Greetings to all, Some good information for all;

I just spoke to one of our members who told me that he is suffering terribly from SHINGLES.  He told me that his doctor never mentioned to him that there was a shot that would help prevent

this terrible and painful disease.

Because of this, I just wanted to make sure everyone knows that there is a shot that you can get to prevent this … anyone who has had chicken pox is in danger of having SHINGLES.

Please, ask your doctor about the SHINGLES SHOT!!   Please mention this to all your members.  If one shot can prevent this terrible disease, it is worth it.

Take care all … and for those who are suffering from shingles, we do hope and pray that you will heal quickly.  I understand this is a long and very painful situation.

This is very important information concerning your personal health. We urge everyone to contact your V.A. clinic or your personal physician for your flue, pneumonia and shingle shots!!!!!


I have flyers and more information to share if needed or wanted. Call Larry Emery/Commander 330 494 1914 HOME or 330 605 1794 CELL

To whom it may concern:

Here is a top quality program that is being hosted at St. Francis Spirituality Center, Tiffin.  It has been offered with great approval ratings in Scottsdale, AZ for a number of years and is now being offered around the country.  We are pleased and privileged to offer it in Ohio.  Will you take a few moments to review the attached flyer and brochure, and then if you have questions, please contact me.  I would then kindly ask that you help publicize this event, either by verbal invitation or by distribution of the flyer or brochure.

Thank you for your assistance.



Edna Michel, osf



The Journey Beyond Combat

A weekend get-away for all veterans and active duty service members, November 3-5, 2017,  is designed to offer rest, healing insights and coping skills for everyday challenges to the larger struggles veterans face.  In addition to time with retreat leaders, you will gain further insight from St. Francis of Assisi, who was himself a prisoner of war, and contemporary authors Joseph Campbell in The Hero’s Journey and Harry Moody in Five Stages of the Soul.  The focus is interdenominational and all about you, the veteran.  Weekend leaders are a retired Marine Corps chaplain, a trauma therapist, and a professor/ Vietnam veteran. Thanks to a generous grant from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation,  there is no charge for this weekend.  Can accept 25 participants.


See attached brochure for more information.  Also a flyer for posting.

Thanks you for helping us get the word out.


Edna Michel, OSF

Director, St. Francis Spirituality Center

200 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin, OH 44883

Ph. 419-443-1485











Posted     JULY 22, 2017

Untold Pearl Harbor Story Revealed in New World War II Book


Thirty-three years after her dad’s death, author Liz Gilmore Williams delves into his letters and photos from World War II, seeking to solve a mystery:

What caused his terrifying rages? She’d never considered his surviving the attack on Pearl Harbor. The letters lead her to uncover a spellbinding look

at Hawaii’s transformation from island paradise to war zone, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and his combat duty on other Pacific battlefields as a signalman

with the 7th Army Air Force. Amid her quest, Liz stumbles upon a shocking secret that the letters also imply: Her father had waged two wars―one

of them with himself.  As we observe the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, No Ordinary Soldier: My Father’s Two Wars (Burkwood Media)

offers an account of the war in the Pacific from the viewpoint of a signal corpsman in the Army Air Force. For more information or to order,

go to




Here is an opportunity to write to your Senators and Representative concerning the Elimination of Individual Unemployablity for Veterans over 62:

Patriots and Supporters,

The recently issued Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Request contains a proposal to eliminate Individual Unemployability benefits for all veterans age 62 and over.  MOPH strongly opposes this proposal.  Stripping benefits from veterans who are unable to work due to their disabilities would be financially devastating to them, and amount to a broken promise by the nation they fought to defend.

In response, MOPH recently sent this letter to Congress, urging them to reject this misguided proposal, as well as the “rounding down” of all veterans’ benefits.  Please know that MOPH will be closely monitoring this important issue, as we continue to do everything within our power to protect the benefits of MOPH Members and all veterans that have earned and deserve.

