Damascus American Legion Post 171

Voices from the Past

Barbara J. "Mickey" Day interviewed many of our veterans. This page has been created to honor not only our Comrades, but also to pay tribute to Mickey for her lasting contributions to our Post and community.

Mickey Day   –  

               Who was Mickey Day you might ask?  She was an incredible woman.  She was full of life and energy.  Mickey was a wife, who survived the death of two husbands, which is a testament to her strength and determined will to go on. 

               She was a teacher who was very passionate about her career path and her students.  She could reach out to all ages and that was evident from the many stories she told of her interactions with her students over the years of teaching.  She not only taught them, but learned from them as well.

               Mickey was an artist, a talent that was hidden from us for many a year.  She loved nature and that was conveyed through the many paintings she painted of all of Mother Nature’s creatures and flowers. Some of us at both the Post and Unit are fortunate enough to have some of her creations hanging in our homes and what a pleasant way to always have a piece of Mickey in our lives.

               She was hard working which was evident at the American Legion Post and Unit, at her own home and in the community.  All one had to do was ask for help and Mickey was there.  Whether it was baking a cake, patting and serving oysters, working the snack bar at bingo or reading and judging applications for scholarships, just to sit and listen to a friend, she was there.  You could always count on Mickey at the Post to support all of the functions and yes if a band was there, you could find her on dance floor after her work was done.  She definitely loved to dance.

Most of all she was a friend and companion to so many of the people she met.  She always made everyone in her presence comfortable and feel like they were an old friend.  Mickey always an infectious smile, that lit up the room.   She will be remembered as a patriotic, true and compassionate friend to those whose lives she touched and for the incredible lady she was.

Submitted by Sandy Seipp

Our Comrades
Bennett, Harold Talmage Grigg, BufordLamar Mullinix, William Robert
Benson, James William Hargett, John Abram Murray, Robert D.
Boyland, Paul Maurice Hauptman, William Francis Nicholson, Donald Edwin
Breslin, Joseph William Hoyle, Joseph Elmer Peck, James Garnett
Burke, Luther Hoyle, Ernest Eugene Reid, Raymond William
Callaway, Robert Adam Koontz, Wilford Lee Rippeon, Ormand Z.
Diggs, Jacob Kenneth Martin, Orville Richard Seipp, John Lewis
Ferrell, Sherry William Mele, Michael William Stratton, William Richard
Fox, Richard Kenneth Mullican, Milton Ray VanVliet, Thomas A.


After twenty-two years of service, Anthony M. (Tony) DeShiro retired from active duty in 1982 as a U. S. Navy Chief Petty Officer.  Following his military career Mr. DeShiro was a data center manager for a major New England bank for seven years, and until his full retirement in 2004 was employed as a consultant to design, manage and install voice, data, video and fiber optic distribution systems for many schools and private companies throughout the United States..  After relocating several times during the successive years, Mr. DeShiro and his wife Connie finally settled in Ijamsville, MD in 2010 so as to be closer to family. He has been a member of the American Legion for 38 years, a member of Post 171 in Damascus, MD for ten years, has served as Post Finance Officer, Post Commander, Post Judge Advocate, Post 1St Vice Commander, and has chaired several committees. Mr. DeShiro enjoys reading, travelling, and is an avid, albeit at times struggling, golfer. Past Commander Tony DeShiro interviewed the following veterans and recounts a boat rescue of Vietnamese refugees.

Note: thefollowing are document files.

Bennette, Harold Luhn, Ray Rippeon, Ormand Z.
Hargett, John Moore, Jim Seipp, John
Koontz, Wilfred Mullinix, William Toms, Glenn
USS Elliot