put it all together and you can’t have a better time anywhere. 

Jerry and Colleen Bragg, ROT organizers, donated to the American Legion Riders a 75 by 125-foot painted off reserve space with a 20 by 20-foot heavy canopy for shade and inclement weather protection and motorcycle parking/camping area right on parade central. 

The motorcycle parade began at dawn and continued until way into the morning each day.  Every variation possible of Harley-Davidson motorcycles and custom choppers were on rolling display to the tune of almost a billion dollars.  Our post, American Legion Riders Post 135, displayed ALR, American Legion banners, flags and colors prominently and that attracted American Legion Riders from all over the country with an invite to park, sit and visit with Legionnaires from all points of the compass.  It gave our riders a chance to visit with riders we haven’t seen since our Post’s Hays, Kansas Legacy Run and last year’s national convention in Salt Lake City.  They came from California, New Mexico, Florida and Georgia to enjoy the camaraderie of their peers. 

The arena was air-conditioned, the vendors were superb, and a veteran won a $30,000 custom-made chopper, built during the rally, in a Bike Giveaway. 

We were partnered with Gary Thomas, the vet tribute bike owner, in helping to get people signed up for the motorcycle give away. One of our own AL Riders ended up in 2nd place - although I doubt that the winner will miss his chance to take the bike away.

We also were on stage at the drawing in front of thousands representing National to present the Certificates Of Commendation to Jerry and Colleen Bragg for all of their support for our veterans and families. Cmdr Bob did a good job during the presentation and got the crowd involved by having all of those that were Legion, Veterans, or just supported our troops raise their hands to be part of the Commendation Presentation. Thousands in the crowd went nuts applauding and yelling in support.

The ROT Rally has developed into the hugest Veterans Party in the Nation.

If you couldn’t find the time or inclination to join us this year, I highly recommend planning to attend next year.  It’s simply a Texas-sized party a rider simply shouldn’t miss.

 

Ron Whipple (Adjutant) and Bob Kutzner (Cmdr)

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AAR_070528 Memorial Day: Bluebonnett Hill Cemetary

 

The American Legion Post 135 Family attended the Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Day Ceremonies, hosted by American Legion Post 379 and VFW Post 4695.  We had 20 members, seven bikes and four support vehicles.   Buzzard and BB led the ride with flags flying and Ben brought up the rear with the bikes in formation in the middle.

 

Emcee was Commander Phil Carroll American Legion Post 379.  The flag draped coffin was brought in the Carriage.  The music was preformed by Jon Strickland, Texas Old Guard fife and Drum Corp, and Amazing Grace by a Bag Piper.  Each Armed Forces song was played and the veterans of those services were asked to stand up. The guest speaker was LTC James Megellas, US Army (Ret). 

 

 The Ring of Honor Honoree was Thomas Wertz, 1916-2007.  Tom Wertz was the son of Russian immigrants.  He joined the army during WWII.  His military career spanned 30 years.  He was awarded 2 Bronze Stars, 2 Army Commendation Medals,  Meritorious Unit Citation, European African Middle Eastern Service Ribbon with 5 battle stars, Purple Heart and the Legion of Merit.

 

Wreaths honoring “The Fallen Soldier” were placed by several groups.  Brenda Straten ALAR Unit 135 President escorted by John Straten placed the American Legion Riders wreath. 

 

The ceremony ended with Amazing Grace played by the Bag Piper and prayer.

 

Everyone was then invited to Post 379 for lunch.

Executive Board John Straten

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AAR_070518 Post 135 Installation and ALR Div 1 Rally

 

On May 18th we all got together at the Post and set up for the ride to Azle Post 356. It was a nice break to have our General Meeting and Installation at an American Legion Riders Rally. Great fun. The weather was nice and the ride out took about 40 minutes always in formation as us Riders do. Once there when parking Hulk dropped his bike and almost hurt his not so Hulk knee. All worked out well with no injuries to the bike :) Riders remember to keep Hulk moving because he's an excellent Rider. It's when he stops that he can loose control and drop his hog :) Just kidding Hulk.

 

District Commander Sonny Star met us with his usual jovial self and escorted us into the meeting room. Once seated our General Meeting commenced with Commander Orona turning the Meeting over to Commander Star to conduct the Installation of our new officers. At the end of the Installation Commander Orona was given a well deserved applause for his work over the last year. WE LOVE YOU MAN AND MUCH THANKS. Commander Orona now sits on the Executive Committee.

 

I was given my own engraved wooden mallet to conduct meetings with. Watch out guys cause now I have a way to deal with your hard heads :) Very Kool.

 

John Straten, now on the Executive Committee, handed out officer pins to the new officers. It was a great Installation.

 

After wards we all enjoyed the festivites of the Rally. Food, vendors, commradship, and the rodeo made it a great day.

 

Thanks to all who participated, to Azle Post 135 for inviting us, and especially to Cmdr Sonny Star for making it all happen.

 

bob/doc

Cmdr Post 135, TX

817-422-4008

Commander Kutzner

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AAR_070317  St Paticks day Vietnam Memorial Gathering Supporting Our Troops

AAR_070317  St Paticks day Vietnam Memorial Gathering Supporting Our Troops

AFTER ACTION REPORT

VN Memorial Gathering

I have gotten word back from many states. You Riders did good. In DC where Jane F. and her group got together it was noted in the news that there were many more supporters of our troops than demonstrators. Yikes we shut her - them down. Great work.

Here in Texas we had several hundred ALR, PE, Patriot Guard, and others out at the Dallas Fairgrounds VN Memorial. Our guest was Corporal Patrick Myers. CPL Myers is an active duty Marine.  He, as others, saluted smartly and accepted his assignment to Iraq with pride and honor. It was the US Marines Corps 230th Birthday, 10 November 2005, when LCpl Myers was serving on a Personal Security Detachment (PSD) and guarding his primary. Suddenly his team came under attack with an IED, followed by an ambush.  Patrick awoke weeks later in an Army Hospital in Maryland, but without his legs. Over $1,000.00 was donated to him and his family from those attending this gathering. Very KOOL. He was also signed on as a Legionnaire and American Legion Rider by Post 333.

We had other speakers and a lot of commardery. The VN Memorial was given tribute by the Patriot guard standing tall and silent with flags. Very moving.

Our gathering lasted about 2 hours and we were off to different following events. All in all it was a great day.

