AMERICAN LEGION

   CURRY - RICHARDSON - SPARKS - WALDEIER POST 528

   PARNELL, MISSOURI 64475

                                          






The American Legion, the nation's largest congressionally chartered veterans organization, dates to 1919 when those being discharged following World War I held organizational meetings in Paris, France, and later in St. Louis, Missouri. Today the American Legion has some 18,000 local Posts in all states of the union and several overseas locations. .

The Department of Missouri also dates to 1919 as a state organization within The American Legion. The Legion's national headquarters is in Indianapolis, Indiana, with another headquarters located in Washington, D.C.


History of Curry, Richardson, Sparks, Waldeier Post 528 of the American Legion, Parnell, Missouri

World War II being over and almost all veterans being discharged and back into civilian life again, it was decided to form a Legion Post in our city of Parnell.  Several veterans already belonged to the post at Ravenwood but readily consented to help one hundred percent in organizing a post at home.

In February, 1947, a letter was written to State Headquarters in Kansas City to secure help in organizing the post.  Our letter was transferred to 4th District Commander, Mr. O.A. Loomis, of Rock Port, Missouri, who gave his help to our problem.

Commander Loomis made a trip to Parnell the last of February and applications for charter members were filled out.

In March, Commander Loomis returned with a temporary charter.  At that time our post was established as the Curry, Richardson, Sparks, Waldeier Post 528.

Post officers elected to serve the first year were as follows:

            Orlo Hawk ……………………………………………..Commander

            Gerald Geisken …………………………………………First vice-commander

James Mann …………………….………………………Second vice-commander

Donald McKown ……………………………………….Adjutant

Paul Herndon ……………………………………………Finance Officer

Walter R. Miller …………………………………………Sergeant at Arms

Bernard Cowden …………………………………………Historian

Kenneth Crawford ……………………………………….Chaplain

 

The Post was very proud to have Mrs. Mary G. Hawk as a charter member.  Mrs. Hawk was an army nurse who serve in the European Theatre of Operations during World War II.  Also we are proud to have two World War I veterans as charter members. Those being Jesse D. Bullock and Adolphus Cox.

Charter Members of the Post

Harold Richardson  William O. Downing  John R. DeFreece

Orlo Beatty  Orlo Hawk  Jesse Bullock

Gerald Giesken  Clinton Scadden  Mary G. Hawk

John W. Midyett  James Spire  Francis Auffert

James Mann  Charles Partridge  Merril E. Harris

Delbert Echterling  Paul G. Lantz  Leonard Farnan

Bernard Cowden  Walter R. Miller  Donald McKown

Paul Herndon  Adolphus Cox  Earl Warner

Francis Welch  James Midyett


Names of members not included on charter

 

H. D. Collins  Grant Duncan  Edward Davis

Harry V. Newby  James F. Cole  Charles Mercer

Edward Hooker  Roy E. Curry  Martin Boedeker

John J. Kelsay  Paul E. Long  Sylvester Welch

William Berg  K. D. Hastings  Ernest Nigh

Edward Auffert

American Legion Post 528 is one of the few posts in the state which has accomplished one hundred percent membership for 1948 and also has secured new members.

Information obtained from “Service Record, World War I and World War II, Parnell Community” and “Parnell Community Centennial.”





Roster of Past Post 528 Commanders, Past Post 528 Fourth District Commanders, and Past Post 528 Department Commanders and National Officers