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RAISE THE ROOF PARTY!

Saturday May 15th from 4:00-10:00 on Main street!

Come out to Main Street to watch two great local bands, food, beverages and FUN!

Mill Creek Band 4:00-7:00

Trophy Dad’s 7:00-10:00

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The Moving Wall will be in town on August 12th -16th. Check out The Moving Wall page to sign up for assisting.

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Join us for PRIME RIB Dinner Night!

                Friday nights at 5:00 pm.

    Dinner includes Chef’s choice of potato & veggie, garlic bread  

 $18.99 + tax

Side salad available for  $1.99 

Dinners will be served until we run out! Call in to place your order for dine in or carry out!

 

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Meetings in May

Auxiliary – 5/3 @ Legion

Riders 5/4 @ Legion

SAL 5/18 @ Legion

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A message from our Chaplain:

May 2021

I would like to tell you the story of Paul Nobuo Tatsuguchi, Laura Tatsuguchi Davis, Sgt Dick Laird and Pvt Alvin Koeppe; four people connected by war.

Ten years before war broke out between Japan and America, Nobuo Tatsuguchi, a Japanese citizen, came to the United States to attend medical school in California.   While in medical school he became a 7th Day Adventist and took the name Paul to reflect his new found Christian belief. Paul decided after he completed his education he would go back to Japan to practice medicine and be a missionary.   When he returned home he discovered that not only was Japan on a war footing, he was under suspicion for being educated in America and for his Christian religious views.  Months before Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, he was drafted into the Japanese army as a medic.  The continued suspicions were so great the Japanese army refused to give Paul a commission like other medical doctors in their army.  While Paul was away serving in the Japanese army, his wife gave birth to their second child, a girl named Laura, who he would never meet.

Sgt. Dick Laird, a married man from West Virginia with a daughter of his own, was serving in the US Army when war broke out with Japan.  Sgt. Laird along with Pvt. Alvin Koeppe would find themselves embroiled in the Battle of Attu, the most western island of the Aleutian Island chain that makes up the Alaska territory.

Before the US forces landed they were told the battle should only last a week because the Japanese were poorly trained.   The battle lasted for three months leaving a casualty rate higher than on Iwo Jima.  Towards the end of this horrendous battle, Sgt. Laird with a small group of men, one of which was Pvt. Koeppe, would encounter a group of Japanese soldiers who captured and held a US mortar position.

Sgt. Laird threw two hand grenades killing or wounding the group of Japanese soldiers.  The wounded Japanese soldiers refused to surrender.  The American squad advanced taking no prisoners in this close quarter fight.   After the bloody encounter, Laird and his men searched the bodies of the dead Japanese looking for any possible intelligence documents.  Pvt. Koeppe found a bible that he assumed belonged to one of the dead American mortar men.  Sgt. Laird found what appeared to be a diary on a soldier he had shot and he would turn the diary over to the intelligence officer to be translated. When the diary was translated it was discovered that it contained no military intelligence but rather a diary filled with deep emotions of a man drafted into the army and pulled away from his family.  The words were so compelling that copies of the translation found its way into the hands of many of the GI’s who fought on Attu. Sgt. Laird acquired one of the many copies.  By the wars end Sgt. Laird became a celebrated war hero but the words in the Paul Tatsuguchi’s diary haunted him.

Forty-one years after the war, Dick Laird would locate and give the copy of Paul Tatsuguchi’s diary to Paul’s daughter Laura.   He then told her that he was the one who shot and killed her father and asked for her forgiveness.   Laura Tatsuguchi Davis would later write Dick Lair a letter telling him, “Please forgive yourself.  None of you should have been there, but you were.  And that fact cast upon you terrible duties, duties you discharged the only way you could.  What happened, happened.  You were not at fault.”

Dick Laird passed away in 2005.   It is my prayerful hope that he forgave himself and his troubled heart found comfort and peace in his last 22 years of life.   Near the spot where Paul Tatsuguchi had died the Japanese government erected a monument of peace in hopes that it would help bring healing to the people of both nations and to signify lasting peace between Japan and America.

Alvin Koeppe also located Laura.  He gave her the bible that he found on May 29, 1942, belonging not to an American GI but to the father Laura never met.   The bible that gave Laura’s father comfort now rests in the Japanese American Museum in Los Angeles, California.   Laura commented in an interview “If only that bible could talk.”

It does talk Laura.  All one has to do is open the bible, read and listen to the words; words that brought peace and comfort to the troubled heart of Paul Nobuo Tatsuguchi.  I encourage all of you to dust off the bible that rests somewhere in your home, open it and read the words found within and like Paul, you too will find comfort.

I share this story with you because many of us who have served our nation carry guilt for things that we could never change.  So, I offer you Laura Tatsuguchi Davis words, “Please forgive yourself.”

Doug Thompson, Chaplain  

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KITCHEN HOURS:

Breakfast:

Monday-Sunday 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Dinner:

FRIDAY ONLY 5:00 PM-9:00 PM

Dine-in, Carry out, curb-side pick up is available.

Call us at 319-624-2277 to place your orders!

Please watch the Facebook page and website for the most up to date information.

Due to the Corona Virus we will not be having live music at this point. Please watch the web page and Facebook for any changes.