!!! Way to go Riders !!!

bob / doc

Vice Post 135, TX

PE Central

bob / doc Vice Post 135

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AAR_061001 Pancake Breakfast and Motorcycle Rodeo

The day was beautiful and hot. 

 

The joint event between Auxiliary Unit 135 and Unit 379 was a huge success.  All proceeds went to benefit cancer research

 

There were 60 motorcycles and about 150 people attended.  Unit 379 flipped 800 pancakes.  Nine posts participated from 2 districts.  Plus 12 sponsors.

 

At the end of the day proceeds were $1500 collected for cancer research.  Units 135 and 379 split the proceeds $750 each.

 

Rodeo and Bike Show:

 

Winner of all five rodeo events was Watson “Abbo” Robinson.  He took first in every event.

 

Wes Blanchard won 2nd in the slow race.

 

Best Overall Bike went to Bob “Doc” Kutzner.  He also won Best “Rat” Bike and Best “Stock” Bike.

 

Commander Leonard Orona – took 2nd or 3rd in every event.  Plus 2nd in Best Custom Paint, and 3rd in Best Overall Bike.

 

Bill Byrd took 1st in Best Custom Paint, 1st in Best Custom Bike and 2nd in Best Overall Bike.  He did not get any rat bike votes.

 

Robert Bell took 3rd in Best Custom Bike and 2nd in Best Rat Bike.

 

Ronny Autry took 3rd in Best “Rat” Bike.

 

I want to thank Post 135 and special thanks go to Robert Bell, Terry Bigley, Chuck Butler and Mike Meccia; for the time and help that they put into this event.

 

Brenda “BB” Straten, ALAR 135 President

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AAR_060915 Veterans Biker Rally

This report covers the event of Veteran Veterans Biker Rally held on15th and 16th of September 2006.  On Fri the 15th VATO, Mark Best, Josh Hernandez and Lynn embarked on a run to the Rally held at Tres Rio (Glen Rose). It was the 9th Annual Motorcycle Rally.  We departed the house at 4:00 and it took us an hour to get to the site.  We cruised around and found a great spot under the trees.  We setup camp and Hawkeye from BACA joined us.  The weather was great.  The vendors and the campgrounds they had were great and an awesome setup for a motorcycle rally.

 

We met fellow Legion Members from TexOhoma. What a great group of Legionnaires. Very friendly, even invited Post 135 to their post for beers later in the month so we need to plan a ride up to Texohoma and visit our brothers and sisters.

 

They had bike games and contests. I even entered the custom bike show and  took home the 1st place trophy. Wow talk about being thrilled, never thought that would happen.  The bands were great, they had plenty of food to keep our bellies full and of course we danced and had a great time.  This is definitely a Rally we should try to attend next year.  It’s a great location and if the weather is the same next year it will be a blasted.

Commander Orona

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AAR_060826 Big Dicks Closing Party

This report covers the events of August 26th, 2006.  On this date members of the American Legion Riders Post 135 meet at the post headquarters between 1:00 pm and 1:30 pm.  At 1:30 pm the group departed headed out to Big Dick’s Bar.  The Ride Captain was Leonard Orona (aka Vato).  The ride traveled South on Industrial to SH 183 and proceeded East to SH 360, traveling south on 360 to Abrams and then west to our destination.

 

For those of you that are not familiar with Big Dicks – it is one of the oldest operating biker bars in the DFW area.  Prior to being Big Dicks it was the ZOO and had operated under that name for at least fifteen years.  Prior to that, it had operated under a variety of different names.   One thing that most area bikers can agree on is that a biker orient bar operated at that specific location for at least thirty plus years.  Another that all can agree is it has always been open to all Bikers, this included 1%, Patch holders, independents and folks just looking for a place to kick back and relax.  Big Dicks has also been the meeting location for the Arlington Chapter of ABATE.

 

The purpose of this ride is to join other members of the biker community and celebrate one last time at Big Dicks.  Rick Fredrickson (aka Sportster Rick) who managed the bar had informed us that they had lost the lease and the owners of the bar want to change it to a Theme Bar.  So to he decided that on the final day of operation which is August 26th to throw a party with a Mexican feast and dollar beer the coolers are empty.  Has usual we where not disappointed with all the beer to wash away the sorrow of losing a great biker bar.

Chuck Butler Rider

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AAR_060825 88th National American Legion Convention

AAR_060825 88th National American Legion Convention

AFTER ACTION REPORT

 Salt Lake City National Convention

August 25th – 27th, 2006 – Friday through Sunday

     Ron “Fox” Whipple and  Bob “Doc” Kutzner flew to Salt Lake City, Utah for the 88th Annual American Legion Convention.  Chosen as Division 1 delegates, we checked in to the Little America Hotel near the Convention Center and proceeded to meet many American Legion Pony Express supporters who had heard of the Pony Express from a lot of talk that was going around.  We camped out at a place called the Port of Call and got window seats.  Did you ever feel like a bear behind a window in the Zoo?  That was us.  The place had two lines, each a half-block long to get in almost all night and the waiting crowd was impressive to watch as they were watching us.  We got preferential treatment as Legionnaires and veterans.

     Saturday morning we got up early and headed for the Salt Lake City Convention Center, The Salt Palace.  There, we met with National Commander Thomas Bock to discuss the great success of the Legacy Run (over $100,000 tallied so far), much of it due to the Pony Express and to make plans for presenting the original Pony Express National Map on which the whole nation’s original Pony Express routes were planned.  We also met with National Adjutant Robert Spanogle who was very pleased with the success of the Pony Express. He arranged with his staff to take photos of the map transfer and arranged for an interview for a feature article in the American Legion Magazine all about the Pony Express.  We left with assurances that Commander Bock would be announcing the American Legion recognition and support of the Pony Express on stage at the big Legion gathering on Tuesday and that he would ask that every Department Commander support us and help us set up the Pony Express in their states. 

     Saturday afternoon we met with Butch Sparks, the new Department of Texas Commander.  He was very open and supportive about the development of the Pony Express.

     Saturday night we again camped out at the Port of Call because we knew many of the riders would be attending due to word of mouth about the place.  Again, we pinned numerous Pony Express supporters.

     Sunday morning, we got up around 10:00am and, after a leisurely breakfast, we headed for the airport where we got on a 2:25pm flight and flew back home to a much needed rest.

