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Hometown Hero Louis Wayne Smith

Louis Wayne Smith (Wayne) was born on his family's homestead north of Freedom, Oklahoma, on March 31, 1924, and died in the farmhouse just up the hill from the family's original homestead on March... Full story


Letter From The Commander

Volunteers have consistently continued to beautify the Legion between the warm spurts of weather the last couple of weeks, mending fences and getting the building ready for new gutters to be installed. There have been many monetary donations made...


Letter from the commander

I would like to thank everyone who contributed to Saturday's clean up and beautification project at the Hatch-Vincent Post #63. There was a good turn out and plenty of food to go around. We got a lot... Full story

 By Valerie Brown    Local    October 8, 2020

Letter from the commander

Beginning in 1925 the American Legion Hatch-Vincent Post #63 has been an active part of our community here in Freedom, Oklahoma. Times have changed a lot over the years and so has our facility. In 1976 and 1977 the legionnaires, hard-working... Full story


Hometown Hero Lewis M. Kamas

Lewis Melvin Kamas was born in Beaver County, Oklahoma, on October 24, 1921. At the tender age of 1, his parents decided to relocate. Not entirely sure where they wanted to go, they decided to start... Full story


Letter from the Commander

Our Hometown Hero articles will resume next week. It has been very fun and interesting sitting down with those family members to learn and write about their veterans. If you have a veteran who has passed from the Freedom area please contact me at...

 By Valerie Brown    Local    August 20, 2020

Letter from the Commander

Rodeo weekend is over for another year, and what a great weekend it was! So many did so much, from the Cimarron Saloon hosting all three nights of street dances with great bands, to Islia...

 By Valerie Brown    Local    August 13, 2020

Letter from the Commander

The American Legion from the top to the grass roots level is dedicated to community and to nation. We are a non-partisan non-profit organization that serves no single individual but our entire community, supporting and maintaining growth and...

 By Valerie Brown    Local    August 6, 2020

Freedom thrives on people helping each other

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our ability to research and collaborate was placed on hold for the week so there is no update on the legion history. However, I took some time to read a book about Freedom written by our own departed John Cable.... Full story


Freedom Oklahoma American Legion Post #63: the Hatch-Vincent

In March of 1926 the National Organization of the American Legion awarded Freedom's Hatch-Vincent post its name and official Charter. There were 33 original members who worked hard at applying for the charter and pushing to get recognized for our...

 By Valerie Brown    Local    May 21, 2020

A Memorial Day eulogy

This is a eulogy I wrote in 2009 for a speech class at the University of Missouri Kansas City. I am now living in Freedom, Oklahoma, and am an active member of the American Legion Post 63 and a VFW lifetime member. I am an American, fighting in the...


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