Post 42 (Ocean Springs, Miss.) was honored to host American Legion National Commander James W. "Bill" Oxford during his visit to Mississippi. Post 42 Commander Brenda Smith and the Auxiliary put on a great lunch to include coastal Mississippi gumbo. Commander Oxford stressed the importance of Legion programs such as Legion Baseball, the Oratorical Speech Competition that has produced winners such as Vice President Pence, and Boys State that have not only increased membership but increased viability in the community of The American Legion. He stressed the importance of increasing disaster funds; we must replenish the over $1 million spent on past disasters. His travels have taken him to Haiti, Taiwan, Australia and scores of states in the USA.
Richard Eckert Sr., historian