On Saturday August 14 2010 the veterans at American Legion Post 5, 300 King Charles Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware were privileged to hold a Benefit for the James A.”Bo” Darlington Jr. family. Bo is a member of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC. His company had been deployed to Afghanistan.
PFC Darlington is currently in Walter Reed Medical Center, Washington DC. recovering from wounds sustained while in Afghanistan when his convoy was ambushed with RPG's ( Rocket Propelled Grenades) while returning to his compound from a mission. Bo was seriously wounded in the arm and back. So far Darlington has had 18 surgeries as doctors have tried repair his arm and rebuild bone tissue. He said 12 centimeters of bone were lost in the expolsion. He also lost biceps and triceps muscles. Surgeons are working to use muscle and bone tissue from other parts of his body to recreate Darlington's arm. While the recovery process is long, his spirit remains great.
We would like to acknowledge and thank the community for the tremendous outpouring of support for this event. Everyone who donated and supported this event recognized the need and came through with flying colors. While it is impossible to list all who contributed, the major contributors were:
Harry Caswell of Harry Caswell Inc. Plumbing and Mechanical- who donated his cooker, time, and talents.
Terry Baum, Post 5 Commander, as well as a few of Harry's employees and friends who cooked the homemade BBQ Chicken Dinners. Harry further donated a tank-less water heater valued at $2200.00 installed that was raffled off for this benefit.
Large cash donations were made by Beachcombers Corvette Club of Southern Delaware, American Legion Oak Orchard, Delaware Post 28, and Martin Egan, CAO of The Bankcorp Bank,Wilmington.
Major food donations were made by Andrew Stasny of Giant Food-Long Neck, DE, Mountaire Farms and Perdue Chicken. Other contributions were made by local businesses.