FREWSBURG - A local veteran has made a generous donation to the Frewsburg American Legion Samuel Derby Post 556.
Mel Feather, a 43-year member of the post, donated the SKS rifle he brought home from his service in Vietnam.
Feather acquired the rifle from weapons cache in Cambodia, near the Vietnam border, in May of 1970. The area was known to be a staging ground for North Vietnamese forces infiltrating Vietnam.
Paul Oyer, Commander of the Frewsburg American Legion Samuel Derby Post 556, left, shakes hands with Mel Feather as he donates a rifle to the legion.
P-J photos by Daniel Swanson
Although most of the thousands of rifles found were destroyed, a few soldiers won the remaining rifles in a lottery. Feather said he was lucky to get one.
"It's better for the public to see it rather than for me to have it at home. ... I was happy to donate it to the legion so all members can appreciate it," Feather said.
Paul Oyer, commander of Post 556, noted that the donated rifle serves as a remembrance for all those who served in Vietnam and other conflicts.
"It's better for the public to see it rather than for me to have it at home. ... I was happy to donate it to the legion so all members can appreciate it."
The rifle is in a display case hand-made by a friend of Feather's, Lee Fletcher.