Category Archives: About Our People

Up the River: A WWII “Coastie” in China

Earl Murray (1944)

(By Norm Freeman) Post 41’s only World War II Coast Guard veteran was up the Wangpoo (now Huangpu) River in China in 1944, on the FS (Freight Supply) 314, a shallow-draft supply ship.  Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class, Earl Murray was aboard … Continue reading

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Mr. Fix It

Sam Mansfield (1953)

Maurice H. “Sam” Mansfield just turned eighty years old, but he is still going strong.  Almost every day, he is hard at work on a repair or maintenance project for his church or one of his neighbors.  Sam is skilled … Continue reading

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Our First Commander

Lewis M. Allen (1896)

On September 23, 1919, a temporary charter was issued for an American Legion Post in Berryville and the charter members began the process of recruiting members and organizing the new Post.  The initial organizational meeting was held on October 30, … Continue reading

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Surrender Or Else

Staff Sgt. Bill O'Biren

Berryville Boy Walks Into Nazi Garrison And Tells Them They Don’t Have A Chance Sergeant William “Bill” O’Brien, son of Mr. and Mrs. M.G. O’Brien of Berryville, walked blindfolded into a garrison of 350 Germans in France to demand their … Continue reading

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World War I Nurse

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Nannie Gray McDonald Eustaphieve was a member of a prominent Virginia family.  Her father, Captain William Naylor McDonald, had served as an officer with the 11th Virginia Cavalry during the Civil War.  He was also a noted educator and author. … Continue reading

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