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Last Man's Club meets at Clear Spring Legion for 57th time

December 26, 2012
  • The Last Man's Club of American Legion Post 222 in Clear Spring met Dec. 2 for the 57th time. The meeting occurs annually at the post home. The club has a roster of veterans' names who served in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Granada, Panama and Desert Storm. Standing, from left, Eldon Hawbaker, Donald Forsyth, Brady Haines, Michael Shirk, Donald Grove, Dale Kinkley, Kenneth Clopper, Dale Hull, Carl Hawbaker and Rod Rohrer. Seated, Carl Robison.
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On Dec. 2, the Last Man’s Club of American Legion Post 222 in Clear Spring met for the 57th time.

The purpose of the club “is to bind ourselves together in comradeship to perpetuate the memory of departed veterans.”

The meeting occurs annually at the post home. Bottles of champagne are encased in a wall niche along with rosters of veterans of World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Granada, Panama and Desert Storm.

The last member of each group then opens the champagne and toasts the memory of his fallen brethren.

The club was started in 1956 with approximately 155 WWII veterans, of which 42 survive. Stewart Brennan, who recently died, had the distinction of having attended every meeting since the inception of the club.

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