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2015 August Newsletter

posted Aug 28, 2015, 8:26 AM by Harley Cox   [ updated Aug 4, 2016, 9:38 AM ]
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Monday, August 17, 2015
Volume 2: Page 1

Frank H. Collings Post 111
101 E. 5th Street, PO Box 912, Edmond, OK 73083-0912
(405) 341-3049,,
Every Monday Coffee & Doughnuts 8-10 a.m.
Post Meeting Third Thursday Every Month 7-8 p.m.

I would like to take this time and introduce you to CPL Frank H. Collings. CPL Collings was with the 123rd Infantry, Company L, who was killed in action July 1, 1918. The entire second division under Maj. Gen. Omar Bundy, was in service in defense of lines at Vaux, supported by the 12th, 15th and 17th field artillery. Frank was 23 and is laid to rest in Plot C, Row 12, Grave 37, Oise-Aisne Ameri-can Cemetery, France. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William O. Collings of Edmond, Oklahoma. Frank, his older brother Leslie and his two younger brothers Alva 18 and Harry 21 volunteered for service in May 1917. Post 111 was Chartered and Dedicated in his Honor on December 13, 1919, Leslie and Harry are listed on Original Charter.
Original Charter Members this 13th day of December, 1919

William Bryan Oakes
Frank E. Buell, C28-29
Glenn W. Greer
Relford Taylor Weiser
Maurice M. Stewart
Ned Brooks
Chauncy B. Cowles, C34-35
James Harrison Taylor
William Payton Thompson, C35-37
Everett Howard Van Antwerp
Paul H. Coyner, C30-31
Paul Marks
Ezra E. Courtney
Leslie Melvin Hohstadt
Francis Ottis Seymour
Raymond A. Bender, C27-28
Charles Smith
Leslie Collings
Lee B. Bourne
Lloyd Harold McMinimy, C33-34
Joe Sam Johnson, C41-42
Lloyd W. Potts
Harold Fiske
Dr. Thomas Harrison Flesher, C19-20
Scott B. Moore
Gaines Homer Mitchell, C21-22
Clarence W. Votaw
Paul Albert Hill
Milo M. Bernard, C58-59
William Howard Patten
Everett C. McAninch
William Fred Doyle
Laurence Jamieson
Harold M. Paas, C23-24
Ross Wildman
Clyde M. Howell, C25-26
Warren Byers Watkins
Miles C. Coats
Dr. Samuel Newton Stone, C26-27
George Kimball
Edgar Wax
Roy Collingsworth
John Reed
Bernard Mercer Lewis
Edward Everett Tourtellotte, C20-21
Bryan J. Bender
Lewis Edward Messer
Paul Ervon Keller
Frank Anderson Williams
Joseph B. Jenkins
Karl Shelton
E. V. Gaines
Lloyd Winfield Scott
William L. Shelden
Harry Edward Collings
Raymond Barry
George T. Livingstone
Hugh Forsythe
Laurence A. Huffman
Robert W. Lucas
Frank H. Collings
Corporal, U.S. Army
23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Division
Entered the Service From: Oklahoma
Date of Death: July 01, 1918
Wars or Conflicts: World War I
Buried: Plot C Row 12 Grave 37
Oise-Aisne American Cemetery
Fere-en-Tardenois, France

From The Commander Robert L. Willis
My Fellow Legionnaires, Thank you for supporting Frank H. Collings Post 111 for the past Ninety Six (96) Years. The American Legion will be cele-brating its One Hundredth (100th) Birthday in March 2019 and because Frank H. Collings Post 111 was Chartered December 13, 1919 we will also be partaking in this Centennial Celebration. I wish to ask everyone to please provide any history, photos, biographies and/or other information you maybe willing to share concerning Frank H. Collings and the members of Post 111. You may send information to or or just mail it to PO.

Frank H. Collings Post 111 Officers for 2015-16
Robert L. Willis, Commander
Ken L. Wyatt, Adjutant
John R. Briscoe, 1st Vice Commander
Joe De La Cruz, Service Officer
Sven Berglowe, Finance Officer
Raymond Holmes, Sgt.—at—Arms
John R. Briscoe, Chaplain
Harley C. Cox, Historian
A. L. Haizlip, Judge Advocate
Hal Yocum, Boys State Chair
Robert L. Willis, Oratorical Chair

Calendar of Events
 August 14—V-J Day—1945
 August 20—Post 111 Meeting Night at 7 p.m.
 New Officers to be sworn in
 September 2—Japan Signs Surrender—1945
 September 11—Patriot Day
 September 17—Post 111 Meeting Night at 7 p.m.
 Post Cook Out, Bring Spouse
 September 18—U.S. Air Force Birthday 1945
 September 21—POW/MIA Recognition Day

Burger Burn!
September 17 we will have our annual burger burn, you bring the meat and/or beer of your choice, Frank H. Collings Post 111 will provide: buns, chips, pop, water, coffee, condiments, plates and etc., and for the first time we want you to bring your spouse so they can be part of The Legion Family.

Adjutant - Ken Wyatt
Question: Born 1889, last name Schicklgruber, who is this?
Thank you to those who have sent in membership renewals, for those who are waiting until December, Please renew early so our Post can receive 100% renewal rate by October. The last time Frank H. Collings Post 111 has received this Award was 1998, I believe with your help we can receive it again. Thank you.

100th Anniversary Baseball Caps
We have 21 of these caps, Members can purchase for the price of $10.00, non-Members can purchase for cost of $18.00, come by and get yours at Monday Coffee or Regular Meeting night.

Post 111 Video
The American National Legion has taken great interest in Frank H. Collings Post 111 and has put together a video and written information concerning our history for the up coming
American Legion Centennial 1919—2019.
Please take the time and review the full article HERE.

First Post 111 Commander
The first Commander of Frank H. Collings Post 111 was Dr. Thomas Harrison Flesher 1919 –1920. During WWI , Captain Flesher served as a surgeon , he was 43 when he married Margaret C., they had 3 children and lived at 222 East Maine, Edmond. Dr. Flesher was listed in the Adjutant General Military Records 1631-1976 as a member on the Oklahoma Local Draft Board. Dr. Flesher past in 1953 and is laid to rest at Memorial Park Cemetery.

The Answer to Adjutants Question
Answer: Adolph Hitler, changed last name at age 39. Born to unwed mother and had to use her name, until he became powerful.