Lt. Swanson Keynote Speaker at American Legion Veterans’ Day Program

Oneida, TN (2018-11-05) American Legion Post 136 will host its annual Veterans’ Day program on Monday, November 12, 2018 at the War Memorial Building in Oneida.  This year’s keynote speaker will be Lt. Jeffery H. Swanson, a Merchant Marine Academy graduate with service with the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Naval Reserve.

Commander Avery Honeycutt and the members of American Legion Post 136 invite everyone to attend the post’s annual Veterans’ Day program, which will be held on Monday, November 12, 2018 because Veterans’ Day falls on Sunday.  The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the War Memorial Building located at 19175 Alberta Street (next to Roark’s Service Center) in Oneida.

Guest speaker for this year’s program is Jeffery H. Swanson.

Lt. Swanson graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point, NY) in 1982, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Marine Engineering, a U.S. Coast Guard Third Assistant Engineer license, and was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

In his maritime and personal travels, he has visited 25 different countries around the world including cold war USSR.

After graduation from Kings Point, Lt. Swanson started his career at the Newport News Shipyard, where he tested reactor plants for the US Navy’s 688 fast attack submarines and completed the shipyard’s program for Shift Technical Engineer.  After leaving Newport News, he entered commercial nuclear power where he worked for 28 years.  After 25 years of service as a manager for TVA, he retired, but worked an additional 3 years as a consultant.

He has been happily married for 32 years, has four grown children, and 2 grandchildren (not enough!!!). His sons live in east Tennessee, while his daughter and new son-in-law live in Anchorage, Alaska.

Lt. Swanson was involved in Boy Scouts for 17 years and held positions including Cub Master, Scout Master and District Training Chairman. He has coached his sons in both soccer and high school lacrosse.66

He has been a WWII living historian for approximately 20 years and will be starting a masters program this spring in World War II Studies.

Immediately following the program, hot dogs and chili and other refreshments will be served by the Ladies Auxiliary.  The meal is free, but the organization will be accepting donations for its Building Restoration Fund.