Why would I start with “Hail To The American Legion”? Well you must read the story. As I relate my story you will find that each segment could be a story of its own, but because this is about the American Legion, I will shorten these segments, but they are necessary for you to understand why the American Legion Post 3 means so much to me.
I hope to cover almost sixty years in as few words as possible.
1950 – Korean War – I was a WAC, that is what they called women in the Army then.
1957 – Fell in love and married a soldier who eventually served over 35 years in the military from World War II to Viet Nam, twice.
1960 – Had two children, one boy and one girl. Happy, Happy times.
1971 – Kidnapped in Van Horn, Texas. At gun point. I disarmed him and turned him over to the Highway Patrol.
1981 – My daughter was raped (she was a virgin) and killed herself immediately after. Of course, my son went nuts afterwards, so as a result, my family was totally destroyed.
During this time, I wandered around the US, trying to find peace. From Pennsylvania to Mississippi. I became the basketball coach at Tugaloo College for only a short time until I had the urge to move again. This is when I moved to New Orleans in 1986 until 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit. I had 11.7 feet of water in my home. I lost everything.
I then moved to the Alexandria area. Finally moving to Tioga. In 2009 I found the American Legion. I was in desperate need of a friend, someone I could share my story with. Someone that would understand where I was in my life and I saw a sign that read “American Legion”. I knew then I would find a friend, a brother or sister that would share at least a part of their lives with me. So for the first time I entered the doors of the American Legion Post 3 and as I opened those doors the feeling of belonging and being loved hit me in the face. I have been a loyal member ever since. My compatriots and I have become more than compatriots, but friends! We share jokes, stories, and tales about our lives. I could not feel more at home anywhere and we here at Post 3 try to make every Veteran feel just as I felt when I opened those doors for the very first time.
So, HAIL TO THE AMERICAN LEGION, now and forever!!!!!!
Oh, by the way, my name is Delores DuVall, better known as Funzy.