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THE COMMANDER: LTC Louis Stout, USA, (Ret.)  December Message:


Fellow Companions and Friends


We are pleased to announce that this year’s annual Christmas Program will again be held at the Camp San Luis Obispo newly renovated Officers Club. The Questa College North County Chorus will provide the entertainment with lively music, traditional songs and Christmas carols.


Companions and attending MOAA members are urged to invite family and friends and to make reservations as early as possible. The event takes place on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 starting at 11:30 am with a social meet and greet. Lunch and entertainment will take place from 12:15 pm to around 14:00 pm


Since this is a festive event, we are encouraging all military to wear their Dress Mess or Class A uniform. Otherwise suit with tie. Of course the ladies will know their appropriate wear.


The cost is $25 per person payable by check or cash at the door (no credit cards). The menu will be rib eye or salmon, or both with all the trimmings. Also vegetarian by special request. A no host bar will be available with beer and wine. Reservations must be made NLT COB Tuesday, December 4th.







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Cuesta College North County Chorus   


The North County Chorus of Cuesta College will perform a special musical piece entitled “Normandy” at the site in France where Allied troops landed in World War II on June 6, 1944.  The performance will be on July 4, 2019.  To commemorate the event, Cassandra Tarantino, Choral Director at Cuesta College, had commissioned Dr. Ron Kean to compose this special piece of music for the Chorus to sing.  He composed what Cassandra has described as a remarkable piece---- “Normandy”. It is written for choral and flute.  He had earlier written the Harriet Tubman piece for the SLO Master Chorale which was performed last Spring.

Mrs. Tarantino has requested the World Premiere Performance to be recorded and performed for the Military Order of the World Wars, especially to honor those veterans of World War II.  The Executive Committee of MOWW has decided to join with the Military Officers Association of America and have a joint dinner meeting and has invited the North County Chorus to present this musical piece.  This will occur on Friday, November 9 at 1130 hours, and will be at the Madonna Inn.  This meeting will be in lieu of the regularly scheduled meetings for both MOWW and MOAA for the month of November.  It will also be just two days before Veterans Day, which this year is the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice which brought World War I to an end.

We may be hosting up to twenty members of the North County Chorus, and this should be a very special event, considering what the focus of their endeavor is.  I would like to encourage all members of both MOWW and MOAA to attend this performance, and be in uniform if possible.

LT Ron Janney


November 11, 1918

“The First World War created the modern world.  A conflict of unprecedented ferocity, it abruptly ended the relative peace and prosperity of the Victorian era, unleashing such demons of the twentieth century as mechanized warfare and mass death.  It also helped to usher in the ideas that have shaped our times—modernism in the arts, new approaches to psychology and medicine, radical thoughts about economics and society---and in so doing shattered the faith in nationalism and liberalism that had prevailed in Europe since the Enlightenment.  With The First World War, John Keegan, one of our most eminent military historians, fulfills a lifelong ambition to write the definitive account of the Great War for our generation.”

This paragraph is the opening “blurb” from the front flap of the dust jacket on The First World War by John Keegan.  On page 423 of that book is the following: “The Second World War was the continuation of the First, and indeed it is inexplicable except in terms of the rancours and instabilities left by the earlier conflict.”  And a follow up to this fact is what has happened following World War II, which leads us to where we are today.   (My sentence, not Keegan’s.)  While November 11 was originally called Armistice Day, it has had many other names.  It is called Remembrance Day in the UK and Commonwealth countries, and was later changed to All Veterans Day in the US.  In 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11 as a National Holiday, and Congress changed the name to Veterans Day.  From 1971 to 1978, Congress changed Veterans Day to the fourth week in October, but due to the public feeling for November 11, that date again became Veterans Day.  So now Veterans Day is to honor all Veterans, not just those who gave their lives in World War I, or the Great War as it was called then. 


So on a Sunday which is coming up soon, plan to go to a local Veterans Day Ceremony.  Thank other veterans and yourself for service to this country.  I have heard from some that “I didn’t do much, I was just a truck mechanic” or “I manned a typewriter”.  You go where your orders tell you to go, and not all of us were in a foxhole, on a Swiftboat, manning a 40 MM Bofors on a Battleship, passing gas from a KC-135, or up in an F-4 Phantom.  So if you served, whether providing food or ammo to the front lines, doing admin work, playing in the band, or were on the front lines using the ammo, thanks for your service.  If you were on land, at sea, or in the air, thanks for your service.  I will be at the Faces of Freedom in Atascadero on Veterans Day.  And by the way, the official title for the day is Veterans Day, without the apostrophe.  Congress has declared that it is meant to be attributive, not possessive. 

Ron Janney



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Adjutant’s Corner

I don’t have a source for this; I once thought it was attributed to Abraham Lincoln and could very well have been him. On the other hand, this kind of sounds like our current president! Whatever, I think it contains a sound philosophy of life for each of us.

“If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how---the very best I can, and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, 10 angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”



Thanks to all who paid their chapter dues last month! If you are wondering if you are remiss, just ask! Actually, while your National dues are paid based on your anniversary date, it has been decided that locally we will look to the calendar year for the chapter. Thanks again for your support!