     It was a very successful trip.  Mr. Spanogle and Tom Bock told us to keep doing exactly what we were doing and wished us every success in keeping the Pony Express growing.

NOTE:  We got a report from a Pony Express Messenger from Florida who witnessed Commander Bock’s onstage presentation on Tuesday, August 29th in front of the nation’s assembled representatives of the American Legion Riders.  He reported that Commander Bock gave a tally of donations to the Legacy Run at over $150,000; 50% more than they thought they would be able to raise and he repeatedly praised all the volunteers of the Pony Express and asked that everyone support it and help it grow so it could continue doing such good work.

Ron “Fox” Whipple

ALR Post 135 Historian

American Legion Pony Express Texas Coordinator

 

     Fox  ALR Post 135 Historian

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AAR_060818 Pony Express First Mission

AFTER ACTION REPORT

Hays, Kansas Run

August 18th – 20th, 2006 – Friday through Sunday

     The Pony Express first mission went off without a hitch.  Our Pony Express delegation had the following donations:

Ř     Clifton Post               $  82.50

Ř     Post 121 Waco          $100.00

Ř     Alr Post 121 Waco    $110.00

Ř     A personal donation $  20.00

Ř     Mike Meccia               $  40.00

Ř     Post 135 donation     $440.00

     We had four Longhorn Post 333 riders and two of our own, depart Post 379 near 1800 on our way to Hays, Kansas accompanied by five more of our members on motorcycles out of town.  The ride was captained by Commander Judge Bean of 333, both up and back from Hays.  Three of our local escorts dropped off at the edge of town and two accompanied us north of the Red River to McGehee’s Catfish Restaurant.  They raise their own catfish and the family-style dinner was impressive.  They kept serving until we said “uncle.”

     After two of our companions headed back home, we departed the restaurant a little late, around 2030 and cruised into Oklahoma City, arriving near 2330.  We bedded down for the night an awoke to find Leah Crabbs, a Pony Express Messenger from Little Rock who joined us at the Travelodge, (a cut-rate dive we promised to never re-visit).  After a great Waffle House breakfast, we departed for Hays close to 1000 hrs.  All together, the distance from Bedford to Hays was about 560 miles.  We arrived in Hays at approximately 2000 due to rain along the way.

     We took showers and headed to the local American Legion Post 171 who was hosting the dinner party for the American Legacy Run.  There, we met National Commander Thomas Bock and he received our Pony Express packets with enthusiasm.  In fact, he was overwhelmed at the Pony Express response all along the Legacy Route.  Bob Kutzner and I pinned a few high-ranking Legion Commanders and such and we introduced the Pony Express to many Legacy Run participants.  We also met numerous Pony Express Messengers that had joined the Legacy Run at earlier points along the route.

     We partied well into the night and reluctantly awoke to return in a one-shot run to Bedford.  It is an impressive sight to see motorcycles riding side-by-side at 85 miles per hour as if they were welded together.  After ten and one-half hours and 560 miles later, we made it home.  1,120 miles on a weekend.  It’s almost too much . . . if you don’t count sunburned faces and arms.

Ron “Fox” Whipple

ALR Post 135 Historian and Chase

     Fox  ALR Post 135 Historian

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AAR – 060702 Dutch Branch Park, Benbrook Run

Author: Mike "Sparks" Meccia

Photos: Donna Meccia

From: Joint Reserve Base, Ft. Worth

To:  Dutch Branch Park, Benbrook

Number of motorcycles: 30

Round trip mileage: 50 miles

About 30 motorcycles escorted a bus containing current and former military personnel that were wounded while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The troops were escorted to Dutch Branch Park in Benbrook where a celebration in their honor was organized by the City of Benbrook and the Department of Defense. Riders from Devil Dogs MC, Patriot Guard Riders, AL Post 516 and ALR Post 135 (wwfh1.jpg) escorted the troops from the gate at the base to the park in Benbrook and then formed an honor guard for the troops as they were introduced to a crowd of about 15,000 spectators. There was a flyover by F-18s and a number of static displays, including Blackhawk helicopters and their crews. 
 

Mike "Sparks" Meccia 2nd Vice

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AAR – 060701 American Legion Post 356 Open House in Azle

THE EVENT:

Time: 1100 till the tires drop off Location: 11875 FM 730 North (VFW Post 2137), Azle TX
Benefit Run, Home Depot cards given to 1st, 2nd place and worse Hand, BBQ to be served from 1100 to 1800, Vendors on Site from 1100 to 1800, Band " Southern Heritage" 2000 until Horseshoes, pool, shuffleboard, Beer bottle or can $1.50

 

THE REPORT:

Post 356 really pulled this one off. It was great fun and everything we were told it would be.

 

Post 135 Riders left shortly after our General Meeting. Commander Leonard and Doc were the Ride Captains with Wes - Chaplain and Randy Shank as our Tail Gunners. Chaplain set us off with a prayer. We did a little something different on our run this time when we put John "Buzzard" Straten and BB as our lead VEHICLE and Ron - Fox as our CHASE VEHICLE. It seemed a little weird having a lead vehicle but it really helped keep us all together and in formation. We went west on 820 up 199 onto FM 730 and arrived at Post 356 noonish. About a 40 minute run in great weather, with great people. Basically a great ride.

 

Once there we received a brotherly Legion greeting by Post 356 Commander Sonny and members. A lot of our old buddies were there. Patriot Guard was represented. BACA was there in force and we supported our brothers by all of us buying BACA patches.

 

The food was good and the inexpensive cold beer delectable. The vendors were kind and numerous. Items from patches to leather works abounded.

 

All in all this was a great event for our sister post 356. Thanks for inviting us.

    Doc ALR Post 135 Vice

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AAR – 060604 3rd Annual Brazos Canoe Run

A memorable canoe trip this year as it was combined with Fox’s traditional D-Day Canoe Trip that was in its 23rd year.  Seven canoes in all, only one of which sported rider Tom Benthal and his friend Hawkeye.  Mike and Donna Meccia joined us for camping after the canoe trip.  They spend the day riding their motorcycle on some mid-Texas country roads.  The weather was perfect and the river water was the best in years, requiring very little effort paddling.  We stopped at one bank and swung from a tree rope into the water and we had numerous sand bar stops for swimming and swilling.  Our Harry “Paul Bunyon” Farstad Memorial Fire was a good one that Harry would have been proud to call his own as we found a dozen or so huge logs already cut up and waiting for us in the camping area.  It was the shortest, easiest wood-gathering trip in history and we had a bonfire five feet tall.  The theme chosen for this year’s event was, “Yukon Jack; it’s not just for breakfast anymore.”  This will be a one-year theme only, as several happy campers were not too happy Sunday morning . . .  For those that missed this trip, we may put together a fall expedition when it’s a little cooler.  Pictures to follow in website soon.

