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Commander's Communique for November 2, 2015

November 2, 2015    

Contact: David Kurtz
Wisconsin American Legion Adjutant
(608) 745-1090

Army Veteran Coach Bo Ryan Delivers Wisconsin American Legion Veterans Day Message

(Portage, Wis.) – Coach Bo Ryan, an Army veteran of the Vietnam era and Legion member, shows his commitment to veterans and heralds their sacrifices this week in a special Veterans Day message for the Wisconsin American Legion that will be broadcast throughout Wisconsin from Monday, November 2nd through Wednesday, November 11th

“We want to express our heartfelt thanks to Coach Ryan for supporting our veterans and the Wisconsin American Legion by recording a very special Veterans Day radio message,” said Commander Dale Oatman of American Legion Post No. 524 in White Lake.  “His military experience and subsequent success are no coincidence. So many Vietnam and Vietnam era veterans like Coach Ryan used their military experience and the benefits they earned to build lives for themselves and enrich our communities. Thank you Coach, and congratulations on your coming induction into the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame.”

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Ryan served in the US Army during the Vietnam era as a military police officer at Fort Gordon, GA after completing basic training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The coach comes from a family with a distinguished service background.  His father received a Bronze Star in World War II and his uncle served as an Army Ranger in the Korean War.

Ryan himself was the top pistol shooter in his class during his military police training at Fort Gordon. His service included escorting military prisoners to prison at Fort Leavenworth. After discharge, Coach Ryan used his GI Bill to go back to school for coaching and teaching. He used his VA Home Loan benefit to purchase a home.  The Coach has described his experience in the military as positive, as well as his feeling that it was his responsibility as an American.

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