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Post 359  Saint Joseph, Missouri

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CHARTER DATE: January 16, 1946

POST NAMESAKE: American Legion Pony Express Post 359, Department of Missouri, is so named because the Pony Express used Saint Joseph, Missouri, as the eastern.. Read more »

FIRST COMMANDER: Charles Piro

NOTABLE MEMBERS: Carlyle Hadley, Post Commander 1950 - 1951, Fourth District Commander 1958 - 1960, Department Vice Commander 1960 - 1961 (First.. Read more »

WHAT MAKES OUR POST UNIQUE: We have sponsored The American Legion JROTC Military Excellence Award Program for the Saint Joseph School District JROTC Program for 55 years and serve as a information and support outlet for veterans issues in Saint Joseph and surrounding communities.

1946
Pony Express Post 359 receives permanent charter from National. Charter Members are: Abner D. McKinnon, Paul M. Riedle, Hugh M. Howard, Arthur C. Jones, Everett L. Johnson, Everett E. Klusman, Clifton L. Thompson, J. Glen Venable, Julian Midler, Alfred G. Roth, Stan P. Crump, Joseph E. Suhoskey, Samuel M. Spair, Carl C. Castel, Harry E. Agnew, Calvin Weinberg, Alex Mendell, Jake Lieberman, Earl C. Gartin, Charles Piro, Max E. Lance and Paul E. Growney. First Post Commander.. Full story »
The first meeting place for Pony Express Post 359 was Turner Hall at the corner of 7th and Charles Street in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Turner Hall was one of the sites for a notorious incident in 1861 when then St. Joseph Mayor Jeff Thompson (who would go on to some.. Full story »
Pony Express Post 359 established its first Post HQ on the second floor at 116 1/2 South 7th Street above Dick's Flowers in Saint Joseph, Missouri. The Post maintained this location until shortly after the armistice for the Korean War. (Photo courtesy of Saint Joseph Missouri Memory Lane http://www.stjosephmemorylane.com/) (Information.. Full story »
1950
On October 10, 1951, Sons of The American Legion Pony Express Squadron 359 was chartered by the Post. The Squadron has over the period of its existence provided valuable support to various Legion programs including Americanism, Children and Youth and Community Service. Full story »
Pony Express Post 359 established its second Post Headquarters at 913 South Belt Highway in Saint Joseph, Missouri. The location had previously housed the Tropics Night Club. (Information courtesy of The Saint Joseph Telegraph) Full story »
1960
Kenneth L. Tucker, Commander of The American Legion Department of Missouri (Post 431) spoke at the regular meeting of Post 359, giving a speech to Legionnaires and their wives on the dangers of Communism. He made a plea for better understanding of the American way of life and government in order to combat world Communism. "We must never forget that if our government is to remain free, it needs the help of every patriotic man,.. Full story »
American Legion Past National Commander Charles Bacon of Post 191 in Missouri was a special guest at Post 359's Past Commander's Ball. The ball was an annual event to honor all past commanders of Post 359 and featured a dinner and dance. Full story »
1970
Pony Express Post 359 established its third Post Headquarters at the former location of The Red Clock, which was a tavern. The Post raised funding for purchasing the land and building located on what is now.. Full story »
A Bennington Bicentennial flag was presented to the Saint Joseph Museum in Saint Joseph, Missouri, by representatives of The American Legion. Shown in the photograph from left to right are: American Legion Department of Missouri National Executive Committeeman Cleo T. Martin of Pony Express Post 359; Saint Joseph Mayor William.. Full story »
The membership of Pony Express Post 359 took part in civic celebrations of 200th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America. The city held several patriotic events that the Post participated in including a parade. Full story »
1980
American Legion National Commander Frank I. Hamilton (Post 129, Department of Indiana) visited Saint Joseph, Missouri and was honored at a dinner held at Pony Express Post 359 on May 8, 1980. He spoke at the.. Full story »
Pony Express Post 359 was awarded First Place in the Department of Missouri Scrapbook History Contest. Post Historian Avaril M. Larkham received an certificate signed by American Legion National Historian James W. Conway and Department Historian.. Full story »
Although neither of the participants could have known it at the time, history was made at the Past Commander's Ball held at American Legion Pony Express Post 359 in Saint Joseph, Missouri. One of the attendees (besides the living Past Commanders of Post 359) was Past National Commander (1975 - 1976) Harry Gordon Wiles of Department of Kansas Post 53. He presented a special medal to Joseph J. Frank of Missouri Post 777. Legionnaire Frank.. Full story »
Pony Express Post 359 provided support to the United States Constitution Bicentennial Commission of Saint Joseph, Missouri, which was formed to promote and celebrate the 200 years of freedom guaranteed by our Constitution. The Commission promoted a city-wide "Freedom Fest" for the citizens of Saint Joseph to celebrate the 200th.. Full story »
1990
Pony Express Post 359 established their fourth Post Headquarters at 4826 Frederick Avenue in Saint Joseph, Missouri, dedicating the facility on Pearl Harbor Day in 1991. (Information courtesy of The Saint Joseph Telegraph) Full story »
American Legion National Commander Bruce Thiesen of Kingsburg Post 191 of the Department of California, visited Pony Express Post 359 to attend a luncheon held in his honor. National Commander Thiesen spoke to attendees about veterans'.. Full story »
On Veterans Day 1995, Pony Express Post 359 (in conjunction with Memorial Park Cemetery and the Joint Veterans Committee of Saint Joseph, Missouri) held a ceremony to dedicate a 10 foot tall black granite monument as a memorial to all the veterans who had served in America's wars and conflicts since her birth as a nation. The ceremony was held in icy winter conditions but was well attended. Post Commander Larry Waller read a dedication.. Full story »
Pony Express Post 359 launched its website (http://www.ponypost359.org) on June 16, 1998. The site is used as a portal to other web sites of use and interest to veterans, promote Post activities, invite eligible veterans to.. Full story »
A dinner honoring American Legion National Commander Harold L. "Butch" Miller (Post 364, Department of Virginia) was held at Pony Express Post 359 on November 23, 1998. The dinner was held under the auspices of the Fourth District of The American Legion Department of Missouri. District Commander Robert Beaver of Post 359 presented National Commander Miller with a Pony Express Rider statue in honor of his visit. National Commander Miller spoke to the crowd attending.. Full story »
2000
The following is from the Congressional Record, Volume 147, Nr. 82, pages e1089 - e1090, containing the remarks on the floor of the United States House of Representatives by Representative Sam Graves of Missouri's Sixth Congressional.. Full story »
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