Legion post to host Memorial Day service

May 25, 2006

Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 will present its Memorial Day service Sunday at 2 p.m. in front of the Washington County Courthouse.

The keynote speaker will be Orlyn C. Oestereich, American Legion Department of Maryland sergeant-at-arms, who retired as a full colonel after serving 37 1/2 years of active federal service.

Oestereich was born in Corsica, S.D., where he graduated from high school in 1945. He was drafted into the Army shortly after graduation. He arrived in Germany after World War II ended and served in the army of occupation until October 1949. He remained in the service and was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division in Korea in November 1951. In 1952, he was selected for a direct commission as a second lieutenant in the Army Medical Service Corps. He has the distinction of serving in every enlisted grade from private through sergeant, and every commission grade from second lieutenant to colonel.


Oestereich graduated from the University of Maryland in 1961. He attended Baylor University from 1965 to 1966, receiving a master's degree in health-care administration.

Oestereich lives in Boonsboro and joined the American Legion in 1983. He is a member of Clopper-Michael American Legion Post 10 in Boonsboro, and has served as commander of Post 10 and as commander of the Washington County Council and the American Legion, and also as Western Maryland district commander.

Prior to Oestereich's speech, the adjutant of Post 42 will give a short welcome to the many organizations to place a wreath in honor of their deceased members. Background music will be supplied by Howard Whittington, a local disc jockey.

If you are interested in placing a wreath and are not yet on the agenda, you may call post Adjutant Ruth Ungvarsky at 301-733-7676.

Traffic detour planned for service

West Washington Street will be closed to traffic from North Jonathan Street to Public Square Sunday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. for the Memorial Day services to be held in front of the Washington County Courthouse, sponsored by Morris Frock American Legion Post 42.

Eastbound traffic on West Washington Street, upon reaching the intersection of West Washington and Jonathan streets, will turn left at Jonathan Street and proceed to Church Street. Traffic then will turn right onto Church Street and proceed to North Potomac Street. Traffic then will turn right onto North Potomac Street and proceed to East Washington Street, where eastbound traffic will resume.

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