     Fox  ALR Post 135 Historian

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AAR – 060529 Dawgs on Hawgs

     A few of us intrepid explorers traveled out to Henderson, Texas for the Dawgs on Hawgs motorcycle rally early on Wednesday morning in order to set up our trailer RV three-walled perimeter along a great parade route.  Our cross the road neighbor provided us with an all-day, all-night traffic jam right in front of our spaces due to her propensity to show what we all were wanting to see.  Some of our own group members gave as good as they got and beads were flying everywhere.  Most of the 400-500 photographs I took as Historian will not be able to be put on the website, but you will get a taste of the fun we had.  There were several patch outfits who sewed patched on vests while you waited.  There were lots of food vendors and other wares for sale.  We saw some awesome bikes, some duded up pretty bad, but some just beautiful.  There was orange clay dust all over everything, but we only griped about it until the next traffic jam.  With the Dancing Pole in our back yard and traffic jams in our front yard, and the bands in the pit; there was lots to do each day and plenty to see all the time.  My neck still hurts . . .

Fox Post 135 Historian

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AAR_060528 Memorial Day Program - DFW National Cemetery

Boy it was a great event. Participants met at the Post at 13:30. We all gathered near the Post bar, socialized, and had our coffee.

 

Our Patriot Guard BROTHERS were among us. Side by side we stood for one purpose. Much thanks to all of the Patriot Guard members for sharing with us this Memorial Event. 

 

At 14:00 we staged in the parking lot. Commander Orona gathered the group, gave the plan for the ride, and thanked everyone for their participation. Chaplain Wes led us in yet another ethereal experience praying for our Troops and a safe ride.  Post 379 Commander Frank Cardinal joined the staging to say that he really appreciated The American Legion Riders and Patriot Guard working together representing the Legion. Keep up the good work.

 

Kick stands went up at approximately 14:10 with Commander Orona as the Ride Captain and our Sgt At Arms Tailgunning.  30 bikes and 5 cages road proudly to the National Cemetery. What a site to see!

 

South on Industrial to Harwood, west to 360 we road two-by-two. We staged again to ride staggered just before getting on the 360 south, west on 20, north on Mountain Creek Parkway. Folks imagine that many bikes going 55 to 60 mph. When we got to the cemetery we formed up two-by-two again. Boy did we look good. Pride beamed from the eyes of spectators as we drove by. Our community appreciated us with waves, smiles, and solutes. We don’t usually road block but I have to admit seeing the Patriot Guard do it for us was a real treat and sense of pride. Again, thanks guys.

 

I have been to previous Memorial Day Programs at the DFW – National Cemetery but when we were a few miles from the entrance to the cemetery and were stopped by traffic trying to get in I knew this was the biggest turnout I had been involved with. The line went on for miles and the cemetery was packed. A special thanks to the cemetery organizers for they treated us well and set us up with special parking. Very Kool.

 

We arrived a little before the ceremony and set up on the lawn, front and center, just before the organized seating. The grass was nice, people pleasant, and weather acceptable. Thank God for the overcast day.

 

Department Commander Prendergast was there and I am sure took note of our obvious presence. I can’t remember the names of those who spoke but as usual it was a very moving ceremony.  Kind of a Love - Hate feeling. I love to go and participate but it always tears my guts out. Oh well - part of being involved with The American Legion.

 

After the event we shared our comradeship and went on to our individual family pick nicks or gatherings. Many of us went to my house and spent the Memorial Day together. Commander Leonard took the cooks role and I must say that we weren’t served just hamburgers but instead Commander Burgers J.

 

Post 135 represented. The Patriot Guard represented. And I am sure all of you represented this very special day in memory of our fallen brothers and sisters. I, for one, had a great day!

 

Remember that Freedom isn’t free, Stand tall and silent, and Ride Like The Wind.

Bob / doc Kutzner

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AAR_060527 Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Day Ceremonies

AAR_060527 Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Day Ceremonies

 

The Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Day Ceremonies were hosted by American Legion Post 379 and VFW Post 4695.

 

Commander Frank Cardinal of 379 was master of ceremonies.  Wearing colors and representing Post 135 were Larry Cotton,  Adjutant Terry Bigley,  Auxiliary Treasurer Dona Bigley,  Auxiliary President Brenda Straten and myself. 

 

The fallen soldier honored was Steven Tucker, PFC, US Army who died on 21 May 2005 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was a 2004 graduate of Colleyville Heritage High School.  He enlisted in the United States Army,  July 27, 2004--Company A, 2d Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade.  During his enlistment Steven was awarded   US Army Cord, Expert Marksman-Rifle/Pistol, Airborne Para-trouper Wing, War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign, Good Conduct Medal, the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

 

The guest speaker was decorated Vietnam War veteran Master Sergeant J.W. Johnson, founder of Vet to Vet an organization that is dedicated to disabled veterans.  Each Christmas they feed all the patients at Dallas and Bonham Veterans Hospitals and distribute thousands of Christmas Gifts. 

 

The honorary guest speaker was WWII veteran, Past National Comander and member of American Legion Post 569 Joe L Matthews, U.S. Navy. 

 

There were several groups involved.  The Colleyville and Grapevine Police and Fire Depts., Tarrant County Sheriff's Dept. and Boy Scout Troop 7.   VFW Post 4695 color guard presented the POW-MIA Table of Remembrance Ceremony.  There were 10 wreaths placed.  It was a very beautiful and moving ceremony.  Afterward Post 379 Auxiliary served lunch for the veterans and whomever wanted to attend.

 

John "Buzzard" Straten

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AAR_060521 Run for the Wall

Hello Legion Family:

 

Just a note to thank those that attended the 2006 Run for the Wall yesterday. As usual Post 516 did a good job of bringing  them across the metroplex to Terrell. Post 333 and others joined the event there and road into Longview where the Legion POST 131 was standing by to feed all. Guess on the numbers was heard to be around 700. Plenty of 4 wheeler's showed up as well.

