Wow we are really hot (93 today) as I am writing this letter today. The Veterans are back riding the Vans as we speak! This month we have had 38 phone calls into my office this month, and I have had
11 visitors into my office. I will be at the American Legion Post 72 in Crawfordsville, to give support to any veteran or spouse that need it. I will be at the Post between 1:00 to 4:30 pm on Aug. 4th.
Now I have an update on the VA at Brownsburg which is new and you exit at exit 68 off of I-74 which is Ronald Reagan Parkway turn left onto the Parkway till you get to 600 CR, then you turn left again until you get to Pit Road then you turn left and the VA is on your Left. The VA is scheduled to open on Oct 1st, 2021 that is tentatively.
Long before they learned of his bravery in combat, Charles Coolidge son’s recognized there was something special about their dad. Everyone in Chattanooga knew him, and people always called to consult or confide in him, “it was because of who he was as a person,” says Charles Coolidge Jr., a retired Air Force lieutenant general. “as I say, he was a man of honor before he was Awarded the Medal of Honor.” Coolidge died on April 6 , four months shy of his 100th birthday. He was the oldest living Medal Of Honor recipient and a 77 year member of the American Legion.
Coolidge entered the Army in 1942. He fought in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany, and was awarded the Silver Star for his actions at Vellerti in May 1944. In Oct. 1944, near Belmont- Sur-Buttant, Coolidge led an inexperienced and isolated group of soldiers under fire from German infantry. Outnumbered 4 to 1 , the tech sergeant and his men repelled attacks for three days, until an enemy tank rolled within 30 yards of their position. From the turret, a soldier called in English, “Want to give up? Looking him in the face, Coolidge replied, “I’m sorry Mac, you”. He dodged five shots from the tank and began tossing grenades after his bazooka failed, killing some 20 Germans before coordinating a withdrawal. For his actions, he received the nation’s highest award for valor.
Coolidge worked for the VA for a short time, then returned to run Chattanooga Printing & Engraving until his retirement at 95.

Joe Ellis is the Veterans Service Officer for Montgomery County. You can reach him at Joe.Ellis@montgomerycounty.in.gov