At the Independence Day picnic/barbecue, Post member Don Stapleton had a special guest in the person of his grandson Caleb Stapleton. Caleb spent most of the afternoon visiting with veterans and listening to their stories and, in particular managed to draw John Shelton out on his Vietnam experience.
John, as most of you know was a sniper with a Marine Corps Force Recon unit and did a considerable amount of damage to the enemy, right up to the day he forgot to duck and landed in that wheel chair you now see as a part of him. One can well imagine that a young man of Caleb’s age would be fascinated by the history of a man like John, as you can easily see from the rapt attention demonstrated in the accompanying photo. It is important that we give our young people an opportunity to gain some insight into the veteran experience.