On Sept. 10-12 John and Barbara Homod of Hardy hosted a reunion honoring Company A -- 140th Infantry soldiers of World War II.
The group originated as National Guard members from mostly southeast Missouri in 1938 and activated Dec. 23, 1940.
The attack on Pearl Harbor threw these men into duty around the world. Many lost their lives. Many were injured but survived. Many have since died.
Members began meeting once each year since 1960.
The years have taken their toll, leaving only a few still able to met.
This September six men met to reminisce about years gone by and remember those unable to attend.
Those present were J.E. Bailey of Hardy,; Avon Brumley of Iuka, Miss.; Garrett Giles of Crete, Ill.; Edd L. Haskins of DeSoto, Texas; Chester Jamison of Raytown, Mo.; and William T. Stewart of Blytheville, Ark. Lt. Haskins is the only known officer remaining.
The veterans plan to meet again in 2005.