Ernie Cormier has served Post 164 as commander (twice), vice commander, sergeant-at-arms, and most recently as judge advocate.
As commander (the second time), he entered the post’s first-ever float in the Katy Rice Harvest Festival Parade.
Ernie grew up in Lumberton, Texas, and joined the Navy in 1974. He went to boot camp in Orlando, Florida, and then to Great Lakes, Illinois, for Electrician’s Mate “A” School. He was stationed on the USS Yosemite (AD-19), a destroyer tender, and twice went to the Mediterranean Sea. He also had special wartime training at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. Ernie achieved the rank of petty officer electrician’s mate third class before leaving the Navy in 1978.
Ernie has one son. He is a licensed massage therapist and the author of two books of poetry, “Within My Silence” and “Poems and Thoughts.”
Ron has served Post 164 as sergeant-at-arms, membership chairperson, vice commander, and chaplain. He has also served on the post’s honor guard at funerals for veterans and at other ceremonies.
He was born in El Campo and graduated from high school in Ganado in 1964.
Ron was in the U.S. Army for three years, mostly working in multi-channel radio repair. He reached the rank of Specialist 5th Class (E-5) before leaving the Army in late 1968.
His basic training was at Fort Polk, Louisiana, followed by advanced infantry training at Fort Gordon, Georgia.
Ron went to Germany in August of 1966 and served 27 months in the 32nd Army Air Defense Command, 4th Battalion, 6th Air Defense Artillery. Ron was the UHF (ultra high frequency) radio section chief responsible for maintaining a UHF radio network for the battalion.
He worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone from December of 1968 until retirement in November of 2001. He later worked for Erickson Electrical Equipment for almost 14 years.
Ron and his wife Kay have three grown daughters and one granddaughter.
Bill Seaton, 77, has been a member of American Legion Post 164 for 5 years. His wife Sandra is a Charter Member and the Chaplain for American Legion Auxiliary Unit 164.
Bill grew up on a small farm in Mount Vernon, Missouri, between Springfield and Joplin. Bill joined the U.S. Army in 1958 at 18, originally planning to stay in for 3 years. Bill and Sandra got married in 1961 after dating for 5 months. With his wife’s okay, he decided to make the Army a career.
In the United States, Bill served at Fort Leonard Wood, Fort Eustis and Fort Wayne. Overseas, he was in Germany, Iceland, Antarctica and Korea. Bill worked in food service as a cook and in transportation making tractor suspensions. After 20 years and 27 days he retired in 1978 as a sergeant first class.
At age 60, Bill came down with a neuromuscular disease known as myasthenia gravis. He is also on dialysis due to loss of both kidneys.
Bill and Sandra celebrated 56 years of marriage on Aug. 5, 2017. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and 2 more on the way.
A thousand hours for Jim Foland
Jim Foland, Post 164’s service officer, recently received an award from the Department of Veterans Affairs for volunteering a thousand hours in Katy during the past four years.
Jim is one of several volunteers in Voluntary Service at the Katy VA Outpatient Clinic at 750 Westgreen Blvd. He does photocopying and collating of documents and passes out booklets and magazines. He also prints out labels and verifies names for laboratory requests. He says anywhere from 50 to 65 veterans show up in the mornings in the early part of each week. Most are veterans of Korea and Vietnam, but some are veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Jim, 74, served almost 22 years on active duty in the U.S. Army and eight years in the reserves before retiring in 1990.
Contact Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org