The Hannan-Colvin American Legion Post 180 Families, Legion, Auxiliary Unit 180, SAL Squadron 180 and ALR Chapter 180 in Hudson, Mich., hosted a free Veterans Day dinner and program on Nov. 11, 2017, hosted by our American Legion Family. The program and dinner was a huge success with 165 veterans and guests in attendance.
The post presented four American Legion Certificates of Appreciation to the following individuals for their work and dedication to American Legion Programs for the past year: Wes Boyd, publisher and editor of the Hudson Post Gazette, and Legion Auxiliary Unit 180 members, Sue Minton, Debbie Fox and Sue Rathbun.
The post presented Meritorious Service Citations to four Hudson-area World War II POWs in honor of their heroism and bravery while being held as POWs in Germany and Japan. These citations were presented to PFC Thaddus Ames, PFC Thomas Harvey, PFC James Denzel and 1st Lt. Mel Evenson. The Hudson Historical Society Museum accepted each of these citations to display at their location, so everyone who visits will see them.
The story of Maj. Harry Dickman, M.D., our “Silent Solider and Hero,” a lifelong resident of Hudson, was recognized for his heroism and bravery while under fire while serving as a U.S. Army medical doctor in the Solomon Islands, Bougainville and Luzon. He was awarded the Silver Star, 3 Bronze Stars for gallantry in action, but he never told his story; that's why we named this "Silent Solider and Hero."
Two of our post members, Robert E. Darr and James C. Topps, were awarded 50 Year Continuous Membership Certificates.
This was truly an American Legion Family event.