ABOUT THIS POST
CHARTER DATE: January 16, 1946
American Legion Pony Express Post 359, Department of Missouri, is so named because the Pony Express used Saint Joseph, Missouri, as the eastern terminus for its route. During its period of operation from April 1860 to October 1861, it provided a vital communications link to California and the west coast of the United States during the beginning of the American Civil War that helped keep California in the Union.
FIRST COMMANDER: Charles Piro
Carlyle Hadley, Post Commander 1950 - 1951, Fourth District Commander 1958 - 1960, Department Vice Commander 1960 - 1961 (First Post member to be District Commander and hold Department Office)
Cleo T. Martin, Post Commander 1960 - 1961, Department of Missouri Alternate National Executive Committeeman 1970 - 1974, Department of Missouri National Executive Committeeman 1974 - 1978 (First Post member to hold National office)
Charles Triggs, Post Commander 1962 - 1963, Fourth District Commander 1966 - 1968, Department Sergeant-At-Arms 1963 - 1965
Joseph D. Underwood, Post Commander 1963 - 1964 (Died in office July 13, 1964), Fourth District Commander 1952 - 1954
Charles R. Modrell, Post Commander 1970 - 1971, 1979 - 1980; Served as Boys State Chairman and S.A.L. Committee Chairman for over 30 years keeping both programs operating. He was recognized in 1998 as one of three outstanding Legionnaires in the Post for his work on the part of his fellow veterans.
Harry Spair, Department of Missouri Distinguished Legionnaire, 1974; First member of Post 359 to be honored as a LIFE Member of the Post.
James Murray, Post Commander 1974 - 1975, Fourth District Commander 1976 - 1978, Department Vice Commander 1983 - 1984
Anthony A. Drennen, Post Commander, 1985 - 1986, Department of Missouri Distinguished Legionnaire (Western Division), 1993. He was recognized in 1998 as one of three outstanding Legionnaires in the Post for his work on the part of his fellow veterans.
David N. Voyles, Post Commander 1988 - 1989, 2009, Fourth District Commander 1992 - 1994, Department Commander 1999 - 2000, Department of Missouri Alternate National Executive Committeeman 2001 - 2004, Department of Missouri National Executive Committeeman 2004 - 2008, American Legion National Vice Commander 2011 - 2012
Robert L. Beaver, Sr., Post Commander 1986 - 1987, Fourth District Commander 1998 - 2000, Department of Missouri Distinguished Legionnaire, 2001. He was recognized in 1998 as one of three outstanding Legionnaires in the Post for his work on the part of his fellow veterans.
Dwayne E. Wiley, Sr., Post Commander 1990 - 1992, outstanding public servant, member of American Legion National Security Council and Fourth District Adjutant at the time of his death (November 23, 1999).
Allan H. Lowenberg, dedicated volunteer who was honored with two national and four state awards for his volunteer work including serving on local boards including Kiwanis, Community Chest, White House Conference for Juveniles, Community Welfare Council and Interserve as well as a volunteer tutor at the grade school he attended as a youth.
Ralph E. Powell, Post Sergeant-At-Arms 1978 - 1992, Post Service Officer 1992 - 2008, Department of Missouri Distinguished Legionnaire, 2010
Jerome L. Goolsby, Fourth District Commander 2002 - 2004, 2006 - 2008, 2012 - 2014, 2016 - 2018; Department Vice Commander 2004 - 2005; Department of Missouri Distinguished Legionnaire, 2015
Everett L. Johnson, Past Post Adjutant 1946, Charter Member, 70 Year Member of The American Legion 2015
James P. Doolan, Past Post Commander 1955 - 1956, 70 Year Member of The American Legion 2015
William Malinowski, Past Post Commander 1953 - 1954, Past Post Adjutant 1951 - 1953, 1955 - 1958, 1960 - 1986 (Longest tenured Post Adjutant - 30 years)
Marvin Pfleiderer, Past Post Commander 1977 - 1978, Past Department Sergeant-At-Arms
Lewis B. Pierson , 70 Year Member of The American Legion, 2016
WHAT MAKES OUR POST UNIQUE:
We have sponsored The American Legion JROTC Military Excellence Award Program for the Saint Joseph School District JROTC Program since 1960 and serve as a information and support outlet for veterans issues in Saint Joseph and surrounding communities.