Legion honors namesake, elder veterans

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Willoughby R. Marks American Legion Post 106 took a moment this week to honor its namesake, Lt. Willoughby Marks, at the downtown Apalachicola monument established after World War in memory of his sacrifice. He was killed in the Argonne on Oct. 12, 1918, less than a month before an armistice was signed.

Members of the post, led by Cmdr. Al Mirabella, past Cmdr. Larry Hale,  Secretary Carl Duncan, James Donald, and Ted Mosteller, honored two of its own at the monument. Now 93, Post Chaplain Charles Scott, at front left, served in the Army during World War II, and is the last veteran of the Greatest Generation to be active in the post.  Oscar Medley, 88, second from left, served with the Marine Corps during the Korean War, and is the last vet from that war active with the post.

Mirabella said at one time the post had more than 150 members who had served in these two wars. "We are proud to recognize these two veterans of two of the biggest conflicts of our time," he said.

"The post would also like to thank Mrs. Marie Marshall, who commissioned Tom Fugate, who expertly cleaned this monument that stands to honor our post's namesake, and serves as a remembrance of all who served," he said.

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