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Post 17  Watertown, South Dakota

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CHARTER DATE: May 15, 1919

POST NAMESAKE: Codington County

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1910
On May 15, 1919, Wright Tarbell from Watertown attended the temporary organizational meeting of the American Legion in Vermillion, South Dakota. Upon returning to Watertown, he and other veterans held a meeting on May 19, 1919, for the purpose of starting an American Legion Post in Watertown. On May 20, 1919, the second meeting was held for the purpose of naming the Post. Discussion was held on what to name the Post on the charter application. The members determined the name shall be the Codington County American Legion Post. July 14, 1919, nine veterans from Watertown attended the First State.. Full story »
1940
During WWII the US War Department had a program. Any group or entity raising $10,000,000 or more selling war bonds would have a "Liberty Ship" named after their group. By the summer of 1944, Codington Co... Full story »
1980
Quoting an article in the Watertown Public Opinion by Bob Mooney written for Saturday, Sept. 18th, 1982. "Fifty years ago today, the ship's bell from the USS South Dakota was dedicated in its newly created berth at Memorial Park on the northwest side of Lake Kampeska. The Bell that serves as a lasting reminder of a once proud fighting ship never belonged to the battleship that prowled the Pacific Ocean during WWII, immortalizing itself in.. Full story »
2010
Dean Halahan, on right, received his 50 year continuous membership certificate for Post Commander Dana Jones, on left. Full story »
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