Event Notices, Updates or Corrections: . . . .
IT’S BACK ! !
Starting at 2 PM on Sunday, June 20, we have 10 games of BINGO ending at approximately 4 PM with a blackout game. Come in and enjoy BINGO with your friends and neighbors. Make this a regular social event! The Legion is a family oriented, friendly establishment and we welcome families in our establishment. If our parking lot is full, please feel free to park across the street in the Waldorf School parking lot on Sundays as the school has allowed the Legion to use their lot for our overflow parking on Sunday. Your support of the Legion by attending our Sunday BINGO event assists the Legion in meeting our mission to support our veterans and community events. So not only will you have some great entertainment you will also be contributing to our veterans and the community! We are a non-profit, family oriented fraternal veteran’s organization and operate a safe and friendly establishment. The Post also has video poker, lottery, and keno games available for adults 21 and older for your enjoyment. Our facility is also available for rent should you desire a venue capable of supporting 150+ with a commercial kitchen and full service lounge. Visit our web site: www.alpost180.org or our face book page: www.facebook.com/alpost180milwaukieor for more information about our Post and how you might become a member of our family of organizations (Legion, Auxiliary, Sons of American Legion, and American Legion Riders). Phone 503-659-1300
With the relaxation of Covid-19 regulations, most . . . maybe all the listed events shown on the calendar will occur as shown.
Dates of American Red Cross Blood Drive Events at Post 180
Corporal Diffie Breakfast Fund Raiser
The community has recognized the occasional times when a veteran has experienced serious and crucial personal circumstances beyond aid that is available to be immediately received from recognized Federale, State or local services. It was a result of this aid gap that the Corporal Diffie Veterans Fund was established. The Fund has the ability to provide support assistance for life’s necessities that a veteran may find himself in total need of. Corporal Diffie Veterans Fund is a partnership of the Milwaukie Police Department, and the Milwaukie American Legion, Post 180. These two organizations sponsor fund building events such as the Corporal Diffie Breakfast Fund Raiser. Photos of the pancake and waffle breakfast preparations and actual event follow. The breakfast event was held on Saturday, 15 May, 2021. It was fortunate that Covid virus prevention requirements were relaxed to some extent, and allowed veterans, friends and families to greet each other at the breakfast. It was great to see familiar faces after such a long period of isolation, mask wearing and physical separation.
Food and Clothing Drive Combined with a Blood Drive
The activities of 23 January Food &Clothing drive, and the impromptu Red Cross Blood Drive of Tuesday, 26 January, 2021.
Book your next event at the Post
Milwaukie Post 180 of American Legion is equipped and available to serve the needs of our community in the area of family gatherings, dinner events and various forms of entertainment. The Post can provide a raised production stage that overlooks floor space and tables that can seat up to eighty or possibly even 100 people. Microphone and loudspeaker equipment is available as desired.
If you have a special family member birthday that you would like to celebrate, the Post should be on your list of desirable venues. Other activities might be weddings, anniversaries, graduations or any reason to give a dinner or maybe present a special speaker to an invited assembly.
Membership in Post 180 of The American Legion certainly has its benefits. You will find that the cost of sponsorship of a personal event for a member can even be zero (0) dollars. That is a price that you will be hard pressed to beat! If you are not presently a member of Post 180, but are a veteran, it could be worthwhile to check your eligibility for membership.
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at Memorial for Fred Albert Jossi
Friends, family, brothers, and sisters of a fellow veteran:
We gather today to pay our final respects to the memory and remains of Fred Albert Jossi. Fred was a soldier, a husband, a father of (6), a grandfather of (9), a great grandfather of (9), and a great-great grandfather of (2).
Fred was born 15 August 1921 and passed 25 June 2020 at 98 years (50 days short of 99).
With the advent of WWII, and at the end of August, 1942, Fred found life different from earlier days of being a ship fitter and laborer. Life became that of an Army Scout and Rifleman in Company I 168th Regiment, 34th Division. Along with being a Rifleman, he received training as an Amphibious Tank Crewman.
Fred left the U.S. 5 October 1942, and arrived in Europe on 12 October, 1942. The 34th Division landed in Northern Tunisia around mid-January 1943. On 30 January 1943, German General Erwin Rommel hit Fiad Pass, 4th Division sector and Kasserine Pass (West of Fiad) with the 10th and 21st Panzer Divisions. This action caused the first American major losses of WWII. Fred was captured by a German tank crew about that time while acting as an Army Scout. He was held in Africa, flown to Italy, and then Germany. He was held as a POW for two years, then managed to escape in March 1945 and made it to Allied lines. He was shipped home on 10 May 1945 and landed 20 May 1945 as a Technician, 5th Grade (Sargent rank), then discharged 27 September 1945 from Fort Ord, California.
Acknowledgments on discharge form DD214 reflect Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, POW Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Expert Submachine Gun Badge, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal with 2 bronze stars. Fred’s awards also included the WWII Honorable Discharge pin, sometimes known as “Ruptured Duck”. In addition, Fred was recognized for having spent 2 years in a German prison camp at hard labor, with daily beatings and minimum nourishment.
After returning from Europe, he married his wife Mary who passed in March 1997. As with many WWII vets, he had a hard time keeping a job owing to PTSD. During this time he developed an interest in golf. He became owner of a driving range and a business selling golf balls.
He found there was a POW (prisoner of war) organization that could help his (shell shock, now called PTSD), but for three years he tried to get the VA (Veterans Administration) to also help with compensation. He volunteered as a National Veterans Service Officer, for POWS and Vietnam veterans.
Fred loved to dance, so he held banquets for POWS, while working with Veterans Affairs in S.E. Portland.
He joined the Milwaukie American Legion some 22 years ago. Over these years, Fred was known for his love of golf. This led Legion Post 180 to establish what is now known as the Fred Jossi Memorial POW/MIA Open Golf Tournament. With help of some of Post members, this invitational event has become an annual attraction, and will be held again on this coming September 11th.
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