On November 9th, the post officers honored 17 senior veterans currently living at the Mother Angeline McCrory Senior Citizens Home on E. Broad Street. Those individuals that were honored included six Army veterans, four Navy veterans, five Air Force veterans, one Marine veteran, and a Coast Guard veteran.
The next day, the post officers traveled to the new Inn at Summit Trails Senior Citizens Home on Summit Avenue in Reynoldsburg. There, we honored another nine veterans for their service to our country.
Each of the veterans was given a certificate of appreciation, a flag, and a veterans poppy.
Our hearts and fondest wishes go out to these elderly heroes.
On August 2, a new book co-written by Post 798's Commander, Pete Margaritis was released. The book, entitled Twenty-Two on Peleliu, chronicles the remarkable World War II memoirs of an “Old Breed” Marine. The book depicts the very unusual life of a recently passed local veteran celebrity, George Peto of Columbus, Ohio, as told to the post commander, who is a prominent military author. In a collaborative effort recorded through 14 months of interviews, George recalled in detail to Cdr. Margaritis the exciting elements of his fascinating life.
Growing up in the Great Depression, the adventures of this happy-go-lucky kid, like an early day Forrest Gump, touched on so many unique facets of American history in the 20th Century. From gazing up at early dirigibles in Akron, Ohio during the Great Depression, to fishing and trapping on the Erie Canal not far from a gangster’s hideout, to working in the CCC out West. And his experiences in World War II as a forward observer for a heavy mortar team were even more memorable as he fought in four famous Pacific campaigns with an elite unit: The First Marines. Even after the war, George seldom had a dull moment, once fighting for what he believed right up to the Supreme Court (and he WON). Yes, George Peto was an extraordinary individual and lived a life more exciting than any four normal individuals. This is the story of a true Marine.
The book, published by Casemate, is available through any major book outlet, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Google Books.
By the way, Cdr. Margaritis will autograph your copy for free.
Other books written by the commander include:
If you want to read an interesting interview Casemate Publishing did with our post commander/author, follow
(Below: Sgt. George Peto showing Cdr. Margaritis photos
of him in his Thirties. Taken August 9th, 2015.)
The American Legion
Reynoldsburg Post 798
P.O. Box 58
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
The next regularly scheduled monthly post meeting (2nd Thursday each month) will be on Thursday, June 14th, at 1900 hrs. The meeting location will be as normal at the Eagles Club, 1623 Brice Rd, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, (614) 861-9073.