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Post 223  Shippensburg, Pennsylvania

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CHARTER DATE: August 15, 1919

POST NAMESAKE: Oscar M. Hykes

FIRST COMMANDER: George H Stewart Jr.

NOTABLE MEMBERS: Oscar M. Hykes, Wilbar Goodhart, Charles Newcomer,Bw brechbiel,Tom everet,George H Stewart Jr Richard Guyer Wendy Tomzack, William Chain Navy Cross.. Read more »

WHAT MAKES OUR POST UNIQUE: Our post was organized by all WWI veterans. We have all the history dating back to the first day of the post. We have discharge papers , death certificates original charters and many original pictures. First honor guard was formed.. Read more »

1919
May 5, 1919 World War 1 Whippet Tank on square May 5, 1919 on Victory Loan Campaign at Shippensburg, Pa. The Medium Tank Mk A (also known as the "Whippet") was an armored vehicle specifically designed.. Full story »
As World War I was drawing to a close, the men and officers of the American Expeditionary Force in France felt that they would like to have a way of maintaining the bonds and friendships that they had made during the Great War. They had worked together and supported one another in the battles of the Argonne Forest, Ypres, and the Marne. They were searching for a way to continue this fellowship when the returned to civilian life. They wanted to be able to help one another and to remember those who would not be coming home. It was this.. Full story »
1920
The members of the Post met in the Redding Studio on North Earl Street to organize as a permanent post. The following officers were selected for the year. George H. Stewart Jr. Post commander, Lee M. Hale, vice-commander, Charles A. Kent, adjutant, Linn Murray finance officer and Lawerence Warren chaplain. The annual dues were set at $5.10 $1 to be paid to the national organization and .50 to the state organization, and $3.60 to the.. Full story »
In June of 1920 in Allentown PA at the Pennsylvania's first formal American Legion convention, the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Pennsylvania was established. Their charter was granted from the temporary National Headquarters In New York. Full story »
At Spring Hill Cemetery----The closet Shippensburg has to a public monument is the one in Spring Hill Cemetery in honor of William Cloyd Ashwell, right, the first soldier from this community to die in World War 1. He is shown with his brother Ralph Ashwell Full story »
1921 WW1 Members of the Oscar M. Hykes American Legion Post 223 in the year 1921 standing in front of Methodist Church, Shippensburg, Pa., on East King Street. Photo was donated to Post 223 by Peggy.. Full story »
A memorial service was held in the Church of God at which time the enlarged photos of the nine veterans of Shippensburg who were killed in action or died of disease were unveiled. They were: William Clyde Ashwell, William H. Durff, Oscar M. Hykes, Morrow Brown, Charles Newcomer, Robert Price, Willis Coleman, Calvin Lee Shoap, and John Smith. Full story »
The American Legion Post #223 was named for Oscar M. Hykes, the son of the later Mr. and Mrs. George E. Hykes formerly of 48 West King St. He was trained at Fort Lee, Va and then was assigned to H Company of the 146th Ohio Infantry Regiment of the 37th Division. With this unit he went overseas in June, 1918 He took part in the Battle of Baccarat, the Battle of the Meuse-Argonne, and.. Full story »
A military funeral was held for Oscar m. Hykes, KIA (killed in action) upon return from France for reburial in Springhill Cemetery. Full story »
A Ladies Auxiliary to the Oscar M. Hykes Post was formally organized. The ladies had demonstrated their interest in the post during previous months by helping secure the equipment, piano, and rugs for the meeting room. Full story »
The first American Legion baseball team was organized and a season of games with other teams scheduled. Full story »
Ten rifles were purchased and a case constructed for their care. A rifle squad was organized so that the members could participate in all patriotic and memorial services. Full story »
A resolution of condolences was passed by the post and sent to Mrs. Woodrow Wilson, regretting the death of her husband. President of the U.S. during WW!. Full story »
Shippensburg has never fallen down when it came to answering a call for help. The latest call came from the Oscar M. Hykes Post, American Legion, and was for a contribution of $1,800, being our quota for a $ 5,000 Endowment Fund to take care of the orphans of World War soldiers. The appeal for help was not in vain, Shippensburg subscribed its full quota. Full story »
The Legion Post 223 marched with the V.F.W Post #1394 in the Armistice Day parade. From 1926 on it became a tradition for the V.F.W to name its chairman of the Armistice day arrangements and the Legion Post 223 to name its chairman of the Memorial Day arrangements. Full story »
Comrade Earl Wynkoop was chairman of the Memorial Day arrangements and provide a firing squad, police protection, and marching unitfor the colored parade held in the morning of Memorial Day. The main parade was held in the afternoon. This arrangement became a traditional custom in Shippensburg from then on Full story »
1930
September, 1930 The following officers were elected to serve the post for the year 1931: Commander--Guy Cramer 1st Vice Commander--Bruce Cramer 2nd Vice Commander--Sydney Zullinger Adjutant--Howard Crownover Finance Officer--Walter Moorehead Historian--George McCollough Chaplain--Rev. W.H. Galbreath The post purchased the building on West King St, their first property, and started removing partitions to make it into a meeting room and headquarters. Remodeling was done under the supervision of Comrade Sid Zullinger. Full story »
October, 1930 A street fair and festival was held under the direction of Comrade Walter Mitten and a net profit of $71.00 was made for the post October, 1930 A street fair and festival was held under the direction of Comrade Walter Mitten and a net profit of $71.00 was made for the post Full story »
A smoker was held in the Post room with free nicotine for all. 1931 dues it is commendable on the part of members of the Post during these lean years that followed 1931 that the faithful few members who sometimes gathered for meetings always scraped up money to pay the Post bills, send in their per capita tax, and thus retain the charter. This Oscar M. Hykes post history notebook won fifth place in the National Post Historian Contest. Full story »
February, 1931 Plumbing was installed in the meeting room. May, 1931 Comrade Fred Hargleroad served as chairman of the Memorial Day arrangements. The Ladies Auxiliary and Legion members worked together in the conduct of the annual poppy sales. June, 1931 A benefit card party was held in the post room and a net profit of $6.89 was earned. October, 1931 The following officers were elected to serve the post for the year 1932: Commander--Frank Ferraris 1st Vice Commander--John Smith 2nd Vice Commander--Earl Hile Adjutant--Howard A. Crownover Finance Officer--Walter Moorehead Chaplain--Rev. W.H. Galreath Historian--George McCullough The Carlisle Post 101 conducted the.. Full story »
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