Local Legionnaires attend Tarleton's ROTC commissioning ceremony

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Richard Petronis, Fred Cross, Curtis Anderson, Candace Hughes, LeRoy Griffin and John Rogers. Not shown; Tami Barker, Matt Hallgarth, Ron Henry and Roger Easter.

Post 240 Legionnaires attending the May 6, 2016 TSU ROTC commissioning ceremony were privileged to witness LTC Marty Deckard, professor of military science (and Legionnaire), rendering the commissioning of service oath to 18 ROTC cadets, 15 from Tarleton State University and three from Central Texas.

Most of the new 2nd lieutenants were continuing a family tradition of military service. Several proud fathers, and one grandfather received the traditional silver dollar by rendering the first salute to the newly commissioned officers.

 The traditional cutting of the cake by the oldest veteran and youngest cadet present, saw Post 240 Legionnaire, John Rogers, at 96 years young, wielding the saber with a shout “Go Navy” as audience cheered. This is the second consecutive year Post 240 has had the honor of cutting the cake. Fred Cross stepped forward last year when it appeared LeRoy Griffin would miss the occasion due to chemo treatments. LeRoy will be Post 240’s nominee at this fall’s ceremony.