 

You meet some great folks on those events with interesting stories and there was plenty of time in Terrell to visit and talk past times. One day I hope to run from Dallas to DC and enjoy them that much more. At the end of the day I had 349 miles for the day and enjoyed it all.

 

Thanks again for all that attended.

 

Judge

Post 333

 

There were two riders from ALR Post 135; Lauren Tascione and another new rider, name unknown.

Judge

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AAR – 060520 Vietnam Rolling Wall

For all of you that were unable to take time off and celebrate to Vietnam Memorial Rolling wall s arrival into the DFW area.  Let me take a few minutes and tell you about the escort ride.   American Legion Riders Post 135 was represented by Tom Young, Chuck Butler and his wife Coral Butler, Mike Lousha , Terry Bigley and Wes Blanchard.  It was nice to see some of our newer members stepping up and making our presence known at a large local event.  Speaking of large local events I heard TV reports that up to 1000 bikes and riders rolled out of Texas Motor Speedway parking lot with the Rolling Wall.  If you have ever been on a large run, you know there is just nothing like seeing hundreds of motorcycles stretching out as far in front and behind you as the eye can see.  Its nice to know that the people on those bikes in front and behind you don’t just share your love of motorcycles.  They share your love for our country and a respect for those who serve and defend our freedom and your reverence for those, whose names appear on the wall we escorted.  I don’t know how many motorcycle clubs and organizations were represented at this event, but I know it was a lot.  As we left the speedway parking lot the ride took on the feel of a 50-mile per hour parade.  We rode side by side, with local and state law enforcement pulling road guard duty, as we made our way along some of the most traveled roads in the Metro Plex.  There were even people gathered along our route waiving hands and flags as we passed.  There were even some that were so moved by the event that they stood at attention giving their best parade ground salute.   When we arrived at Moore Funeral home we had a short ceremony that included introduction of two women who’s son’s names are on the wall.  We also gathered around as soldiers Purple Hart Medal was placed beneath the walls foundation at the apex of the wall.  All in all it was great way to spend a Tuesday morning.

Wes Blanchard  ALR Post 135 Chaplain

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AAR –06 0415 Crawford Run

      Once again motorcycles from all over Texas and beyond counter-demonstrated at the President’s Crawford ranch this Saturday.  All together there were 54 motorcycles representing American Legion Posts, 135, 333, 516, 624, and others.  The weather was beautiful and the group came together from several initial staging points at the final staging point, the Exxon station just off the I-35 freeway and Hwy 22.  The motorcycles outnumbers the protesters at least two to one and we had a dignified, silent slow ride in and out of the protest area with no problems.  It was a wonderful day for a ride.  The group met back at the Crawford Fairgrounds for BBQ and crafts, then split to the four winds.

Fox Post 135 Historian

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AAR_060204 Winstar Casino Run

After our Saturday meeting 8 riders joined up for a run to WinStar Casino just over the Oklahoma border.  There were eight bikes and, just for the record, I chickened out because I had forgotten my passport.  Anyway Chief (riding his new monster BMW) and Beady lead the way with our first stop just North of Denton at the A/T truck stop. After completing all the required function you normally do at a truck stop, we continued North on I-35 to Stringtown where we made a right turn to lake Ray Roberts stopping at a catfish place for lunch.  The only problem was they had no beer.  The food was good, though and because we had no beer, we were, too.  By this time it was getting late in the afternoon and most of us decided by the time we made all the way to WinStar and started back the sun would be setting low in the West, so 7 bikes headed back to the house. We did have a good time and I just wish more could have made it. Until next time keep the sun at you back and the wind in your face.

Johnny Vaughn

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AAR_051204 Lewisville Toy Run and Christmas Party for the 2 Bat of the 14th Marines

Hello Riders,

 

The AFTER ACTION REPORT (AAR) for the past two Christmas events is wonderful!

 

First the Lewisville Toy Run on Saturday, December 4th, went real well with 20 bike and 24 Riders showing up. The total bikes for the event came in at 1200 +.  Not back!  Just big enough but not too big. The after party at Thunderhorse was nice for those that attended.  We did a pretty good job of riding side by side but could have done a little better. The type formation is great for these type events and keeps out a lot of the other bikes that don't have a clue how to ride. We must

remember that the bike on the left column is the one we stay beside (considering

no safety issues) for the two by two ride. 

 

I was proud to lead the team around the area on this great weather day!

 

Next was the Christmas Party for the 2 Bat of the 14th Marines. WOW! If you missed it you missed a big part of Christmas. Over 20 Bikes 3 chase vehicles,

Santa and that red nose deer!  The families of the party had tears, we had tears in our eyes and our hearts were filled with Christmas joy!   WE did good Post 135 !!! and the pay back was even better!  Lots of hugs and smile for everyone...  I really don't know who had the better experience, the kids or us?  Who cares! Many thanks for Debbie Abelson, Leonard and his wife Lynn Orona,  for the help and coordination.

 

Our Vice Commander Terry Bigly was a GREAT Santa! and his faithful deer (Mic) did a great job as well. Pictures should be on the website by weeks end!

 

 

Remember a quick meeting this Saturday the 18th !

 

Thanks to many for your attendance this past month.

Judge

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AAR – 050924 Brazos Canoe Run

     What hurricane?  Despite gloom and doom from our local weather forecasters, we had near perfect weather the entire weekend.  The run from the Post 379 Legion Hall to the Brazos was a good one, four riders running four abreast in what we have dubbed our “rolling roadblock” formation.  We had a total of twelve people in five canoes.  Our weather on the river was near perfect in sunshine and the low nineties with a tailwind most of the way.  The weather did not explain the record number of canoe dumpings we had, some quite spectacular in the “rapids” right before the hairy turn near the beginning of the run.  We lost a pair of prescription glasses, two shirts, two packs of cigarettes and a pair of shoes to the river gods and experienced one bruised, rock-pounded foot in the two canoes that went over at that auspicious beginning.  The other canoe dumpings were due to “ramming” and “watch-me, I-can-stand-in-the-canoe” incidents.  Canoe partners and positions were changed often due to various misbehaviours.  We had two very successful “flotillas,” where we tied all the canoes together and passed various bottles of refreshments around to regain our courage to press on.  We stopped on a sand bar for sandwiches and at other locations to swim.