We, as members of MOWW know, there are periodic expenditures: Of course we have our meals to pay for; in addition there are other obligations, depending on a member’s desire: Locally we are expected to pay annual dues of $15; some elect to be Perpetual  members and are then exempt from regular National dues of  $40 a year.

Local dues; $15/year payable the first of each year

National dues: $40/payable to National based on the member’s date of joining

The Executive Committee has opted not to send out notices of the dues requirements but we trust in the good graces of our members to step forward at the beginning of each calendar year to make good their obligation! Consider this an advanced notice! Thanks so much for your continued physical, psychological and moral support!




We have a strong chapter but you will realize that most of the burden of chapter duties rest on the shoulders of just a few. In the coming months someone may tap you on your shoulder and ask if you’d take on one of the many administrative chores we are obligated to provide to our community.

Please note your interest in any of the below areas of service to the chapter. Contact an officer for greater details of what may be required of you. Some members already assist in most of these areas, so the load will not rest with one person! The amount of time dedicated by each person varies but is usually distributed throughout the year.

  1. Patriotic Education:
  3. Scouts:
  4. Membership:
  5. Memorials:
  6. Publicity/Photography:
  7. Nominating:
  8. Phone:
  9. Wellness:
  10. Chapter Activities:
  11. Awards: Law Enforcement of the Year
  12. Books and related:
  13. Programs: Youth Leadership; Lost At Sea; guest speakers;
  14. National Security: (Includes Homeland Security)
  15. Historian: LTC Larry Geist




SGT AT ARMS: remarks from MAJ James Murphy:

Drafting old guys (I know we don’t draft anymore, but men are still required to register, just in case! If and when the draft comes back, consider the following)

The government thinks a person over 60 is too old to track down terrorists. You can’t be older than 42 to join the military. They’ve got the whole thing backwards. Instead of sending 18 year olds off to fight, they ought to take us older fellows. You shouldn’t be able to join the military until you’re at least 30 or maybe 35.

For starters, researchers say 18 year olds think about sex every 10 seconds. Old guys only think about sex a couple of times a month, leaving us more than 280,000 additional seconds a day to concentrate on the enemy. Young guys haven’t lived long enough to be cranky, and a cranky soldier is a dangerous soldier (this goes double for Marines, too!) “My back hurts! II can’t sleep, I’m tired and hungry.” We’re bad tempered and impatient to begin with, and maybe letting us kill some asshole that desperately deserves it will make us feel better and shut us up for awhile.

An 18 year old doesn’t even like to get up before 1000; old guys always get up early to pee, so what the hell. Besides like I said, I’m tired and can’t sleep and since I’m already up, I may as well be up killing some fanatical SOB. If captured we couldn’t spill the beans because we’d forget where we put them. In fact, name rank and serial number would be a real brainteaser.

Boot camp would be easier for us old guys. We’re used to getting screamed and yelled at and we’re used to soft food. We’ve also developed an appreciation for guns. We’ve been using them for years as an excuse to get out of the house, away from the screaming and yelling.

They could lighten up on the obstacle course however. I’ve been in combat and never saw a single 20-foot wall with a rope hanging over the side, nor did I ever do any pushups after completing basic training. Actually, the running part is kind of a waste of energy, too. . . I’ve never seen anyone outrun a bullet.

An 18 year old has the whole world ahead of him. He’s still learning to shave, to start a conversation with a pretty girl. He still hasn’t figured out that a baseball cap has a brim to shade his eyes, not the back of his head.

These are all great reasons to keep our kids at home to learn a little more about life before sending them off into harm’s way.
Let us old guys track down those terrorists. The last thing an enemy would want to see is a couple of million pissed off old farts with bad attitudes and automatic weapons, who know that the best years of their lives are already behind them.


HEY! How about recruiting women over 50. . . in menopause!! You think MEN have attitudes?? Ohhhhh my God!! If nothing else, put them on border patrol. They’d have it secured the first night!


Chaplains Corner

Chaplain Dec 2018

Why December 25? For many centuries the western societies have celebrated Jesus’ birth on this date. However my research shows something different! It wasn’t until about the 4th century that this date was acknowledged as the “proper” date.  In fact, the date of his birth was all over the place with some day in March generally considered correct. However the Pagans came along! The seasons played an important role as well. There’s more, but space is limited! Regardless, we now have an established date!

If you have the opportunity to visit an observatory about this time of the year, you may hear the story of the Star! Yes, scientists claim there really was a star that shone and lead the Magi and the shepherds to that grotto in Bethlehem. It wasn’t a barn, but a cave where Mary gave birth. This is one of the two most significant dates in the Christian calendar. Jesus didn’t begin his true ministry for another (almost) 30 years, but today there are more Christians (many different sects!) in the world than any other.


We offer thanks, we offer appreciation, and we offer gifts, all in acknowledgement of the birth of a little boy who changed the world! So I offer this to my friends: Your gift does not have to be physical or tangible. Give a smile; give way to another, offer to help when you see the need. Give the love that is in your heart, and keep the spirit of Christmas all year long!

I pray God bless you in ways you never even dreamed!


MAJ Jim Murphy