“We’re a bunch of veterans who want to serve our country,” said Tommy Watson, the 63-year-old commander of the American Legion Post #6. “Just because we finished serving our country doesn’t mean we stepped out of service. Now we want to serve our community.” Reared in Lee County, Watson attended high school in Shannon and went on to earn a bachelors in engineering from Mississippi State and a masters in industrial engineering from the University of Tennessee. He retired from the Air Force in 1997, after working in weapons development — equipping the planes that protected America from the Russian Bear — and moved to Kossuth. He stays busy these days tinkering around the house, helping out at Wheeler Grove Baptist Church, and serving area veterans at the American Legion, where he’s helped by wife Debbie and daughter Chelsea, a junior at Kossuth High School.
Staff photo by Bobby J. Smith