     We found plenty of wood for a roaring campfire that entertained us well into the night.  Fox had a poetry reading of some Robert W. Service Poems from the Yukon; of note, “The Shooting of Dangerous Dan McGrew,” and we had a near-record induction of new members to the Yukon Jack for Breakfast Club Sunday morning after the traditional reading of the label.

     A memorable trip for all . . .

Fox Post 135 Historian

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AAR_0805 Crawford Run

The American Legion Riders Post 135 joined the Carrollton HOGG chapter along with several other Legion Riders posts, (516, 624, 81 and others) from around the region to ride to Crawford in support of our President and our troops last Saturday.  Our post met at Hot Rods and Hogs in Arlington for an early morning departure.  We really did mistakenly but unintentionally leave earlier than planned which caused several members to have to catch up to the rest of the 20-some riders from our post.

 

Meeting at the Town Square in Hillsboro, the various groups joined up for a motorcycle convoy of an estimated 185 riders for the ride across Hwy 22, to 56 South, to 317 South into Crawford where we staged our Crawford departure for the final ride into the area that was as close as allowed to the Western Whitehouse and through a group of about fifty Sheenan anti-war protesters.  Stretching some two miles in single-file, the riders slowly passed through the protester's demonstration, turned around down the road and passed back through to the cheers of other pro-Bush supporters who were counter demonstrating in support of the president.

 

Despite there being two satellite media vans and several video cameramen taking footage, notably CNN and Fox News, there was no broadcast of our dignified support of the president and our troops.

 

After the second pass through the demonstrators, we all returned to the center of Crawford where most of the riders stopped for hamburgers and whatever beer was available.  About 25 Legion Riders from several posts lined up to loudly ring the “Freedom Bell” in front of a Bush curio shop that was also taped in detail by a CNN cameraman.

 

Some of the riders observed a memorial service at “Fort Qualls,” an impromptu memorial that was set up to honor the son of a man who repeatedly had to confiscate crosses with his son’s name on them at the protest site.  None of these noteworthy events appeared on left-leaning liberal press outlets.  If nothing else, that is bad reporting.  If objectivity is one measure of the quality of journalism in any news outfit these two failed miserably.

 

See the website soon for the Crawford Run photo gallery with photos of the events herein described.

Fox Post 135 Historian

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AAR_050717 Kawasaki Run

Next we had the Kawasaki Ride that sister Beade put togoether for us. Great job ma'am !!  We have 28 bike altogether and most were US !!  28 biks looks great headed down the road and we had a great "Cow Watching" ride on an overcast Saturday. Finish up about 2pm. We all really enjoyed it.

 

I hope to see many, many faces for the Annual Installation Dinner next Saturday...

 

Lauren Tascione send me the following and what a geat idea!!  Take a look and put the same in your cell please.....I know I did ..

 

"Following the disaster in London . . .

The Ambulance Service has launched a national "In case of Emergency (ICE)"

campaign. The idea is that you store the word "ICE" in your mobile phone address book, and against it enter the number of the person you would want to be contacted

"In Case of Emergency".

 

In an emergency situation ambulance and hospital staff will then be able to

quickly look at your mobile phone and find out who your first contact should

be and be able to contact them.

 

It's so simple that everyone can do it. Please do.

 

Email this to everybody in your address book, it won't take too many

"forwards" before everybody will know about this, and it will become an

international practice.

 

For more than one contact name ICE1, ICE2, ICE3 etc.

It really could help the emergency services in doing their job."

 

Thanks Lauren.

 

and to the rest of you...this was most likely the last after action from the Judge for sometime...

Judge

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AAR_050706 Buddy Pricer Dice Run

The "1st Annual Buddy Pricer Dice Run" that was at the State Convention was GREAT!  We hit 5 Post and a Quik Stop at the Thunderhorse Saloon before heading back to Dallas to finish. We had 32 Bikes riding together for the event and others in trail. We got back to the Convention and hit the hospitality suites and enjoyed just being with the Legion Family.  Post 135 had the best showing in the 12th District and I for one really appreciated those that participated.  The best I heard everyone had a wonderful time . . .day and night!

Judge

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AAR_050703 – DFW Receiving the Returning Troops

The Receiving of the Troops was an event that we all should have attended. For those of us that did (some 13 or 14), we were blessed! What a great thing to do. There was about 75 bikes at the event and several hundred folks. All should have seen the look on those service men and women’s faces when they came out. Priceless!  It only took about two hours of our lives to show our appreciation and how rewarding it was to see.  It made me think of how wonderful the country has changed since the day in 1975 when, while in a Marine uniform I had people cursing me and spitting on me at the Atlanta airport.

Judge

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AAR_041019 – Rolling Wall

Tuesday afternoon Crip and I, along with Buzzard and BB, went to Carl’s Corner to escort the Viet Nam Veterans Rolling Wall to Waco.  We were among around 250 other motorcycles and a half-dozen chase vehicles.  There were a number of legion posts represented; also a bunch of clubs.  The sight going down I35 was awesome.  We stopped at post 121 for some refreshments and watched the evening news about the ride.  I am truly sorry that you all missed this memorable event.

 Terry Bigley

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AAR_040918 Lone Star Biker Bash

Well, we have plenty of help setting up Friday afternoon. Fox and I got started a little late by getting to the Speedway at 1630 instead of 1400 will the RV's, keg and tents. Just too many last minute things to do and it all seemed to hit

at the same time. ANYWAY, many thanks to:

 

Lyle "Crip" Anderson

Terry Bigly

Ray Walters

Bill Ehl

Robert Broussard

 

If I left anybody out, sorry!

 

 We were set up and drinking beer by 1800 and the event was on!  Friday night

was a little slow but we awoke Saturday to people everywhere. Many ALR folks

from other Posts dropped in to socialize and have a cold one. Man was it hot!

Several of us took the Motorcycles on the speedway track for some high speed

laps. One girl (my honey Annie) even got to ride shotgun in a NASCAR (the Navy

Car) in formation  at over 160 mph. She wore a cool-aid smile for hours over

that one.  The 12th District Commander, Bob Roberts even came out to see us and take pictures of the various Riders attending.

 

Later than evening a pack of us went to the popular "Babes Chicken" in Kelly

Texas for some slap ya momma cooking. Had to wait over an hour but the BYOB

helped with that!  Saturday evening was wild and people were everywhere. By

midnight the impromptu drag racing started and all the HOMEBASES were in a party.

