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Commandant Richard "Dick" Brandt

Brandt to lead state Marine Corps League

Richard “Dick” Brandt was elected state commandant at the Marine Corps League Department of Louisiana annual convention on June 6 in Sulphur.

Brandt is a member of the Choctaw Detachment in Baton Rouge. He has been active in the Marine Corps League for many years and recently completed two terms as Choctaw Detachment commandant. He has been married to his wife, Ann, for 54 years. He is also a commissioner on the USS Kidd and member of the choir at St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church.

State representative addresses MOWW

State Rep. Steve Carter spoke about how the Legislature works to the Lt. Gen. Troy H. Middleton Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars on June 4 at the City Club.

Col. Shelby Hargrove, chapter commander, honored two of the chapter’s World War II veterans for their patriotic service to the nation and their lifelong dedication and service to MOWW with Silver Patrick Henry Awards.

Col. Van Mayhall, 94, served as an infantry company commander in France and as an aide to a division commander during the Moselle and Roer River crossings and the Huertgen Forest battles. Mayhall is a past chapter commander. Lt. Col. Phil St. Amant Sr., 95, served as an operations officer with the Office of Strategic Services and participated in the D-Day invasion at Utah Beach and continued service until retirement from the Army. Both men attend monthly meetings and both have been members of MOWW more than 38 years.

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