Kodiak Veteran Named State Legionnaire of the Year

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A Korean War veteran from Kodiak received statewide recognition from the American Legion during the state convention held here last weekend.

Maurice Burum, known as Mo to his friends, was honored for his recruitment efforts and named Legionnaire of the Year, says Post 17 Commander Richard Heglin.

— legion1 :20 "Yeah, he got … with out post."

More than 100 veterans from around the state had traveled to Kodiak. One of them was National Commander Jimmie Johnson, the first Alaskan to lead the veteran’s organization.

— legion2 :15 "We had a great convention … real proud of him too."

Heglin says the culinary arts class from the high school helped out. About $500 was raised on the floor by legionnaires; another $750 was donated by the American Legion for the students’ travel fund.

— legion3 :19 "Culinary kids group here … their travel fund."

Heglin also said scholarships will be available for high school students. He says applications are available from the American Legion Post 17 in downtown Kodiak.

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