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Post 439 looking for families of veterans to receive Blue Star Banners

Marie and Clarence Plocher, seated, accept a Blue Star Banner from Post 439 representatives, from left, Phil Chapman, Jeanette Hammel and Jim Hobbs.
Marie and Clarence Plocher, seated, accept a Blue Star Banner from Post 439 representatives, from left, Phil Chapman, Jeanette Hammel and Jim Hobbs. Courtesy photo

Members of Lee Item American Legion Post 439 in Highland presented a Blue Star Banner to Clarence Plocher and his wife, Marie, on Sunday, Oct. 25.

The Blue Star Banner is presented to families who currently have family members serving in the U.S. armed services.

The Plochers, who will soon celebrate their 69th wedding anniversary, received the banner in honor of their grandson, Naval Commander Corey Plocher, who is a Naval Academy graduate, was a fighter pilot in the Iraq War, and is now stationed in Kingsville, Texas.

Clarence is a World War II Navy veteran, who volunteered for service in January 1942 and served until the end of the war.

This Plocher family also includes veterans Mike Carroll, a son-in-law Navy retiree, and Shane Plocher, who was recently discharged from the Navy.

The American Legion would like to present a Blue Star Banner to all families who haven’t received one at a Nov. 7 dinner. Contact Jeanette Hammel at 654-9574 or the Post 439 at 654-4062 for Blue Star information.

If you know a home-bound, nursing home, or assisted living veteran who would like a visit from a Post 439 member, contact Phil Chapman at (618) 402-6998.

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