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Spring 2018

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SPRING 2018 29 LOUISIANA SOCIETY George Washington Chapter Members of the George Washington Chapter of New Orleans recently participated in a special ceremony honoring one of their own. At 96 years young, Richard "Dick" Hallenus remains an active member of the George Washington Chapter. Although he lives in the Woldenberg Village Assisted Living Facility and is unable to attend chapter meetings, he still contributes by creating plaques for veterans. The plaques, which he crafts himself, have been appropriately dubbed "The Richard Hallenus Award" and are given to military veterans by the chapter. Since Compatriot Hallenus honored so many of his fellow veterans, it was decided it was high time to likewise honor him. Chapter members traveled to the facility where Compatriot Hallenus lives with Dottie, his wife of 75 years. There they presented him with the Distinguished Service Medal for his services to the chapter and his fellow veterans. Hallenus is a World War II veteran who joined the chapter in 1959. In preparing to award him his Distinguished Service Medal, it came to light that he'd never been awarded the War Service Medal. It was, therefore, a signal honor for Chapter President Bradley Hayes, himself a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, to present Compatriot Hallenus with the War Service Medal for his service in WWII (60-plus years after the fact). Along with the Distinguished Service Medal and the War Service Medal, the chapter also presented him with his 55-year service pin. We look forward to presenting him his 60-year service pin for his 100th birthday present. MARYLAND SOCIETY Maryland Compatriot Glenn Ross' pulse quickened and his heart beat a little faster as he traced his Revolutionary War ancestor's footsteps on Oct. 7, 2017. Exactly 240 years ago—Oct. 7, 1777—Ross' fifth-generation grandfather, Josiah Durgin, helped Patriots defeat the British Army in the Second Battle of Saratoga. The American victory proved to be the war's turning point and changed the course of world history. "It's unbelievable to be on the same ground," said Ross, who made a special trip to mark the occasion. "You learn about an ancestor that helped form this country; it's really cool." Activities included a British soldier's wife explaining why women and children were part of the British camp, a sutler (salesperson) telling how civilians made money off the army, and a campfire demonstration explaining the kinds of food soldiers ate and how it was prepared. Ross said his ancestor belonged to the New Hampshire militia led by Col. Stephen Evans. His company commander was Capt. George Tuttle. "They walked 300 miles to get here and were sent into battle the day they arrived," Ross said. "These guys were brutes." Park Ranger Eric Schnitzer explained how the late- afternoon battle began, unfolded and ended, all in little over an hour, as the British "folded like a deck of cards." After realizing their defeat, the British tried to head north to Fort Ticonderoga, which they had captured earlier that summer. "But the Americans had already closed the back door," Park Ranger William Valosin said. "They were boxed in." Following a short siege, Burgoyne's army surrendered 10 days later on Oct. 17 in what is now Fort Hardy Park in present-day Schuylerville. Captain John Smoot Chapter More than 40 people attended a guided tour to Smith Island and the site of the famous Revolutionary War Battle of the Barges (also known as the Battle of Kedges Straits). The tour was arranged and sponsored by the Captain John Smoot Chapter. Joining the tour and providing an informative discussion of recent research done at the battle site was the assistant state underwater archeologist for the Maryland Historical Trust, Troy Nowak. After departing from the Somers Cove Marina in Crisfield, Maryland on board the charter boat, Barbara Ann III, the group braved the foggy morning waters of the Tangier Sound and journeyed the approximately 12 miles that separates Smith Island from the mainland. Along the way, the tour organizer, Compatriot Mark Tyler, provided narration of the events leading up to the engagement. Tour attendees learned that in 1782, the year of the battle, the coastal residents of the lower Chesapeake Bay in both Maryland and Virginia had been subjected to ongoing raids and attacks. The attacks were committed by a British flotilla of approximately six barges, commanded by Commodore John Kidd and manned by British sailors, local loyalists and runaway or captured former slaves. A barge was an armed vessel approximately 65 feet long that could be propelled by mast and sail or rowing oars. In response to the British barge threat, the governments of Maryland and Virginia commissioned vessels to protect against possible attacks and raids. The Maryland government commissioned Commodore Zedekiah Whaley, a native of Maryland's Somerset County, to lead an American flotilla aboard a vessel named Protector. A few days prior to the Nov. 30 battle, Whaley had been monitoring the location and activity of the British flotilla. Upon realizing the size and possible location of the enemy, he went to Onancock Creek in Accomack County, Virginia and sent a request ashore in Onancock for volunteers to man an expanded American flotilla. The day he went ashore was reportedly a county court day, resulting in an abundance of potential volunteers being readily present to answer the call to arms. The Virginia volunteers, organized with the assistance of Col. John Cropper, joined the existing Maryland flotilla to augment its forces in the hopes of restoring peace to the lower Chesapeake Bay. Those present from the chapter were President Bradley Hayes, First Vice President Jim Schneider, Color Sergeant Scott Centorino, and Compatriots Tony Riddle and Dick Hallenus. Also attending were Compatriot Hayes' wife and children, and Compatriot Hallenus' wife. Solomon's Lump lighthouse

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