Yours In Patriotism,
Aleks Morosky
National Legislative Director





The date for the Spring Meeting of the MOPH Dept of Ohio Executive Board Meeting
is set for Sunday, March 19, 2017. We will be meeting in the Basement Conference
Rooms of 35 East Chestnut Street, Columbus, OH 43215

This meeting is very important to all the chapters within Ohio. It is very important that Commanders provide a representative of their chapter to attend this meeting.

TIME: Please do not arrive prior to 9:30 am. I plan to be there at 9 am if all goes well. I have
requested that the Security Guard be available at 9:30 am, but may not be able to be at the
entry point at all times. You can gain access to the parking garage with my assistant’s help
when the Security Guard is not available.

FOOD and FELLOWSHIP begins: 11 AM (Please gather for the blessing from Dept Chaplain.)
MOPH/LAMOPH Meetings begin at 12:30 PM


The Dept will provide eating plates, utensils, water, soda, ice, and coffee.
Please bring a covered dish to share (please mark your plates/bowls/utensils so they may be returned to you if misplaced).

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

Yours in Patriotism and Service,

Diana J. Wharton
Office Manager
MOPH Dept of Ohio



JOB INFORMATION _ If you are looking for employment, please contact Commander Larry Emery at home phone # 330-494-1914 cell phone # 330-605-1794 or contact by email at There are always jobs available and I keep them available for anyone interested. If you are interested, I would be happy to help you with any information that I have.

Thank you,

Larry Emery / Commander

Chapter #699  M.O.P.H.



 October 2016 banquet information below…This information is from the State Chapter.

Greetings to all,In answer to the question as to where the BANQUET will be on Saturday night, October 29th, is atHEATHER’S COFFEE AND CAFE
505 South Main Street
Springboro, OH 45066
937-550-9511We had our Department Convention Banquet (June) there several years ago. It was a perfect day and we were outside on the patio. Hopefully we will have pleasurable weather for that day. If not, then we will all be warm on the inside of the building, while still having the patio available.Looking forward to seeing everyone!
Safe journey.Diana
  The Last Post (Taps)

If any of you have ever been to a military funeral in which The Last Post was played; (Taps)  This brings out a new meaning of it.
Here is something everyone should know. Until I read this, I didn’t know,

We have all heard the haunting song, ‘The Last Post.’
It’s the song that gives us the lump in our throats and usually tears in our eyes.

But, do you know the story behind the song?
If not, I think you will be interested to find out about its humble beginnings.

Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the American Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert Ellicombe was with his men near Harrison’s Landing in Virginia .. The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow strip of land.

During the night, Captain Ellicombe heard the moans of a soldier who lay severely wounded on the field. Not knowing if it was a Union or Confederate soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention. Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him toward his encampment.
When the Captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered it was actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead..
The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly caught his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the face of the soldier.. It was his own son. The boy had been studying music in the South when the war broke out. Without telling his father, the boy enlisted in the Confederate Army.
The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked permission of his superiors to give his son a full military burial, despite his enemy status. His request was only partially granted.
The Captain had asked if he could have a group of Army band members play a funeral dirge for his son at the funeral.
The request was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate.

But, out of respect for the father, they did say they could give him only one musician.

The Captain chose a bugler. He asked the bugler to play a series of musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of the dead youth’s uniform. This wish was granted.

The haunting melody, we now know as ‘The Last Post’ used at military funerals was born.

The words are: 

Day is done. 
Gone the sun.. 
From the lakes 
From the hills. 
From the sky. 
All is well. 
Safely rest. 
God is nigh. 

Fading light. 
Dims the sight. 
And a star. 
Gems the sky. 
Gleaming bright. 
From afar.. 
Drawing nigh. 
Falls the night.. 

Thanks and praise. 
For our days. 
Neath the sun 
Neath the stars. 
Neath the sky 
As we go. 
This we know. 
God is nigh

I too have felt the chills while listening to ‘The Last Post’ But I have never seen all the words to the song until now.
I didn’t even know there was more than one verse. I also never knew the story behind the song and I didn’t know if
You had either so I thought I’d pass it along. I now have an even deeper respect for the song than I did before.
Remember Those Lost and Harmed While Serving Their Country. Also Remember Those Who Have Served And Returned;
And for those presently serving in the Armed Forces.

The Last Post