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[Photo by Post Legionnaire Jeff Sheriff] Members of the American Legion Post 197 Family celebrated a local WWII veteran’s 98th birthday recently, including (l-r) Bill Weekley, Paul Chatterton, Stefan Huckaby, Mr. Robert Walther, Bryan Richardson, Steve Golias, Melissa Patten, Jason Patten and Tim Dukes. At the birthday party, four additional WWII veterans were make honorary members of American Legion Post 197.

WWII veteran celebrates 98th birthday with Post 197 family

 The Pike County American Legion Post 197 along with staff and residents of Pike Manor helped celebrate Robert Walther’s 98th birthday. “Mr. Robert” as he is called, is a member of the Greatest Generation, a WWII veteran and an honorary Post 197 Legionnaire who resides at Pike Manor and does not have a family.

As the residents were just finishing lunch Sunday, Jan. 8, Legion family members from Post 197 made a visit to the Pike Manor dining room where they honored Mr. Robert’s birthday with a personalized patriotic cupcake cake, read and presented him with a special Post 197 birthday card, and sang Happy Birthday.

The residents were able to partake in the singing and the enjoyment of the birthday cake. During the celebration, Post 197 Historian Bryan Richardson read Mr. Robert’s military biography which enabled the residents and staff along with the Legion Family a better understanding of his military background.

During the coordination for this event, Post 197 discovered that Mr. Robert’s eyeglasses were unrepairable. As a birthday gift, Post 197 is working with Pike Manor to get him an eye exam and new eyeglasses.

Shannan Kraatz stated, “Mr. Robert uses his glasses especially during our Bingo programs.”

Also present at Mr. Robert’s birthday party, were four younger veterans from Pike Manor: WWII Air Force James Cook, WWII Army Robert Kolb, Korean War Air Force James Pope and WWII Air Force Billy Smith.

Following the birthday celebration, Post 197 made these Veterans honorary members of the American Legion.

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