 

Aside from Annie and I squaring off for a few minutes all seemed to have a

good time. (and we did too...the making up was well worth it ;-)   I seem to

remember folks being around the camp ALL NIGHT LONG ! By Sunday, AM, I had seen 'bout all the motorcycles I cared too. Annie and I broke camp while the air was still cool and headed out to the house for a well desired nap!  Others

continued the Rally time and many of our guys showed up again Sunday 'cause things were still a happ'n.

 

Many thanks to Terry Bigly and Crip for heading up to POST 88 for the State

Run Coordinators Meeting Sunday at 1200.  Yea the CoC Meeting was to be at 1300 but sleep and my liver crying preventing me from wanting to attend. . . just too much going on for one weekend.

 

 All in all I think the LSBB was much better this year than last year for...

them and us.

 

THANKS TO ALL THAT ATTENDED AND ENJOYED THEIR FELLOW RIDERS!!

Judge

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AAR_040911 – 1st Annual Brazos Canoe Run

Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004

 

The riders had a great 0800 breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, and biscuits & gravy at the 379 Legion Hall.  We departed at 0915, taking 121 South to 20 West, 377 South through Granbury, then 144 South to Glenn Rose.  At 67 we turned East and, over the Hwy 676 bridge crossing the Brazos, we turned right onto FM 199.  After five miles of winding road, we dead-ended at the Lazy River Campgrounds.  The half-hour on 144 South was worth the whole trip. It was a good road with sunny skies and temps not exceeding the low eighties.  The trip was about eighty miles in all.  After setting up camp, the Rhodes Canoe folks picked us up in camp in a van pulling a trailer of canoes and took us to the put in point, Tres Rios campgrounds.  The river was running fairly high with good flow and numerous stops on sandbars brought welcome relief of sitting in cool water to enjoy considerable social swilling.  After about four miles of a log of floating and some paddling, we arrived back at camp about two hours before sundown.  We built a substantial campfire and enjoyed chili and hotdogs.  Campfire entertainment centered mainly on the unique Texas philosophy of Coyote Joe Lindsey who kept us in stitches well past midnight.  Sunday morning we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast of egg, sausage, and cheese burritos and orange juice, breaking down camp close to noon for the homeward run.  We didn’t have many riders, but it was fun just the same.  Next year we’ll plan this on another date besides Sept. 11th.

 

Riders:  John “Doc” Mercer

              Lauren Tascione

 

Chase:  BB & Buzzard Stratton

              Ron & Charlotte Whipple

 

Fox Post 135 Historian

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AAR_040814 Thunderhorse Saloon

How 'bout this weekend we head over to the Thunder Horse Saloon in Lewisville, just off Business Hwy 121 at I 135.  they are having a Sturgis party the afternoon and evening for all us working slugs that could not take the long ride north to South Dakota. Assured to have festivities all evening and brother ALR 135 Rider Walt "Sorry" Starre has reserved tables for us because it's his BIRTHDAY!  He'd like us to watch him show his . . .  never mind.

 

Away, meeting at the Thunder Horse Saloon between 6pm and 7pm.  For those that want I'll have a pre Saloon cook out at my place starting at 1600 (4pm).  If ya come by, bring beer (or your favorite beverage) and I'll provide the burgers and fixings. We can depart for the Saloon from here, it's only 10 minutes max down the road.

 

Saturday:

 

Post 50

 

Cleburne Texas is having a bike wash to support the funeral of Super D. He passed this last year and his family still owes about  $2,500 in funeral cost. (if non-of us goes to this I like to take up a donation at next meeting to send on behalf of the 135 Riders)

 

Post 516

 

The Avarado High School Football Team has asked for the Legion Riders to show up for their annual pictures this Saturday the 14th of August at 1330. Alvarado will easily fit into our schedule even for those of us that would like to have a burger then attend the Thunder Saloon Sturgis / Birthday Party!  If we go we must meet Post 516 in just South of Fort Worth at the Renfro Exit, so we can all ride in together. For your ladies, there are the young stud players to wink at. For you gents, I never seen a Texas High School Football Team without Cheerleaders. They want to take there picture on out bikes . . . It  should be a great photo op for us as well!  Nice ride down and back and the weather should be wonderful. 

I will be at the our home Post (379 in Bedford) for a 1130 sharp departure. Come join us !!

 

Alvarado, (for those that do know), is only a few miles down I-35 West (South) before it combines back into one north of Hillsboro.  POC is me at 817-937-6314 cell or 972-355-1066 home.

 

Sunday:

 

I'm also up for a ride short ride Sunday around ???   And we might find ourselves at Strokers for a couple,  mid-afternoonish.  Meet at Bass Pro's What- a -Burger for a 1300 Departure.

Judge

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AAR_040808 SNYDER RUN

BEFORE ACTION REPORT

 

August 7th: Ride to Snyder Texas to put on a presentation to the Legion Post there who has just started a Riders Program.  I welcome all the company I can get. We have several takers already and more is merrier on the 7th of August. Here’s the deal; we depart from Post 379 at 0900 after one of their great breakfast plates. Go down to 1-20 until we get out of Ft. Worth the side step to Hwy-180 all the way to Snyder. Snyder is located just about 60 miles WNW of Abilene. Should reach Snyder about 1330. Then check in to the hotel (Best Western @ 325-574-2200), hit the ole swimming pool for a few adult soda’s, clean up and head to the local Legion Post about 1730 or so. They will be there with smiles on awaiting our presentation, which will take me about 30 minutes ... then some questions. If you haven’t seen the Power Point and the new Photo album matched to music you’re in for a treat! Then the Post there has sworn to have an old fashion 660 with all the fixings for even chow!  Sounds good to me! A few cold ones, tell a few WAR stories, dance and go back to the hotel for the trip back Sunday morning the 8th of August.  If you live along the route and would like to meet us along the way just let me know. Cell 817-937-6314. Currently we have folks from as far as San Antonio coming up to ride with us. I just love to ride into town with many bikes to show the New Chapter that ALR means business, and business is good for the American Legion!

 

 

After Action Report (AAR) on this past weekend ride to Snyder Texas

for the opening of the newest ALR Chapter at Post 181.

 

Saturday we had the breakfast as promised at 379 and departed with ONLY 5 ALR 135 bikes. We had one Rider come in from San Antonio and ride with us giving us 6.  We had two chase vehicles. Almost could have put all the bike in the

trucks and road over, but we departed with our humble numbers in beautiful

weather and smiles on our faces.

