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Chronicle-express. (Penn Yan, N.Y.) 1926-current, November 07, 1990, Image 3

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i^ l l y 'QllI: L e t y o u 'S to Olts *®ot jijational Legion com m a n d e r says , Troops’ morale is high G row th ■ o f j pn. t e a l G: ent >DS >DS itist '.\n- en- ing 1 )9 ER :HAIR By BOB GILFILLAN geneva — “The morale of the troops is extremely high,” said pobert Turner, national comman­ der of the American Legion, speaking a t the Geneva Country ',(3ub on Thursday, Nov. 1, “I was !canpletely amazed.” Ibmer recently returned from a day fact-finding trip to Saudi ‘ wbia in which he spoke to a umber of the 230,000 American troops deployed in the Persian Culf as part of operation D esert Shield. He was visiting the area hosted by the Seventh D istrict of the American Legion, which in­ cludes Yates County. ‘Certainly they (the troops) a re ^mesick,’ noted IXjmer, 50, of necatur, GA “and when you walk up to them and ask, 'would you rather be at home?’, you know their answer is going to be, ‘why certainly I would rath e r be home’.” And as Tiimer rem a rked, “And if you ask them ‘are you miserable and unccHnfortable out in 120 de­ gree temperatures, with sand all Ql'er the place a n d no place to go, and the water tastes terrible?’ Certainly they’re going to say, Yes, this is a hellhole and we’re miserable’.” But as Tbrner stressed, “If you wait long enough and ask them the right questions, they will tell you that they believe in w h a t they’re doing; they know they have a job to do; a n d they’re ready <nd wiling to do t h a t job.” “ While in Saudi Arabia, T\irner, who waa elected national com­ mander Aug. 30, also said th a t he had an opportunity to speak to soldiers of varying rank. “We had m eetings and discus­ sions with several o f the officers in charge of certain divisions and units,” said Tbmer, “and those were extremely helpful in getting 2 clearer understanding of the atuation; but quite a bit of our discussion was done with the troops themselves. “We tried to g et away a s b e s t we could from talking to the colonels and the generals,” h e asserted, “I talked to a lot of PFCs and E-2s and sergeants a n d lot o f the young lieutenants who were there for their first overseas d u ties.” «jOn the confidence level of the woops, Turner reported, “I don’t see where there’s any problem at all. They’re extremely confident. “They say,” said 'Turner, “God forbid that we have a war, but if' we have a war, we’re ready to move.” Tbm er also said th a t the troops were doing their best to al­ leviate the boredom inherent in ^eirjobs. • “You’d be surprised a t how many footballs have m ade their way to the Middle E a s t,” revealed Himer. In addition, Turner mentioned that several of the troops th a t he spoke with expressed their ap­ preciation of the letters th a t they've received from across the JJnited S tates. , ‘You would be surprised a t the number of letters,” emphasized Ibmer, “th a t these troops are receiving from children; from third, fourth, and fifth grade kids,” Turner also noted th a t along with letters many of the children had sent packets of Kool-Aid to the troops to help improve the , taste of the water. “The kids,” h e related, “on duty in Saudi would open their pockets and say, 'hey, here’s a package of Kool-Aid I j u s t got yesterday and they were nam ing places from all over the country.” Turner also stated th a t anyone interested in sending packages overseas can call a n y loc^ post or the Legion’s state headquaters at J-800-A-Legion. 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The Chronicle-Express, Penn Yan, N.Y., November 7 ,1990 - Page 3 As Tyancik rem arked to the 30 “I strongly.” he em- people a t the meeting, ‘W e’re phasized, “that the county has to trying to look to the future; it’s take the lead role.” one thing to see what’s out there second public meeting scheduled for the Italy \IbwH Hall today a n d to read about economic on Thursday, Nov. 15 has been concerns; but what do you do postponed and will be rescheduled about it? at a later date. P. E a rle Gleason, left, American Legion membership coordinator for New York S tate, a n d past com m ander of Johnson-Costello Post #355 in Penn Yan, welcomes American Legion N ational Commander R o b e rt T u rner during a visit to the Geneva C o u n try Club. (Photo by Bob Gimilan) Pre Holiday Special 20% OFF Timex Watches Buy Now for Christmas and Save 126 Main Street Penn Yan, NY 315-536-4448 M on.-TI»n.9-S:3S,rrL9-S:3S,SaL9-S I ! ■i i 9 r , ,

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