 

Once we picked up Hwy 180 the sites were as nice as the company and the

weather.  Several hours into the trip we caught about 20 minutes of good rain. Oh well...a bad day on the road is better than a good day at the office. The rest

of the trip into Snyder was uneventful.  We pull in around 1400 and had a two

hour or so relax time. Ron "Fox" Whipple and headed over to the Post and set

up the computer and projector.  The folks there had been cooking ALL day for

the festivities that awaited us later. What a GREAT BUNCH of folks!

 

About 1730 we met some of the Riders from Post 50 and all of us road into the

parking lot of the Legion as a Team! We look good and was ready to party! 

They had a few presentations to make and then we took over with a Power Point

presentation, Q&A and finished with our new Mimic Photo Album presentation.  If

comments are fact . . . they loved it! We ate til we hurt, and told stories and

drank . . . til we hurt! The had a disc jockey a dance fool and a lot of people. What  a great time we had. They REALLY showed their appreciation for our travel and brotherhood.

 

Scheduled out Sunday at 0900.  At 0700 we awoke to thunder / lightning and lots

of water!  At 1100 we left and started the journey home.  Traveled South on 84 into Sweetwater to pick up I-20 to save time.  Ran into the northern edge of the rain and headed back North on 70 out of Sweetwater, past 180 all the way to 380 for the eastward trek home where it was dry and sunny.  Ya know you really

get tight on the road . . . that what it's really all about . . . the journey and the folks

you share it with.

 

I had a great time!  624 mile from my house to my house!  To those that

went....THANKS, I enjoyed your fellowship!

Judge

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AAR_04 0731 Mansfield Run

JULY 31, Saturday the American Legion Riders of Post 624 Mansfield Post had a Battle of the Sex’s’ on bike games. The participants seemed to be having a lot of fun.  The games started at 1500. There was a band, food and plenty to drink at their Post in Mansfield. We left from our Post home at about 1400 (right after the Post Officers meeting). For those wishing to return in the future the directions are:

 

Go south on Hwy. 360 to the Mansfield’s Broad Street exit, (Hwy 360 turn into a two line down that way instead of the 4 lane so don’t get too upset thinking you’ve gone to far), turn right (west) then go to Main Street and turn left, go south on it to the first traffic light, that should be Hwy 917, turn right and go about 2 or 3 miles the Post is on the left. They have a great facility right on Hwy 917.  They have a large bar area with lots of tables and a great back yard with covered patio.  Post phone is 817-477-2207

Fox Historian

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AAR_04 0724Officer Installation

Just a quick After Action Report on the Officer Installation Dinner. Wow... what a great time we had! If the comments were correct then the presentation was good and the company even better. Everyone stayed late.. .and I mean late. Judging by the laughter everyone enjoyed themselves. For those of you who didn’t attend you really missed out. We serve about 50 folks. The food and decorations and presentation were even better than last year! I must say that the 2004-2005 Officer Team is the strongest that I’ve seen since Post 135 was started years ago! Should be a good year.

Fox Historian

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 AAR_040717 Kawasaki Ride

Next we had the Kawasaki Ride that sister Beade put togoether for us. Great job ma'am !!  We have 28 bike altogether and most were US !!  28 biks looks great headed down the road and we had a great "Cow Watching" ride on an overcast Saturday. Finish up about 2pm. We all really enjoyed it.

 I hope to see many, many faces for the Annual Installation Dinner next Saturday...

 Lauren Tascione send me the following and what a geat idea!!  Take a look and put the same in your cell please.....I know I did ..

 "Following the disaster in London . . .

The Ambulance Service has launched a national "In case of Emergency (ICE)"

campaign. The idea is that you store the word "ICE" in your mobile phone address book, and against it enter the number of the person you would want to be contacted

"In Case of Emergency". 

In an emergency situation ambulance and hospital staff will then be able to

quickly look at your mobile phone and find out who your first contact should

be and be able to contact them.

 It's so simple that everyone can do it. Please do.

 Email this to everybody in your address book, it won't take too many

"forwards" before everybody will know about this, and it will become an

international practice.

 For more than one contact name ICE1, ICE2, ICE3 etc.

It really could help the emergency services in doing their job."

 Thanks Lauren.

 and to the rest of you...this was most likely the last after action from the Judge for sometime...

 Bless ya,

Ron

AAR 050706 Buddy Pricer Dice Run

The "1st Annual Buddy Pricer Dice Run" that was at the State Convention was GREAT!  We hit 5 Post and a Quik Stop at the Thunderhorse Saloon before heading back to Dallas to finish. We had 32 Bikes riding together for the event and others in trail. We got back to the Convention and hit the hospitality suites and enjoyed just being with the Legion Family.  Post 135 had the best showing in the 12th District and I for one really appreciated those that participated.  The best I heard everyone had a wonderful time . . .day and night!

 Lauren

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AAR_040624 Annual Brazos Canoe Run

     What hurricane?  Despite gloom and doom from our local weather forecasters, we had near perfect weather the entire weekend.  The run from the Post 379 Legion Hall to the Brazos was a good one, four riders running four abreast in what we have dubbed our "rolling roadblock" formation.  We had a total of twelve people in five canoes.  Our weather on the river was near perfect in sunshine and the low nineties with a tailwind most of the way.  The weather did not explain the record number of canoe dumpings we had, some quite spectacular in the "rapids" right before the hairy turn near the beginning of the run.  We lost a pair of prescription glasses, two shirts, two packs of cigarettes and a pair of shoes to the river gods and experienced one bruised, rock-pounded foot in the two canoes that went over at that auspicious beginning.  The other canoe dumpings were due to "ramming" and "watch-me, I-can-stand-in-the-canoe" incidents.  Canoe partners and positions were changed often due to various misbehaviors.  We had two very successful "flotillas," where we tied all the canoes together and passed various bottles of refreshments around to regain our courage to press on.  We stopped on a sand bar for sandwiches and at other locations to swim.

     We found plenty of wood for a roaring campfire that entertained us well into the night.  Fox had a poetry reading of some Robert W. Service Poems from the Yukon; of note, "The Shooting of Dangerous Dan McGrew," and we had a near-record induction of new members to the Yukon Jack for Breakfast Club Sunday morning after the traditional reading of the label.

     A memorable trip for all . . .

Fox Historian

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